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post #1 of 9
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Just wondering if anyone has any "local favorite" rental spots that have a great selection of demo skis to try out, along with thoughts on whatever may still exist for somewhat discounted lift tickets for the Summit County area...

 

Will be based in Frisco from 2/23 - 3/2 and plan to hit as many places as possible, A-Basin, Breck, Copper, Keystone, etc. possibly over to Vail/BC.

 

First time to that area in a couple of years so any other general recommendations on must-try restaurants and other things would be welcomed as well!

 

Thanks

post #2 of 9

Went out to Breck about 4 weeks ago.  Did not find any discount tickets- looked real hard, but they don't exist since these resorts are all associated with Vail.  Maybe you'll have better luck.

 

As for demos- it comes down to what you want to try out and then find the shop that carries the ski(s).  At least this is how I approach renting demos.  Most of the shops (at least in Breck) will be top notch.  I used Avalanche Sports and they were awesome.  Did the on-line reservation to get the discount.  When we showed up they had all our equipment out and ready to go.  Took us about 20 minutes in the shop to get our stuff for 3 people and leave.  Skied 4 days and swapped out my ski 3 times.  Great group of guys.

 

Didn't eat out at all, so no recommendations for that.

 

Have fun!

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by Chip View Post
 

Went out to Breck about 4 weeks ago.  Did not find any discount tickets- looked real hard, but they don't exist since these resorts are all associated with Vail.  Maybe you'll have better luck.

 

You won't have better luck with Breck. Keystone, Breck, Vail, and BC are all Vail Resorts properties. Your only ticket options are through their websites (www.snow.com is the overall site). A Basin can be had on many of the ticket products from the VR areas. It also has its own tickets and deals. Copper, Loveland, Winter Park are all separate from VR and each have their own ticket options and discount opportunities.

post #4 of 9
Best deal for the Vail resorts is to book a multi-day ticket for Keystone. Up to half the days can be used at Breck, Vail, or BC.
post #5 of 9
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Thanks for the suggestions, I'd forgotten that you can do a Keystone/A-Basin multi day pass that doesn't include Breck and save a few bucks.

 

I've used Alpine Sports in Breck before, will have to check out Avalance or possibly looking at Pioneer in Frisco since that's where I'll be staying and they appear to have some pretty decent demo inventory.

 

T-4 days.... hoping for some fresh stuff to play in!

 

~Mike

post #6 of 9
American ski exchange in vail is an inexpensive rental place but I think the sporting goods store in Avon is even less expensive.
post #7 of 9
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Just to close the loop for anyone else looking for similar information, I can wholeheartedly recommend PIONEER SPORTS in FRISCO for excellent staff and very fair deals on demo rentals and just an all around great bunch of people.  They have the $100 rate Copper Mountain passes and all the gear and accessories you could want.   Make your reservation on line (even the day before) and you'll get 27% off which that discount combined with their rate was by far the best of any place I investigated, including driving around to several in person upon arrival!

 

Another good option for Copper passes (this year anyway) is Shell Gas gives you a Buy One Get One voucher for spending $10 or more in gas. So that's about $72/pp

 

A Basin I found for $87-$89 by booking online as a late as the morning of our visit.

 

Keystone, Breck, Vail, etc.  as expected, no special deals.  Seems you have to decide in the fall and pick up one of the Epic options or be ready to pay rack rate, unless you have locals/season pass friends with the buddy passes.

 

Thanks for the other suggestions on rental places, etc. 

post #8 of 9

A Racers Edge in Breck has a great selection of well tuned demo skis. Priced right too.  www.aracersedge.com

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Another good option for Copper passes (this year anyway) is Shell Gas gives you a Buy One Get One voucher for spending $10 or more in gas. So that's about $72/pp

Correction: you have to buy 10 gallons (not dollars) to get the deal.  It's a good deal but sometimes tricky to get the rental car that low on gas.

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