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Staying in Beaver Creek...should we go to Vail to ski on one of our days?

Staying in Beaver Creek...should we go to Vail to ski on one of our days?

Jan 24th, 2010, 12:56 PM
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Staying in Beaver Creek...should we go to Vail to ski on one of our days?

My wife and I and our two boys (13 and 14 years old) are going to Beaver Creek for a long ski weekend. My 13 yr old son is a snowboarder and the rest of us are novice skiers. We are staying at Westin in Avon (which is connected via gondola to Beaver Creek). so, my question is.....Is it worth the effort to spend one of our 2 and 1/2 days of skiing over at Vail or should we just stay in Beaver Creek the whole time? also, any suggestions on where to watch the Super Bowl in Vail or Beaver Creek? thanks!
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Jan 24th, 2010, 01:08 PM
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I probably wouldn't, but the good news is you can decide when you get there. They are both part of Vail Resorts and ski on the same ticket. If you get bored at BC (on a long weekend?) you can decide to pop over to Vail. Have fun!
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Jan 24th, 2010, 01:22 PM
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I've skied both and honestly I wouldn't waste my time going to Vail. Beaver Creek has just as much to offer as Vail. Also parking at Vail can be a real hassle. With all the available ski acreage at Beaver Creek, I can pretty much assure you that you won't get bored over a long weekend...or even a week.
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Jan 24th, 2010, 03:25 PM
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Last night, we got back from skiing BC for two days and Vail for four. While I certainly disagree that BC "has just as much to offer as Vail", with only 2 1/2 days to ski, I'd stay at BC. The back bowls and Blue Sky Basin at Vail wouldn't be fun for novices.
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Jan 24th, 2010, 03:35 PM
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Stay at BC. You'll have plenty to ski there.
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Jan 24th, 2010, 06:40 PM
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You mentioned the weekend -- if it is truly Sat and Sun, the crowds will be less at BCreek. The front range skiers will not go beyond Vail. However, there is nothing at BCreek that matches the back bowls of Vail. It is more than worth a visit but not on your schedule. Same it for another trip. BCreek, itself, it to laid back for good super bowl watching. However, some local bars in Avon, Minturn, would be great.
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Jan 27th, 2010, 07:53 AM
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I think since you're so close, you might want to ski Vail, so you can know first-hand what all the fuss is about! It's many skiers' favorite mountain.
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Jan 27th, 2010, 09:44 AM
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Ski in Beaver Creek and make sure you dine at Grouse Mountain Grill...outstanding!

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Feb 6th, 2010, 04:59 AM
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Ask at the Westin about having a snowcat dinner at either Zach's Cabin or Beanos Cabin. We went to Zach's with the kids and had a spectacular time. The cat leaves from the Ritz Bachelor Gulch.

As for your question...with your limited time agree with most of the others to skip Vail this time. Those back bowls are awesome though!

Enjoy the Westin. We stayed at the sister property, the Sheraton Mountain Vista last month and had a great time.
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