by: rakehell - 14th February 2010

  • 2
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 2All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 2Family Friendly
  • 1Nightlife
  • 1Terrain Park
  • Value
short drive from Boulder
expensive for what you get, limited terrain, no apres ski worth mentioning

Full review

After reading some of these reviews, I got the distinct impression that _someone_ was skewing the ratings. Many of them sound like they were written by _someone's_ marketing department. So, I decided to provide the straight skinny. If you live in or near Boulder, this is the most convenient place to ski. You will pay a lot of money for pretty mediocre skiing, though. For reference, I've been to Alta, Solitude, Park West, Park City, Snowbird, Brighton, Sundance, Snowbowl (Flagstaff,AZ), Wolf Creek, Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Winter Park, Mary Jane, Loveland, Copper Mtn, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, and Telluride and I've easily logged over 1000 days on slopes (60 days a season for 3 seasons). This is not what you would call a "destination resort". If you came to Colorada to go to CU and have primarily skied back East, you'll think this place is pretty good. But, if you've been around a bit, you'll be surprise how limited this ski "resort" is. BTW, the half pipe is pathetic compared to Copper Mtn and other places. Plus, it's pretty windy a lot of the time, probably windier than Loveland on the Continental Divide. Yes, it's cheaper than most of the other resorts, but IMHO you're paying less and getting a LOT LESS. It's not worth it. I go there because I hate to drive 2.5 hours (best case) to go to Mary Jane each way. So, if you don't live within 20 minutes drive of Boulder, go up I-70 to one of the real ski resorts. Mary Jane is ONLY for people from Colorado and they will check your driver's license. (Ok, the last statement is false. Hopefully, you don't read disclaimers).
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