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tekniq33 09-16-2009 12:59 PM

Help with Breckenridge please
 
I am planning a trip to Breckenridge with the wife, her brother and his GF. I already did some searches but did not find everything I was looking for. So:

1)When would be better for snow conditions. February or March?
2)Right now they are running early bird lodging specials staying on or near the mountain. Is this a good way to go or are there any places that are better (cheaper) off mountain?
3)Any spots to get discount lift tickets?
4)Apres recommendation.

Thanks.

Augie09 09-16-2009 01:25 PM

you'll be happy with feb or march, i pesronally prefer feb for no spring break crowd.
lodging is cheaper on VRBO then going through the resort and you can be in walking distance to everything.
not sure about lift tickets, vail resorts don't usually have terrific discounts/coupons floating around.
Just ask a local what apre's to hit on which given nights, there's plenty of night life, specially in March (spring break crowd).

BurtonAvenger 09-16-2009 02:14 PM

March is the better month, typically has more snowfall. If you can get a early bird deal that you think is fair go for it. I know they're giving away rooms right now. If you're looking for cheap lift tickets when you land in Denver swing into any City Market/ King Soopers locations and buy them from the ticketing kiosk there as that should save a little money.

jabuhrer 09-16-2009 03:12 PM

BurtonAvenger's comments are pretty much right on. March is better than Feb, but avoid Spring Break week if you can. Def go with the early bird deals if you can get good ones - the rates are great right now and it would be better than getting stuck far away in some shithole (happens to a lot of folks). I second the King Soopers idea too - unless you can get an awesome deal through the early bird specials.

As for apres, I think Breckenridge Brewery is pretty hard to beat.

Also, if you're there during a week that isn't crazy crowded, you might want to hit Keystone for a day too. It's really nice, it's right down the road, and most ticket packages can be used at either Breck or Keystone. At Breck, if you're hitting the regular runs, Peak 7 used to be the shit, but now they put up a gondola there and it is super crowded, so Peak 8 is a lot more fun and less crowded. Cheers!

tekniq33 09-16-2009 03:19 PM

Thanks everyone. I thought I had remembered one of the threads saying March would have the best conditions. Definitely don't want to deal with the spring break crowd.

Augie09 09-16-2009 03:46 PM

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Originally Posted by jabuhrer (Post 181287)
BurtonAvenger's comments are pretty much right on. March is better than Feb, but avoid Spring Break week if you can. Def go with the early bird deals if you can get good ones - the rates are great right now and it would be better than getting stuck far away in some shithole (happens to a lot of folks). I second the King Soopers idea too - unless you can get an awesome deal through the early bird specials.

As for apres, I think Breckenridge Brewery is pretty hard to beat.

Also, if you're there during a week that isn't crazy crowded, you might want to hit Keystone for a day too. It's really nice, it's right down the road, and most ticket packages can be used at either Breck or Keystone. At Breck, if you're hitting the regular runs, Peak 7 used to be the shit, but now they put up a gondola there and it is super crowded, so Peak 8 is a lot more fun and less crowded. Cheers!

gondola to peak 7! - that blows, time to open up another peak :)

jabuhrer 09-16-2009 04:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Augie09 (Post 181297)
gondola to peak 7! - that blows, time to open up another peak :)

You have no idea. When I first saw it, I almost cried, haha. There's a fucking gondola that picks you up in the parking lot and takes you to Peak 7. So of course, you get to Peak 7 now and it's just a sea of Cornhusker jackets and cowboy hats :( It's a shame. On the flip side, Peak 8 is now a ghost town and you'll find that it actually has some pretty nice runs (I never knew cause I was always shredding 7!). Transworld actually did this year's Good Wood gear review test on Peak 8. Last year, I spent most of my Breck time on Peak 8 and Peak 10. 9 is still flat and generally crappy, but it is not as crowded as it used to be.

Another peak would be nice :thumbsup: . However, after spending the past few years at smaller places like A Basin, Loveland, Monarch and Winter Park, I appreciate Breck's sheer hugeness.

SnowProRick 09-16-2009 10:53 PM

They have 4 peaks already and Peak 6 is in the planning stages. The gondola also goes to the peak 8 base. Peak 8 has a small, med & large park and a small and big pipe. 7 has cruisers with lots of rollers.

--rick

killclimbz 09-17-2009 08:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jabuhrer (Post 181307)
You have no idea. When I first saw it, I almost cried, haha. There's a fucking gondola that picks you up in the parking lot and takes you to Peak 7. So of course, you get to Peak 7 now and it's just a sea of Cornhusker jackets and cowboy hats :( It's a shame. On the flip side, Peak 8 is now a ghost town and you'll find that it actually has some pretty nice runs (I never knew cause I was always shredding 7!). Transworld actually did this year's Good Wood gear review test on Peak 8. Last year, I spent most of my Breck time on Peak 8 and Peak 10. 9 is still flat and generally crappy, but it is not as crowded as it used to be.

Another peak would be nice :thumbsup: . However, after spending the past few years at smaller places like A Basin, Loveland, Monarch and Winter Park, I appreciate Breck's sheer hugeness.

Winterpark smaller than Breck? HAHAHA! Breck had 2368 acres of terrain, Winterpark has over 3000 acres of Terrain. It's a much larger resort than Breck. In fact Winterpark is Colorado's fourth largest resort.

Also, Breck will get Peak 6 only if they can Steam roll the locals. Peak 6 is the best, safest, bc access in the Breckenridge area. If they add it, all you get is another maybe 600 acres of intermediate groomed packed out runs. Sorry, but it's probably going to be a long time before they get it, if ever. There is a major fight with legal challenges brewing over that one.

BurtonAvenger 09-17-2009 10:06 AM

Peak 7 more crowded than 8? 8 is the biggest shit show of all time cause that's the main base area now and everything funnels in. My advice ride 10,9, and 7, top of 8 or the valley between 8 and 9, but avoid at all costs the base of peak 8.

Also for Apre there's a lot of stuff. 320 usually has concerts and gets decent acts. Burke and Riles, Liquid Lounge, and Cecelia's are where you go to get your grind on and feel like you're a piece of meat being pushed through a small hole. Park Ave Pub for pool and good vibes, Downstairs at erics for pizza and wings, Goldpan if you're into the more rough looking crowd, mother loaded for the very best and worst of America.


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