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Old 02-22-2017, 10:00 AM
 
Location: In The Thin Air
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Loveland.

Winter Park has a whole school for special needs. Check it out.
I was going to suggest both too. The only thing about Loveland I don't like is it can get a bit windy from time to time but it really isn't that crowded compared to other slopes.
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Old 02-22-2017, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I was going to suggest both too. The only thing about Loveland I don't like is it can get a bit windy from time to time but it really isn't that crowded compared to other slopes.
Loveland Valley (the beginner area) is much more protected from the wind than the rest of the area.
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Old 12-29-2017, 07:52 PM
 
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Question Where should a newbie go skiing in Colorado for the first time? Take classes to learn skiing?

I've been in Colorado for 10 months and have yet to go skiiing! I tried my first month in Breckenridge but I learned the hard way that elevation sickness is a thing.

I'm sort of at a loss now of where to go as a newbie and where they might have classes so I can learn skiing.
Also, how much do you spend per ski trip on rentals, lift tickets and your stay? I want to know how much to save.
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Old 12-29-2017, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Winter Park is good for newbies.

That being said, I went once and never again.
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Old 12-29-2017, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Loveland. Closest to Denver and one of the least expensive mountains.
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Old 12-30-2017, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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If you live in Denver, Loveland will be closest. If your in Ft Collins, Eldora may be the best bet. South of Castle Rock, consider Monarch or Ski Cooper.
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Old 12-30-2017, 07:51 AM
 
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You can learn Anywhere, so just pick whatever's close or cheap.

As for costs, if you rent Away from the ski hill you can usually get better prices. Typically there are locals specials that float around too (or there were in Denver about a decade ago). But check with the different hills, a LOT of places have a "learn to ski" special. The hill I frequent the most has $100 for 3 days of skiing, rentals and 3 lessons. Now, that price is going to be shockingly low to anyone in CO, that's because it's a small hill in Montana (my folks retired 15 miles away). Loveland offers a "free" season pass with this 3-day class package: 3-CLASS PASS - Loveland Ski Area :: Colorado Ski Snowboarding Resort, Skiing Season Pass, Ski SchoolLoveland Ski Area :: Colorado Ski Snowboarding Resort, Skiing Season Pass, Ski School ~ etc...
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Old 12-30-2017, 10:46 AM
 
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IIRC from reading 11 years of postings in here, isn't Loveland considered a good place for new skiers, same for Monarch?

I'm going to merge this thread into the existing thread on this topic....so that ASH needs to go back to the start and read up on it, then come back with more questions he might have for us.
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Old 12-30-2017, 12:54 PM
 
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(Oops, skiiers should be skiers...) What ski resorts would you recommend for beginner skiers/snowboarders? I grew up skiing, but took a 20+ year hiatus until recently, and my husband just started learning to snowboard. We are both more comfortable on green runs or easier blue runs. (For now!)

We have been to Breck, Winter Park and Vail (yikes!). Vail was very technical and steep for us, and we didn't have much fun there, even on the greens. We liked Breck, and Winter Park was nice, but it was pretty flat on some of the green runs toward the bottom of the hills. We felt like we were killing ourselves mushing/skating to the lifts once the runs flattened out!

Any other suggestions for mountains we might enjoy? TIA
At your guys level you'd probably like Keystone and Copper best, it has long groomers and it has everything else once you get a little more confident. There's something there for everyone. Breck is fun and you can get the epic local for that, but Keystone is just as good IMO.

Keystone/Abaisn pass is cheap, the RMSP+ isn't bad.

If you don't have a season pass go to Loveland.
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Old 12-30-2017, 07:11 PM
 
Location: On the road
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Loveland. Closest to Denver and one of the least expensive mountains.
If Altitude sickness is a problem Loveland Ski area is not the best choice.

But then, most cases of Altitude sickness are caused by too much activity too soon after getting into high altitude areas, and dehydration.

Go up the night before, if possible, get a good night sleep and stay hydrated. Get a modest breakfast, and ease into the activity.
And when you feel tired, stop and rest. And HYDRATE!

Loveland and Vail both have great beginner slopes, So does Beaver Creek.
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