Originally Posted by pedalbiker
Just made reservations last night for a long weekend in Colorado February 1-5. Will get in 3 days of skiing, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Will probably be staying and skiing at Breck but am curious about travel time between Breck and A Basin? More than likely we'll have a car how is the parking situation at A Basin?
Also how do the two resorts compare to each other? I skied vail last spring and loved it, but have never been elsewhere out west.
What would normal temps be in Feb?
In my opinion....
Breck is a GREAT town and basecamp for a trip, but the mountain is not worth skiiing if you like challenging pitches. What is available is very short and very crowded. And you spend a long time trying to get there (on the mountain) if you don't select the right base from which to head up. Furthermore, the wind at that altitude often shuts down the new lift, closing off all but the bowl off the T-bar. Also, Chair 6 gets ridiculously crowded, which makes the Imperial Express (new high altitude lift) tough to get to even if open.
There is a good bit of fun terrain between Peaks 8 & 9 if you like trees and bumps. However, the pitches are short and you have to be mindful of peeling off early enough to catch Chair E, or you'll end up on the SuperConnect, which can flat suck on the weekends......
A-Basin is a great skiers mountain. As noted, there are next-to-no facilities on the hill. In addition to the mogul runs notes, the East Wall area can be lots of fun with good coverage.
Avg Feb temps vary wildly, but (if things are average) temps in the low 30s during the day and single digits and below at night. At that elevation, it can get quite cold.
Personally, I would rank the summit county mountains as follows:
1) Copper (just b/c it has more terrain than A-Basin)
It's all about personal preference, and you might find Breck outstanding. Just happens not to be a favorite of mine. Be happy to show y'all around Copper if I'm up there that weekend...IM me anytime.