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Old 11-29-2013, 11:36 AM   #1
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Planning a Jeep/Ski trip for early next year

Hello to my CO Jeep brethren.

For my vacation next year, I was thinking I'd like to hit the slopes. As I'd have a week off work, I figured it would be a good idea to drive out in the Jeep so that I could alternate between trail rides and skiing.

I've never actually skied before, but I have snowboarded once on a small manmade hill. I totally sucked at it but I know I don't want to actually ski as that just has never appealed to me.

I don't want to assume that I one ski area is the same as the other and also don't want to assume that anywhere in CO is as good as another for skiing.

I don't need a location packed with people as I prefer less busy, slower paced locations for my vacations.

I'd be coming from AR so I do want to make the travel distance as short as possible.

So, here are my starter questions:
1) What time of year would be best to come out so that I could snowboard and go on trail rides but wouldn't necessarily be dealing w/ a ton of people?
2) In regards to snowboarding, are there any areas that would be best for a beginner, or are they all basically the same?
3) Is there any particular location that would work best for both snowboarding and Jeeping?

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for just a week, it's hard to beat monarch mountain. Its pretty cheap and rarely crowded. Lots of great beginner lines there too. You would also be fairly close to Buena Vista. Lots of great trails although in not sure how passable they are in winter. Maybe one of the BV folk can chime in on local trails.

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Old 12-01-2013, 11:15 AM   #3
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for just a week, it's hard to beat monarch mountain. Its pretty cheap and rarely crowded. Lots of great beginner lines there too. You would also be fairly close to Buena Vista. Lots of great trails although in not sure how passable they are in winter. Maybe one of the BV folk can chime in on local trails.
Good info. Thanks!

Will look it up.

Recommendations and best time of year to suit my needs? At least in regards to skiing? Was thinking something near the end of the season but not sure when that is.
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When I worked at monarch they usually closed around mid to late april. But think they are getting better snow now so could be later.
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:27 PM   #5
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We'll keep getting snow until May sometimes, so our late season is near t shirt skiing weather. But it makes for a bit of slush on the latter half of the year. Late February and early march are pretty good. There also might be more trail options since it'll be warmer.
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:42 PM   #6
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Avoid christmas time and spring break. Other than that, I have been told The slopes slow down quite a bit. Wolf Creek outside of Pagosa Springs is nice skiing.
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Cool. I had mid to late march in mind.
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I would agree with Monarch and the Buena Vista / Salida area. There is also Ski Cooper near Leadville. Not to be confused with Copper Mtn. Both ski on natural snow so it is weather permitting. Now depending on the time of year you can ski well into May and June at Loveland ski area and A Basin.

Problem with trails here in Colorado is that some wont be passable until May or June. In the BV area we have Chinamans gulch. This trail rates from a mild 5 to anon 8 in difficultly. Not recommended to be done alone either. You also have the fourmile area that is basically fun dirt roads but open most of the year. The front range has some trails that are also open tfor.most of the year.

Something that might help is what experience do you have jeeping. Are you a long time jeeper or are you new to the debt? Let us know and I am sure we can find you something
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I would agree with Monarch and the Buena Vista / Salida area. There is also Ski Cooper near Leadville. Not to be confused with Copper Mtn. Both ski on natural snow so it is weather permitting. Now depending on the time of year you can ski well into May and June at Loveland ski area and A Basin.

Problem with trails here in Colorado is that some wont be passable until May or June. In the BV area we have Chinamans gulch. This trail rates from a mild 5 to anon 8 in difficultly. Not recommended to be done alone either. You also have the fourmile area that is basically fun dirt roads but open most of the year. The front range has some trails that are also open tfor.most of the year.

Something that might help is what experience do you have jeeping. Are you a long time jeeper or are you new to the debt? Let us know and I am sure we can find you something
More good info. thanks!

Yeah, I mentioned my (lack of) skill level regarding snowboarding but didn't mention my off-roading experience. My sig will tell you what you need to know about my rig. As for myself, I've started off-roading when I got my Jeep 2 years ago. I go on easy back-road trail rides once every few weeks and hit some mud when I feel like getting dirty. About once a month I do rock crawling at the local off-road park.

Whatever I do in CO doesn't necessarily need to be anything difficult. Having never been out there I'll be just as happy hitting some mountain roads and enjoying the view. That being said, it would be great to hook up w/ some locals and hit some "fun" trails.

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