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Summit County-Christmas and New Years?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

My Parents had the bright idea of renting a house in Breck December 27th-Jan1st. They are wanting to ski 4/5 days. They know it will be a Zoo, but would you have any suggestions on what resorts to hit and what day they should hit them? They are pretty decent single black skiers at Taos.They were thinking

 

Thursday 27th- Breck

Friday 28th- Vail

Saturday 29th- Copper

Monday 31st Copper

 

We understand everything will be busy and just deal with it, but any suggestions would be nice. Thanks and pray for snow. 

post #2 of 16

Don't rule out Loveland.

post #3 of 16

I'd throw Beaver Creek in there if you are already in the area. Love that place and it will probably be the least crowded in the area (although zoo is the right word for that time of year). I break out in cold sweats just thinking how crowded Vail will be that week.

post #4 of 16

Copper isn't on the same shared ticketing systems so if you skipped Copper you could save some money with a multi-day ticket.  As someone who has skiied that week in Summit County for the past few years I advise you to get out early and by early I mean be at the lifts before they open.  You will have a much better experience if you can get up and away from the popular base areas before the crowds show up.  Break for a very early or very late lunch.  Some years we have even gotten lucky with not terrible waits (although this isn't 100% true).

post #5 of 16
Breck will be absolutely swamped. The 27th has often been the highest skier visits of the whole year. All the resorts will be busy, but the lift lines are likely to be shorter at Copper, Loveland, and A-Basin.

Mike
post #6 of 16

Take lessons and cut the lines.
 

post #7 of 16

Good decision skiing Copper on Saturday.  It'll still be crowded but not crazy Vail / Breck holiday crowded.  Consider A-Basin as well.

post #8 of 16

Steamboat is about 1 hr, 40 minutes from Summit County. They do pretty well for early season snow and shouldn't be as busy. Keep it in mind!

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by StopGo211 View Post

I'd throw Beaver Creek in there if you are already in the area. Love that place and it will probably be the least crowded in the area (although zoo is the right word for that time of year). I break out in cold sweats just thinking how crowded Vail will be that week.

Based on my personal observations of being there at that time last year. And is the only time out there and I ski pretty much the green runs. While I thought the waiting in line for the lifts were about the same for both Beaver Creek and Vail, especially around mid-vail and the centential lifts at BC, I thought the runs at Beaver Creek were less crowded than Vail. Although both were fairly crowded which isn't a big deal as I have to deal with crowds all the time coming from the midwest and the small hills there.  What we tried to do at Vail was starting at mid-vail or eagle's nest is ski all the way to the bottom. The 2 days we did that, which is right when you'd be there, the lines at the Vista Bahn lift were nearly non existent, as everyone it seemed was only skiing down to mid-vail and then go back up to the top. But I do think the weather and the lack of snow last year had alot to do with that as well.

post #10 of 16

I have a hard time turning a blind eye on the mtn where you are going to the expense of renting a place, even if there are big crowds.  Maybe MMascolino has the right idea about early birds.  Ski Breck majority of your days, just make sure the avid ones in the group get to the lifts bright and early and immediately head to the most remote terrain??  Consider skiing Loveland as you are heading back towards Denver and buy a four pack for cheap tickets for it separately.

post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 

What do you think are some of the more remote places on breck? We want to get some blue runs in to get our ski legs back under us. Then head to some blacks. I've heard breck is pretty tough to navigate and that planning where you go is important. 

 

BTW: Thanks for the input. I really appreciate this website and members. 

post #12 of 16

Chair E (or is it 6, I can't remember) has always been less crowded when I've been there.  And then anything from the T-Bar on up to the top of the mountain (basically above tree-line) is way less crowded than lower down.  For the lower peaks, Falcon Chair (peak 10) is less crowded than the others.  Mostly black runs but they're easy blacks with some more difficult off-piste variety (like The Burn) if you so choose.

post #13 of 16

You are a brave family!! Good luck!

post #14 of 16

6-Chair is definitely one of my favorite places on the mountain.  It is usually (but not always) less crowded.  The downside is the chair is a slow double.  The terrain is a casual rolling meadow with islands of trees.  It isn't too hard of terrain but there are certainly places that are steeper and narrower than others.

 

Lower Peak 7 is fun for a few runs to warm up in the morning if and only if you can start immediately when the lifts turn.  Otherwise you will want to get up and get away from that base.  It is a shame too because 7 has a lot of fun blue cruisers with rolling terrain that keeps things interesting.

 

Moving across the trail map from right to left you have the T-Bar.  Runs off to the left and right of the T-Bar are fun wide open spaces.  You'll have go with caution if there isn't a large base.

 

Further left is the aforementioned 6-Chair and above it is the Imperial Chair.  This once again may or may not be open depending on the snow.  You're well above the tree line here so there is plenty of different lines to choose some steeper than others.

 

Going more left you have the runs under the E-Chair which seem to hardly ever have enough snow on them...plus it is pretty tough looking terrain.  

 

Lastly on the far left side of the trail map is Peak 10.  The runs down the main face of the mountain are all very fast cruising runs.  Going off the face of the mountain to skiier's left is a bunch of trees call The Burn and if you venture to the extreme skiier's right (if there is enough snow) will have you end up in some steep lines with giant bumps.

 

I left off the lower parts of peak 9 and 8.  Personally I think you should avoid them except for the extreme beginning or end of the day.  In particular the lower part of Peak 8 with its two high speed quads attracts a lot of people.  It is generally however not a bad place to be for the last 30-60 minutes of the day.  In particular there are some fun, less traveled black runs that are in between these two quads.  I really like Little Johnny as it has a feel of a natural half pipe.  

post #15 of 16
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6-Chair is definitely one of my favorite places on the mountain.  It is usually (but not always) less crowded.  The downside is the chair is a slow double.  The terrain is a casual rolling meadow with islands of trees.  It isn't too hard of terrain but there are certainly places that are steeper and narrower than others.

 

While the runs are not crowded because of the amount of terrain, the 6 chair is often one of the most crowded lifts on the mountain.  This is the main access to the Imperial lift and the lines can be quite long.

 

 

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Lower Peak 7 is fun for a few runs to warm up in the morning if and only if you can start immediately when the lifts turn.  Otherwise you will want to get up and get away from that base.  It is a shame too because 7 has a lot of fun blue cruisers with rolling terrain that keeps things interesting.

The advantage of this area is that it is a 6 pack.  Most folk pass by the base here to hit the base of Peak 8, so the lift lines may be a bit more manageable.

 

 

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Moving across the trail map from right to left you have the T-Bar.  Runs off to the left and right of the T-Bar are fun wide open spaces.  You'll have go with caution if there isn't a large base.

Skier's right and below the patrol shack is one of Breck's best expert areas:  Horseshoe bowl.  There are a variety of entrances to Horseshoe bowl.  Because of skier traffic and wind scouring, the direct route is often pretty rocky; you'll need to ski the crests of the bumps or be able to ski a very narrow line right next to the snow fence.  If you continue to the right, you can enter from the ridge.  All the way down the ridge is the Front Bowl, with some short but quite steep lines.  If you drop off of the ridge to the right, you can hit the bottom of the Imperial chair without using the 6 chair.

 

Skiers left of the T-Bar are a number of runs.  I find them to be relatively flat, however, if you go far out to the snow fence before the traverse onto Peak 7, you can ski some short steep lines in the Boundary Chutes.

 

You can also keep traversing across Peak 7 and hit some of the lines there, although you are pretty low in the area to hit some of the steeper lines.

 

 

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Going more left you have the runs under the E-Chair which seem to hardly ever have enough snow on them...plus it is pretty tough looking terrain.  

There is some great terrain here.  The key is navigating the entrance and avoiding what everyone else skis.  Think Mineshaft and Endeavor, not Toms. 

 

Mike

post #16 of 16

If you are coming to Summit County Christmas week keep in mind that the upper terrain at Breckenridge may not have enough snow to be skiable.  The 6 Chair terrain is south-facing as is much of the Imperial chair terrain.   High winds can blow much of the snow off the T-bar terrain (up to 126 MPH has been recorded).  Peak 10 has snow making so it will be open, unless we have a season like last year. 

 

Christmas week is indeed a "zoo".  The Quicksilver lift on Peak 9 has had lines of 40 minutes.  Eating places are mobbed (the best food is the Peak 9 restaurant) so go before 11 AM or after 2 PM.  I will be working there for Guest Services.  We have a Mountain Tour at 10 AM, leaving from both Peak 8 and 9 (Beaver Run area) so if you want a quick survey of the four mountains try it: free. 

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