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Vail Resorts Trip to CO

post #1 of 11
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My friends and I all have season passes at Heavenly in Tahoe and have decided to make the trip out to Colorado (the pass is good for 3 free days at Vail resorts). We'll be flying into Denver on Feb 23 and out the night of Feb 27. Realistically, we're hoping to ski that Friday, Saturday & Sunday (we know Monday would be better, but didn't want to push it with the flight).

We don't really have an agenda except that we'd like to ski one day at Vail, stay in the same place the entire weekend (Fri-Sun night) and prefer economy lodging but like to go to bars, etc. so want somewhere with a night life. We're all strong intermediate to advanced skiers and are open to any of Vail's mountains. Our initial thought was to stay in Breckenridge for the weekend, drive up to Vail for a day and ski Breck/Keystone/A Basin the other two days.

Any thoughts or advice? Any hotel/motel/hostel recommendations? Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks...
post #2 of 11
If your trying to keep costs down, then stay in Frisco, Dillon, or Silverthorne. They all have some nightlife and inexpensive lodging. I would ski Vail on Fri, Beaver Creek on Sat and Breck/Keystone/Abasin on Sunday as a crowd avoidance strategy. If you don't mind crowds, then it doesn't matter.
post #3 of 11
well, the bar scene and mountains are best are vail; but as far as i know; there is no "economy" lodging around, espicially in peak season. breck is #2 on the bar scene, but youre still not going to find a room for less than $100 a night in peak season. you'd probably have to stay in frisco for economy lodging which is about 7 miles from breck,5 from keystone and 25 from vail. i'd look into getting a condo in breck and cramming all 4 into a 1 bedroom, but thats still around $150.
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Originally Posted by skicougar
well, the bar scene and mountains are best are vail; but as far as i know; there is no "economy" lodging around, espicially in peak season. breck is #2 on the bar scene, but youre still not going to find a room for less than $100 a night in peak season. you'd probably have to stay in frisco for economy lodging which is about 7 miles from breck,5 from keystone and 25 from vail. i'd look into getting a condo in breck and cramming all 4 into a 1 bedroom, but thats still around $150.
I'm sure there are plenty of people who would disagree with your first statement (me being one of them). The bar scene at Breck is much better than Vail. Of course, that's my personal opinion- I just don't like the way the Village is, and everyone in it thinks they're gods gift to skiing. Breck is much more laid back and fun. I agree with the schedule of skiing- Vail Fri, BC Sat, and Key/Breck/AB on Sunday. That could all change with the snowfall though.
post #5 of 11
well harry, i actually like breck better myself; but most give vail the nod for # of bars/nightclubs and ease to get to them w/ the shuttle.
post #6 of 11
SkiCougar, that's very good to know.

I would think Breck would be better since everything is within walking distance... unless someone is afraid of the cold.
post #7 of 11
i agree harry. nothing better IMHO than walking down main st. to ullrs or erics while the snow is falling after a day on the slopes.
post #8 of 11
For economy lodging, definitely agree Frisco/Dillon/Silverthorn.

There are a lot of EpicSki Bears out here, too, so if you want to hook up with folks who know the areas well, this is a good place to check.
post #9 of 11
Breckenridge Mountain Lodge is cheap (though a bit nasty..) great location though, short walk to lifts and right next door to the Brewery.

post #10 of 11
shellbee, i wouldnt say nasty. its at least motel6 quality; but going to be 125 or more during peak. could probably stay in frisco at 75 or slpit a condo 4 ways for 150 in breck.
post #11 of 11
If you want to "slum it" in Vail, The Roost Lodge in West Vail is probably the lowest lodging available. Problem is , you'll be riding the shuttle back into the Village at night to eat and drink. A little bit of a hassle. I've also stayed sevral times at the former Holiday Inn in Vail , which I believe still goes by the name Chateau Vail. Its seen better days, and was supposed to be torn down with a Four Seasons replacing it, but I don't think has occurred yet. The location of Chateau Vail is great, as you are only a couple blocks into the heart of Vail Village.

The Evergreen Lodge in Lionshead is decently priced. They have a nice sports bar, and I like their food as well.

Last year on one trip we stayed in Breck and skied at Vail. Not too bad of a commute, paying for parking at $15 day hurts. Breck is a great ski town with alot of fun places to eat and drink.
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