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Drew
Ojai

Denver

Best resort for advanced skier?

A few family friends just moved to Denver and I'm going to visit them for ski season. Although I'm a fairly advanced skier, I've never been skiing in Colorado! I only have a long weekend.. if you had to pick one resort, which one would it be?


10 Answers

top answer by
Scott from Fort Collins

I don't ski much anymore, but my friends that do, and are solid skiers, tell me:  Crested Butte, Telluride, parts of Aspen.  Those are a little more off the beaten path, however.  A little closer to the I-70 corridor, I would go with Vail, Arapahoe Basin Mountain, or Mary Jane Ski Trail, which is part of the Winter Park Resort Ski Area.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Crested Butte (city)
  2. Telluride (city)
  3. Aspen (city)
  4. Vail (city)
  5. Arapahoe Basin Mountain (attraction)
  6. Mary Jane Ski Trail (attraction)
  7. Winter Park Resort Ski Area (hotel)
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answered by
Daniel from Durango

It's Colorado Drew! Just about every place along the I-70 corridor has great advanced terrain. My personal favorites closest to Denver are Steamboat Ski & Resort CorporationVail Ski Resort, Aspen Skiing Company and Copper Mountain Resort. There is a lot of other great resorts with an abundance of advanced terrain like Crested Butte Mountain ResortTelluride, and the epic Silverton Mountain Ski Area but they are far away from Denver. Ultimately, I think Vail would be my choice because it is huge, offers tons of variety, and is close to Denver.


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answered first by
Lynn

Vail. Huge ski area, something for everyone, slopes, trails, bowls, trees, moguls, you name it!  My favorite place. Keystone is also nice:  long runs, trees, moguls. Aspen is rather far from Denver, but you have the pick of 4 mountains on the same lift ticket.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Vail (city)
  2. Keystone (region)
  3. Aspen (city)
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answered by
Kathy from Wilmington

Nothing beats Vail for great skiing at all levels.  If you're going to be skiing for more than 5 days a season and can avoid the holiday timeframe, check out epic pass which let's you ski VailBreckenridgeKeystone and Arapahoe Basin Mountain all on one pass and unlimited number of days 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Vail (city)
  2. Breckenridge (city)
  3. Keystone (region)
  4. Arapahoe Basin Mountain (attraction)
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answered by
Barbara from Cambridge (Massachusetts)

I have been going to Aspen for the past 10yrs and it is truely a skiers' delight. There are 4 mountains there with advanced skiing at Ajax, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass. There are also snow bowls if you are into more rugged skiing. It is abit far from Denver, approx a 4hr trip. Vail and Beaver Creek are closer and also offer challenging skiing. 


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  1. Aspen (city)
  2. Vail (city)
  3. Beaver Creek (city)
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answered by
Maria from Sydney

I am from Australia.  I have been to Beaver Creek many times, Breckenridge, Vail and other surrounding ski areas.  Vail is gorgeous but I love skiing in Beaver Creek.  Even the World Ski Championships are held there.  My in-laws have a condo there and it is ski in, ski out.  The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa is opposite and gorgeous.  May be pricey otherwise St. James Place is another option.  If you are there just for the weekend, you can stay at Avonas they have super cheap accommodation and do a ski at Vail, day 1, Beaver Creek day 2 and Breckenridge Day 3.  Make sure you enjoy a schnapps at the The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch as you ski through it.. Buses will be an option through your hotel/motel stay..  This may help you out and you can even search for a house of there are a few of you .... Have the best time wherever you choose. We are back there for a white Xmas next year.. Can't wait...


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Beaver Creek (city)
  2. Breckenridge (city)
  3. Vail (city)
  4. Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa (hotel)
  5. St. James Place (hotel)
  6. Avon (city)
  7. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch (hotel)
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answered by
Eric from Wheat Ridge

If you can be flexible, I'd consult www.opensnow.com a few days before your weekend to see where the best snow will be.  I'd pick from Vail, Steamboat Springs or Crested Butte for some of my favorite terrain depending on where the snow is best.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Vail (city)
  2. Steamboat Springs (city)
  3. Crested Butte (city)
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answered by
Martin from Colorado

If Crested Butte has over 50 inches of a base I'd go there, Great town and not pretentious.  Telluride is too far. If you are going on a weekend I'd stay away from the I-70 corridor.  Maybe head to Steamboat Springs especially in January or February.  If its in late March early April go to Breckenridge great town and great terrain the crowds are gone(Watch out for Texas spring break though).  Tends to be the best snow of the year and guaranteed winter snow because of the altitude.


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  1. Crested Butte (city)
  2. Telluride (city)
  3. Steamboat Springs (city)
  4. Breckenridge (city)
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answered by
David from Denver

Winter Park! Close to Denver and challenging for an advanced skier!


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  1. Winter Park (city)
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answered by
Maria from Sydney

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  1. Beaver Creek (city)
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