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Summit Co. 3/14 - 3/20, looking for advice, resort condtions

post #1 of 14
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looking for info on Summit Co. resort conditions, Breck, Keystone, Vail, BC, and Copper.  My two teen daughters and I will be skiing Summit Co. next week (3/14-3/20).  I purchased the Peaks 4 out of 6 days lift tickets, so we have borgesmorg of mountains to choose from.  Last year we skied Breck, Vail, and Keystone.  I really liked Blue Sky, so unless conditions suck we’ll spend a day at Vail.

 

Our ability, we’re all intermediate skiers, ski the blues easily and can handle single blacks without much trouble.  More cruiser than extreme, but not afraid to push the envelope.  Mostly we just like to have fun on the mountain.

 

Our style, the kids like to get off into the trees and play around, looking for small jumps.  Me, I like variety, a little of this, a little of that; everything in moderation is my motto.

 

I’ve be searching the forums for data already; trails to hit, places to get the grub on, etc… but any other extras will be greatly appreciated.  If it matters, we’re driving out from Ioway and staying in Frisco (nothing like a 13 hour drive to soothe ones nerves).

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 14
Note your Peaks ticket is not good at Copper.  Both Breck and Keystone are an easy drive from Frisco and worth a day.  Then go back to the one you liked best.  You can only scratch the surface of what's available in four days.  If you've never skied A-Basin, give it a try on a clear day.  You can pick up discount coupons lots of places in Summit County.
post #3 of 14
was at Breck on Sunday, haven't been at Keystone since December.  Breck finally has good coverage, pretty much everything is open, we skied 7,8, and 9 -- just didn't get over to 10 and all were quite nice. For once all the runs seem to have decent cover.  They have been getting  more snow this week -- per the Vail Co. email alerts.  Keystone has less base this year -- like many have said we have not had a great year for Summit county.  Agree with JimH -- try both and go back to the one you like, both are a very short drive from Frisco, roughly the same distance, i would guess about 20 minutes either way.  Depending on the weather that day, as you may know from last year, the snow can get pretty mushy near 3-4PM this time of year. 

Sorry can't help on places to eat etc, as locals we hit the road back to home after a day skiing.
BUT, on the way up or back you may want to hit Beau Jo's Pizza in Idaho Springs -- great stuff.  We have had good luck over the years just wandering the main street in Breck to see what looks appetizing too. 
post #4 of 14
I was at Steamboat from last Friday until Sunday, and am now at Vail until Saturday. Conditions have gotten MUCH better in the past week, with 3-4 most nights, with an occasional 8-9.

Vail was pretty good today, but you can feel the (very) hardpack right under the surface. It's supposed to continue with minor dumps for the foreseeable future, so you should be good to go.
post #5 of 14
Regarding places to eat - my two favorite places in Frisco are the Blue Spruce Inn and Silverheels.  Each is a bit upscale in the main restaurant, but have a bar area that serves good lower priced food.
post #6 of 14
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We'll probably eat at Jersey Boys in Dillon one night as we liked it last year.  I'm thinking Breck day 1 (8&9), Vail or BC day 2, and go from there.  Anybody do the cat skiing at Keystone?  Do you need powder skis to do that?  Never have done the cat thing, I'd like to try it some day.  My skis are pretty much dedicated groomers though, 110-70-78, never really tried them in powder.
post #7 of 14
The KAT skiing trips are fixed price and the price includes powder skis.

From the sounds of it though, this might not be the year for those trips.
post #8 of 14
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Thanks for the info.  What's the quickest way to get back to Blue Sky at Vail?  Last year I believe we took Sleepy Time, which as I recall was a long dull fairly flat road type trail.

BTW - I checked the dimensions on my skis last night after giving them a nice hot wax, they're 110-70-98, 170cm Head Monster R skis.  I bought them off of level9 last year, I read somewhere they were skis made for the rental market, hence the R in the name.
post #9 of 14
When I was out at Vail in January, we did a Blue Sky Basin tour -- those guys have plenty of suggestions re. how to get there and back quickly. And it's free.
post #10 of 14

I was at Vail today.  The report was 2" new and during a brief 2.5 hour heavy snow they got another six to seven inches new in the back bowls.  Sleepy time still is the best way to get to Blue Sky but you might want to try a few rides up lift 21 (Orient Express) for a few runs down Poppyfields.  Keystone is hit or miss and the possibility of good snow has always been one year for every seven and this is not the one.  A basin is great when you have a grill in the back of the rental car but, a 45" base is not what you want at A basin for skiing options.  Breck will always be Breck, tourists and boarders!  Just my opinion; enjoy your trip! 

post #11 of 14
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The Griswold family truckster is loaded and ready to go.  We'll be pulling out early tomorrow for Frisco.  I'll do my best gaper/turon impression when schlepping around Vail and BC.  See you on the mountain.
post #12 of 14
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 I'm thinking Breck day 1 (8&9), Vail or BC day 2, and go from there.  Anybody do the cat skiing at Keystone?  Do you need powder skis to do that? 

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The KAT skiing trips are fixed price and the price includes powder skis.

I left yesterday, and you're lucky to be there now instead of a couple of weeks ago, although more snow would definately be a big help. Blue Sky was great in the am but got a little played by the afternoon.

The Cat skiing at Keystone of $5 a ride, and if you have freshies is well worth it.Your skis will be OK (the ride DOES NOT include skis). It stops fairly early (2pm?), so get there early and often.

Not sure where you are on your days right now, but I'd skip Breck and get more time at Keystone, Flail or BC (OR A-Basin just to mix things up)
post #13 of 14
Looks like another nice snow for Breck, Copper, maybe not so much for Vail. About 2.5" new since 4:30 AM at Copper with more to come.
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Well, we made the migration safe and sound, though the slog across NE really suxcks and i-76 to Denver isn't much better.  It got interesting at Denver, rain and mist that turned into snow as we went uphill.  Made pretty good time despite the conditions.  Felt sorry for all the people east bound, they were stacked up and standing at the tunnel.

Got settled and stopped at Q4U for some ribs, but it was packed so we drove over to Dillon and lucked out at Jersey Boys, got a table when we walked in.  An large Animal and two PBR's later, I was sated.  tomorrow we ski BC. Late.
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