I'm flying out to Denver on Sunday to ski Mon/Tues/Weds w/ my mom (both of us are high intermediates...I like skiing glades). We are spending Sunday night in west Denver and Mon/Tues nights in Breckenridge (already booked). I also bought a 3 day Vail pass, which can be used at any Vail resort. I'm thinking it certainly makes sense to ski Breck on Tues because we are right there. But, I'm flexible as to where to ski on Monday and Wednesday. Any suggestions? I'm tempted to hit up Vail on Monday and Beaver Creek on Wednesday. I've never skiied any of the Vail resorts, so this plan would let me at least try out 3 of the best ones. But, I realize this means I won't ever really get to explore the whole mountain at any place. Thoughts/suggestions?
Where to ski in Summit (3/5-3/7)?
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I skied Vail's back bowls (Sun Up/Sun Down) and Blue Sky Basin on Friday and they were in pretty good shape after a week of several snow spells. The crowd level was pretty low in back. Glade skiing in Montana Glade, Champagne Glade and In the Wuides (all skiers left off of Skyline Express) was an awful lot of fun for me. These bowls have probably gotten only a few inches of snow since Friday...but they are the main attraction to me for making the trip out to Vail, paying through-the-nose for parking, etc. if I am passing on the excellent mountains in Summit County.
This being your first time at Vail and the place being so spread out, I would suggest doing the (free) Blue Sky Basin tour that leaves at 11 am each morning from Henry's Hut/Patrol Headquarters at the top of Chair 4 (Mountaintop Express). Driving in from Breckenridege, you'll probably end up parking at the structure near Lionshead and taking the gondola up to Eagles Nest. Get there early enough so you can do some laps in Game Creek Bowl, then work your way over to Chair 4.
If you want to stay closer to home (Breckenridge), you're real close to Arapahoe Basin, up near the continental divide. A-Basin is a lot more low-key than the bigger resorts, easy (free) parking, great terrain and no waiting on lift lines during the week. Fantastic views and a great vibe.