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Old 11-03-2018, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Lower means Denver. A few feet won’t matter. You need to be a few thousand feet lower.
Almost all the big ski towns have free shuttle or town bus service.
In season most of the major ski towns have direct jet service, Aspen, Telluride (Montrose), Crested Butte (Gunnison), Vail (Eagle).

I would personally avoid Breck, but some people like it. I think because of its proximity to Denver it feels less like a mountain town and more like a suburb of Dallas. Your results may vary.
I agree about Breck. It’s just more of a tourist town than a real town like Aspen, Steamboat, and Crested Butte.

OP, any reason you want to be close to denver? If not, look further.
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:33 PM
 
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Denver and ski during the week when there is no traffic.
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Old 11-04-2018, 07:33 AM
 
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Denver and ski during the week when there is no traffic.
Shhh, that's my secret!
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Old 11-04-2018, 02:09 PM
 
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Steamboat is the lowest elevation at ~6700'. Being below 8,000 makes a difference for many people. It's a wonderful town and there's plenty to do for non-skiers.
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Old 11-04-2018, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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If your off seasons will be used for rentals, the local political environment around VRBO limits or a range of management firms to take care of it for you, may be a concern. In that case, you may want destination visitors instead of a bunch of rowdies up from Denver for a weekend of debauchery.
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Old Today, 02:30 AM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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Steamboat hands down. Way more for a non-skier to do as it's a real town (around 7000 people) and not everything is wrapped around the resort.
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Old Today, 08:24 AM
 
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Steamboat is the lowest elevation at ~6700'. Being below 8,000 makes a difference for many people. It's a wonderful town and there's plenty to do for non-skiers.
I have some relatives in Steamboat, but I feel it is too far from DEN to drive, and consequently may have less rental appeal for the 7-8 months out of the year that we would wish to rent it. From the perspective of the skier in the family, isn't it a bit boring to only have one ski resort in the vicinity? The same could hold true for renters. Any thoughts?
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Old Today, 08:26 AM
 
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If your off seasons will be used for rentals, the local political environment around VRBO limits or a range of management firms to take care of it for you, may be a concern.
I am unaware of the issues you mention. Will I get the straight scoop from realtors, or do I need to do some digging once I find the "best" town?
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Old Today, 08:29 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I am unaware of the issues you mention. Will I get the straight scoop from realtors, or do I need to do some digging once I find the "best" town?
Go to the (each) city planning / building / code enforcement dept to get the straight scoop.

Sales people on commission do not always know the straight scoop.

You will answer to the local jurisdiction. Get your info from them. (LONG before purchasing)
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Old Today, 02:57 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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I am unaware of the issues you mention. Will I get the straight scoop from realtors, or do I need to do some digging once I find the "best" town?

You really want to dig on your own. I'm in the Vail area and short term rentals are a hot topic for many reasons. Regulations have been put into place for licensing and collection of sales tax. However since short term can be more lucrative than a long term rental we are losing local housing to that market. Other resort towns like Jackson Hole have already reduced the ability for short term rentals and places like Tahoe are looking at restricting it in certain areas. I suspect "village" locations will be insulated if short term regulations change but areas that are considered local neighborhoods may have restrictions put on them. Most towns have local e-editions of their newspapers, I would suggest reading those and also the town hall meeting minutes.
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