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Old March 4th 08, 10:00 PM posted to rec.skiing.resorts.north-america
Pavel314
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Default Ski Trip From St. Louis, Missouri

I'm looking for a resort in eastern Colorado with a lot of good beginner
runs. Nothing fancy, just a place with slope-side lodging and a reasonable
restaurant or two. Cross country trails would be nice to have but not
essential.

The situation is that I'm an advanced but aging skier; my wife quit skiing a
few years back. One of my granddaughters skied for the first time this year
and loves it. The rest of the family wants to try also; all would be first
time downhillers. We were thinking of a family ski trip next season, meeting
up in Colorado.

My daughter's family lives in St. Louis and we're in Baltimore. We'd fly
there, they'd drive in from St. Louis.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Paul


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Old March 5th 08, 01:16 AM posted to rec.skiing.resorts.north-america
lal_truckee
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Default Ski Trip From St. Louis, Missouri

Pavel314 wrote:
... Colorado with a lot of good beginner
runs. Nothing fancy, just a place with slope-side lodging and a reasonable
restaurant or two.


Breckenridge.
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Old March 5th 08, 01:51 PM posted to rec.skiing.resorts.north-america
Steve
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Default Ski Trip From St. Louis, Missouri

In article ,
lal_truckee wrote:
-Pavel314 wrote:
- ... Colorado with a lot of good beginner
- runs. Nothing fancy, just a place with slope-side lodging and a reasonable
- restaurant or two.
-
-Breckenridge.

Or Telluride, if you can expand the target area beyond eastern Colorado.

Steve
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Old March 5th 08, 08:21 PM posted to rec.skiing.resorts.north-america
Walt
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Default Ski Trip From St. Louis, Missouri

Pavel314 wrote:
I'm looking for a resort in eastern Colorado with a lot of good beginner
runs. Nothing fancy, just a place with slope-side lodging and a reasonable
restaurant or two. Cross country trails would be nice to have but not
essential.

The situation is that I'm an advanced but aging skier; my wife quit skiing a
few years back. One of my granddaughters skied for the first time this year
and loves it. The rest of the family wants to try also; all would be first
time downhillers. We were thinking of a family ski trip next season, meeting
up in Colorado.

My daughter's family lives in St. Louis and we're in Baltimore. We'd fly
there, they'd drive in from St. Louis.



Well, there are no ski resorts (or hills for that matter) in eastern
Colorado. You've gotta drive west of Denver before you get into ski
country. That's a long drive from St. L.

Frankly, I wouldn't recommend Colorado for first-time skiers - there's
no point in spending that much time and money going to Colorado to wedge
the bunny hill when there are closer cheaper places that'll provide
basically the same bunny hill experience.

You could probably be in Wisconsin or the western UP in half the time it
takes to drive to Colorado, and lodging/lift tickets will be half the
price (or less). Or alternatively, Iowa and Illinois have some resorts.
See: http://www.skitown.com/resortguide/usamap.cfm

Granted, the hills are smaller, but you might find smaller less steep
hills more suitable for your crew.

If you have your heart set on Colorado, Copper Mountain has a fair
amount of beginner terrain. Ski Cooper (different place with a similar
name) has a rep for laid-back family-friendly skiing. Be aware that
anything in Colorado will be expensive.

Finally, did you know that there's a small hill near St Louis? Have
your grandkids take a lesson or three there before the trip and they'll
be more likely to enjoy the actual mountains when they get there.

Good luck.

//Walt



 




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