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Old 04-01-2010, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, as approaching to the end of this season, I am really happy with the progress I made for my first season of snowboarding ever.
I went more than 40 days this season since nov 09 and most of the time I sharpened my skills in Eldora, CO.
However consider the size of eldora, I must say that after one season of exploitation, there's really not much left for surprise in Eldora, that's why I decided to move to bigger mountains next year.

this season, I went to Vail, Breckenridge and Keystone quite a few times, I must say, more than 15 times all of them together and I really enjoy there, although Vail seemed a little bit too crowded for my taste ( I did not go to blue sky basin yet). I was seriously thinking of buying the EPIC pass, however nearly 600 is a lot for a student and the average driving time of 2h single way is something to consider as well, So I was wondering if I should go for a keyston/Abasin pass for only 360+ eldora college pass 140 or just straight an epic pass.

And also I went to loveland, CO once and I really liked there, though it's a bit short on the run, but it's never crowded which impresses me.

So I am a little bit confused and would like to ask for ur help.

I consider myself as a free ride guy and hates catwalks. like to jumps on natural bumps but park is something I wish to improve next season, maybe not a lot but jsut some basic stuff.

Thanks a lot guys
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Old 04-01-2010, 09:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I personally get the Epic for Vail and Beaver....

The little extra drive is worth it. Vail has ways of being low on traffic if you put in the ground work and figure it out
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yeahhh, i think i'm leaned more towards vail and beaver, who knows what happens once im done with college, might be on a break of snowboarding for like 10-20 years.

but i don't get what u mean by ground work ?

the extra miles isnt such a huge deal, but it's just about driving by myself sux
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Epic Pass. I rode A-Basin, Breck, Vail and Beaver on mine - personally not a Keystone fan.

If you don't like riding alone, there's an Internet site that has car pooling from Denver. Save some cash and meet new folks.

I come into town once a year and scarf up a few weeks of riding. The Epic is a great deal. If I lived there, I'd probably get a pass at Loveland too...just for the days when the drive is daunting or time is limited.
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I personally get the Epic for Vail and Beaver....

The little extra drive is worth it. Vail has ways of being low on traffic if you put in the ground work and figure it out
vail is insane and my fav,,,but that takes awhile on catwalks

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Old 04-02-2010, 01:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm really leaning toward Loveland for next year. I'm over the shit show that is Summit County. I'm tired of the I-70 traffic, tired of the lift lines, and tired of the douchebags. Vail and BC just mean a longer drive to deal with pretentious assholes.

Living in Evergreen, I can be to Loveland in about 35 minutes. I'm thinking about getting a pass there and then a pass to local Echo Mountain for weekday night riding.

I also want to get my avy classes finally taken care of so I can start hitting some backcountry. I'm just over Summit County.

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If I buy a pass I am also leaning towards Loveland. I got the Superpass for years, just so that I had Winterpark as an option. Winterpark also happens to be my preferred area on the Front Range. It's nice to go up on a Sunday and not have to deal with the shit show traffic coming home from Vail/Summit county. Easily saves an hour or two of sitting in the car. That said, the Superpass is still a super popular pass and the crowds that come with it. Loveland on the other hand, rarely has crowds and they under report snowfall big time. Mighty fine terrain there too, especially when chair 9 is running.
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If I buy a pass I am also leaning towards Loveland. I got the Superpass for years, just so that I had Winterpark as an option. Winterpark also happens to be my preferred area on the Front Range. It's nice to go up on a Sunday and not have to deal with the shit show traffic coming home from Vail/Summit county. Easily saves an hour or two of sitting in the car. That said, the Superpass is still a super popular pass and the crowds that come with it. Loveland on the other hand, rarely has crowds and they under report snowfall big time. Mighty fine terrain there too, especially when chair 9 is running.
I went to visit winter park but never rode there. the driver was too pussy in the zigzag highway 40 going up, that really ruined our day...
however is winter park consisted mostly of park terrain or there are decent slopes as well ?

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Winterpark is the 4 largest resort in the state. They have a park but are not really known for it. Lot's of tree runs, chutes, and stuff around there. Your driver must have been awfull. Even putzing over the pass should only take 30-40 minutes. It's a fairly easy pass to drive imo...
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Here's another vote for Loveland!
My gf and I had a pass there last year but went with the Colorado Pass(5mtn) this year. We've got 30 days so far this season and are really tired of the traffic and crowds that are at the bigger resorts(excluding A Basin). We've actually bought 4packs to Eldora and Loveland this year too just to avoid the traffic jams on I-70 and the punks we've encountered at Keystone/Breck.

If I were you I'd pick up that Eldora pass too, since you get them so cheap!
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