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Breckenridge or Heavenly??

post #1 of 13
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The girlfriend and I are planning a trip for the first week of February 2013. Based on flights and hotels, we have narrowed our choices down to either Breck or Heavenly. Both seem to have good terrain for the low intermediate and the stronger off piste skier, but never having been to either, I was looking for suggestions/comparisons.

 

She skis groomers exclusively, and will stay on greens and easier blues. I enjoy off trail, in the trees and skiing terrain which challenges me. I am hoping for a nice balance in one of the two, along with good conditions and snow pack in early February. Thoughts from the gallery???

post #2 of 13

I think either would work.

 

Breck has lots of easier blues on the lower part of the mountain and some good steeps up high.

 

Heavenly has some very scenic blues with nice views of the lake and Mott Canyon offers some nice steeps with some good bumps on Gunbarrel.

 

Do you like to gamble?  Heavenly has casinos at Stateline which  you can stay at and catch the gondola up.  There is a beginner area near the top of that gondola, but the beginner skiing is pretty spread out, so you have to be able to ski moderate blues to mix up the greens that you ski.

 

At Breck, most of peak 7 is easy blues with more easy blues on Peak 8 (with some greens) and more greens and blues on 9.

 

Weekends will be more crowded both places than during the week.

post #3 of 13

Tough call... for the romance thing though,... hmmm. Still a tough call. I might steer toward Breck hoping for colder weather and generally colder, drier  snow. 

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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

Tough call... for the romance thing though,... hmmm. Still a tough call. I might steer toward Breck hoping for colder weather and generally colder, drier  snow. 

 

No romance considerations in this decision!!! beercheer.gif

 

I have until tonight to decide.... jumping on the 41% off Southwest deal which is going on right now. 

 

Which resort has better tree skiing?

post #5 of 13

If you stay at Breck and it is a good snow year, a free bus ride to Keystone will give you the best tree skiing of the 3.  

 

There is tree skiing at Breck, but some of it is really tight and other parts too wide open.  It has been almost 6 years since I skied at Heavenly, but I would say the tree skiing there is about the same as Breck- decent, but not the best.

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No romance considerations in this decision!!! beercheer.gif

 

I have until tonight to decide.... jumping on the 41% off Southwest deal which is going on right now. 

 

Which resort has better tree skiing?

 

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If you stay at Breck and it is a good snow year, a free bus ride to Keystone will give you the best tree skiing of the 3.  

 

There is tree skiing at Breck, but some of it is really tight and other parts too wide open.  It has been almost 6 years since I skied at Heavenly, but I would say the tree skiing there is about the same as Breck- decent, but not the best.

 

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It's not even close...Heavenly has much better tree skiing than Breck.  Breck will likely have better snow quality assuming no big storms hit Tahoe the week you are there.  Brekc will have better bowl skiing but for Tree skiing it's grand slam for the Heave and sacrifice bunt for Breck

post #7 of 13

Unless you have an Epic pass, why would you go to either one?

 

Steamboat's not much farther than Breck and North Shore kicks the shit out of Heavenly.

post #8 of 13

^^ But for what his girlfriend wants out of the trip I disagree.

 

Much better tree skiing at Heavenly, for sure.  Good groomers are aplenty at both.  On the other hand, the town experience around Breck for when you're not skiing is significantly better than South Lake Tahoe IMO.

post #9 of 13

Breck for much nicer town experience and very likely better snow. 

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Do you like to gamble?

He is going with his girlfriend, so I would a possibility.eek.gif

 

Reno is a much easier airport to fly into then Denver and rental cars are cheaper. There is not a prettier view in skiing than from the top of Heavenly. Tree skiing at Heavenly is very good. Slopeside is abundant too. Elevation is around 6,000 ft as compared to Breck which is at 10,000 cold be an issue for some. 

post #11 of 13
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Thanks for all the info guys!!!

 

My first choice would be Jackson... but there are no Hilton hotels or Southwest flights to the area. I have an abundance of credits for both, and a distinct lack of cash. Both Breck and Heavenly have Southwest fights, and a Hilton brand hotel. biggrin.gif

 

Tree skiing put Heavenly out front for me, and we just booked the flight and hotel. She may have to challenge herself a bit more then normal, but I can get lost in the trees when she tries to throw a pole at me. wink.gif Now to spend the next 5 months researching the mountain.......

post #12 of 13

What Phil said, especially about elevation.  I found it hard enough to adjust to sleeping at 6,000' at South Lake Tahoe, from my usual sea-level-ish home.   If I were to stay at Breck I would probably first want to have a few days at other towns in Denver or other towns in the front range to adjust to 8-10,000' level accommodations.     

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What Phil said, especially about elevation.  I found it hard enough to adjust to sleeping at 6,000' at South Lake Tahoe, from my usual sea-level-ish home.   If I were to stay at Breck I would probably first want to have a few days at other towns in Denver or other towns in the front range to adjust to 8-10,000' level accommodations.     

Altitude can defiantly take its toll. We did pretty well last year going from 1200 feet msl up to Copper Mountain, but we also planned ahead and drank a case of water in the span of the first 24 hours we were there eek.gif. Our other friends were dying coming from 600 feet msl. 

 

I am just hoping for some good snow to throw my ordered Atomic Automatics around in.

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