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Only got 3 days in Avon... Should I focus on Vail or Beaver Creek?

hey sbf,

I'm from ohio and I'm making my first ever trip out to a real mountain in early march. So far the biggest place I've ever ridden at was snowshoe mountain which is pretty much all groomers with the longest run being only about a mile or so. In this trip I want to see what CO boarding is all about so ideally I want to do lots of exploration and avoid the vanilla groomers that I'm used to. I hope to find powder and runs with natural features that I can work with. Since I only have 3 days in the Vail/BC area, I need to make the most of my time. Where would you guys recommend I spend most of it?
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2days Vail. One beaver creek. Get a 3 day pass since it works at both.
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If you do 2 days at Vail and 1 at Beav, hit the Beav first. It is much more mellow and would be good for you to get used to a real mountain before hitting up Vail. Even with that, you still might consider 3 days at Vail if you really want to dive head first into terrain.
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1. Get the 3-day pass since it works at any of the Vail properties.

2. Wake up in the morning and check the snow reports.

3. Go where they have the most new snow.

Seriously, either place is great and you can't do wrong by going to either.
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Do the conditions really vary that much between the two mountains since they're relatively close together?
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It's Colorado. The conditions can vary from one side of the street to the other.

So far this season, Vail has had 322" of snow and BC is at 227". So even though they are very close, Vail has seen nearly 8ft more snow.
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If you do 2 days at Vail and 1 at Beav, hit the Beav first. It is much more mellow and would be good for you to get used to a real mountain before hitting up Vail. Even with that, you still might consider 3 days at Vail if you really want to dive head first into terrain.
i got u... but damn its gonna be hard to walk outside and see vail that first day and instead head for the bus to beaver creek. I'm so damn excited you ppl who get to do this stuff every weekend are lucky as hell
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i got u... but damn its gonna be hard to walk outside and see vail that first day and instead head for the bus to beaver creek. I'm so damn excited you ppl who get to do this stuff every weekend are lucky as hell
The sad part is that most of us in Denver think it is too far to drive and we stop at Keystone, Breck or A-Basin. Some think those are too far and just quit driving when they hit Winter Park or Loveland.

I spent this past Saturday at Beaver Creek and then went back Sunday to Vail.
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i got u... but damn its gonna be hard to walk outside and see vail that first day and instead head for the bus to beaver creek. I'm so damn excited you ppl who get to do this stuff every weekend are lucky as hell
If you guys are staying in Vail then how about spending day 1 at Vail, day 2 at BC, then on day 3 go back to whichever one you liked more?
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The sad part is that most of us in Denver think it is too far to drive and we stop at Keystone, Breck or A-Basin. Some think those are too far and just quit driving when they hit Winter Park or Loveland.

I spent this past Saturday at Beaver Creek and then went back Sunday to Vail.
When I lived in Denver (1969-1985) the drive wasn't the limiting factor, since there was less traffic and one could make it pretty much unimpeded. The limiting factor for me back then was cost, because Vail was "too expensive" at -- wait for it -- $18/day! I settled for Winter Park because it was more affordable at $12 ($10 if you pre-purchased your pass from King Soopers).
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