(Closed) Any recommendations for Ski Resorts?

posted 8 years ago in Denver
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We LOVE Keystone.  That’s where we got engaged.  It’s perfect for beginners and has some great green runs.  They have great instructors if you want to take lessons.  They have a super cute village for shopping and dining.  With the multi-day ski pass, you can also check out other resorts like Breckenridge and some others if you want to make a drive.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

hmm…right in Denver Im not sure, but my favorite ski resort in North America is about an hour and a half from there – Winter Park. http://www.skiwinterpark.com/index.htm

We skiied at Loveland area a few years back, the mountains were pretty small and the sking pretty uneventful.  Id not suggest that if you are more advanced. 

Breckenridge, like pp said, is also great

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

The best place I’ve ever visited for skiiing/snowboarding was not in CO, but in Utah – Snowbird.  If you’re flexible on the state, I’d recommend going there! Plus, it’s close to Park City, where Sundance is held, and home of great nightlife and shopping.  Utah is beautiful.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Not Denver, but Whitefish MT has a great ski resort. wow, I’m really pushing people to come visit us up here today!!!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Keystone is the resort, it’s near Dillon which is about 1 hour from Denver.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Yes, this is the one.  there’s a bunch of lodging options.  Last year we stayed int he River Run Condos.  Other years we’ve stayed in private condos that my husband has found through Craig’s List and some other sites.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I second Melissabegins on Utah! There are a number of great ski resorts within 20 min. from Salt Lake City, and snow is trully the greatest. Snowbird and Alta (if you are a skier, Alta is skiers only resort) I would say are the best. Birghton is usually top pick by snowboarders. If you stay in Park City the Canyons would be a great choice as well. Sundance festival will be taking place Jan 21-31 in 2010, and that is an attraction of its own.

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

There are so many options!  Just head west on I-70: Winter Park, Loveland, A-Basin, Keystone, Breck, Copper, Vail, Beaver Creek – all within a 2 hour drive once you get outside the city!

The nice thing about Keystone/Breckenridge/Arapahoe Basin is that they’re all owned by the same company and lift tickets are transferrable.  So for example, you can start at Breck in the morning and then take a bus to Keystone and go night skiing on the same ticket!  (Definitely double check that they still do that though, don’t just take my word for it.) 

Your levels of experience and the type of skiing you like to do would definitely help narrow down the recommendations.  For example, say you’re fairly beginner/intermediate and would have the most fun running laps on a few rolling groomers you can also get that at a smaller resort and not spend as much. 

Full disclosure: My family has a cabin in Breck so that was pretty much my home mountain.  I love it there!  Peak 10 is my favorite when the conditions are right – some decent steepness and a good mix of bumps and groomers.  Peak 9 has some really fun groomers (Mercury chair) with some (avoidable) steep bumps dropping off the side as you head over to Peak 8.  8 now has the highest chair lift in North America (the Imperial) and you can get some really fun turns in above tree line off the t-bar.  Peak 7 then eases back into some easy groomers. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

For a beginner skier, I would recommend Copper Mountain. It is a resort in Summit County (where Breck, Keystone, and ABasin is located). It is in close proximity to Vail.  The beauty of Copper is that the hill is naturally divided between beginner – intermediate – and advanced terrain. I was a ski instructor at Copper while I was in college and found that it more safe to learn in an environment where there is only beginner skiers. Honestly, if you are just learning, there isn’t a need to check out the other resorts. Also, Keystone has a reputation of being pretty icy and Breckenridge is windier than the other two resorts. They have other great activities at the resort such as tubing and ice skating. I may be biased, but I think Copper is the best place to learn to ski. PM me if you have any questions. I grew up in the area. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I forgot I was going to mention Copper as good one to check out and second jaime80218.  Unfortunately, I’ve never skiied it (we didn’t usually go elsewhere since Breck was 5 minutes from the cabin and we had passes) but I’ve been wanting to for a long time. 

And that’s funny about Breck having a reputation for being the windiest.  Maybe that’s why I can now live in Wyoming without complaint!  😉

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Winter Park is probably my favorite. I took a beginner lesson there 3 years ago and it was great. The instructors were really patient and helpful, and they had some good beginner runs that I practiced on over and over. The lift operators were also very understanding when I fell over after getting off the lift… 🙂

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I love Copper mountain. It isn’t too expensive and beautiful. I totally agree with jamie80218. While learning to snowboard I found that Copper was the most comfortable. People there are friendly, and unlike other places the learners aren’t just shoved aside. I have seen tons of people actually stop to help or give tips to others. Another hugggeee thing for me was that besides the bunny hill (the easiest) the easy runs were not TOO easy, they were a challange at first but do-able and not intimidating. 

 

Good luck! and have a blast!

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