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    Skiing in Colorado

    I'm trying to plan a ski trip for sometime in March looking at Colorado anyone know of any cheap lodging or deals on lift tickets?



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    Re: Skiing in Colorado

    Which resort? Or is that open?

    The best lift ticket deals can be had at the grocery stores in Denver, they are usually cheaper than buying them at the mountain, but that is only for certain resorts.

    If you are driving from DSM, I recommend skipping summit county and going to the boat, the drive is a few hrs less and the skiing is so much better. Plus it is out of the way enough that it is empty in March.

    I am going snowboarding there in March also.


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    Re: Skiing in Colorado

    Are you going with a large group or small group? There are more options for deals with larger groups.



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    Re: Skiing in Colorado

    The recent storm in the mountains has been great for skiing and boarding, they are measuring the snow in feet. 70 has been closed regularly for avalanche control. Aspen is reporting record snow totals, but if you want cheap, forget I even mentioned Aspen....
    Get lift tickets from King Soopers (Colorado version of HyVee) Avoid Summit and go to Steamboat to avoid most of the weekend warriors and tourists.

    Enjoy!



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    Re: Skiing in Colorado

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Which resort? Or is that open?

    The best lift ticket deals can be had at the grocery stores in Denver, they are usually cheaper than buying them at the mountain, but that is only for certain resorts.

    If you are driving from DSM, I recommend skipping summit county and going to the boat, the drive is a few hrs less and the skiing is so much better. Plus it is out of the way enough that it is empty in March.

    I am going snowboarding there in March also.
    Open to any resorts and any state really within the budget

    Quote Originally Posted by kometclone View Post
    Are you going with a large group or small group? There are more options for deals with larger groups.
    Small group 4 or 5 people



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    Re: Skiing in Colorado

    Look at some of the timeshares to stay at instead of the resorts. Many resorts in Colorado have bus service to pick up skiiers. There are timeshare websites that may have some good deals in March.

    Winter Park is a fun place that's close to Denver and has plenty of lower cost options for housing.



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    Re: Skiing in Colorado

    You might also want to check out Monarch. It's not a huge resort, but the skiing is decent (good powder, usually), and the lift tickets are some of the most affordable in Colorado. Plus, you can usually find reasonably-priced hotels to stay at in nearby Salida and Buena Vista. Monach doesn't have the "glam factor" of some of the Summit County resorts or Aspen or Vail, but it's one of the most cost-effective ways to take a ski vacation to Colorado.


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    Re: Skiing in Colorado

    Try Silver Creek, near Winterpark. Nice smaller resort, I could ski right up to the condo back door.



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    Re: Skiing in Colorado

    I love going to Steamboat, but I couldn't imagine trying to get there in the winter time. We usually try to come in from the north through Nebraska and Wyoming, and I've only ever been there in March when the crowds weren't as bad.


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    Re: Skiing in Colorado

    Quote Originally Posted by NebrClone View Post
    Try Silver Creek, near Winterpark. Nice smaller resort, I could ski right up to the condo back door.
    Silver Creek is now called Sol Vista. Its a family resort near Winter Park. Its a nice place if you're not an experienced skier or are going with small children. Otherwise, there's not much variety (only 2 hills) and not terribly challenging.



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    Re: Skiing in Colorado

    Quote Originally Posted by NebrClone View Post
    Try Silver Creek, near Winterpark. Nice smaller resort, I could ski right up to the condo back door.
    Good call on Silver Creek. I've skied there before, and was pleasantly surprised by it. It's probably even smaller than Monarch, but it has some nice runs and is definitely not overcrowded. The only problem with Silver Creek is the lodging options. There aren't a whole lot. What is there isn't overpriced like some of the Summit County hotels and lodges, but they aren't super cheap, either.


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    Re: Skiing in Colorado

    I just got back from Keystone and Vail, snow was decent. But with the snowstorm that just moved through, there should be plenty of powder everywhere. We ordered our lift tickets through "peaks" which saves you some $$$, the amount of money you save depends on how many days of skiing you are doing.
    And "peaks" only works through, Keystone, Vail, Breckenridge, A-basin, and Beaver Creek.



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    Re: Skiing in Colorado

    Quote Originally Posted by ahaselhu View Post
    Silver Creek is now called Sol Vista. Its a family resort near Winter Park. Its a nice place if you're not an experienced skier or are going with small children. Otherwise, there's not much variety (only 2 hills) and not terribly challenging.
    Whoops! You're right. Silver Creek is now called Sol Vista, though some of us "locals" have found it hard to break the habit of calling it by its old name. There are still several businesses and lodging facilities in the area that still use Silver Creek in their names, even with the ski resort's name change. I agree that Sol Vista isn't terribly challenging, although there were a couple of decent intermediate runs when I was there. It is great, though, for a leisurely day of skiing without big crowds. It all depends on what you're looking for, I guess.


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    Re: Skiing in Colorado

    Quote Originally Posted by BvK1126 View Post
    Whoops! You're right. Silver Creek is now called Sol Vista, though some of us "locals" have found it hard to break the habit of calling it by its old name. There are still several businesses and lodging facilities in the area that still use Silver Creek in their names, even with the ski resort's name change. I agree that Sol Vista isn't terribly challenging, although there were a couple of decent intermediate runs when I was there. It is great, though, for a leisurely day of skiing without big crowds. It all depends on what you're looking for, I guess.
    Honestly its the only place in Colorado that I've been to. My wife's family (20+ people) goes there every other year, and we've loved it. It's great for kids, because there's several nice long easy hills and there's usually not too many people there.

    We were there last January, and there were building several new Condos further up the hill, so they may have more options now.

    We're thinking we'll probably try Winter Park next time, because Sol Vistas getting pretty played out for us. But it is a nice place to go.



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    Re: Skiing in Colorado

    SolVista is a very good place for family and the learn to ski type of crowd. The whole Granby Ranch development has exploded recently. They are doing major renovations at the hill, and the accommodations are improving greatly.

    If you don't want to drive you can take Amtrak into Granby which is only 2 miles or so from the hill. Also new this year you can catch a shuttle to Winter Park, which is 20 miles south if you want to ski a bigger hill one of the days of your trip.

    Monarch is also a great call, for purely the skiing. Next to zero night life, but the skiing is some of the best. As it sits on the divide in southern Colorado, the snow is almost always excellent and hardly ever a crowd. It is a ski mountain, not a resort.

    If the extra drive is no problem, you are looking for a little night life, and enjoy more of a ski challenge, I think it is hard to top Crested Butte. If you are looking to save extra $ you can stay in Gunnison and hitch hike up every morning. I haven't skied there for a few years, but they used to offer $0 lift tickets the last 2 weeks of the season, so only have lodging to pay for if you can go the first few weeks of April.


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