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CeleryAight so next February I'm heading out west to visit some colleges, and I'm gonna be staying in Boulder for a couple days with a friend, what's the best place to ski around there?
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sirspliffDepending on if you're there on a weekend or the week choosing where to ski kinda depends on that. Eldora is the closest to Boulder and has a good park but it's a little small both in the park and as a mountain. On weekends its going to be the easiest to avoid crowds and you can avoid the parking lot on i-70. After that it's a pick between the Summit County resorts(Breck, Vail, Keystone, Copper). There's a couple other resorts but I forget them, all of those bar Vail will have good parks up by February I'd say copper has been the best recently. If you're buying lift tickets those will all be mad expensive so be warned. An ikon or epic pass would be a good investment especially if it works out that you can ski your home resort. Ikon will give you eldora and copper and epic has the other 3 resorts.
CeleryI'd be out there for about a week, but only have 3 days to ski, as I'll be looking at colleges. For me I get a pretty sweet deal at Sunday River for a Maine student season pass so it might just be worth spending the 300 dollars or so on tickets id assume? Or are they way more expensive out there?
ski.loonEl dora is a great MTN, and their park is super legit for a small MTN. Other than that, your next closest places are going to be Summit County - abasin, Winter Park. Keystone, Breck, Loveland, Copper. Most will run you upwards of $150 for a day ticket. Abasin and Loveland will both be below $100 for a day ticket but you won't be skiing park at either.
CeleryI'd probably be bringing my blends with me, so all mountain wouldn't be the biggest priority, thanks for the input!
ski.loonIf that's the case, el dora is great. A bit more affordable, and literally 30-40 mins from downtown Boulder. Other than that, keystone is the next closest park.
GrandThingsIve never been there, but I assume Eldora's reputation of being a "small mountain" suffers just because people compare it to Breck/ABasin/the other huge Colorado resorts
I just looked up the trail map and it seems pretty comparable to most East Coast resorts if not bigger? And I assume the snow is better than anything we get here?
Anybody wanna fill me in?
SuspiciousFishThis is very much the perception as it stacks against the "Premier" mountain resorts on I-70. Back in the day when traffic was not as bad, it was worth having the multi-mountain pass as you get a huge amount of terrain and resort options. In 2020 however with the insane crowds and traffic, I think Eldora has become more of a value option. It is more tight trees and less open bowls which some of the more tourist type skiers are looking for in CO.
CeleryI'd feel right at home in some tight ass trees, and I will always have more time in life to ski more open terrain. I just can't be so close to good terrain and not ski it while I'm there