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6 Days in Vail. Where would you ski?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
We're headed to Vail in Feb for 6 days.
I have friends who will be at Copper for the same week, so I plan to hook up with them for a day.
Besides copper, what would be your choice (& in what order) for skiing other mtns in the Vail area?

Thanks

Ray
post #2 of 16
Eagle County airport...plane to SLC...everyone knows Vail sucks


A-Basin
Beaver Creek
Vail
Copper

in that order
post #3 of 16
Good list, I'd save the Basin until later in you trip. Coming from sea level it's the highest.
post #4 of 16
If you're lodging in Vail and you make the drive to Copper one day and spend another day or two at Beaver Creek that leaves three or four days for Vail. I would not spend the time it takes to go to the other resorts when there is so much to see and ski at Vail. Vail is BIG and has a lot of variety. You will not see, much less ski, it all in four days.
post #5 of 16
Abasin
Vail
Copper
Loveland
Breckenridge

You probably will not get to them all as Vail is huge and you'll need 2 probably 3 days just to see/ski all of that.
post #6 of 16
It would help if you stated your preferences regarding terrain but without knowing them I would say 3 days in Vail [It is a big Mountain and you need a day for Blue Sky Basin and a day for the Back Bowls].
1 day each in A-basin, Keystone,Beaver Creek and Copper.
post #7 of 16
Vail has a ton of interesting terrainon the front side as well as the bowls. I spent 6 days there and didn't get bored at all. My personal approach to ski trips is to ski one mountain (especially one as big as vail) as much as possible to really learn it and get the most out of each run.
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post
Eagle County airport...plane to SLC...everyone knows Vail sucks
I'll be in SLC in Jan

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Originally Posted by steveturner View Post
If you're lodging in Vail and you make the drive to Copper one day and spend another day or two at Beaver Creek that leaves three or four days for Vail. I would not spend the time it takes to go to the other resorts when there is so much to see and ski at Vail. Vail is BIG and has a lot of variety. You will not see, much less ski, it all in four days.
This is on the lines of what I'm looking for. I didn't consider Beaver before

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Originally Posted by Robscapes View Post
It would help if you stated your preferences regarding terrain
I like ALTA if that helps. No hucking, & I could do without bumps.
Sorry to all the bump fans here.

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Originally Posted by bszekely View Post
Vail has a ton of interesting terrainon the front side as well as the bowls. I spent 6 days there and didn't get bored at all. My personal approach to ski trips is to ski one mountain (especially one as big as vail) as much as possible to really learn it and get the most out of each run.
Actually, there's a lot of mtns we've yet to ski. In Co, we've Only been to Winterpark, Breck, & the boat thus far.
Now that the kids are grown, we no longer opt for ski in/out, & we like to visit other resorts in order to better plan our next trip.
I will still spend the majority of my time at Vail.
post #9 of 16
Vail midweek, Beaver Creek on the weekend. Try to get your friends to come over to Vail when you want to ski together. Maybe one day at Copper. 3 days minimum for Vail, especially if you have never been there before.
post #10 of 16
Has anyone mentioned Loveland? We were in Breck for five days last April and skied: Breck (2), Loveland, Vail and Copper. If I had a choice between a day at Loveland or a day at A-Basin I would choose Loveland.
post #11 of 16
You could easily ski Vail for 6 days and not cross your own lines.

Of course, every other area out here has its proponents. There's cat skiing at Cooper, Keystone, and Copper. The relative quiet of the Creek. The throwback of Loveland. The legend of A Basin. All of them have terrain that's exceptional and snow that's great. It's not even out of the question to do a day at Steamboat or Aspen, if you want to.

Me? I'd probably ski Vail and Copper. Copper's altitude gives it great snow, and it's terrain is naturally divided. The snowcat is a real experience.

Disclaimer: I work and volunteer at Copper.
post #12 of 16
if you are an expert skier you could ski vail for 4 days and not really cover it all (many of the back bowl runs could be skied as 3 different runs ect) on the weekend though it be nice to get away and ski somewhere else. beaver creek is a decent option though i dislike the way the way half the runs seem to spit you out at the bottom of the mountain. a basin is of course a nice one day spot. i dont really ski loveland accept early or late in the season when they are the only one open, though they can hold some of the best powder on big snow days. copper and breck are all right as well. again, if you can ski anything on the mountain, make a concentrated effort to ski all the runs at vail and youll be there for a week.

a trip to aspen/snowmass might be worth it as well if the snow is good there (last year it was horrible)
post #13 of 16
I've gotten in about 10 days at Vail over the last 20 something years and everytime I was there I vowed that someday I would just stay there for a week and ski Vail every day. That is exactly what I would do if I were you. Your friends at Copper will come ski with you. Maybe venture to Beaver Creek for a day or so but do not chase around Summit County. Stay put.
post #14 of 16
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a trip to aspen/snowmass might be worth it as well if the snow is good there (last year it was horrible)
Yes, it was really awful last year......
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post #15 of 16
Shhhhh! C'mon, dp, don't tell everyone!
post #16 of 16

ha

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Yes, it was really awful last year......
haha, do i detect sarcasm? i dont really know i was only out there for all of December and part of January. it might have been good after that.
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