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Old 06-17-2009, 12:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Breckenridge, Steamboat, Vail or Beavercreek??

I'm looking to hit the west coast this upcoming boarding season. I'v never been out west and doing alot of research i'v narrowed it down to these 4 resorts. Which ones are your fav's and why? I'm 24 so i'm looking for a badass nightlife.. Bars/clubs and so on. I need advice on one to pick, i'v been leaning towards Steamboat & Brecken here's my 4 Breckenridge, Steamboat, Vail or Beavercreek?? I'm from chicago so my biggest vertical i'v been to is 700 FT so i'm super excited!! i'm also bringing a few well... not noobs but people that arnt the greatest so I wanna make sure they have alot of coasting terrian for newers boarders. If the runs are super long thats awesome just want to make sure they have alot of greens for thew newer ones.

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Old 06-17-2009, 01:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I went in Jan to Breck and it definitely lived up to its reputation and would highly recommend it. I went with my girlfriend and she wasn't too bad, she went on a lot of green and blue runs.(We're also from Chi and She's able to handle Cascade Blacks) But out there, it's totally different ball game! Bigger EVERYTHING! You can go from peak to base and it'll take you like 20 min. (So make sure to work out your legs and be prepared to get exhausted quickly). She got tired a lot and had to stop to rest which kinda sucked for me.

We had a 4 day Breck pass and you're also able to go to Keystone, A-Basin, Vail. The only place I didn't go to was Vail because it was a little bit further west. But between the three, I liked Breck the best! So many more trails compared to A-Basin and Keystone. But I did like Keystone's park better.(All 3 level parks were in one place).

As for night life, if your there on the weekend it's poppin! we went Fri-Tues so we got to see both weekend and weekday crowds. The weekday crowd isn't as big, but there's still a good crowd out. But if you want a good time snowboarding the weekday was DEFINITELY better (not as crowded, short lines.. kinda like Cascade on the weekend vs weekday).

If you and your friends go you'll progress real quick!
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If you do Vail the Beave is right down the road which is nice. Steamboat puts you out in the boonies so you have the mountain then night life that's it. Breck opens up Summit County with 4 other resorts to ride.

Just be in shape the higher altitude can destroy people that are in reasonable shape.

As far as night life I can't speak about Vail/Beaver Crotch.

But Breck gives you an abundance of bars, which more than likely you'll do the tourist thing and go to Cecelias or liquid Lounge which is typical just expect something to happen. It might not but there's always that chance.

Steamboat you have 2 choices for nightlife there's the stuff in the base area like Slopeside, Tugboat, and whatever else is still around up there or you have old town which has an abundance of bars as well.

But if you're serious about coming out here fuck the night life save yourself to ride.
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Old 06-17-2009, 06:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Question, I noticed on the trialmap on breckenridge that the lifts dont really go to the top of the mountain and really look like they go half way up? Are they counting the 3.4k vertical that breckenridge has as the top of the summit or the top of the tallest lift?
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Beaver Creek is where my family goes every January and is where I learned to board. I really enjoy riding there. It is kinda upscale but thats its goal("Not Exactly Roughing It") There is no nightlife though and is very family oriented. Vail is right up the road and if you have the money I've heard it has some good nightlife and the moutain is huge. I went to Break this past spring for a few days.(Sun-Wed) It was during when a ton of college's are on spring break and we were very disappointed with the nightlife. It was dead. I had heard good things about Breck's nightlife but the bars were practically empty.

I'm actually planning a December trip to Steamboat this year but I'm married w/ a kid so nightlife isnt something I look for anymore. I like to have a good meal with a couple nice beers and then rest up for another full day of boarding. Getting smashed and dealing with a hangover is not my thing anymore.

You can also get an Epic Pass which is good at Breck, Vail and Beaver Creek.
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HAHA bars dead in Breck during spring break that's a crock of shit and a half. That's the worst time to bother even attempting to go out to eat let alone club it up.

Breck has one chair that goes to the top that's the Imperial it's only good to go up there maybe 10 days a year realistically. Let alone those peaks aren't that great. Breck will have more than enough terrain for you and you'll probably be stoked on anything it offers. If you're looking for more steeps and what not go to A basin or Loveland.
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If you want a party town, Aspen hands down is the best. Beats the hell out of any other spot you mentioned. Only Whistler has a bigger scene. On the flipside it's also going to cost you the most $$$.

Vail and Breck both have decent nightlife. If you can't find something going on, it's nobodies fault but your own.

Plenty of everything you are looking for terrain wise at all the named resorts.
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So your guys all around opinion would be Breck? I want a great mountain to show me what colorado is all about!
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Depends what you mean by "all about". Generally most midwesterners go to Breck and think it's the king shit of resorts.
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I don't know, it will be awesome for night life. I ride Telluride and Crested Butte. I went to Breck this last Feb to ride with some friends from Florida, lift lines were so long we only got like 8-9 runs in that day (Saturday), I was also teaching them. In Telluride, we can almost get that many runs an hour, and its an amazing mountain. I also noticed Breck's blues were like Telluride's greens. Breck is huge and nice, I have just been spoiled by the no lift lines in Telluride, on the busiest days you might be in the base lines for 10 minutes...if that. I was in line at Breck for 30 minutes at a mid-mountain lift, I don't even have to stop in Telluride. Also, due to the altitude I would highly recommend drinking WAY more water than alcohol, especially your first couple of days. Thats my 2 cents! Good luck
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