Just returned from a week in Breck ... third visit in 5 years, and enjoyed it. It is well run, and great skiing (for my blue /black skills). My only complaint was I happened upon "college week." I deliberately avoided Christmas and New Years, and scheduled this week to avoid crowds, but instead of crowds, got 5-6K college students. I don't mind college students in general - my college age daughter was traveling with us, and was great fun to ski with, but apparently Breckenridge caters to the college crowd this week, giving discounted tickets, rentals and lodging to large groups. This results in large packs of drinking, obnoxious college kids , many of whom are more interested in the party scene than skiing. It was readily apparent that many had limited skiing experience , and were often out of control on the slopes, making it dangerous at times. (Both my wife and I got hit by inexperienced snowboarders on the 4 Oclock run).
I recognize that the ski resort /town wants to keep people on the slopes, fill rooms, and bars during what would be an "off week",.but in my view this is a short sighted strategy, catering to college kids with discounted rates but alienating the return customer who pays full rate and returns repeatedly, I don't mind the cost of a ski trip when I enjoy the experience, but certainly don't want to pay to relive my college days.
My question for those that live/work the other ski resorts --is College Week just a Breckenridge thing, is this widespread. More importantly, are there resorts that don't ? I would rather support those resorts that recognize the value of the loyal customer over offering discounted packages to attract college students.
Any suggestions ?