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    Vail Resorts..which to ski (I know Vail is a dirty word BTW)

    I know Vail is a dirty word around here lately, but I am planning to take 2 seniors on spring break for 6/7 days of skiing 1st week in April...so, I am wondering, looking at Vail, Beaver Creek, A Basin, Breck and Keystone...should we try to ski them all, giving 2 days to one of the resorts, or should we focus on 2 resorts, and try Keystone as a 3rd for night skiing.?

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    Keep on driving...... when you get to the base of the Little Cottonwood Canyon, grab a hotel.
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    Ive skiied keystone, Copper, Abasin and Vail quite a bit. Ive skiied at the Bev once and never at Brec. With that said I love Vail. First time I went I got lost because its so huge. It was a good thing tho. stuble on areas I didnt know exhisted. If I were to go back to one of the places today I would for sure be Vail. On the other hand I would like to try other places too so Imnot sure that I wouldnt look into somthing different but my new standard will be how much I like it comparred to Vail.

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    It sounds like you are working with a package ticket? If not, my advice would be to get as much elevation as possible in case the temperatures are not keeping the snow cold.
    Arapahoe Basin: Base: 10,780 ft (3,286 m); Summit: 13,050 ft (3,978 m).
    Copper: Base: 9,712 ft (2,960 m); Summit: 12,313 ft (3,753 m).
    Keystone: 9,280 feet (2,830 m); Summit: 12,408 feet (3,782 m);
    Beaver Creek: Base: 8,100 ft (2,500 m); Summit: 11,440 ft (3,490 m).
    Vail: Base: 8,120 ft (2,470 m); Summit: 11,570 ft (3,530 m); Vertical Rise: 3,450 ft (1,050 m).
    I put Beaver Creek in front of Vail because it's a great mountain, IMHO. :) An added bonus is that the kids can see and ski the Birds of Prey World Cup downhill race course. They'll remember that run when they see it again on the telly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jclose8 View Post
    Keep on driving...... when you get to the base of the Little Cottonwood Canyon, grab a hotel.
    great thought, but time to try something new and what I saved on lodging will honestly pay for the lift tickets for the week...

    thanks for opinions, Beaver Creek is at least one day if not 2...if we buy a 6 of 8 day at Keystone, we save $60 a person over buying at vail and can ski 3 of the 6 at Vail or beaver. So that would be the package

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    Quote Originally Posted by jclose8 View Post
    Keep on driving...... when you get to the base of the Little Cottonwood Canyon, grab a hotel.
    Homewood Suites - 30 minutes from Snowbird ..........$89/night w breakfast .............even, better - sisters house - 20 minutes, and she makes a mean chicken enchilada, and loves to play euchre apr?Žs ski!

    Seriously, they're all good - you can't go wrong at any of them - but a trip to beaver creek to make a run down the birds of prey course (especially for ski racers) is worth the trip - it'll give you a much better appreciation for watching the Beaver Creek WC Races

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    Vail is simply an amazing ski area. You could stay a whole week and maybe not ski EVERY run on the property! It's that big!!

    No reason to waste any time at Keystone or Beaver Creek (Very Expensive). If you wanted a diversion from Vail, ski Breckenridge. It's perhaps the coolest, 1870's Victorian Mountain town on the planet.

    Have a blast!!
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    Keystone is easily the worst of them based on overall snow conditions. Often icy and anything new gets skied off quickly by the crowds. I'd focus on Vail, the Beav and Breck. Maybe one day at the Basin, but there is no racing of any kind there. Enjoy. The snow is great everywhere but Keystone.
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    We rated them in this order breck, Vail, A Basin, Beav, Keystone...we liked Breck and Vail. Didn't really ski the fron side of Vail except to get back to the car, breck had lots to offer, but Lake chutes and Horseshoe bowl were great, as was east wall and back area at A basin. Happened to run across the keystone epic mix course by mistake heading back to the car so we could get to A Basin for 3 or 4 hours of skiing and found the course area to be flatter than our home hill in midwest, closed at 11am on a busy day...go figure

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    Did 2 days at vail, area is Huge, skied all the bowls, avoided the front like the plague...Birds of Prey Course at beaver Creek was amazing.

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