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Best groomers of the 5 mountains (Vail CO Resorts + Abasin)?

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Does anyone have an opinion on the best collection of "blue square" type trails out of Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, and Abasin?  I usually ski off-piste and have someone visiting that will want to go somewhere with good groomers, so I would appreciate any insight anyone might have.

 

post #2 of 9

The first four on the list are among the premier groomer-havens on the planet with the front faces of Keystone and Breck offering tons of low intermediate runs, while Vail and BC might be slightly steeper angle.  A-Basin also has some very scenic groomers in lesser quantity for strong intermediates and is small enough (and with close free parking) not to overwhelm for a one-two day visit. 

If you are going between now and end of this season, then dealing with crowds, which can diminish the joy of groomer skiing, should be no issue. 

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Hey Jamesj, thanks for the reply!

 

Good point about lighter crowds late season, because you are right, that is one major knock on the groomer experience. 

 

Also appreciate the advice about Vail/BC being slightly steeper than Keystone/Breck.  Maybe we'll start at Breck (was going to avoid it due to the Peak 8 lines, but then you reminded me that it's almost April) for a day, then head to Vail/BC.  Keystone always seems icy to me on the front.  Maybe because I only ski it at the end of the day?

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I think Vail will be your best bet, for sure number of runs that are groomed. Vail even grooms so steep stuff (Slot, BlueOx, Tourist Trap, Yonder)

 

Pretty much there is a groomed run off each lift allowing for skiers of different abilities to ski together. Not Lift 5 (back bowl) but many lifts have multiple runs groomed.

post #5 of 9

The array of blue groomers on the front of Keystone never seem to get the respect they deserve.  They have enough steepness and interest to keep an intemediate happy and not bore an advanced/expert showing them around.  And if you know some of the short detours, you can find bumps and even some cliffs.  Yes they get skied off on a busy weekend day, but hit them on a quiet midweek day with a little fresh snow and its a different story.

post #6 of 9

Been a couple years since Vail but I see to remember if they have a dump they tend to groom near ungroomed areas. hmmm might have been some place else but think so. would allow you to ski near your friend but stay in the fresh snow if you get any and maybe get your friend introduced to softer snow when he/she can duck in and out of it and build confidance.

The others will remember if this was Vail, old timers settin in.

post #7 of 9

Vail is a great intermediate skier's mountain.  Not a ton of beginner terrain, but a ton of intermediate terrain.  even blue sky basin has great groomed "glade" skiing.  They groom between the trees.  it's a fantastic experience for intermediates because they get to ski some really interesting terrain that most groomers don't have.

 

It also has plenty of stuff for advanced and expert skiers, although many here on epic will tell you it's flat.  It may not be super steep and challenging like Jackson Hole, but there's quite sufficient things for great skiers too.

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agree with all so far; most of the runs on the front of Dercum at K'stone are a good mix of blues through the trees. never seen very long lines at the mid-mountain lift on Dercum (Montezuma?).  At Breck if you avoid Peak 8, Peak 7 is a mix of really pretty easy rolling groomers, and then you can move laterally over to Peak 9.  Like the mid-mountain lift at Dercum we have had very good results on short lift lines at Mercury super chair on nine.  good mix of terrain from the top of nine down to that chair.  Bottom line this year is that snow is amazing as far as quantity at most Summit resorts, so even late this year, assuming it isn't too warm, the base should support some good days into April.
 

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Does anyone have an opinion on the best collection of "blue square" type trails out of Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, and Abasin?  I usually ski off-piste and have someone visiting that will want to go somewhere with good groomers, so I would appreciate any insight anyone might have.

 



 

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Thanks everybody for the replies and info.  Especially impressed with the East Coasters who know these hills better than me.  Props!

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