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Old 09-26-2013, 07:10 PM   #1181 (permalink)
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^ You'll be fine. I was there when the slide happened it sucks but that was a complete fluke.
I am sure this has been asked a million times. but is it nice there? I planned the trip from Illinois there since their 4 day pass was so cheap! I think i paid like 120 for 4 days of boarding at A.Basin. A couple friends and I just want to experience a little colorado boarding instead of this hill stuff here.
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I am sure this has been asked a million times. but is it nice there? I planned the trip from Illinois there since their 4 day pass was so cheap! I think i paid like 120 for 4 days of boarding at A.Basin. A couple friends and I just want to experience a little colorado boarding instead of this hill stuff here.
When are you going? You being from Illinois(I used to ride in Iowa, Ill, and Wisconsin), even A basin only partially open will probably be a great experience for you, but there are better mountains for early season/mid season riding. All of the "fun stuff"(East wall, Pali, Zuma) at A-basin is quite rocky, so it takes quite a bit of snow to open it up. I got a couple of pretty bad shots to my base last year trying to ride Pali in late January. A basin has this laid back party vibe that a lot of the other resorts don't. Going there in the spring is a great experience.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:26 PM   #1183 (permalink)
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Well I wish I had the luxury of going a little later in the year. But I had PTO to burn so I will be going over christmas. Dec 23-31. I am a regular at Devils head in Wisconsin. So as long as it is over 1000 feet tall I think it will probably be a great experience haha
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If you go into it knowing it's a not a resort but a ski hill you'll be happy. The terrain is super fun when there's powder although it's not a big resort. Did get three of the best pow days of the year there in April/May this season.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:30 PM   #1185 (permalink)
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I am sure this has been asked a million times. but is it nice there? I planned the trip from Illinois there since their 4 day pass was so cheap! I think i paid like 120 for 4 days of boarding at A.Basin. A couple friends and I just want to experience a little colorado boarding instead of this hill stuff here.
It's not a destination resort by any means and if you plan on riding only groomed greens and blues (I'm making an assumption here), you may get a little bored by the end of your 4th day. Don't get me wrong it's a great ski area with many things to love about it.

Also, what time of the year are you going? If you really want to explore the mountain, that's another consideration. A lot of the steeper stuff isn't open until later in the season and they may be a little more conservative with opening up some of the terrain after last seasons avalanche.

But after all, you're coming from Illinois so literally anything here will be a million times better than what you're used to, especially if it's your first trip out west. So I digress.

Just some food for thought. I'm sure it'll be a great time wherever you go.
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Well I wish I had the luxury of going a little later in the year. But I had PTO to burn so I will be going over christmas. Dec 23-31. I am a regular at Devils head in Wisconsin. So as long as it is over 1000 feet tall I think it will probably be a great experience haha
Never been to Devil's Head, but if it's anything like Tyrol Basin or Cascade, you'll be in awe when you come out here, even in mid December. A-Bay should be a good choice for that exact week, because the other resorts will likely be absolute zoos.

My first trip out here was spring 2012 and I had a blast, even though it was one of the worst winters CO had seen in awhile. You'll have a great time I'm sure.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:40 PM   #1187 (permalink)
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I know some here are not going to like my first suggestion but loveland would probably be a better choice than slapahoe at that time. Copper is not a bad place either. They have an excellent snow making system meaning that 3k vertical runs should be an option there.
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I guess he can always sell part of his 4-pack on craigslist and consider some of the other possibilities.
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Ah crap missed that. A basin only? Bummer. Slapahoe has always been a mid February and later spot in my book. It is a great place though. If that is your choice do it.

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Old 09-26-2013, 11:45 PM   #1190 (permalink)
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I agree with some of these guys. I'd check out Loveland too. You can get 4 packs there for 120. I'd go ahead and pick one of those up. That way you have some choices. Sell the ones you don't use. Might even make some profit out of it.
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