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Breck or Keystone for Saturday [late Jan]

post #1 of 18
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Heading out to Summit county and skiing from Jan 27-30.  Just wondering which resort would be better (less crowds) on Saturday Jan 30.  I did read the where to ski at Breck on the weekend thread, so I've got that going for me.

 

 

We will be staying at Breck for this trip.  Really aren't interested in going to Copper.  A-Basin is an option I guess, but some of the skiers might not enjoy the terrain.

 

TIA

 

Moderator note: added timeframe to thread title

post #2 of 18
My group of 3 will be at Keystone, as we fly in that morning and want to extend our ski day with some night skiing, so I'd vote Breck. biggrin.gif Just curious, why aren't you interested in Copper? We're going there for the first time our last day.
post #3 of 18
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Most of our group has skied Copper many times and just didn't want to drive that much- I know it's not far....Same with Vail

post #4 of 18
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So no one has any thoughts on the subject? 

Would this be a toss up and both mountains would be crowded on a normal weekend, and no clear advantage of one over the other?

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So no one has any thoughts on the subject? 

Would this be a toss up and both mountains would be crowded on a normal weekend, and no clear advantage of one over the other?


Is the group happy on groomers or are most heading off into the woods?  You said A-Basin wouldn't make some of the group happy.  Why?

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Is the group happy on groomers or are most heading off into the woods?  You said A-Basin wouldn't make some of the group happy.  Why?

The group would all be happy with cruisers- blue/black.  A couple of skiers that can ski just about anything and wouldn't care, but everyone is at a minimum a strong intermediate and can survive most stuff.  This will be our last day of skiing, and one thought is to ski Breck since we are staying there and could get an early start.  I'm following the Breck weekend skiing discussion and it seems like there will be areas and trails that everyone would be happy with and less crowded...

Thinking that on Wed at Breck we could ski peaks 7 and 8 and maybe check out some other peaks/areas, but then ski peaks 9 and 10 and maybe some peak 6 on Sat.

 

When we discussed skiing different mountains- I mention Vail, but no one wanted to drive that far.  I know it's probably less than an hour away and the same goes for Copper.  A-Basin is an option, but it just seems that the lift lines might get long.  Last time I skied there was during the week and the wait on zuma was kind of long.

 

We're thinking of skiing

Breck- Wednesday

Keystone- Thur

Keystone- Fri

Breck- Sat

post #7 of 18
Both will likely be crowded. If you are staying at Breck, my suggestion is to get out at 830 when the lifts start and get up the mountain. You should be able to get some decent runs in.

As it gets more crowded, head to Peak 9 and 10.
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Is the group happy on groomers or are most heading off into the woods?  You said A-Basin wouldn't make some of the group happy.  Why?

The group would all be happy with cruisers- blue/black.  A couple of skiers that can ski just about anything and wouldn't care, but everyone is at a minimum a strong intermediate and can survive most stuff.  This will be our last day of skiing, and one thought is to ski Breck since we are staying there and could get an early start.  I'm following the Breck weekend skiing discussion and it seems like there will be areas and trails that everyone would be happy with and less crowded...

Thinking that on Wed at Breck we could ski peaks 7 and 8 and maybe check out some other peaks/areas, but then ski peaks 9 and 10 and maybe some peak 6 on Sat.

 

When we discussed skiing different mountains- I mention Vail, but no one wanted to drive that far.  I know it's probably less than an hour away and the same goes for Copper.  A-Basin is an option, but it just seems that the lift lines might get long.  Last time I skied there was during the week and the wait on zuma was kind of long.

 

We're thinking of skiing

Breck- Wednesday

Keystone- Thur

Keystone- Fri

Breck- Sat


Do you all have an Epic Pass?

post #9 of 18
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Do you all have an Epic Pass?


No- are they still available, or is this just a multi-day pass from Breck?

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Do you all have an Epic Pass?


No- are they still available, or is this just a multi-day pass from Breck?


Nope, not available any more.  I was wondering because you had mostly mentioned places on the Epic Pass but also Copper so couldn't quite tell.  There are advantages to planning trips in the spring or summer when multi-resort passes are not only available, but often cheaper than in the fall.  My friends and I bought the Mountain Collective Pass in March or April, as soon as we agreed which week would work for a 1-week ski trip.  I booked lodging for the group in the early fall.

post #11 of 18
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This trip came about almost at the last minute.  Usually I plan trips out west in late summer/early fall too.

 

Just trying to gain agreement from the others so we can at least purchase lift tickets on line and save a little $$$.

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This trip came about almost at the last minute.  Usually I plan trips out west in late summer/early fall too.

 

Just trying to gain agreement from the others so we can at least purchase lift tickets on line and save a little $$$.


Ah, now it makes sense.  Are the others from NC too?  I'm flying out of RDU to SLC in a couple weeks.

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Ah, now it makes sense.  Are the others from NC too?  I'm flying out of RDU to SLC in a couple weeks.


Nope, just us.  Two couples from NJ/NY and two couple from CO (Denver area and Boulder)

 

My wife, son and I skied in Utah last year- snow wasn't plentiful but we still had a great time- skied Powder and Snow Basin.  Loved them both.

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Ah, now it makes sense.  Are the others from NC too?  I'm flying out of RDU to SLC in a couple weeks.


Nope, just us.  Two couples from NJ/NY and two couple from CO (Denver area and Boulder)

 

My wife, son and I skied in Utah last year- snow wasn't plentiful but we still had a great time- skied Powder and Snow Basin.  Loved them both.


Renting one vehicle or more than one for those flying into Denver?  Are the locals going to ski on Sat too?  For the travelers, skiing Breck on Sat makes the most sense logistically.

 

I haven't skied either Breck or Keystone since I tend to avoid Colorado because of the higher elevation compared to Utah.  Got to check out A-Basin for the first time last March after spending a week in Denver with my non-skiing husband.  Even so, I wasn't at full strength skiing at over 11,000 ft.

 

I ski Alta/Snowbird the most in Utah.  Haven't been lucky with snow conditions for Snowbasin or PowMow yet.

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Renting one vehicle or more than one for those flying into Denver?  Are the locals going to ski on Sat too?  For the travelers, skiing Breck on Sat makes the most sense logistically.

 

I haven't skied either Breck or Keystone since I tend to avoid Colorado because of the higher elevation compared to Utah.  Got to check out A-Basin for the first time last March after spending a week in Denver with my non-skiing husband.  Even so, I wasn't at full strength skiing at over 11,000 ft.

 

I ski Alta/Snowbird the most in Utah.  Haven't been lucky with snow conditions for Snowbasin or PowMow yet.


Funny- that's why we skied Utah last year- due to my son and his unluckiness with altitude sickness in CO over the years.  And my son is why the last minute change of plans this year- we were planning on skiing in Utah again with my son during his spring break from NCSU, but this past fall he tore his ACL.  I'm sure next year we will be back in Utah.

 

We will have plenty of transportation options and only one of the locals will be skiing.  I like the idea of skiing at Breck on Sat as it will make it easy to get back and forth to the mountain and potentially give us more time for packing, eating and DRINKING on our last night.

post #16 of 18
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Renting one vehicle or more than one for those flying into Denver?  Are the locals going to ski on Sat too?  For the travelers, skiing Breck on Sat makes the most sense logistically.

 

I haven't skied either Breck or Keystone since I tend to avoid Colorado because of the higher elevation compared to Utah.  Got to check out A-Basin for the first time last March after spending a week in Denver with my non-skiing husband.  Even so, I wasn't at full strength skiing at over 11,000 ft.

 

I ski Alta/Snowbird the most in Utah.  Haven't been lucky with snow conditions for Snowbasin or PowMow yet.


Funny- that's why we skied Utah last year- due to my son and his unluckiness with altitude sickness in CO over the years.  And my son is why the last minute change of plans this year- we were planning on skiing in Utah again with my son during his spring break from NCSU, but this past fall he tore his ACL.  I'm sure next year we will be back in Utah.

 

We will have plenty of transportation options and only one of the locals will be skiing.  I like the idea of skiing at Breck on Sat as it will make it easy to get back and forth to the mountain and potentially give us more time for packing, eating and DRINKING on our last night.


Sorry about the ACL.  I know how that rehab goes.

 

Have a fun trip!

post #17 of 18
just 2 cents. a-basin has been one of the most enjoyable mountains I've ever skied. has a similar feel as MRG in vt...skiers not terrain. it's a relaxin place with a good mix of terrain. def worth a day if you can manage
that being said its been 4 yrs since my last trip there
post #18 of 18
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Just a quick update from the trip-

Just ended up being 2 of us skiing this past Saturday (30Jan).  We ended up skiing at Breck- got dropped off at Peak 7- took a couple of warm up runs on the blues- no real lift line yet.  Started skiing around 8:50. Then we caught the t-bar and ended up skiing 6 chair for the next 2 hours.  We were turning 15 minute laps (top to top) for the entire time.  This area seemed to have the best snow that day, mostly wind blown powder but very consistent coverage.  Then we headed over to peak 9 to ski the mercury chair- this turned out to be a mistake as the lift lines were long, probably in the 20 minute range.  So we headed down to peak 10 chair- same thing.  So we decided to head back to 6 chair for a few more runs before lunch.  After lunch we went back to peak 7, the lift line was kind of long so we went did the singles line, but that didn't help much.  Rode up and hit the t-bar again for a run in north bowl, and then continued back down to peak 7 chair.  This time we almost skied right onto the lift and it stayed that way for the rest of the day.

 

My back was really bothering me coming into the trip and only a few days before leaving I came to the realization that I may not be able to ski.  The first day skiing at Breck was touch and go for me, but the back didn't complain much after 3 or 4 runs and I was able to ski blue cruisers without any pain.  We skied mostly at peak 7 with a run over to peak 6 in the morning.  After lunch we hit peak 9 and 10 and had a blast, then headed back to peak 7 to end the day.  The next two days we skied Keystone and had fun.  First time for a couple of us and we enjoyed exploring the outback and some of the front side blues.  Luckily it snowed a few inches the second day (they really needed it as the conditions were hard pack) and it was some of the best snow of the trip.  My back continued to improve each day, but I still just skied blue/black cruisers and stayed away from any moguls.  Then on day 4 that all changed when we ended up at 6 chair in the morning.  I was able to ski the moguls by being very controlled, cautious and deliberate with my turns.  Not my usual for moguls, but very pleased that I was able to ski them without aggravating my back. 

 

Overall the conditions were average at both resorts.  Of course it snowed about 9"+ Saturday night and we had to leave in the morning.  But we had beautiful blue skies for the first 3 days, so we can't complain that much.

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