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Old November 26th, 2009, 01:29 AM   #1
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Skiing in Colorado

This week finds me in Denver ready to hit the slopes. Here a few pictures of my day at Copper Mountain Ski Resort:

Taking I-70 Freeway from Denver towards the Rockies:



Continue Driving Westbound:



View of the first snowcapped mountains:



Beautiful Scenery:



Snow at the sides of the road:



Approaching Eisenhower tunnel:



Driving inside tunnel, about 3 km long:



The other side of the tunnel, altitude 9,100 feet:




Arrival to the parking lot of Copper Mountain, jammed packed:



Skiers taking Shuttle to village:



Skiers walking towards ski lifts:



Crowd at Ski Lifts:



View of the village behind:



Once on top time to go dawn the slopes:





More Slopes and ski lift in the middle:



Going down again, view of the village below:



More runs:



People in line to take the ski lifts:



Time to go back, a quick stop to take some colorado Scenic shots:





Freeway back to Denver:





Getting close to my hotel:





That's all....
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Old November 26th, 2009, 05:08 AM   #2
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Another Day, Another Ski Resort:

Today En Route to Winter Park:

Taking Freeway 470 to the mountains:



First lower range Mountains Ahead:



Now we take Intersatate I-70 with a view of the Rockies in the Back:



Detour route 40 to winter Park:



Ice on the Road:



More Ice but beautiful view:



Arrival to the Village:



Ski Run I will hit shortly:



View of abuilding of the Village:



A line to the ski lifts:



One on top time to Go Down:



View Below:



Once below, time to go up again:



Now some Views of the Village at Winter Park:



More Views, temperature outside -10 degrees, brrr...



Nice Village Buildings:



Gondolas linking 2 separate sections of town:



Imposing Building:



Time to head back, stop at Idaho SPrings, typical historical Colorado Town:



Main Street of Idaho Springs:



More Old Buildings:



Back in denver, view of it's skyline:

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Old November 26th, 2009, 10:23 AM   #3
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Thanks for the photos, you are making me jealous now, I won't be going skiing this season

I love the drive up into the mountains at the beginning of a skiing trip, as the mountain scenery unfolds and the snow appears it really sets the scene for the fun to come.

For some reason even though there are some resorts which are well known here (Aspen, Vail etc), British skiers don't seem to go to the US for skiing very often. Obviously most people go to European resorts as it's closer but while I've known many people who have gone to the Canadian rockies, Whistler, Lake Louise, Banff etc I can't think of any who have been to Colorado.

Is skiing in the US more expensive than Canada maybe?
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Old November 26th, 2009, 11:03 AM   #4
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very cool i want to go snowboarding so bad
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Old November 26th, 2009, 11:13 AM   #5
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Cool pics, thanks for sharing! I've got a question about one, is most of this snow man made? I ask because the hill at the back of the photo has none on it at all.
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Old November 26th, 2009, 12:10 PM   #6
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nice pictures but why is there so little snow?
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Old November 26th, 2009, 06:40 PM   #7
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Great pics! I'm so jealous.


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I've got a question about one, is most of this snow man made? I ask because the hill at the back of the photo has none on it at all.
Not necessarily. The hill in the back gets more direct sunlight. And the snow on groomed slopes gets compacted and is very hard, so it takes a lot longer to melt.
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Old November 26th, 2009, 06:55 PM   #8
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Amazing, great shots; thanks for sharing
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Old November 27th, 2009, 12:43 AM   #9
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Great pictures. I will probably go up tomorrow or saturday. What is the name of the second ski resort? I'm going to Breckenridge and I heard that the snow is more like ice overthere right now. This looks all pretty good but that's probably because it's custom made.
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Old November 27th, 2009, 01:25 AM   #10
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Old November 27th, 2009, 02:17 AM   #11
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I want to go snowboarding so bad now, but the Northeast of US is no yet in snow season is not even that cold yet


Nice scenery thou, definitely a place to go.
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Not necessarily. The hill in the back gets more direct sunlight. And the snow on groomed slopes gets compacted and is very hard, so it takes a lot longer to melt.
Fair enough. Looks like it could do with some more snow yet, but i guess it's still early in the season.
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Old November 27th, 2009, 07:02 AM   #13
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It is still early season not a whole lot of snow yet. The second resort, Copper Mountain, produces a lot of artificial snow at night until the real winter snow arrives. It is snow anyways!!!
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Old November 27th, 2009, 07:45 AM   #14
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I want to go snowboarding so bad now, but the Northeast of US is no yet in snow season is not even that cold yet


Nice scenery thou, definitely a place to go.
Don't worry. The snow they have in the Rockies is all custom made. It's going to be around 65 tomorrow in Breckenridge and all the snow turned into ice. It will get better around the second week of december.
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Thanks for the photos, you are making me jealous now, I won't be going skiing this season

I love the drive up into the mountains at the beginning of a skiing trip, as the mountain scenery unfolds and the snow appears it really sets the scene for the fun to come.

For some reason even though there are some resorts which are well known here (Aspen, Vail etc), British skiers don't seem to go to the US for skiing very often. Obviously most people go to European resorts as it's closer but while I've known many people who have gone to the Canadian rockies, Whistler, Lake Louise, Banff etc I can't think of any who have been to Colorado.

Is skiing in the US more expensive than Canada maybe?
Most US resorts on average used to be a bit more expensive then Canadian resorts but that is when the US dollar was relatively strong against the Canadian dollar. I am guessing now they are roughly equivalent.

From what I remember though on average North American day lift tickets are a good deal more expensive before then their European counterparts (at least before the Euro got very strong). This surprised me considering that European resorts are often much larger with longer runs then NA resorts. NA have the reputation, not sure if its deserved, of having better groomed runs and services. Very generally speaking Alps resorts are thought of being more crowded and the snow less dependable. I remember going to Innsbruck a number years back around Christmas and they had a majority of the runs still closed from a lack of snowfall. I don't think you would ever see that happen in Utah or Colorado. I am surprised more Americans don't go to Europe for ski vacations given that after lift price differences the prices come out roughly equivalent even if you pay a few more hundred more for a plane ticket.

Even though plenty of Americans go to regional resorts as well as places like Lake Tahoe, Utah, Vermont etc. I would say that Colorado is kind of thought as the ski resort mecca of NA for a lot of Americans the same way Florida appeals as the primary beach vacation.


1 day lift prices for some major NA resorts in US dollars
Telluride - 92
Vail (Col.) - 89
Squaw Valley (Ca.) - 83
Heavenly (Ca.) - 82
Snowbird (Utah) - 72
Stowe (Vermont) - 84
Whistler/Blackcomb - 75 CAD

1 Day lift prices for some major European resorts in Euros
Three Valleys, France - 47
Murren, Switzerland - 38
Kitzbühel, Austria - 41
Cortina, Italy - 45
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Old November 27th, 2009, 09:48 AM   #16
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^ Vail is more like 100. I have the Colorado skipass which was about $330. I can go to Breckenridge, Araphoe Basin and Keystone unlimited. I have 10 days of Vail and Beaver Creek.
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Thanks for that, yeah that's surprising that European resorts are a bit cheaper even with the strong euro. Probably if you also look at accommodation, cost of food and drink, equipment hire if neccessary, and so on it might be more expensive.

Europe does vary a lot though, Switzerland and the big French alpine resorts are probably the most expensive, Austria and Italy a bit cheaper, the French/Spanish pyrenees a little less again and Eastern Europe much less than that.

The Dolomiti superski pass that I sometimes get which gives access to a very large ski area over several Italian towns is 45 Euro for 1 day or 225 Euro for 6 days in high season this year, while over the border in Slovenia, a skipass for the vogel ski area is 26 Euro for 1 day or 140 Euro for 6 days.

The big European resorts can be very crowded in peak season but there are many smaller ski areas dotted around the continent which don't work with the big tourism companies so much and therefore are a lot quieter. The artificial snow making facilities are pretty good these days in many places so snow cover isn't as much of a problem as it was 10-15 years ago I think.

Anyway, enough of that let's have some more colorado photos.
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I have a ski pass and all I pay for the whole season is $399.
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Yeah, that's true, if you live near a ski area, season passes make it much much cheaper.
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Alps better than Colorado?

When I was in Winter Park, Colorado I noticed the Ski teams from
Norway and Sweden were training in there. So if they come from there all the way to Colorado it must be for a very good reason....
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