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VanRIch
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Ski trip 2022.
Wife bought me an Epic 3 day lift pass for fathers day for our guys trip in January. We plan on staying in Silverthorne/Frisco area and going one day each to Keystone, Vail and Breck. Any reason this is not a good idea? I've never snowboarded CO, only park city and whistler. My thought is to try out 3 great resorts and get an idea of which I like best for future, longer trips.


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re: Ski trip 2022.
How good of a skier are you? Because I don't think one day at Vail is enough unless you are just a intermediate or beginner skier who will stick to the front side groomers. Otherwise Vail is too big and you will miss out on what it has to offer especially in the back and Blue Sky Basin.

I am a skiier who literally skis first chair to last chair and does not take a break at all, and 3 days at Vail is barely enough for me to get everything in I want to get in. If you are a normal skier who takes breaks, doesn't ski first chair to last chair, you will really miss out.


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re: Ski trip 2022.
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We plan on staying in Silverthorne/Frisco area and going one day each to Keystone, Vail and Breck.


I did a similar trip this past February. Me and two other guys threw a last minute trip together and lodging in Vail and Breck was nonexistent, so we stayed in Frisco. We had four total days though and did 2 in Breck, 1 at Keystone, and 1 in Copper (didn't go to Vail).

I know you are using Epic Pass so that's why you listed Vail, Breck and Keystone. For me personally, out of those three, I would only pick 2 of them and do 2 days at one of the mountains.

I love Keystone, don't get me wrong, but I'd pick Breck and Vail over it every day if I was given an option. Breck and Keystone mountains are comparable, but you can get higher and access more terrain via lifts at Breck. Vail is Vail and I suggest doing 2 days there if you're #1 goal for this trip is skiing / boarding the best terrain.

So do 2 days at Vail, 1 at Breck. I say Breck b/c it has the best mountain town / skiing combo. It does get crowded so make sure the 1 day you go to Breck is on a weekday (not a Saturday).


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re: Ski trip 2022.
To respond to you both:
I'm an intermediate snowboarder. I will not be taking any breaks, especially on only 3 days and no family to have to wait up for. The only reason I was considering Keystone was to get the extra time in with the night skiing. My goal is to hit the best terrain possible. My favorite kind of terrain is trails with little side runs in and around trees on the edges and in the middle.

Now, I'm nowhere even close to this good, but the terrain this guy rides in most of this video is what I like. This is one of my favorite snowboarding videos and what I'd love to be able to do, but at 42, I'll never achieve it. I wouldn't do the jumps obviously, but the variation and possibilities of this are what gets my blood going.
Side Hits Euphoria
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I would choose between breck and vail and do two days at one of those then do one day at keystone. Keystone is awesome but you can pretty much conquer it in a day if you ski all day and don’t take a ton of breaks. Your plan is prob fine though honestly. Yeah you’ll miss a little bit here and there but if the aim is to find out which places you like the best one day at each should give you a pretty good idea

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Night skiing


Did this at keystone last year and I highly recommend it. Plus like you said the extra time is cool.
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re: Ski trip 2022.
For what it’s worth Vail is considered the better terrain over Breck. For that reason if you want to do night skiing I’d do 2 days at Vail (make sure to hit the back bowls) and 1 day at Keystone.

Silverthorne and Frisco is an amazing area. If you end up staying an extra day, Loveland or A Basin will be amazing for a relatively cheap day pass.

Have fun, sounds awesome!
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re: Ski trip 2022.
Vail is at least 2 days to do most everything.
Breck is at least 2 days to do most everything.
Keystone can be done in a day if you push it.

Tack on 2 days and do it all!


VanRIch
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re: Ski trip 2022.
I wish! But we have a big trip planned at Mardi Gras so can’t take off that much time.


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pjab
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I’d do 2 days at Vail (make sure to hit the back bowls) and 1 day at Keystone.


Right answer. Breck


VanRIch
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re: Ski trip 2022.
Last year was my first year using Epic and we only went to Park City so I don’t know how this would work, but can’t you just get a night skiing lift ticket for Keystone? And if so, do you think you can make a separate reservation just for night skiing? So maybe do this:
Day 1: Breck day -> Keystone night
Day 2 & 3: Vail

I’ll get on epic and ask their chat people but they’re not on yet this morning and thought I’d ask here first.


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RonFNSwanson
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re: Ski trip 2022.
Vail is my favorite mountain, but because of where you are staying I would just say 2 days at breck and 1 at keystone. Breckenridge is a huge resort and has plenty to keep you occupied with what you like to do. Keystone is great for one day with night skiing.


VanRIch
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re: Ski trip 2022.
Vail is a non-negotiable. I've wanted to go there for so long. It's only 30-45 minute drive. Not a big deal.


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re: Ski trip 2022.
It's a great ski opportunity...but Mother Nature controls access to Vail from Frisco during ski season.
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pjab
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Mother Nature controls access to Vail from Frisco


Technically it’s a jackknifed18wheeler or an fwd economy car crashed into the guardrail that prevents you from passing


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re: Ski trip 2022.
I'm curious how many of the glowing vail responses are from snowboarders. Vail is flat. Getting anywhere worthwhile requires time on flat catwalks. We only had a couple boarders that regularly skied with us (who were very capable) and they were not vail fans. I realize that's not a big sample size so I'm just curious. I do agree with the general consensus that its the best of the three mountains you listed, but I'm not a snowboader. If you have an extra day, I like a-basin better than keystone or Breck.


RonFNSwanson
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re: Ski trip 2022.
I snowboard. I have never really experienced flat ground on vail. I had to look at a map to see what you were even referring to. Generally, a day for me at vail is going up the gondola, spending a few hours on northwoods and the other two lifts at the top. Then spending the rest of the time on the backside bowls until they close. Very few catwalks on my route.

To the OP, one of my favorite tree runs is off the Pete’s express lift. My friend and I rode it 6 times in a row after we discovered it. Trees are perfectly spaced and allow for a good bit of speed.


pjab
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re: Ski trip 2022.
I agree. Every mountain has flat spots that require poling or whatever that one foot hop snowboarders do. If you know a mountain well you learn where to maintain speed. I notice them due to having to slingshot my kids.

I think Winter Park is the worst for flat spots.


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Duke
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re: Ski trip 2022.
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but Mother Nature controls access to Vail from Frisco during ski season


There's a workaround that will typically work but yeah, you want to check the weather before going over Vail Pass.


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VanRIch
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To the OP, one of my favorite tree runs is off the Pete’s express lift. My friend and I rode it 6 times in a row after we discovered it. Trees are perfectly spaced and allow for a good bit of speed.


The right or left off Pete's? I see a blue run, Grand Review, off the left and two blacks, Hornsilver and Resolution to the right. After seeing this vid, I'm DEFINITELY hitting up Hornsilver.

Youtube - Vail Hornsilver tree run


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