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It always cracks me up that Evergreen High are Cougars...

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It always cracks me up that Evergreen High are Cougars...
Cherokee Trail also has the cougar mascot.

Vail blows for navigation. I spent most of the time traversing when I was there.
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Navigation is a no brained for parks. For golden peak just head over there and hop on the lift, get off at the half way station, cruise left and drop into the park. For bwana just take chair 8, born free express, on lions head side and drop down almost directly down the mountain to bwana park, you see bothe from the lift.

Back bowls will most likely not be open, game creek bowl MIGHt be.... just take chair 8 the head left of the chair, cruise down to the lift and drop down from there or take the lions head Gondi up and drop in over the back side from there..... We like chair 4 and 5 and cruising the trees in there. Just watch out for cliffs and closed terrain. Kid got killed by an avalanche in there last year on the run "prima cornice" by an avy.
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Since it sounds like he is going around Christmas, I would suggest checking out Beaver Creek. Vail will be packed than(BC too but not as much) and if the back bowls are closed they will have the same amount of terrain open basically. Also as BA stated, Vail has alot of traversing the first couple hours of your day and BC doesnt. I really like both places but if Vail's back bowls are not open I prefer BC.

Plus the 3pm free chocolate chip cookies at BC are a great way to end the day, lol.
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so does beaver creek have a village as big as vails? The main reason i chose vail was for the non-skiers. Its nice to be in the town of vail, and for me and the other person skiing on the trip to be able to wake up early in the morning and walk to the lift. And when we are done come off the hill walk to the condo change and then walk out throughout the town without having to get in a car the whole trip. Do my expectations sound about right?
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Beaver Creek does not have a Village anywhere close to the size of Vail's. Judging by your criteria, I think you've made a good choice. It's easy to hop on a bus to Beaver Creek if you want to go there. Really easy...
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Beaver Creek does not have a Village anywhere close to the size of Vail's. Judging by your criteria, I think you've made a good choice. It's easy to hop on a bus to Beaver Creek if you want to go there. Really easy...
Cool man, thanks for the help!
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Beaver Creek does not have a Village anywhere close to the size of Vail's. Judging by your criteria, I think you've made a good choice. It's easy to hop on a bus to Beaver Creek if you want to go there. Really easy...
one last thing...is it bigger than breckenridge's village?
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It's different. Breckenridge's Village is pretty much the town of Breckenridge. Vail Village is part of Vail but is not the entire town.

Overall there is more in Breck. Keep in mind though Vail Village is a decent size and it's pedestrian only. No cars driving around in Vail Village. Where as you have traffic, look both way when crossing the street and such in Breck.
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Beaver Creek has the town of Avon, which while maybe not very big, is a "normal" little resort town with a Kroger grocery store, Beaver Liquours, and a decent number of restaurants and hotels - Vail has a more all-inclusive feel with everything jammed up all around the base areas. Breck seems like a larger town when you drive down Main Street, but Avon has a larger population (Avon, Breck and Vail all have populations that only range from 5-7k people, Avon the largest).

You're basically splitting hairs, each spot has a different feel. Summit County vs Eagle, village/chalet vs town. The Beave is notoriously the best mountain in northern CO, Vail the biggest destination, but the Angrysnowboarder will be at Breck spraying your wife and kids in the park...decisions...

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