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It's a Powder Day, but there's no way to get there

It's a sad day in Denver. It's also a "locals' paradise" at the Colorado ski resorts. Most hills received around a foot of fresh powder last night, but there's no way to get there. I-70 is closed at Georgetown (which excludes Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail and Copper). Berthoud Pass (the road to Winter Park) is closed as well. Sniff. :-(

Posted in General at Feb 08 2008, 09:02:48 AM MST 3 Comments

Hi Matt,

I'm coming to Denver for Spring Framework training March 11-14 and plan to stay over the next weekend (15-16) to do some skiing. Do you have any recommendations for nearby ski areas and lodging that are reasonably priced? I'm an advanced skier from Maine and this will be my first time skiing out West, so I'm looking forward to the Colorado deep powder experience.

Posted by Craig Doremus on February 09, 2008 at 03:19 PM MST #

From a cost perspective, you're going to be happiest with Keystone, Winter Park or Copper. You'll pay more for Breckenridge or Vail, but you'll get the nightlife. I think Winter Park and Copper have the best extreme skiing - lots of bumps and chutes. Winter Park's Mary Jane is known for its huge bumps. It has lots of good trees too. Deep powder happens most at Vail and Steamboat, but Steamboat is 3 hours away. Other far-away awesome powder destinations are Wolf Creek and Crested Butte.

Good luck - hopefully it'll dump on the weekend you're here!

Posted by Matt Raible on February 09, 2008 at 11:13 PM MST #

Thanks for the info Matt. The biggest expense for a Colorado ski excursion appears to be lodging. It's hard to find anything less than $300 a night. However, I found a nice B&B in Vail for $150 per night. I'm psyched for the deep powder!

Posted by Craig Doremus on February 22, 2008 at 10:41 PM MST #

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