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Old 12-01-2013, 07:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Monarch, Crested Butte, or Durango?

So I'm trying to figure out which free Loveland days to use for a short trip in mid-February; 3 free at Monarch, Crested Butte, and Durango. I did Monarch last year and had a great time, so I'm kind of leaning that way. I have no experience with the other two so I'm not sure if I'd be missing out or not by skipping them.

Out of the three, where would you recommend going?
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I am definitely making it down to Crested Butte this year. Never rode there, but I always hear that they have the gnarliest in-bounds terrain in the state. Hell, why not do all three if you're planning a trip? Start in Durango, then hit up CB, then Monarch. I might look to do something like this in February except I'd probably sub in Silverton for Durango.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i have the same three with taos pass.
will probably go to all of them this season, but interested to see what people say!

op, what was it that you liked about monarch?
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I am definitely making it down to Crested Butte this year. Never rode there, but I always hear that they have the gnarliest in-bounds terrain in the state. Hell, why not do all three if you're planning a trip? Start in Durango, then hit up CB, then Monarch. I might look to do something like this in February except I'd probably sub in Silverton for Durango.
Well shit, I actually hadn't given that much thought. Now it's looking like at least Monarch and CB, it doesn't hurt that they're only an hour and a half away from eachother. Thanks for tossing that out there.


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i have the same three with taos pass.
will probably go to all of them this season, but interested to see what people say!

op, what was it that you liked about monarch?
Nothing too crazy really. It was just a nice medium size mountain, didn't feel too big, or too small. I really liked the runs there and had some nice rides through the trees. It also didn't hurt that it was snowing basically the whole time we were there.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Out of the three, where would you recommend going?
Crested Butte every day of the week and twice on Sunday It is an awesome resort. I boarded 5 days there last year and 3 the year before. They have T-bar lifts (High Lift and the North Face Lift) that serve some very challenging stuff. The best part is that you can hit so many little off the beating path areas that are super fun. Last year they had a snowboard cross course setup and left it open for the general public to use after the racing was done. Lots of rock drops and natural features too.

The terrain park is generally pretty decent too with a nice mix of easy and more challenging stuff. The terrain park is out of the way though...if you intend to go there, plan to spend a couple hours and get it all out of your system at one time.

Also, the North Face Lift will set you off into the North Face. If you get too far back (east), you end up at the very bottom and have to take (2) lifts to get back to the North Face lift. Same can be true of the high lift if you don't know the lay of the mountain.

Monarch is fun too...I just like Crested Butte a lot more.
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Crested Butte is my favorite resort in Colorado. There are only a few I haven't ridden. Telluride being one and seems to be the one that would compare the most to the Butte.

It is challenging. If you are a cliff hucker make sure you bypass the cliffs the first time you go to them. Check out your landings first. There are a ton of thread the needle landings and you'd be lucky if it was a 15ft drop. I can't even begin to tell you how many people get wrecked there.

Also, the Butte is best when it gets decent snow. This is one rocky area. It makes Slapahoe look like a lawn. I almost always get a core shot or two at Crested Butte. So it helps to go when they have a decent base and/or a good dump.

That is about it though. Great mountain.
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I haven't nutted up enough to ride the extreme terrain in CB yet, but I love the mountain. When I first moved out here, my first 3 seasons were at Telluride and I thought I would never go anywhere else. Then they jacked their prices and I spent 2 seasons at CB. I got a Telluride pass again last season and missed CB greatly. Telluride def has the resort town/uppity feel to it and CB feels like a very local and down to earth place. So, I got my pass to CB this year. This past weekend was pretty awesome for early December. Amazing mountain on a good snow year!
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Thanks for the input guys. Looking at hitting Monarch and Crested Butte mid February if we can figure out lodging. Looking at VRBO stuff so we don't have to worry about boarding the dog. Hopefully it's a good snow year, and hopefully I'm up for the challenges of CB by then. Either way it should be an awesome trip.
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Check out Almont Resort. It is located roughly half way between Gunnison and Crested Butte. Around 15 minutes to the mountain. I have brought my dogs there in the past. Their bread and butter is hunters, so I don't think their dog policy has changed. They may also have a stay and play package that includes lodging and a lift ticket to Crested Butte.

It is also a pretty self contained spot. Bar, restaurant within crawling distance of your bed.
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I've heard good things about the Hostel in CB. Some sweet houses behind the Monarch Mountain Lodge for rent if you have a couple people.
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