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    Posted: Oct/13/2011 at 8:53am

My friends are heading up a Vail vacation for February next year and have a line on renting what looks to be a really cool Hotel -- yes the entire thing -- somewhere on the backside of Vail in a little town-looking place called Minturn. Here's the website:

 
It looks like a super easy drive, I think the lodging is going to be cheap and the Hotel looks interesting for a giant party.  But I'm concerned about parking for riding and also the logistics of getting a couple dozen people back and forth from the mountain.  So my question . . . .
 
Can you ride down to this place from the back bowls?  Is this worth getting into?
 
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There is a backcountry access gate that takes you to the Minturn Mile.  I have never done it so as far as the riding goes, can't tell you a whole lot.  It is a real backcountry run though with typical Colorado snowpack dangers.  Avalanches can and do happen.  I also believe that the lower half or third of the Minturn Mile is relatively low angle.  If the snow is deep and there is no track through it, you could be doing a lot of post holing.  You'll want to have avy gear and the knowledge to use it plus judge terrain. 

It does end up in Minturn though and depending on the location of the hotel, it'll be a quick walk or maybe a thumb to the hotel. 

Not 100% sure, but there may be a bus route that runs from Minturn to Vail.  Seems like there would be.  So you might look into that.
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^^^ that heavy/difficult BC shit is NOT what most of our group is going to be doing on this vacation, but I might research that a little more it looks interesting.  Sounds like there is solid pubic transportation with a few runs a day to the mountain, and we might be pulling the trigger on this place.  If so I'll spread the word -- we're going to have an entire hotel to party in and should have plenty of extra room.  KC you in to head up that way and guide me and my wife around Vail ???
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/15/2011 at 5:48am
bump for help in deciding where we're going to stay out there.  Someone with CO knowledge/opinions drop them for me please
 
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The Minturn mile is a great run, and run's right into minturn, which is a ghost town compared to Vail.  It is not maintained so there is the general risk associated with Co backcountry.  The ECO bus system runs from minturn to Vail, The Beav, and everywhere in between.  One ride will cost you four bucks per person, and it runs in all weather. 

Sounds like you guys are gonna have a nice vacation.  You should definitively check out Beaver Creek while you are in Eagle county, most locals agree it > Vail for groomers and on piste riding.  It is steeper on the frontside than Vail, but has nothing comparable to the back bowls on a powder day. 
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^^^ that heavy/difficult BC shit is NOT what most of our group is going to be doing on this vacation, but I might research that a little more it looks interesting.  Sounds like there is solid pubic transportation with a few runs a day to the mountain, and we might be pulling the trigger on this place.  If so I'll spread the word -- we're going to have an entire hotel to party in and should have plenty of extra room.  KC you in to head up that way and guide me and my wife around Vail ???
 
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I generally don't ride at the resorts anymore, but I do have some backcountry spots on Vail Pass we go and hit on the splits.  Bring your splits, avy gear, and if the conditions look good I'll be happy to take you guys out.  Lot's of pillows and small cliffs in the area.  Hucking off of stuff is plentiful, but it is also not mandatory either.  It's about a 2 mile hike in and out, relatively flat.  The vertical in the pillow spot is short but offers fun quick laps.  The run out gets you another 800-1000 vertical down to the forest service road which  then you just skin back to the parking lot.  It's a fairly full day, but I always seem to have a kick in the pants at that spot, so it's worth it.

I also think you'll be fine at Minturn.  You're just not right at the ski area.  The Minturn Saloon is an institution.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/15/2011 at 8:59am
Wow, renting the whole hotel sounds pretty insane!  Are they going to give you like a huge discount for such a huge group?  Isn't Vail the ski only resort?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/16/2011 at 6:44am
Dayse I've spent a couple days at BC/Vail in the past and idk but Vail seemed mucho more my style (although I do like to rip groomers on my big board, just seemed more oriented toward skiiers/hardbooters, and I kept almost getting run over by a giant phalanx of grooming machines). 
 
KC thanks for the advice I'll see if I get a day or two for BC runs (will have to see what the winter brings to decide if we're bringing our splitter/bc gear on this trip) and if so we'll def hook it up. 
 
And yes, if we get the hotel we get the entire thing -- I think the dude rents it out for about $7k/week
 
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I'd pack the bc gear.  The backcountry riding is actually pretty damn fine on Vail Pass.  If the conditions are good at Vail they'll be better on Vail Pass.  It's just how it works. 

I guess I am saying, just plan on packing your splits. Better to have a gun and not need it...
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Originally posted by killclimbz

I'd pack the bc gear.  The backcountry riding is actually pretty damn fine on Vail Pass.  If the conditions are good at Vail they'll be better on Vail Pass.  It's just how it works. 

I guess I am saying, just plan on packing your splits. Better to have a gun and not need it...
 
Pistol pistol, I get it.  Thanks for the advice kc, I will keep all of this in mind.  (but I DO need to get a couple days on our epic passes too, those ran me about $1000 . . . .)
 
ANYBODY ELSE with anything on Minturn for me?  C'mon community, I need some helpful information on this place.  Like the kid with the bigfoot lugz on the 253WW, I just want someone to tell me to buy it so I can pull the trigger
 
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