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Old 01-03-2010, 08:21 AM
 
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We are down in far Southern Mississippi where we get very little to no snow. We are thinking about going somewhere to enjoy Christmas in a snowy mountain setting.

One of the locations suggested is Breckenridge. Is that a good idea during the holidays?

I understand that the Christmas season is usually crowded in ski related areas. We do not ski, we simply want to enjoy the holiday in a relaxed romantic atmosphere. Are there things to do there for the non-ski crowd?

Another suggestion is the Jackson Hole Wyoming area. I am trying to get a head-start on this as I am sure that accommodations get booked later on in the year.

Thanks!
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Greeley, Colorado
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Well if you want a head start you really couldn't have asked any earlier. XD

Breckenridge is a nice little town with more than enough amenities for both the skier and the tourist (as i will call you for now since there is no better word as this is essentially what you would be doing). Breckenridge is still pretty close to Denver in case either something happens or there's an event you may wish to check out. Jackson, Wyoming doesn't have that added bonus. Other places you may wish to consider are Steamboat Springs, Vail, Aspen, and possibly even Durango.
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I'd second Durango. Stay at the Historic Strater Hotel and ride the narrow guage train through the mountains. If you decide you'd like try some winter sports there's the ski Durango Mountain Resort/Purgatory not too far away, which has snow tubing, snow bikes, snowshoeing, x-country skiing and other ways to enjoy the snow besides downhill skiing. Check out the links below:

Home | Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train

Durango Colorado - The Historic Strater Hotel

Durango Mountain Resort - Skiing, lodging and vacation deals in the beautiful Colorado Rockies
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:53 AM
 
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The two weeks around Christmas is the busiest time for any destination ski area in Colorado and also the most expensive.

No way to escape that.
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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If you are not planning on skiing I would avoid the ski resorts. It's the busiest and most expensive time of the year!
A "snowy mountain setting" can be found just about anywhere. Are you planning to fly or drive?
I would suggest Estes Park. It's a quiet time of year, the area is beautiful and you'd have access to the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Or you could stay at any of the guest lodges near Estes. The Aspen Lodge comes to mind: Estes Park Lodging :: Aspen Lodge Ranch Resort :: Colorado
or Peaceful Valley Ranch: Dude Ranch and Conference Center - A Western Adventure for All Seasons
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:12 PM
 
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We appreciate all the help. We really don't want to be too rush, rush. We would fly into the area and probably take a shuttle to where we end up. You really don't want to see somebody from Mississippi try to drive on ice and snow because we've never done it!
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Greeley, Colorado
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As far as Estes Park goes I'd doubt that they'd be able to completely clean up after that devastating fire at the end of last year before the holidays roll around again. That fire was nasty work...

And I had totally forgotten about the rail in Durango (and i had even ridden it once). That alone was worth the 8 hour drive from the north end of Colorado. Then again the historic district was also well worth the long hours, and I wouldn't mind going back there again for a few days any time o the year.
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:26 PM
 
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What fire are you referring to? I agree that Estes would be great if not skiing.
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Old 01-03-2010, 05:10 PM
 
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And I had totally forgotten about the rail in Durango (and i had even ridden it once). That alone was worth the 8 hour drive from the north end of Colorado. Then again the historic district was also well worth the long hours, and I wouldn't mind going back there again for a few days any time o the year.
It doesn't go all the way to Silverton in the winter but still makes for a fun and scenic few hours. They have live music at the Strater most nights too.
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Old 01-03-2010, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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As far as Estes Park goes I'd doubt that they'd be able to completely clean up after that devastating fire at the end of last year before the holidays roll around again. That fire was nasty work...
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Hmm... have you been there recently?
We were there Thanksgiving weekend. One building burned and the only thing you can see from the street is that the entrance is boarded up. It doesn't affect anything else. I would imagine that it will be "cleaned up" long before summer.
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