Originally Posted by woofcyn
I'm considering going to Breckenridge this Friday for a week or more. This will be my first time.
Are there several ski resorts near each other that share the same pass? If not, it would be cheaper to get a pass for the duration of my stay. Are there other resorts that have better snow and terrain or is Breckenridge the best place? How far are the other resorts? Does it make sense to rent a car or just use shuttle service? I don't rent a car in Telluride, for example.
What are conditions like currently? I've read on some other sites that the snow isn't great right now and there are a lot of rocks. However, it is supposed to snow next week, though I don't know by how much. If the snow is really bad (hard pack, ice and rocks), I'll skip the trip entirely. If it's still worthwhile, but not deep powder skiing, I'd only bring one pair of skis.
Nah, don't skip the trip, I think you'll have lots of fun still. I'm headed out there next Monday.
To answer your question, yes, Keystone, Breck, and Arapahoe Basin all share the same pass. In addition, you get some days at Vail and Beaver Creek, depending on how many days you purchase at Breck/Keystone. It's a pretty good deal. I do suggest going to Vail and Beaver Creek for as many of the days as you're allowed (double check that there are no blackout dates due to MLK day). Of the Keystone, Breck, A-basin resorts, Breck is probably your best bet on snow (Copper too, but doesn't share the pass), but Keystone would be worth a visit if you're there all week. Or you can head over at night for night skiing after a day at the other resorts. Keystone and Breck are 20 mins or so apart. Vail, Beaver Creek are about 45min-1hr away from Keystone/Breck.
I know there is a Summit County free bus (google summit stage) that goes between at least Keystone and Breck, possibly A-Basin as well. I think theres a Vail/Beaver Creek bus too, but there's a fee. So you could not rent a car if you really didn't want to, but how are you going to get there? We decided renting a car from Denver for the week was the most economical option from Denver Airport to those resorts, and more convenient during the stay too. Parking is reasonable (free at Keystone, small fee at Breck).
Have fun, let me know how the snow is. :D