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Old 11-03-2011, 02:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Not at all. Copper and Keystone almost always open the first weekend of November. With Breck and Winterpark following a week to a week and a half later. Then the rest of the front range spots typically open just before Thanksgiving. The rest of the Colorado resorts are usually open by the first week if December.

The only early opening ones were the first batch. Loveland, Wolf Creek, Slap-a-hoe...
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:23 AM   #12 (permalink)
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A couple of buddies and I are heading West for a Thanksgiving trip. Right now it is probably between Snowbird and somewhere in CO. #1 thing we are looking for will be coverage/conditions.

Personally leaning towards flying in to Denver and hitting either Vail or Copper, as none of us have been to either spot before.

Thoughts?
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:42 AM   #13 (permalink)
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copper is super fun, easy to get around, not alot of catwalks, going on a crowded weekend heres a tip: stay on the super bee lift on the east side of the mountain, there's signs everywhere that say "no beginner terrain" and as such there are shorter lines for obvious reasons.

plenty of people love vail too, biggest mountain around, maybe tied with breck for biggest monkey show around on weekends? whatever its like comparing apples to apples on the weekend anyway.

supposed to get socked by storms almost or up until thanksgiving.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:39 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Vail is huge, but it won't be by Thanksgiving, unless we really get hammered. Hate to say it but the long range looks like the storm flow is going to cut off a week or so before Thanksgiving. So you probably won't be looking at powder days. Of course that could change too. Vail sits at too low of an elevation for early season without a lot of help from mother nature.

Copper should have the Super B open by then. That is a good call. No lift lines and the run is a long one top to bottom. They also have a pretty good snow making system there.

Loveland is always a good choice and they are the least expensive.

Right now, if 50% of any mountain is open by then, that would be a huge win. Stuff is still thin out there.
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Since snowbird is steeper than say vail, they might not have as much opened due to coverage even if Snowbird has more snow. The backside Mineral Basin is almost never open by Thanksgiving fwiw
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At that time of year, the Colorado resorts usually have better coverage. It changes quickly come December/January though. Temps just stay below freezing with the higher altitude is all. To be honest, it might be the best coverage, but it typically isn't all that great most of the time. Of course, just about everywhere gets lucky for one of their seasons and does great.
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At that time of year, the Colorado resorts usually have better coverage. It changes quickly come December/January though. Temps just stay below freezing with the higher altitude is all. To be honest, it might be the best coverage, but it typically isn't all that great most of the time. Of course, just about everywhere gets lucky for one of their seasons and does great.
we know it is a total crapshoot, just have to choose wisely and hope for the best.

Last year they had a couple of pow days at the Bird that week. Would love the same, but if not want something with the most open terrain.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:40 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Colorado is flat, icy, windy, and sucks go to Utah and make sure you ride Brighton.
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