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Trip to Beaver Creek/Vail: should I bother to bring my East Coast groomers, or leave them and rent?

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Hi everyone,

 I'm fairly new but learning fast (I hope…). I have so far skied only in the East resorts, in packed/groomed or light powder. I currently have a pair of beginner/intermediate Head skis (i.Peak 74) and I'm heading over the Beaver Creek/Vail in 2 weeks. I'm concerned that if there is a lot of deep powder, I will get on them and immediately sink through the snow never to be seen again… Kidding aside, would you guys bring these over, or just rely on renting on demo-ing a real powder ski out there. If I do decide to ski these out in the big mountain, will it be impossible, or just less fun than it could be? I have no experience on the big mountains so far.

 Thanks!

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Umm not sure if you've read the weather reports in CO - it's been a very mild winter, to say the least. Hasn't snowed in about 2 weeks (and that was only a few inches). It's going to be in the 50's and 60's this week in Denver (so probably 30's and maybe 40's in the mountains). Unless things turn quickly, I don't think you'll have to worry about deep powder skiing :(

 

Also, assuming you're flying, might want to take into consideration the travel expenses that comes with bringing your skis and equipment on a plane. Probably be cheaper/easier to just rent on the mountain, just a suggestion.

post #3 of 6

I'd definetely bring your own boots if you are comfortable in them with a good fit.

 

Contrary to marketing hype, Colorado and western resort skiing is not all deep powder skiing.  This year it is even worse in Colorado as they are in the midst of a multi-year drought.  Vail/BC hasn't had meaningful snow this month.  Most snowfall, when it does snow it CO, is usually less than 8-10" per day.  It takes a good storm to drop more than that once.

 

I'd consider bringing your skis if you are comfortable on them on groomers and crud.  Higher-end skis, fatter skis are easy to rent out there if you want. 

 

You should factor in the baggage costs of transporting skis vs. renting skis.  That could tip the equation to bring your own skis versus rent.

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone. I guess I had fallen victim to the hype, huh? Kind of assumed there would be powder, powder everywhere… 

I looked at the transport issue. The airline treats the ski bag and boot bag as one item and charge it as they would any luggage item after that. Comes to about $70 or so roundtrip - not great, but since I know these skis and fit in them I'm willing to do it. There's always the option of just cramming everything else in a carry-on, and make it even easier...

post #5 of 6

Are you thinking of checking your boots?  If so, read this thread about why that's not the best idea.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/115057/delta-vs-continental-united-ski-baggage-and-boots

post #6 of 6
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They turned out to work quite well! There was some fresh snow, but overall they did the job nicely and this was SO much fun! I ended up carrying the boots in the cabin, and packing the skis with clothing, everything held up nicely. Thanks for the advice everyone

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