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Skiing at Breck (and other close resorts) in March

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So the fam and I are heading out to Breck in March.  I've skied Keystone before, many years ago, but never been anywhere else in CO.  Only other place I've skied in the west is in Idaho...Being from Atlanta, I stick with the east coast due to cost and travel time.  But I convinced everyone to pack up for a week and head west...

 

I fancy myself an intermediate/advanced skier who is comfortable on most (but not) everything the east has to offer.  I'm planning on taking a few lessons while at Breck to work on my technique and I've searched around on Epic and found who to contact and such for that. The rest of the fam are basically novices; they've skied before but its been years and I know the first few days for them will be spent at Breck relearning everything. So part of the time I'll be skiing with them and part of it will be spent doing what I can handle.

 

But my question is about the other resorts around Breck.  Our lift tickets for the week include Breck, Keystone, Copper, AB, BC, and Vail (I think...) so I'm wondering where I should spend most of my time other than Breck (where we're staying).  Which resorts are best as far as terrain variety, lack of crowds (I know it will be spring break...frown.gif), and overall x-factor.  Any secret local tips would be appreciated! tongue.gif

 

-hound

post #2 of 8

Depends on how much you want to drive, but I think each of the resorts has something to offer.  I like Copper, but would be surprised if it is on your pass.  Breck will probably have the most Spring Break crowds, the others a bit less- Vail b/c is is big and BC because it is farther and less visited

 

There is a lot here on the subject- search individual resort names or Summit County

 

This map shows where each resort is and has some info

post #3 of 8

They all have something to offer but I think you ought to give Vail strong consideration.  I have been to a number of seminars at Keystone but do not have a ton of experience in the area like so many others who frequent this forum.  However, after taking a chance and making the drive over the pass to Vail, I tried to arrange my schedule at the seminars so I could ski Vail as much as possible.  It is perfectly suited for someone who fits the description of intermediate/advanced skier.  Actually, every resort in the area would have a lot to offer with the possible exception of Arapaho Basin which seems more suited to the advanced/expert level.

post #4 of 8

Thinking of your family though... I think Vail and definitely A-basin are less suited for beginners.

Breck's Beaver Run area is ideal for early beginners and Keystone's Schoolmarm run for slightly more advanced beginners. Most of Vail's greens are cat walks and therefore not much fun for beginners. All of the above are good for advanced skiers. So far this year Breck's been getting the most consistent snow/ has the best base...

post #5 of 8

Don't ski Breck as an intermediate skier. Complete gridlock. Its just not worth it, you get all the crowds, all the cost, and can't ski any of the terrain that justifies is. Breck is the busiest ski area in America (its like half of Denver skis there every weekend), and most of those crowds are on intermediate slopes.

 

Loveland has a ton of intermediate bowl terrain. Buy a Colorado gems card for $10 (need one for each member of your party) and you get a $39 lift ticket every day you want to ski, or 2 for 1 M-F. Loveland has an EXCELLENT ski school as well.

 

Winter Park has a good amount of intermediate terrain, and again, has a large intermediate bowl. Tends to be a lot less crowded than Breck.

 

You sure you gotta stay at Breck?

 

If you are spending one day as a "relearn to ski day," I would drive to Ski Cooper (COOPER, not Copper). Its about 35 minutes away from Breck, is a good beginner to intermediate mountain with a good instruction program. There is NO POINT in spending $100 for a lift ticket to rock the beginner lifts at Breck. 

 

Again, with a Gems card, Cooper tickets are dirt cheap.

 

Ski Cooper

One free lift ticket in Feb 2012 Mon-Fri only
$34 adult full-day lift ticket Mon-Fri only
$36 adult full-day lift ticket Sat-Sun only
$18 child full-day lift ticket

Blackouts and Restrictions

All offers not valid 12/19/11 - 1/2/12 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #6 of 8

Forgot the Gems card link.

 

http://www.coloradoski.com/colorado-gems-card

 

I grab one of these every year to add cheap variety on top of wherever I get a season pass.

post #7 of 8

Agreed, Breck does get very busy and Ski Cooper would be a great place to learn, it's like the opposite of crowded.

Was there on a powder day last Sunday (13") and still had runs all to myself, pretty sweet.

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Originally Posted by Celestron2000 View Post

Agreed, Breck does get very busy and Ski Cooper would be a great place to learn, it's like the opposite of crowded.

Was there on a powder day last Sunday (13") and still had runs all to myself, pretty sweet.


I've had good days at Cooper. I get several free passes there from my Season pass, and my fiance likes it a lot. We usually ski there around Thanksgiving when pretty much everywhere doesn't have much advanced terrain opened up, so we might as well ski Cooper.

 

I've caught a couple of powder days there. Its certainly not steep, but 90% of the mountain stays off the ungroomed stuff, so when it snows, the powder lasts a LONG time in the trees and on the "black" runs.
 

But really, I'd recommend Cooper (and most of the smaller ski areas) for beginners and others looking to brush up on their skills. Instruction is the bread and butter of the smaller Colorado ski areas, and most do it really well. Again, I see absolutely no point whatsoever in spending $$$ on a lift ticket for one of the large resorts if you will be riding the beginner lifts. Avoid the crowds and the cost, and have a great time.

 

 

 

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