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Colorado: 4-11 April

Discussion in 'United States' started by summit_32, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. summit_32

    summit_32 Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    Hi All,

    My family is posted to the US (Wash DC) for the next few years. We arrived a few weeks ago after escaping the crazy Canberra summer weather. I haven't had much time to focus on skiing yet but have booked flights to DEN for a week in April during the school break. Our kids are 8 and 12 and have skied the US/Canada quite a bit but always during the Dec/Jan holiday period & this is the end of the season. Whilst I like off-piste the family just loves to cruise the blue runs.

    From my research, its probably a choice between Vail or Breck (we have the EPIC pass) as Keystone doesn't get the same amount of snow. A bit concerned about Breck's 9,600ft elevation coming straight from sea level and Vail looks expensive everywhere but i guess its a resort you have to do once?

    Also, should we consider staying somewhere off mountain in Avon (BC & Vail) or Dillon (Breck & Keystone) and driving each day. Grateful for your opinions
     
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  2. Sbooker

    Sbooker One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I would stay off mountain and drive.
    Are you on the full Epic pass? Telluride? Crested Butte?
     
  3. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Elevation is what makes Summit and Vail County resorts good Spring destinations. Yes, you never can predict how your body will deal with the elevation. Some people are unaffected but many will have at least some level of altitude sickness. Could be a headache for a few days for example. Don’t let it stop you from going though.
     
  4. Joe

    Joe Near a silver lining Ski Pass: Gold

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    Denver's elevation is 5000ft. Sleeping overnight in Denver will acclimate your body to 5000ft before you make the ascent to 9000ft. This two-step altitude adjustment gives your body more time to adjust.
     
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  5. Summit

    Summit Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    That's where I'd go, 3 or 4 days in each, if the trip was a bit earlier, but Telluride closes 5 April and Crested Butte 12 April.

    Ajax, Highlands and Snowmass are still open during those dates.
     
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    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I assume they don’t want to pay for lift tickets.
     
  7. Sbooker

    Sbooker One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I didn’t know they closed so early.
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    My daughter and I both suffered for a few days at Breck. We arrived from Jindy where we lived at 1000m. My son from Sydney was fine LOL Neither of us has had an issue before, mine was a killer headache, hers was nausea. All good after a few days.

    We overnighted in Denver.
     
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    Joe Near a silver lining Ski Pass: Gold

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    Same, our youngest struggled @ Snowbird 8 years ago aged 10. Base elevation 2365m to 3300m @ the top but fine after 2 days.

    On our first day mid morning the instructor laughed when she bent him over to puke, she asked what did you eat before climbing up the mountain this morning.....( we were in transit ), I answered ashamedly with eyes to the ground after supplying it.....:oops:.....McDonalds...I got this :rolleyes:.......LOL...Lesson learned...
     
  10. summit_32

    summit_32 Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    Thanks for the replies - we are on the EPIC Military pass so restricted to the Vail-owned resorts (NOT complaining though!).

    If we stay at Avon (elevation 7,400'), we can then ski Vail and BC so that might be a good option. I'm normally an avid planner with everything locked-in 6+ months in advance but i might hold off to the last minute this time and see what options emerge.
     
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  11. JM72

    JM72 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    At least you will avoid this!
     
  12. summit_32

    summit_32 Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    Yes - I’m hoping the last week of the season will be more mellow, that is insane!