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Colorado Budget Travel, suggestions please!

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Colorado Budget Travel, suggestions please!

Hi, Looking into travel to Colorado around March 2013. I am not familiar with anything there. Family trip, myself, fiance, 2 boys ages 10 and 13. Coming from Louisiana, we don't see real snow. Would love to see snow if possible, none of us have skied but would like to give it a try. Hoping for a reasonable priced lodge, resort or even rental by owner; small town feel or close by. Wanting to relax, sight see, shop, family time together and play in snow. I know I am asking for a wide range but I have no idea where to start. Sorry these questions are so scattered. Any help/suggestions would b great. Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Colorado Budget Travel, suggestions please!

Crested Butte has a great small town feel and not in the super popular range which is nice too. You fly into nearby Gunnison (thirty minutes) and shuttle in (free). That's one good option. Someone else maybe can point you to a resort worthwhile in the area that is possibly budget friendly.

http://www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com/decided

Another is Keystone tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g33501-i2108-k5810… see that thread for details on kids 12 and under (only works for your one child however) but still helpful where cost is concerned. I'm not sure the town feel there:

http://www.keystonecolorado.com/

Another option fly into Denver and enjoy Steamboat Springs:

http://www.steamboat.com/

Edited: 10:12 am, October 05, 2012
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2. Re: Colorado Budget Travel, suggestions please!

Are you driving or flying?

You'll be able to see and play in snow in March, and there are lots of places to choose from for that small town feel with a relaxed atmosphere. Skiing can be pretty expensive, but some places are more reasonably priced than others. The "local" ski areas which don't have much lodging on site will tend to be much more reasonably priced than the larger resorts but will provide plenty of fun for beginners and might work for you since you don't plan to spend your whole vacation skiing. (Sunlight, Powderhorn, Wolf Creek, Monarch, Ski Cooper are some examples) Durango Mountain Resort is a good option for families, as is Steamboat Springs and Crested Butte.

Edited: 10:25 am, October 05, 2012
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3. Re: Colorado Budget Travel, suggestions please!

You may want to check out Ski Granby Ranch. Looks to be more affordable than other resorts. granbyranch.com/colorado-skiing-snowboarding…

There are also other winter activities nearby. http://www.winterparkguide.com/

winterparkguide.com/activities/winter-activi…

And it is close to the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.

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4. Re: Colorado Budget Travel, suggestions please!

In conjunction with Babalax's suggestions in reply #3, look at Snow Mountain Ranch. ymcarockies.org/snow-mountain-ranch-winter-p…

This is a very budget and family friendly resort with loads of activities and a variety of lodging options. It is 9 miles to Granby Ranch, 12 miles to Winter Park Ski Resort and 23 miles to Grand Lake www.grandlakechamber.com and the western side of RMNP.

You could stay in Grand Lake. The chamber link has lodging options. Also look at the cabins at http://www.windingriverresort.com/

Edited: 11:26 am, October 05, 2012
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5. Re: Colorado Budget Travel, suggestions please!

You have some great ideas here! I'd echo the smaller areas for someone trying to do spring break on a budget. March is high season and not easy on the wallet at the big resorts.

Take a look at Salida, I love the town and ski Monarch as misswestslope suggested. The town itself does not get a tons of snow but the mountain sure does, about 20 minutes away. Lots of the hotels offer a free shuttle to and from. Ski Sunlight too and stay in Glenwood Springs. I do prefer the town of Salida but Glenwood might offer more other activities.

Ski Copper is another great place to learn the the town of Leadville is a bit odd and the altitude can get to some.

If you do want to try one of the "majors" in Summit County, Keystone, Copper Breckenridge, A-Basin I'd look at lodging off mountain. I like the area of Silverthorne call Wildernest. You can see at VRBO

you might look at a couple of coupon sites too like http://www.liftopia.com or http://www.skicoupons.com

Edited: 11:53 am, October 05, 2012
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6. Re: Colorado Budget Travel, suggestions please!

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I am having a really hard time with this. My family and I live in North Louisiana and would be driving into Colorado. So I am trying to stay on the Southeast/South Central area. I have also been searching on Vrbo for a private rental as opposed to a Lodge or Hotel. I never even thought about the crowd and higher prices for Springbreak. I always thought more about the beach for Spring. Thanks again for all suggestions.

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7. Re: Colorado Budget Travel, suggestions please!

Then I like Monarch of the ones I mentioned.

http://www.skimonarch.com/

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8. Re: Colorado Budget Travel, suggestions please!

Have you considered posting your question on the New Mexico forum? I did a quick check and found this topic.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g47185-i882-k51877…

www.mapquest.com says that Ski Apache would be over 3 hours closer to you than Monarch.

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9. Re: Colorado Budget Travel, suggestions please!

Consider Pagosa Springs and Wolf Creek Ski Area too...Wolf Creek typically has great snow, smaller crowds and is very reasonably priced. Pagosa has lots of vacation rentals (check out rentals in San Juan River Village to be closest to ski area) with great hot springs in town.

Monarch / Salida is also a nice suggestion...both WC and Monarch are two of the most affordable ski areas in CO.

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10. Re: Colorado Budget Travel, suggestions please!

When I lived in Texas, Angel Fire in New Mexico was popular with people driving out to ski. I've never been there and don't know much about it, but it might be worth checking out.