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Summit Vs Eagle County

post #1 of 6
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Good afternoon all,

 

I'm currently trying to plan out a ski trip out to colorado this year for spring break and was hoping to get some of your guys opinions on where to go. Currently I'm thinking about heading out there for 4 days (3/13/16 - 3/17/16) the past 3 outings I've stayed in Keystone or Dilion and mainly skiied keystone. I would rate myself as high level 5 to low level 6 skier  who typically keeps to the long groomers with great views, however I would like to get more experience ski bowls, "above the tree line," and that colorado powder I hear so much about. 

 

With that being said I currently found some good deals on lodging in Dilion, Frisco, and Avon so I was hoping to use one of those locations as my base camp, I'll have my own car so transportation shouldn't be a concern. The nice thing for me is that I have a cousin who works for vail resorts who gave me some 1/2 off lift ticket coupons so I would like to take advantage of those which and be used at any vail resort minus A-basin and Loveland. 

 

Lastly what is the drive from Silverthorn/Dillion area up to Vail/Beaver Creek like? I usually drive my FWD sedan up to summit county and have never had and problems but I've never made the trip to Eagle county so I was wondering was to except. 

 

Any thoughts or opinions would be great or if you need more background let me know. 

 

Thanks for all your help & Ideas 

Ryan 

post #2 of 6

Vail is no more than 25-30 mins from Dillon/Frisco area, and Avon is another 10 mins west, on dry roads.  Generally a very easy drive unless its snowing on Vail Pass; then it can range anywhere from slightly slower to completely closed. Your FWD car should be fine, assuming you have snow tires on it.  If one Eagle County/Summit County area has powder, they likely all do-totally storm dependent.  So, I would not pick an area ahead of time based on likelihood of powder.  Since you have good deals on lodging in both counties, were I you, I'd stay in Avon, ski Beaver Creek, ski Vail and, on one day, take a quick 20 minute (from Vail) trip back over Vail Pass and ski Copper Mountain.  You should get your fill of bowls (Vail, mostly) and above tree line skiing (Copper, mostly).  All three areas have more than enough long groomers with great views to satisfy anyone.

post #3 of 6

Looks like you are scheduling Sunday 3/13 though Thurs 3/17.  

 

That week is one of the spring break weeks for many HS and colleges, so it will be crowded.  Frisco is relatively central to a Summit and Eagle trip for lodging - Vail and Beaver creek are farther away, of course, than Breck, Keystone, A-Basin, Copper, Loveland, but not a prohibitive drive by any means.  Unless there is a snowstorm going, the drive is and easy one from Frisco to Vail and Beaver Creek.  

 

Beaver Creek will be your best bet (IMHO) for skiing on Sunday, less crowded.  Not much there in the way of bowls other than Larkspur which is a pretty mild bowl area.  Vail's back bowls area is pretty nice as is Blue Sky Basin if you want to try a bit of trees. Vail is not, however a great place for parking and hiking to actually ski.  And you can spend a LOT of time traversing to get around.  Might be a good place to hit for Monday.

 

You didn't mention Breckenridge but for trying out some bowl, and above tree line, skiing, it isn't a bad choice at all.  You've got Peak 6 and most everything off the Imperial and T-bar.  Peak 6 is for "intermediate" skiers.   The Imperial lift will definitely provide that "above tree line" feel.  Breck might be a good choice for Tues or Wed.  

 

Don't know Copper at all.

 

If you do pick Avon for lodging you'll be "commuting" against traffic, so that's a plus.  

post #4 of 6


If you want to ski mostly Vail/BC then Avon can make a lot of sense. If you want to ski Summit and V/BC then I'd lean Frisco/Breck for lodging, with Frisco being significantly more commute convenient. I'm a fan of the "Ski Town" feel and those two have it much more than Avon, which for me feels kind of Bedroom Communityish rather than Ski Townish. YMMV.

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Originally Posted by Knucklehead View Post

You've got Peak 6 and most everything off the Imperial and T-bar.  Peak 6 is for "intermediate" skiers.   The Imperial lift will definitely provide that "above tree line" feel.  Breck might be a good choice for Tues or Wed.  

A lot of those runs at Breck are likely to be too hard for a level 6.

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If you want to ski mostly Vail/BC then Avon can make a lot of sense. If you want to ski Summit and V/BC then I'd lean Frisco/Breck for lodging

Spot on advice by H2OnSnow.  Choose what you most want to ski.  Vail sounds like the best fit if you want to try skiing bowls.  It's more expensive though.  All of the ski areas you're considering have lots of groomers.  Beaver Creek and Breck each have one easy (blue and black) bowl too.  All also have bump runs which are great ways to build skills.

post #6 of 6

Stay in the area that you plan to ski most often.  The reality is you have 4 ski days.  Do you want to spend them all in the Vail Valley or do you want to ski in Summit County?   Frisco/Dillon is a bit more central than staying in Avon.

 

There isn't much of a point to stay in Avon, literally at the base of Beaver Creek to drive 45-60 minutes, over Vail Pass, past 3-4 other world class ski areas to go ski Keystone or Breckenridge when you have more than you could ever want at Beaver Creek, Vail, or Copper.  Add to the fact that just includes drive time, not the additional time to boot/gear-up, and get on the mountain.  

If you stay in Avon, I'd just stick with Vail and Beaver Creek.

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