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Old 02-20-2009, 08:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm heading out to Summit County the beginning of March and was planning on going to Keystone, A-Basin, and Loveland. I've skied (this is my first year of boarding) Keystone, Copper, and Breck several times before, so I know what to expect from Keystone. I have never been to A-basin or Loveland. Will either of those be too challenging for a newer boarder? I make it down most blues pretty easily and do like a good challenge. Any advice or info would be much appreciated.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Abasin is probably the most challenging of them all. The groomed runs are relatively short, but they just added that whole backside of the mountain this year/last year. Loveland has some great terrain when there is good coverage, but I'm not sure how it is out there right now. If I had to choose between the two, I'd take Abasin.
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Loveland is literally 8 minutes from Abasin and they pretty much always share the exact same conditions. I wouldn't say Abasin is a LOT more challenging, Loveland has the Ridge, the steeps under lift 1, The east ropes, the west ropes, and all of lift 8, but Abasin does have a few more mogul monster skier runs. If you want the best bang for your buck choose loveland. Abasin is alright since they added the Montezuma bowl but loveland still just shits all over it as far as the whole mountain is concerned. Neither of them will be TOO challenging for a beginner, in fact loveland has an entire seperate mountain for beginners. Keystone, Breck, etc. are VERY expensive and busy as shit so I wouldn't reccomend them if you are going for a short trip.
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Old 02-20-2009, 12:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info. I am just going to be out there for 3 days. I was going to do Keystone on Thursday, A-Basin Friday, and Loveland on Saturday then head back to Denver to fly home that night night. I wanted to stay away from the BIG resorts Fri/Sat, which is why I was wondering about Loveland and A-basin.
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a-basin is awesome. at least i think so.
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Loveland is awesome because there are rarely long lines. If you go during the week you can ride down the mountain and hop on the lift without ever stopping. I'm a relatively new boarder myself and there is plenty of blue runs to keep you occupied, especially off of lifts 4 and 8. If it is busy you can always hit lift 6 which has some good blues and typically short lift lines. Can't say much for A-basin or Keystone, yet. By the way coverage is pretty good right now at Loveland, got about 7 inches this week and March and April are the snowiest months for Loveland and A-basin.
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Old 02-23-2009, 11:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I boarded Vail, Copper, Breck and A-Basin last year and thought A-Basin was great! We spent most of the day in the back bowl which is kickass. We were 5 guys and 3 of the 5 were intermediate boarders and a skier and all handled it prety well. It's pretty rustic. Uncrowded, no-frills, unpretentious, not extreme. I think you'll like it, though, as a boarder, of those you mentioned, Copper was the best! Lots of wide-open, nicely-pitched runs. Vail was a bit better than Copper though.... maybe because we got a powder day there, or maybe beacause there's just so much terrain!
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I think its definitely worth hitting one day at keyston, basin, and loveland. just do keystone during the week and you'll be fine. i just rode there today after 10 inches last night and absolutely zero crowds.
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