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    winter ski/ snowboard trips

    Loveland and Arapahoe Basin are now open, and some friends and I are in the midst of planning some trips. We are thinking about Arapahoe Basin over the new year (2-3 days on the slopes), and Durango/ Telluride for a mid- Feb trip (3-4 days on slopes).

    Anybody been to either of these places? I am particularly excited for the February south range trip - I hear the San Juans are cool, and the south range is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. If you've been to either, let me know what I might expect.

    Where are others going to go? What is your ski resort in the west?



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    Re: winter ski/ snowboard trips

    I want to do Steamboat next. It's been a while since I've been there. Am hoping it's not as busy as some of the others.

    Did Winterpark last year and had a blast.



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    Re: winter ski/ snowboard trips

    Steamboat because its only a twenty minute drive from my house.

    I also really like Snowmass.


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    Re: winter ski/ snowboard trips

    Went to Keystone, Breck, and Vail last year. We went to Vail after a fresh 15" of powder and had the best time I have ever had in Colorado. Going down those Vail back bowls in knee-thigh deep powder is amazing.

    As for your questions, A-basin would be fun, but might get a little boring if you spent 2-3 days there on vacation. They opened up their new back bowl last year, and I've never been in that, so maybe it got a lot more fun. It will also be less busy there, since most tourists probably stay at Keystone and Breck. You can buy a decent priced lift ticket that works at Keystone, Breck, A-basin, Vail, and Beaver Creek. If you are just looking to hit up some nice resorts, all within 30 minutes of each other, that would be a good time. That's usually what we do.


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    Oh you guys suck....... had to hang it up two years ago because of back surgery have fun though who gets to tear it up!!!



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    Re: winter ski/ snowboard trips

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedave25 View Post
    Went to Keystone, Breck, and Vail last year. We went to Vail after a fresh 15" of powder and had the best time I have ever had in Colorado. Going down those Vail back bowls in knee-thigh deep powder is amazing.

    As for your questions, A-basin would be fun, but might get a little boring if you spent 2-3 days there on vacation. They opened up their new back bowl last year, and I've never been in that, so maybe it got a lot more fun. It will also be less busy there, since most tourists probably stay at Keystone and Breck. You can buy a decent priced lift ticket that works at Keystone, Breck, A-basin, Vail, and Beaver Creek. If you are just looking to hit up some nice resorts, all within 30 minutes of each other, that would be a good time. That's usually what we do.
    We figured the Loveland area would be good since other places are close - if we're bored w/ A-basin after day 1, we can head to keystone day 2, or wherever has good snow...



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    Quote Originally Posted by madcityCY View Post
    We figured the Loveland area would be good since other places are close - if we're bored w/ A-basin after day 1, we can head to keystone day 2, or wherever has good snow...
    I've never been to Loveland Pass, but have heard its a nice little resort.
    That's a good idea on going where the good snow is at. Check the snow reports early in the morning and whatever place got the most, head there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedave25 View Post
    I've never been to Loveland Pass, but have heard its a nice little resort.
    That's a good idea on going where the good snow is at. Check the snow reports early in the morning and whatever place got the most, head there.
    I like Loveland. Cheap(relatively speaking), close to Denver and not really that busy. It can get windy and cold there, but the couple times I've been there, it's been good.



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    Re: winter ski/ snowboard trips

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedave25 View Post
    Went to Keystone, Breck, and Vail last year. We went to Vail after a fresh 15" of powder and had the best time I have ever had in Colorado. Going down those Vail back bowls in knee-thigh deep powder is amazing.

    As for your questions, A-basin would be fun, but might get a little boring if you spent 2-3 days there on vacation. They opened up their new back bowl last year, and I've never been in that, so maybe it got a lot more fun. It will also be less busy there, since most tourists probably stay at Keystone and Breck. You can buy a decent priced lift ticket that works at Keystone, Breck, A-basin, Vail, and Beaver Creek. If you are just looking to hit up some nice resorts, all within 30 minutes of each other, that would be a good time. That's usually what we do.
    This is about as good as it gets. Vail back bowls and Blue Sky = epic.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    This is about as good as it gets. Vail back bowls and Blue Sky = epic.
    Amen. If I could build a house anywhere in the world, it'd be right at the base of the back bowls and blue sky basin.


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    Telluride is nice, but it is a long ways from here unless you are flying. I would go to the boat for your spring trip. The town is great, and the mountain is the best in Colorado.


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    Quote Originally Posted by madcityCY View Post
    We figured the Loveland area would be good since other places are close - if we're bored w/ A-basin after day 1, we can head to keystone day 2, or wherever has good snow...
    Keystone sucks. Beaver or Breck are much better.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    I want to do Steamboat next. It's been a while since I've been there. Am hoping it's not as busy as some of the others.

    Did Winterpark last year and had a blast.
    Steamboat is the least busy resort I have been to. It is way out the middle of nowhere, so it does not get any Denver traffic. It is also the closest drive from Iowa.


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    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Steamboat is the least busy resort I have been to. It is way out the middle of nowhere, so it does not get any Denver traffic. It is also the closest drive from Iowa.
    Do you go the North route or through Denver?



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    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Telluride is nice, but it is a long ways from here unless you are flying. I would go to the boat for your spring trip. The town is great, and the mountain is the best in Colorado.
    We are definitely flying. Tix from Milwaukee to Durango La Plata Co AP are currently $249 after tax! (one positive to the recession).

    I assume you mean steamboat when you say "the boat". We were just there a couple years ago. Nice - we had good snow (14" fresh pow one day), but not one of my favorites.



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