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    Posted: May/31/2011 at 12:45pm
Recently moved out from San Francisco, looking for some advice on passes. I talked to some locals already who have been pretty helpful, but wanted input from people on here before I pull the trigger on anything. So lots of people get the Epic pass, understandable. I am mainly looking for friendly, cool staff and resort regulars. I don't care if a resort is 'massive' if I have to wait an hour in a lift line and two extra hours in traffic and a crowded parking lot. My resort in California was Sierra at Tahoe- anyone who has been there and can recommend a place out here like that would be ideal. My aversion to the Epic pass is that so many people will have it. Sierra was included with Northstar and Heavenly last year and it made the traffic unbearable at times. Am I wrong in thinking that non-Epic pass resorts won't get slammed as bad? Thanks for the input guys. 

Edit: Forgot to put my new location, moved to Denver, looking for resorts around there.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/31/2011 at 1:06pm
you could get the Kirkwood/Alpine Meadows pass
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/01/2011 at 5:17am
^^^I hope that was before you specified you were moving to Denver.

Epic Pass will get you the most resorts, though I would just throw Keystone on the fire.  It's pretty lame.  The rest are decent though.  You can find fun stuff.  Not as obvious as the Cali resorts but it's there.  It is a shit show.  Everyone gets that pass.  Quantity over quality.  Also, everyone who has this pass has to go through the tunnel.  Return traffic on a Sunday can be a long wait.  I avoid Summit county on Sundays for this reason.

The Super Pass gets you Copper/Winterpark.  Add a + and get 6 days at Steamboat.  Copper and Winterpark.  Same shit show at these resorts as with Vail.  The big plus is Winterpark lies on the other side of Berthoud Pass.  Traffic on a return Sunday is much less of a bitch.  It can still suck, but where people are taking 3-4 hours to get to Denver on a Sunday from Summit, it's usually around 2 from Winterpark.  It's rare it's much more than that.

Loveland sounds like what you are looking for though.  They only sell a pass for their mountain.  Crowds are much less.  Most busy weekend days, you can practically ride right up to the lift.  The only drawback is that it's by the tunnel.  So the Sunday shit show, can have a big effect on you there.  The good news is, it overlooks the highway, so you can figure out when it's time to go and make a quick escape if you like.  Plus, you won't get stopped by tunnel metering.  Making the drive home maybe slightly longer than Winterpark.  This is only due to Georgetown Hill, that is a bit of a bottleneck. In normal traffic, it's much closer than WP is. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/01/2011 at 5:22am
Originally posted by barnyard

you could get the Kirkwood/Alpine Meadows pass


u read good.....

From my experiences visiting both places...Tahoe and Summit Co are both shit shows... If you are able to ride on weekdays it wont be as bad..but that sunday drive home to denver blows... I dunno about you but i like to be moving when i'm on the interstate...not at a standstill. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/01/2011 at 5:50am
Originally posted by killclimbz

^^^I hope that was before you specified you were moving to Denver.

Epic Pass will get you the most resorts, though I would just throw Keystone on the fire.  It's pretty lame.  The rest are decent though.  You can find fun stuff.  Not as obvious as the Cali resorts but it's there.  It is a shit show.  Everyone gets that pass.  Quantity over quality.  Also, everyone who has this pass has to go through the tunnel.  Return traffic on a Sunday can be a long wait.  I avoid Summit county on Sundays for this reason.

The Super Pass gets you Copper/Winterpark.  Add a + and get 6 days at Steamboat.  Copper and Winterpark.  Same shit show at these resorts as with Vail.  The big plus is Winterpark lies on the other side of Berthoud Pass.  Traffic on a return Sunday is much less of a bitch.  It can still suck, but where people are taking 3-4 hours to get to Denver on a Sunday from Summit, it's usually around 2 from Winterpark.  It's rare it's much more than that.

Loveland sounds like what you are looking for though.  They only sell a pass for their mountain.  Crowds are much less.  Most busy weekend days, you can practically ride right up to the lift.  The only drawback is that it's by the tunnel.  So the Sunday shit show, can have a big effect on you there.  The good news is, it overlooks the highway, so you can figure out when it's time to go and make a quick escape if you like.  Plus, you won't get stopped by tunnel metering.  Making the drive home maybe slightly longer than Winterpark.  This is only due to Georgetown Hill, that is a bit of a bottleneck. In normal traffic, it's much closer than WP is. 


Obviously someone who hasn't truly explored Keystone.  I really do hate all the Keystone bashers on this site, that resort has some really great runs that are not crowded at all if you know where to go.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/01/2011 at 6:33am
I have my opinion.  What Keystone has that I consider decent is over way too quick.  Short and sweet has it's place, but it has much of the former and not enough of the latter, imo.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/01/2011 at 6:40am
Originally posted by killclimbz

I have my opinion.  What Keystone has that I consider decent is over way too quick.  Short and sweet has it's place, but it has much of the former and not enough of the latter, imo.


Agreed, but you have to remember, if someone is asking what resorts are good and bad, saying one is lame isn't really helpful.  Your short and sweet comment on the other hand does help explain what it is you don't like about it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/01/2011 at 6:46am
Well, I didn't exactly go into what shines at the "other" resorts either.  Mostly about traffic problems and such.  There are plenty of in's and out's at every place in the Central Rockies corridor. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/22/2011 at 1:08pm
If your coming from Denver theres no doubt that Vail resorts offers the best passes for the money. If your only a weekend shredder than theres no getting away from I-70 maddness, theres only making it less angry.  If your into powder and tree skiing, Park, or Freeridn all over, you cant beat the amount of terrain you get with Vail resorts.  If you can make it to ski during the week theres no choice but the Vail resorts because crowds are not an issue.  If your only able to ski on weekends then you might give a thought to a Winter Park, Loveland or Copper Pass just to tone down the crowds a small amount.  I just dont think you can beat the value a Vail resorts pass gives for a day on the Mt. but weekend skiing can be turned into a nightmare when your sitting in Traffic for 4+ hours getting back to Dtown.
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