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First ski trip out West planned for January

post #1 of 12
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New member, first post...

I'm traveling w/ a group of 7 to Breckenridge for the last week of January and I'm completely pumped about it.  I've never skied out west - only Snowshoe.  Hopefully the snow gods will bless us.  We're staying at the Village at Breckenridge.  As expected, the travel group helping us plan the trip as well as the people working the desk at the main lodge all say the place is great.  I was hoping to get some local and/or first-hand-experience opinions. 

Has anyone stayed in one of their plaza condos?

What do you think about the quality of the rooms and the communal areas?

Is it pretty close to restaurants/shopping/ski rental/parking/etc?

Would you recommend this place to a friend?

If anyone has been to Snowshoe, WV and Breckenridge, how would you compare the difficulty levels (green, blue, black, etc)?

Any opinions/comments/suggestions would be much appreciated!  Thanks guys.
Edited by wells9uk - 12/15/09 at 3:42pm
post #2 of 12

Dear Neighbor,

I've stayed in the plaza condos and I suspect you will enjoy them. They are almost ON the hill at the bottom of the mountain and are probably considered to be in the town of Breck.  There is almost nothing you can't walk to from there (assuming you make the altitude adjustment) or you can take the towns free shuttle wherever you want. 

 

You are headed to the big leagues, you can't compare the place to Snowshoe.  The blacks are tougher than Snowshoe and there are double blacks beyond that.  There are greens that pass for parking lots that are the width of a football field and blue groomers with what you will consider perfect snow.

There are rental shops all over town and one in the Maggie building which connects to the plaza you are in.  You can do better on the cost front if you rent outside Breck.  Try Pioneer in Frisco Co. (you will pass through there on the way to the mtn.)

Breckenridge is a fun mountain and a really fun town. Get out and enjoy the place. Check the Breckenridge web site www.Breckenridge.com for maps and other information as well as the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce for more about the town.
You should be able to park the car once you are done grocery shopping (City Market as you enter town) after getting there.

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the insight Uncle Louie. 
How bad is the altitude adjustment?  I spent a week in Colorado Springs a couple years ago and had no problem, but I only exerted myself on the second day I got there when I hiked Pike's Peak.  I spent the other days fishing and sightseeing around town. 

Hopefully I'll get some more responses to my thread.  The more info, the better.

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Dear Neighbor,

I've stayed in the plaza condos and I suspect you will enjoy them. They are almost ON the hill at the bottom of the mountain and are probably considered to be in the town of Breck.  There is almost nothing you can't walk to from there (assuming you make the altitude adjustment) or you can take the towns free shuttle wherever you want. 

 

You are headed to the big leagues, you can't compare the place to Snowshoe.  The blacks are tougher than Snowshoe and there are double blacks beyond that.  There are greens that pass for parking lots that are the width of a football field and blue groomers with what you will consider perfect snow.

There are rental shops all over town and one in the Maggie building which connects to the plaza you are in.  You can do better on the cost front if you rent outside Breck.  Try Pioneer in Frisco Co. (you will pass through there on the way to the mtn.)

Breckenridge is a fun mountain and a really fun town. Get out and enjoy the place. Check the Breckenridge web site www.Breckenridge.com for maps and other information as well as the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce for more about the town.
You should be able to park the car once you are done grocery shopping (City Market as you enter town) after getting there.

post #4 of 12
Been to Breck twice, fist time had mild headache for day and a half, very dry drink lots of water. Second trip no headache at all. On in my group did sit out a day due to altitude, its a personal thing
post #5 of 12
I live in Maryland and have been skiing Snowshoe for years.  Have also spent a couple of  weeks at Breckenridge.  There is no comparison in the quality and quantity of the skiing.  That said, if you are comfortable on Cupp  run or Shays at Snowshoe then you will have a lot of terrain well within your ability at Breck.  Just remember that lower Shays is not really comparable to a double black out West.  Drink lots of water and try and keep alcohol consumption down will help a lot with the altitude.  Have fun and good luck.
post #6 of 12
3 posters from KY on this thread.  I'm from Florence.

I went to Colorado for the first time a few years back and got very sick.  I had to go to the hospital, and my blood/oxygen level was about 56%.  They made me leave the mountains.  With what it cost to go out, this is not a situation you want to be in.  My Dr. gives me a drug called Diamox, and I took it the last time I went out, and had absolutely no problem.  It may be something you want to talk to your Dr. about.

I'll be at Breck Jan 7-11, so I'll post a trip report when we get back.
post #7 of 12
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3 posters from KY on this thread.  I'm from Florence.

I went to Colorado for the first time a few years back and got very sick.  I had to go to the hospital, and my blood/oxygen level was about 56%.  They made me leave the mountains.  With what it cost to go out, this is not a situation you want to be in.  My Dr. gives me a drug called Diamox, and I took it the last time I went out, and had absolutely no problem.  It may be something you want to talk to your Dr. about.

 

3 posters and all along the I-75 corridor too!  I'm midway between you and the Original Poster.

I'm pretty sure I still hold the record for a low blood/ox count at the health center in Frisco.....at least for those that lived.  It came out of no-where too, after years of living and visiting the area.  Avoid ANYTHING that thins the blood, cigs, coffee, soda, some medications.  Our own poster DP (he's an anesthesiologist) wrote a great thread on it some years ago....check the Wiki's here, I suspect it's there.  Diamox works well and should be taken in advance. If you are flying into Denver the more time you can spend there before heading off to the high country the better. As another poster said....drink LOTS of water.  High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) doesn't happen on every visit. I've also found it's better at altitude to cure mild headaches with a cold compress rather than over the counter drugs (advil for example).  You'll probably find day 3 to be the turning point,  if you feel better you are probably out of the woods,  worse pay attention.  Doc's at Summit County medical told me a warning sign is if you find yourself peeing less.  (yes....you have to avoid BEER TOO)

I'll be in the area Jan 1 - 9 and again Jan 27 & 28 if you guys want to make a few turns.
post #8 of 12
 bb000,I'm just north of you in Cincy.

Anyways, Breckenridge the town is fantastic.  Lots of good independent restaurants and some cultural attractions if you decide to take a day off of skiing in the middle to rest.  The only altitude problems I seem to have is that I have more trouble sleeping.

As for as matching up skill levels, if you are comfortable with Cupp/Shays then you will definitely be able to handle everything that is up to blue-black with great ease.  For a "big mountain", Breck's greens and blues tend to be on the mellower side.  For blacks and double blacks, a lot of it will be based on current conditions and what you are comfortable.  For the most part at Breck, something black or double black means that it is ungroomed (true for everything but the race course on Peak 10...try it...you can rip fast turns all day long) and if it is in the non-Alpine then it will most likely be steep and bumped up.  Not as much bumps in the alpine but you are up high, exposed to the wind and obviously a lot of it is steeper than what you've experienced at the 'shoe.  To try out something up top and you feel comfortable about the snow conditions, you might try doing a lap under the Imperial Chair.  Going down the lift line is pretty wide and there isn't many obstacles at all.
post #9 of 12
You will be jamming dude....  Not quite sure if you are up for it, but it should be awsome.  You will need to drink lots of "honey" so make sure you are ready to rip and bring a big flask.  Later dude...
post #10 of 12
I'll be skiing Breck for the first time on Jan. 8.  Hitting the mountain with someone that knows the lay of the land may not be a bad idea.

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3 posters and all along the I-75 corridor too!  I'm midway between you and the Original Poster.

I'm pretty sure I still hold the record for a low blood/ox count at the health center in Frisco.....at least for those that lived.  It came out of no-where too, after years of living and visiting the area.  Avoid ANYTHING that thins the blood, cigs, coffee, soda, some medications.  Our own poster DP (he's an anesthesiologist) wrote a great thread on it some years ago....check the Wiki's here, I suspect it's there.  Diamox works well and should be taken in advance. If you are flying into Denver the more time you can spend there before heading off to the high country the better. As another poster said....drink LOTS of water.  High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) doesn't happen on every visit. I've also found it's better at altitude to cure mild headaches with a cold compress rather than over the counter drugs (advil for example).  You'll probably find day 3 to be the turning point,  if you feel better you are probably out of the woods,  worse pay attention.  Doc's at Summit County medical told me a warning sign is if you find yourself peeing less.  (yes....you have to avoid BEER TOO)

I'll be in the area Jan 1 - 9 and again Jan 27 & 28 if you guys want to make a few turns.
 
post #11 of 12
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I'll be skiing Breck for the first time on Jan. 8.  Hitting the mountain with someone that knows the lay of the land may not be a bad idea.

 



 

Shoot me a PM when you arrive.
post #12 of 12
That's a smart move bb000.

I skied Breck with Uncle Louie four or five years ago and had a blast. He's a great guyand will show you around really well.

I'll be there too, but will miss him by a day - I'm gutted.

As for the altitude, I can only endorse what the other posters have said. Drink plenty (not alcohol etc...) and try and get your hands on some diamox. I've been out there about 8 or 9 times and have only suffered once. It seems to be completely unrelated to fitness or exercise level, but I can guarantee it's not pleasant.

If you can't get diamox, an over the counter option that's clinically unproven (AFAIK) but has anecdotal back up is Gingko Biloba. Again, dp has covered it in posts before with dosages etc.

Take the opportunity to ski away from Breck for a day (or a night) if it's on your ticket & time allows. It's worth it since you've travelled all that way.

In any case - enjoy! 

Season's Greetings from Ireland!

CW :-)


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I'll be skiing Breck for the first time on Jan. 8.  Hitting the mountain with someone that knows the lay of the land may not be a bad idea.
 


 
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