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Breckenridge advice needed, especially condos

post #1 of 17
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I'm trying to organize this years 2-family ski trip for our February school vacation. I've pretty much settled on Breckenridge, provided the other family agrees. We usually arrive on President's day to miss the worst of the long weekend crowds and leave the following Sunday.

There are three in my family and four in the other. The aggregate children's ages are 14, 14, and 13.

Our skiing abilities and enthusiasm are all over the map, from advanced (blacks and double blacks) to intermediate (blues). Being able to have different groupings come and go at different times is very important.

Even though we spend most of the trip together, we rent separate condos so we can stay friends.

Some specific questions:

1) poking around on the internet, the search function linked from the ski areas web site seems to be pretty complete and give the same rates as going direct. Am I missing something, or is it sensible to use that search?

2) the area near the end of 4 o-clock trail looks like the best compromise between access to skiing and access to town. Is this true? Can you really walk to the lift from this area, or is that marketing spin?

3) specifically, the Sundowner and a couple other places I forget the name of show up on the search function. Does anybody know anything about those condos or others nearby?

4) is there anything for teenagers to do in the evening? Two years ago at Heavenly there was a laser tag/arcade place that was a big hit with them.

Did I miss anything else important?
post #2 of 17
hmmm. well, i've been there a lot; but not too many places. i would say that the four o clock condos have the best route to town/main st., but nothing is a long walk and if you search for summit county shuttle online, you should be able to get the maps that the shuttle takes and get a condo on a shuttle route. they run all the time in the winter.
you can also look here: http://www.hocksnest.com/map.html for a map of where the condos are related to town and here: http://www.hocksnest.com to book them. i dont know about sundowner, but inner circle and snow dallion were okay and i walk from there to peak 9 and town, but most would probably drive to main st.
post #3 of 17
look on www.vrbo.com and search for skiwatch condos. good price and location simply cant be beaten
post #4 of 17
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skicougar -
Thanks for the link. I just took a quick look, so I'm not sure if the prices are any different. I am impressed with their precision and (I presume) honesty about locations. They catagorize locations into ski-in-ski-out; ski-in, walk-to-lift; walk-to-lift; and shuttle. They also tell you how far it is to town.

freeskier22 -- Have you used vrbo? I fundamentally like the idea, and I've never heard any horror stories, but I'm a little nervous that the whole thing is basically run on the honor system.
post #5 of 17
Look at www.skivillagelodging.com I have always found them to be the cheapest except sometimes vrbo beats them. If you can swing the $$$$ look at Beaver Run....Not too bad of a walk to town (they have a shuttle too)...RIGHT at the base of Peak 9 and tons of stuff for the kids....arcades/pool etc etc. Great restraurant (Spencers) all right in the Beaver Run complex.

Avoid the "Four O'Clock" condos themselves (that would be the ones named 4 O'Clock on the road.) and any condo that is closer to town then those makes it tough to walk to the Snowflake lift, leaving you to ski down then take the shuttle to the base of Peak 9 to get to the lifts. A bit of a walk to town from there too, remember you are at about 9900' at the base of the Snowflake Lift.

There is plenty to do in downtown Breckenridge for kids of all ages....even retired ones !
post #6 of 17
We stayed at Beaver Run last year. It is a really convenient location, especially if you're going to have kids in the ski school. The classes meet right outside the back door. They have ski lockers so you don't have to haul everything back up to your room. The walk to town isn't too bad and the resort shuttle was available. You can give them a call from anywhere in town when you need to get picked up. The pool area was nice. You can swim from inside to outside (kids find that pretty cool).

I booked through Expedia and paid alot less then was listed on their website. I waited until they were running a special.
post #7 of 17
Another vote for Beaver Run and you can sometimes get very good deals directly from the ski area website by looking at the "Web Specials".

http://breckenridge.snow.com/winterhome.asp

The wife and I used it last year and scored a studio condo in January for a week for $1100 including 6 day lift tickets for both.
post #8 of 17
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Unfortunately there are no bargains to be had when we go skiing. It is school vacation week for Massachusetts and NY and maybe CT or RI. So it is not as bad as a national or local vacation week, but it is enough that the areas don't need to offer any deals. It also means there are zero frequent flyer air tickets available.

Also, I looked at the trail map again and tried to match it up with the town map. It looks like the Snowflake lift doesn't actually get you too far - just far enough to immediately return to the bottom of Peak 8 or Peak 9.
(Depending on who's together any given day, we are going to be looking for true blues to double blacks. I don't expect anyone to want greens.)


(Slightly off topic but related - one year we went on a cruise. All the people we met who were not from NY or NE asked "where the heck did all these kids come from?"
In the early stages of decision making, when the whole country was up for grabs, I checked to make sure this wasn't a CO, UT, or CA vacation week -- google for <insert city name> school district calendar works pretty well .)

As I mentioned in another thread, Vail has been put back into consideration. It looks like deluxe at Breck is about the same price as moderate at Vail. Is that true, or am I a lousy web shopper?

Specific condos aside, it sounds like you guys are saying its better to be as close as possible to the base of Peak 9 instead of the 4-oclock area. Is that right?
post #9 of 17
yeah, snowflake is up the street a bit. unless your condo is right next to it; you may have an uphill walk.
however, you can ski down 4 oclock all the way to the strret.

i think staying near peak 9 is better for lift access, walk to lift. its debateable which is better access to main street.

dont know vail.
post #10 of 17
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skicougar -
Have you used vrbo? I fundamentally like the idea, and I've never heard any horror stories, but I'm a little nervous that the whole thing is basically run on the honor system.
I've used vrbo.com about 6 times(for skiing and summer vacations) and never had a problem. Like it a lot. I got what was advertised and the people were very helpful.
post #11 of 17
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other choices like Beaver Run?

First, let me thank everyone who contributed advice here or in the parallel "Planning reset, what about Vail?" thread.

It looks like we are leaning back towards Breck again, but with our pricepoint ratcheted up a notch (ouch!). In order to make this a fun, low stress vacation for everyone we have come to realize that we need more than a place to sleep and some great skiing. (Though some of us need the great skiing, and we all need to sleep, too.)

I took a look at the Beaver Run Resort that several people recommended here. It looks like the sort of thing we want.(We are more interested in location and close or on-site things to do that we are in dee-luxe rooms, tho I realize you usually have to pay for deluxe to get the rest of the experience.)

Are there any other "resorts" in Breck that are comparable that we should check out?
post #12 of 17
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...Are there any other "resorts" in Breck that are comparable that we should check out?
Not exactly a resort, but another management company --- Quiet Pines, at highcountrylodges.com, has always been good to us. They have all sorts of properties, from condos to deluxe ski-in/ski-out houses ... maybe you can find something through them.

Good luck -- I'm not a Breck expert, so that's all I have.
post #13 of 17
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Have you used vrbo? I fundamentally like the idea, and I've never heard any horror stories, but I'm a little nervous that the whole thing is basically run on the honor system.
VRBO is great. I have used them several times. No problems
post #14 of 17
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VRBO is great. I have used them several times. No problems
Another VRBO success story:

I booked a cabin near Breck for this Christmas holiday. We had to cancel because my wife's friend found out she was pregnant and didn't want to ski. : Money was refunded (minus small fee that was in contract) with no questions... I was really pleased with how easily the whole process went and I'll definitely book through VRBO again (and hopefully be able to actually USE the rental next time!)
post #15 of 17
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So here's the end of the saga

Thanks for the advice, both here and in the parallel "Planning Reset, what about Vail?" thread.

We are going to Breck, and staying in one of the buildings in the grouping at the base of peak 9. (Quicksilver lift). It's more expensive than we really planned to spend, but still a little cheaper than Beaver Run Resort. Due to various mis-communications, our friends are staying in a ski-in-out condo at the Snowflake lift.

As usual, figuring out where condos actually are located was a major struggle. I expect that when we arrive and drive around town I'll discover I was all wrong.

Now that its settled, I can go back to daydreaming about snow:
post #16 of 17
Try www.vrbo.com (vacation rental by owner). I use it every time I travel for skiing. You deal directly with the owner (usually), so there is no management company to jack up the price. I got a real nice 2 bedroom condo in Steamboat for less than a hotel room.
post #17 of 17
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It's kinda like eBay...

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Try www.vrbo.com (vacation rental by owner). I use it every time I travel for skiing. You deal directly with the owner (usually), so there is no management company to jack up the price. I got a real nice 2 bedroom condo in Steamboat for less than a hotel room.
We did check vrbo, and also cyberrentals. I think that there are sometimes good deals, especially at off-peak times when the owners of different units are competing for limited customers.

However, when we were looking (at least by the time we all agreed on where to look) all the deals were gone. Many (maybe most) of the prices on vrbo are the same as the mainstream prices -- the owners have just decided to keep the agency fees for themselves.

I'm sure that if you are a good shopper, plan way ahead, and enjoy searching for bargains you can do well. It's no panecea, though.
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