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    Posted: Nov/02/2010 at 12:11am
Never realized Colorado had so many mountains to ride.  The hardest thing is choosing where to go to maximize 4 full days of riding.  My choices (for now) are the following:

  1. Steamboat (considering cat tours)
  2. Vail
  3. Breckenridge/Keystone (both in one day)
  4. To be decided.
Where would you go and in what order?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/02/2010 at 2:38am
Never been to any of them, but I don't think you can lose at either.  I hear good things about all of em.  I'm going to Telluride myself in Feb.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/02/2010 at 3:31am
If i was headed to CO, it would Crested Butte, but that's just me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/02/2010 at 4:15am
how close are these and other different resorts to each other? i'm planning a trip to colorado as well and would love some input from people who are local or have been there on where the nice spots are!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/02/2010 at 4:30am
i want to know where the cheap places to stay are...  Leadville seems to have places for $100 a night but it is about 1hr drive to Breckenridge, Vail, or Aspen.

Eagle has some cheap places but it is also like 45mins to Vail, even farther to Breckenridge...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/02/2010 at 6:26am
Steamboat is a solid 2 hour drive from keystone/breck.  Keystone, Breck, Copper, A basin, Vail, and Beaver Creek are all within about 30 minutes of each other.  So unless you want to do tons of driving I would pick 4 from those.  You can do a cat trip with Vail cats.  However the cat trip we took at Steamboat last year was epic.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/02/2010 at 6:31am
last season i stayed in dillon and went to abasin, keystone and breck. stayed in dillon and it was pretty affordable. stayed late into the days and avoided the crazy traffic coming back. but def hit up abasin.. had the best time there by far!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/02/2010 at 8:50pm
Staying in Silverthorne/Frisco area seems to be a good home base.  There are several mountains within a decent driving distance and lodging is inexpensive.  I keep trying to find ways to make Steamboat a destination, but it's just a long drive!  If we only had more time.  I think that we'll be taking advantage of the next airfare sale for a second trip, hopefully, this season.

Steamboat = 10K acres covered by cats. Hug
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/03/2010 at 6:02am
^^^ thanks all for the info. def wanna get at least once on the cats.  helps plan my trip accordingly.
 
for the resorts, do they charge for parking at all?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/03/2010 at 6:06am
Originally posted by PICKLES

Never realized Colorado had so many mountains to ride.  The hardest thing is choosing where to go to maximize 4 full days of riding.  My choices (for now) are the following:

  1. Steamboat (considering cat tours)
  2. Vail
  3. Breckenridge/Keystone (both in one day)
  4. To be decided.
Where would you go and in what order?


I would go to Steamboat first then Vail and then Brek.  Just going from furthest out to closest in to Denver.  Also I would go to the cat riding the first day.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/03/2010 at 8:21am
Originally posted by PICKLES

Staying in Silverthorne/Frisco area seems to be a good home base.  There are several mountains within a decent driving distance and lodging is inexpensive.  I keep trying to find ways to make Steamboat a destination, but it's just a long drive!  If we only had more time.  I think that we'll be taking advantage of the next airfare sale for a second trip, hopefully, this season.

Steamboat = 10K acres covered by cats. Hug

cheap but still not CHEAP!!  Better than $300 or $500 a night... however, will need car at silverthorne/frisco if I want to hit more than just silverthorne.

thanks for the info tho
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/07/2010 at 8:06pm
Lodging, check!  I'm psyched because my coworker is letting us use her timeshare in Steamboat for as long as we want, all for the bargain price of $275 flat.  We plan to do Vail first and head to Steamboat afterward.  Then work our way back toward Denver, hitting up Breck/Keystone.  With lodging out of the way, car rentals = an arm and a leg.

Cat tours for the days we want to do them are sold out/fully booked.  Hopefully, it changes by the time we get there. (Sure).  I'm guessing the SIA Snow Show and Winter X-Games going on during our vacation has something to do with the extremely overpriced car rentals.

In any case... good times are guaranteed!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/07/2010 at 8:19pm
Wow that's a lot of snowboarding in different places! I hear lots of good things about vail.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/07/2010 at 8:21pm
Originally posted by Stryker

Originally posted by PICKLES

Never realized Colorado had so many mountains to ride.  The hardest thing is choosing where to go to maximize 4 full days of riding.  My choices (for now) are the following:

  1. Steamboat (considering cat tours)
  2. Vail
  3. Breckenridge/Keystone (both in one day)
  4. To be decided.
Where would you go and in what order?


I would go to Steamboat first then Vail and then Brek.  Just going from furthest out to closest in to Denver.  Also I would go to the cat riding the first day.


Yeah, I was thinking the same thing initially.  Drive out and work our way back.  Cat's out for Steamboat (sucks), but another plan has been set in motion.  Now we're looking into visiting Durango Mountain Resort specifically for cat tours.  At $250 per day/person, it's decent.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/08/2010 at 5:32am
I found a place in Glenwood springs which is only $68 a night for a room with 2 queen beds and is 1 hour from vail/aspen.  I figure staying at silverthorne, you are close to silverthorne but still like 40mins to vail and like 2 hours from aspen.  for the price difference, I don't mind driving an extra 20 mins to vail and I'm closer to aspen.

And to steamboat, glenwood springs is the about the same distance compared to silverthorne.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/08/2010 at 8:28am
damn envious..

Last year we did Breck, Keystone, Beaver Creek and Vail..
Fuckin awsome.. too bad I was out of shape like a mo... still am...
damn altitude killed me....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/09/2010 at 5:11am
Originally posted by VTBear

damn envious..

Last year we did Breck, Keystone, Beaver Creek and Vail..
Fuckin awsome.. too bad I was out of shape like a mo... still am...
damn altitude killed me....

Altitude?  They aren't that high up in CO.   I was in Chile and the resorts there are 10,000 ft and up.  CO is probably around 8000 ft.  I am a fat ass and I didn't have any problem in Chile.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/09/2010 at 5:31am
Originally posted by mech9t5

Originally posted by VTBear

damn envious..

Last year we did Breck, Keystone, Beaver Creek and Vail..
Fuckin awsome.. too bad I was out of shape like a mo... still am...
damn altitude killed me....

Altitude?  They aren't that high up in CO.   I was in Chile and the resorts there are 10,000 ft and up.  CO is probably around 8000 ft.  I am a fat ass and I didn't have any problem in Chile.


Breck's base is 9600 feet - it's summit is 12,998 feet... so maybe Chili would be higher in certain situations because the Andes have a higher elevation than the Rocky's doesn't take away from the fact that these are pretty high elevations... Altitude sickness can affect a person when you are above 8K feet.

Anyway... with that little factoid out of the way... when I go, I've always stayed in Breck because I found cheaper lodging there... but I enjoy riding in Vail the best.  Either way, I'm never dissapointed.  When I've gone to Steamboat, I stayed exclusively in Steamboat for a number of days.... then in Breck for a number of days.  Try and spend more days riding and less driving =)

You will definitely have fun regardless of where you chose to go!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/09/2010 at 6:17am
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Anyway... with that little factoid out of the way... when I go, I've always stayed in Breck because I found cheaper lodging there... but I enjoy riding in Vail the best.  Either way, I'm never dissapointed.  When I've gone to Steamboat, I stayed exclusively in Steamboat for a number of days.... then in Breck for a number of days.  Try and spend more days riding and less driving =)

You will definitely have fun regardless of where you chose to go!
 
is there any particular reason why you enjoy riding Vail the most over the other places??  what kind of riding do you do?
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