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Ski Resort with most intermediate slopes in Utah, Colorado etc.?

post #1 of 17
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My wife and I ski at the intermediate level and would like to plan a trip in Feb. I would greatly appreciate any Resort suggestions. Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 17

I'd strongly endorse Steamboat.  Wife and I went there several times several years ago -- first by ourselves and then with kids.  Good moderate terrain, great snow, nice layout, big and varied mountain.  If you want a bit harder, it's there, but there's little truly steep terrain.  The experience is so nice that I never noticed.  Best place to explore tree skiing.  It's a nice town, too.

 

We also tried Snowmass, and liked that, but our experience was that it's more expensive. 

Ditto Deer Valley.

post #3 of 17

Steamboat is good as well as Beaver Creek and Breck for your terrain objective.  Copper can be good with most beginner/intermediate terrain segmented off from advanced stuff.

 

post #4 of 17

I've only been to Utah once, so I can't give an effective recommendation.

 

As far as Colorado goes, lots of good choices. Do you want to stay at the mountain? Do you want to ski at only one resort? The above ideas are great. An additional benefit of staying at Breck is that you can ski several other resorts with a short drive or bus ride as well, if desired. You could ski Breck, Copper, Keystone, all easily. And take a ride to Vail, which I think is also a great choice. 

post #5 of 17

For Utah, my visiting friends seem to enjoy Deer Valley and Alta most.  They are intermediate to advanced levels.

post #6 of 17

Hard to beat Aspen. Four mountains, three of which are great for intermediates, and Aspen Mountain OK for a solid intermediate. Free shuttles. Can be expensive, but there are some moderately priced choices for lodging and dining as well.

post #7 of 17

Breck and Keystone both have a bunch.  Check out their trail maps.

post #8 of 17

Without question, Snowmass has the most and the best, IMHO, intermediate runs.

 

As for most, statistically, Snowmass has 3,132 acres with 50% of that being blue.  Steamboat was suggested earlier, but it has less - 2,965 acres with 42% of that being blue. 

 

I've skied Snowmass each of the last 4 years and skied Steamboat this past February.  For blue crusisers, Snowmass spanks Steamboat and everywhere else I've skied (Beaver Creek, Vail, Snowbasin, Deer Valley).  As an intermediate skier, I'm still looking for a place to take a second trip every year that comes close to Snowmass for the ability to lap a variety of blue cruisers.  I guess Deer Valley is the closest second to Snowmass, but I didn't like the vibe there compared to Snowmass and the town of Aspen. 

 

As for best, one of the things that differentiates Snowmass from a lot of other places is how conducive the mountain is to lapping blue cruisers.  As a comparison to Steamboat, take a close look at its trail map, and you will see only one high speed chair that serves up multiple blue runs at a time - the Sunshine Express.  All of the other blues on the mountain are mixed in or are the end of the day home runs - we found everything at Steamboat on the Thunderhead Peak and Christie Peak to be congested and skied off.  We only hit those areas on the way to the base at the end of the day, and they pretty much stunk for snow quality (think skied off and almost icy). 

 

Now, look at the trail map for Snowmass.  You've got the Big Burn area, Elk Camp, and Alpine Springs.  Elk Camp gives you 1,554 vertical and your choice of 5 blue runs down.  Big Burn gives you 1,993 vertical and your choice of 8 blue runs down, and another high speed chair back up (the new Sheer Bliss lift).  Alpine Springs gives you 1,529 vertical and your choice of 7 blue runs down.  None of these 3 areas bring you back down to the base so lift lines are minimal. Then, there are lots of other fun things to do outside of these 3 sweet spot areas, e.g.,  Long Shot, High Alpine (there isn't a cooler blue run in the country than Upper Green Cabin, especially when it has been groomed), a groomed black or two over on Sam's Knob.  Then, if you throw in going over to Highlands for a day or two, you can't get any better than that.

 

As for where to stay, the Snowmass Mountain Chalet is awesome - true ski-in/out, right by the original mall level, included hot breakfast and soup lunch (saves lots of money vs. paying for food on the mountain).  Here is an old trip report I did on my first trip to Snowmass back in 2008:  http://www.epicski.com/t/68727/snowmass-3-14-through-3-20

 

We will be back at Snowmass for our 5th year in a row this March!  Thinking Snow after our disappointing early season trip to Vail last week.

 

Good luck!

post #9 of 17

What sort of intermediate terrain are you looking for? Cruisers or Mellow off trail stuff?

 

Snowbasin (cruiser paradise) and Powder mountain (mellow off piste) are two that I would recommend highly.

 

Also, the park city areas.

post #10 of 17

For the Colorado resorts, I suggest you check out snow conditions once it gets closer to time for your trip.  Really bad snow year so far.  Wolf Creek and Eldora might end up being the best options.  I haven't been to Wolf Creek but I know they have had considerably more snow than the I70 resorts.  Eldora has some surprisingly nice blue runs and has had a really good snow year.

post #11 of 17

It comes down to snow cover and resort level of run grading (compared to your level of comfort) I would think. 

 

As stated, not a great year for snow in most of CO...except Wolf Creek and a couple of others.  Eldora is pretty small, but has, relatively speaking, a lot of snow so far this year. Very much a small/local place and has a well-deserved reputation for getting a lot of wind.  Breck and K'stone, as stated, have a lot of green/blue terrain.  However the resort criteria for black/blue/green is of course specific to that resort.  Our perception is that Breck blues are a LOT easier than Keystone blues.  both are large,each with great variety, but seems that Keystone runs are harder on average (but a lot of fun).  Also someone on a lift w/me on Monday at Breck noted that Keystone's coverage is even worse than Breck's and we were not loving that level of coverage. 

 

Of course all of us hope that changes in early 12, and normally by Feb coverage is much better.  We like the vibe in Breck as a town, vice the very resort feel to Keystone.  If you stay in any of the Summit county locations, Breck, Keystone, Frisco, Dillon/Silverthorne, you should be able to hit all four of the Vail resort properties, and Vail itself is so large it surely has plenty of terrain to match your desires. 

post #12 of 17

Anywhere along I70,  but you will really REALLY like Winterpark.    Small town, great skiing, on average they get a few more inches every storm because of where the resort is located.   Mountain has two names, Winterpark and maryjane.    the Jane side has bowl skiing, trees, and some of the worlds best bump runs.    www.skiwinterpark.com  

post #13 of 17

Vail....5000 acres of intermediate terrain

post #14 of 17

Colorado - Vail, Steamboat

 

Utah - Park City, Deer Valley

 

Tahoe - Northstar

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Vail....5000 acres of intermediate terrain



But the Back Bowls are Xtreme.rolleyes.gif

post #16 of 17

Haha... good call.  How did Vail ever manage to make so many people think those back bowls were GNAR-worthy?  Not that I wouldn't love to take some fresh turns on them on a powder day but it's funny how so many people are convinced that terrain is legit.
 

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But the Back Bowls are Xtreme.rolleyes.gif



 

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Haha... good call.  How did Vail ever manage to make so many people think those back bowls were GNAR-worthy?  Not that I wouldn't love to take some fresh turns on them on a powder day but it's funny how so many people are convinced that terrain is legit.
 



 


No one that lives in colorado does.   They are nice to ski though! :) 

 

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