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Old 12-02-2010   #11
Golden, Colorado
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My dad is ski patrol at Powderhorn. I make it out there at least once a year. Mostly intermediate skiing but there is some good stuff if you look. I like to go there with the family. For sure a small old fashioned Colorado ski area feel.

You're in Denver... what about Eldora? Their steep stuff is scarce but it fits my criteria for low-key, small, and cool places to ski. Our office used to do an annual company ski day with a free lunch and an open bar for the non-skiers until a huge software company bought us out and took away everything, and I mean everything, and left us standing naked with less pay and saying, "Thank you sir, may I have another."

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Old 12-02-2010   #12
Palisade, Colorado
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Powderhorn for daughter and I skinned up from the parking lot last Friday and found super powder. Also Silverton but it really is more out of the way.

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Taos during the spring. They still cut off the number of lift tickets they sell each day, so the mountain is never busy. Incredible steeps (as far as the southern Rockies go) and endless bumps. Totally different vibe versus CO mountains.

As far as CO goes, definite ups for Monarch& Wolf Creek.
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Old 12-02-2010   #14
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After living in breck and leadville and countless days at Summit areas, we moved to BV and discovered Monarch. One day there and I decided I would never do a major resort again. Then we moved to CDale, passed on the Aspen areas and rode Sunlight. The smaller areas are true gems. If you have to stand in line to get on a bus to get to the lifts, then something has gone wrong in your world.
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Old 12-02-2010   #15
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Originally Posted by watermonkey View Post
... If you have to stand in line to get on a bus to get to the lifts, then something has gone wrong in your world.
Amen. I ski at one of the major resorts once in a blue moon. As I am standing in a 10 minute lift line for the 2nd or 3rd time I swear I'll never ski at a major resort again.

I've got my place... an OK mountain and a dumpy lodge... I don't stand in lines. I ski up to the lift and catch my breath on the way up.

It's just like surfing for me. I'd rather surf a mediocre wave all day long with just me and a buddy in the water than surf a world class break with a hundred people jostling for position.

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