We went out there early last Nov as I had to go to Denver for work. Since it was opening weekend at Breck and 2nd weekend at Keystone, we decided she would join and I would give her a taste of the Rockies and what skiing is really about (as much as 5 open runs would allow). She only skied Schoolmarm at Keystone and Springmeier and Swinger at Breck. She did not have a good experience at Keystone as it was SLAMMED and she felt in danger of getting hit every second. She did better at Breck as it wasn't as crowded and not as long. She found the bottom of Swinger to be a bit steep but she did it well. She is still a beginner and I hope by our trip a beginner-intermediate. Her experience at that time was limited to a tiny hill in metro Detroit and Boyne Mountain in upper lower peninsula Michigan, which from what I understand is about as good as you will get in the Midwest outside of the U.P. (500 vertical 400+ acres ) She is now capable of difficult blues there, but has not done a black.
I'm an intermediate-advanced skier who has been skiing my entire life. I was fortunate enough to go to Heavenly a couple times and Banff once in my preteens/early teens. As a self admitted pussy at that age, while I was a good skier, I didn't truly get to enjoy like I should have. I had gone out to Summit/Eagle County with my Dad in college in '02 which was the only time skiing from '02-12. By then I was more daring and we did any blues and a few easy blacks. I was a more daring skier, but was still very much a cautious skier that took up a lot of snow with each turn slowing myself down a lot and not really carving on my edges like I should and currently do. We did a day at BC/Vail/Breck/Copper. I recall BC being my favorite, and Vail being my least. I don't know why, I liked/didn't like the feel there though. I don't know what frame of reference I truly had, so I'm very interested in giving everything another shot. The only black run open last year was Spruce at Breck so I did that every time she needed a break. It was so much fun whipping down the mountain and skiing like I never had out there. It was great but kind of a tease just having Spruce and 2 blues, which is why I'm so glad to be going back out and really getting to enjoy everything.
We decided to stay at BC as she really wanted to as she heard great things from me, her cousins and a couple clients (she is a hair stylist). We are staying at the Pines lodge, which I couldn't believe averaged around $200/nt from Sun-Wed and then like $300 for Thurs night. The next place that claimed to be ski in/out was another $125+ more per night. All the reviews on any site were amazing for the place so we booked it. I asked a representative of BC why it was so much cheaper and she said likely since its not as ski in/out as other places. I have seen similar reviews, but then others that say it is decent in that regard. Anyone with any experience there? If it's just walking up some stairs and a bit of a hill from what I read, I can deal with that. What can it be a few minutes? I've seen that it is decently good for skiing in. Once again any experience with that or this lodge at all?
We are thinking of getting a 4 day Epic pass and doing 2 at BC, 1 at Vail and maybe one at Breck. I really liked Breck both times I went and like I said, feel teased. We are thinking of going 4 days during Mon - Fri, with a day off in there. With that being the week after New Years and mid-week, I would think it will feel like any of the mountains are all ours, right? Except for maybe Fri? I'm assuming the entire first day will be spent on greens at BC when it's both of us. Where should we start for her? Eventually I'm hoping we get to the easy blues for her. Where should she get her feet wet on an easy blue at BC? As far as me, I have a feeling Spruce is an easy black at Breck. It used to be a blue-black, right? Where should I get my feet wet with some easy blacks at BC? Like I said, from going from a pussy to having very limited real experience since, I don't want to get over my head right away.
What do you guys think about the other days? I've read the greens and blues at Peak 9 at Breck are fun and not that challenging. Should we definitely head there? I'd contemplate Copper, but thinking of sticking to Vail resorts. Should we even bother with Keystone?
How about things to do and places to go while in BC? While in Vail? What are some of your must visits? As far as hot springs, is Glenwood springs our best bet? How about other suggestions of things to do on our days off?
If anyone is going to be out there at that time and wanted to let me tag along and show me the ropes a bit while she took her breaks or ended her day, I'd be down. Thanks in advance for any advice.