Re: Ski trip in Dec
There are a number of places just outside Denver, maybe an hour's drive away from the city. But there are ski areas and ski resorts, and it looks like you're just looking for a ski area. The difference is that ski areas aren't attached to hotels. If you're looking for a ski resort, Breckenridge is a good one, and that's maybe 2 hours from the city.
Otherwise, I found this on Google and it seems relatively comprehensive: rockies.com/maps/colorado-ma...
Yes, you can get a daily lift pass from pretty much any ski resort. You can book many of them in advance online.
For a hotel, you have to realize that while the Rockies are in its backyard, Denver is fairly flat. It's a nice city and is a nice place to stay but, if you plan on spending two full days skiing, it would be best to stay closer to the ski areas. During the ski season, there really aren't any "affordable" hotels near the resorts.
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