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Old 01-17-2013, 03:43 PM   #41 (permalink)
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The back bowls at Vail are a must do; do not go to Vail and skip the back bowls because you heard it took too long to get to; I've only been to Vail twice, and we pretty much spent our entire time in the bowls; still haven't seen the front side of the mountain, but that was kind of the idea to avoid the lines.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:49 PM   #42 (permalink)
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The back bowls at Vail are a must do; do not go to Vail and skip the back bowls because you heard it took too long to get to; I've only been to Vail twice, and we pretty much spent our entire time in the bowls; still haven't seen the front side of the mountain, but that was kind of the idea to avoid the lines.
One of my buddies who is coming along was at vail last year and said he rode the bowls all day long. Im cool with the wait for some sick riding. What time does vail open?
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I second the notion of "do not skip the backbowls at Vail". They are great. I was just up there last weekend and despite the lack of snow recently there was still plenty of untracked pow to be had. I have a feeling a lot of people think the back bowls are too far out of the way, which is fine by me, keeps em fresh.
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I second the notion of "do not skip the backbowls at Vail". They are great. I was just up there last weekend and despite the lack of snow recently there was still plenty of untracked pow to be had. I have a feeling a lot of people think the back bowls are too far out of the way, which is fine by me, keeps em fresh.
I cant wait! Im staying in breck what time should we head out to make it to vail and make way to the bowls?
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:53 PM   #45 (permalink)
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One of my buddies who is coming along was at vail last year and said he rode the bowls all day long. Im cool with the wait for some sick riding. What time does vail open?
The gondola starts at 8:30. Though one day I got in line at 8 with about 15 other people and they let us go ahead and go up. First tracks

I would say get there at 7:30, get in line at 8, and you will basically have the mountain with about 20 other people until about 10:30 or 11. Its worth getting up early. The same goes for most mountains out here. The crowds don't start till 11 or so unless its some kind of crazy powder day.

Edit: For your other question. I rent a condo with friends in silverthorne which is about 10-15 mins from Breck. So I would say if you are staying in Breck or Frisco, head out about 6:45 or 7 and you will get there for when the gondola starts.
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I cant wait! Im staying in breck what time should we head out to make it to vail and make way to the bowls?
During the week, it usually took us ~40 minutes. On the weekend, you might want to consider sleeping there, lol.
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I cant wait! Im staying in breck what time should we head out to make it to vail and make way to the bowls?
Like Toomey said, planning to arrive around 7:30AM is a good plan, that gives you a half hour to gear up and get to the gondola. Breck is about a half hour away from Vail, so if you leave your hotel around 7:00AM you should be good to go.
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Also my advice applies to Vail and parking in the garage. If you want to try for free parking, I would suggest getting there earlier as you have to ride a shuttle. The same applies for BC even though free parking is easier there.

I've tried the vail garage ticket trick and it didn't work for me
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Watch the weather though... the roads can get dicey if there's a storm, so prepare accordingly!
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Can't believe I almost forgot this but another food suggestion in Breck is Rasta Pasta. Had an awesome lunch there one day and I highly recommend the actual "Rasta Pasta" dish.
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