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Avoiding lift lines in Colorado this week

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Thread Starter 
I'm posting this in two forums.

I'm staying in Breck this week, and have had a great time skiing w/ my wife whilst my daughters were in ski school. Starting Wednesday, my wife and I will be skiing with them (ages 6 & 5). Lift lines at Breck haven't been bad up top, but the base lifts servicing only green runs are a circus. Unfortunately, my daughters really need greens, and I cringe at the thought of standing in line 30-40 minutes at Quicksilver each run.

I've skied ABasin in past, and they have limited greens, but I wonder what the lines over there are like for the exhibition lift. Also, commuting from Breck over pass through Keystone in the AM may be a deal breaker as well.

Any thoughts?

-DockerZ
post #2 of 12

Copper

I would highly recommend Copper Mt. Its close to Breck (15-20 min) and usually has no lines during the week, even at their two main base lifts in Center Village. It will give you access to beginner terrain and is also a great mountain if you get time away from the kids again. They also offer some sort of a deal/pass so you don't have to wait in lines. Not sure what its called but its on their website. I really don't think you'll need it though, I ski there quite a bit during the week and love it b/c most of the time I ski through the line and up to the chair without stopping longer than it takes them to scan my pass. Hope this helps.
post #3 of 12
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They also offer some sort of a deal/pass so you don't have to wait in lines. Not sure what its called but its on their website.
Its called Beeline Advantages. Costs $20 on top of the price of a lift ticket, and gives you access to special lines on some of the more popular lifts. It might be useful if the lift lines are really long, but I would skip it otherwise.
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by DockerZ View Post
I'm posting this in two forums.

I'm staying in Breck this week, and have had a great time skiing w/ my wife whilst my daughters were in ski school. Starting Wednesday, my wife and I will be skiing with them (ages 6 & 5). Lift lines at Breck haven't been bad up top, but the base lifts servicing only green runs are a circus. Unfortunately, my daughters really need greens, and I cringe at the thought of standing in line 30-40 minutes at Quicksilver each run.

I've skied ABasin in past, and they have limited greens, but I wonder what the lines over there are like for the exhibition lift. Also, commuting from Breck over pass through Keystone in the AM may be a deal breaker as well.

Any thoughts?

-DockerZ
I've heard that because of the early Easter an abnormaly large number of people have spring break this week. I'd bet that the entire county is going to be very crowded on base lifts.

First thought is to get up early. I skied the Quicksilver yesterday at 8:30 and there was zero line. Don't know when the line got big but at 1:00 when I came down it was the largest I've ever seen it.

Second thought is to ski late. I bet that between 2-4 the line was much shorter. People tend to quit around 2.

Third thought is to look for a lift above the base that serves some greens. I haven't looked at a trail map in years so I can't help you but there should be something.
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by DockerZ View Post
I'm posting this in two forums.

I'm staying in Breck this week, and have had a great time skiing w/ my wife whilst my daughters were in ski school. Starting Wednesday, my wife and I will be skiing with them (ages 6 & 5). Lift lines at Breck haven't been bad up top, but the base lifts servicing only green runs are a circus. Unfortunately, my daughters really need greens, and I cringe at the thought of standing in line 30-40 minutes at Quicksilver each run.

I've skied ABasin in past, and they have limited greens, but I wonder what the lines over there are like for the exhibition lift. Also, commuting from Breck over pass through Keystone in the AM may be a deal breaker as well.

Any thoughts?

-DockerZ
Yes.... A-basin is the place to avoid lines. If Breck is crowded then Copper and Keystone will be as well.

How many green runs do you need? A-basin has 2 or 3 ways to the bottom for beginners. One flat run is like every other flat run.....a place to practice a few runs before you move up to blues. Exhibition will likely not have lines midweek. It is about 15-20 minutes from Breck to A-Basin and you don't go over any passes.
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.... If Breck is crowded then Copper and Keystone will be as well. ...
That used to be the case before Intrawest upped the price of season tickets. Copper has been pretty much deserted this year. I skied Copper on Sunday and the longest lift line I faced was at the Bee -- about 30 seconds.

Granted, I did not look at Center Village or the TREX, but I'm guessing that you'd be far better off at Copper than Breck.

As to the Basin, it has picked up a lot more traffic as a result of opening Montezuma Bowl.

I wouldn't bother with Keystone, unless you want to expose your kids to injury from the number of people on the slopes.

If I were you, I'd head to Beaver Creek. I'm pretty sure that it is not crowded at all -- that's why they have a skier limit.

Mike
post #7 of 12
BC is a good suggestion. Are you locked in to Vail tickets? Cooper and Loveland aren't that far away and usually have light crowds. The Basin is a different animal with the new terrain. Parking and getting up in the morning is a lot worse, but once everyone gets over the back you kind of have the front to yourself. I've been tempted to park in the Keystone main lot and take the bus to the Basin to avoid the hassles.
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That used to be the case before Intrawest upped the price of season tickets. Copper has been pretty much deserted this year. I skied Copper on Sunday and the longest lift line I faced was at the Bee -- about 30 seconds.
Breck was the same on Sat/Sun, pretty much zero lines. These are not passholders. These are destination skiers that just happen to all have the same week off. I've wondered why Breck's been so dead in March until yesterday and the reason appears to be the early Easter. Not sure A-basin will be much better being on the same pass with slow lifts and low capacity. Loveland / Cooper are probably the places to go. If you have to stay on the VR pass, Beaver Creek is probably a good try because it's more expensive and maybe will have less destination skiers there for the week. Plus, it's a good area.
post #9 of 12
Even Loveland was busy (for a weekday) today. Lot's and lot's of midwesterners on vacation. Still pretty mellow though.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks

Thanks to all who responded. I think we'll stick to Breck - Just ski in the am, at lunch, and right before close. My wife and I are coming back in April to ski the Basin M-F -- I suspect very few lines by then.

Breck has been great this week, except the lifts from the bottom (Quicksilver, and Peak 8 base). Peak 7/10 have been decent. Lot's of people, but only a circus around the Quicksilver runs/lift.

I would have to purchase tix at BC/Vail/Copper/Cooper/Loveland for 4 people, plus the hassle of loading the kids/gear.

What a great resource this EpicSki has proved to be. Thanks to the admins.

-DockerZ
post #11 of 12
[Its called Beeline Advantages. Costs $20 on top of the price of a lift ticket, and gives you access to special lines on some of the more popular lifts. It might be useful if the lift lines are really long, but I would skip it otherwise.]

We bought discounted tickets to Copper at the Safeway in Silverthorn and the Beeline Advantage was part of the cost. We just had to swap tickets at the ticket window at Copper. didn't wait more than 2 or 3 chairs all day.
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post
That used to be the case before Intrawest upped the price of season tickets. Copper has been pretty much deserted this year. I skied Copper on Sunday and the longest lift line I faced was at the Bee -- about 30 seconds.

Granted, I did not look at Center Village or the TREX, but I'm guessing that you'd be far better off at Copper than Breck.

As to the Basin, it has picked up a lot more traffic as a result of opening Montezuma Bowl.

I wouldn't bother with Keystone, unless you want to expose your kids to injury from the number of people on the slopes.

If I were you, I'd head to Beaver Creek. I'm pretty sure that it is not crowded at all -- that's why they have a skier limit.

Mike

I've got both passes and have over 30 days at Copper this year.....it is packed but the Bee has no lines...this also usually true of the several lifts at Breck and at Keystone....

I also have over 15 days at A-Basin and it is far less crowded than Copper as a matter fo fact sicne they've opened Zuma Bowl I haven't seen a lift line of any length at the Basin
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