Hello skiers and happy new year!
After joining the forum for a while and getting a lot of useful information from EpicSki, here is my first thread. We are heading to Breckenridge this MLK weekend. If we had the choice, we wouldn't go during this busy time and we understand it's going to be super crowded. But for us from mid Michigan, we opt to deal with the crowd this time rather than no skiing out West at all. We have a place to stay at the base of Peak 9 within 5-minute walking to the lift.
Here is where I need help:
My boyfriend is an advanced intermediate (blue/black and some easy moguls) and I am an advanced beginner (green and easy blue). We first plan to ski Breck both Saturday 16 and Sunday 17. (We will ski Loveland Friday 15 and I'm considering taking a lesson.) However, we have another group of friends joining. They are 3 intermediate snowboarders and 1 advanced intermediate skier who got a place to stay near Keystone. They are going to ski Keystone on Saturday because they are landing in Denver that morning. Since Keystone offers night skiing, they can have a longer day on the slopes because they will be starting late that day. Then on Sunday, they will come join us in Breck.
Now our friends are trying to convince us to join them in Keystone on Saturday and we can still ski Breck on Sunday. We are not sure if it's a good idea for me since we have heard Keystone's blue trails are harder than Breck's. We have skied Breck (the blues on Peak 9 and 7 without problems) and Alta before. Alta's blues were harder for me. Here are the blue trails that I could handle at Alta:
- All the blue trails from Sugarloaf lift
- Upper Big Dipper, Big Dipper, and Sleepy Hollow from Supreme lift
- Mambo, Meadow, Corkscrew from Collins lift <-- these blues were my limit as I found them very difficult but still manageable
None of us have been to Keystone, so we don't know how difficult are the blue runs there especially those on North Peak and The Outback. I have read that Dercum Mountain is going to be very crowded on that particular weekend (so as Breck but I know that I can handle most blues at Breck), so if we are going to Keystone we will prefer to stick to North Peak or The Outback areas. The question is I do not know if I'm good enough to handle those blues???
So for those of you who have been to Alta and Keystone, could you please help me and give me some comparisons of their blue trails?
- Are the blues at Alta (the runs named above) and Keystone (from North Peak and The Outback) about the same level of difficulties?
- Since I am an advanced beginner, should I just stick to Breck both days of the MLK weekend? This is because as an advanced beginner I move slower so it takes longer to explore the mountain. My boyfriend and I often feel that we need at least 2 days to get ski at one resort/mountain to really get to know it based on my level and pace. Again, I haven't been to Keystone but skied Breck one day last season. We felt we didn't get to know Breck enoughl with just one day last time.
- Please don't tell us to take the trip another time because the trip is booked and we cannot get off work any other time. Please give us some suggestions based on the things that are available for us.
- On a separate point, as I'm considering taking a private lesson at Loveland, does anyone have suggestions about a good instructor for my level? Can I request an instructor? Or should I do a group lesson instead? This past Christmas, I took 2 very good Adult Max-4 group lessons at Deer Valley. The instructors I got both days were excellent, paid equivalent attention to everyone and the pace to move us forward was just right. My boyfriend also took the advanced-level Max-4 group lesson and said the same thing about his instructor even though he was the only one in the group. A few days later I took a 2-hour private lesson at Atla. I only told them my level and they just matched the instructor for me. The instructor herself was a very nice lady but in terms of teaching and the overall quality of this private lesson, it was not as good as the group lessons I received at Deer Valley. I did not learn anything new or helpful even though I tried to explain clearly to her what I wanted to improve. I'm not blaming it all on the instructor, it could just be her style or I still didn't explain her enough what was my goal. But at Deer Valley, it's as if they have a checklist of what to do in the lesson and they proceed to make sure we cover everything (based on students' requests too). So it felt very detailed and very thorough. So long story short, I just don't want to end up in the same situation at Loveland as I had at Alta. Thus, any recommendation about how to pick a private instructor at Loveland will also be highly appreciated.
Thank you so much in advance everyone!
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