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Is it worth it to go to Vail (or any ski resort) the week after President's Day Week-end (i.e. Feb. 19 - 23) given the crowds that will inevitably be huge?  I don't have any flexibility, unfortunately, but it seems like alot of money to fight the crowds; I need your advice, please?  Thanks!!

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We have gone that week many times as we own two weeks of a timeshare and that is the first week. Aside from the travel problems we've had traveling on the Friday before it's been fine. Get on the hill early and get away from Mid-Vail and you'll be fine. Vail is large enough. Sure you may run into some crowded areas and some liftlines, but it will be worth it.

Once you've experienced Blue Sky Basin once you'll know what I mean.
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Unfortunately, I prefer wide-open blues, so I expect I will stay close to Golden Peak and enjoy the carving. Is that not a good idea?  Alternatively, I could try the same at Beaver which is a little less crowded, I hear.  I have never been to either one; I'm mostly an Eastern skier.  Advice?

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Yes Beaver is less crowded.  But take SkiMangoJazz' advice and get out to the far reaches of Vail to avoid congestion.  Vail is not an intimidating mountain.  There is enough blue terrain around to see the whole mountain.  Watch when riding the lifts; you'll figure out where it's comfortable for you to be skiing.

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OP, you are overthinking this entire issue.

 

You're going during a busy time, but if it's your only option, it's likely better than staying at home. Vail is so freaking massive that you'll be able to find uncrowded wide open groomers with ease. If you get bored with 5300 acres over a 1 week trip, try out Beaver Creek, but honestly, you could ski 100 days at Vail and find something new.

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If you think you're going to stay in the Golden Peak area the whole time you might as well go to Beaver Creek. Northwoods has some great wide open blues. But you have to explore. China Bowl is a massive wide open blue area as well. Things like Lodgepole and Columbine are great blue trails, Born Free and the entire Lionshead area are also wide open blues. That area does get crowded though.

Nothing to be afraid of in Blue Sky if you say on the blue trails. As an eastern skier myself some of the trails that don't seem that wide open in the west are still wide open for us.

Go to Vail, take one of the free guided Mountain Tours, check the place out, there's a lot of great intermediate terrain. If you stay at Golden, or ski the Mid-Vail blues or Lionshead the whole time you will be waiting in lines more often. Plus the bottom of Golden Peak is one of the most icy and crowded areas on the whole mountain.
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Originally Posted by Michaelfahlund View Post

Is it worth it to go to Vail (or any ski resort) the week after President's Day Week-end (i.e. Feb. 19 - 23) given the crowds that will inevitably be huge?  I don't have any flexibility, unfortunately, but it seems like alot of money to fight the crowds; I need your advice, please?  Thanks!!


I'm the naysayer.  VR sold 200,000 epic passes last year.  IMHO: you'd have to be crazy to pay full price to ski there over Presidents weekend,  when there are so many less crowded places.

 

Aspen/Snowmass, Telluride, Crested Butte ,Big Sky would all be much less crowded.

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The crowds on Presidents Day weekends tend to be around chairs starting from Golden Peak base, Mid Vail, Lionshead base,  and the gondola at peak times. The chairs out of China Bowl tend to jam up, as do Northwoods and the one to Blue Sky. But Vail is so vast that proper planning can avoid the rush hours and crowds. Start early, skip the gondola if it looks packed and take the chairs to the top, and head for the back bowls. Stagger your lunch hours so you get on the lifts while everyone else is eating lunch. +1 on the mountain guide, locals know where the crowds aren't.

 

Any resort within a couple hours of Denver will be crowded. Don't discount some of the smaller places like Wolf Creek, Monarch, Purgatory (Durango Mtn) in addition to Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, Telluride. 

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I'm the naysayer.  VR sold 200,000 epic passes last year.  IMHO: you'd have to be crazy to pay full price to ski there over Presidents weekend,  when there are so many less crowded places.

Aspen/Snowmass, Telluride, Crested Butte ,Big Sky would all be much less crowded.

Right on the money.

Mike
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Originally Posted by Michaelfahlund View Post

Is it worth it to go to Vail (or any ski resort) the week after President's Day Week-end (i.e. Feb. 19 - 23) given the crowds that will inevitably be huge?  I don't have any flexibility, unfortunately, but it seems like alot of money to fight the crowds; I need your advice, please?  Thanks!!

 

 

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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post


I'm the naysayer.  VR sold 200,000 epic passes last year.  IMHO: you'd have to be crazy to pay full price to ski there over Presidents weekend,  when there are so many less crowded places.

 

Aspen/Snowmass, Telluride, Crested Butte ,Big Sky would all be much less crowded.

The OP is talking about skiing the Tuesday to Saturday AFTER Presidents weekend, so I really don`t see huge crowds as that much of an issue.- the Saturday and Sunday BEFORE Presidents day is of course a different story.

 

I have a friend who has been making two 3 day weekend trips to CO for many years- he comes the last weekend of Jan and the weekend after Presidents day precisely because those tend to be some of the less crowded weekends that consistently have good snow conditions.  Yes, there are a few schools that are off the week after Presidents day, but overall this is a good time to ski. 

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