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Need tips for Vail / Beaver Creek

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Will be skiing tomorrow at either Vail or Beaver Creek.  First time in many years.  To youz guys/gals in the know --

 

Any parking tips for Vail to avoid the parking garage $$$ ?  I know BC is pretty painless.

 

Is either mountain better in terms of good northerly exposures that will be less prone to daily freeze/thaw & be better for a.m. runs before sunny slopes soften?  If so, recommended runs/areas?

 

Will be skiing w/ a friend of intermediate ability who's a good cruiser and a reluctant explorer.  He'll want to practice his prowess in a few bumps.  Any suggestions for blue/black kinda ego bump runs @ either area?  Any suggestions for steeper outlying groomers that tend to get less scraped off?

 

Thanks in advance.

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Take the West Vail exit. Park along the frontage road - you'll see cars lined off to the right as you exit the freeway. The bus ride will take a while, though. If you're a late arrival on the weekends, the parking garage might be full - if it is, you can park along the frontage road just outside.

 

Both mountains do pretty well with regards to northern exposure, as long as you stay away from Vail's back bowls and Beaver Creek's Larkspur and Strawberry Park areas. However, if it gets warm enough, the back bowls are pretty damn good in spring conditions.

 

The only truly steep groomer without much traffic is at Vail. It's called Balshoi Ballroom and is out near Inner Mongolia in the back bowls. I really like that one on spring mornings while I wait for the snow to soften up. No traffic, so you can really rip, but be careful, as it'll still be rock hard. I don't know what the traffic is like on Birds of Prey at Beaver Creek, but that could be another one too - my guess is that there will be some traffic there, though.

 

I don't know easy/blue bump runs very well, but you might be able to find some at Game Creek at Vail, or at the bottom of Centennial at Beaver Creek.

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Birds of prey is kinda a tricky run.  Depending on the snow it could be softer but the run is water injected for the race and remains rock hard all season. It will seem like it has been totally scraped off but that's the way it's intended to be. It is a really fun run but be careful on the jumps the landings are always super slick from the water injection and people freaking out and throwing the breaks as they go over.

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Thanks Brian.  I've heard that the frontage road parking areas are restricted to weekend parking only.  Does that restriction apply to the areas you mentioned, and does Friday count as weekend?

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Thanks Brian.  I've heard that the frontage road parking areas are restricted to weekend parking only.  Does that restriction apply to the areas you mentioned, and does Friday count as weekend?

Not sure about Friday, but the frontage road parking restriction is only for the frontage road section in front of the parking garage. You should still be able to park on the frontage road in West Vail.

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