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Old 01-12-2011, 08:24 AM
 
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It's a no go. Have you seen Pikes Peak lately, no snow. With snow pack trends in 20 yrs the ski season in CO will be one month shorter. RP
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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The resort at pikes peak aquired the property from Mr. Harvey Carter and it was recorded in the county records as a quit claim deed on November 17 2011
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:07 PM
 
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It's a no go. Have you seen Pikes Peak lately, no snow. With snow pack trends in 20 yrs the ski season in CO will be one month shorter. RP
Seriously. I had to take my young kids @200 miles south to a small ski-hill in New Mexico this past Thanksgiving week to find any decent snow and a functional set of chair-lifts. Northern New Mexico has at least half-a-dozen high-quality ski mountains. Is the total population down there even 1/3 of El Paso county? Its an oddity, 600K people, tucked up next to the mountains, and no place to ski within a 2.5 hour drive. Even LA has halfway decent skiing 90 or so minutes away.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:16 PM
 
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Seriously. I had to take my young kids @200 miles south to a small ski-hill in New Mexico this past Thanksgiving week to find any decent snow and a functional set of chair-lifts. Northern New Mexico has at least half-a-dozen high-quality ski mountains. Is the total population down there even 1/3 of El Paso county? Its an oddity, 600K people, tucked up next to the mountains, and no place to ski within a 2.5 hour drive. Even LA has halfway decent skiing 90 or so minutes away.
How do you figure? Last year I consistently got from my house in Old CC to Monarch and Breck in two hours flat, even less once or twice (to Breck). Keystone was 2.5 hours away. Worth it!

True, but why settle for halfway decent when you can give an extra 30 minutes and get world-class?
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:19 PM
 
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How do you figure? Last year I consistently got from my house in Old CC to Monarch and Breck in two hours flat, even less once or twice (to Breck). Keystone was 2.5 hours away. Worth it!

True, but why settle for halfway decent when you can give an extra 30 minutes and get world-class?
I completely agree....world class is right out there! Vail had great snow conditions over Thanksgiving! Just those 30 extra minutes but well worth it!!! I am a Swiss skiier and I will take those extra miles to get to places like Vail where I can ski for hours and not stand in lines for the chair lift! I wish skiing was nearer.. but Pikes Peak would be a very crowded resort with all the skiiers who are not willing to drive into the mountains (in the past 4 years of living here I have met so many locals who have not and are not willing to drive into the mountains!!!).... Pikes Peak and its few slopes would be a very crowded place!
I love the Rockies, but I wish accommodations in the mountains would be more affordable!
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:40 AM
 
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Come on folks, our mountains are not world class. Mt blanc has 10,000 verticle feet, that's world class.
Aiguille du Midi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:00 AM
 
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Here's what Warren Miller has to say about it.

Warren Miller about Chamonix Aiguille du midi Glacier Ski Mont Blanc - YouTube
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:56 AM
 
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Come on folks, our mountains are not world class. Mt blanc has 10,000 verticle feet, that's world class.
Aiguille du Midi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Rocky Mountain skiing - snow conditions - are world class. But no... the skiing here is not the same as in Switzerland/France and Italy - the dramatic look of the mountains is missing! ... But after almost 10 years in flat Dallas... I am more than happy being able to ski here on the hills
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I believe that is under the heading of "beyond my ability." I'll take Breck and the powder.
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:34 PM
 
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How do you figure? Last year I consistently got from my house in Old CC to Monarch and Breck in two hours flat, even less once or twice (to Breck). Keystone was 2.5 hours away. Worth it!
My bad - it's been so long since I've been single/childless I've forgotten that some out there can still make a 2 hour drive without at least one 15 minute stop. I tend to drive pretty conservatively in the mountains, at posted speeds, which makes the trip to Breck a 2 hour 15 minute drive and the trip to Monarch a 2 hour 20 minute drive, each with at least one 15 minute stop for spouse/kids. That's 5 hours driving for one day of skiing, making it almost a necessity to rent a hotel room or condo. All I'm saying is that it would be nice to have at least one realistic day-trip option within an hour or even 90 minutes, making the round-trip somewhat doable in a day, which it currently is not for most families with kids. That makes skiing even more of an expensive, logistical hassle than it already is and why I've waited until this year when my kids are over age 8 to make the investment of time/money. Had there been the equivalent to an Eldora for Boulder around here, I'd have had them going as 4-5 year olds. Ultimately, not a huge deal, just an observation that Northern New Mexico somehow finds a way to have many different accessible options 200 miles south of us with a fraction of our population base.
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