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Old 01-28-2014, 07:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I'm planning a big honeymoon trip to North America next February (2015) with the wifey. Keen to get resort tips in Colorado as we're looking at spending a couple weeks there.

Intending to spend a few days at Steamboat (historical significance for the missus), then head to Keystone or Breckenridge as they seem to be a bit cheaper than the likes of Vail etc.

Theory is that we'll stay at one place for a couple weeks or so, ride that hill, but also rent a car or shuttle to day trip some of the other resorts nearby.

I'm mostly keen to hit up Copper Mountain, Breck and Keystone but keen for any tips/recommendations.

I'm an intermed/advanced snowboarder, got into it late so looking to push myself in terms of terrain/ability (mostly like blues/blacks and some off-piste). Rehabbing a pretty gnarly knee injury but it should be all good by the middle of this year. My partner's a skiier (yeah, I know), generally prefers intermediate terrain.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you're going to spend more than 5 days combined at Breck, Keystone, ABasin, Vail, and Beaver Creek, get a Epic Local season pass. They are about $500 and pay for themselves in 5 days, and cover all 5 mountains. I think Vail and Beaver have a blackout date on Valentine's Day, but you can hit any of the other mountains that day. You can buy them at the cheapest price in April 2014 for the 2015 season.
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Get a condo in summit co, you should be able to get a good deal thru VRBO. You are only a few minutes from all the resorts except steamboat which is about 90 miles.

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If you're going to spend more than 5 days combined at Breck, Keystone, ABasin, Vail, and Beaver Creek, get a Epic Local season pass. They are about $500 and pay for themselves in 5 days, and cover all 5 mountains. I think Vail and Beaver have a blackout date on Valentine's Day, but you can hit any of the other mountains that day. You can buy them at the cheapest price in April 2014 for the 2015 season.
Awesome tip man. Even better because I just googled it and it looks like we can get an Epic Pass for $689 which also covers some of the Tahoe resorts - we were planning to kick the trip off by heading up there for 3-4 days with some friends who live in SF, two birds with one stone.
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I never see much love for A-Basin on this forum, but when I went to school in CO it was my favorite. Great steep terrain and a much smaller, fun vibe. Perhaps it was because I tele skied at the time - maybe people will comment that it is not great for boarding. But, given that you are going to spend some significant time, I would try to hit them all. You aren't going to really get to know a mountain in that time so just enjoy exploring. Breck, Keystone, Copper, and A-Basin are all within about 30 minutes and I imagine you can catch a bus to all of them even if you don't have a car.

If you really take enough time you can hit Vail and/or Beaver Creek just to see another mountain. All of those resorts are easily accessible if you are staying in Breck or Frisco/Dillon/Silverthorne.

Others can comment with more specific info, but my suggestion would be to go for the variety and see it all. Have an awesome trip!
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A big group of us are staying in Frisco the second weekend in February. It's close enough to the major resorts and we can shuttle in from several stops downtown, plus I hear Frisco has some good restaurants and bars. Use VRBO to find you a place!
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I'd get a deal on slopeside accommodations at Copper. Best mountain in Summit if not on i70 imo unless u require the very best park. Just keep in mind that you are gonna pay 90-120$/day at all these resorts unless you buy a season pass ahead of time (prices usually go up around thanksgiving).

So with a Vail/Epic pass, you will get access to Keystone and Breck as well as Vail, A-basin.

I love your plan of going to Steamboat, it fits great with my suggestion of Copper. Copper and Winter Park are the Rocky Mountain Super Pass, and you can make it a *Plus for like $100-150 to include 6 days at Steamboat.

If you want to do more driving, smaller joints like Loveland and Monarch offer passes that include 2-3 days at several (Monarch many) other spots all over the state, but this would be more of a roughing it kind of adventure.

IMO 2 spots is plenty unless you are actually stressing quantity over quality. I think you have so much more fun at a new mountain when you get to ride it for several days and get the layout. 1-2 days per mountain is just annoying.
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IMO 2 spots is plenty unless you are actually stressing quantity over quality. I think you have so much more fun at a new mountain when you get to ride it for several days and get the layout. 1-2 days per mountain is just annoying.
Yeah for sure. Would rather pick 2-3 good spots and actually get to check out the whole hill.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the VRBO tip too. Being from little old New Zealand, had no idea that site even existed. Damn, you guys have just saved me a grand or two. I owe you guys a drink if I see you on the hill!
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I never see much love for A-Basin on this forum, but when I went to school in CO it was my favorite. Great steep terrain and a much smaller, fun vibe.
Shhh don't let people on this forum know of the joys of the Basin. It's a little gem we want to keep uncorrupted.

Get the Epic Pass that gives you 3 mountains in Summit, Vail and the Beave are a close drive away. Plus kills off Tahoe for you. If you know you'll be at a certain area where you won't be in a black out date the Epic Local is cheaper and works just as well.

VRBO is great until people decide to be a bit deceiving with the locations. If it's in Breck and says Slopeside on Peak 6 or 7 expect to be in the boonies no where within walking distance to the mountain. Blue River is NOT a close drive to Breck. Alma and Fairplay are on the other side of a pass. Dillon Valley is not that great of a neighborhood if they say in Dillon/Silverthorne. Ptarmagin in Silverthorne is a dirt road and not exactly the best in the winter. Wildernest is not a "close drive" to the mountains. Frisco is fine for a central location, but the night life is weird as are the people there. If you stay in Breck figure out the bus schedule and remember the Swan Mountain Flyer will take you to Breck, Keystone, and A Basin and it's about the exact same time as if you drove, so think of less hassle.

Copper is a fun mountain for a day trip or two, being stuck to one mountain not exactly fun. The village is not fun to live in, it's just downright creepy.

If you're not renting a car for your whole stay try to find something central to a grocery store, nightlife/restaurants, and mountain. Breck is the best option but you can do Dillon as well.

Definitely go to the Basin at least once but only after a snow storm or if there hasn't been any snow in a while a weekend day can be fun partying on the beach.
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