I have skied all over the world and nothing beats the world class skiing of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. In Colorado, we have a ski culture that is second to none. I’ll admit though, I may be a tad bit biased.
There are always sales and discounts being offered for tickets, so keep an eye out for them. If you just ski up and buy a ticket, expect to pay the most.
There are a lot of 4 packs and similar deals that make skiing a little more affordable.
Beaver Creek is the luxury ski resort for the locals. I think the rest of the world is starting to discover it, but I doubt it will ever be as famous as Vail. Beaver Creek is just as good (if not better) than Vail, without the crowds.
A little city called Avon sits at the base of Beaver Creek. Avon is *gasp* affordable for the middle class. Avon is now, and always will be my second home. If you stay in one of the many places in Avon, you can take the bus to the new gondola that takes you straight to the ski slope! The gondola and buses are free, my favorite price.
The city is the former second home of President Ford. I saw him once at one of the Christmas celebrations, he seemed like a really nice man.
I love Loveland. Not everyone feels the same way, some think it is too small. It is just right for me, and it is not crowded. It has more of a locals feel to it, and it is a shorter drive from Denver. It is cheaper too.
However, if you are spending more than a day here, expect to get a little bored.
I have been skiing in Switzerland, and people would say ‘Well, it’s no Vail but it is still fun’. And they were right. While Vail is not the best ski slope on the list, it is the most famous.
It is still a world class ski resort. The locals tend to lean towards the other ski resorts for a few reasons. Vail’s parking is expensive, and Vail just attracts more attention because of its fame (and more crowds).
If you are visiting, it is still a must see.
Breckenridge ski resort has a nice artsy home town feel. I have been to a few nice arts shows that they sponsor. Just one look at their website, and you will see the seemingly endless activities and events that this ski town offers.
Breckenridge is not a tourist town, it is a way of life.
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