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    Thinking about taking the family to one of the major ski resorts in Colorado. Does anyone on here have a condo or a rental unit? Leaning towards Keystone, but open to suggestions.


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  • #2
    Keystone is nice . Vail, Beaver Creek is the best in the area for size and terrain . What level skiers are in your group?

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    • #3
      look at STEAMBOAT

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      • #4
        Flying into Denver. Is Steamboat worth the extra drive? Trip is mainly for the kids. I can ski any almost any black but it’s ugly. Older I get I will stick with the blues.

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        • #5
          It's been about 25 years, but I've skied most of the big resorts in the area your looking at. Vail, Beaver Creak, Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain. All are good, but here's what will leave you with memories 25 years later: IMO, Vail has the best and most vast terrain. The back bowls at Vail are awesome, wide open terrain and most are groomed. Vail village is also a neat place for apre ski activities with some great places to grab a beer and pizza or burger after a day on the slopes. Beaver Creek is probably the most posh resort. It is reminiscent of a European village that aims to pamper the guests. Breckenridge is a neat little town with some cool bars and restaurants.

          At least this was the case 25+ years ago.
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          • #6
            Steamboat is one of the best family mountains in Colorado. And you don't have to deal with the Denver people and the I-70 corridor. Very kid and intermediate ski terrain and best powder in the state. Not a salesman but check it out online. Also only 1.5 from summit county.

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            • #7
              https://www.familyskier.com/best-family-ski-resorts/

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              • #8
                Good info. Thanks everyone.


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                • #9
                  Pretty spend 30 days riding in Colorado a season for last 9 yrs.

                  Really depends on on what you’re looking for and ability level ( groomers , terrain parks , lift accessible backcountry) , amenities outside skiing , when your going is also huge

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                  • #10
                    We like keystone or A basin. Keystone has a nice ski school if kids need it. Keystone probably middle of road on pricing it seems. Rent from christy's in denver on way out and save tons, otherwise keystone resort does rentals but skis won't be as nice and cost a little more. Although they will store them for free ea day! Vrbo is what we typically use but stay away from the keystone resort places as they are dated and overpriced IMO.

                    Breckenridge is nice also but a little more spendy to be there. Lift tickets etc more then keystone typically. Keystone has plenty to do and has several food choices mountainside or locally. Make sure and take the kids to Dillon to the Ice castles at night but buy tickets ahead of time online. Dillon has a ton of eating choices and the outlet malls for the ladies.

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                    • #11

                      Snagged this from a similar post .....pretty
                      much right on.

                      Comments below on some of my favorite CO ski mountains that also have great mountain towns:

                      Steamboat: Great mountain, snow, and authentic western mountain town. Reasonable prices (relatively speaking). Steamboat Powder Cats is the longest running cat skiing in the US and has 500" of snowfall in the micro climate of Buffalo Pass, just north of Steamboat ski area. Strawberry Park hot springs is a quintessential Colorado experience, made more so because you have to make effort to drive to a remote location with 4WD, and walk through the woods in the snow and likely in the dark to make it so. Do it.

                      Telluride: Most beautiful part of the state. The San Juan's are spectacular, and combined with Telluride's remote location make it really special. The mountain has tremendous expert terrain, but its mountain village has something for everyone and is mostly ski-in, ski-out. The town itself is a gem. Drink and use the bouncing dance floor at the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon.

                      Breckenridge: Very cool town with lots of action and reasonable prices, close drive from Denver Airport. Other nearby ski resorts are a plus (Keystone, Copper, A Basin). Proximity can make it crowded on weekends.

                      Crested Butte: Somewhat remote, beautiful, funky, rowdy. Pucker factor terrain. US Extreme Ski and Snowboard championships were born here, as was mountain biking. Learned how to drink Jaegermeister and car bombs in CB.

                      Aspen: Expensive but worth it. Tremendous mountain town. Breathtaking mountain scenery and beautiful people. Ski bums mix with the rich and famous which makes for great entertainment. Dumb and Dumber was filmed here. Hunter S. Thompson's ghost and his Woody Creek Tavern balance out the snobbery. 4 Ski Mountains.

                      Vail: Expensive but worth it. Has everything. Vail Village aint a real town but it is the quintessential ski village with everything walkable and a ton of options. Your wife will thank you, your wallet will scream. Beaver Creek in an of itself may be a better version of Vail, though expensive as ****.

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                      • #12
                        We have been going to Copper the past three years, which has been great. Went to keystone the 2 before that and headed back but found that prices had increase greatly. Copper was perfect. Stayed at copper. Great for family trip. Plenty adult things to do as well

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for all the good feedback! We are booked and going to Steamboat!

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