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Old 02-10-2008, 10:14 PM
 
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Hi everyone!
I have a business strip coming up to Broomfield and was wondering if I can get a tip here in regard best ski resort for intermediate skier? I would like to keep it under 1 hour drive and also where are some cheaper/discount places to rent equipment and get lift tickets?

Thanks in advance
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:06 PM
 
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I think you will find that even the closest places will be a little more than an hour away from the Denver metro area (depending mostly on traffic), but you're pretty close to Loveland, Arapahoe, Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, and Vail ski areas, all close to the I-70 corridor west of Denver. The furthest of these (Vail) is probably closer to two hours away from the Denver metro area, so a little longer from Broomfield. There are also a few others that are away from the I-70 corridor (such as Eldora), but I think these would take even longer to get to. I can't tell you much about the terrain for your type of skiing, since I have yet to ski at any of these places, so I'll let the others fill you in on that (as well as their drive time experience).
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Old 02-11-2008, 06:27 AM
 
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From Broomfield I would think Eldora would be the closest and easiest to get to without the hassle. Avoid I-70.
Eldora Mountain Resort
Stop at Christy's in Boulder to rent your skis. You can also rent them up at Eldora.
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Old 02-11-2008, 11:25 AM
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I agree with Eldora. You can even take the bus and avoid the hassle of driving. It's kind of joked about here, but my friends from back east thought it looked better than some of the big-time eastern resorts.
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Old 02-11-2008, 02:21 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for the reply, I think I am going with Eldora (the bus option made the trick!)

Just one more question - what are the option for renting equipment outside of the resort? I know here in LA we have place called Sports Chalet where you get a better deal then any resort..
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Old 02-11-2008, 02:31 PM
 
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Eldora Mountain Resort (http://www.eldora.com/mountainInfo/rentalEquip.cfm - broken link)
Ski Rental - Package & Pricing

If the price difference isn't that much from what you were thinking, it might be easier to not have the hassle of hauling the skis around and just renting them when you get up there.
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Old 02-11-2008, 02:32 PM
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Someone mentioned Christy Sports. That is where my daughter gets her stuff (in Boulder). They are a local chain. Cutting Edge also rents ski equip at its store in Louisville. I believe they still have a place in Broomfield, at FlatIron Crossing Mall. I would google "ski rentals Denver" and see what you find. Will you have a car? If so, you can drive to a rental place, and also drive to the Boulder bus station, which has a parking garage. That is where you get the bus to Eldora. Re: cheap lift tickets, ask around, and google. The grocery stores sell discount tickets to some of the resorts.

Last edited by Katarina Witt; 02-11-2008 at 02:33 PM.. Reason: add about lift tickets
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