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Old 09-27-2011, 05:24 PM
 
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Hi.

I'm new to the Colorado area and am having family come out for Christmas. I was trying to look up some nice places for 4 adults to spend Christmas.

Things I was thinking of were.. hot springs? skiing? snowboarding?

I would like to do something that would be a nice introduction to Colorado.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Judith
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Old 09-27-2011, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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Hi Judith. The first thing you should know is that Christmas time is THE busiest and most expensive time at any ski resort anywhere. If that is not an issue, then I'd recommend Breckenridge, Vail or Steamboat Springs. Steamboat is the only ski resort that has hot springs close by.
If you want a quiet, laid back and less expensive place Estes Park might fit the bill but there is no skiing/riding or hot springs.
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Old 09-27-2011, 05:50 PM
 
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Wink Skiing somewhat off the beaten path

The popular resorts in Summit County, such as the town of Breckenridge, spring to mind, although other than hot tubs not sure what you'll find in the way of hot springs. The closest one I know of off-hand is well and gone on the far side of Kremmling, in Hot Sulpher Springs, CO. Of course if aiming for Hot Sulpher Springs, then you might be as happy staying and skiing at Winter Park.

Another option might be the large hot spring pool at Glenwood Springs, with skiing kind of near in Aspen. There are some lovely natural hot springs high above Aspen, but getting there would be an adventure.

But be forewarned that Christmas could be considered the absolute worst time to visit mountain Colorado, particularly for skiing. The ever variable weather will have something to say in this, with Christmas sometimes too soon for the best, or much of any, real snow. But the biggest reason being that EVERYONE else has exactly the same plans as you, with Christmas penciled in. Unless preferring lots of society and company, not to mention crowds most everywhere you go, sidewalk, road, lift, etc., then avoid those two to three weeks like the plague.

However, venturing something off the beaten path might prove viable, even if insisting on Christmas. Perhaps, just maybe, you might find the Mount Princeton Hot Springs to your liking, and relatively near Monarch ski area remote enough to have escaped the greater blitz at the more renowned resorts. Such a choice will not provide the same abundance of aprés ski options as these other places, but could possibly the mellow pleasure looked for.

I could also mention places like Silverton, but in the interest of not sending you halfway across the state, and over Red Mountain Pass in winter, will desist.
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Ouray. Better make reservations now.
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:08 PM
 
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I second Idunn. Check out the Monarch Mountain Lodge.
Colorado Mountain Vacation, Monarch Ski Area, Adventure Colorado Vacation
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:17 PM
 
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I second Idunn. Check out the Monarch Mountain Lodge.
Colorado Mountain Vacation, Monarch Ski Area, Adventure Colorado Vacation
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Loveland Colorado
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If we knew what your group likes to do it would be easier to give sugestions. but there are so many good options and very few bad options that you all are sure to have a good time.

you may want to check out www.onlycolorado.com they list things that are unique to colorado. this will help you provide a memorable vacation for your guest.

I am going to reccomend glenwood springs. it is a fun and cute little town. you have good access to skiing and the hotsprings are one of a kind.

yom also want to see this story Top 10 things to do in Colorado before you die - The Denver Post 10 things to do in colorado before you die.

Have fun
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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I would say Breckenridge would be awesome!! It's such a "Norman Rockwell" kind of town at Christmastime!!! There is also a place (in Silverthorne too) that is called...D'Vine Wine.. You can schedule wine tastings, massages...it is really cool, google it!! It would be a great trip!!!!
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:43 PM
 
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I like Vail or Beaver Creek at Christmas time, lots of lights and a good atmosphere.

Christmas is just about the busiest week for ski towns or mountain towns that have the amenities you desire. So bring a big wallet and book early.
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