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Tips for avoiding Summit County crowds with Epic Pass during christmas week?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I'm going to guess that what I've just asked for is basically impossible, but my extended family is doing christmas together in Colorado this year, staying near Keystone, and I'd like to make the most of it. My daughter has an epic pass, and I'm strongly considering upgrading my Kirkwood-only pass to an epic pass.

 

Any tips for which lifts and runs at which resorts are likely to be the least crowded, while still offering fun terrain for my daughter who likes to ski blue groomers and mellow trees, would be really appreciated. Avoiding lines is nice, but I mainly want to stay clear of areas that are full of drunk shitheads who think it's cool to buzz a little kid at 45mph.

 

To my eye, it looks like Peak 7 at Breck, and the outback peak at Keystone are probably good bets (assuming they're open for xmas), but I've really no idea.

 

Thanks!

-Mark

post #2 of 16

Not sure of your exact dates, but I would look to do as much of your skiing as you can before the 26th or 27th as crowds will definitely pick up after that. Getting out early, having lunch early and then skiing while others are eating can also help a bit.  

 

Peak 7 at Breck is usually less crowded than 8, but it only has one lift at the bottom, so no guarantees.

 

Avoid River Run at Keystone late afternoon.

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks! We'll be there the 22nd through the 28th, so it sounds like front-loading the skiing is a good plan.

post #4 of 16

It depends on how much terrain gets open, but based on my experience, those dates shouldn`t be too bad...there are more people who would rather stay home for x-mas and be in the mountains NY than the reverse...also a portion of the front rangers figure they are better off doing Christmas shopping rather than dealing with the crowds. 

 

Unfortunately, there hasn`t been much in the way of natural snow the last few weeks, so we still need some help from mother nature.

 

Not sure how much to upgrade your Kirkwood pass to the Epic Local pass, but it would likely pay to do so with 1-3 days of skiing as you are looking at $69-89+ daily tix prices (even if you can use a discounted tix off your daughters pass, unless Kwood holders get some better discount).  

 

Think about giving A-Basin a try also...it is just up the road from KS and included on the Epic pass. 

post #5 of 16

beaver Creek is supposed to better than Vail for crowds.

post #6 of 16

You can also skip the lift lines if you sign up for a lesson. Always an option if you get to the hill and things are looking a little crazier than you'd like.

post #7 of 16
There's little you can do to avoid the crowds besides dumping Epic and skiing Copper. Or take lessons. Because of the Epic pass, all of the Vail Resorts properties plus A Basin will be swamped with folk. Copper will be busy, but it is unlikely to be as slammed as the EP resorts

Personally, I'd avoid Keystone -- it has runs that funnel into long wide runs where there's a huge amount of traffic and incompatible levels of skiing. I've never felt as threatened as I haveat Keystone, and that was skiing mid- season, not at Xmas. It's not like I'm a fearful or incompetent skier either.

Mike
post #8 of 16

Honestly, This year is starting out to be one of the worst ski seasons ever for Summit County Co. Basically the current situation is this, No runs that rely on natural snow are open. Nothing. That means most people are gonna get crammed in a few runs with snowmaking. 

 

Its worse than last year.

 

Its looking really really dire. If 3-4+ feet of snow dont fall by Dec. 21st. then you are going to be looking at just a really bad situation on ALL i70 resorts. Holiday crowds plus ski areas with only 10-50% of runs open makes for a very bad and dangerous situation. Im sure crowds will be less this year due to the ongoing drought but still. 

 

Snow just doesnt want to fall in Colorado.

 

Expect crowded, slick and icy slopes.

 

Il be there from dec. 26 till jan 9 and already am planning a few hikes instead of ski days.  

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post #10 of 16

If you're sticking with Summit County, stick with North Peak and Outback terrain at Keystone. The front side will be busy.

post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by MuchosPixels View Post

This article explains the current situation

 

http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_22045208/dont-go-skiing-colorado-mdash-yet

Well, that's a bit over the top.  The skiing at Copper is not bad.  They opened a bunch of new terrain for Thanksgiving.

 

That being said, I though it would be better to ride my bike this weekend and attempt to take the last 5 pounds off I gained while on my European vacation.

 

Don't panic yet -- its still early.

 

Mike

post #12 of 16

Dump the Epic Pass and ski Copper or go somewhere else otherwise you will be standing in long lines...

post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 

If I was planning this trip in complete isolation I probably wouldn't limit myself to VR/epic. But, since I ski the rest of the season at Kirkwood, the epic pass is just way, way more cost effective than any other option.

post #14 of 16

Don't listen to the chicken littles.  Get up early and be first chair wherever you go.  Ski the obvious runs first and move on as people show up.

Make the most of what you've got and be happy!

post #15 of 16

Sorry to be a chicken little, shred, but I've skied Breckenridge on Christmas week and ws able to get a grand total of 5 runs in.  That had something to do with the biggest crowd in Breckenridge's history.

 

If you are stuck with VR, then my advice would be to get to Beaver Creek early.  That way you'll perhaps have the skier limit kick in, and get a bunch of turns before the rest of the crowd emerges.

 

Mike

post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by COBillsFan View Post

If you're sticking with Summit County, stick with North Peak and Outback terrain at Keystone. The front side will be busy.


add to this, as i have a 12 year old that likes blues and NOT the steeps.  Agree on Keystone, we have liked the Mozart run, but it gets crowded and funnels as was noted here.  The runs on the 2nd (North) Peak can be fun, i.e. Prospector or Last Alamo or Foxtrot or Spillway.  For Breck agree on Peak 7.  We often try to migrate over to the upper 1/2 of Peak 9 by lunchtime.  As discussed, a rough year so far for snow; we all are hoping for more in December. 

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