EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Resorts, Conditions & Travel › Vail for low intermediate skiers
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Vail for low intermediate skiers

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hello Everyone,

My friends, group about 12-15 are going to Colorado for a ski trip. Most of us are beginners and low intermediates.  We went to Snowbird last year and found out it wasnot that friendly to beginners and low intermediates (Big Emma ? ).  Avoiding the same mistake, we 're going to Vail in January and like to ask if Vail's friendly to  beginner and low intermediate skiers and some boarders.  Also, let us know what other ski resorts are friendly to low intermediates in Colorado.  Thank you very much for your advises and inputs.


Edited by turnmeloose - 11/30/10 at 1:28pm
post #2 of 12

Breckenridge is very beginner, low intermediate friendly.  Almost all of Peak 7 and the blue and green runs of Peaks 8 and 9 would be ideal terrain for you.

post #3 of 12

Vail, Keystone, Breckenridge, Winterpark, Beaver Creek and Snowmass all have large and diverse beginner and intermediate areas. 

 

post #4 of 12

Vail is fantastic for intermediates, not so much for beginners.  Beaver Creak or Copper have more beginner terrain.   For real beginners it's fine, but there isn't much in the way of longer low level intermediate runs there and taking the catwalks to get down is no fun, long, windy and narrow.

post #5 of 12

Vail is definitely better than Snowbird but Beaver Creek, Breckenridge or Keystone would be better for beginners and low intermediates (haven't skied Copper).

post #6 of 12

The best place for the beginners in your group would be Beaver Creek. It's unique in that a large beginner area is actually at the top of the mountain rather than near the base, which is where a lot of resorts have their beginner areas. There are several trails reached from the Cinch chair lift (lift 8) or the slower double chair 5. Those who do not want to ski the cat track or intermediate trails back down to the village can download from mid-mountain via the Centennial express lift (lift 6). Those who want to ski back down would probably find Gold Dust easier than Latigo, which has a steep pitch in one section. Your intermediates would benefit from the free mountain tour that starts at the top of the Centennial lift. Gives them an awesome experience of the resort that would be difficult to cover on your own not knowing the mountain. They go at about 10 a.m., I think.

 

At Breckenridge: The low-intermediate in my group has always enjoyed Springmeier and the beginner trails it feeds into on Peak 8. Yes, Peak 7 is full of nice intermediate trails. Note that the trail on the far side , Monte Cristo, is the least challenging. The trails get steeper as you move toward the center of the trail map. My low-intermediate will only ski Monte Cristo.

 

Vail? I love Vail, but I don't think a true beginner or low-intermediate will enjoy it. The intermediates will enjoy the trails from the Mountain Top express lift #4 -- Espresso, Cappucino, Swingsville and Ramshorn on the other side of the lift. Hunky Dory from the Wildwood lift is cool. These trails get sketchy at the bottom and the base of both lifts is very close together so it's a bit confusing at first.

 

I would focus on Beaver Creek with the group you have. It's a great time!

post #7 of 12

Beaver Creek, Keystone and Copper would all be good for your groups ability level. 

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

I'm preferred Vail myself but got to plan for the whole group with first time beginners..  Last year Utah trip, I thought Brighton was very nice, wide open and less people.  Deer Valley is a little over hyped.  Beaver Creek keeps showing up, it looks like a must.

Thanks everyone for the inputs.

post #9 of 12

Interesting reponses...I would say that Vail is the best low intermediate mountain in America....it is for all intents and purposes entirely intermediate terrain....with a few(very few)  pockets of advanced.  Don't get me wrong I love the place but steep it ain't........

post #10 of 12

what Kim said above...

 

the only difficulty with Vail is, if you don't know the mountain, it is hard to tell the "dark" blues from the "light" blues & this is a big deal for beginners/low intermediates.

post #11 of 12

Make sure you have the kids at the base area at Beaver Creek around 2:30 for the hot cookies.  Kids (and kids at heart) LOVE hot chocolate chip cookies.

post #12 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roadrash View Post

Make sure you have the kids at the base area at Beaver Creek around 2:30 for the hot cookies.  Kids (and kids at heart) LOVE hot chocolate chip cookies.



What.??....Hot Chocolate Chip Cookies....I'm booking a flight in the morning.!!

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Resorts, Conditions & Travel
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Resorts, Conditions & Travel › Vail for low intermediate skiers