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Which Colorado Resort for 5 Days over Presidents Day

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Planning on celebrating my 40th with a ski trip to Colorado February 13-18th 2013.  We have EPIC pass, so we are looking for recommendations as to which resort to pick.  My wife is an intermediate/advanced skier who is comfortable on any groomed trail.  I am an advanced snowboarder and enjoy trees, bowls and powder.  

 

I've been looking at Vail, Breck, Beaver Creek, Keystone and even Frisco for accommodations. What are the crowds going to be like?  Which resort handles the Holiday crowds the best?  If we only ski Vail one day are we going to wish we had spent more time there?  Is it possible to do multiple resorts without renting a car?  Any help or advice is appreciated.  Thanks in advance. 

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Beaver Creek is generally the least crowded, just because it's furthest from Denver.  If you fly into EGE, you could do Vail and BC without a car.  But the shuttle from DEN to any of the resorts will likely cost as much as a car rental?

Vail is the best of the Epic resorts.  Get out of the village early, head straight to the back bowls and BSB.  When crowds get bad, head back to the front.

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I would strongly recommend Vail and Beaver Creek. Look, Vail is 5300 acres and nearly 7 miles across. You could ski there for a month straight and find something new every time. The Back Bowls are legendary for good reason, and Blue Sky can be a powder and tree paradise. All the mountains are going to be crowded, but Vail is so damn big you’ll always find relative solitude somewhere. Breck will be a zoo, and Keystone doesn’t get much snow.

 

If you get bored of Vail, BC is 10 minutes down I70. Go on Saturday morning and blast down the mens downhill course, nearly 3000 vert of steep groomed perfection. It’s got a lot of cruisers for Mrs. Sills and if you like trees, some great glades off Grouse Mtn.

 

Between those two places, you’ll have a phenomenal vacation. Good luck!

post #4 of 8

I have no knowledge, but the smart money would say the further from Denver, the better.

post #5 of 8

Welcome to Epic!

 

Do you have the full Epic pass or the Epic Local which has Vail/Beaver Creek blacked out for two days during Presidents Weekend which is one of the most crowded for most US ski resorts?

 

My thinking is the same as the other posters, but I have had the local pass, so have never actually been to Vail/BC that weekend.  

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I have no knowledge, but the smart money would say the further from Denver, the better.

 

Exactly...that means Beaver Creek assuming your pass isn't blacked out.  If it is blacked out I wouldn't even consider Summit County resorts due to the crowds.  Hit Aspen (Snowmass, Highland or Ajax), Crested Butte or Telluride...much better scenery, terrain and overall skiing experience.  Yeah they are a little harder to get to but trust me it is worth it.

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Originally Posted by Govnor View Post

I have no knowledge, but the smart money would say the further from Denver, the better.

 

Exactly...that means Beaver Creek assuming your pass isn't blacked out.  If it is blacked out I wouldn't even consider Summit County resorts due to the crowds.  Hit Aspen (Snowmass, Highland or Ajax), Crested Butte or Telluride...much better scenery, terrain and overall skiing experience.  Yeah they are a little harder to get to but trust me it is worth it.

 

OP already stated he has the Epic pass, I highly doubt he’s going to drop another $800+ for tickets elsewhere.

 

Vail/BC would be the best options for him.

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I have spent most of February in Summit County for the last six years.  I have had the Summit pass.  I avoid Breck on the weekend, but find Keystone manageable.  Just get there early, head directly to the Outback, and when the crownds arrive, start heading back.  Eat an early lunch and then ski when most are in the lodges.

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