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POLL - Favorite CO resort?

Poll Results: Which of the following is the best CO resort for beginners?

 
  • 44% (4)
    Beaver Creek/Vail
  • 33% (3)
    Keystone/Breckenridge
  • 22% (2)
    Winter Park
9 Total Votes  
post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Trying to decide which resort to go to for a group trip of 8 beginners and would love feedback about which resort you all feel is best - thank you! :)

post #2 of 14

You're missing a TON of resorts on that poll, so you may not get as many responses as you would expect.

 

As per your question, Vail or Breck might be your best choices for a group of beginners. You can get great lessons at any of the resorts, really, but those two come to mind because you have a variety of beginner/intermediate terrain AND the town settings will be appealing to those who feel they want a break from skiing. You've got good apres options and a typical big mountain skiing village atmosphere that will appeal to n00bs (they appeal to others, too, but it'll make your beginners feel like they are really in a ski town).

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks DSloan - I only included those 3 options as those are the only ones I am considering - is there another resort that you feel would be better or that we should consider?

 

Thanks so much for your comments! Appreciate the feedback!

post #4 of 14

No, I think you have good options for beginners. I was just looking forward to voting on the poll. wink.gif

post #5 of 14

I didn't vote because you left off so many other great places like DSloan said, but I just went to Beaver Creek for the first time.  IF you have the budget it would be pretty nice for your group because, in no particular order:

- they have a dedicated gondola for the beginner slope

- the staff to guest ratio is through the roof

- the place has really classy ambiance sure to impress newbies

- very pedestrian friendly, compact, and attractive base village

- lots of beginner/low intermediate terrain over the full 4000' vertical drop with impeccable grooming.

- probably a little more elbow room on the slopes than a lot of other top CO ski areas

- super nice, if pricey accommodation and dining choices

- doable at less stratospheric prices by staying three miles away in Avon & riding free bus to slopes  

 

post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

I didn't vote because you left off so many other great places like DSloan said, but I just went to Beaver Creek for the first time.  IF you have the budget it would be pretty nice for your group because, in no particular order:

- they have a dedicated gondola for the beginner slope

- the staff to guest ratio is through the roof

- the place has really classy ambiance sure to impress newbies

- very pedestrian friendly, compact, and attractive base village

- lots of beginner/low intermediate terrain over the full 4000' vertical drop with impeccable grooming.

- probably a little more elbow room on the slopes than a lot of other top CO ski areas

- super nice, if pricey accommodation and dining choices

- doable at less stratospheric prices by staying three miles away in Avon & riding free bus to slopes  

 

To add to this, you could definitely do Beaver Creek and Vail if you are staying in that direction.
 

 

post #7 of 14

Never realized BC had that much verticle.

 

 

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by jgibbs1116 View Post

Trying to decide which resort to go to for a group trip of 8 beginners and would love feedback about which resort you all feel is best - thank you! :)



Why don't you just ask this question and get rid of that incomplete poll?

post #9 of 14



 

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Originally Posted by johnnysdg View Post

Never realized BC had that much verticle.

 

 


Caveat, the continuous vertical is more like 3300' on the main Beaver Creek hill (11440'-8100'), but it is lift-linked to the Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead Mtn trail pods where the lowest base is ~7400'.  You'd have to take one lift ride halfway down to get on top of a secondary ridge and descend the whole 4040' vertical.  But by any measure that place is a pretty big spread.smile.gif  Check it out here:

 

http://www.beavercreek.com/the-mountain/www.beavercreek.com/~/media/beaver%20creek/files/BEAVERCREEK-10242011-01.ashx
 

 

post #10 of 14

I recommend Durango for a group of beginners.  The terrain is relatively mild and the snow is good this year.  The San Juans of SW Colorado have unsurpassed beauty.  Durango is a neat, old Colorado town.  Your chances of nice, sunny days are much better than say Winterpark, which is a friggin' ice box in the winter.  I bet you'll find better prices than Vail, Beaver Creek, etc. Wait to hit Vail etc. until after your group gets some skills.

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post



 


Caveat, the continuous vertical is more like 3300' on the main Beaver Creek hill (11440'-8100'), but it is lift-linked to the Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead Mtn trail pods where the lowest base is ~7400'.  You'd have to take one lift ride halfway down to get on top of a secondary ridge and descend the whole 4040' vertical.  But by any measure that place is a pretty big spread.smile.gif  Check it out here:

 

http://www.beavercreek.com/the-mountain/www.beavercreek.com/~/media/beaver%20creek/files/BEAVERCREEK-10242011-01.ashx

 

 



Its like the old joke......open 24 hours but not in a row!

 

post #12 of 14

My favorite: Loveland, isn't on there..

post #13 of 14

Good points above about après.  WP base logistics may be quite a bit less complex depending on your goals to access the mountain as opposed to say looping the 'never skied before' terrain.

 

Are you all taking lessons or looking to ski easy terrain?  Goals beyond the beginner flats?

post #14 of 14

Why not Buttermilk or Snowmass for a group of beginners?

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