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1st CO trip, FINALLY in the planning stages!

So, since I've only got 4 days vacation this year thanks to my year off with the back injury, I have held on to most of the money from the check they gave me for my 4 weeks of vacation that went unused during that year, and being the rather irresponsible twit that I am,..? Rather than use that money to pay down the mountain of medical bills,.. I've decided I need a vacation more!!! lol!

So I have bid my 4 days and I'm going to head for CO!!!

Of course, most dates were bid and taken already. So I could only get the last week of Feb. My plan then is to be in CO on Feb 23rd. thru Feb 27. I want to have four days to ride. Figured, Tue thru Fri. sneak back down to DIA Sat. morning while all the tourists are cloggin I-70 west!! (..might change that to fly in Mon. the 22nd if I can't find a flight arriving early enough to get me up & on the slopes Tues!)

I'll post my tentative plans and objectives here in the next few days & weeks as they firm up. Since this will be my first trip to a real mountain resort, I would certainly appreciate any advice or tips anyone here has to offer. Especially if something I have planned is likely to be impractical, untenable, or plain ol' stupid!

I haven't actually booked a flight yet, but most non stops from DET seem to be between $150 & $250 right now. I still need to research the bag fees for SB bags & whatnot.

Aside from that, the only other thing I'm thinking is that my best, (…read cheapest/easiest) option to get from the airport to the hill is to take one of the shuttles from DIA to the resorts. (…any recommendations for safe, reliable & cheap would be greatly appreciated!)

Since I'll be arriving on a weekday, not knowing the area, and heading up presumably after any rush hour,.. I figured this would be probably be the least stressful, confusing, and costly as opposed to renting a 4x4 or AWD and driving up myself. My only concern there is getting around once I'm up top! I understand that there are anynumber of shuttles from various resorts like Breck, to other resorts like Luv, Vail, or AB? Is that correct?

Anyway,.. that's where my plans stand at the moment. I'm really looking forward to this, and certainly hope I have the opportunity to meet up with and take a lap or two with some of you local SBF'rs!!

TIA for any tips and advice!
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Just rent a car Chomps. That's what we did last March. Also, to save money, we stayed in Dillon and didn't do the whole "resort thing." We were there to ride and having a car made it easier to get to the places we went (Abasin and Loveland). It's awesome out there. Maybe I'll try to make that work and tag along.

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congrats, Chomps.

I have no opinion on if you should rent your own car or not, but if you do want to take a shuttle, Colorado Mountain Express is a popular one used by many to get from DIA to Summit County (which is the logical place for you to go).

Some people will have lots more info on where you should stay and stuff like that (BA for example). But one thing you might want to decide on before choosing where to stay is what resort(s) you want to ride.

The reason is that the Vail-owned resorts can all be ridden on the same ticket (Breck, Keystone, A-basin, Vail, Beaver Creek) and you might decide to stay in or near one of those areas.

If you want to ride Copper Mountain or Loveland, you will have to get a separate ticket. It would probably be cheaper to ride one of those places than to try to sample all the Vail resorts. It all depends on if you want to get familiar with one area and maximize your time there or if you would rather sample more areas but no get to know each one of them as thoroughly..

If you only want to ride the Vail-owned resorts within Summit County (doesn't include Vail itself, or Beaver Creek) than the shuttle bus system would probably be adequate to get you where you need to go. Also, if you stay in Frisco or Dillion/Silverthorne, the Summit Stage shuttle-bus will get you to Copper. I think if you want to go to Loveland, than you probably would have to drive yourself.

If you do decide to hit Copper, let me know and I will see if I can get up there to ride with you! I am not sure if I can get out of work, but it never hurts to try..

(I only have a Copper Pass and don't have access to the Vail areas or Loveland)

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Nice! I would fly Southwest if you can. Usually they are the cheapest you get two free checked bags. Should save some cash. I always use priceline for a car rental. I have found them for as cheap as 7 a day through there. When you get your dates nailed down always give the negotiator tool a try. Sometimes you can hit the jackpot. For a short trip like that I would stay at the Luxury Inn and Suites in Silverthorne. Non-weekends you can usually get a room for 60 a night and they have breakfast.
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congrats, Chomps.

I have no opinion on if you should rent your own car or not, but if you do want to take a shuttle, Colorado Mountain Express is a popular one used by many to get from DIA to Summit County (which is the logical place for you to go).

Some people will have lots more info on where you should stay and stuff like that (BA for example). But one thing you might want to decide on before choosing where to stay is what resort(s) you want to ride.

The reason is that the Vail-owned resorts can all be ridden on the same ticket (Breck, Keystone, A-basin, Vail, Beaver Creek) and you might decide to stay in or near one of those areas.

If you want to ride Copper Mountain or Loveland, you will have to get a separate ticket. It would probably be cheaper to ride one of those places than to try to sample all the Vail resorts. It all depends on if you want to get familiar with one area and maximize your time there or if you would rather sample more areas but no get to know each one of them as thoroughly..

If you only want to ride the Vail-owned resorts within Summit County (doesn't include Vail itself, or Beaver Creek) than the shuttle bus system would probably be adequate to get you where you need to go. Also, if you stay in Frisco or Dillion/Silverthorne, the Summit Stage shuttle-bus will get you to Copper. I think if you want to go to Loveland, than you probably would have to drive yourself.

If you do decide to hit Copper, let me know and I will see if I can get up there to ride with you! I am not sure if I can get out of work, but it never hurts to try..
I would say driving is way better than taking CME up. You pay 50 per way. Thats 100 bucks round trip and you have no transportation when you get there. You will pay a hell of alot less for a car rental and it will be alot more convenient.
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Don't do it! Once you ride a "mountain", you'll be ruined for Michigan. Probably quit your job, sell all your shit, move to Summit county, live in your Ford at the Frisco Walmart, get hooked on the "Devil's Lettuce" and ride everyday.
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..Once you ride a "mountain", you'll be ruined for Michigan. ...
I've heard that Mt Bohemia is just as good..
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here's a list of the checked bag rates for several airlines Airline Ski & Snowboard Bag Fees.

i've never been out west so take my advice with a grain of salt but if i were you, since you're only spending 4 days there, i would just pick one resort and see as much of it as possible.
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If you want to hit a few places rent a car, if not - no sense in fighting traffic on snow clogged roads. Only 4 day stay I wouldn't bother with trying to get everywhere and I certainly wouldn't bother with driving. Most airlines charge $60 for two checked in bags, snowboard is a bag.
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Chomps, after all that you have been through, I'm ecstatic to hear that this is going to happen.

We have followed your journey and I know that this trip is going to be the best of times.

I don't know if it's the right word, but congratulations seems to be very appropriate right now. Here's to you.


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