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Old 09-08-2018, 04:18 PM   #1
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Default First Time Skiing - Colorado

Wanting to take my wife on a ski trip during Valentineís Day 2019. She and I did not grow up skiing, and Iím looking for any help I can get.

What is a good place to go in Colorado for amateurs, nice scenery, good food/bar scene, and where we wonít look like idiots.

Any help is greatly appreciated!


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Old 09-08-2018, 04:20 PM   #2
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If school is part of it Vail and Steamboat are some of the best. Pagosa Springs was worst ski school I've seen in the US.

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Old 09-08-2018, 04:21 PM   #3
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Take lessons. Take lessons. You wont be the only newbees I guarantee.
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Old 09-08-2018, 04:24 PM   #4
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Steamboat is more adult orientated (but family friendly). Plenty of green/blue runs. Lots of nice places in Colorado.

Sign up for lessons - it will make everything more enjoyable.

It will also help a ton if you put some leg work in beforehand - bike, stairclimb, uphill running, lunges, etc.
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Old 09-08-2018, 04:28 PM   #5
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Steamboat is more adult orientated (but family friendly). Plenty of green/blue runs. Lots of nice places in Colorado.



Sign up for lessons - it will make everything more enjoyable.



It will also help a ton if you put some leg work in beforehand - bike, stairclimb, uphill running, lunges, etc.


Any recommendations for places to stay?


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Old 09-08-2018, 04:32 PM   #6
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We stayed at the Fairfield - had a big jet tub in the room that felt good after skiing. It’s a little bit away from everything but steamboat has an awesome bus system that all the skiers use and it stops ~ 100 yds from the Fairfield.

Have some beers and let the hippy kid drive the bus so you have no worries.
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Old 09-08-2018, 04:52 PM   #7
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I don't know anything about ski schools but Purgatory (Durango) is a great mountain as is Copper Mountain. Don't forget about Red River, New Mexico.
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Old 09-08-2018, 05:01 PM   #8
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Snowmass would be a good place for you. Ski-in/out condos, wide green/blue cruising trails and pretty scenery.
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Old 09-08-2018, 05:46 PM   #9
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I highly recommend Sunlight Ski Resort. It's just south of Glenwood Springs and has some of the best snow in Co. It has great trails for beginners and is never crowded. It has a very laid back atmosphere and costs a fraction of what you pay at the more popular mega resorts. There are many lodges that you can stay at and ski right to your door.
As suggested....take at least a half day ski lesson and get after it!!
My family and friends spent every spring break there for over 20 years and it's an unbelievably beautiful area. I have some really fond memories there...you should check it out.

http://www.sunlightmtn.com/mountain
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:14 PM   #10
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Looks like a bunch of recommendations but I will throw in Breckenridge as a great place. It’s a big mountain with with plenty of beginner runs and the town is great.
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:17 PM   #11
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Steamboat is one of my favorite places to ski.
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:25 PM   #12
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first time, lessons should be the first thing on your list. At least 1 day, and yes everyone falls but the instructor will make it all fun, and usually they will ski down the easy trails with you a couple times when the lesson is done. Just take your time, and stay on the Green slopes till you master them, don't let others push you to try steeper slopes yet.
Good luck!
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:58 PM   #13
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It's been years since I went so keep that in mind. I would stay away from Vail. I love it there but the crowds can be horrible and the prices have gone way beyond outrageous. I loved Steamboat the last couple of times I was there. As others have said, take lessons. It will pay off.
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Old 09-08-2018, 07:03 PM   #14
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Been to several in Colorado and New Mexico. My favorite is Crested Butte. Drink lots of water and get your legs ready before you go. The stairclimber is your friend.
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Old 09-08-2018, 07:16 PM   #15
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coming from Mi and sking in CO MT UT WY great country for sure . Get her a lesson or two DO NOT BE ANY PART OF IT !!!! will make for a much happier day , spend the cash on private as well will go faster and she will be able be ready to ski with you much faster .
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Old 09-08-2018, 07:20 PM   #16
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Copper Mountain if your new to skiing
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Old 09-08-2018, 09:26 PM   #17
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I skied all over Colorado and Utah. My first recommendation to us flatlanders is to look for a resort with the base below 8500 ft. Nothing worse than spending vacation time dealing with altitude sickness. If you donít know what this is look it up. Can be pretty miserable. My favorite resort is Deer Valley but the prices have really gone over the top. Wife took lessons at DV and thought they were really good. Best to make reservations for lessons in advance.

Before you go spend at least three months in the gym working quads, calves and cardio. First time I went I thought I was in good shape. I was cripple the second day. Good luck.
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Old 09-08-2018, 11:29 PM   #18
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DO NOT BE ANY PART OF IT !!!! .
Very true, go separate ways and meet back up day 2. It will save your relationship and trip from getting very heated.
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Old 09-08-2018, 11:37 PM   #19
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I don't know anything about ski schools but Purgatory (Durango) is a great mountain as is Copper Mountain. Don't forget about Red River, New Mexico.
I've been skiing since I was 4. Don't go to Red River. It's a huge gamble on the snow. Breckinridge is awesome and the town is great too. Once you start skiing you will find that sometimes the resort towns aren't what you wished they were. Breckinridge is one of the good ones though.
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Old 09-09-2018, 12:20 AM   #20
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I love Breck as well. Peak 9 is great for beginners and intermediate skiing and the town is better than steamboat in my opinion. Only bad thing is it can get crwded on a holiday and the base is the highest altitude in Colorado i think.
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Old 09-09-2018, 12:27 AM   #21
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I would recommend Copper Mtn. Itís the least expensive large resort in the area. The right side of the mountain is all beginner and intermediate terrain. We like to stay a few miles away in Frisco. Weíve been able to find good deals on condos using HomeAway and AirBnB. Frisco has a great downtown with lots of restaurant options. If youíre going with kids the Frisco snow park has some really fun tube runs. We usually take a break away from the slopes and do something else for a day like a snowmobile tour.

Also, Breckinridge is just down the road. A very nice downtown but next level pricey.




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Old 09-09-2018, 12:38 AM   #22
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Take lessons. We went this year and tried snowboarding. Definitely do skiing. My wife’s friend broke her wrist going down the first time.
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Old 09-09-2018, 12:46 AM   #23
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Take lessons. We went this year and tried snowboarding. Definitely do skiing. My wifeís friend broke her wrist going down the first time.
Very true. Broken wrists and sore tail bones are somewhat common injuries for new snowboarders. When you only go once a year I enjoy skiing plenty so no need to try the other stuff.
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Old 09-09-2018, 02:01 AM   #24
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Steamboat is pretty awesome, I can’t speak of there ski school but I’ve heard it’s good. Take lessons the first two days since y’all have never been. I’d recommend the rabbit ears in town for a hotel it’s nothing fancy but clean and within walking distance to all of the good bars and restaurants which means all you have to worry about is stumbling back to the hotel. Plus across the street is the hot springs which is nice after a day on the slopes.
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