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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I'm a true beginner, headed to Summit County CO this coming February. I've heard about Schoolmarm at Keystone. Any other recommendations for good green terrain at Breck, Keystone, Copper and Winterpark? Does and Don'ts I should be aware of (like avoiding the raccoon goggle sunburn)? I'll be skiing for a month here in the east before heading out and expect to take additional lessons on day 1 and 2 in Summit County. Thanks! [img]tongue.gif[/img]
post #2 of 18
I went to Keystone last year in NOV. when very few trails were open. Schoolmarm is the easiest trail I hae ever skied, either east or west. Keystone also has a very impressive ski school, which you should check out! Good luck, and welcome to Epicski! [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #3 of 18
beginner,
Welcome to Epic ski, I have not skied Keystone yet but I'm sure you will find lots to ski on. There are several people from Summit county that frequent epicski so I'm sure you will get lots of suggestions and offers to join you for a day or 2 while you are out there. Beginners are welcome here all the time. It's always good to get a fresh perspective.
post #4 of 18
Another run at Keystone you might like is Springdipper, Hardly ever anyone on it. Schoolmarm can get pretty crowded. Springdipper starts as a blue then changes to a green run. It is a very easy blue run.

You might also try Ski Cooper if you will have a car. They have 2 for 1 coupons on their web site. Its a great mountain for beginners!
post #5 of 18
Beginner,

Welcome. I skied Summit last year (Key, Breck and A-Basin) and got my girlfriend's days started on the greens at the three mountains. There's plenty at Keystone but you will also find a friendly and generous expanse of welcoming green terrain on the lower half of Peak 9 at Breckenridge.
Easy to find - it's the main way up from the base - and it is true green, rolling like a big carpet back down to the Quicksilver Chair.
Also, if you get to the point where you want to try a few blues, there are lifts within easy access that will go to the top of Peak 9, from where there is a wide variety of blues that drop down to mid-mountain, back into the green terrain. If possible, hit Breck on a weekday. That area on a weekend is going to see plenty of traffic. Still, if you're looking for some legitimate green stuff, it's there.
Have a great time.
post #6 of 18
Beginner,

Hang out at Copper and ski the American Flyer and American Eagle lifts. High speed quads that serve really great, blue cruisers. Then, go up to the Timberline lift - same story.

Have a great year, drop a line when you're out. I'm at Copper all the time. So is my pal, Bob Barnes
post #7 of 18
The runs on the front side of keystone either the blues or the greens are suitable for beginners, Copper's front side is good too. Blues are a little bit more difficult at Copper, so I would stick to the greens there. Do no go to Breck as a beginner, the beginner trails are too flat and you will spend too much time poling as you will not be bringing enough speed into the flats at the bottom of 9.

Obviously midweek is the best time to go to any place in Summit county as weekends are very crowded on the beginner terrain especially. The nice thing about Copper and Keystone are there runs on the front side are nice and long, so you'll get lots of practice!!! Enjoy and pray for snow!!
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
Keep the tips coming. I'll be in Summit County from a Sunday through Friday the week before President's Day weekend. No weekend warriors. We've got a house about 3 miles south of Breckenridge so we can get to Keystone, Breck and Copper without a problem. Winter Park will be on the way back on Friday. Thanks for all the advice. From the sounds of it, I'll be recommending to my friend that we hit Keystone first as a warm up for Breck and Copper.
post #9 of 18
widespread is absolutely right about the flats at breck to which i alluded. anyone with a few ski days will definitely quickly tire of the pancake quality of the area there. i included it only because i was thinking in terms of "true beginner," in which case the gentleness might have been a welcome first few steps. otherwise, though, yes, it can get tedious very quickly.
post #10 of 18
If you are a true beginner you'll probably want the trails you're skiing on to be in an area where there are mostly greens. At many resorts the green runs are at the bottom of the mountain and ofter the last parts of the higher level blue and black runs. If this is the case, you'll have lots of fast skiers zooming by you on the green runs just trying to get to the lifts. I suggest looking at trail maps online and trying to find the Summit Co. resort that has lots of green runs which are completely separated from blue and black runs. I've never been to Copper Mtn. but have heard that the mountain is naturally separated pretty well by skill level. To find the trail maps just go to the resorts website. Hope this helps. Have a great trip.
post #11 of 18
Best greens in the county, IMO, are on the west end of Copper, at Union Creek. The advantage of Copper is that the beginner's slopes are isolated from the others, and you don't have supersonic advanced skiers mixed in. The slopes there are wide open and uncrowded. Only disadvantage is that they are served by beginner's lifts (fixed triples), which, because they serve beginners, tend to stop a lot.

I never liked Schoolmarm at Keystone because all the nice wide easies funnel down into a very narrow, crowded run at the bottom of the mountain.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 07, 2001 07:22 AM: Message edited 2 times, by Paul W ]</font>
post #12 of 18
Also a Copper fan here. Would second the recommendation for the Union Creek area at the west end of Copper. On weekends in particular, The Flyer and the Eagle can get quite crowded, along with the Kokomo and High Point lifts out of Union Creek. Shouldn't be a problem for you midweek, though. If you don't mind riding a slower chair (fixed triple), stay above the Union Creek traffic jam and ski the Lumberjack lift. It never has a crowd on it, even when the maze is overflowing on the Kokomo lift. It serves a wonderful green cruiser with a nice 'rollercoaster' seriers of pitches on it. When you get tired of it, you can cut over from the top of Lumberjack to the bottom of the Timberline to test yourself on some steeper blue cruisers like American Flyer. If you'd like to get up towards the top of mountain without having to mess with steeper blue terrain and mix with faster skiers, take the Flyer up and cut over from the top of the Flyer to the Rendevous lift. Again, a slower chair, but never crowded, serves a very gentle (it's too flat for some folks) green cruiser. Can be quite fun if they have a dump of fresh snow when you are out there.

Finally, I think Copper also runs an excellent ski school. Everyone in my family has taken lessons there and we haven't had a bad experience yet.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ October 16, 2001 07:32 AM: Message edited 1 time, by Tag ]</font>
post #13 of 18
Copper and Keystone would be my choices with Copper edging out Keysstone if you are not going to do any night skiing. Keystone does have some good beginner terrain at the top of the front mountain that should be a nice way to start out and not feel like you are confined to the 'kiddy corral'. Copper just feels like a much bigger mountain on the beginner side and is very well segregrated for the beginner. Good Luck [img]tongue.gif[/img]
post #14 of 18
Excellent points about Copper and it's natural skier segragation. I took some of my nieces and nephews there on a weekend to learn to ski and hung out by the union creek side (skier's left side of the mountain), and it was nice a gentle and not too crowded, but enough of a pitch to keep you moving along. Definitely try them all though.
1. Copper
2. Keystone
3. Breckenridge
post #15 of 18
Even though Schoolmarm is easy, its wicked crowed. Be careful in early season. Someone mentioned Spring Dipper in a different thread . Marked Blue, but not all that tough.
post #16 of 18
I'd consider skiing Loveland during the time frame you are talking about. Great beginner terrain and substantially fewer people. I ski there with my family when I'm not teaching because it's a great place to ski, it has more local flavor, and it is substantially safer imho.
post #17 of 18
As an FYI the Union Creek area at Copper is not scheduled to open until Thanksgiving week. There is an expansion of the cafeteria area in progress (yeah) and infrastructure work being done on Roundabout (ie, preparation for real estate developement)-the beginners first trail off a chair.
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
Gotta love this board. Thanks for the great tips. Also just found out I'm headed with a friend to Vermont (Bromley area) in January. Woohoo! Let it snow! By the time I'm in Summit County, I should have my ski legs!!
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