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Which resort for Christmas/New Years -- Snowmass vs Beaver Creek?

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Thread Starter 

We are planning to ski dec 27 - Jan 1.  Worst time for crowds, but only time we can go juggling college, high school, and middle school schedules.  We have skiied Steamboat for several years and have also been to Telluride, Big Sky, and Deer Valley.  Steamboat is a favorite, but we would like to try something new.  Loved Big Sky, but freezing in Dec.  and a bit too early for their good snow.  We are intermediate/advanced skiiers (and one expert snowboarder). What do you think of Snowmass and Beaver Creek?

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They both provide a primo ski experience and are very good options for your dates provided you have the benjamins

Price them out including air fare from your point of origin and see if one beats the other appreciably for costs and travel time. Be sure to reserve a day or more to ski their fine sister resorts; i.e. Snowmass-Aspen/Highlands, BC-Vail.

Welcome to Epicski. 

post #3 of 9

They are both very nice resorts.  Snowmass has more ski in/out lodging and will probably be less crowded.  Where are you traveling from?
 

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I vote for Snowmass. Less crowded and great skiing.   I have stayed at great condos at Shawdowbrook in Snowmass - ski/in ski out, nice kitchens, great hot tub.  

 

post #5 of 9

interesting, I must post just so i can find this thread later ...

 

may just be interested in an option!

 

thanks!

pete

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joycelan,

 

Doesn't matter, flip a coin. Both locations are certainly different, yet both have the usual great food, shopping and other activities to keep you busy.  I'd base the decision on transportation schedules.  BTW,  Beaver Creek/Vail and Snowmass/Aspen can be really cold around that time of year, just like Big Sky!
 

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We are planning to ski dec 27 - Jan 1.  Worst time for crowds, but only time we can go juggling college, high school, and middle school schedules.  We have skiied Steamboat for several years and have also been to Telluride, Big Sky, and Deer Valley.  Steamboat is a favorite, but we would like to try something new.  Loved Big Sky, but freezing in Dec.  and a bit too early for their good snow.  We are intermediate/advanced skiiers (and one expert snowboarder). What do you think of Snowmass and Beaver Creek?

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input - we are coming from VA, so flights will be pricey either way.  Mostly I want to base the decision on which resort may be less crowded and good advanced-intermediate terrain.  Big Sky/Moonlight basin was so huge last year we got a bit spoiled.  We did ski when it was 0 degrees and cloudy and we were told we were lucky  - the entire week before we came was -20!  Steamboat gets cold, but at least itgets good sun.

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Aspen can be cold, but it's not typically. My wife isn't fond of cold and I can't think of the last time she missed a day at Christmas because of weather.  Last year was blue bird, in the 20's, with good snow, just what the skico ordered.

 

Aspen mountain is pretty well protected from the wind and with the top to bottom gondola, weather usually isn't an issue.  Snowmass's higher terrain, Big Burn, High Alpine and Elk Camp are more susceptible to high winds.  If it's blowing 30+, don't go to Snowmass.

Aspen, Highlands or Buttermilk are much better choices in high winds.

 

They have two local TV stations that have live on mountain weather reports starting at 7am.

They will literally tell you what you need to wear.  

 

Coming from VA, there won't be any directs to either EGE or ASE. Flying right into ASE is nice, but you will pay a premium at Christmas.  You will need to either connect through or drive from DEN.   Beaver Creek is about 2:15 drive in good traffic and Snowmass is about 1:30 further.

 

Beaver Creek is the least crowded of the Epic pass resorts.  But it still going to be way more crowded at Christmas, than any of the Aspen resorts.   
 

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Aspen can be cold, but it's not typically. My wife isn't fond of cold and I can't think of the last time she missed a day at Christmas because of weather.  Last year was blue bird, in the 20's, with good snow, just what the skico ordered.

 

Aspen mountain is pretty well protected from the wind and with the top to bottom gondola, weather usually isn't an issue.  Snowmass's higher terrain, Big Burn, High Alpine and Elk Camp are more susceptible to high winds.  If it's blowing 30+, don't go to Snowmass.

Aspen, Highlands or Buttermilk are much better choices in high winds.

 

They have two local TV stations that have live on mountain weather reports starting at 7am.

They will literally tell you what you need to wear.  

 

Coming from VA, there won't be any directs to either EGE or ASE. Flying right into ASE is nice, but you will pay a premium at Christmas.  You will need to either connect through or drive from DEN.   Beaver Creek is about 2:15 drive in good traffic and Snowmass is about 1:30 further.

 

Beaver Creek is the least crowded of the Epic pass resorts.  But it still going to be way more crowded at Christmas, than any of the Aspen resorts.   
 


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