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Spring break and Breckenridge?

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We're looking for a week in Breckenridge late Feb/early March and the best date for us is starting Sat 28 Feb. Is this likely to be a busy time for spring-breakers, or will it be a bit early for that? I've looked up dates online for spring break and some do seem to be that week but the majority later. We're from the UK so don't really know much about this.

 

Many thanks!

post #2 of 19

I don't know how busy it will be, but Vail specifies mandatory days for full-time ski pros based on the days that they anticipate lots of business.  This season the peak spring break dates don't begin until March 8 for Breckenridge (March 8-11 and March 15-17).  I suspect you'll be ok.

 

Mike

post #3 of 19

First week of March should be fine.  Most American schools start up winter term Jan. 5.  So they would normally have classes for 8-9 weeks before a spring break.  Many public schools, K-12, don't get a full week of vacation in the spring in any case.  That's why some families use the President's Day long weekend as the basis for a ski week.  President's Day is Feb. 16 in 2015.

post #4 of 19
Why Breckinridge ?
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Why Breckinridge ?

Because of the age bracket that refers to it as "Spring Break". You'd might as well ask "why girls?"
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My daughters come to visit/ski the last weekend of February thru the first weekend of March. Usually the best combination of reliable snow and smaller crowds.
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My daughters come to visit/ski the last weekend of February thru the first weekend of March. Usually the best combination of reliable snow and smaller crowds.

Slight hijack . . . how do you think the crowds will be midweek in late March given that Easter is April 5?  I will be in Denver with my non-skiing husband until March 25.  Thinking about where to go ski for a few days after he goes home.  Is there much difference between Saturdays and Sundays?  I'm familiar with how to avoid weekend lift lines around SLC, but have not skied in Colorado except one trip to Steamboat quite a while ago.

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Slight hijack . . . how do you think the crowds will be midweek in late March given that Easter is April 5?  I will be in Denver with my non-skiing husband until March 25.  Thinking about where to go ski for a few days after he goes home.  Is there much difference between Saturdays and Sundays?  I'm familiar with how to avoid weekend lift lines around SLC, but have not skied in Colorado except one trip to Steamboat quite a while ago.
The mandatory days for full-time Breck snow pros in March are March 8-11, 15-17, and 30.

Mike
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The mandatory days for full-time Breck snow pros in March are March 8-11, 15-17, and 30.

Mike

That was the 2014 schedule, wasn't it? Have you seen the 2015? I just got my returning instructor letter for 2014-15 and have not seen the schedule yet.

@Marznc, March 25, 2015, is a Wednesday. We weren't as busy after March 25, 2014, as anticipated. I'd expect the Thursday and Friday, March 26, 27, 2015 to not be too crowded. A lot depends on the weather, but if it isn't too warm, I might go to Beaver Creek for weekend days. Would you stay beyond that weekend, or would you be flying out Sunday? Getting to DIA on a Sunday afternoon can be troublesome.
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The mandatory days for full-time Breck snow pros in March are March 8-11, 15-17, and 30.

Mike

That was the 2014 schedule, wasn't it? Have you seen the 2015? I just got my returning instructor letter for 2014-15 and have not seen the schedule yet.

@Marznc, March 25, 2015, is a Wednesday. We weren't as busy after March 25, 2014, as anticipated. I'd expect the Thursday and Friday, March 26, 27, 2015 to not be too crowded. A lot depends on the weather, but if it isn't too warm, I might go to Beaver Creek for weekend days. Would you stay beyond that weekend, or would you be flying out Sunday? Getting to DIA on a Sunday afternoon can be troublesome.

I'll keep all that in mind as I start planning in earnest in the fall.  Easter was late in 2014, so I wondered how that might make a difference for 2015.  Being retired, my travel schedule is pretty flexible.  I have the MCP for 2014-15 so the idea is make it to Aspen in late March.  But I'm also interested in checking out another place or two to take advantage of the fact that I'll be acclimated to Denver altitude by the time I start skiing.  Going from 5,000 to 12,000 ft seems more manageable than starting a trip in the flatlands of central North Carolina.

 

By the way, if you were trying to @ message me, that didn't happen.  Need to pick from the list so that @Kneale Brownson ends up in blue, which may send the member an email depending on how they set up their preferences.

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By the way, if you were trying to @ message me, that didn't happen.  Need to pick from the list so that @Kneale Brownson
 ends up in blue, which may send the member an email depending on how they set up their preferences.

I learn something new every day!!
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I'll keep all that in mind as I start planning in earnest in the fall.  Easter was late in 2014, so I wondered how that might make a difference for 2015.  Being retired, my travel schedule is pretty flexible.  I have the MCP for 2014-15 so the idea is make it to Aspen in late March.

 

With Easter so late last year, it spread out the crowds.  I think late March could be a lot busier this year.   Aspen's rarely crowded, so I would definitely hit it on the weekend.

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That was the 2014 schedule, wasn't it? Have you seen the 2015? I just got my returning instructor letter for 2014-15 and have not seen the schedule yet.

 

Nope, it's the schedule for 2015.  Check out the increase in mandatory days and their definition in the attachment to the stuff Vail sent you last week.

 

Mike

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Slight hijack . . . how do you think the crowds will be midweek in late March given that Easter is April 5?  I will be in Denver with my non-skiing husband until March 25.  Thinking about where to go ski for a few days after he goes home.  Is there much difference between Saturdays and Sundays?  I'm familiar with how to avoid weekend lift lines around SLC, but have not skied in Colorado except one trip to Steamboat quite a while ago.

 

A bunch of front range schools have spring break March 23-27th 2015: Jeffco, Douglas, Adams and Boulder county plus CU... everyone I checked except Denver which is the following week.  Based on my experience, I'd avoid most the Epic Pass areas (at least Vail and Breck and probably Keystone) that week and surrounding weekends... actually every weekend in March... OK avoid Vail every day in March.  :rolleyes

 

Copper, Winter Park and Loveland should be OK during the week all through March.  Winter Park (MJ side at least) was crowded weekends in March last year.  Not sure about Loveland.  Copper should be fine all through March, including weekends, if you stick to the advanced lifts.

 

Edit to correct to 2015!


Edited by tball - 7/7/14 at 7:14pm
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Isn't April 1st Gaper Day at Breck?:duck: I'd avoid that sideshow if possible.

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Nope, it's the schedule for 2015.  Check out the increase in mandatory days and their definition in the attachment to the stuff Vail sent you last week.

Mike

Thanks, Mike. I'd read the "headlines" but not the details.
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Isn't April 1st Gaper Day at Breck?duck.gif I'd avoid that sideshow if possible.

The resort and town police have done a lot to reduce the spectacle it once was. A-Basin seems to have drawn the overflow.
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Slight hijack . . . how do you think the crowds will be midweek in late March given that Easter is April 5?  I will be in Denver with my non-skiing husband until March 25.  Thinking about where to go ski for a few days after he goes home.  Is there much difference between Saturdays and Sundays?  I'm familiar with how to avoid weekend lift lines around SLC, but have not skied in Colorado except one trip to Steamboat quite a while ago.

 

A bunch of front range schools have spring break March 23-27th 2014: Jeffco, Douglas, Adams and Boulder county plus CU... everyone I checked except Denver which is the following week.  Based on my experience, I'd avoid most the Epic Pass areas (at least Vail and Breck and probably Keystone) that week and surrounding weekends... actually every weekend in March... OK avoid Vail every day in March.  :rolleyes

 

Copper, Winter Park and Loveland should be OK during the week all through March.  Winter Park (MJ side at least) was crowded weekends in March last year.  Not sure about Loveland.  Copper should be fine all through March, including weekends, if you stick to the advanced lifts.

Good to know about Colorado schools.  

 

Spring break seems spread out in 2015 between the second week of March through the third week of April.  Looks like NYC schools are out April 3-10. California public schools are out either the week before or the week after Easter.  Most American universities are off the second or third week of March.

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