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Mountain Village the best option for us?

Ogden, Utah
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Mountain Village the best option for us?

Sorry in advance for another town vs. village question, but I just wanted a quick sanity check for my particular situation.

I've always wanted to ski in Telluride and the town of Telluride was certainly one of the draws for me. My wife and I love areas like that. However, situations have changed a bit over the last few years and we'll be in town the week before President's Day with our 1.5 year old son.

Additionally, my wife is a skier now but she's more in the beginner/intermediate range. Groomers only. She can make it down the blues at Snowbasin and loves the greens at Sun Valley, though steep stuff she still takes very slowly/cautiously.

I see that there are a few ski-in/ski-out spots down in town but it looks like the terrain to get down to there is pretty steep, especially compared to what is down around Mountain Village. How steep/difficult are those runs down to the town? Are they usually groomed?

It also looks like the child care building is up in Mountain Village, and it would be tough to lug all our gear and the little guy and all his stuff up the gondola to get up there in one trip. I think we can maybe find workarounds for that (babysitter instead of daycare maybe).

We're not interested in partying/late night of course since we'll have the little guy at night, though we probably will want to try some restaurants in town. As I understand that the gondola down there is pretty easy though and can actually add to the experience.

Edited: 03 November 2015, 03:22
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1. Re: Mountain Village the best option for us?

If skiing is primary for you, it's hard to beat the creature comforts of staying in Mountain Village. It's all right there and super easy access to the base for your wife. It's also easy and romantic to take the free gondola down to town (actually up first then down) in the evening.

Have fun.

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2. Re: Mountain Village the best option for us?

The gondola takes you to the ski area in M Village. So it is easy to ride up the gondola and then stay on that side and ski the easy stuff and then just ride back down. Gondola has great views, runs 7am to midnight. Lots of baby stuff can be a drag, so if you think it is easier and you can find a good spot in MV, then go for it.

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3. Re: Mountain Village the best option for us?

You have "mountain village" written all over you. Go there.

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4. Re: Mountain Village the best option for us?

The Telluride Trail is an easy intermediate run on the Telluride side that traverses from near the top of the Gondola to the Telluride gondola station and Lift 7 in Telluride. It's always groomed and avoids having to take those wonderful steep runs on the Telluride side.

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5. Re: Mountain Village the best option for us?

The Gondola connects the two towns so you won't feel disconnected at all staying in Mountain Village. It's better suited for what you are looking for, especially with children - we have four kids and have skied Telluride for years- you will love it.

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