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Old 02-13-2012, 10:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So my sister recently moved out to Denver. I'm planning a trip in early march. unfortunately due to my work schedule, I'll only get about 3 MAYBE 4 days to ride.

My main question is which resorts do I hit?? and how far is each "prime resort" from Denver??

I'm not nec. looking for a wild resort nightlife or anything, more for the CO mountain experience.

I can't really rely on my sister as she just moved out there and just started skiing this year.

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Old 02-13-2012, 10:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Only been their once and stayed near winterpark. But all I can say is Denver is a good place to live due to jobs and location to the mountains. Although visiting may be tough. I think the closest resort would be about 2 hr drive. Again there are people who live there that know alot more then me but when I landed in Denver I was sort of surprised to see how far it is from all the action. Still sounds like a fun trip to take for you and I'm sure some of the locals can give great advice on spots to hit.
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Most resorts are about 90 minutes to two hours away from Denver. Just depends on where you are located in the Metro.

Your choices are Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Vail, Beaver Creek, Winterpark, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Breckenridge. To a lesser degree Eldora and Echo mountain are on the list, but I wouldn't bother with them if you are coming from out of state.
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Based on what you're looking for, I'd stick to Loveland and A-Basin.
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For quickness, yes Loveland and A-Basin. Loveland has over 1,500 acres to play with and is inexpensive. You just don't get a resort experience though. Basic lodge at the bottom of the hill kind of thing. Reminds me of Mt. Hood Meadows or anywhere else in Oregon, where I used to live.

But since you've got 3-4 days,take at least one drive out to somewhere like Vail or Breck. When you tell your buddies back home, you can lord that over them.

Where in Denver does she live? Like killclimbz mentioned, that's got a lot to do with which mountains are viable. I chose the west end of Littleton close to the c470 as home partially because of access to the mountains (summer and winter).

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For quickness, yes Loveland and A-Basin. Loveland has over 1,500 acres to play with and is inexpensive. You just don't get a resort experience though. Basic lodge at the bottom of the hill kind of thing. Reminds me of Mt. Hood Meadows or anywhere else in Oregon, where I used to live.

But since you've got 3-4 days,take at least one drive out to somewhere like Vail or Breck. When you tell your buddies back home, you can lord that over them.

Where in Denver does she live? Like killclimbz mentioned, that's got a lot to do with which mountains are viable. I chose the west end of Littleton close to the c470 as home partially because of access to the mountains (summer and winter).

Have fun.
She lives in Wash Park CO. Being that my main reason to head out will be to ride I have no problem, waking up at ridiculously early hours, toss her in the car and drive how ever far to get the best riding in. Or even finding a hotel/motel closer to the mountains.

She has a friend who works at Breck (free lift ticket) so I'll def spend a day there.

I'd def like to do some glade riding since it's been (for the most part) non existent on the East Coast this year.
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For quickness, yes Loveland and A-Basin. Loveland has over 1,500 acres to play with and is inexpensive. You just don't get a resort experience though. Basic lodge at the bottom of the hill kind of thing. Reminds me of Mt. Hood Meadows or anywhere else in Oregon, where I used to live.

But since you've got 3-4 days,take at least one drive out to somewhere like Vail or Breck. When you tell your buddies back home, you can lord that over them.

Where in Denver does she live? Like killclimbz mentioned, that's got a lot to do with which mountains are viable. I chose the west end of Littleton close to the c470 as home partially because of access to the mountains (summer and winter).

Have fun.
But, I don't consider Vail/Breck a "CO mountain experience", more like a little piece of Disney World plopped down in the middle of CO. I have a special disdain for Vail's faux-Euro village bullshit.
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But, I don't consider Vail/Breck a "CO mountain experience", more like a little piece of Disney World plopped down in the middle of CO. I have a special disdain for Vail's faux-Euro village bullshit.
I'm gonna do Breck one day, cause of a free lift ticket but yea! for the most part I'm trying to ride big mountains with nice coverage, do a little park riding. but avoid touristy Bullshit.

I'm not going out to hang out in swanky lodges, I'm going out to ride!
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Well if you are hanging out in Vail's faux Euro village then you're not riding on the mountain. Which isn't all that great anyway. Unless it's a powder day, then it's decent.
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Well if you are hanging out in Vail's faux Euro village then you're not riding on the mountain. Which isn't all that great anyway. Unless it's a powder day, then it's decent.
Yep, just rode Vail today and it was great. 5" new reported, but in Blue Sky Basin there was at least a foot. Soft everywhere. Who gives a shit what the village looks like? The only issue I see with Vail is cost - you have to pay for parking (it is possible to park for free and take a shuttle, but much easier to pay) and the cost of the lift ticket.

Then again, almost every "major" resort is almost $100+ (Cheapest might be Keystone? Vail is $111, Breck is around $105 I think).

Loveland is a good place to go as well, seems to get more snow and its much cheaper ($59 all day) and the closest to Denver. Bad thing is I think they still only have like half of their terrain open at this point. Vail / Breck / Beaver Creek / Keystone are all at 90% or more.
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