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Steamboat vs Breckenridge

post #1 of 11
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Can anyone tell me the main differences between Steamboat and Breckenridge? I have a special needs child. Both my child and I have skied Breck and we loved it. I think we were on peak 8. The next day, we skied at Keystone. We survived schoolmarm but didn't have any energy left to play after power wedging all the way down. I am nervous that Steamboat's terrain will look more like Keystone than Breck. Can anyone give me a comparison of the 2 mountains are the greens at Steamboat more like the greens at Breck or the greens at Keystone? thanks is advance for any insights.
post #2 of 11
I have no idea which one they are more like. They are greens is about all I can say. Steamboat is less crowded than either Keystone or Breck. Plenty of beginner options and a good ski school.
post #3 of 11
steamboat gets a lot more snow than either place so it's not uncommon for the greens at steamboat to have fresh powder on them (harder to ski for novice unless groomed).
post #4 of 11
I went to Breck a few years ago after not having been for many years. I was struck by how easy the greens and blues were compared to almost every other place I have skiied. Not to say other areas don't have some very easy greens and blues, but I thought almost all greens and blues were very easy. I skiied Steamboat about 15 years ago. Can't really remmber what they were like, but don't remember having the same thought. To me, Breck stands alone in that regard. (And yes, I do know that they have some hard runs.)
post #5 of 11
there is a good variety of terrain at the boat. There's not really a lot of greens at Steamboat but plenty of blues that are fine for anyone level 4-5. Were you concerned about steeps or being too flat? check out the Steamboat trail map. http://steamboat.com/trailMap/ The Stormpeak area, Burgess Creek and especially thunderhead areas offer some greens and gentle blues but are fun. THere is actually a beginners zone for tree and off-piste skiing that is designed for kids called "rough rider basin" Also, the headwall at the base of the mountain has been regraded offering a much improved beginners zone.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
thank you for replying to my post. Fin, I was most concerned about steeps. My little guy is just learning to turn so when he is going down rather than turning to slow down, he power wedges, which means, I get to power wedge too since I am usually skiing behind him. I remember the gradient at keystone was murder to wedge all the way down LOL so I was hoping the terrain was more like the gentle greens of Breck. I would not say that me nor my child are level 4-5 more like level 1-2 I think that is another reason for concern.
post #7 of 11
since your child is special needs, have you thought about lessons through an adaptive program such as BOEC in Breck or STARS (can't find a website) in Steamboat?
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by larienkoci View Post
thank you for replying to my post. Fin, I was most concerned about steeps. My little guy is just learning to turn so when he is going down rather than turning to slow down, he power wedges, which means, I get to power wedge too since I am usually skiing behind him. I remember the gradient at keystone was murder to wedge all the way down LOL so I was hoping the terrain was more like the gentle greens of Breck. I would not say that me nor my child are level 4-5 more like level 1-2 I think that is another reason for concern.

Well, the base area aroud Christie would be perfect then but please followup on the above post from "icansee". I would also contact the Steamboat school or any potential resort's school to see what services can be offered. Also, did you check with the disabled sports association or America? information@dsusa.org or contact the national Autism association, (I'm sure you have but...) http://www.nationalautismassociation.org/
post #9 of 11
SB should be good for him. Plenty of greens. I think you'll find SB a completely different and refreshing mountain than Breck or Keystone. I personally hate Breck due to the crowds.
post #10 of 11
Lower elevation at the 'Boat, might be better for him, less breathing anxiety.
post #11 of 11
good point, base is 6900.
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