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Old 03-04-2010, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all -

So I'm going to visit my buddy in Colorado Springs (he's in the Air Force) from March 28-April 2nd and we're planning on snowboarding for four days. I've never been out to CO, so I'm not at all familiar with the area. Some questions...

1. What will the weather/conditions be like? I'm from the east coast and as a result, I'm used to riding in sub-freezing temps and hitting ice... a lot. I usually ride under armour cold gear, a hoody, and then my winter jacket.

2. Are there any legit mountains near/around CO Springs? Ones that are worth going to everyday? Or should we drive up to Aspen/Snowmass/etc and get a hotel out there? I'm going all the way out there, so I want to make sure the trip is worth it. Tell me what to do! (Oh, and we're both comfortable riding anything and everything, and we really like riding in glades and bowls... so with that in mind...)

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Old 03-04-2010, 11:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Summit County/Vail is going to be a lot closer than Aspen Snowmass. You also have the Monarch Ski area option which is a small area, but packs a lot of punch. For Summit County and Monarch it's about a 2 hour drive from the Springs. Add 30 minutes or so for Vail. Wolf Creek might be your best option for powder. That is a little over 3 hours from the Springs. Cheap places to stay can be found in South Fork. Night life is pretty non existent though. Same can be said about Monarch. Summit will be a party.

As far as weather goes, it's generally warmer that time of year. The super cold temps of January are usually done. You are probably not going to be riding in -40 below temps that can happen in January. Still it can be very cold if a storm rolls through. Expect a big time warm up though when the storm blows out. Packing a little bit of everything is the best advice.
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if I decide that I just want to ride the best valued mountains for 4 days anywhere in CO (econ major so all about cost-benefit), where would I go? Hit 4 different mountains in 1 area? Hit 1 mountain for 4 days? 2 and 2? Thoughts? Opinions? There is so much info about CO on these boards I'm not even sure where to start.
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I forgot to mention Crested Butte. If you want a balls to wall gnarly mountain, they really don't come any more gnarly than the Butte. The terrain there matches up with that found at Jackson or Squaw. Seth Morrison became the bad ass that he is by skiing there. Call up the Almont Resort and see if they still have the ski and stay package. It used to be $60 a night. They have a bar and restaurant right across the parking lot from where you would stay. It's about a 15 minute drive to Crested Butte from there. That is a hard deal to beat and the Butte has been getting nuked this season. 3-3 1/2 hours from Colorado Springs

Wolf Creek is another great spot and you get a lot of bang for your buck there. Snowiest spot in Colorado. In the spring when it snows, it's not uncommon to get 3ft at a time which = awesome!

If you want the full spring break scene, look at Breckenridge. It's a party for sure, and it seems that this late season pattern is favoring the Northern Central rockies a lot more than it did in the early season. Should be good snow, though probably not as much as Wolf Creek gets.
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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idk Killz...i was looking at the snowreport for CO and some had only 100" ytd
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I think you're reading it wrong. Wolf Creek has well over a 100" base and is reporting over 350" so far this season. We've gotten nearly 100" in the last month around here. I think most places in the Northern (Summit county, Vail, Winterpark) are over 200" for the season. They are behind but not by a lot right now and there is more snow forecasted through next week. Conditions have been great as of late.
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Well maybe Keystone, but Keystone never gets a ton of snow and it's the most shitty big resort out there.

Kind of a funny fact but Keystone really doesn't get good snow fall until Lake Dillon freezes over. I guess the warm air coming up off the lake acts like a deflector shield for Keystone. A-Basin and Loveland, just up the road do fine but Keystone gets screwed. Which is fine by me...
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yea ur right...i was looking at the base...but still, for crested butte it says 188 ytd

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wolf creek on the other hand got over 300
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you all are awesome. I remember reading in the most recent Transworld Snowboarding there was an article about "mom and pop" resorts, and they mentioned one in Colorado that had super cheap Heli-rides and was basically ALL backcountry riding. Anyone remember the name/have thoughts on it?
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That's Silverton. Open Thursday-Sunday. All expert terrain, you must have full avy gear. It's unguided season late in the year. The cat ride option is supposed to be kind of bunk. The terrain in the area is pretty good. The heli ride is something like $180 and most people seem to think it's worth it.
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