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Colorado: Favorite (or least favorite) places to ski

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We just got back from a great ski trip - our first time skiing in Colorado. We'd definitely like to visit again, and would like to know where are your favorite - or least favorite - areas are to ski in Colorado. Here was our experience. We are a family of 4: my husband and sons are very good; younger son is snowboarder. I am an intermediate.

We stayed in Frisco, which was centrally located for everything we did.

Breckenridge - I love the Main Street area of Breckenridge, and its historic vibe. For skiing, we liked it - lots of variety. I skiied my first West coast black diamond here! (I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks!) I loved area 7 with the long cruiser blue trails. There were NO crowds - we never waited in a lift line all day.

Vail - my husband and son thought the back bowls were incredible and an incredible skiing experience. I skied the blue trails in one of the small bowls and really loved that.

What we didn't like here - the price (no discounts and $25(!) to park. The lower area near the Lionshead gondala sort of freaked me out - the beginner trails that feed into the lower area are narrow and there's too much traffic - toward the end of the day it felt unsafe to me with some beginners trying to make their wide turns, and faster, more talented snowboarders whizzing by on a trail that wasn't wide. It was kind of crowded with (short) lift lines all day.

Copper - we all loved it here. My son is a snowboarder and the terrain park here is the best designed one that we've seen. Not only were there lots of ramps/rails - but it was so wide which, IMO greatly increases the safety factor. We were able to ski along side him without worrying about snowboarders flying off ramps near us.

I liked the design of Copper - the mountain is divided into beginner terrain on the right, intermediate in the middle and expert on the left. There was also few trail crossings (i.e. a beginner trail transversing an expert slope). There were long runs and it was just a great experience for us all.

I'd like to hear opinions on where else is good. We'd like a place with varied terrain, that doesn't get icy. (I rode the lift at Breckenridge with a family that started the day in Beaver Creek. They said it was very icy so they left and came to Breckenridge, and thought the snow was "softer" (their words)). I was surprised how many people said they liked Keystone b/c that really hadn't been on our radar.

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