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Colorado rookies - please share your thoughts

post #1 of 12
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Hubs and I are visiting Colorado for the first time after spending the last 6 seasons in N. Tahoe.

We're staying in Avon and planning to spend the majority of our five-day stay at Beaver Creek. Should we plan to hit any of the the other Vail Valley resorts (Vail, Arrowhead, A Basin, Keystone and/or Breck)? Would love to spend some time really getting to know Beaver Creek.

Would love any insiders' tips, as well...Thanks.
post #2 of 12
If you're that close, you have to ski vail. It's absolutely huge. The terrain feels limitless. They've been getting great snow too.
post #3 of 12
Beaver Creek is great (and the other summit resorts have a lot going for them too), but Vail is something else altogether. Out of 6 days, we will probably spend two at Beaver, and the rest at Vail.
post #4 of 12
IMHO, there would be no reason to go east of Vail. Don't get me wrong, Copper,A Basin and WP are decent resorts. But they sold there sole with the super cheap season passes and now they aren't worth paying full price for the destination skier.

You really should see/ski Aspen.
post #5 of 12
If your at Beaver Creek your at Arrowhead, same ticket,Arrowhead is a nice area for warm ups! If you want to ski else where check at the service area of the City Market (super market) in Avon, ask if the have any E-Books?
For $10 this coupon book has a bunch of 2 for 1 discounts for Copper (35mins from BC) Loveland (55mins from BC) & Winter Park 1.5hrs?
I think anybody could ski/ride BC Arrowhead 3 days & not get bored.
Also some fine 5* dinning there as long as you bring the Gold Card.
post #6 of 12
Arrowhead is interconnected with BC so that's not really a different outing - just part of your BC explore.

If you have five days, you're probably not going to want to spend more than one day elsewhere, two tops. Vail is so close to BC it has to be the obvious choice. I like the bowls further out - Outer Mongolia, Blue Sky Basin. Often overlooked, the Vail front side has some great runs especially on the east end.

If you're looking for a really cool place to eat, check out the Game Creek Club at Vail. The Club is private during the day but is open to the public for dinner. You take the gondola up, they drive you back into Game Creek Bowl in a snocat - you need to call ahead obviously as they will give you a seating time. The food is excellent - one of the best meals I've ever eaten - a real experience.

If you can't sit still, Copper is the next resort to the east (about 30 mins over the pass) and one of my favorites. Great variety of terrain and you have the Tucker Mountain snocat. Of course you need a separate pass.

You can use your Vail/BC pass at Breckenridge, Keystone and A-Basin but they're all probably close to an hour from BC.
post #7 of 12
Go over to Copper and kindly ask a passholder to buy your tickets at discount.
post #8 of 12
Vail is fabulous as others have said and huge with lots of terrain that could take months and years to fully explore. Vail can get crowded on weekends and if wind shuts the back bowls.

I found BC has some great terrain and little competition for fresh snow in the trees or on the bumps. The only crowded lifts seem to be at the main base area which is easily avoided.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
IMHO, there would be no reason to go east of Vail. Don't get me wrong, Copper,A Basin and WP are decent resorts. But they sold there sole with the super cheap season passes and now they aren't worth paying full price for the destination skier.

You really should see/ski Aspen.

Vail is no less of a "sell out" than the rest of I-70 resorts.
post #10 of 12
Beaver Creek is great, but you really have to go to Vail...just don't eat on the mountain. You'll have to sell your first child!

Anyway. It is massive as everyone says, but you can find your own niche and if you are there during the week, will most likely not see many people.

On the east side of Vail pass, Copper, Abasin, Breckrenridge & Keystone all have the positives. If, for some reason you get bored with Vail/BC, then just take a trip.

Check out www.snowforecast.com before you plan your day. I have found this the most "accurate" of all the weather/snow predictors for Colorado. Then you can plan your day depending on temp/snow/wind. Which is what I do before I head out! Go to where the most snow, least wind & most sun is!:
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by PBR View Post
Vail is no less of a "sell out" than the rest of I-70 resorts.

True, but she's already there. I just wouldn't drive any closer to Denver to go skiing. I would drive the other away.
post #12 of 12
What kind of skier are you and the hubs? What type of terrain do you prefer to ski?

Many choices, but some guidance in terms of your preferences would be most helpful.

Mike
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