Originally Posted by snofun3
If you're really a "great skier" they'll both bore you to tears, as they're both terminally intermediate.
If you're going to the Tahoe area (Heavenly), then go straight to Squaw, and check out the local "great skiers", who used to hang with Shane (RIP).
If the I-70 areas, well Fail is better than Breck by an order of magnitude, and Beaver Creek is better than both, however the core skiers hang at A-Basin.
Originally Posted by FujativeOCR
In this rare instance, I'm going to agree with snofun3 on something. Beaver Creek is better than both, and Squaw is better than Heavenly. Though I actually prefer Breck to Fail. I also considered A-Basins clientele as "Hippies" rather than "Core Skiers", I noticed more Core Skiers at Keystone and Copper when I was there.
So, let's see, you live in Florida and California, and why would we take either opinion on Breck? Have either of you skied Breck since they opened the Imperial Chair? You also reveal your ignorance by claiming Vail is an order of magnitude better than Breck. That might be true for the intermediate skier, but the challanges at Vail that approach those at Breck are few and far between, and none of the sustained vert that you can find challenge at Breck.
Make no mistake about it, the terrain on the upper part of peak 7 and peak 8 is not intermediate skiing. There's some great steep skiing off of the top of 7, including the Y chutes, magic carpet, Arte's Bowle, etc., all of which are in the 800-1500 vert range with a pitch north of the upper 30's, and some in the upper 40's. The Lake Chutes are shorter, but has some lines that border on 50 degrees. Some of the lines have real consequences in them, in that if you fall, you are going to be beat up by steep rock bands. And Horseshoe Bowl has lots of lines in the mid-40's. Show me any line with the vert and steepness at Vail that comes close to those at Breck.
The OP also wanted tree skiing. There's lots of good trees at Breck. The Windows is a great little area, but there's lots of others as well. Minecrotch is one of my favorites -- tight and steep. There's the whole Burn area for relatively open trees. But that doesn't even start to touch the tree skiing at Breck.
Sure, the Beav has great skiing. I enjoy the Beav. It's different than Breck, with lots of very long steep mogul runs. I do the Talons Challenge every year there, and it is always a hoot.
Lots of people trash Breck. I used to be one of them. But the problem is that most people don't know the mountain. It is vast, and learning the terrain takes a fair bit of time. It's a place where a guide really helps.