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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Yes, I have searched, but mostly got a lot of tips about how to stay away from the most crowded lifts on crowded days. I know how to do that, and it doesn't really answer my question about avoiding crowds altogether, to the extent possible.

 

So here's the deal. I'm going to be in Summit Co. for a non-holiday mid-week in mid-winter. No issue there. HOWEVER, we will be skiing on one Sunday. Any regulars willing to provide a very brief recommendation for 1st and 2nd most likely choices to avoid crowding on a Sunday will be very much appreciated. Loveland is out for a complicated and boring reason, so that leaves A-Basin, Beaver, Vail, Keystone, Copper, and Breck. Minor strategizing tips welcome, but I don't need or want a fifteen point guide on how to keep ahead of the throng; if there's that much of a throng, I'm probably not interested in the strategy. Terrain preference, if it matters, is moderate to bracing (but not hair-raising) off-piste. We like open trees and bumps, but won't be jumping any cliff bands. Ticket price is not a factor because we scored some good ticket deals for later in the week that have given us some wiggle room in that department.

 

PS: For those tempted to say that Easterners will never find a Rockies hill crowded - a common theme in the posts I found on this topic - take heed that we are used to skiing in Maine, not New Jersey. We were at Vail on a couple of non-holiday weekdays last year, and while it was not truly crowded anywhere on the actual hill (except on the front side in a couple places like Riva and Northwoods), there was enough crowding at some of the lifts and facilities to make me think that the weekend would be pretty ugly.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

 

post #2 of 10

I haven't skied keystone or breck, and I work at copper. Copper is usually not too bad on sundays, You'll probably wait at the lifts at the base, but other than that, you shouldn't have to wait too long and you might not have bad lines at the base. Also for something like $20 (I think) you can get a cut pass that lets you bypass the lift line and even the singles line. It's called the secret stash or something like that. There's nice terrain and short lines around sierra and rendezvous, and resolution bowl might be to your liking. So copper would be my first choice, A basin would be my second, it's kind of hit or miss on sundays I think (though it's been a couple of years since I've been there on a sunday) I'd stay away from Vail and Breck, they are usually madhouses on the weekends. (I've never been on brecks hill, but judging by traffic in town, yuck)  Keystone and Beaver Creek, I don't know. There's also always the option of taking a day off, going for a hike or snowmobiliing instead. I have a low tolerance for crowds so usually if I'm off on a sunday, I ski outside the resort, and some weekends even the back country is crowded.

post #3 of 10

we tend to ski Breck and Keystone, and due to sports on Saturday and other factors do a fair number of Sundays.  Traffic is the worst issue to me...other than going south from Breck to 285, don't know a good way to avoid that issue.

 

Keystone.  get to the back two mountains as quick as possible.  Generally no lines longer than 5-7 minutes (i think) on those two hills.  IF you want to ski Dercum, get to the top but ski only to the mid-mountain lift -- lines there not too bad. 

 

Breck.  We try to ski Peak 7 to warm up...avoid 8 and the bottom of 9 like the plague.  Do one lift up 8 moving over from seven then at the top use Frosty's Freeway (name might be slightly off) to get to the small two person chair to the top of 9.  We again go to the mid-mountain lifts on 9, or work over to the runs on 10. 

 

For both mountains we do the standard trick of doing lunch either very early or very late and skiing during the time when most folks grab lunch.

 

Hope that helps some.

post #4 of 10

ahhhh, beaver creek, everything is so easy. last mlk weekend there weren't lines there on a holiday sunday! people just don't want to drive further than vail i guess.

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by ManyRuns View Post

ahhhh, beaver creek, everything is so easy. last mlk weekend there weren't lines there on a holiday sunday! people just don't want to drive further than vail i guess.

Yes- my picks would likely be Beaver, followed by Copper or possibly Vail in terms of lack of crowds.
 

 

post #6 of 10

In general, the morning will be busy but the afternoon will be much less crowded as the Denverites bail out to try and beat the I70 traffic.  I spend 3 weeks in Summit County each February and avoid Saturdays but I do ski on Sundays - most commonly at Keystone.  The advice to get to arrive there early and get to the Outback as fast as you can is right on.  Then as the lines build, start heading the other way against the traffic flow.  Have an early lunch and then you are ready to enjoy the lighter afternoon crowds.

post #7 of 10

Copper will be less crowded than the other resorts.  The Epic pass has attracted most of the locals, so the Vail Resorts areas plus A-Basin are typically much busier than Copper.

 

Mike

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Copper will be less crowded than the other resorts.  The Epic pass has attracted most of the locals, so the Vail Resorts areas plus A-Basin are typically much busier than Copper.

 

Mike


This

 

If you aren't skiing the beginner Flyer lift (and this may change with the new Union Creek chair) or waiting on the Storm King Poma there will be no lines to speak of and no crowds

 

 

post #9 of 10
If you can include the extra drive, go to Beaver Creek. Front rangers rarely drive past Vail and otherwise concentrate on Copper/Breck/Keystone/A Basin for Sundays.

If you want to be in Summit, park by 8 a.m. at the latest at Breck's free lot on the north edge of town, stay on the bus until you get to Beaver Run, ski Peak 9 and Peak 10, lunch at 11-11:30, relax for the afternoon at Peak 7.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

Wow, this is a great response. Thanks, everyone!

 

I had actually been thinking of checking out Beaver Creek anyway, because it will be the inaugural day of the trip and the base is relatively very low. (I have learned the hard way that it's easy to bite off too much the first day if you're from sea level!) Therefore I'm very receptive to the fact that several people have suggested that it's also a good bet for low crowds. Plus I've never been there and this will be a good excuse to visit.

 

As for the other suggestions, I'll keep them in my back pocket. Habacomike, we're already committed to being at Copper two days later in the week. Otherwise I'd be more eager to heed your tip. (Looking forward to skiing there, though; had a good day there last year when it was below zero and there were about 50 people on the entire mountain. The lifties practically cheered when they saw a customer coming.) Probably the second choice will be Keystone (with the recommended sprint to the Outback), in case we get a late start from Silverthorne or Vail Pass is closed or we are just lazy.

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