Lines in Vail - Mountain Buzz
 



Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-04-2006   #1
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 96
Lines in Vail

Well I think I decided to go the 2 days to Vail, and one night skiing to keystone, this would be in the first week of january, my questions are what are the lines that I should expect, how long of a wait between runs? and are there any options or any advice to avoid this lines, I heard that copper had a ticket that is like a fast pass I was wondering if maybe Vail had something like this.

fet123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-04-2006   #2
 
gapers's Avatar
 
Not a river guide, Ft. FunK
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 276
Its colorado. If your coming here then you better learn to love lines.
gapers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2006   #3
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 34
Lines at resorts are relative. The busiest day at any of the I-70 corridor resorts is still nothing in comparson to Boyne Mtn. Michigan or Blue Mtn. Ontario or any of the sub 1000' vert midwest resorts I learned to ski at.

Just the same I'd hit up Snowmass or CB or one of the destination resorts if I was coming out to Colorado and avoid Summit and Eagle County.
DirtyWater is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-04-2006   #4
 
BastrdSonOfElvis's Avatar
 
Thought-criminal, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 989
Ditto...go anywhere but summit. Roaring fork resorts, Steamboat, Tride. Better yet, go to one of the resorts up the cottonwood canyons in Utah. Lines are long, sure, but your chances of fresh powder are so much better.

If I came all the way from wherever to go to Keystone? I'd be pissed.
__________________
I hope in the future Americans are thought of as a warlike, vicious people, because I bet a lot of high schools would pick "Americans" as their mascot. -Jack Handy
BastrdSonOfElvis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2006   #5
 
Golden, Colorado
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 1,017
I can ski Vail on weekends and never get stuck in terrible lines. Just get out of vail village early. Then you have the mountain to yourself for a few hours while everyone is stuck in the lines at the bottom. If you don't get out of the base early you're kind of screwed. Keep working your way back to blue sky as the crowds chase you. Don't drop into the back bowls after 10:00 on a powder day or you'll be stuck there for a few hours - it's a slow speed triple. Just keep hitting the quads in Blue Sky and China bowl. Even if the Blue-sky chair gets a bit crowded it will empty out again since there isn't a restaurant back there and everyone heads back to the frontside around 1:00 to 2:00 (bring brats to grill out on the grills provided at the top of Blue Sky and enjoy the killer view). The Northwoods chair is one of the best chairs at Vail but also has some of the worst crowds. A snowbeater friend of mine says the Pride chair is the place to go for no crowds and nice boarding through the trees.

Don't listen to BSOE. Night skiing at Keystone is a blast. The runs are empty and they groom several of the runs again starting at 5:00. Get out your 215's and tuck top to bottom runs only turning when the trail turns. If you didn't scare yourself shitless and your thighs aren't burning by the time you reach the bottom you weren't trying. Take a GPS with a max speed function along for max fun.
blutzski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2006   #6
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 96
I know, i am not listenning to BSOE, I love night snowboarding its a little colder but is so much fun, its kind of wierd since in the east coast a lot of resorts are usually open till 10 or 11 pm thats what I am used to, so its going to be a little different to get up really early to snowboard early. Oh by the way BSOE I am traveling from ft.lauderdale yes very far away, and I am looking foward for this trip, I could care less what your opinion is, I asked for advice in this resorts not in criticisim. blutzski thanks for your advice i will try to keep that in mind.
fet123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2006   #7
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 96
Quote:
Originally Posted by blutzski
I can ski Vail on weekends and never get stuck in terrible lines. Just get out of vail village early. Then you have the mountain to yourself for a few hours while everyone is stuck in the lines at the bottom. If you don't get out of the base early you're kind of screwed. Keep working your way back to blue sky as the crowds chase you. Don't drop into the back bowls after 10:00 on a powder day or you'll be stuck there for a few hours - it's a slow speed triple. Just keep hitting the quads in Blue Sky and China bowl. Even if the Blue-sky chair gets a bit crowded it will empty out again since there isn't a restaurant back there and everyone heads back to the frontside around 1:00 to 2:00 (bring brats to grill out on the grills provided at the top of Blue Sky and enjoy the killer view). The Northwoods chair is one of the best chairs at Vail but also has some of the worst crowds. A snowbeater friend of mine says the Pride chair is the place to go for no crowds and nice boarding through the trees.

Don't listen to BSOE. Night skiing at Keystone is a blast. The runs are empty and they groom several of the runs again starting at 5:00. Get out your 215's and tuck top to bottom runs only turning when the trail turns. If you didn't scare yourself shitless and your thighs aren't burning by the time you reach the bottom you weren't trying. Take a GPS with a max speed function along for max fun.
one thing though I am staying in a hotel in frisco, its 30 minutes to vail driving, how early should I get to the village to be ontime. I dont know I was thinking to get there around 7 or 730 the lifts open at 8 suposly.
fet123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2006   #8
 
Golden, Colorado
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 1,017
Try to get to the lift when it opens. I think it opens at 8:30 but check to be sure. If it's not a powder day it's not as important. If it's a weekday, don't worry about it at all. On a power day I'll usually leave Frisco at 7:00 to drive, park and walk to the lifts.
blutzski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2006   #9
sj
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 498
Dude sometimes I wonder if i am on the same Planet as these guys let alone same state. You're staying in Frisco the first week of January. Heres what to expect. It is one of the slowest times of the ski season. You don't say what time of the week. But if it's mid week you won't see a line anywere. Kids are back in school and front rangers are at work. If its a weekend still not to bad. Get out early or 11ish. The snow will be a bit skied off. Get a compass and a map and figure out north facing. That will give you more info than any you'll get here on snow conditions. By comparision both vail and keystone are easier mountains nothing an athletic Intermediate should shy away from. My kids are out of school that week and we ski the area every year in fact I look forward to Jan 2nd every year. sj
sj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2006   #10
 
BastrdSonOfElvis's Avatar
 
Thought-criminal, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 989
I re-read what I wrote and it sounds a lot like advice to me. I was just trying to help you maximize the fun you get for your travel dollars. Vail has great terrain if you get away from the village but most of Colorado has a much thinner snowpack than the Wasach and much less total snowfall (we won't even talk powder quality). So chances are much better that you'd be skiing in fresh snow in Utah. And Keystone at night? If you want to fly a thousand miles to hit the groomers, have at it. A thousand apologies for trying to help you out. I'm a bad man.
__________________
I hope in the future Americans are thought of as a warlike, vicious people, because I bet a lot of high schools would pick "Americans" as their mascot. -Jack Handy
BastrdSonOfElvis is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
when is the vail ski swap? Clarkzg54 Winter Buzz 2 09-27-2006 10:51 AM
Anyone paddling near Vail? liquidkayak Whitewater Kayaking 0 05-17-2006 09:47 AM
P.O.S. in Vail? brandf Whitewater Kayaking 0 05-27-2005 10:49 AM
Twitch V in Vail Alpine Kayak Whitewater Kayaking 4 03-28-2005 11:46 AM

» Classified Ads
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:32 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.