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Colorado at Christmas

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Hi,

Got some cheap direct flights to Denver with BA so am heading out there for 10days over Xmas and New Year. The first half is sorted as were heading to Steamboat with some friends who live out there, but were heading off on our own from 27/12 - 1/1.

I know that the snow wasnt great this year but would be grateful of any pointers or advice/local knowledge for the second half of our holiday based on a typical snow fall. Were hiring a car so can travel. Ill ski anywhere and the other half will now happily ski most stuff except blacks in Europe. Both our preference would be for no queues over the ultimate skiing experience.

Ive heard that Breckinridge can be busy at this time. Vail accommodation looks pretty pricey. Any other useful info/ideas gratefully received.
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Did you buy an Ikon pass or are you contemplating buying? The base pass will be blacked out from 26-31/12 so only of use to you if you go to Copper or Winter Park for your second leg (both within a fairly easy drive) but the full pass would let you spend your last few days in Aspen which is well worth it and a good break from the I70 insanity. Aspen accomodation is $$$ but you can stay downvalley in Basalt or Carbondale fairly easily
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Aspen was fab a few years ago. Like a US version of Courchevel. Great skiing. A tad pricey though!
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They even have their own version of the Folie


http://youtube.com/v/GnZ2RJUnqmA


though word is its rather dominated by rich kids showering genuine Veuve Cliquot
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Beaver Creek will be quieter than Aspen or Vail.

If you stay at Dillon / Silverthorne A Basin Lovelands Keystone Breck Beaver and Vail are all within easy driving distance unless there is a heavy snowfall that morning.

I have skied all ot the above and Beaver is my favourite. But note that the walk up ticket price is nosebleed high at $175 and to add insult they charge for most parking!

I also like A Basin which has a totally different ambiance think dogs beer and funky stoners. https://www.arapahoebasin.com/the-mountain/the-beach/

I am retired so can pick my times to avoid blackout dates and buy a restricted Epic pass which makes Beaver and Vail about 40$ a day
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I was at Aspen/Snowmass a couple of years ago at Christmas and New Year. There were absolutely no crowds. Didnt wait in a lift line at all.
The snow was great and the whole mountain(s) was open.
A grand experience.
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Out of Vail, Breck and Keystone, I preferred Breck for my first Colorado experience. That was last Christmas, with the bad snow, who knows how I would have felt if Vail as a whole was open.

Then again in one occasion there I probably had the longest queue waiting time since I was skiing in communist times in Poiana Brasov, Romania. I guess I picked the wrong lift at the wrong time, it wasn't that bad otherwise (but not deserted, definitely - and neither was Vail).
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imull wrote:

Both our preference would be for no queues over the ultimate skiing experience.

Ive heard that Breckinridge can be busy at this time. Vail accommodation looks pretty pricey. Any other useful info/ideas gratefully received.

All your requirements point to the direction AWAY from Vail corp!

Of the Vail mountains in Colorado, Breckenridge notorious for long lift queues during holiday period. Keystone? It's notorious for busy and icy piste because due to too many skier ON the piste (good uplift capacity couple with insufficient pistes per skier). Vail itself is quite spacious, except some key lifts can have painfully long lift queues. About the only mountain that isn't mobbed by holiday crowd is Beaver Creek and A-basin which is strictly for advanced skiers.

More over, there're better options, possibly less expensive....

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The first half is sorted as were heading to Steamboat with some friends who live out there

If you're skiing in Steamboat in the first half, it's a no-brainer to get the IKON pass! But you have to move fast...

There're two versions, both of allows you to ski at Steamboat during the time you'll be there except 1 day: With the cheaper "base pass", it's blocked for 12/26.

The "regular" pass cost a whopping $1000! But if you look up the day prices of Vail resorts? It's well over $100/day. So your 10 day will be quite a lot over $1000!!! And you still have to fight the crowd on the lift queue or jostle for elbow room on the pistes too.

The "base" version of Ikon pass currently cost "only" $699. But the price will go up as time goes by.

The biggest difference between those two version of the Ikon pass is where it allows you to ski on 12/26-1/1: The "base" version allows you to ski only at Copper Mountain and Winter Park (including Mary Jane). The "regular" allows you to ski at Aspen in addition!

If I were crossing the pond to ski in North America, I'd swallow the extra cost of the regular IKON pass to go enjoy the uncrowded paste of Aspen 12/27-1/1. You'll still come out ahead cost-wise against any of Vail Corp's mountain.

Now, if you were NOT hanging out with your mates in Steamboat, a case can be made for the $899 Epic pass and fight the crowd in Vail mountains. But with Steamboat a "must have", IKON pass is the pretty clear winner.
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