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Old 12-21-2014, 02:38 PM
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Trying to plan a short ski trip for me and the wife to Colorado towards the end of Feb. We want to do this as cheap as possible. We will be flying out of Atlanta to Denver on a Thursday, skiing Friday and Saturday, flying back Sunday. This will be our first trip out west to ski. Need recommendations on:

1. Which ski resort should we visit and where to stay at or near that resort?

2. Should we rent a car or take a shuttle from Denver to the resort?

Not looking for a grand hotel or extravagant place to stay although a hot tub is a must.

Any advice you guys can offer would be greatly appreciated. 4 days/3 nights is the max we can stay due to work schedules. Been looking at Keystone based on a recommendation from some friends.
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I lived in the Winter Park area for 25 years, worked full time at the mountain 15. It is considered a family/somewhat budget conscious area. Big mountain, 30 feet on average annually, no nightlife to speak of, some good eats, local shuttle service. If you decide on Winter Park/Mary Jane I will help however I can.

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^ WP is great and affordable compared to some other resorts. Which resort might be more easily
determined by how well you ski or how serious you want to take it.
Shuttle if you're being price conscious.
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Look at Loveland, telluride, and there is another one by boulder I can't think of the name right now. I've been to Colorado the past 4 years for work to ski. I ski at beaver creek, vail, Breckinridge. They are $180/day to ski. That's way to much in my opinion. But I don't have to pay for it. Look at the town of frisco, in that area. It's centrally located for many resorts. I've been to Loveland, it's great!
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I am in Vail right now. IMHO One of the better mountains for the average skiing family.

Lots of varied runs, good après/food and you can find lodging in every price range.

That being said - skiing on the weeknds anywhere along I-70 is a zoo .due to the Denver day skiers ...

Steamboat is far Enough away to keep the day skiers away. 3 hours.
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Brett1 lives there some, maybe ask him to chime in.
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Thanks folks. Anybody have exp with keystone?
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Went to keystone last year and it was great. Since this is your first trip out west to ski, you can't go wrong with any ski resort. The mountains and runs will blow your mind and you will never ski anywhere else after this trip. Do you know anyone out there now? Perhaps with season passes? They can get discounted lift tickets which will help.
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Thanks folks. Anybody have exp with keystone?
Been there many times...great family terrain. You'll love it.

Telluride is tough to get to on your schedule.

Breckenridge is a good choice.
Copper Mountain, Vail, Beaver Creek...all good choices on the I70 corridor.
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Personally i would skip Colorado and go to Salt Lake City. Stay down the mountain in Midvale. Lift tickets are @ 100 tops. Less worries about altitude sickness when sleeping. There are at least 8 good resorts in the area. But I am biased - I do that trip at least once a year.
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Personally i would skip Colorado and go to Salt Lake City. Stay down the mountain in Midvale. Lift tickets are @ 100 tops. Less worries about altitude sickness when sleeping. There are at least 8 good resorts in the area. But I am biased - I do that trip at least once a year.
Utah for sure...great hills and snow, lots of variety and great prices.
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Originally Posted by CNC Boater View Post
Personally i would skip Colorado and go to Salt Lake City. Stay down the mountain in Midvale. Lift tickets are @ 100 tops. Less worries about altitude sickness when sleeping. There are at least 8 good resorts in the area. But I am biased - I do that trip at least once a year.
Agree with above

Stay in salt lake rent a car, ski a different resort each day. If you stay in slc it can be a very affordable trip. I would put alta, solitude and the canyons/park city on the list.
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Try Crested Butte very reasonable nice slopes very in advanced to beginner .
Package deals are reasonable . Fly into Gunnison and bus to slopes package deal can not beat it.
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Agree with above

Stay in salt lake rent a car, ski a different resort each day. If you stay in slc it can be a very affordable trip. I would put alta, solitude and the canyons/park city on the list.
Add a day a Deer Valley - priciest in the area but an awesome place to ski. No snow boards allowed.
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Something to mention. Flights are cheaper to Denver than UT. Today anyways.
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Originally Posted by CNC Boater View Post
Add a day a Deer Valley - priciest in the area but an awesome place to ski. No snow boards allowed.
No knuckle draggers at alta either
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Originally Posted by oceanelectric1 View Post
Try Crested Butte very reasonable nice slopes very in advanced to beginner .
Package deals are reasonable . Fly into Gunnison and bus to slopes package deal can not beat it.
Crested butte cute little town, everyone in it from back east and tells you how great it is there. Stayed in the hotel at the ski area room was like a sauna, had to sleep with the door open. We arrived to the biggest powder day to the year...the locals were all asshats on slopes. Duechbag powder sharks...I have never been yelled ate by other skiers like we were at that resort. I skied raced all through high school and have skied almost every ski area in the east, but the behavior of the locals at crested butte was just poor.
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If you want inexpensive then Salt Lake City is a much better choice.

You can stay in the valley and find hotels for $79 pretty easily. My son and I stay at the Sleep in in South Jordan, it is usually $52/night. About 20-30 minutes to Snowbird/Alta/Solitude or Brighton. Park City/Deer Valley is about 60 minutes.

Alta is my favorite of the mountains in the area. It is definitely a skier's mountain, not many frills but lots of great terrain.

The lift tickets will be less in SLC also.
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Telluride is a no go for a 4 day 3 night getaway unless you fly into Telluride which is going to cost you a lot to connect from Denver. Accommodations in season are not cheap there either. I'm going to also say Vail/Beaver Creek. Vail is older with generally cheaper accommodations. Beaver Creek is newer with higher end accommodations. If you want inexpensive stay off mountain in Edwards. Just a few miles from Beaver Creek.
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