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Copper Beeline Advantage - worth it?

post #1 of 10
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I'll be at Copper with my family from March 13-18, which is probably the Spring Break for somebody.

But since we'll be there mostly during the week (vs. a weekend) would you Copper regulars recommend that we buy the Beeline Advantage lift tickets?

Thanks!
post #2 of 10
I don't think it necesary, but if you want to get right on the lift then do it. There will be some crowds, but using the usual tricks, riding in the singles line etc, should get you plenty of lifts in a decent amount of time.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the feedback.

We're used to skiing weekends and holidays in Ontario, where you may have 200 people in front of you. So it would need to be REALLY BAD before we would have a problem.

The trouble is, I'm told by the resort that we have to commit in advance, before we can really see how crowded it is.
post #4 of 10
I don't know why you'd have to commit in advance, they usually sell them at the ticket office. I think they've been $30 added to a lift ticket, or $20 added to a pass.

You probably won't need them during the week.

I've heard they only work on 6 lifts, which are probably the base lifts and timberline.

If it's crowded, I usually only ride the base lifts once. If you are going to ride the base lifts all day, it might be worth it on the weekends.

I've never done it, but I considered it once over the holidays. We were making laps on Timberline and it got pretty crowded.

If it gets really crowded, they probably increase the prices.

When it's not crowded, it's kind of funny to watch people use it. It actually takes them longer to fiddle with the gate than it would if they just went through the regular line!
post #5 of 10
I was lucky enough to get the Beeline upgrade for free. It is the real deal. I was there on a Friday & Saturday and never waited in one line. The Beeline wait was even shorter than the singles line.
post #6 of 10
Like Lurking Bear said, the Beeline works only on a few lifts -- so it somewhat depends on what you'll be skiing. The three lifts where they can be very useful are the American Eagle, American Flyer, and Timberline, where the lines can be very long. If you'll be making laps off those (mostly blues and greens), then the Beeline may be useful. If you spend your time in the bowls or East Village, it may not be worth it because lift-lines are usually very short or non-existent (in the bowls).

Just my $0.02.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lurking bear
I don't know why you'd have to commit in advance, they usually sell them at the ticket office. I think they've been $30 added to a lift ticket, or $20 added to a pass.
When booking the lodging reservation I asked about the Beeline, and I'm pretty sure that I was told I had to tell them before arrival.

In any case, based on the advice given I think we'll take our chances with the regular lift tickets. Where I ski there's no such thing as "base lifts", so we're pretty excited!
post #8 of 10
I don't know if I'll be able to post some pics I took of the lift lines at Copper on 1/24/06 about noon time. There was basically no wait; most of the chutes were completely empty.

Unfortunately, I doubt the lines will be this short in mid-March (I'm planning to be there week of March 6 with my brother).

The good news is that all of the Rockies have been blessed with so much snow, you should have a great time. Enjoy!
post #9 of 10
The entire month of march is pretty crowded ... everyone is taking vacation. The Denver/Front Range crowd is influenced by weather. Special Olympics rolls in in March, too. So -- potentially -- midweek could be just as busy as weekends.

Gauge the price difference between a regular ticket and a beeline -- how much is skipping ALL base lift lines worth to you?

Also ... the beeline price is regular ticket +$20 (daily purchase) or a season pass holder can go to a window and pay $20 for a day pass.

IMHO -- it's worth it. I had friends who came out to visit in January and they loved it.
post #10 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by klkaye
. So -- potentially -- midweek could be just as busy as weekends.
During March there are a lot of Spring Breck destination skiers and front rangers begin to tire of skiing. So, the difference between weekday and weekend crowds becomes less signficant.

But, the crowds are not nearly signficant enough for me to stay home. In fact, I usually take March off and ski every day because the conditions are so good and I enjoy the spring break atmosphere. I should get 25 days in this March.

Personally, I'd much rather be out in 45 degree sunny weather and have to wait a couple minutes in line as opposed to 25 degrees, cloudy, and riding up lifts alone, which is the norm weekdays in the winter.

Steve
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