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Old 10-22-2004   #11
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Without snowy conditions -

If its a weekend and you're not past Golden before 6:45 am, you're hosed.

If you're not past Dilverthorne by 2 pm, you're hosed.

If you can wait to leave the hills until after 7 pm you're probably OK.

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Old 10-22-2004   #12
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I agree with all that Andy.
This will be my first season in 5 years without a seasonal condo rental in Summit, so I guess you could say I'm hosed.

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Old 10-22-2004   #13
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I would go for the Childrens Museum (is that fake hill still there?) in order to avoid traffic and that hill is less crowded then the I-70 resorts. Tweak, I feel bad for you!

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Old 10-24-2004   #14
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A Monarch Pass is the way to go. Last year, it was running $250. No blackout dates, all NATURAL powder, no crowds (unless it's March when you have all of the Okie church groups there), a good jib park (if your in to that sort of stuff; I board, too, but I'm too old for the jib parks and half pipes).
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Old 11-04-2004   #15
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Earn your turns baby. Then make the pilgrimage to Wolf Creek on half off powder days. I use to get the pass, then I realized that after a day of long lift lines, cattle herding, crappy snow, I-70 traffic, and making Vail Resorts richer, I was more stressed then if I had just stayed home . But if your into the whole terrain park thing, Breck does have one of the best in the country, and Keystone has amazing groomers. The smaller ski areas are much more pleasant and they can use the support.
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Old 11-04-2004   #16
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wolf creek is fun for about half a day then you realize that although the powder was good it aint no crested butt, or highlands. and then you go to find a place to have a beer and a meal and you realize the closest towns around it are as boring as the mountain. i know people from durango love it, but what else do they have. you can change the name and package it however you want, but that little flat mesa just north of there between two huge ranges will always be PURGATORY. thank god for silverton. maby you should think about salt lake city. if you got to do the city thing, it dont get much better. uuummm AAAALTA.

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Old 11-04-2004   #17
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please don't put crested butte in the same catagory as highlands.
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Old 11-04-2004   #18
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why not?
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Old 11-05-2004   #19
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crested butte blows highlands out of the water. The terrain is way more technical, there is more of it, and you don't stand in lift lines or pay those kinds of prices. Highlands doesn't get anymore snow then we do. I'm not knocking highlands but it isn't Crested Butte

Crested Butte has been the proving grounds for the biggest names in the sport and it holds the U.S. Extreme comp every year. Come check it out.

CB is only going to get better. The people who own Okemo(sp) just bought it and have already done some major upgrades. Okemo(sp) has some of the best parks in the east, and while CB isn't known for its jibbing, it soon could be one of the best spots in the west.

And since this is a kayakers forum as well, we have a great park just down the road, and the quad crown (daisy, OBJ, Slate, East) is out my back door.

The backcountry here compares with the aspen area. And as you said, Silverton is only a short drive away.

The locals in CB are some pretty cool people.

I do agree, snowbird/alta are super fun and I would really like to check out whistler and that area.

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Old 11-05-2004   #20
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i definitely agree that crested butte rules. i love that town and the locals. it has it all, great technical terrain, bad ass paddling, great food (the last steep is one of my favorite in the state, hope Hartigan doing well) great bars. i am going to have to call you on a few things. as far as more terrain, when you put snowmass(home of the vallies technical terrain), ajax, highlands, and the biggest longest jib park in north america, the long term home of the X-games, buttermilk together. i dont think you can say crested butte has more terrain. as far as lift lines go i have never seen a lift line at highlands except for maby opening day. as far as athletes go just as many and probably more come out of the aspen valley, chris davenport, arron astrada, kiffer burg, and billy poole to name a few. the back county is comparable along with the snow conditions because they are only separated by maby 17 miles as the crow flies. from my girl friends yurt on the back of aspen mountain on a clear night you can see the lights from the butte, and that makes me happy to know that such a place as cool as crested butte is so close, yet so far away. i truly respect CB and all the REAL people that make it such a great place to be. thats why i mentioned it in my post above.

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