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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hi All,

 

I'm an advanced east coaster.  (translation: great on the ice).

 

I have 17 days in this year and had a great time yesterday in a 8" of powder! 

 

I have an old pair of the K2 public Enemies, and despite their park graphics they ski pretty well all over the mountain and decent in the glades.  I'm heading out to CO for 9 days (8 skiing) in early march.  These are only 85 underfoot.  Am I going to get completely destroyed out there?

 

I'm 5'11" 185 very athletic and I'm 99% sure I have the 179s but they do ski a little bigger than that. 

 

Thanks for the help.

post #2 of 15

I ski 120 days a year in Colorado and use 80-waisted skis (or narrower) 90 percent of the time.  If you have a powder dump over 12 inches while you are here, rent some fatties.  Your skis will be fine the vast majority of days here.

post #3 of 15

You'll be fine. There's a big difference between fat skis are nice and fat skis are necessary. Powder skis are only necessary for us old farts who  can't hack it any more on normal skis. 

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your help.  I'll bring them out. 

 

I was thinking they should be fine, but it's great to confirm that.

post #5 of 15

You're welcome!  Where will you be when you're out here?

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

Breck, Veil, & Steamboat

 

Still up in the air, working on deals at the moment.  I messed up on the season's pass this year and didn't think I'd be able to go out west so I didn't get one that would give me any tickets out there.

 

Any advice?  I'll be in Dillon for 4 nights that's all I have nailed down. 

post #7 of 15

get used to pb&j sandwiches. 8days without a pass is going to hurt your wallet, so hope you saved up.


There are no deals for vail resorts unless somebody else is paying the bill for you. 

The best you can do is a budd(ies) who have buddy passes for you. 

 

Perhaps, iif you're mid-to late march, then next years pass will be on sale and you *may* get some current season days out of it (perhaps just today's ticket)

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks Ray,

I'm thinking a day at vail just to say I've done it.  I have some buddies out there so I know I can get some discounts and a friend works at Steamboat, so I should be set there. 

 

Is there somewhere I should go that isn't worth missing?  I know Copper has some good BoGo's, which helps quite a bit as well.

post #9 of 15
My oldest only skies a couple of days a year. He's still on his PE's.
post #10 of 15
If you lean the right way on your friends for eight days you may come out better than a season pass deal. Sounds like you know about Shell gas bogo's, also liftopia works for copper and a-basin. As far as which ski areas are the best...they're all great. Steamboat has some great trees. A-Basin has impressive bump runs and hike-to extreme. The bowls at Vail are cool and expansive, but best in 6 or more inches of new snow or in soft spring conditions. Otherwise the place is groomer heaven. The high alpine bowls at Breck usually have better snow. Mixing with the 1% at Beaver Creek can be very fun. Copper has a little bit of everything. Getting your friends to show you parking secrets and the good terrain at any of these mtns beats wandering around on your own. They all have a lot of acreage for amazing exploring or frustrating confusion. I used 84mm skis for about 30 days out west last year. 107mm skis for about 15.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 


Thanks James,

 

I appreciate the advice.  I can ski groomers all day back east, that's not what I'm there for.  That being said, I know any of these mountains can be a great time so I think playing the deal game might be in my best interest. 

 

I have a couple buddies who I'm going to sit down with and figure out some of the ropes.  Unfortunately a couple days may be by myself, but I'll A: have a plan, and B: I'm very good at meeting people and may be able to tag along with a couple guys who know what they are doing.

 

Everybody says Vail is incredible.  I don't doubt that, but is it worth the astronomical lift ticket right now? or something I could do a couple years down the road once my cash flow is improved from my recently finished MBA? 

post #12 of 15

If you have an MBA, you can also realize that Time is a resource.  If you Truly are going to be using your MBA to it's full earning potential, you potentially will be working 80hours a week once you get a job.So if you are on a good track for a high paying job, you can spend Money now (possibly going into some debt) while you are Time Rich, and make it up later, when you are time poor but money rich.  

However this is only something you can judge and your own perspective to personal finance. If this bankrupts you and puts you on the street it's not a good decision.

 

You're already sunk cost into the trip, so you better maximize your time there to have an experience you want to check off.

 

From a pure valuation standpoint, Vail is NOT worth it, because there's this thing called the Epic Pass, or even the Epic Local or Tahoe Local gives you days at Vail.   The day prices are kept artificially high in order to protect the value of the Pass.  If you take a survey of skiers skiing at vail, a bulk of people are going to be paying way lower for day's lift ticket.  

 

It's the same as if you walked up to an airline counter at the airport and bought a same day ticket..  

At a minimum, if you end up buying a day ticket, be sure to buy a couple days ahead online for the best price.

post #13 of 15

If you know about a week out which days and which hills you will be alone at you could post here to see if anyone else is gonna be there that day and willing to make a few runs with you.

For example, see this thread for Steamboat:  http://www.epicski.com/t/142245/skiing-at-steamboat-for-the-2015-16-season-post-up-your-dates-and-lets-make-some-turns

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by caseracekc View Post
 

Breck, Veil, & Steamboat

 

Still up in the air, working on deals at the moment.  I messed up on the season's pass this year and didn't think I'd be able to go out west so I didn't get one that would give me any tickets out there.

 

Any advice?  I'll be in Dillon for 4 nights that's all I have nailed down. 


If you don't have an epic pass, skip Brek and ski Copper and A-basin instead.  You can find good deals on Liftopia or the area web sites.  You just have to plot it out in advance to get those deals.  Also look at Loveland for high bang for your front range ski buck.  Or Winter Park/Mary Jane.  The theme here is ski one day at Vail if you absolutely must collect a pin for your ball cap, but generally skip the Vail Resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Brek, Keystone) if you don't have an Epic Pass.  You won't be missing anything. . .  promise.

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

Ray... I am currently in finance and got my MBA in finance.  It's a valid point and one that needs to be considered. 

 

Lewy, that seems to be the theme.  I am in no way married to Vail or the rest of those and honestly wouldn't be surprised if I end up in Denver in the next few years anyways so I can always ski them then. 

 

James, I was looking through the threads hoping for some snow bunnies, but it looks like I'll be settling for some powder hogs.  Worth a shot! 

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