Spring Skiing


03/10/2014 | By Roman

Last week on Friday, 2/28, i was supposed to go skiing with a friend; Breckenridge had reported about 5 inches of fresh snow overnight.  Unfortunately, old age caught up with me, and i had to take care of a swollen leg, that i thought was a muscle tear, and it ended up being a blood clot, so i missed what would have been another epic powder day.

Well, today, on 3/8 14, Breckenridge reported 14’’ of new snow.  It just keeps coming.  However, intermittently, in between the storms, we are starting to see a little more sunshine and blue skies. 

An insider tip from someone who has skied Breckenridge for over 25 years now… I always take my ski vacations in April.  Why, because the accumulation of snow is there, as are the blue skies, sunshine, and warmer temperatures.

The prices are lower, the lift lines are non-existent, and the skiing is fantastic. It will be exceptionally so this winter ski season, after what is shaping up to be a record setting year for snowfall.

Breckenridge is one of the highest ski resorts in the country.  We have the highest ski lift in North America.  The town of Breckenridge is at 9600 feet compared to Vail at 8000 feet, Aspen and Steamboat at around 7000 feet.

Here is a quote from Luane Hansen and what he says about “Colorado ski resorts by elevations”:

“Thirteeners: 13,000-plus feet

Arapahoe basin ski resort has a top elevation of 13,050 feet in Dillon, Colorado. The resort offers the highest ski slopes in the United States. Loveland ski area features a summit elevation of 13,010 feet in Georgetown, Colorado.

Twelvers: 12,000-12,999 feet

Breckenridge Ski Resort has a top elevation of 12,998 feet. Aspen Snowmass offers a summit elevation of 12,510 feet, and Keystone resort features a top elevation of 12,408 feet. Moving downward in elevation, Copper Mountain resort hits a summit of 12,313 feet, Silverton Mountain one of 12,300 feet, Telluride ski resort one of 12,260 feet, Crested Butte mountain resort one of 12,162 feet and Winter Park resort one of 12,060 feet. Each of these Colorado resorts is in a town of the same name.

Eleveners: 11,000-11,999 feet

Monarch mountain resort features a summit elevation of 11,952 feet in Monarch, Colorado. Wolf Creek ski area has a top elevation of 11,904 feet near Pagosa Springs, and Ski Cooper offers a summit elevation of 11,700 feet in Leadville. Aspen HIghlands in Aspen features a top elevation of 11,675 feet, while Vail ski resort in Vail tops out at 11,570 feet. Avon's Beaver Creek resort has a top elevation of 11,440 feet, and finally, Aspen Mountain or “Ajax” features a summit elevation of 11,212 feet.

Teners: 10,000-10,999 feet

Durango Mountain Resort offers a top elevation of 10,822 feet in Durango, Colorado.  Nederland's Eldora Mountain resort tops out at 10,800 feet, Idaho Springs' Echo mountain at 10,650 feet and Steamboat Ski Resort at 10,568 feet in Steamboat, Colorado.

Niners and less: 9,999 feet and below

Buttermilk has a maximum elevation of 9,900 feet in Aspen, Colorado. Sunlight Mountain resort offers a top elevation of 9,895 feet in Glenwood Springs. Mesa's Powderhorn Resort maxes out at 9,850 feet, Solvista Basin resort at Granby Ranch at 9,202 feet and Steamboat Springs' Howelsen Ski Area at 7,136 feet.

So don’t take out those golf clubs or tennis racquets just yet…. there’s still at least 6 good weeks of skiing left, and in my opinion, the best 6 weeks of the ski season, especially for those people, who are not crazy about cold weather.

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