The Cupp's Summit County Condo
The Major Resorts Offer Winter Activities
At Breckenridge you never know what Olympian might
be hanging out at the big half pipe. It is a wide mountain so there is
plenty of variety. I like the blue/blue-black runs on the right side of
peak 9 (looking up the mtn). and springmeier and park lane are great beginner
runs. I also love the T-Bar, but don't try it on a snowboard unless you
really know what you are doing....trust me. The runs on the Peak
10 Falcon Super chair are also fun when it isn't windy. If it is windy
it can be cold coming down and brutal riding up.
Vail is Vail. Actually I don't think Vail is any better than any other large resort except except on a big powder day... and then it is the best skiing in the world. It is virtually impossible to not yell and scream like a little kid when skiing or riding the back bowls on a powder day. If you are a beginner the back bowls are not for you. Skiing in deep powder is different than groomed runs. It can wear you out quick.
Loveland and A-Basin. Smaller areas, both are local favorites. Geared towards more intermediate-advanced skiers. They will be relatively empty during the week but busy on the weekends. If you get sick of lift lines or want to find some fresh powder a day or two after the dump, both of these resorts are worth checking out. Both are at high elevation and a significant part of both are above treeline, which means they can be brutally cold when it is windy.
Beaver Creek. I have never skied there, but I hear it is a lot of fun. Vail on a smaller scale, supposedly less crowded, but about a 15 minute farther drive.
Steamboat. A long drive, might be preferable to overnight in cheap hotel if bad weather. I have never skied there, but I like the town in the summers. Supposed to have great tree skiing.
Wild Ernest is probably the most convenient. It is on the right as you start up the hill after the Outlet Stores. There is a discount for ordering online on their site. Ernest was apparently an Olympic skier. Ski packages from $12-15. Kids $10-12. Snowboard $22-24.
Valley Rentals has ski packages from $11-$16 per day. You can even
reserve them online. Snowboard rentals are $20-$23. Kids ski packages
are $7-$11 per day and snowboards are $14. You can also rent helmets for
$5. We've rented our kids skis there and they were very nice.
Virgin Island Ski Rental sometimes has good prices
Normally it is better to buy online before you leave. If you don't do that, check the locations below or City Market.
You can purchase online direct from the Resorts...there is also tons of info on this site about costs, so you can compare prices.
Usually the Denver Entertainment Book has discounts to Loveland, Copper Mountain and A-Basin
Wild Ernest has dicount lift tickets. ie. $10 off 1 day adult at keystone & Breck.
Blue Valley Rentals has discount tickets to Copper, Keystone, Breck, A-Basin.
Most of the Denver Area grocery stores sell discount tickets as well. The last cheap grocery store tickets are at the Safeway in Idaho Springs (about halfway between Denver and Silverthorne) 303-567-4471
Virgin Island sometimes has good prices. -970-468-6655
Grocery stores in Denver sell discount tickets -
If you search the individual ski resort sites you can also find discount tickets, but it can be complicated. They have a special if you buy online before Nov. 15. So does Copper. You also can often find very cheap "4-packs" in the fall in Denver. Breck/Keystone
Keystone, Breckenridge, A-Basin season pass for $299, get 10 days at Vail or Beaver Creek for an extra $50. This must be done in person in the fall.
5th graders ski free!. Colorado ski country provides three day lift tickets to 23 resorts (including Breck, Keystone, Vail, Copper). I don't believe you have to be a Colorado resident. Phone 303-866-9707 website
There are a lot of complex deals here
Shell gas stations usually have a Buy One, Get one free deal at Loveland and Copper Mountain Shell Deal
Loveland has a great deal on '4Paks'. Unlike other resorts you can order online and they are 'shareable'. (Not tied to a single person), so if there is you are a family of four you can buy one for one day of skiing. Or if there are two of you, you can have two days of skiing. They are very inexpensive compared to other lift tickets. But they have to be purchased early (Usually before December). We always buy these for our family. Loveland 4 Pack
Blue Valley Rentals rents snowshoes for $10.00
Pioneer Sports rents snowshoes for $10.00Copper has free tours including snowshoes for adults
You can rent skis from Blue Valley Rentals $8.00 a day (Telemark for $15). 970-468-0400