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Breckenridge vs Park City

post #1 of 12
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Hello guys, i'm planning a ski trip with my family this february and have narrowed it down to these two places above. SLC and Denver had the cheapest flights, and we all want to experience the "mountain town" Breck and Park City both have those. In the east coast my sons and I ski blacks and double blacks. My wife does not ski that much. (Just to give you all an idea of our experience.)

Can anyone compare these two resorts mentioned above? Thanks very much!

post #2 of 12

Someone will soon tell you to try a search, so lets just get that out of the way.

 

Its hard to string together continuous vertical at Park City.  You're looking at 1000-1500ft runs.  Breckenridge suffers from this too, but you can string multiple lifts together for longer runs in certain spots.

 

Downtown Park City seems more upper scale than Breckenridge, but I'm pretty sure its a lot more $$$.  If you've got the scratch, and don't mind 1500ft runs go to Park City.  If you can't find anything in the old town part of Park City in your budget, the rest of the area has a suburban spread out feel... not a quaint ski town.

 

At Breckenridge, altitude can be a factor.  But its still a nice town and reasonably priced. 

 

Lift tickets are pricey in both locales, but there are usually deals out there for PC (this could bring the difference in accommodations).

 

If you don't mind driving 45 minutes give or take, you can get to some big mountains with good continuous vertical from either home bases- Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain from Breck  and Snowbird and Snowbasin from PC.  For skiers like you and your son, you'll appreciate the Utah resorts over the Colorado ones. 

post #3 of 12

Where have you skied out west before?  What does your wife like to do when she isn't skiing?

 

Note that when you land at SLC airport, you are 45 min from Park City.  When you land in Denver, getting to Breckenridge will take longer.

post #4 of 12

Dude, SEARCH SEARCH SEARCH!

 

Oh yeah, Breck and PC are both awesome....

post #5 of 12

Both are good options.  The altitude at Breck (9500ft in town) can be a serious problem for some people, leading to insomnia and other more serious issues.  From Breck it is easy to get to Keystone and Copper, a bit of a drive to Vail, Beaver Creek, Winter Park.  From PC you can get to the three PC resorts (obviously) and to Snowbird, Alta, Solitude, Brighton, Snowbasin with a fairly short drive.  So there is more skiing close to PC than to Breck but both have plenty.  As mentioned it is a short easy trip from SLC airport to PC.  It is a pretty long drive from DIA to Breck and the traffic can be a real pain sometimes.  Coming from sea level you may have issues with the altitude so while I think both would be great choices PC may be a better choice for you.  But I am a bit biased :)

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Are you a Dookie?  I'm a Tar Heel but I married a Duke fan anyway. wink.gif

 

I've been avoiding Colorado for my 1-week ski trips out west mostly because of the altitude.  Spent a few days in Denver during the summer last year.  Even after a few days there, doing a short hike in the national park at over 8000 ft was tough.  Only have minor issues in the SLC area, even when I sleep up at Alta.  Having the option of sleeping at lower altitude in the city and being so close to so many great skis areas is a major plus over Denver.  Well worth the slightly higher plane fare in my opinion.

 

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Originally Posted by BlueDevil63 View Post

Both are good options.  The altitude at Breck (9500ft in town) can be a serious problem for some people, leading to insomnia and other more serious issues.  From Breck it is easy to get to Keystone and Copper, a bit of a drive to Vail, Beaver Creek, Winter Park.  From PC you can get to the three PC resorts (obviously) and to Snowbird, Alta, Solitude, Brighton, Snowbasin with a fairly short drive.  So there is more skiing close to PC than to Breck but both have plenty.  As mentioned it is a short easy trip from SLC airport to PC.  It is a pretty long drive from DIA to Breck and the traffic can be a real pain sometimes.  Coming from sea level you may have issues with the altitude so while I think both would be great choices PC may be a better choice for you.  But I am a bit biased :)

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Originally Posted by JoeSchmoe View Post

Someone will soon tell you to try a search, so lets just get that out of the way.

 

Its hard to string together continuous vertical at Park City.  You're looking at 1000-1500ft runs.  Breckenridge suffers from this too, but you can string multiple lifts together for longer runs in certain spots.

 

Downtown Park City seems more upper scale than Breckenridge, but I'm pretty sure its a lot more $$$.  If you've got the scratch, and don't mind 1500ft runs go to Park City.  If you can't find anything in the old town part of Park City in your budget, the rest of the area has a suburban spread out feel... not a quaint ski town.

 

At Breckenridge, altitude can be a factor.  But its still a nice town and reasonably priced. 

 

Lift tickets are pricey in both locales, but there are usually deals out there for PC (this could bring the difference in accommodations).

 

If you don't mind driving 45 minutes give or take, you can get to some big mountains with good continuous vertical from either home bases- Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain from Breck  and Snowbird and Snowbasin from PC.  For skiers like you and your son, you'll appreciate the Utah resorts over the Colorado ones. 

I agree with this except for the part about stringing together vertical...for good skiers, the tendency is to stay at the top of the mountain in both cases and then string together some vert on the way in.  Joe is likely correct that the Breck tbar/Imperial loop is longer than what you can get off Jupiter at PC, but they are similar enough in this regard that it shouldn`t be a factor in your decision.  

post #8 of 12

I have not skied Breck but did a lot of research into it before I went to Park City a couple of years back. I thought Park City the better fit for us for these reasons (which may not apply to you).

 

- Altitude. Considerably lower than Breck.

- Weather. SLC and PC are pretty much the best resort areas for weather, while Breck is known to be pretty rough sometimes (you may not care being an Easterner!) .

- Ticket prices (PCMR and Canyons), though airfare is generally more to SLC, so bit of an offset there.

- Really easy transfer from Airport

post #9 of 12

Ah... my 2 places to ski! OK, I love Breck/A-Basin/Keystone. If you stay in Breck or Keystone, these are 3 great mountains to ski. PC also has some nice areas right there- PCMR, Deer Valley, Canyons. All incredible ski experiences. You can also drive 1/2 hour and hit SnowBird/Alta. Unreal bowl skiing, for sure.

 

Now, as I said I like them both and base my decisions on cost. Generally it costs more to fly into SLC, but the drive to the resorts is nothing compared to the drive from Denver. Lodging in PC will be more expensive than the Keystone area, but the skiing cost much less. As for the altitude, it never really bothers me. I mean I certainly can feel the effects in Colorado but it's most that I get out of breath a lot quicker.

 

So, when I decide each year I look at whet it costs to fly there, lodging costs and ticket prices. Sometimes it's a wash, other times I can get a nice deal on South West. Either way, you will love it. We are from New England and have not skied here since we started going out west 3 years ago. The other part you need to consider is things for your wife to do while you guys ski. For this PC is a better choice. Great shopping, spas, dining, etc. all set on the historic Main St. If you decide on CO, then I would stay in Breck and not Keystone.

 

Hope this helps...

post #10 of 12

OK, I'll be the contrarian. I dislike Breck. I like the PC resorts. Not my all time favorites, but I like them pretty well. Strike me as great for what you are looking for.

 

Why do I dislike Breck? Off piste it has shallow crappy snow over tons of shark fin rocks. Lots of areas are heavily wind effected - and not in a good way. When I have been there, I found the groomers cluttered. The town is, to me, unappealing. Not awful. But just a mass of condos with a tiny downtown in the middle. And an uber-PITA to get to or from if the weather is the least bit off or your travel lines up with the Denver crowd.

 

Why do I like PC pretty well? PCMR and DV offer some pretty nice skiing. They are easy to get to. While the snow is not legendarily deep, I like it better than Breck. Both offer nice groomers and pretty nice off piste opportunities. On the right days, the Canyons can offer up some decent skiing as well. While PC is a tourist town, IMO it still has more personality than the Summit county CO resort towns. There are the previously mentioned opportunities to head out for some "bigger" resorts. SLC is reasonable enough for a day run for a non-skier. Etc.

post #11 of 12
I like flying into SLC much more than DEN because of the proximity of resorts and the simpler rental car situation. The altitude can also be a problem at Breck. So given those points, I'd lean to PC. But if its late season and/or you want the bowls and steeps, I'd go with Breck.
post #12 of 12

I agree on the airport situation. Denver is a hassle. Huge airport that takes a while to just get out of and then a shuttle to the rent car places and then a long drive to the ski area , the base of which is at 9600 ft. And you're at one of the most heavily visited ski areas in North america which is only the size of any one of the 3 park City areas. SLC airport is compact, no trains required, rent cars just across street from baggage claim and you're pulling off the exit to PC 25 minutes from leaving the rent car center. And the altitude at base is 6500 which feels way different than 9600.   

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