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PLEASE help me decide between resorts - for beginners!!

post #1 of 8
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Hi to all!

 

Currently trying to plan a ski vacation. Traveling in a group of 8 that are beginners (Only 2 have ever skiied before - one of these hasn't skiied in decades)

 

Trying to decide between: Winter Park, Beaver Creek/Vail, Breckenridge/Keystone.

 

One of the main things that I am curious about is which resort will be best for beginners as far as number of green slopes, number of "easier" blue slopes - but also a variety to keep everyone entertained (ex: jackrabbit alley at BC). From what I remember about skiing, often a lot of the "green" slopes are flat roads and not necessarily as much fun.

 

From looking at the trail maps, it seems as though Black and Blue slopes dominate each of the mountains - but I wonder how many of those Blues will be manageable for beginners by the end of the trip?

 

Any info or opinions that anyone could give me about these 3 resorts to help me choose between them would be MUCH appreciated.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 8

All good choices but Breck/Keystone would be just about perfect.

post #3 of 8

From your list, I would pick Winter Park, just because it would probably be less crowded.  Buttermilk is the best beginner hill I've ever experienced.

 

 

Crowded slopes are very distracting for beginners.

post #4 of 8

The Breckinridge experience starts with 2 parallel 6 seat chairlifts.  It's pretty off-putting and industrial looking, and probably intimidating to beginners. I haven't spent any time in the beginner areas at the others.

Loveland is a nice low key area right offof I70.  That looks like a good spot for beginners.

 

BK

post #5 of 8

Copper could also be a consideration.  Their green area is segmented from the more diffcult stuff - ie less advanced skiers flying by.  I wouldn't recommend Loveland for your group - I like but don't think it fits your group.

 

Lots of easy stuff at Breck.  Vail seems more of an intermediates mountain.  Love BC.  No Winter Park experience.  Why not just stay in Frisco and hit multiple resorts over the trip?

 

Another question about your options would be the instruction available at each resort.  I suspect all are similar but I have no direct knowledge.  If you do multi-day class, you could arrange for same instructor over the trip.  IMO the key to a great trip for the group will be getting some quality instruction to make the time on the hill more enjoyable. 

 

Bottom line is I would pick Breck/Keystone from your list - based on your requirements.  But focus a lot on lessons - that will lead to everyone wanting to go back for another trip.

 

 

post #6 of 8

We didn't learn at Breck, so not sure if this describes the base of 8 or 9. 8 has three lifts, one that serves the greens only.  Several at the base of 9 that serve mostly green terrain.  Believe all greens are fun level for beginners, not a lot of "roads" as was the stated fear.  For breck, over on 7 and on 8 and upper 9 there are a fairly large number of "Breck Blues" -- what many would call the equivalent of harder greens at other resorts and a lot of fun -- should be manageable by the end of trip -- per the question.  We enjoyed the rolling terrain over the years on 7 as we improved on skills -- very easy blues.  We also prefer the town of Breck to the Keystone resort area.  Don't really know Vail/BC or WP -- goal is to use some of the days this year on our EPIC/LOCAL pass to experience Vail.

 

Bottom line is both (Breck/Keystone) are fun, both will be crowded.  This year Breck has slightly better snow, no one has great snow this year in Summit county it seems. Overall our feeling has been that the blues at Keystone are harder than simliarly marked terrain at Breck.
 

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Originally Posted by Bode Klammer View Post

The Breckinridge experience starts with 2 parallel 6 seat chairlifts.  It's pretty off-putting and industrial looking, and probably intimidating to beginners. I haven't spent any time in the beginner areas at the others.

Loveland is a nice low key area right offof I70.  That looks like a good spot for beginners.

 

BK



 

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Originally Posted by jgibbs1116 View Post

Hi to all!

 

Currently trying to plan a ski vacation. Traveling in a group of 8 that are beginners (Only 2 have ever skiied before - one of these hasn't skiied in decades)

 

Trying to decide between: Winter Park, Beaver Creek/Vail, Breckenridge/Keystone.

 

One of the main things that I am curious about is which resort will be best for beginners as far as number of green slopes, number of "easier" blue slopes - but also a variety to keep everyone entertained (ex: jackrabbit alley at BC). From what I remember about skiing, often a lot of the "green" slopes are flat roads and not necessarily as much fun.

 

From looking at the trail maps, it seems as though Black and Blue slopes dominate each of the mountains - but I wonder how many of those Blues will be manageable for beginners by the end of the trip?

 

Any info or opinions that anyone could give me about these 3 resorts to help me choose between them would be MUCH appreciated.

 

Thanks!



Buttermilk would be my first choice.

 

 

 

post #8 of 8

Vail has some tough greens if you only look at the trail map you don't realize. BC has easy greens but beware not everything is groomed. If not groomed it is a LOT harder to get down! Nice areas with top of the line accommodations, only visited once. Expensive as you would expect.

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