Dec 142009
 
Authors: kelly bleck

Where to go, how to find it, how much to pay
By Kelly Bleck

Arapahoe Basin
http://www.arapahoebasin.com/ABasin/mountain/guest-info/getting-here.aspx
Opened in 1946, A-Basin sits at an elevation of 13,050 feet. Receiving more than 350 inches of snowfall annually, A-Basin has 105 trails ready for enthusiastic skiers, reached by multiple chairlifts or backcountry hiking.

Fast Facts: – Skiing, snowboarding – A-Basin opened its 400-acre Montezuma Bowl in the 2007-2008 season

Dates and Times
• Lifts open 8:30 a.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. weekends
• Lifts close 4 p.m. everyday

Pricing
• Pre-season lift ticket, through Dec. 18: $49 adult 1-day lift ticket
• Regular season lift ticket: to be determined
• Season Passes:
o $299 A-Basin season pass, ages 20
o $359 A-Basin, plus 5 days at Breckenridge or Keystone, one of which can be used at Vail or Beaver Creek

Driving directions: from Denver
• Take Interstate-70 west to Silverthorne (exit 205), travel 12 miles east on U.S. Highway 6. Or, choose the 68-mile scenic route from Denver by taking I-70 west to Loveland Pass (exit 216), then proceed west on U.S. Highway 6 for eight miles.
• Mileage: 96 miles

Aspen
http://www.aspensnowmass.com/
Aspen has been operating for more than 60 years, combining with Snowmass, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands to give skiers and riders the “Power of Four.” With more than 5,300 acres of terrain for visitors to traverse, each of the four mountains offers a plethora of terrain ranging from easy to expert.

Fast Facts: – Skiing, snowboarding – Aspen Mountain combined with Snowmass, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands

Dates and Times
• Snowmass and Aspen Mountain open Nov. 26 through April 11, 2010
• Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk open Dec. 12 through April 4, 2010
• Lifts open 9 a.m. and close 3:30 p.m.
Prices
• Call for individual lift ticket prices – (970) 925-1220
• Season Passes:

o $1,799 Premier pass, unlimited skiing on all four mountains and summer lift access
o $919 Flex pass, one day a week plus flexibility to add days for $49 per day
o $299 Escape Pass, purchased by Dec. 18, $49 per day to purchase a lift ticket

Driving directions: from Denver
o Take I-70 west to exit Glenwood Springs, Colorado 82, to Aspen

Beaver Creek
http://www.beavercreek.com/
Beaver Creek boasts 1,815 acres of skiable terrain with the base resting at 8,100 feet and rising to 11,400 feet. The resort has 310 inches of annual snowfall, four terrain parks and a half pipe.

Fast Facts: – Skiing, snowboarding

Pricing
• $65 adult 1 day lift ticket until Nov. 27
• $75 until Dec. 6
• $85 until Dec. 18
• $92 until April 12
• $79 after April 12
• Season passes:
o $399 Summit Pass, Keystone, Breckenridge, and A-Basin
o $599 Epic Pass, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and A-Basin

Driving directions: from Denver
• Take I-70 to the Avon exit #167. Enter the roundabout and continue left. You will be heading south and should go back under I-70. Continue straight on this road through four more roundabouts, after which you will see the entrance to Beaver Creek
• Mileage: 120 miles
• Travel Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Breckenridge
http://www.breckenridge.com/
Breckenridge has 2,358 acres spanning four accessible peaks making up this mountain. Skiiers and boarders can access the high alpine bowls with North America’s highest chairlift or traverse through five terrain parks.

Fast Facts: – Skiing, snowboarding

Dates and Times
• Lifts open 9 a.m., close 4 p.m.

Pricing
• $65 adult 1 day lift ticket until Nov. 27
• $75 until Dec. 6
• $85 until Dec. 18
• $92 until April 12
• $79 after April 12
• Season passes:
o $399 Summit Pass, Keystone, Breckenridge, and A-Basin
o $599 Epic Pass, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and A-Basin

Driving directions: from Denver:
• Take I-70 west to exit 203. Continue on Highway 9 to Breckenridge
• Travel Time: 2 hours

Copper Mountain
http://www.coppercolorado.com/index.htm
Twenty-two lifts allow access to 126 marked trails and 2,450 acres at Copper Mountain. Riders can enjoy short stints down the mountain or amble down a 2.8 mile run. Copper also provides great family fun with their tubing hill.

Fast Facts: – Skiing, snowboarding – Free sno-cat skiing – Tubing hill – Opening in December – $25 adult, $20 child

Dates and Times
• Season runs Nov. 6 through April 18, 2010
• Lifts open 9 a.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. weekends
• Upper lifts close at 3:30 p.m., lower lifts close at 4 p.m.

Pricing
• $65 adult 1 day lift ticket
• Season passes:
o $359 Copper Mountain Season Pass
o $419 Rocky Mountain Super Pass: Winter Park/Mary Jane and Copper Mountain
o $129 Copper Four Pass

Driving directions: from Denver
o Take I-70 heading west out of Denver, follow until Exit 195
o Mileage from Denver: approximately 68
o Travel time: 1.5 hours

Crested Butte
http://www.skicb.com/cbmr/
Crested Butte will add to their terrain this season with Teo II, access through the Teocalli Bowl and adding to the expert terrain that already makes the mountain famous. 1,167 acres are accessed by 16 lifts or a short hike to Peak Terrain.

Fast Facts: – Skiing, snowboarding – CB Adventure Guides, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. guide, $595

Dates and Times
• Open Nov. 25 through approximately April 4

Prices
• Nov. 25 through Dec. 16, $59 adult 1 day lift ticket
• Dec. 17 through April 4, 2010 $87 adult 1 day lift ticket
• Season passes:
o $1,349 Platinum pass, Sept. 8 through April 4, valid for winter and summer season
o $1,274 Gold Pass, Sept. 8 through April 4
o $1,064 Bronze Pass, Blackout dates Dec. 16 through Jan. 2, 2010, Feb. 13 and 14, 2010, March 13 through 17, 2010

o Variety of multiple day passes

Driving directions: from Denver
• Take I-70 west, exit to highway 470 west. Highway 285 south to Fairplay then Poncha Springs. Highway 50 west to Gunnison. Then highway 135 north into Crested Butte
• Travel time: 4 hours

Durango Mountain Resort/Purgatory
http://www.durangomountainresort.com/
Purgatory is a smaller mountain, with 10 lifts and 1,325 acres. Known for its intermediate terrain, Purgatory also boasts their Paradise Freestyle Arenas, Pitchfork Terrain Garden and Divine Comedy, places for those looking for rails and boxes to trick off.

Fast Facts: – A longer trip from the West slopes – Skiing, snowboarding – Snowshoeing, ski-biking, Sno-cat, snowmobiling

Dates
• Open Nov. 27 through approximately April 4, 2010

Prices
• $65 adult 1 day lift ticket
• Season Passes:
o $859 adult season pass
o $539 college season pass
o $579 Weekday Pass, valid Monday through Friday, not on weekends or holidays

Directions: http://www.mapquest.com

Keystone
http://www.keystoneresort.com/
Keystone was founded by snow loving Max Dercum and his wife Edna in 1970. Now stretching seven miles along the Snake River, Keystone is home to three mountains, 3,148 acres and 3,128 vertical feet.

Fast Facts: – Skiing, snowboarding – Night Skiing
o Open Nov. 25 through 29, Dec. 4 and 5, Dec. 11 and 12
o Open seven days a week Dec. 18 through Jan. 3 2010
o Open Wednesday through Sunday Jan. 6 through March 28
o Open until 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and until 6 p.m. on most Sundays

Dates and Times
• Season runs from Nov. 5 through April 11, 2010
• Lifts open at 9 a.m. through mid-December, at 8:30 a.m. to the end of the season
• Lifts close at 4 p.m.

Pricing
• $65 adult 1 day lift ticket until Nov. 27
• $75 until Dec. 6
• $85 until Dec. 18
• $92 until April 12
• $79 after April 12
• Season passes:

o $399 Summit Pass, Keystone, Breckenridge, and A-Basin
o $599 Epic Pass, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and A-Basin

Driving directions: from Denver
• Travel west on I-70, exit at the Silverthorne/Dillon exit #205
At the end of the exit ramp turn left (East) at the stop light onto Highway 6
Travel 6.2 miles into Keystone Resort
• Miles from Denver: 90 miles
• Travel Time: approximately 2 hours

Loveland
http://www.skiloveland.com/
Loveland’s terrain consists of 13 percent beginner, 41 percent intermediate and 46 percent advanced, traversing 2,210 vertical feet. Powdered by 400 inches annually, skiers can slide down a two-mile run and 93 other trails.

Fast Facts: – Skiing, Snowboarding

Dates and Times
• Lifts open 9 a.m. weekdays, 8:30 a.m. weekends
• Lifts close 4 p.m.

Prices
• $46 adult 1 day lift ticket, mid October to Dec. 11
• $59 adult 1 day lift ticket, Dec. 12 through April 5
• Season passes:
o $379 Adult Season pass (23 )
o $309 Young Adult Season pass (15-22)
o $249 Midweek Season pass

Driving directions: from Denver
• Take I-70 west, exit 216
• Miles from Denver: 53 miles

Monarch
http://www.skimonarch.com/
Operating since 1939, Monarch occupies 800 acres along the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range. Monarch has 63 trails, a 1,162 vertical drop and 350 inches of annual snowfall.

Fast Facts: – Skiing, snowboarding – Sno-cat tours

Dates and Times
• Open Nov. 25 to April 11, 2010 approximately
• Lifts open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prices
• $54 adult 1 day lift ticket
• Season passes:
o $419 adult season pass
o $349 Student season pass

Driving directions: from Denver
• From the junction of E-470 and U.S. Hwy. 285, travel south on Hwy 285 for 123.3 miles to U.S. Hwy. 50. Travel west on Hwy. 50 for 13.5 miles to a right into Monarch Mountain.

Sol Vista
http://www.solvista.com/ski/solvistabasin.asp

Sol Vista Basin boasts 5,000 acres, opening on Dec. 16.

Fast Facts: – Skiing, snowboarding

Dates and Times
• Open Dec. 16 through March 28, 2010

Prices
• $54 adult 1 day lift ticket
• Season passes:
o $340 adult season pass

Driving directions: from Denver
• http://www.mapquest.com
• 999 Village Road, Granby, 80446

Steamboat
http://www.steamboat.com/
Steamboat consists of Mount Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak, Pioneer Ridge and Christie Peak, totaling 2,965 acres. Also, riders can show some creativity in Mavericks Superpipe: 450 feet long, 56 feet wide, 18 foot walls and a 22 foot transition.

Fast Facts: – Skiing, snowboarding – Hot springs

Dates and Times
• Open Nov. 25

Prices
• Season Passes:
o $1,299 Steamboat Season Pass
o Steamboat Super Value Pass, 10, 15, or 20 days throughout the season, 20 day for $939
o $1,374 Rocky Mountain Ultimate Pass, unlimited skiing at Steamboat, Copper and Winter Park/Mary Jane
o $999 Steamboat College Pass
o $1,074 College Ultimate Pass, unlimited skiing at Steamboat, Copper and Winter Park/Mary Jane

Driving directions: from Denver
• Take I-70 west through the Eisenhower Tunnel to Silverthorne. Exit 205 (67 miles). Take CO 9 North to Kremmling (37 miles), then west on U.S. 40 to Steamboat Springs (53 miles)
• Miles from Denver: 157 miles northwest
• Travel Time: 3 hours

Driving directions: from Fort Collins, when Poudre Canyon is still open
• Take CO 14 West, through Poudre Canyon, over Cameron Pass until Walden, CO. Take CO 14 (toward Steamboat Springs) until U.S. 40, and turn right (West) over Muddy and Rabbit Ears Passes to Steamboat Springs.

Sunlight
http://www.sunlightmtn.com/
Sunlight opened in 1966 with 420 private acres and 2081 acres of U.S. Forest Service Land. Sunlight operated off one chair until 1973, when the second one was added. Now there are 67 trails spanning 470 acres.

Fast Facts: – Skiing, snowboarding – Cross country skiing and snowshoeing – Snowmobiling – Tours available, $100 to $200, must be 16 to drive

Dates and Times
• Open Dec. 4
• Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prices
• $50 adult 1 day lift ticket

Driving directions: from Denver
• Start out going west on I-70 to Glenwood Springs. Take Exit 116 toward Glenwood Springs/Aspen, at end of exit go right. Make two right turns at consecutive traffic lights and go back over I-70. This will put you on Grand Avenue/Hwy 82 south.
Go about two miles down Hwy 82. Turn right onto 27th Street. Go straight on 27th Street, which veers left and becomes Midland Avenue. Stay straight on Midland Avenue for about a mile where you will come to a fork in the road. Go right at the fork onto Four Mile Road / County Road 117. Stay straight on Four Mile Road for about 9 miles. Four Mile Road ends at Sunlight Mountain Resort.
• Miles from Denver: 160 miles

Telluride
http://tellurideskiresort.com/TellSki/index.winter.aspx
Telluride has more than 2,000 acres for skiing, covered with 120 trails and connected by 18 lifts. The vertical drop is 4,425 feet, though only 3,845 is accessible by lift. 309 inches of snow falls annually, helping cover the Galloping Goose run, a stretch of 4.6 miles.

Fast Facts: – Skiing, snowboarding – 400 acres with 3,845 vertical feet accessible by lift – Telluride will be the only United States stop on the Visa U.S. Snowboardcross Cup Dec. 17 through 20. – Ski-biking – Dog-sledding tours – Moon Sled Dog Adventures – (970) 729-0058 – Telluride Regional Airport and Montrose Regional Airport serve access to Telluride
• http://tellurideskiresort.com/Tellski/info/airline-schedule.aspx

Dates and Pricing
• Early season lift tickets available for:
o November 26, 2009 to Dec. 18
o $69 adult 1 day lift ticket
• Regular season lift tickets available for:
o Jan. 4, 2010 to Feb. 12, 2010, February 21, 2010 to March 5, 2010 and March 21, 2010 to April 4, 2010

o $92 adult 1 day lift ticket
• Holiday season lift tickets available for:
o Dec. 19, 2009 to Jan. 3, 2010
Feb. 13, 2010 to Feb. 20, 2010
March 6, 2010 to March 20, 2010
o Pricing is based on the day you start skiing, visit the Web site: http://tellurideskiresort.com/TellSki/info/lift-tickets-holiday.aspx
• Season Pass – o $725 – College student enrolled in 12 credits

Driving directions: from Denver
• Take I-70 west to Grand Junction, go south on Route 50 to Montrose.
Continue south on Route 550 to Ridgway then turn right onto Route 62.
Follow this to Route 145 and turn left.
Follow the signs into Telluride.
• Travel time: 7 hours.

Vail
http://www.vail.com
Vail includes three terrain parks, seven bowls and 5,289 acres of terrain. Their Web site boasts two skiers per acre on an average day, and on a busy day only four per acre.

Fast Facts: – Skiing, snowboarding – Adventure Ridge – Tubing, ski bikes, trampoline, bunny run, snowshoeing – http://www.vail.com/activities/adventure-ridge.aspx

Prices
• $65 adult 1 day lift ticket until Nov. 27
• $75 until Dec. 6
• $85 until Dec. 18
• $92 until April 12
• $79 after April 12
• Season passes:
o $599 Epic Pass, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and A-Basin

Driving directions: from Denver
• Take Interstate 70 west to Vail Exit 176
• Miles from Denver: 120
• Travel Time: Less than 2 hours

Winter Park
http://www.skiwinterpark.com/index.htm
Opened in 1940, Winter Park now has 3,060 acres and 143 designated trails with 1,212 acres of off-piste terrain. 25 lifts give access to the trails, six leading to double black diamond trails.

Fast Facts: – Skiing, snowboarding – Ice skating in town

Dates and Times
• Season runs Nov. 18 through April 18, 2010
• Lifts open 9 a.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. weekends and holidays
• Lifts close at 4 p.m. except for Panoramic Express and Pioneer Express, which close at 3 p.m.

Prices
• $65 adult 1 day lift ticket
• $179 Winter Park Four Pass
o Blackout dates Dec. 27 through 31
• Season passes:
o $369 Winter Park and Mary Jane pass
o $419 Rocky Mountain Super Pass: Winter Park/Mary Jane and Copper Mountain
o $1299 Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus: Winter Park/Mary Jane and Copper Mountain, plus 6 days at Steamboat and free skiing every Friday after 12:30 p.m. at Steamboat

Driving directions: from Denver
• I-70 heading west out of Denver. Follow I-70 west approximately 40 miles to Exit 232 to Winter Park, Empire and Granby. Follow Exit 232 onto Hwy 40, which will take you over Berthoud Pass and to Winter Park, approximately 24 miles from exit.
• Mileage from Denver: 67 miles.
• Travel time: 1.25 hours

Wolf Creek
http://www.wolfcreekski.com/
Open for 70 years, Wolf Creek is a high alpine ski resort, resting at 10,300 feet and rising to 11,900 feet. Wolf Creek has 1,600 acres of terrain, covered with 465 inches of snowfall, the “Most Snow in Colorado.”

Fast Facts: – Skiing, Snowboarding – Cross country skiing – Wolf Creek boasts 465 natural inches of snow, the most in Colorado

Dates and Times
• Lifts open 8:30 a.m. and close 4 p.m.

Prices
• $52 adult 1 day lift ticket
• Season Passes:
o $718 adult season pass
o $508 weekday only

Driving directions: http://www.mapquest.com

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