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6 Day Trip to Breck - Worth Hitting A-Basin?

post #1 of 17
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My family and I are going to Breckenridge in about a week for 5-6 days of skiing. We have a Summit Pass and so we can also ski A-Basin if we want. Is it worth a day trip to A-Basin as well? We have ski in/semi-ski out accommodations at Breck so I know that a road trip might meet resistance from the youngsters.
post #2 of 17

Breck is a big ski area with lots of varied terrain, but if you get bored, take a trip over to A-basin.  It's a dramatically different vibe than Breck. and has in my experience, the most challenging runs (off the pali chair or on the east wall) in the Summit or Eagle county areas.  

post #3 of 17

How old are the kids?   How many hours a day will you ski Breck?

 

I just skied 4 days at Whitefish and didn't come close to skiing all the runs.

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How old are the kids?   How many hours a day will you ski Breck?

 

I just skied 4 days at Whitefish and didn't come close to skiing all the runs.

Kids are 12 and almost 10.  Not sure how many hours we will ski.  It will somewhat depend on their ability to adjust to the altitude.  They are both pretty good skiers.  I am sure we will not hit everything at Breck.  I was just wondering if there was anything special about A-Basin to warrant the drive over.  Breck will not be 100% open when we are there as I believe they are closing all lifts except the Peak 8 lifts on the 17th.

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Breck is a big ski area with lots of varied terrain, but if you get bored, take a trip over to A-basin.  It's a dramatically different vibe than Breck. and has in my experience, the most challenging runs (off the pali chair or on the east wall) in the Summit or Eagle county areas.  

 

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Breck is a big ski area with lots of varied terrain, but if you get bored, take a trip over to A-basin.  It's a dramatically different vibe than Breck. and has in my experience, the most challenging runs (off the pali chair or on the east wall) in the Summit or Eagle county areas.  

 

I agree that trying one day at A-Basin would be a fun option if you will be skiing and staying in Breck for nearly a week. In fair weataher it's a fairly easy and scenic drive, perhaps go up to Loveland pass for a moment after skiing A-Basin if pretty late afternoon. Not sure current status, but in "everything open conditions" the terrain at A-Basin is predominantly geared towards advanced-experts, although adventurous novice-intermediates should be able to enjoy one day there.
post #6 of 17

Second the idea of adding a side trip after skiing to Loveland Pass.  Especially if the kids haven't been to a western ski area that is more for locals or knowledgeable travelers.  As opposed to ski resorts like Breck, Keystone, Copper.  Some day they may be wanting to know where to ski that has lower cost lift tickets. ;)

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Second the idea of adding a side trip after skiing to Loveland Pass.  Especially if the kids haven't been to a western ski area that is more for locals or knowledgeable travelers.  As opposed to ski resorts like Breck, Keystone, Copper.  Some day they may be wanting to know where to ski that has lower cost lift tickets. ;)

They did love Alta for what it's worth. 

post #8 of 17

I would definitely recommend a day at A-Basin. I predict one of the two things observations will occur:

 

1) "Man this place is nowhere near as good as Breck! It's small and has few food options. I'm sure glad we're doing so many days at Breck."

 

2) "Man this place rocks! There's hardly anyone here, and it's a funky vibe. I'm sure glad we spent a day here."

 

So either way, you've learned something and gotten some appreciation for a different mountain.

post #9 of 17

Yeah, for sure. It's not a bad drive and A-Basin is a really unique, old-school ski area. It's small but the terrain is amazing and the views are spectacular.

 

Just make sure your GPS takes you over Swan Mountain Drive and not all the way through Frisco.

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Just make sure your GPS takes you over Swan Mountain Drive and not all the way through Frisco.

Definitely. Unless the roads are icy or slick.

Swan Mountain is very scenic, but can be harrowing in bad weather.

post #11 of 17

Go.  A-Basin is a lot like a smaller version of Alta.  Just make sure its a clear day as a lot of the area is above the treeline and not fun in poor visibility.  And go via Swan Mountain Road.  Much shorter and more scenic route.

post #12 of 17
Just don't do it on a high winds day.
post #13 of 17

Definitely worth the trip over for the views alone! 

post #14 of 17
Well? Did you go to A-Basin? Are you glad you did?
post #15 of 17
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We did go and we had a great time!  My daughter really liked it.  The Alta comparison was apt in her mind.  It was a great day -- about 50-55, sunny and fantastic conditions.  We had BBQ at the Black Mountain Lodge, soaking in the sun and the great GD tunes, with Avery IPA on tap.  I could easily enjoy making it my main mountain if i lived in Denver, especially when they are selling season passes for $350!  It obviously is a very different vibe from Breck, and it is not much of a resort.  But that didn't matter.  The skiing was fantastic!

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We did go and we had a great time!  My daughter really liked it.  The Alta comparison was apt in her mind.  It was a great day -- about 50-55, sunny and fantastic conditions.  We had BBQ at the Black Mountain Lodge, soaking in the sun and the great GD tunes, with Avery IPA on tap.  I could easily enjoy making it my main mountain if i lived in Denver, especially when they are selling season passes for $350!  It obviously is a very different vibe from Breck, and it is not much of a resort.  But that didn't matter.  The skiing was fantastic!

 

 

Glad you like the Basin.  And appreciated my comment that it was like a smaller version of Alta.  The Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain is my favorite spot in all of Summit County for lunch or a quick break.  Best deal out there is the Keystone/A-Basin pass for $299.  Just some holiday restrictions. 

post #17 of 17

A-Basin is the best local/family mountain in Summit, imho.  Rent a pick-up or a van, fill with beverages, buy a small Weber bbq charcoal, hotdogs, burgers, etc., back your truck onto "The Beach", drop the bed, set up the lawn chairs, start the grill, ski over to the lift and get a run in.  Come back, throw on some dogs, burgers on the low coals, go for another run. Eat when you get back down. Have a drink. Repeat. 

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