I am a first time traveler to the great state of Colorado coming from the East Coast. I pieced together a Denver/Breck trip with a couple of friends; we will be traveling in a couple weeks. We are spending the weekend in Denver and then driving to Breck on early Sunday morning. I figured there will be less of a crowd during the week. We are getting the 3-day Breckenridge pass (Sunday-Tuesday), which I hope to use on at least one of the other resorts in the area (Keystone or A Basin).
My original idea is to take it easy on the slopes at Breck on Sunday morning to see the layout, check into our condo (walking distance to Snow Flake lift), and then drive to Keystone for some night skiing. I checked online and there is no night skiing scheduled at Keystone for both Monday and Tuesday so Sunday is our only day to partake. On the final two days, I was thinking of doing a full day at Breck since we are practically ski in/ski out and a full day at either Keystone or A Basin.
I was wondering if the forum could make a recommendation on which resorts to focus our time on based on our abilities and desires. I am probably a level 8 skier; however, I have rarely make it to big mountains (Killington, Pico, Mt. Snow, Bachelor). By far, my favorite experience was at Bachelor because I love the feeling of skiing down from the summit as the views are breath taking. I like being in the open areas near the summit where trees cannot grow. I'm very excited to hike up a summit or two at Breck. I'm not much of an off piste skier but do enjoy it on occasion. Bumps and moguls aren't really my thing but I will tackle them on occasion. I don't mind skiing Greens or Blues so long as I can ski them fast or have a nice view of the surroundings.
My friends are both snowboarders who can handle most groomed trials, but they go at a slower, more cautious pace. I doubt that they could handle off piste. They will likely be most content on Blues.
Can you make recommendations based on these preferences? I have a pretty good feeling for what to expect at Breck. I don't know too much about Keystone or A Basin. How is Keystone night skiing? What do you like about Keystone and A Basin; how do they differ?
Any helpful advice on the area would be much appreciated. Thank you!