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4 days in Summit Co this coming weekend

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
My friends and I have booked a trip to Summit County for this up coming weekend from Thursday through Sunday. We got a real good deal on lodging in Breckenridge and we'll have a rental car with us. The weather also seems to be favoring us with a nice dump expected right before our arrival

I'm trying to decide which mountains to ski over the four full days that we'll be there (arriving Wed night and leaving late Sun night).

To describe a bit about my skiing: I skied Alta, Lake Louise and Sunshine last season and can pretty much ski most double blacks except straight chutes. I do love powder (bowls, trees, etc), but praticing form on some nice blue groomers once in a while is also enjoyable. I'm also headed to St. Anton in Austria in Jan for 5 days of Alpine skiing

I haven't skiied Colorado before, but my friends have done Vail, A-Basin and Copper and they say Vail is the biggest and gets the most snow and they want to do two days there. I'm not really for skiing the biggest mountain, but rather one that has nice lines and good snow.

Which hills would you recommend that we do, keeping in mind the new snow that will be falling soon... I'm thinking Breck, A-Basin, Copper and Vail.

(new snow will be nice, but this coming Thursday looks to be very cold - high of 10 F!)
post #2 of 16
i'd take vail,abasin and keystones outback for trees over breck. you'll get plenty of bowls at vail. you'll have good bowls at copper, but i wasnt impressed w/ anything else there.
post #3 of 16
It's early and the REALLY fun stuff isn't covered enough yet. Check the snow depth reports just before arriving. IF the predicted storm gets here (actually forecast for the western mtns) things should improve.

Vail/BC has a pretty minimal base right now on the lower and mid-mtn. Per Faisasy who skied Copper the other day....things are a bit thin there.

Keystone where they make snow was pretty good the other day. I think at this point the closest thing to off-piste (but still in-bounds) is 6 chair at Breck. Most of Peak 9 there is in very good shape. Some of Peak 10 is open.

If you are really planning on skiing some steep and deep...bring the following:

Rock skis
extra P-Tex
Your best rope ducking skills
money for bond (in case your rope ducking skills are marginal)

It is actually some good early season skiing, just that, as usual, at this time of year the steep stuff hasn't enough cover.

Loveland appears to be in the best shape here.
post #4 of 16
Uncle Louie gives some good info and I would definately make Loveland the choice on Saturday.
post #5 of 16
It's been really warm here...if you are bringing your own skis. I would not go anywhere except runs where they have blown snow.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by jay_p View Post
It's been really warm here...if you are bringing your own skis. I would not go anywhere except runs where they have blown snow.
Don't get out much do ya?

Loveland by far has the best coverage. With a foot to two feet expected to fall in the next few days. The groomers that are open are fine. I haven't had any problems with hitting rocks and such.
The backcountry has been much the same, thin, but if you choose wisely you're not hitting stuff.

The conditions should be a world of difference by Thursday. I think Loveland will be the best, just because they got the loins share from the last snow. Coverage is pretty good there.

Vail might be alright if they get hit as hard as it is being predicted. Otherwise I would stay in Summit county with the higher elevations.
post #7 of 16
you people need to get out of the city and into the mountains more often. Even tho' it's been hot on the front range, it's been cold enough the last 3 days for everybody to blow snow again. Big storm coming in tonight through Thursday, and another small storm (1 - 3") on Saturday.
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Awesome, thanx for the tips.

Regarding Loveland, I've read on here that it's a relatively small resort compared to the others but as you say usually has the best coverage for early season. Also, being small, would it be more crowded this weekend, that too with a new dump coming through?

I guess we'll play it by ear...
post #9 of 16
Here is the Breckenridge forecast for the next few days:

Local Text Forecast for
Breckenridge, CO (80424)


Nov 27 Tonight
Snow showers and a steadier snow developing late. Low 21F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 90%. Snowfall around one inch.

Nov 28 Tomorrow
Variable clouds with numerous snow showers or flurries expected. High 26F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 80%.

Nov 28 Tomorrow night
Snow likely. Low 7F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 80%. 2 to 4 inches of snow expected.
Nov 29 Wednesday
Snow showers. Highs in the low teens and lows -3 to -7F.

Nov 30 Thursday
Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun. Highs in the low teens and lows 2 to -2F.

Dec 1 Friday
Snow showers at times. Highs in the mid 20s and lows in the upper single digits.

Dec 2 Saturday
Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 20s and lows in the upper single digits.

Dec 3 Sunday
Plenty of sun. Highs in the low 20s and lows in the upper single digits.

Dec 4 Monday
Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 20s and lows in the low teens.

Dec 5 Tuesday
Abundant sunshine. Highs in the upper 20s and lows in the low teens.


The bulk of the storm is forecast to hit west of Summit County.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by JamminSki View Post
Awesome, thanx for the tips.

Regarding Loveland, I've read on here that it's a relatively small resort compared to the others but as you say usually has the best coverage for early season. Also, being small, would it be more crowded this weekend, that too with a new dump coming through?

I guess we'll play it by ear...
Loveland is smaller compared to the mega resorts but it's plenty big. It's probably the least crowded to boot. Everyone buys season passes that get's them multiple resorts. Probably 80% of the Front Range sliders have a 5 mtn pass (Keystone, Breck, A-basin, Vail, Beaver Creek) or a Super Pass (Copper/Winterpark). Loveland is all by it's lonesome and therefore a lot less crowded. I think you'll be surprised by Loveland. I've been down on the place for a number of years, but everytime I go there I have a blast. The place is a real gem.
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
Yeah, that's the thing... my friend wants to get a 4 day pass that'll get us 2 days at Vail and 2 days elsewhere (Breck, A-Basin, etc) leaving Loveland out. I think I really want to try it, but maybe I'll just have to come back by myself later in the season...
post #12 of 16
I hear ya. Same 'ol blue Vail is all I have to say about that place. Still they are getting nailed with snow as I type this. Should be a decent weekend for you. Looks like maybe a little refresher snow on Friday too. Just a few inches, but it may be enough to make things really nice for ya.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
I need some help regarding tuning my skis. I meant to do it a long time ago, but other trips and work travel and what not made me miss giving them to a local ski shop to tune them up for this trip (edge sharpening and a wax job).

I'm arriving in Breck around 9 pm on Wed. Would I be able to drop these off at a ski shop in town for a tune up for pickup the next morning? Or should I just do the tune up over lunch at the base somewhere?
post #14 of 16
You probably won't need to worry about sharp edges. This ain't the ice coast out here. You could easily get a wax done at the resort while at lunch. They might do a quick file on the edges for you too.
If you saw the edges I have been using you wouldn't worry about your skis.
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Yeah, that's what I figured about the edges. I ran a sharpening stone over the edges and will see if more is needed. I think just getting the skis waxxed shouldn't take that long. Thanx for the help
post #16 of 16
I just got back from a very similar trip: goal of 4 days 4 resorts in Summit Co + Vail. This was my first trip to CO so here are my first-timer impressions.

We ended up hitting Vail, Beaver Creek, Breck and Loveland in that order.

Without the back bowls open, I thought Vail was OK but not great. High up was good if you're OK with doing blues all day, but stuff like lower Riva Ridge was closed, and anything that was a true black was an adventure in early season conditions. With the snow they are getting now, that might help fill in those blacks.

Beaver Creek was a mistake, not enough open. They'll have the race going, which'll make it a nightmare anyways. Because of the race the whole BOP side was closed while we were there even though it would have had reasonable snow.

Breck had really nice cruisers, but Peak 8 wasn't quite open yet (after an aborted effort over the weekend). Bet they'll open it soon though.

Loveland was outstanding. Granted this was the only one that I caught a real powder day on. And it's an unassuming place with 100% fixed grip. But it has great terrain, and a nice feel: it's a place for skiing and skiers (or boarders), not for showing off or for fleecing out of towners who stay for a week and ski only where they stay.
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