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Old 09-22-2011, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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Loveland Ski Area :: Colorado Ski Snowboarding Resort, Skiing Season Pass, Ski School
Loveland Ski Area is the closest and cheapest. There are 2 areas> Loveland Basin and Loveland Valley. Valley is basically a giant bunny slope and is used for instruction and day camps. Basin has much more. Loveland is not nearly as large as the major resorts, but is enough for me. Plus the lift tickets are almost half price from other areas.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:38 AM
 
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Loveland Ski Area is the closest and cheapest.
Sorry to be difficult but I'm going to put this to the test and do a bit of online research here:

Loveland Season Pass: (range from $150 for child - $350 for adult)
Echo Mountain: $169 (for ages 6 - 64)

I've never actually skied either hill, but the map is telling me Echo Mountain is 103.8 miles from CO Springs and Loveland is 112.7 miles.

It appears Echo Mountain is both closer and cheaper.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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It appears Echo Mountain is both closer and cheaper.
You're right. Echo is cheaper for season passes, and closer by 9 miles. Not sure about a 1 day lift ticket price. Might have to try Echo although it appears to be fairly small. Here's a few stats.

Echo> 660' drop> 1 lift> 16 trails
Loveland> 2210' drop> 8 lifts> 93 trails> 1570 acres.
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:47 PM
 
Location: SE Portland, OR
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Echo has traditionally just been a park/pipe type of hill. not really a real ski mountain just a place for the denver kids to go shred. in comparison to Loveland, it's not even close. Loveland is actually pretty awesome (check out the Ridge), and cheap. Can't beat a four_pack for under $100.

Monarch and Breck are your best bets. Breck is actually pretty close, and you can avoid all the I-70 traffic by going in the back way. I've skiied both and both are great, though Breck is MUCH more of a posh type of resort, but also has a lot more terrain than Monarch. Monarch and Loveland are actually very similar. More local ski hills that don't see as many tourists, but still have some awesome terrain.
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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BRECKENRIDGE!!!!
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:23 PM
 
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Keep an eye out for some of the 2 for 1 deals out there too.
Shell has some for Monarch and Crested Butte, might have to wait till November.
Skifreedeals.com | Home
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Old 09-29-2011, 05:18 AM
 
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What about the local ski shops? Any good swaps. I see one coming up in October at The Ski Shop. Where we live you have to show up almost the night before and get in line to get the good stuff. Anyone have the scoop? Attended any local swaps?
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:00 AM
 
Location: The 719
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A-basin with it's beach option was my favorite when I lived in the Denver metro. They have imo the best late Spring skiing too.

It's a shame that a place the size and proximity to mountains as Colorado Springs is no closer to skiing... via Monarch... than Pueblo is. Anybody ever ski The Broadmoor?

For the most part, the price of skiing has gotten way out of hand.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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Our favorite place to ski is Whitefish, Montana; Big Mountain! We will see if living in Colorado changes our minds.
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:15 PM
 
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Free skiing at Crested Butte Nov. 23. Also, ski free on your birthday this season.
RP

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