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Old 11-12-2009, 08:03 AM
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So do most of you drive to the ski slopes and drive back the same day, rent a hotel room or what? I was thinking it would be nice to pull a camper up there and camp a few days while skiing, anyone do this? My wife and I are off more than we work and would want a more economical way of staying up there but am curious about the hazards of pulling campers up a mountain when its snowing.
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Old 11-12-2009, 09:42 AM
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A mix for me - hotels, family, drive back. I suspect a lot of the public campgrounds may close for the season - like that one in Frisco on Lake Dillon or the one on swan mountain road. I was on the Blue River fishing a few days ago on US9 north of Silverthorne. It looked like the public campground was closed (the one like 5 miles north of town on east side), but I'm not certain. However, further up, like maybe mile marker 112 (east side), it looked like there was a big pulloff/parking area that allowed camping that seemed like it is always open - but of course no hookups. I was curious if any brave people ever camped there during ski season.
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:55 PM
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I don't think any ski hills let you camp in the parking lot anymore. Might be able to at Vail but I'm sure you will pay dearly. Used to do it all the time in the Alberta and BC ski hills. Don't know about now though. RP
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Old 11-12-2009, 06:08 PM
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I haven't seen RV/trailer camping anywhere close to ski areas for many years. When the mountain construction boom hit the areas, the close-in places were bought up for development/housing areas. The private areas have become either residential mobile home developments or condo's or other housing. Most of the public (Nat'l Forest campgrounds, for example) places are closed for the winter season.

Other than the few KOA's in the mountain areas, it's hard to find a place to park a camper in the winter months after hunting season.
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Old 11-19-2009, 03:36 PM
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We're camping with a motorhome in Tiger Run Resort just north of Breckenridge over Christmas. It's a year-round resort, reasonably priced, and on the free shuttle run. Tiger Run Resort - Best Camping in Colorado! Home Page They also have very reasonable chalets and you can google Tiger Run rentals "by owner" to save even more than going through the resort.
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Old 11-21-2009, 08:28 PM
Location: Bend, OR
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I'm pretty sure there is a RV park in Ouray that stays open during the winter. That would be a nice place to stay if you felt like taking a trip over to Telluride for a few days. I believe it also has private hot springs, but not sure. I don't know the name, but I'm sure if you google RV parks in Ouray, it will pop up.

As far as camping in the parking lots, I don't know of any ski resorts in CO that allow you do that anymore (maybe Wolf Creek?). It's unfortunate considering how expensive lift tickets are. Most people can't afford a lift ticket and hotel in the resort town.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:53 PM
Location: Denver
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I am sure if you are crafty enough you can find some place to drycamp around town.
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