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Copper or Beaver Creek

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
myself, my wife and 7 year old son are staying in keystone 1.1 - 1.6. it will be his first time on skis and i would consider myself an advanced intermediate. i dont care for bumps, like trees, can ski any single black and hang on for dear life on a few double blacks. my wife is pregnant and won't be skiing. taking into account ski school, village shopping/activities, terrain for me, would i be better suited spending a day at beaver creek or copper? i've never skiied either. i will be skiing 4 days at keystone and won't be able to spend more time elsewhere due to friends going with us. i like the idea of buying 5 days on the keystone ticket and being able to use a day at bc. thoughts?
post #2 of 15
Not sure how much the village etc... will matter if you're not staying there, but IMO Beaver Creek gets the nod.

I can't really comment on the ski schools, but given similar conditions Copper has more terrain for you to enjoy and for a "resort" in Colorado its FREE parking is very convenient.

I'll also say that Copper has a much larger selection of nice beginner terrain than does BC and this may help your son(although with only one day to work with it might not matter).

Enjoy and I'm sure you'll have a good time either way.
post #3 of 15
Some things to consider:

- Copper will be better toward the end of your trip - less crowds. The lifts you'll want to ski at Copper will be packed around the holiday.

- Beaver Creek would be fine any time. They probably have more terrain you'd be interested in and less crowds all around.

- Of the two, Copper is probably the easier to get around and figure out where you want to ski. Beaver Creek takes a little more exploring to figure out. BC is loaded with blue runs, Copper has more green mixed with it's blue runs. Copper boasts "naturally divided terrain" and a look at the trail map will show the west end is green/blue and the east side is more black/blue. You might find at Copper that you could ski the Superbee lift all day and be perfectly content.

- An advantage to Copper is that it's closer - about 20 minutes from Keystone. BC is just over an hour.

- For sheer shopping pleasure, I like BC. There's some nice art galleries to look at.

Both are great mountains. Maybe let the snow conditions determine where you want to ski?
post #4 of 15
Beaver Creek has a fabulous beginner section at the top of the mountain with some beautiful green cruisers. Should be enough to keep your son happy for the day! Also for your wife, there would be plenty to do to keep her entertained. In the afternoon, she may enjoy sitting at the base of the lift watching the skiers come down the mountain as she is enjoying a nice hot chocolate by the fire pit at the hyatt. It's a great spot and they give out free cookies too
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by hmileski View Post
Beaver Creek has a fabulous beginner section at the top of the mountain with some beautiful green cruisers. Should be enough to keep your son happy for the day! Also for your wife, there would be plenty to do to keep her entertained. In the afternoon, she may enjoy sitting at the base of the lift watching the skiers come down the mountain as she is enjoying a nice hot chocolate by the fire pit at the hyatt. It's a great spot and they give out free cookies too
They also have a brand new spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek for your wife.
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
thanks for the info guys. this is exactly what i was looking for. the village is an issue since the wife wont be skiing. she'll want plenty of pretty places to visit. i think i've decided to modify my itenerary to include both. i really really dont want to be at keystone more than i have to on the weekend. unfortunately i have to be at keystone on sat. i think i'll do bc on thursday and copper on sunday before i head to the airport sunday night. thanks for the heads up on the hyatt in bc. any ideas for a nice landing spot for the wife in copper on sunday?
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by volball View Post
thanks for the info guys. this is exactly what i was looking for. the village is an issue since the wife wont be skiing. she'll want plenty of pretty places to visit. i think i've decided to modify my itenerary to include both. i really really dont want to be at keystone more than i have to on the weekend. unfortunately i have to be at keystone on sat. i think i'll do bc on thursday and copper on sunday before i head to the airport sunday night. thanks for the heads up on the hyatt in bc. any ideas for a nice landing spot for the wife in copper on sunday?
You may want to switch to Copper Thu and BC on Sun if crowd avoidance is important to you and it works with your flights.

BC on good roads is 35-40 minutes farther from Denver on average.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
i would rather switch because of the crowds but i have to swing through breck on the way out and the extra time driving on sunday means less time on the slopes. for convenience sake only i think i'm better doing bc then copper. are there many off mtn sights/activities for a pregnant shopaholic in copper? i know the outlet in silverthorne is just down the road. anywhere else nearby for her to land?
post #9 of 15
If you have to swing through Breck anyway why not just ski there?

Your wife could easily spend the whole day walking around the town and have fun.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
done breck and not a huge fan of the weekend crowds or the mtn itself. never been to copper or bc and love to experience new mtns. the experience of a new mtn and lesser crowds is my goal for the time i wont be spending in keystone. thoughts on a basin? i want to try there as well but sure would like to go when montezuma is open and it doesnt look like it will be this week.
post #11 of 15
I love Beaver Creek, it's just the most gorgeous place, and there is plenty of great skiing there (I am lucky enough to ski it with locals). Your wife will find plenty to do there... just make sure the credit card is ready for it.

If you are planning for her to accompany you to A-Basin, there isn't much in the way of facilities there at all, it's about as far from Beaver Creek as you can get!
post #12 of 15
Copper has little in the way of a base village to occupy your spouse. It is not a destination resort, which Breckenridge, Vail, and Beaver Creek are. While she might find something to occupy herself with at Copper for a bit of a day, you are more likely to have her unhappy at the end of it.

One thing people have not mentioned is expense. BC is pricey. Lunch will set you back a minimum of $17/head, and parking is $25. Don't expect any bargins. But, it is a great ski mountain, much under rated, with terrain for everyone. Their ski school is in much better shape than Copper's, where mismanagement has driven out many of the better instructors and many of those that remain are trying to get out.

Mike
post #13 of 15
I always thought it was nice for begginers that there was a large pod of novice terrain at the summit of Beaver Creek. Many mountains ahve the begginner terrain nera the base area where the snow can be icey and better skiers sometimes come bombing through the runs.
post #14 of 15
A multiday Keystone ticket is good at Beaver Creek, not at Copper, so that seems an easy decision. Ticket is also good at Vail, Breckenridge, and A-Basin.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post
Copper has little in the way of a base village to occupy your spouse. It is not a destination resort, which Breckenridge, Vail, and Beaver Creek are. While she might find something to occupy herself with at Copper for a bit of a day, you are more likely to have her unhappy at the end of it.

One thing people have not mentioned is expense. BC is pricey. Lunch will set you back a minimum of $17/head, and parking is $25. Don't expect any bargins. But, it is a great ski mountain, much under rated, with terrain for everyone. Their ski school is in much better shape than Copper's, where mismanagement has driven out many of the better instructors and many of those that remain are trying to get out.

Mike
If you do not mind parking and riding a shuttle, parking is free at BC-and there are some good cheaper places to eat. The Coyote Cafe in the main village is excellent,fairly cheap (10$-15$ for lunch or so) and has a good local vibe.


There is some good sustained vert at BC as well-I am guessing 3,300 ft from top of Cinch lift to the bottom of Centennial. Lots of good fall line skiing and on a pow day BC is very good.
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