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Vail and Breckenridge

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm going out to colorado for the first time on feb 1 for 10 days, 8 of which are skiable. We are staying in breckenridge for half the time and vail for the second half. Does anyone have any good advise: 1) Tree skiing, 2) Steep, 3) Should I bother spending any days outside of these two places (we will have car)
Thanks in advance
David
post #2 of 15
You may want to explore a little bit (especially when in Breck). If you want steep trees try winter park for a day. Also try a day at A-Basin. Vail is pretty big-so you could easily spend four days exploring there.
post #3 of 15
Beaver Creek, steeps and some wicked trees. A good option for a weekend when Vail and Breck are overrun.

Breck, a lot of flat spots but the upper bowls are definitely worth the visit.

A-Basin, has a lot of both. Keystone - cheap catskiing in their bowls, and some nice trees, not super steep. Copper and Winter Park, it's all good.
post #4 of 15
Agree with the Beav. Great tree skiing there. Grouse mtn is pretty wicked too. And the backside at Vail is always a good time but avoid the weekends and head to the Beav instead. Blue Sky Basin, China bowl and Siberia bowl are fun at Vail. They typically don't groom Poppyfields until late morning so you can get some good untracked turns there for awhile if there's a good dump the night before.

I'm not sure you'll enjoy much of Breck since it's pretty flat. You can definitely head up Imperial chair or take the T-bar for steeps, but there are days where it's not very enjoyable due to wind and visibility.

I would also recommend A-Basin. They recently opened Zuma bowl which my friend said is pretty good. A-Basin is a pretty raw resort with some good steeps.

I have yet to ski Independence bowl at Keystone, but really want to. It's hike to area or you can take a cat for $5.

I don't think you can go wrong skiing anywhere in Summit county to be honest.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies...
Any opinion about copper mtn
any advise for nightlife besides the almighty beer and hot tub
post #6 of 15
Unfortunately, I have yet to ski Copper. Looks fun though especially the backside.

As far as night life, I think Breck and Copper are the two best. My nod goes to Breck. It's more of a town rather than a village and has more cool bars and better food.
post #7 of 15
I think you would have fun at Copper as well. Winter Park is a great area but a long drive from Summit County. You will have more than enough to ski with the Summit/Eagle County resorts without wasting precious ski time driving to Winter Park.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by thaar View Post
Unfortunately, I have yet to ski Copper. Looks fun though especially the backside.

As far as night life, I think Breck and Copper are the two best. ...
Copper has no nightlife. Great skiing, but that's about it. Breck and Vail definitely win that category.
post #9 of 15
I haven't skied Breck in a long time. My favorite run there is a tree run called "The Burn". It has a nice consistent pitch and widely spaced trees. Copper is definately worth a day as is A Basin.

Here's a piece of advise - do any souvineer shopping in Breckenridge. Prices at Vail can be somewhat higher. Watch the altitude; at Breck you will be sleeping pretty high. Being a flatlander from the east, I usually carry some water while skiing the much higher altitudes of the Rockies.

I could easily spend a week at Vail. I have skiers envy. Enjoy.:
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
Copper has no nightlife. Great skiing, but that's about it. Breck and Vail definitely win that category.
Oops, I meant to say Vail and Breck with the nod going to Breck. And the food is better and more moderately priced than Vail.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by David Hecht View Post
any advise for nightlife besides the almighty beer and hot tub
You're in a ski town - stick with the beer.

However, if you insist, here's some ideas in Breck:

1. Backstage Theatre puts on a show most Friday and Saturday nights. Sometimes it's even good. Look in the Summit Daily for what's on.

2. The Brown. I won't tell you where it's at, you can find that on your own. While it's a bar, it has darts, air hockey, pool, ping pong, and sometimes even free food.

3. The Speakeasy movie theater downstairs in the Colorado Mountain College shows good movies on Friday and Saturday nights. The movie might be anything from the latest blockbuster to some indy art flick.

Okay, that's enough secrets I've given up. I'd recommend going to Breck Brewery, Cecilia's, or Liquid Lounge instead.
post #12 of 15
We lucked out and saw Dave Mason playing at a bar in Breckenridge one ski trip.
post #13 of 15
Copper is definitely worth a day if you can fit it in. Don't miss Moe Dixon at JJ's in East Village for happy hour.
post #14 of 15
For steep skiing:

Breckenridge:

1. Lake Chutes
2. Arte's Bowle
3. Contest Bowl
4. Horseshoe Bowl
5. E Lift

Copper:

1. Spaulding Bowl
2. Buzzard's Alley
3. Bradley's Plunge
4. Tucker Mountain

Mike
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks again for all of your help.
If anyone wants to meet up for a couple of runs, or beers let me know.
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