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Araphoe and/or Beaver Creek worth it for a day from Breck?

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2nd trip to Breck coming up, last time we skiied at Vail too which was great. Wondering if it's worth trying out Araphoe and/or Beaver Creek this time? Only have 6 days on the snow so probably don't want to make more than 2 day trips out. We're strong skiiers but tend to prefer pistes to bowls/powder.

 

Will also go over to Keystone for the night skiing (weather permitting - that stopped us last time), so considered doing the day at Araphoe first then onto Keystone.

 

Beaver Creek seems quite a long way to go, but having watched the World Champs on TV would quite like to try out some of the runs! Is it actually possible to ski the Birds of Prey run or is that just something they mark out for the pros?

 

Would anyone recommend Araphoe or Beaver Creek if staying in Breck, or would we be as well to stick with the bigger areas?

 

Thanks!

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They are both definitely worth it and BC is a pretty good sized resort. It's not Vail, size wise, but neither is Breck. AB is a good day trip resort as is Loveland.
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Beaver Creek for pistes.  A Basin for cool vibe, faces and Pallavicini and East Wall.

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Beaver Creek for pistes.  A Basin for cool vibe, faces and Pallavicini and East Wall.

Definitely a different vibe from one to the other!
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I just spent Feb 2 to Feb 16 skiing Vail, BC and Breck.  Breck had the best conditons of the three by a clear margin, including a one foot powder day on Feb 16.  But the other two were also most enjoyable.  I found Vail's back bowls and Blue Sky Basin a bit more memorable than the terrain of BC, but it's all good.  In good weather it takes about 45 mins to go from Breck to Vail, add 10 more for BC.  You're going to have a GOOD time:D

 

PS:  some photos in this post document the period:  http://www.epicski.com/a/2015-geezer-ski-bum-tour-epicski-3

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Don't see that anyone answered your question about skiing the Birds of Prey run - answer is yes, the run is usually open, sometimes closed part of the day for race training. Last I was there (winter 2013) it was groomed weekly on Friday nights, as the week wore on, it would grow VW sized bumps, so depending on your preferences you may want to plan ahead for which day you visit. I believe BC's daily grooming report is posted online so you should be able to check if my info re: grooming still holds true.

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Both hills worth a visit, but as someone has already noted they are totaling different hills.

 

Beaver Creek has some of the best on piste skiing anywhere in the world and is a RESORT in every sense of the word.  First class everyway.

 

A-Basin has a much more laid back feel.  Very un-resort like.  It has some kick ass steeps and the oh so awesome Montezuma Bowl.   You mentioned the idea of skiing A-Basin for the day and going to Keystone for night skiing.  If you put a full day of skiing in at A-Basin, you will be too wore out to night ski Keystone.

 

Both hills are worth a visit.  A-Basin would be more of a contrast to Breck if you are looking at mixing it up some.

 

Birds of Prey - Given that BC just hosted the World Championships from Feb 1 to 15, you can expect the the ski surface to be in very firm race condition.  The course is generally open to the public; however, it may take them a week or more to remove all the race infrastructure from a world class event.  The stadium alone is massive.

 

I have skied four different world cup downhill courses:  Lake Louise, Whistler, Val Gardena (IT) and Beaver Creek.  Birds of Prey is a challenge to ski even when groomed.  It is very steep in places and very firm.  I remember thinking at a number of points:  "if I fall, it is a long way down before I would stop".  The other downhills were big and steep black runs, but nothing like the Birds of Prey.

 

Enjoy

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for all your replies.

 

I was thinking a short day (late start) at Araphoe if we were doing it before Keystone. But I think we will go for 1 day Vail, 1 day BC instead, and just the evening at Keystone (weather permitting for all travel of course!).

 

I have skiied the Lake Louise and Whistler downhills too and thought they were manageable (at my massively amateur pace of course). Birds of Prey sounds like a different kettle of fish - but I'll try to have a look!

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