Originally Posted by devo
several dads and sons will be traveling to colorado for a long weeekend in Feb '07. We have three days of free tickets to our choice of the resorts mentioned in the title. The skiers and boarders enjoy challenging runs. I would say we're in the 7 to 8+ range of ability. Any recommedations for resorts? accomodations, rental/shuttle buses etc???
I look forward to hearing from all.
I've skied that area on vacation for the last five years, here's my take:
Beaver Creek, never made there.
Keystone- Didn't like it. Not that it's a bad mountain, but it kind of reminded me of a larger version of Killington in Vermont. It's not what I go out West for ! I didn't find conditions on par with other areas. The outback area had some decent terrain.
Brek- My hands down choice for families, especially if you like groomers.
I found Brek very easy to get around. You need to look at it as a collection of mountain peaks, each with it's own personality. ( If memory serves, my favorite is peak ten, it's got the best collection of challenging terrain) You also have bowl skiing, and to the right of the tow that gets you to the top, there's usually a groomed run that is an "on piste" bailout if you think that the bowl is too much for your group. I feel that Brek has the most diverse choices, so it's good for all levels of skier.
Vail- My FAVE ! Vail has an extensive collection of groomed runs down the front, but I've never skied them ! (because........) I just LOVE the back bowls ! The Bowls can get VERY challanging, so make sure that you know what you're getting into before you leap ! There's an easy trail that runs down China bowl, and you can traverse over to the blue sky bowl for easy bowl skiing. WARNING ! This trip to the Blue sky area can be hell for snow boarders ! It's not so easy for them to traverse the "flats". They would love the groomers down the front of Vail though. ( although you can run into some traversing there too)
MY Favorite Vail trick..... DO NOT park in the main parking lot where the gondola is ! Everyone does that, but that's not the problem. You'll spend hours going from trail to trail, chair to chair to get to the back bowls. Instead, park in the " Lions Head" Area. ( some one back me up, did I remember the name correctly ?) You take a chair up about 2/3rds of the way, and ski down a bit to a chair that drops you off at the bowls.
I would ski Vail one day no matter what, and I'd let the snow conditions guide me the other two days. One day at Vail, one at Brek, and one at Beaver Creek seems like an awesome trip to me.