>there is certainly sufficient beginner's trails at copper .. best on
>western side of mountain ..
Copper is also a great confidence-builder with lots of easy rolling
blues. They get my vote as the best place for beginners in Summit Co.
Take them to Keystone after they learn a little (especially how to
avoid other skiers).
>nonetheless, I think keystone has the premier beginners run in the
>state (maybe) anywhere in "schoolmarm" which goes from the top and
"Premier" is not the word I'd use. It's probably the longest,
however. Several years ago we took two never-evers to Keystone. We
dropped them off in the morning for a lesson and then skied with them
after lunch. It took a _long_ time to get them to the bottom. On the
way down I saw four people being carted off the mountain on sleds on
this run. I've never seen so many out-of-control people on one run at
one time. I was constantly looking over my shoulder. Schoolmarm is
just steep enough for the tourons to get up enough speed to do some
real damage. And to top it off, our beginners were never taught how to
get on/off a lift in their 4-hour lesson. Made for an interesting
scene the next day when we went to Copper. :) Don't forget to try the
night skiing at Keystone if you have the energy. Just avoid the lower
runs until after 5:00 or so to give the idiots time to clear off the
slopes. Stay up top and drink some hot chocolate, etc. and warm up.
The groomers finish up on Frenchman around 5:45 if memory serves and
it was virtually deserted the last time we were there. Schoolmarm
was still a zoo at night only not as crowded.
>finally, once you are in summit co. there are free busses between
>areas and you do not have to stick to one only ... just stay off
>a-basin has very limited beginners trails and lots steeps.
A-Basin will still be mostly rocks that early in the season anyway.
>> I've heard that Copper Mtn is a good place for the novice skier because of
>> a large and separate beginners area. I am tentatively planning a trip
>> there Nov 28-Dec 3 range. Is it likely that these beginners slopes, no
>> doubt lower down on the mountain, will have sufficient snow this early? I
>> know this maybe be difficult to predict, but if someone in the area now
>> could give me an educated guess, I would appreciate your effort. Thanks.
>> (a lodging rec would also be appreciated).
Don't rule out Breckenridge. It has a high-speed quad that serves
only boring greens (and a token blue or two) that are great for
beginners. These runs probably have sufficient snowmaking so they
should be in decent shape.
Only 81 days until I go skiing at Telluride!!!