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Old 12-06-2011, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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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.
There's always Loveland and Ski Cooper. Both are great for kids and relatively inexpensive. Yeah, you're still looking at a 2 hour drive, but I used to make a day trip out of both places when my kids were young. I too wish there was something closer though.
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Old 12-07-2011, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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So this isn't going to happen? I was actually thinking this would be closer to me from Denver but it's like the same distance to Keystone for me
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Old 12-07-2011, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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So this isn't going to happen? I was actually thinking this would be closer to me from Denver but it's like the same distance to Keystone for me
No way-- it's a pipe dream.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:11 PM
 
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Here's the latest update. Seems the man behind this effort has passed away and although others are interested in making it happen, the story reads like a soap opera and IMO it will be a rather long time before skiing returns to the mountain, if ever.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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"The lifts were torn out"

To bad,I was on the installation crew that installed the POMA chair lift back in the early 80's
It was the first Alpha drive in the usa.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:41 AM
 
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No water rights and snow making, not going to happen.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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I agree it's not going to be a ski hill again any time soon.

water is negotiable

wells can be drilled ponds and water tanks can be built.
It become less of a issue if you don't get caught up in the race to be open first.
21ft a year is sufficient.

"But Carter claimed his 320-acre property received 12 feet of snow each year. "

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No water rights and snow making, not going to happen.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:00 PM
 
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