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Where to go...First famiily ski -Tahoe, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah ???

Where to go...First famiily ski -Tahoe, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah ???

Jan 23rd, 2010, 01:42 PM
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When I went to Beaver Creek, I was a beginner skier and there were plenty of trails for me. As far as "not too expensive", perhaps a budget hotel would do the trick.
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 02:12 PM
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If I were you, I'd go to Keystone, rent a condo and find everything you've asked for. "Hours" from the airport is really only an hour and a half. You can also take your 4 year old for a sleigh ride dinner.
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 02:36 PM
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Beaver Creek doesn't have budget hotels!! And yes, it has great greens.
And our grandson has been doing snowboards the past couple of years, but now wants to go back to skis (the 4 year old, 5 years later!!).
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 07:13 PM
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There are budget hotels in Beaver Creek. Check it out - http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-avon-colorado-CO052
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 07:17 PM
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That is not Beaver Creek. That is Avon. And it is a pain in the butt to get to BC from Avon. I am sorry, Jill, but I don't you and I have been skiing the same Beaver Creek.
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Jan 24th, 2010, 12:51 AM
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Hi, not sure what you mean by not to expensive, but skiing will be one of the most expensive vacations you will take. The best place to go for you is Telluride. It is far away from all major cities, and everything for that matter, so you have no day skiers coming up. You fly to montrose, which is 90min away. The beginner area has runs miles long with nobody on them so you don't have to worry about getting run over if you fall. The best restaurants next to aspen. Ice skating, dog sledding, snowmobiling and is by far the prettiest of any of the places listed so far. Try the mountain lodge, hotel telluride, or the peaks for the best lodging rates. This will be one of the most expensive places, but during spring break, you will get more skiing in here in 2 days, than anywhere else in a week. Hour long lift lines are common at vail during that time.
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Jan 24th, 2010, 06:40 AM
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Fmpden - yes, it is in Avon but they offer free shuttles to Beaver Creek. Our friends stood in Avon and it was literally one mile away and got on a shuttle and were at our hotel in 5 minutes.
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Jan 24th, 2010, 01:00 PM
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Telluride sounds really great--and I know it is--and it could be perfect. But there is a difference in you and I "getting more skiing in two days than anywhere else in a week" AND our OP, new to skiing and with a little one. A big day of skiing can get to be very tiring. Just wanted to point that out.
I might also point out that it will probably be a lot more expensive to fly there than say one of the larger airports. Just things to consider in the big picture of budget, etc. Not taking away from it as a good place at all.
As far as staying in AVon, you could even go to Vail and stay across the road and catch their shuttles. I HATE IT!!! LOL It is a PITA.
Sorry, JackandCarolyn--is the water completely muddy now!! Don't give up on us.
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Jan 24th, 2010, 01:09 PM
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The problem with these ski question is everyone has their favorite resort and they argue like crazy for there pick. The bottom line is, whatever you choose, you really won't go wrong. All the resorts are set up to make sure you have a great time. Have fun!
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Feb 22nd, 2010, 06:04 AM
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We've been to the North Star in Tahoe in the summer and think it would be a great place to ski. If you stay at one of the condos in the village you can enjoy making smore's by the fire, and skating right in the center of the resort. Your daughter might enjoy taking a break from the snow to bead or make candles. Town of Truckee is great too. Having said that, everything is pretty expensive. Good Luck.
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Feb 22nd, 2010, 07:18 AM
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It is far away from all major cities, and everything for that matter, so you have no day skiers coming up. You fly to montrose, which is 90min away. The beginner area has runs miles long with nobody on them so you don't have to worry about getting run over if you fall. The best restaurants next to aspen. Ice skating, dog sledding, snowmobiling

Wow,, not sure how you come to these conclusions. We are local, there are thousands of locals that ski Telluride on a regular basis! They are all "day" skiers".

Nobody on the runs - again, don't know about that as Telluride is a major area for the well to do and with lift ticket prices to match. I believe a single day adult pass is $95!

Dog sledding? where? There is not a lot outside of skiing in Telluride, shopping in very expensive shops and that can be done in an afternoon.

A far more family oriented area would be Durango. You can fly into Albuquerque and drive 3 hours to Durango or fly into DRO itself. Lots of reasonably priced accomodations and restaurants.
Lift tickets way more reasonable. I think the town is larger and therefore, there are many more things to see and do.

My husband skis both and love them both, but they towns are quite different.
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Feb 22nd, 2010, 09:26 AM
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There is dog sledding near Telluride. I think the name is White Moon, perhaps.

DebitNM, when posters refer to the "day skiers", they are probably not referring to the "locals" who live in the immediate area. They are referring to the people who can drive, even if it takes several hours, to the ski resort for the day. Think of the Denver and front range residents going up to Summit County/Vail or SLC residents skiing any of the SLC resorts or the Sante Fe crowd going to Taos.

For a first ski trip with a 4 year old and on a budget, I'd recommend Tahoe, and specifically North Star at Tahoe. No budget- then Beaver Creek or Deer Valley.
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Feb 22nd, 2010, 09:27 AM
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Google is my friend. The dog sledding near Telluride is Winter Moon.
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Feb 22nd, 2010, 09:39 AM
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Live and learn! I didn't realize there were dog sled rides available.
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