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    Let's go to Vail and run the NASTAR Course

    I ran up to Vail on Dec 28th and took along my camera. In golf, they say that Pebble Beach is a "must play" course. As a skier, Vail is a "must ski" resort. I believe that you could stay a week and not ski every run on this mountain. It is massive!

    Check it out >>>>> http://picasaweb.google.com/JTBear1/NASTARVail122810?authkey=Gv1sRgCJrGm_bnkcK_9AE##
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    Absolutely true, JT! I ALWAYS give that advice to people going skiing in Colorado for the first time. There is no way to describe the "Vail experience." The mountain is huge, and the town is another experience in itself.

    I'm glad I've been there, but that being said, it's not really my style.... Now that I've skied at Jackson Hole, Snowbird, Alta, and Squaw Valley I can't really see myself spending money on a trip to Colorado. (maybe Silverton)
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    Only did Vail once but fell in love with Blue Sky Basin.

    Gotta agree with Jamie. Jackson Hole was my most memorable western destination. I've done Park City, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley, Telluride, Taos, Breckenridge, Keystone, Steamboat, and Winter Park.
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    Vail and Beaver Creek Rock. Thanks for the pics Mike. Makes me miss my annual January trip to the rockies. This year the trip will have to wait until March when I move to Winter Park Village for 8 nights and 7 ski days. Nothing wrong with Colorado in my book. When I invent the next industrial wigit and sell it for a huge fortune I'll be moving to Mountain Village at Telluride. That's my dream home site.

    You could have seen our buddy BSR at the Vail ski school. He is out there this season. I'm planning on skiing with him when I go out for the Nationals.
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    I hope this doesn't hijack your thread too much. The end part is relevant, but I want to give a bit of background first.

    My first ski experience, aside from the 300' hill just outside St. Louis, was a 1993 trip with my uncle (NPS forest ranger) to Monarch and Wolf Creek. During that trip, he didn't speak very kindly of the I-70 resorts. He said they were too crowded, and the terrain was uninteresting - all straight-line groomers. I realize that it was 17 years ago that he said that, and perhaps even longer ago that he visited those places to form his opinion, and things do change. But still, as an adult now, I've avoided them, choosing instead places like Telluride and Crested Butte, and out-of-the-way places in the East as well. And Winter Park for Nationals last year.

    But I'll be headed to a racing clinic at Breckenridge at the end of this month (search "free race camp" at epicski - there may still be spots available). The clinic is 2 days, but I'll also ski the day before and the day after.

    Given that my pass will be good at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breck, Keystone, and A Basin, what do you folks suggest? I'm thinking Breck on the 1st day so I can actually see the place, since days 2 and 3 will be the NASTAR run over and over again the entire day (not a complaint, of course!). But as for day 4, I'm not sure. Do you think it would be worthwhile to go to Vail for just one day? I'm thinking of hitting Keystone for night skiing, so not terribly inclined to go there during the day, except that the $5 cat rides sound fun. I don't know a thing about Beaver Creek or A Basin, except that the Birds of Prey run is at BC.

    I guess if I'm asking for advice on where to go, I should tell a little bit about what kind of skiing I like. I like groomed blues and blacks. I'm starting to enjoy "bimps" aka baby bumps, but am still terrible at "real" bumps.

    Thanks!

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    Chase:

    Vail is a mere 37 miles from Breckenridge. It's well worth the drive. You try your skills on legendary bump runs like Highline, Riva Ridge or Look Ma. The NASTAR course is significantly more challenging than Breckenridge.

    Of course, no trip to Vail would be complete without a pass through the Back Bowls.

    Enjoy your trip.

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    About a month ago Alaska Mike posted that there is no Nastar in Alaska. That got me thinking that a group of us should go to Alaska, with a pacesetter, and have a special Nastar race in Alaska. Wouldn't that be a hoot?

    Just a thought. Never been to Vail although I will someday. I like Utah the most, at my skiing level and with the lower altitude in Park City, I always enjoy that area. Having three resorts in one place, with the bus that takes you everywhere, with low altitude that never bothers my asthma....PCMR, Deer Valley and The Canyons are a favorite.

    So Alaska might be a bit much, both financially and physically, but its always good to dream big.

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    Vail and Beaver Creek have the best NASTAR race arenas in the country. The courses, and registation areas are first class, and much more challenging than most of the NASTAR coures we race on. Besides, the resorts themselves are as good, if not better, than anywhere. Lots of good black and blue groomers (more than you could possibly ski in 3 days), along with the world class bowls and bumps. If you make a trip out west, one year you have to visit these two. And if you race NASTAR seriously, you simply MUST go there at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiTownChick View Post
    I like Utah the most............I always enjoy that area. Having three resorts in one place, with the bus that takes you everywhere, with low altitude that never bothers my asthma....PCMR, Deer Valley and The Canyons are a favorite.
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    Agreed, although I don't think The Canyons has NASTAR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer X View Post
    Agreed, although I don't think The Canyons has NASTAR.
    You're right Racer X, The Canyons does not have Nastar. I like to ski there anyway. There is one run in particular, Boa, that I like.

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