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Staying Liftside at Keystone in Feb for 4 days of Skiing. What are the best 4 resorts to hit?

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Been 20 years since I've skied CO.  I have skied Vail and Beaver but not Keystone.  Skiing Tuesday-Friday in early Feb with some old friends.  We all used to race in High School and are above average to advanced skiers. All 40 years old not looking to ski the crazy shit we used to back in College.  Any tips on getting deals on lift tickets would be appreciated.

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Originally Posted by Carl Spackler View Post

Been 20 years since I've skied CO.  I have skied Vail and Beaver but not Keystone.  Skiing Tuesday-Friday in early Feb with some old friends.  We all used to race in High School and are above average to advanced skiers. All 40 years old not looking to ski the crazy shit we used to back in College.  Any tips on getting deals on lift tickets would be appreciated.

so a bunch of dudes hanging out at keystone close to school break. nice...

 

At least your only 7 miles from A basin and 15 miles from loveland. 20 miles to Breck. 40 to Vail. 50 to Beaver.

 

Keystone is more of a family resort but does have a good amount of blacks. good thing is your going to save money staying there over other places.

 

P.S. who cares about the drive. im gunna be driving from beaver creek to a basin almost everyday till thanksgiving. and then again after april. just make sure you rent a good snow car

post #3 of 27

you can order transferrable 4-packs to Loveland at their website.  It's a really good deal ($30/day/person) and there won't be a lift-line all day there.

post #4 of 27

There is a free bus from Keystone to Breckeridge: the Summit Stage. 

post #5 of 27

I think if it was me I'd spend a day each at Loveland, A-Basin, and Keystone and then talk it over for the 4th day.  Go back someplace you liked best or strike out to one of the other nearby mountains.

post #6 of 27
Check the snow reports daily, and listen to what the locals are talking about. There's a free bus to Arapahoe Basin (just 5 miles up the road), Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain. A car will get you easily to Vail and Beaver Creek--but you've already been there--as well as Loveland. They all offer excellent skiing for what you've described. Keystone's strength is long groomed runs (but beware of crowds of misguided missiles), moderate moguls, and some of the best tree and glade skiing in Colorado (a little-known secret, and you may want to hire a good instructor to guide you around if that's what you want). Breckenridge's runs are shorter, but there is a lot more steep and very steep terrain there, and it often gets more snow than Keystone. Copper Mountain is a can't miss for just about anything, and typically gets the most snow of the Summit County resorts--although any of them can win the snow lottery any given day. Arapahoe Basin is the smallest, and has the fewest frills (no high-speed lifts), but if you spend four nights in Keystone and don't ski The Basin at least once, you'll always wonder why they call it The Legend....

Have fun in Summit County, Carl--and welcome to EpicSki!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #7 of 27

Maybe I'm missing something here. You've got a liftside place to stay at Keystone for four days? Why not just ski there? Enjoy the fact that you don't have to use your car. Not like the skiing's bad there, far from it. And you can get to A-Basin on the bus if you want, it's really close. I'd stick to those two. Not like you're there for a month. 

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Maybe I'm missing something here. You've got a liftside place to stay at Keystone for four days? Why not just ski there? Enjoy the fact that you don't have to use your car. Not like the skiing's bad there, far from it. And you can get to A-Basin on the bus if you want, it's really close. I'd stick to those two. Not like you're there for a month. 

Ya look at keystones map. by the way it sounds you should be happy with their blacks. if not bus to a basin, or bus to breck...

post #9 of 27

yeah, If I'm slope side somewhere, it is going to have to be a pretty horrible place to have going elsewhere.

post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by prickly View Post

Maybe I'm missing something here. You've got a liftside place to stay at Keystone for four days? Why not just ski there? Enjoy the fact that you don't have to use your car. Not like the skiing's bad there, far from it. And you can get to A-Basin on the bus if you want, it's really close. I'd stick to those two. Not like you're there for a month. 

 

I agree with this.  You are staying slopeside.  Enjoy those accommodations! 

 

Would be much different if you were staying in Dillon or Frisco.

post #11 of 27

3 days at Keystone, then get your steeps in for 1 day at Arapahoe Basin (5 miles up the road).

I'm sure you'll manage just fine yahoo.gif

 

 

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Originally Posted by SkiSafe View Post

 

P.S. who cares about the drive. im gunna be driving from beaver creek to a basin almost everyday till thanksgiving. and then again after april. just make sure you rent a good snow car

 

You're going to be driving 500+ miles a week to go ski a WROD? LOL....
 

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3 days at Keystone, then get your steeps in for 1 day at Arapahoe Basin (5 miles up the road).

 

 

Don't wait until the last day to go to ABasin. Keystone first day, ABasin second day, then decide between the two for the last two days.

post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by COBillsFan View Post

3 days at Keystone, then get your steeps in for 1 day at Arapahoe Basin (5 miles up the road).

 

 

Don't wait until the last day to go to ABasin. Keystone first day, ABasin second day, then decide between the two for the last two days.


Keystone 3200 Acres >>> A Basin- 900 acres. That's why I'd say 3 days to 1. Plus, A-basin can so windblown and frigid at times it resembled the North Pole. Much better weather at Keystone, and as many know, the Outback gets much more snow than the frontside for the powder days.

post #14 of 27
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Keystone 3200 Acres >>> A Basin- 900 acres. That's why I'd say 3 days to 1.

I'd say 3 to 1, too, but the other way. That's why I say don't wait until the last day to check out ABasin ... 

post #15 of 27
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Thanks.  We rented a Ford Escape so we should be good to go.

post #16 of 27
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Nice.. Tks

post #17 of 27
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Good idea.

post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Bob Barnes View Post

Check the snow reports daily, and listen to what the locals are talking about. There's a free bus to Arapahoe Basin (just 5 miles up the road), Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain. A car will get you easily to Vail and Beaver Creek--but you've already been there--as well as Loveland. They all offer excellent skiing for what you've described. Keystone's strength is long groomed runs (but beware of crowds of misguided missiles), moderate moguls, and some of the best tree and glade skiing in Colorado (a little-known secret, and you may want to hire a good instructor to guide you around if that's what you want). Breckenridge's runs are shorter, but there is a lot more steep and very steep terrain there, and it often gets more snow than Keystone. Copper Mountain is a can't miss for just about anything, and typically gets the most snow of the Summit County resorts--although any of them can win the snow lottery any given day. Arapahoe Basin is the smallest, and has the fewest frills (no high-speed lifts), but if you spend four nights in Keystone and don't ski The Basin at least once, you'll always wonder why they call it The Legend....
Have fun in Summit County, Carl--and welcome to EpicSki!
Best regards,
Bob Barnes

Have to hit A Basin.  We will defintely be up for some steeps and ob stuff.  A guy in our group has never skied Vail so we will have to hit there one day.  Good advice.  Thanks for the input and warm welcome.  This site is great!

post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by champagneforbreakfast View Post

 

I agree with this.  You are staying slopeside.  Enjoy those accommodations! 

 

Would be much different if you were staying in Dillon or Frisco.

Your right but the all the great opinions is making it difficult!  What a good problem to have!

post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by SkiSafe View Post

Ya look at keystones map. by the way it sounds you should be happy with their blacks. if not bus to a basin, or bus to breck...

Think we will bag Breck based on what I have learned.  Keystone, Vail, A Basin and one day to play by ear. 

post #21 of 27

I have done this trip twice. I would start at Keystone, then hit Breck, A-Basin, and back to Keystone. I guess A-Basin can get nasty cold, so I'd pay attention to that.

 

Last time we were there it snowed every night. Keystone had like 15 inches of new the first day. A-Basin was sick with it's above the trees skiing in powder, but visibility in the snow was rough. And then we skied Breck in a blizzard. Best tree runs I have ever had!

 

BTW, I love Keystone, it was my "first" western experience. I still have not been there when the cats were running up to the bowls, however!

post #22 of 27

Peak 7 and the high alpine stuff at Breck are the only places worth skiing if you are advanced. You can pass on the rest of the resort. If you are staying in the area, I would recommend the town of Breckenridge for apres ski and dining however, more variety than at Keystone.

post #23 of 27
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Peak 7 and the high alpine stuff at Breck are the only places worth skiing if you are advanced.

Well, Asp125, I think you need to have someone who knows Breckenridge well show you around. There is a LOT of good stuff for advanced skiers at Breckenridge, besides just Peak 7 and "the high alpine stuff."

But Carl (original poster)--Asp's post brings up a good point, if you do decide to ski Breckenridge. Even more than most ski areas, Breckenridge is one that benefits from inside information. With a good local guide, you'll find incredible skiing for any level--especially advanced and expert. Without one, you may find that you spend most of your day on crowded, short runs and traverses just trying to get from one place to another. Breckenridge is a ski area with many little secret tree and steep shots, hidden gems of awesome skiing, little-known stashes off the "beaten path." But it will take you a long time to just stumble across them. You'll do well with a good guide--and Breck's ski school has a bunch of them. If you have a a friend or two who enjoy similar terrain, it will reduce the cost per person of a private lesson considerably, and you'll also get head-of-the-lift-line privileges, which can be important on a busy day at Breck.

Challenging skiing is one of Breck's strong suits. What may be its weakest link is terrain for the moderate advanced skier. "Single Black Diamond" terrain is limited, with short runs and not that many of them. If that's you, you'll find plenty for a day there, but like others have suggested, I think you'll do just as well or better right outside your slopeside lodging at Keystone. You won't wear Keystone out in just four days, especially if you spend a little time just up the road at A-Basin.

Best regards,
Bob
post #24 of 27

Backside of Keystone and a day at Copper.

post #25 of 27

Breckenridge

 

Breckenridge

 

Breckenridge

 

and err Breckenridge

post #26 of 27

I stayed at Keystone 5 days last year, and based on that here's where I'd go:

 

A-Basin (but only if it's a better snow year and plenty of terrain is actually open)

Copper (really loved this place and less crowded by far)

Keystone (underrated in some ways, great tree skiing that the majority of people there don't touch, not to mention free or $5 cat rides)

Breck (preferably on a weekday, it can be great if you know where to go and avoid the crowds)

Vail (even though it's a pain in the ass, on a powder day for the back bowls / blue sky basin)

 

I realize that's 5 days, so your elimination should be based on conditions.

post #27 of 27

If you are going to endure the drive to Vail, it should be because you are planning to hit the back bowls, or buy some $200,000 artwork at one of the many galleries in town.  Otherwise why waste the drive, the $25 PARKING, and $110 lift ticket for sking the runs on the front side?  Keystone is just fine for nice runs.   Breck is a waste if alpine is not open (like last season) - rest of the mountain is a real bore. 

 

Make sure to have breakfast the the Arapahoe Cafe in Dillon.

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