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Old 01-29-2013, 12:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am heading up to Vail this weekend and was thinking about checking out Beaver Creek one of the days in an effort to conserve my Vail passes (I have the Epic Local and have already used 4 days at Vail). I have never been to Beaver Creek, so my question is, how does Beaver Creek compare to Vail?
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I am heading up to Vail this weekend and was thinking about checking out Beaver Creek one of the days in an effort to conserve my Vail passes (I have the Epic Local and have already used 4 days at Vail). I have never been to Beaver Creek, so my question is, how does Beaver Creek compare to Vail?
I may be incorrect about this as I have the Epic pass, however from the wording on their website it sounds like to me you get 10 days at Vail OR Beaver Creek. So you have 10 days total for both. Not 10 days at each. I could be wrong, but that is how the wording reads to me.

On another note, I like both places. Vail has the back bowls and blue sky which are great. BC also has pretty great terrain and it seems to be a lot less crowded than most other resorts.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I really like Beaver Creek, especially with my kids because it is easier to meet up with them compared to Vail which is quite extensive. I believe BC is under 2,000 "skiable acres" while Vail is over 5k due to the size of the back bowls. While I prefer Vail over BC, I would recommend trying BC to avoid crowds or as a change of pace if you have already been to Vail a few times.
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I may be incorrect about this as I have the Epic pass, however from the wording on their website it sounds like to me you get 10 days at Vail OR Beaver Creek. So you have 10 days total for both. Not 10 days at each. I could be wrong, but that is how the wording reads to me.
I looked and I think you're right. That kinda stinks. Here I am thinking I get 10 days and Vail and 10 at Beaver Creek lol. Oh well.
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I looked and I think you're right. That kinda stinks. Here I am thinking I get 10 days and Vail and 10 at Beaver Creek lol. Oh well.
Yeah I hear you. This is my first year with a pass and I just went ahead and bought the full epic since I wasn't sure where I would go the most. I'm glad that I did since I'm enjoying Vail and BC the most.
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Yeah I hear you. This is my first year with a pass and I just went ahead and bought the full epic since I wasn't sure where I would go the most. I'm glad that I did since I'm enjoying Vail and BC the most.
Yeah this is my first year as well. I figured since Vail and Beaver Creek are a half hour further out than Keystone, Abasin, and Breck I wouldn't be going there much. I thought wrong lol. Definitely getting the regular Epic next year.
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Yeah this is my first year as well. I figured since Vail and Beaver Creek are a half hour further out than Keystone, Abasin, and Breck I wouldn't be going there much. I thought wrong lol. Definitely getting the regular Epic next year.
Since the full epic removes the black out dates and the 10 day restriction, I think the extra money is most definitely worth it.
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I have never used all the 10 days. I got close a couple of years ago and spent all the days at Beaver Creek. Last season was pathetic and I only used 2. I went to Vail and Beaver Creek. I still think just using 2 days was worth it cause last season those were the only days were I rode in knee deep snow.

I heart Beaver Creek. It's so freakin stashy. I love the trees there. They have old growth pines and aspen glades galore. I like how fancy it is They have escalators. At 3:00 chefs come out at the base area with platters of fresh baked cookies. This is way better than Keystone's granola bars.

You don't really need to know the mountain, it's pretty easy to find good terrain. I like how quiet it is. Parking is also a lot easier at Beaver Creek as opposed to parking on the side of the road near Vail.
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