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Old 07-16-2012, 01:54 PM
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We're planning a ski vacation for after Christmas. We've been to Crested Butte and Steamboat but would like to try somewhere else. I don't ski so would like a nice shopping town to visit, and we're leery of the Aspen "scene"....expense wise and other wise. We've heard about Copper, Winter Park and Breckenridge? Our teenaged kids are intermediate/advanced and my husband would take it slowly on the beginner/intermediate. Any help would be most appreciated!
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Copper and Winter Park are nice, but the villages aren't as big as some of the other places. Breck has a good ski resort and a cool decent size town also, Vail would also be another option as far as that.

Aspen does have some amazing skiing, of course everyone knows the town is expensive though
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:54 PM
 
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We're planning a ski vacation for after Christmas. We've been to Crested Butte and Steamboat but would like to try somewhere else. I don't ski so would like a nice shopping town to visit, and we're leery of the Aspen "scene"....expense wise and other wise. We've heard about Copper, Winter Park and Breckenridge? Our teenaged kids are intermediate/advanced and my husband would take it slowly on the beginner/intermediate. Any help would be most appreciated!
I'd recommend Breck. There is a lot to outside of skiing. Plenty of restaurants and shopping. You could do Copper as well but I would stay in Frisco so you have the town experience. Very short trip to the mountain.

Vail is another option but I'm not a huge fan of Vail village.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:50 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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I'd recommend Breck..
Breck.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:44 PM
 
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Keystone is a great place for beginning and intermediate skiiers, if there is enough snow. And that's a big IF with Keystone, since they are at lower elevation compared to most ski areas in Colorado.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:09 PM
 
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Keystone is a great place for beginning and intermediate skiiers, if there is enough snow. And that's a big IF with Keystone, since they are at lower elevation compared to most ski areas in Colorado.
Incorrect. The base at Keystone is 9280'. Steamboat is much lower at 6900' yet they normally get more snow. Aspen is 7880', Beaver Creek 8100', Vail 8120', Telluride 8725', Winter Park 9000'.
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I agree with others, Breckenridge may fit the bill for you.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:18 PM
 
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i agree breck has the best town for non-skiers in the front range. also highly recommend telluride. you can fly into montrose and drive about 1.5 hours to the ski area.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Northglenn, CO
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Shopping and skiing for green and blue skiers?

Keystone. With Dillon/Silverthorne right there, it has everything you guys want without the expense of Vail, Aspen, or even Steamboat. Add in the fact you're less than a half hour from multiple other ski areas and you could really have a great taste of what Colorado has to offer; right on the Divide.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:38 AM
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Thanks guys, very helpful!
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:00 PM
 
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Realistically you could do a day at each. Stay in Dillon, Silverthorne, Frisco and take the summit stage wherever you want to go. It's free and hits all the resorts.
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