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Best Resort for Low Intermediates in Summit County

post #1 of 19
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We plan to make a family trip to Colorado March 17 -20. We will fly to Denver and I wish to find a resort with good low intermediate terrrain. I have been to Keystone and I do not recall many low intermediate runs. Someplace within driving distance of Denver that has terrain like Elk Camp at Snowmass would be great.

Thanks
post #2 of 19
Breckenridge and/or Copper is your best bet.
post #3 of 19
I haven't skied Copper since I got hurt there 2 years ago so can't speak much about it. However, Breckenridge has some real nice terrain for lower intermediates. Peaks 8 and 9 have nice greens and greeny-blue runs, and if you're feeling adventurous, head over to Peak 7 for some really fun rolling blues. The town is nice--if you're looking for ski-in/ski-out, Beaver Run is a good option, though there's others to choose from too. Have lots of fun!
post #4 of 19
Stay away from Arapahoe Basin and Winter Park. I'd probably say Breckenridge. It's a fairly big mountain and has plenty of green/blue terrain for you. There's lodging options about 10-15 minutes down the road. I wouldn't drive back to Denver though on Saturday or Sunday (especially Sunday) b/c it can take FOREVER with the weekend traffic on I-70. Also, think about Vail. Tons of terrain and only about 20 or so minutes down the road on I-70 from Dillon.
post #5 of 19
My wife loves the elk camp chair at snowmass, I believe the ski run is called "Bull Run" but we have not been there in 10 years. We have been going to Summit County for the last two years and we always have to spend at least two days at Copper Mt. My wife loves the chair at the top of the mountain "Rendezvous" (fixed triple) she always comments on how it reminds her of Snowmass, it's a green run and is very simaler to the elk camp chair from there you can ski all the way to the base and back up the American Flyer. I always tell the kids we just skied 2,500 verticle feet, its a great family ski run for all abilities. Copper has a great layout, looking at the mountain greens on the right, blues in the middle, black on the left. If you go, eat at the east village, they have a $3.99 pasta bar, great deal since we have to feed three children.
post #6 of 19
My wife loves the elk camp chair at snowmass, I believe the ski run is called "Bull Run" but we have not been there in 10 years. We have been going to Summit County for the last two years and we always have to spend at least two days at Copper Mt. My wife loves the chair at the top of the mountain "Rendezvous" (fixed triple) she always comments on how it reminds her of Snowmass, it's a green run and is very simaler to the elk camp chair from there you can ski all the way to the base and back up the American Flyer. I always tell the kids we just skied 2,500 verticle feet, its a great family ski run for all abilities. Copper has a great layout, looking at the mountain greens on the right, blues in the middle, black on the left. If you go, eat at the east village, they have a $3.99 pasta bar, great deal since we have to feed three children.
post #7 of 19
Copper's naturally divided layout provides for beginners/low intermediates to be segregated from more advanced skiers, minimizing the fear factor that more novice skiers may have associated with others whizzing by them. The trails on that part of the mountain are regularly groomed and not as likely to be "skied up" by heavy traffic of other skiers blasting through.
post #8 of 19
Another vote for Breck. Great cruising resort with quite a few blue runs. If you want to test your skills, you can take the imperial express chair at 12,000+ ft.
post #9 of 19
Except for A-basin-all of them.
post #10 of 19
Yeah. Any BUT A-Basin.

- KK
post #11 of 19
Check out Beaver Creek. The top of the main peak (at 11,440’) is covered with greens and blues. Skied there last year and my wife who is an intermediate skier love it, so much that we are going back this April.
I don’t know if Beaver Creek is in summit County, but I think it might be
post #12 of 19
Beaver Creek is just out of Summit County ... but it is a GS / Carver's dream.

- KK
post #13 of 19
Copper or Breck. I like Copper more though.
post #14 of 19

Breck

I'll throw in my .02. I've been to Summit Co. many times and I find that Breck does the most grooming. Look at some of the resort's websites, (Breck, Copper, ect.), and rumage around until you find the daily grooming report. I think You'll find that Breck grooms the most terrain.
A few years back, we hit a not-so-good week in Colorado and found the best conditions between Breck and Copper, with the nod clearly on Breck. They really do a great job of grooming! We feel that Keystone is overused, especially the front mounatin probably not helped be the night skiing. It's all that much more traffic. A-Basin will get boring pretty quick if you stick to the groomers, of which are not plentiful. Great scenery and truly a wonderful place on a powder-day. Very retro.
Have a great trip!
C.B.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by wanting-to-ski View Post
Check out Beaver Creek. The top of the main peak (at 11,440’) is covered with greens and blues. Skied there last year and my wife who is an intermediate skier love it, so much that we are going back this April.
I don’t know if Beaver Creek is in summit County, but I think it might be

Eagle County
post #16 of 19
I second, or third Copper. Stay to the right and cruise all day long. You will not get bored with several green runs to choose from.
post #17 of 19
My wife really liked Breck. She's a solid intermediate and even the blue/black runs were not a problem. Plus there seems to be just a ton of blue runs at Breck. It's a nice town too. Buy a Vail Resorts pass and you can ski Breck and either Vail or Beaver Creek for a day too.
post #18 of 19
Breckenridge. Flat as a tack.
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by ant View Post
Breckenridge. Flat as a tack.
True. There are some "blue" ruins you almost need to pole down. : Beware that the time you are looking at is the peak Spring Break week. Breck will be crazy busy. You are going to be sharing those blue runs with allot of out of control people. If you can swing the $$ I would go to Beaver Creek.

Regardless of what you choose you need to secure lodging fast. Most reasonably priced places are already sold out for that week.
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