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Beaver Creek vs. PCMR

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My wife and I are planning a long ski weekend for Feb 25th through 29th.  We have an Epic Season Pass so trying to decide on one of the Vail Resorts but also avoid crazy crowds since it will be a weekend.  Both intermediate skiers looking for a fun weekend away while leaving kids at home.  Out of those two which would you suggest?  Flying in from Texas.

post #2 of 19
BC.
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My wife and I are planning a long ski weekend for Feb 25th through 29th.  We have an Epic Season Pass so trying to decide on one of the Vail Resorts but also avoid crazy crowds since it will be a weekend.  Both intermediate skiers looking for a fun weekend away while leaving kids at home.  Out of those two which would you suggest?  Flying in from Texas.

Have you skied either before?

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No never been to either.
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No never been to either.


You might take a look at related threads on the EpicSki Resort pages for Park City and Beaver Creek.  I added the shortcut link under Topics Discussed (tags in right hand column).  Scroll down to the bottom of any Resort Page to see the list of tagged threads.

 

Or save yourself some time and just follow SHREDHEAD's advice.  He knows what he's talking about. :)

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My wife and I are planning a long ski weekend for Feb 25th through 29th.  We have an Epic Season Pass so trying to decide on one of the Vail Resorts but also avoid crazy crowds since it will be a weekend.  Both intermediate skiers looking for a fun weekend away while leaving kids at home.  Out of those two which would you suggest?  Flying in from Texas.

 

Skied both many times.... Park City is a fun town ... BC is great - but not a real town .... 

 

Don't forget PC has Deer Valley, PCMR, Canyons.. tons of skiing within a few miles..

 

And Main Street is an authentic town 

post #7 of 19
If he has an Epic, it's doubtful he'll pop for DV.
Let alone Alta/Burd, where the good skiing can be found.
Stand alone Vail/BC is better than PC.

Yes, PC proper is a nicer town. Canyons and Kimbal Junk show, not so much and they're all labled as PC. Might as well lable E. Vail to Eagle as BC. Same difference.

Coming from TX, even flying into DEN, his total travel time will be similar and DEN will have 5x as many direct flights.
Directs into EGE will be -1hour.

BC has snow now, PC's not doing very well so far.
post #8 of 19

Have skied both and Beaver Creek wins hands down.   Ambiance is beautiful.   Park City on weekends is always crowded.  Even though the town has great restaurants, they are overrun.

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If he has an Epic, it's doubtful he'll pop for DV.
Let alone Alta/Burd, where the good skiing can be found.
Stand alone Vail/BC is better than PC.

Yes, PC proper is a nicer town. Canyons and Kimbal Junk show, not so much and they're all labled as PC. Might as well lable E. Vail to Eagle as BC. Same difference.

Coming from TX, even flying into DEN, his total travel time will be similar and DEN will have 5x as many direct flights.
Directs into EGE will be -1hour.

BC has snow now, PC's not doing very well so far.


Flying into EGE, is a car needed for Beaver Creek?

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Flying into EGE, is a car needed for Beaver Creek?


No... Shuttles are easy ... Its a 30 min drive ... but if you have 4 or more in your party sometimes renting is less expensive ... 

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Flying into EGE, is a car needed for Beaver Creek?


No... Shuttles are easy ... Its a 30 min drive ... but if you have 4 or more in your party sometimes renting is less expensive ... 


Sounds similar to flying into SLC and taking a shuttle to a lodge up in LCC at Snowbird or Alta.  I'd go to BC over Park City for a long weekend flying from Texas. 

post #12 of 19
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Thanks appreciate the responses. I think we will do BC. Only reason I was considering Park City was thought it might be less crowded for some reason.
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Thanks appreciate the responses. I think we will do BC. Only reason I was considering Park City was thought it might be less crowded for some reason.


I think in general, the closer a ski resort is to a major airport, the more crowded it is during prime season and holiday periods.  That's why even on weekends when there are crowds in Park City or at Alta/Snowbird, can be quite nice an hour away at Snowbasin or positively empty another 30 minutes farther at Powder Mountain.  For Colorado, it's not quite as simple since there is the option for travelers to fly into EGE or ASE instead of Denver.  Getting to Big Sky is not nearly as easy, but lift lines on the chairlifts are pretty much a non-issue.

post #14 of 19
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Anybody have any hotel recs at BC? Looking at the Osprey or right now
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For such a short time, it depends on where you're flying into. I would give the edge to getting a non-stop flight to either SLC or EGE. If DEN, PC is the easy call. DEN is a huge hassle in my opinion, and then a 2.5 hour drive to BC. SLC airport is way easier with rent cars on site and 30 minutes to PC. If get a non stop to Eagle, then a toss up. BC may have a bit less crowds, but PC usually not that crowded except on holidays. Like Xmas, President's Day. 

post #16 of 19
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I actually was a bit premature.  We are going to head to Telluride that weekend as it is both of our favorite place to go and were able to get an amazing deal on lodging.  We will do Beaver Creek or PC the next month for spring break with the kids when we go for a full week.

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No... Shuttles are easy ... Its a 30 min drive ... but if you have 4 or more in your party sometimes renting is less expensive ... 


However, there is very little, if any, free overnight parking in BC (some hotels may have some, not the ones I've stayed in), so that may wipe out any money saved by renting.

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However, there is very little, if any, free overnight parking in BC (some hotels may have some, not the ones I've stayed in), so that may wipe out any money saved by renting.


true... we usually stay in a condo so its a wash 

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No... Shuttles are easy ... Its a 30 min drive ... but if you have 4 or more in your party sometimes renting is less expensive ... 


However, there is very little, if any, free overnight parking in BC (some hotels may have some, not the ones I've stayed in), so that may wipe out any money saved by renting.


Aah, parking fees . . . that's different from driving up to LCC or BCC.  I don't know about parking in Park City.

 

Only learned recently that at Snowmass, even condo renters sometimes have to pay nightly parking fees.

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