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post #1 of 20
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Fellow Bears I am leaving for Colorado on Monday evening for 5 days of skiing. I am definitely doing 2 days at Vail and was planning on 2 at Breck. The last day was either going to be Keystone, Copper or Steamboat (Leaning heavily to Steamboat).

Can I get opinions on whether I should modify and do 2 days at Steamboat and only one day at Breck.
post #2 of 20
I'll leave the commentary to some of the locals, but here is my answer on Steamboat:

post #3 of 20
I would ditch Breck altogether for Steamboat. The Boat is way better in all aspects and the storms are favoring that region big time this year. There is nothing quite like Steamboat during and right after a big dump.
post #4 of 20
Ditch Vail too and do ALL of your days at the Steamboat!
post #5 of 20
Based on the daily snow condition reports I've been reading about Steamboat, it seems like they are getting dumped on every other day. They had record snow fall for the month of November. And if you don't want crowds, then the 'boat in early December will look like a ghost town compared to Vail.
post #6 of 20
I've been to all of those resorts except Cooper and I suggest you just go to Steamboat. Maybe go there first. If you do, I don't think you will leave.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by Toadman
And if you don't want crowds, then the 'boat in early December will look like a ghost town compared to Vail.
Hopefully, crowds anywhere won't be an issue since the only day I will ski on a weekend will be the 17th which was gonna be steamboat. Looks like I will definitely cut up there early.
post #8 of 20
I like Steamboat, but Steamboat, Vail and Breckinridge in 5 days is too much driving for me. If you are looking for steeps, Copper and A-Basin would be my choices in Summit County. If you are flying into Eagle County, a drive to Aspen is worthwhile.
On the other hand, hand, if it's dumping in Steamboat, go for it.

BK
post #9 of 20
3 days Vail, 2 days Steamboat, no-brainer!
post #10 of 20
Ditto. 3 Vail 2 Steamboat
post #11 of 20
One thing you might want to think about: the Northwestern University ski trip is to Steamboat this year, December 10 - 16. And 1000 kids are going. So it might not be quite as much of a ghost town as you might think.
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by tennisets
One thing you might want to think about: the Northwestern University ski trip is to Steamboat this year, December 10 - 16. And 1000 kids are going. So it might not be quite as much of a ghost town as you might think.
I think you are mistaken unless you are going. This link says the ski trip is January 31st to February 5th:

http://www.alumni.northwestern.edu/calendar/?Event=649
post #13 of 20

steamboat!!

no comparison! go to steamboat! even with 1000 kids still great skiing, good mobility around the mountain - only time you will probably see them is in the gondola line, in the morning and if you get up early, i bet you'd miss them. Ski the storm peak lift and you will totally miss them (they will all head to sunshine lift and spend the day there). Not the steeps you might find at Abasin but still, lots of runs with good pucker factor:

and a fun town, good mexican at fiesta jalisco, the rio is 'way too crowded but reports are that it does make excellent margaritas.

steamboat doesn't (usually) have the fur and bogner crowd, much nicer (JMHO) atmosphere than front range skiing, lots of events for whole families, good ski school, stay on the mountain - shouldn' t be too expensive this time of year

i'm biased, lived in CO five years and still have a condo in steamboat, which I got after skiing and appraising crowds and traffic patterns (!!!) heading up I-70. Yuck.

have fun, skip vail!!!
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by montana mags

have fun, skip vail!!!
I am still going to the Boat, but check my new post called Vail Bendover
post #15 of 20

Vail perhaps, Breck out

I agree with the others. Perhaps ditch Vail but sure forget Breckenridge. Steamboat (Mt. Werner) is a real mountain, ski top to bottom like it's meant to be. Avoid the tourist trap restaurants at the base of Mt. Werner though. I suppose there's weekend in it. Be in Steamboat for maximum distance to Denver.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by migibs
I think you are mistaken unless you are going. This link says the ski trip is January 31st to February 5th:

http://www.alumni.northwestern.edu/calendar/?Event=649
Different trip. This one is for students. And yes, I'm going.

Good deal too. About $500 for five days of skiing, 6 nights lodging, and my airfare and shuttle ticket. I'm pumped for this trip, and I'll definitely stay away from Sunshine Lift (I'm assuming that's the lift to the beginner terrain). Nice load of snow they've gotten this week too.
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by tennisets
Different trip. This one is for students. And yes, I'm going.

Good deal too. About $500 for five days of skiing, 6 nights lodging, and my airfare and shuttle ticket. I'm pumped for this trip, and I'll definitely stay away from Sunshine Lift (I'm assuming that's the lift to the beginner terrain). Nice load of snow they've gotten this week too.
So here is a question. Does your trip head for home on the 16th or 17th?

I was planning at least to ski the 16 and 17th. From the sounds of it 5 days skiing sends you home on the 16th.
post #18 of 20
Steamboat has an unbelieveable amount of snow! The paper said today that we've had snow everyday but two since Thanksgiving. Snowpack is 146% of average for this date. We've had over 10 feet of snow at the top of the mountain, and a ton of acreage is opening up this weekend. That means powder runs with absolutely no base to stop your skis from sinking. It is truly amazing floating down the mountain.
post #19 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by migibs
So here is a question. Does your trip head for home on the 16th or 17th?

I was planning at least to ski the 16 and 17th. From the sounds of it 5 days skiing sends you home on the 16th.
Yep, we're going home the 16th.
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by tennisets
Yep, we're going home the 16th.
If I do 3 days at Steamboat I will be there on the 15th. Now don't you Wildcats go tracking the place up. Save some for the Terps!
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