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Crowds at Steamboat, WP and the 4X40

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The 4X40 pass is a great deal (2 WP days & 2 SB days for 200).  I'm thinking about getting a pair as part of a new years ski trip. 

 

I'd be skiing a lot of groomers with my Family.  Anyone have insights into how long the lift lines and how crowded the groomed slopes will be?  Would a Saturday at WP be worse than the Vail areas?  (likely skiing WP on way to airport)

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The 4X40 pass is a great deal (2 WP days & 2 SB days for 200).  I'm thinking about getting a pair as part of a new years ski trip.

 

I'd be skiing a lot of groomers with my Family.  Anyone have insights into how long the lift lines and how crowded the groomed slopes will be?  Would a Saturday at WP be worse than the Vail areas?  (likely skiing WP on way to airport)

 

Winter Park on a Saturday will be pretty crowded, but distinctly less than the Vail experience.

 

A typical Saturday in Peak season can see some waits at the Super Gauge and sometimes Zephyr, but most of the rest of the mountain will get you on the lifts quickly.

 

Park on the Mary Jane side, in the Corona lot if you can- the best free parking anywhere. It is right next to the ski slope, just boot up and ski down to Mary Jane base for your ticket.

 

Winter Parkis best known for Mary Jane Moguls, but it has a LOT of good cruiser terrain. You will have fun.

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Agree with prior post, stay away from village and Zephyr first thing in the morning.  Vazquez Ridge has excellent intermediate, groomed terrain and usually never a line.  Ski Zephyr, Eskimo, Prospector lifts in the middle or late afternoon for less crowds.  Parking at Mary Jane C Lot is a good call, but go early.  Mary Jane usually has better snow, more powder, and the Mary Jane trails, Arrowhead Loop are usuallly groomed and good for intermediates.  Panoramic lift topping out at 12,000 feet could be ok for a strong intermediate.  The rest of Mary Jane is ungroomed, all moguls, and steeper.  Give the strong start to the season, it should be great by then.

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Thanks for the tips.  I went back and forth on the 4x40 and I think we are going to keep our options open and ski where the snow is.  To keep costs down we may ski at a smaller place part of the time (sunlight, monarch, cooper, etc.)  

 

Looks like the Shell BOGO is happening again this year and their website says it starts Jan 2.  So we may use it for WP later in the trip if it's not blacked out.  Loveland would be another option for the last day.

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