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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Leaving tomorrow for colorado. We are staying in Dillon, bought the 4 of 6 pass good 2 days Vail or Beaver creek. We only get to do this once a year so we want to max out on the fun. We were thinking about doing a little warm up at keystone tomorrow night????

What would ya'll do as far as how many days at which mountain. We are skiing Breck on Friday with my buddies buddy who is an instuctor out there. Is Beaver worth the 45 min drive (will have a car)? Want to go back to Vail at least one of the days Possibly 2 we skied 3 or 4 days there last year. What do ya'll think? Which mountain, what order?

and of course I will try to keep ya'll updated daily

andrew
post #2 of 12
It's all good. Go with the flow. But if it were me, I'd make sure I did ABasin at least one day and I know you don't have a pass for it but if you don't ski Copper, you're missing out on one of the best ski areas in Colorado.
post #3 of 12
BC is a great place. Easy free packing access as well. Basin is great if the weather is clear, not so on storm days. Pick a nice day for the Basin and do Vail, BC, and Breck the others. Flying in from sea level and hitting Keystone that night will test your altitude adjustment. It's pretty high (9300 base to over 11k).
post #4 of 12
I skied Breck today and it was quite good. It was quite warm yesterday, but I would guess that 4-5 inches fell during the day today to add to the 3 they were reporting overnight. South facing slopes definitely were hard underneath, but give it a day or so and the new snow will soften it up.

If I were you, I'd skip Keystone and focus my time on Breck, the Basin, and Vail/BC. I do not like Keystone -- I find the terrain to be not that interesting and the crowds make me always feel like I'm taking my life in my hands.

The forecast is for more snow each day through Wed. Looks like the big accumulation is forecast for Tuesday, so it might be good to spend Wed. at Vail.

As for whether it is worth it to hit Beaver Creek, I can only say most enthusiasticly yes! BC is very nice mountain -- it has, in my opinion, better pitch than Vail, and the facilities are quite nice. I think it is one of the best resorts in Colorado. I'd probably suggest hitting it on the weekend to avoid the crowds at the other resorts -- BC, because of its distance from the front range, does not get the visitorship that the Summit County and Vail resorts do.

So, i'd suggest a day at BC and Vail, respectively, then either splitting the remaining two days between the Basin and Breck, or 2 days at Breck (if your pass doesn't allow the Basin).

Mike
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks all. Probably hit beaver day 1 tuesday then breck vail back to breck friday last day. Really hoping for some powder at least one day. Grew up skiing east coast ice, i've only been west once last year, no powder days.
post #6 of 12
i used to live in breck & had a friend who lived @ bc. i'd go see him on powder days & the place was empty, even on weekends!

as was already stated, copper is great mtn & if you haven't skied there, i'd give it a day.

have fun!
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post
IIf I were you, I'd skip Keystone and focus my time on Breck, the Basin, and Vail/BC. I do not like Keystone -- I find the terrain to be not that interesting and the crowds make me always feel like I'm taking my life in my hands.
Funny I would've given the opposite advice.....I would pick Breck last out of all the resorts in SuCo. I find Keystone much better than Breck as a ski area (not town) but would pick A-basin or Copper over either of those 2 any day.

different strokes for different folks
post #8 of 12
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Funny I would've given the opposite advice.....I would pick Breck last out of all the resorts in SuCo. I find Keystone much better than Breck as a ski area (not town) but would pick A-basin or Copper over either of those 2 any day.

different strokes for different folks
I'm with you.
post #9 of 12
Keystone has some of the best tree skiing in Colorado. Certainly the best tree skiing in Summit County.

Copper surely blows Vail and the Beave away.

JMHO
post #10 of 12
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Keystone has some of the best tree skiing in Colorado. Certainly the best tree skiing in Summit County.
Yes


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Originally Posted by Lars View Post
Copper surely blows Vail and the Beave away.
Ummm not even close :

Copper is a nice mountain but BC and Vail are both much better...JMHO
post #11 of 12
spend the 2 days in the back bowls of vail... place is so big crowds aren't an issue. Bowls at Copper don't compare to vails. I don't like Breck b/c I felt like the lifts didn't get you where you wanted to go very easily but its a very popular mt.
post #12 of 12
I've spent many more than 2 days in the back bowls of Vail. I bet over the years I have more than a hundred. They're fun on a powder day although I'm amazed how quickly they get tracked out. And the addition of Blue Sky Basin has made it better. But, the long runouts at the bottom to the couple lifts back out kill the overall experience. BC is nice but unless you spend a couple days there, it's not worth the extra drive on a short 5 day trip. Especially with so many choices to ski in Summit County.

Copper is may more easily accessable and the mountain itself presents more variety to the day tripper. Cat skiing, hike to areas, cliffs, steeps and back bowl powder skiing as well as some steeper terrain.

jmho.
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