Thinking of planning a snowboarding trip to Colorado next winter and wanted some opinions on which resorts were the best value and had the best runs and parks?
If I were you I would checkout Telluride. It has some great places for snowboarding. Did a writeup a few years ago from our trip there and stayed here - http://www.southpoint.com/states/co/telluride/victorianinn.html almost 11 years ago
When I used to live in Colorado I'd get a Ski 3 pass to Breckenridge- http://www.breckenridge.com - (good all around with top notch freestyle parks), A-Basin - http://www.arapahoebasin.com/ABasin/Default.aspx - (my favorite of the 3 - though go early in the day as it can get a little dark/cold/windy), and Keystone (used to be better for skiing). I think now though it's only a Breckenridge/Keystone pass and that A-Basin is no longer in on that program. Still they are fun mountains.
But my favorite place to snowboard was by far Copper Mountain - http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/index.html - its a wonderful resort, always had beautiful snow, with lots of nice bowls and long trails. Has some fun park stuff too, but I just love the exciting open-ended boarding this place had to offer. It also used to be a bit of locals place - so it wasn't ever as busy as say - Aspen. almost 11 years ago
John - the responses above are pretty decent. Those are all good mountains. But I think the best mountain for you, if you're just coming in for that sole purpose, should be catered to how you like to ride. If you prefer more free-riding and carving the powder, hitting up tree runs, cliff drops, etc... then Crested Butte, Vail (two of the more challenging mountains) along with Telluride, Breck, Winter Park and Steamboat are all great mountains. But the mountains in Colorado are getting pretty expensive these days. For instance, a day pass at Vail is $97. Vail Resorts owns Vail, Beaver Creek, Breck, Keystone and A-Basin and they are all quite expensive.
Copper Mountain, as Samantha wrote, is a good mountain. It's smaller, but it has some good runs and a great park. So if you're more into park stuff, Copper will be a good choice because it has a great park and it's cheaper. It's right in between Vail and Breck, if you're still looking for a larger mountain that offers tons of different terrain.
Last... I think the best snowboard mountains in the US are in Utah. Right outside of Salt Lake City, with Snowbird, Brighton and Park City being the best.
Regardless, enjoy yourself! almost 11 years ago
Thanks for the info guys! I've got a few places to research now, I definitely like the sound of Copper Mountain, sounds like good value while still being great quality - and I can easily spend some days on the bigger resorts. Thanks again, appreciate the help! almost 11 years ago