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    Snow Ski Trip

    My wife and I would like to go to Colorado some time in February for a ski trip. We're looking for hints on how to find a reasonable place to stay? We'd like a condo type unit with a kitchen. We may take a few other couples with so am open to a 2 or 3 bedroom units.

    Winterpark or the Dillon area will probably where we'll be going this year, but would be open to other locations if there's enough of a savings to be had. Looking at 2 or 3 days sking. Will be staying at Denver as well to visit friends.

    We're mainly blue run ski people. Keystone and Steamboat have been two of my favorites in the past, but there's a lot of slopes I haven't been to.

    Really looking forward to this. My wife and I haven't been on a trip by ourselves since the kids came along 5 years ago.



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    Re: Snow Ski Trip

    I've got some spare rooms that I would be willing to rent out cheaply. I live just a hop and a skip from Steamboat.


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    Re: Snow Ski Trip

    Just bring a tent.



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    Re: Snow Ski Trip

    I really like staying in or around Breckenridge. The skiing is good and there is enough shops to keep the wife busy for a couple of days. I got a pretty good deal on a lift ticket through http://www.liftopia.com/ last year. Also if you are looking for a bigger house to rent we have used http://www.riverridgerentals.com/ a couple of times and they have always been great to work with.


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    Re: Snow Ski Trip

    If you are going to Winter Park, I'd recommend checking out the YMCA of the Rockies YMCA of the Rockies-Snow Mountain Ranch-Winter Park, Co

    I've stayed there before, and it's incredibly cheap, especially if you get a crowd to go. They have snowmobiles, cross-country trails, and snowshoe trails there on their property. Also, they have busses to and from the mountain that leave like every 15 minutes. You wouldn't have to deal with parking that way. When I was there, we went on a midnight, full-moon snowshoe hiking trip and it was incredible. I'd recommend it to anyone.



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    Re: Snow Ski Trip

    I don't have any hook ups or know exactly where you should be looking, but I will tell you to keep your eyes peeled. A lot of the resorts are cutting some pretty nice deals this winter in hopes people will continue to come out despite the bad economy.

    As far as SKIING goes. Get a day or two in at Vail. Yeah Keystone and Steamboat are nice (Actually two of my favorites), but nothing compares to skiing on over 5,200 acres. Vail has just about everything for any kind of skier / boarder. Yeah, I might be a bit biased but I've been to a total of 9 different resorts since I've lived here.

    Vail Resorts also owns A Basin, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Beaver Creek so you can purchase a multiple day pass and choose which of the five mountains you want to go to.



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    Re: Snow Ski Trip

    I competed in a off-road running race earlier this fall and was rewarded with a week ski pass for Aspen. In addition, I purchased a season pass for Steamboat just last week so I should be fairly set for the ski season.


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    Re: Snow Ski Trip

    We and another couple have been out to Colorado about 6 times. Here are my preferences.

    #1 Wildernest/Dillon/Frisco area townhouse.

    We stayed in this one last time Twenty Grand Townhome

    We stayed in this one twice at Miners Run Miners Run Colorado Townhouse Near Skiing - Townhouse (This one I believe is owned by an couple from Cedar Rapids)


    Both are about the same. You have a fully furnished kitchen, garage, private hot tub for 4, internet, and plenty of space for 2 couples. By staying here you are close to all the ski areas. You are also about a block away from the bus shuttle that will take you to any of the local ski areas. You get a lot of more bang for the buck compared to actually staying in a ski town.

    #2 Ski in/Ski out Breckenridge

    These are perfect if you don't care about accommodations and you just want to focus on skiing at Breck.This is the place right next to the lifts. It's expensive and you're pretty much staying in a hotel.

    #3 Keystone Condo

    We stayed here the first year. It was about 6 blocks from the ski area which sounds good but walking in ski boots and carrying ski's sucks. The place itself was nice but I would rather drive 20 miles than walk 6 blocks.

    #4 Dillion hotel

    My nephew and I went for a long weekend ski trip. We didn't have any woman with us so we were serious about skiing and didn't want to pay out a lot of money. This worked fine for our mission.



    So in short, I would recommend a townhouse in the Dillon area.




    As far as skiing, everyone has their own preferences but they are all good. I like Keystone, Breck, and Vail. Copper didn't impress me but that may be because I've only been once and it was on a lousy day.

    If you need info on good places to eat at each of the resorts, send me a PM.



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    Re: Snow Ski Trip

    We use vacation rentals by owner. VRBO.com

    One owner we really like also lists properties here.
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    Re: Snow Ski Trip

    Not to completely hijack this thread but would someone care to tell me a little bit more about the skiing in the Steamboat Springs area? I've got an uncle in the area that I'm thinking about visiting over Winter break.



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    Re: Snow Ski Trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Iastfan112 View Post
    Not to completely hijack this thread but would someone care to tell me a little bit more about the skiing in the Steamboat Springs area? I've got an uncle in the area that I'm thinking about visiting over Winter break.
    Even though I purchased a Steamboat season pass I have never skied there. I moved into the area this summer and that is the reason I purchased a season pass.

    I should be able to answer your question in another week since Steamboat opens next week.

    You might direct your question to Brainhos. I know that he has skied there.


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    Re: Snow Ski Trip

    Steamboat is one of the best places to ski. No big mountain traffic. Small town atmosphere with lots of restaurants and shops. But best of all "Champagne Powder". Steamboat is the best.



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    Re: Snow Ski Trip

    When I go out to Colorado with my friends, we get a suite in a hotel, and it works pretty well. Its cheap and has what we need. We stay in Silverthorne so its close to a lot of resorts. Keystone, Vail, and Copper are my favorite.


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    Beaver Creek!!!

    As a Colorado Resident, I would try to figure out a way to ski Vail on either a Friday or Monday and ski Beaver Creek on the weekend. Beaver Creek in my opinion is the best option for skiing on the weekend as it isn't as crowded, has everything you could want for different types of skiing, and conditions are great.



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