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    Posted: Aug/18/2010 at 1:49pm
We are planning a trip for end of March. From Hawaii, we can only get out once a year so we want to make it worth it. Whole family snowboards (kids 8 and 10), husband prefers bowls, I like the runs. We've been to Canyons before, but have the opportunity to go to either Vail or Brek. We are low key people, don't care for the fancy, just want good snow and the least amount to stress. Should we stick with Caynons or try somethings new for all 4 of us (snow, places to eat, other snow activities). Mahalo!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 5:58am
canyons is great, i'm probably going to buy a season pass there this year. the only thing i dont really like is having to take the gondola from the parking lot and then the tram to the bottom of the lifts. it takes forever when you go back to the car to eat lunch. but you might not have to go to the parking lot if you're staying in the resort
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All three of those places count as fancy to some degree.  I haven't been to Canyons but from what I've seen, it's definitely a nice resort. 

I digress though.

Vail is probably the most "fancy" of the resorts you listed, but probably the one I'd recommend the most for what you are looking for.  Breckenridge, is also known as Breckenfridge.  It gets super windy and cold there depending on when you are visiting.  The town is nice, but you can be in for seriously below zero temps there.  Vail, just down the road, is a little lower in elevation and is pretty much a below treeline resort.  Therefore the winds are not as bad as it gets with Breck being a treeline and above resort in the Ten Mile range.  The back bowls at Vail are pretty much the best large bowls of anywhere in the US.  I haven't seen anything to match them quite frankly.  Not the steepest, but they are huge and great on a sunny spring day or choked with powder.  Plus you have four of them.  Vail village is a faux European village and is easy to get around.  Pretty self contained. 

I'd say choose between the Canyons and Vail.  Vail would be good for your first Colorado visit.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 11:27am
Originally posted by panther

canyons is great, i'm probably going to buy a season pass there this year. the only thing i dont really like is having to take the gondola from the parking lot and then the tram to the bottom of the lifts. it takes forever when you go back to the car to eat lunch. but you might not have to go to the parking lot if you're staying in the resort
 
 
WTF is with the lift layout at the canyons. Some shotty planning if ya ask me. It takes forever to get anywhere. I do love that place though. Everything. so much fun.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 11:49am
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Vail is probably the most "fancy" of the resorts you listed, but probably the one I'd recommend the most for what you are looking for....
Vail, just down the road, is a little lower in elevation and is pretty much a below treeline resort.  Therefore the winds are not as bad as it gets with Breck being a treeline and above resort in the Ten Mile range.  The back bowls at Vail are pretty much the best large bowls of anywhere in the US.  I haven't seen anything to match them quite frankly.  Not the steepest, but they are huge and great on a sunny spring day or choked with powder.  Plus you have four of them.  Vail village is a faux European village and is easy to get around.  Pretty self contained.  I'd say choose between the Canyons and Vail.  Vail would be good for your first Colorado visit.


I TOTALLY agree about going to Vail over Breck.  I boarded 10 times each at both Breck and Vail this year, and I'd say go to Vail.  They have a lot of options for the whole family, and because the resort is literally over 2 times the size of Breck, it doesn't feel nearly as crowded and busy.

Anyway, here is some amateur footage we took at Vail in February when my uncle came out for a visit.  It will give you a little peak at some of the intermediate bowls (parts of china bowl are actually groomed, making it fun for the whole family) and some intermediate runs.

I lived in Utah for 7 years and I've been here in CO for 2.  I have to say Vail is my favorite place of all time. 






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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 11:54am

Whatever trip you take you should hit a few diff resorts, that's the way to go.  If you stay in park city you can ride there, canyons, brighton, etc...  If you go to summit county you can ride breck, a-basin, vail, etc...  Whether you go to Utah or Colorado, you're going to have fun, both locs are awesome -- maybe wait till the last minute and see how the snow pans out ???

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P.S.  Good vids Jerry, can't wait to get some powder
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 12:15pm
You can also take a look at Copper Mountain (a great family resort with some of the most interesting/variable beginner terrain out there).

Also, if you go the Vail resort route, if you're not too tired, a day ticket at any one of the other Vail resorts (Arapaho Basin, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek) should be good at Keystone for night Skiing on the same day.  Pretty sweet deal, but I'm usually too tired to take advantage when family comes to visit.  Best part is that all these places are within about 15 miles of each other.

Last year when family came out we were going to do a day at Breck, Keystone and at Vail.  However, we went to Vail on the first day and the snow was so good that we went three days in a row.  Plus Vail is ridiculously huge.  ABasin is smaller, but not too crowded and the food is fantastic. Breckenridge is around 2200 acres, Keystone is a little over 3000, and Vail comes in at over 5000 acres. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/27/2010 at 1:41pm
Thanks for the input! We found tix to Vail from Honolulu for $379 round trip so Vail it is! Super excited and looking at everything we can about Vail/Beaver Creek area. Mahalo and Aloha!
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