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Well I am making my first trip to colorado for 5 days of skiing...2/1-2/7.  I am pretty excited but a little sad to see that there is no real snow in the forecast :(

 

Last year I made my way to Big Sky and had a blast, 4 powder days in a row, it was incredible....5-10inched of fresh each day, it was an epic week... 

 

I was really hoping to get the seem treatment from the weather gods as I made my way out to colorado but it doesn't look like that will be the case.

 

I will be staying in Breckenridge and will ski at Breck Monday, Tuesday and Friday.   Wednesday and Thursday I plan to go to Vail and Keystone. 

 

Though the weather isn't going to cooperate I still hope to have a great time....  For everyone skiing these areas this time of year how are the conditions?   I'm thinking my 73mm skis will be just fine and I won't need anything fatter than that...

 

I appreciate any tips and tricks anyone can give me...I'm up for any suggestions as this is my fist time to Colorado.

 

John

post #2 of 9

 You probably mean 3/1-3/7 :)

 

What type of skiing do you like to do? 

 

Whatever the case, you can't go wrong with Breck.  It's a great mountain for anybody.  Vail and Keystone aren't for everyone however.  Vail can be pretty fun on a blue bird powder day but it's really quite flat and you end up doing a lot of traversing/catwalk work.  Likewise, Keystone is overall a intermediate/advanced resort, pretty flat.  It's one of the mountains covered with my pass so I wanted to pay it a visit this season and went on weds.  My friend and I ended up only staying there for a couple of runs and peaced it to Arapahoe Basin five minutes away.  If you're soul is only quenched by more expert terrain, then you will love A-Basin's FABULOUS terrain!  Also, once you're up in Summit County, Steamboat  is only a couple more hours away and Aspen under three.

 

I live down in Boulder, so I'm always praying for snow too, btw.  However they've been gettin a bit lately so a couple moderate snowfalls will make for superb skiing.  Let's keep our fingers crossed--have fun.

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Yep, we have had several 5+ inch days in the past week, with another strom rolling through today/tonight.  So it's not all bad news. High pressure this weekend so the new snow will set up and not be fluffy powder.

Many would argue with Mutorq about Vail.  Yes there can be lots of traversing, but once in certain areas, you can get some great skiing in. Equally, I think all would agree that A-Basin is superb. Smaller and not a fancy ammenities place, but we love it. And as for Breck? When newbies or out of towners ask me where the great skiing is, I tell them to go to Breck... Keeps 'em where I don't like to ski (talk about long traverses to ski the whole mountain!), and keeps 'em away from where I do like to ski.

 

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I generally side more with Wallee on this one as there isn't a whole lot of traversing at Vail if you know how to get places. 

 

I'm now reserving judgment on Breck until I can do some more upper mountain touring.  The lower mountain though drives me batty. 

 

But, all in all, it's skiing, and it's got to be good, right?  :D 

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Well I am making my first trip to colorado for 5 days of skiing...2/1-2/7.  I am pretty excited but a little sad to see that there is no real snow in the forecast :(

 

Last year I made my way to Big Sky and had a blast, 4 powder days in a row, it was incredible....5-10inched of fresh each day, it was an epic week... 

 

I was really hoping to get the seem treatment from the weather gods as I made my way out to colorado but it doesn't look like that will be the case.

 

I will be staying in Breckenridge and will ski at Breck Monday, Tuesday and Friday.   Wednesday and Thursday I plan to go to Vail and Keystone. 

 

Though the weather isn't going to cooperate I still hope to have a great time....  For everyone skiing these areas this time of year how are the conditions?   I'm thinking my 73mm skis will be just fine and I won't need anything fatter than that...

 

I appreciate any tips and tricks anyone can give me...I'm up for any suggestions as this is my fist time to Colorado.

 

John

 

I skied all of these resorts and four others as well three weeks ago.  Despite no new snow, I had a great time.  Since this is your first time to CO, unless you have firm plans to ski Breck three days, I recommend you ski Breck only one day and ski Copper and Beaver Creek, especially if the forecast calls for wind.  Breck is a wind magnet and some of their best terrain may not be very skier friendly on windy days.  If you like trees, steeps and bumps like I do, you will love Beaver Creek.  At Vail, head to the Blue Sky Basin and stay there.  Don't waste your time traversing to sample the whole mountain. Similarly, at Keystone, head to the Outback and stay there.  Copper has great variety all over the mountain, an excellent base lodge with great food and a half-price ticket if you buy at least 10 gallons of gas at a Philips 66.  In my view, with the Philips 66 coupon, Copper is the best value in Summit/Eagle County. If you like long groomers, you will be happy at any one of these mountains.  If you like bowl skiing, skip Keystone and go to A-Basin for its Montezuma bowl or ski two, non-windy days at Breck.

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Thanks for all the helpful responses....

 

We ended getting the 5 day lift ticket through breckenridge so we only have access to the resorts owned by the Vail Group or whoever owns them all...  So, I have Breck, Keystone, Beavercreek, and Vail to choose from...    I can ski at Breck or Keystone as much as I want but only have access to Vail and Beavercreek for 2 days....

 

I guess I have some choosing to do. 

 

 

Ok just read my lift ticket crap again... looks like i do have access to A Basin as well!  excellent......  This will be a fun trip.

post #7 of 9

Be sure to explore A-Basin.  The new bowl on the back side is nice, but the snow is usually better (less sunbaked) off the Pali chair.

post #8 of 9

Definitely check out the Beav.  There is something for everyone there.

 

Mike

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Originally Posted by Wallee View Post

 

Yep, we have had several 5+ inch days in the past week, with another strom rolling through today/tonight.  So it's not all bad news. High pressure this weekend so the new snow will set up and not be fluffy powder.

Many would argue with Mutorq about Vail.  Yes there can be lots of traversing, but once in certain areas, you can get some great skiing in. Equally, I think all would agree that A-Basin is superb. Smaller and not a fancy ammenities place, but we love it. And as for Breck? When newbies or out of towners ask me where the great skiing is, I tell them to go to Breck... Keeps 'em where I don't like to ski (talk about long traverses to ski the whole mountain!), and keeps 'em away from where I do like to ski.

 

 

 To say this, my friend, is to completely ignore the peak 8 superconnect!  Allow me to direct your attention to a trail map.  As you can see: if, for example, you are skiing as far south as possible--on peak 10:  a short catwalk will put you on the superconnect to the top of peak 8.  From here you can ski off E or 6 or journey into the land of glorious bowls above--which take you into peak 7 quickly!  10 minutes, not the 20 of Vail.

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I generally side more with Wallee on this one as there isn't a whole lot of traversing at Vail if you know how to get places. 

 

I'm now reserving judgment on Breck until I can do some more upper mountain touring.  The lower mountain though drives me batty

 

But, all in all, it's skiing, and it's got to be good, right?  :D 

I never liked Breck until I started skiing up top!

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