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Old 01-17-2013, 07:01 AM   #31 (permalink)
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I'm in Atlanta, which is probably almost as bad as being in NOLA in terms of snowboarding (though I can get a fix by driving 3.5 hours if I don't mind riding down the bunny hill at Cataloochee).

A night session after an all day session is pretty tough. Even if you manage to not collapse and go home early during the night session, you'll end up the worse for it the following day.

IMO, you'll be doing ok if you can stay disciplined enough to wake up, get first chair every morning and stick around till the lifts close each of those 4 days.

Important: If you have never been to Breckenridge, then prepare to have your ass whooped by the altitude difference (ESPECIALLY coming from NOLA).

Take it very easy your first 12-24 hours after you land. Hydrate yourself more than normal. Take it easy on the alcohol (might be better not to booze at all until the 2nd night or so), and if you do ride that first night in, don't push yourself too hard. Even if you don't get headaches or short of breath, you will probably feel off... almost as if you were slightly depressed.

I hope the snow gets better for your trip. I haven't been to Breck in many years, but you can actually get a reasonably priced lunch at Imperial burger, and the the mango/pork burrito at Mi Casa is the yummiest meal I had there.
Take this to the bank. I visited Breck from Florida last year and even though I stayed hydrated before and during the trip the altitude got to me for the first few days. As far has hitting Keystone for a night session, it still counts as the same day on your pass. However as Tarzan pointed out riding Breck all day then hopping over to Keystone at night will kick your ass unless you are in tip top shape. Besides already being tired from riding all day there is some downtime between when Breck closes and Keystone opens for night riding where your muscles will turn to stone. On the gondola ride up at Keystone I thought it was going to be epic because it was a beautiful night but ended up getting my ass handed to me and limping home after my first lap. My wife was much smarter to hang out in Starbucks with her laptop....lol
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:36 AM   #32 (permalink)
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You need to go to Beaver Creek with me next time you're in town. It will change your perspective of it.
No doubt BC has some goodness to it. I was there the Monday or Tuesday of President's Day weekend. Probably Monday, and was blacked-out at Breck. Either way, yeah, I'd be down for a tour of BC......I'm sure you can serve-up the goodness that exists there. Remember, it was last season. Grumpiness all-around. I'll be back in town the last two weeks of February. Not sure if I'm going to Stay in the Breck area or out towards Avon. I'll figure lodging in the next two weeks.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:36 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Some other members may be able to give you more advice on Glades as I haven't really ventured into that type of riding yet. I would say if you want to ride park one day, stick with Breck or Keystone, and on the days you want to ride anything else, head to BC or Vail.

As for conditions and snow, I would take a look at this website:

The Colorado Daily Snow | OpenSnow

Hes about the best forecaster I've seen for snow in Colorado so far. Looks like its going to be dry till around the last week of January and then it may turn around.
Thanks dude I appreicate it
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:37 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I'm in the same boat. East coast rider on my first trip out west at the end of February. We booked our tickets not knowing it was the same week as Vail is hosting the Burton US Open.

I work with someone who has been out there and he advised me to skip Breck and Keystone(unless we're gonna take the cats) and just go to Vail and BC. He also said I-70 gets a ton of traffic in the morning and we should leave extremely early if we're coming from right outside Denver (we'll be in Aspen Park).

I saw a previous post on here about free parking, do you have to pay for parking at some of the Vail Resorts mountains!?
What week you heading there I arrive in co on the 28th.
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Two days at Breck is completely understandable, and probably necessary. There is a lot of friggin terrain to cover! Personally, I like Breck better than Beaver Creek, but that is assuming there is snow. Without snow, it doesn't matter which Mtn you hit. The snow gods need to awaken ASAP, please!

Breck and Vail are busiest, obviously, on the weekends. Lift lines can be crazy at the get-go, but once you get up from the access lines, you should be a lot better. Get away from the pack and the lines will be much smaller.
Thanks I think we might do breck, vail, and abasin. But im not sure yet I would like to have a game plan before we get there though. Also snow will change where we ride.
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If your planning on riding breck, wax your board for the flat spots Don't get me wrong there is some awesome terrain, but breck's greens are like bunny hills, and there cat walks are ridiculous (vails catwalks are worse). When I first started snowboarding, I rarely waxed my board and was always peddling through the flats. Now I cruise by the other peddlers
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I haven't ridden anywhere with longer flats than Vail. My skier friends have told me that Alta is worse, but they don't allow snowboarders there anyway!
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If your planning on riding breck, wax your board for the flat spots Don't get me wrong there is some awesome terrain, but breck's greens are like bunny hills, and there cat walks are ridiculous (vails catwalks are worse). When I first started snowboarding, I rarely waxed my board and was always peddling through the flats. Now I cruise by the other peddlers
I will most definitely wax the sh*t out of my board then lol.
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I did Breck for two days, one day at Vail and one day at BC last week and it was cold cold cold.

Breck - didn't think the catwalks were that bad, made it from peak 7 to 9 with no problems. The top of the peak 8(?), where the access is to the T-bar and 6 chair, was rough going with the wind conditions and overall lack of snow.

Vail - i thought they were a little worse, but worth it for sure to get to the bowls. Sometimes, it was my fault because I didn't know the area well enough. Definately not the worse I've seen (Heavenly IMO).
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I did Breck for two days, one day at Vail and one day at BC last week and it was cold cold cold.

Breck - didn't think the catwalks were that bad, made it from peak 7 to 9 with no problems. The top of the peak 8(?), where the access is to the T-bar and 6 chair, was rough going with the wind conditions and overall lack of snow.

Vail - i thought they were a little worse, but worth it for sure to get to the bowls. Sometimes, it was my fault because I didn't know the area well enough. Definately not the worse I've seen (Heavenly IMO).
So i think we are doing breck the first and the then vail the second. I heard the bowls at vail are crazy but take forever to get to.
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