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post #91 of 105
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Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post


Agreed but my general point was that the snow stake location of Copper vs Breck tends to better represent the "avg" condition at the mountain better. That could just be an accident but I doubt it.

I do agree that the snow stake at Breck tends to be in a more generous location.  The main reason I choose to go to Breck is to ski the upper mountain, so the stake may come pretty close to the "avg" conditions I am skiing.  With that said, there are likely fewer up side surprises with the new Breck reporting spot than the previously used spot and it is more likely to overstate what fell on the lower mountain.

 

I think we generally agree with each other but are choosing to highlight different details.

post #92 of 105
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Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post
Agreed but my general point was that the snow stake location of Copper vs Breck tends to better represent the "avg" condition at the mountain better. That could just be an accident but I doubt it.

 

Average conditions at a place as big as Breck are meaningless. Maybe they should put one stake at vista house, one just below the cornice at whale's tail, and one at the top of the lift at peak 6 and report them all separately?  :dunno

post #93 of 105
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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post
 

 

Average conditions at a place as big as Breck are meaningless. Maybe they should put one stake at vista house, one just below the cornice at whale's tail, and one at the top of the lift at peak 6 and report them all separately?  :dunno

I was thinking this, as well. I don't know how much it costs to put the stakes up, but it would be interesting to have them spread out a little. (I'm sure VR can afford it, anyway)

post #94 of 105
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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post
 

 

Average conditions at a place as big as Breck are meaningless. Maybe they should put one stake at vista house, one just below the cornice at whale's tail, and one at the top of the lift at peak 6 and report them all separately?  :dunno

Agreed.  Some of the Euro resorts do this and I have seen 3 different measurements posted in the men's room at Keystone (with North Peak being the one they post online and count as their official).  For some mountains (like Vail, I believe) the snow stake cam is in a different location than the official measurement, so it is possible for the ambitious to check both to get a better idea of what they might encounter.  You can also check multiple web cams for different parts of different mountains- while there might not be a stake, it does give you an idea of what is going on.    

post #95 of 105

Re: parking at Breckenridge.  If you have a carload of people and can afford $10, park at the Peak 9 lot NLT 8:30AM.  Pull up as near as you can to one of the gaps through the snow wall.  You are now ski-out, ski-in.  

 

Take the Quicksilver up the minute it opens.  Off the lift go left and scoot down to the Falcon if you want to do Peak 10 or right to Mercury (for Peak 9) or the Peak 8 Superconnect if you want to move over to 6, 7 or 8.  Follow the signs, there are plenty of large ones. 

 

If you want to go play up top the 6 chair, T-bar, and Imperial are not difficult to get to.  If the trails off those lifts, and the E chair, aren't challenging enough to give you pleasure, congratulations for your skiing prowess and Breck is probably not for you.  

 

You have 5 mountains to play on and it is not difficult or confusing to move from one to the other.    

 

On weekdays you will rarely wait more than a handful of minutes on a lift line unless it has stopped for some reason.  

 

If you must, however, do your skiing w/o setting eyes on another human being, Breck is not for you (few easy to get to mountains are).  And by all means NEVER ski in the east.  And, perhaps, you might consider some counseling for your misanthropism ;)

 

Not sure why people think Breck is hard to get around.  Certainly easier than Vail and no more difficult, probably less so, than Beaver Creek.  

 

You can go from the base of 9 to the lift on your way up to 6 in approx. 20 minutes. 

 

If you want to start at 7 or 8 ride the Gondola.  Parking in the Gondola lot is, IIRC, $10 for a carload of people and if you are there NLT 8:30 you'll probably get a spot a very short clomp from the gondola line.  

 

Parking at Keystone means a significant hike through the "village" to get on the gondola.  Worse at Vail.  Unless you drop $30 or more for the parking garage.  And you'd still best be there early or they'll be full, especially Vail.

post #96 of 105
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If you want to start at 7 or 8 ride the Gondola.  Parking in the Gondola lot is, IIRC, $10 for a carload of people and if you are there NLT 8:30 you'll probably get a spot a very short clomp from the gondola line.  arking at Keystone means a significant

$5 on weekdays!
post #97 of 105

I should have said that it is not difficult or confusing to get around the various peaks at Breck UNLESS the snow is bombing down and the wind is blasting.  I will give the Breck haters that - it can be snowin' & blowin' like the devil and you may not be able to see, let alone know fersure, where you are.  But when all is said and done, all roads lead to a base eventually.  Just a question of which one.  

post #98 of 105

Schedule your weekend days at Beaver Creek.  Most of the Denver weekend rush seems to go only as far as Vail and BC is just a short ride beyond.  Start as early as possible, take your lunch break early, and ski late.  The unwashed masses don't hit the hills until after 10AM, they make a mass migration for lunch at noon, and they're headed for the hot tubs or home  by 2:30PM.   Avoid Vail on weekends unless you know how to avoid the crowds there (I don't).   I am personally fond of Breck - anyone who can get bored skiing there is engaged in an activity with which I am unfamiliar.  I like Keystone but nobody else in my group, with the exception of My Bride (who spends her day on Schoolmarm) cares for it - too much hiking about, too crowded at the bottom,...  whatever it is.  I find that, as an flatlander and Eastern skier, Keystone has excellent length to some their trails and burns my quads worse than any of the other areas.  I don't know it well though.  My first time out there I got on some blue roller I thought would never end - not a good thing at that point in my skiing experience or, for that matter, in the day - it was growing dark.  

 

All that said, when it comes to skiing, I'm easy to please.  I'll do it in PA if that's all the travel time I have.   A bad day with skis on the snow is better than the best day working.  If all I've got available is 600 vertical ft. and 7 trails, then so be it.  Heck, I'm not even bothered by eastern ice and 30 ft. wide trails anymore.  It's skiing.  I started late and I don't know how many more years of it are available to me.  And getting out there 18 days a year is a lot for me, so when y'all complain about the little stuff I have a hard time following.  When a 6 hour drive is the MINIMUM to get to anything resembling a real mountain, being able to park one's butt in Silverthorne, Dillon, Frisco, or Breckenridge and be able to drive between 20 - 45 minutes and have a choice of Breck, Keystone, A-basin, Copper, (Loveland?), Vail, and Beaver Creek is a luxury bordering on Heaven.  

 

Just sayin'.

post #99 of 105

AMEN

post #100 of 105
Beaver Creek is excellent! Don't miss it.
post #101 of 105
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Originally Posted by lstarry View Post

Beaver Creek is excellent! Don't miss it.

It's normally out of my price range, but I did have occasion to visit Beaver Creek last year. Yeah, I can definitely see why the well-heeled enjoy it! At most resorts you have to walk a little ways uphill to get from the lodge to the lift. At BC they have an escalator! They give you fresh cookies when you're done skiing. They have a sushi bar at the mid-mountain lodge!

 

Oh, yeah, the skiing is good too.

post #102 of 105

But if you already have the EpicPass, lodging down in Summit somewhere, & the rental car, you only pay for the additional gasoline and parking.  Then you get to go pretend you are One of he Wealthy (but too eccentric and counterculture to wear $15,000 worth of skies & clothing) ;)  And you still get the cookies.  And you still get to sit on that patio having your cookies and beer in the afternoon!  You can watch people from WhoKnowsWhere speaking WhoKnowsWhat and wearing ski jackets that have never been, and probably never will be, up the hill but cost more than you lodging and auto rental for the week. 

 

Its worth the gas and parking ;)  Definitely a must see.  Take the mountain tour.  Really a beautiful area with a great "beginners area" up top and Nordic are at 10,000 feet.  A must see and ski.

post #103 of 105
The EpicPass is the only way to go if you ski more than a 5 or 6 times at the ski resorts in Summit County... one of the best deals in skiing!
post #104 of 105
Unless you buy a Copper pass or four-pack.

Mike
post #105 of 105
Or RMSP+ &MCP.
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