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Trip Report Astro's Get Epic 2016. Vegas. Pk City. Beaver Ck. Vail. Breck.

Discussion in 'United States' started by Astro66, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. cqen2l

    cqen2l Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ember Restaurant @Astro66 Mrs A will be impressed. :thumbs:
     
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  2. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo

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    Last day in Breckenridge, so I went all out. Hiked to the top of Peak 6 with a local snowboarder called Mike. Dropped in off a 6 foot ledge. Then found a fresh line of about 2 foot deep powder.

    Only lasted about 10 turns. But best 10 turns of the year. Just awesome.:woohoo:

    These are some shoots from the top, looking towards Peak 5 and Peak 4. You can see the ledge I dropped in off, about half way to Peak 5.

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  3. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo

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    This is looking down from the edge. And then dropping off. Some turns from Mike's camera. Then Shots from my head cam.

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  4. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo

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    I also went to the top of Imperial Chair. It's supposedly the highest lifted point in Nth America. <So the sign says anyway> LOL

    Then had some awesome mountain runs to myself.

    Breckenridge really did knock all my expectations out of the Ball Park. :thumbs:

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  5. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    Love ya work Astro :thumbs:
     
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    Looks like a Bluebird day in Colorado :)

    No sunshine in the eastern states ... snowmageddon 2016 has arrived
     
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    I saw someone in SP today wearing your pants!
     
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  8. TOFF

    TOFF Im not the messiah Ski Pass: Gold

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    What was she wearing on the top half :)
     
  9. Angus_McCrory

    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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  10. cruisin along

    cruisin along A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Fabulous day and great tracks left on that snow
     
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    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Actually I should maybe rephrase?

    I saw a guy getting into Astro's pants LOL
     
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  12. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo

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    LOL

    Thanks guys. :thumbs:

    Well I'm sitting in LAX. :( Holiday done.

    Was an awesome trip. @CarveMan was spot on. The Vail Group US Resorts were absolutely perfect for a family.

    Mrs Astro wants to come back to Park City and Breckenridge, ASAP.

    Beaver Creek and Vail were OK. But we won't be rushing back.

    I want to do a resort review. Detailing what we liked and disliked at each resort. But I'll do that separately.

    I've also got lots of fodder for RANT threads. I've been holding back and it's killing me :D

    Thanks to everyone who posted or liked. I really enjoyed sharing.

    Love you all. :thumbs:

    Astro OUT.
     
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  13. cqen2l

    cqen2l Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    One does not return from a ski trip and RANT, one comes home and gives thanks :):thumbs:
     
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    TOFF Im not the messiah Ski Pass: Gold

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    Quality trip report. Well done @Astro66
     
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  16. summit_32

    summit_32 Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    interesting report - keen to hear what you disliked at Vail/BC over Breck and Park City
     
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  17. rime noreason

    rime noreason One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Look forward to reading your comparisons too. Been to a few in CO before but didn't get around to Beaver Crk and Park City
     
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    ODNT Part of the Furniture

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    Keen to hear if the new skis met your expectations.....
     
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    benchives I forgot how to ski Ski Pass: Gold

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    I want to borrow the elvis suit
     
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  20. Olgreg

    Olgreg One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Great to follow you again @Astro66 well done ol' fella. Even more important, the missus is happy.
     
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  21. Ralph_implement

    Ralph_implement A Local

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    Great TR Astro! Loving the luuuurve!!!!
     
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  22. 'H' Jones

    'H' Jones One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    me too, as I was the other way round :)
     
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  23. K_Bird

    K_Bird One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I was about to ask exactly this :)

    Was it the snow, the runs, the town, the apres ... I'm always keen to compare!
     
  24. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo

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    Ok, seeing as so many are interested, I might address the resort reports in this thread.

    I'll start with our least preferred resort. I'll just do one a day.

    Beaver Creek.

    What we liked compared to other resorts.

    The village was very beautiful. Euro Village feel, Statues and Creek running through. Gorgeous.
    Bachelor Gulch hotel was spectacular.

    What we disliked compared to other resorts.

    Very limited beginner area.
    Lack of Green or Light Blue Run continuity. Mainly cat tracks if you wanted to stay on an easy run.
    No dedicated Family Ski Areas.
    Ridiculous ski in ski out accommodation costs. ($10K per week min Vs $2K at Breck and Park City)
    Ridiculous on mountain food cost. ($7 US for a hot chocolate compared with $3.50 at Breck.) That's just stupid.
    Least terrain and Lifts.
    Ski School very expensive.
    Too many, too flat, areas in Bachelor Gulch.
    First resort World Wide, where a Ski Instructor, stopped my son and told him to do the whole element in a Terrain Park or ski around it and not do it at all. (I'll post the video in a RANT thread ) I nearly punched him out. What a douche !!!
    No easily found or accessible hikes.
    Lack of Glades. Glades beside runs, roped off everywhere. Ridiculous !!!

    Conclusion .

    My opinion is it's a resort to be seen at. Skiing plays second fiddle.
    I will never return.
     
  25. Summit

    Summit Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Astro, did you ski Utah's comparative exclusive resort, Deer Valley ?
     
  26. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo

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    I actually got free passes from a promotions guy. But were enjoying Park City so much, we didn't worry about it.
     
  27. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Shame. It's really worth skiing. PC is the weakest of the 3 resorts.
     
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  28. Summit

    Summit Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, I loved DV, can't wait to ski there again !
     
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  29. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo

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    As PC is linked to Canyons. I consider it one resort.

    We loved skiing PC side in morning and Canyons side in the afternoon, once temps came up.

    The other thing is. What we found a weakness. Others see as a strong point.

    Many locals at BC loved it was expensive. Their thinking was. More expensive, must mean better quality.

    Loved everything being roped off. It kept them from straying off the run.

    It's all perspective, IMO.
     
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  30. rime noreason

    rime noreason One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Enjoyed the thread @Astro66, thanks for the news, info, photos and chuckles :cheers:
     
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    Astro, great thread. Lots of great info for those that dream of making a similar trip one day.
    Young Astro is also pretty bloody good (I'm just a tad jealous ;)).

    Where are you posting (ranting) the rest of your resort reports ?
     
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  32. Johnb007

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    Astro. Great trip report. Thanks. Never skied Brek but I might do so now. I like Telluride, Aspen, The Canyons and Steamboat, but now Brek might get on that list.
     
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  33. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo

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    I'm on holidays till Feb. So as soon as I'm back at work, my RANTING will begin. LOL

    Look in CONVO for them. I will be a naughty boy. So I make no guarantee about how long they'll last before the axe falls on them. :D
     
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    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo

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    Vail Report

    What we liked compared to other resorts.

    The elevators to negate stairs.
    Once again a beautiful village.
    Mid Vail was a fabulous area to base our skiing. Gave us a variety of different skill level runs that we could ski together.
    Different level ski runs well defined so Mrs Astro didn't stray onto difficult terrain.
    On mountain food a little cheaper than BC.
    Free cookies, muesli bars and hot chocolate handed out as you boarded Gondola.

    What we disliked compared to other resorts.

    Lack of Green or Light Blue Run continuity to get to the bottom of the mountain and avoid downloads on Gondola except for a Cat Track
    Many Map marked Terrain Parks and Kids Adventure Zones had nothing set up in them.
    Expensive ski in ski out accommodation costs. ($7K per week min Vs $2K at Breck and Park City)
    Ski School very expensive.
    Parking is expensive.

    Conclusion .

    Not a bad resort . I'd definitely return but not a first choice as other resorts are better bang for the family buck.
     
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    Olgreg One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Great stuff mate. Keep it coming.
     
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    summit_32 Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    any comments on blue sky basin ? Did you get any powder days @ Vail?
     
  37. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo

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    Only had 2 days at Vail. And I had friends from Australia staying with us, who weren't strong skiers, so I didn't get there.

    First day there, there was about 10cm overnight. Next day was bluebird. But occasionally freshies found. But the resort locked you out of glades beside runs, with ropes, quite a bit. Which limited the hunt for freshies, when skiing with intermediates.

    Let me just say. I'm not rating the resorts for best skiing. But more from a diverse family holiday at a ski resort.

    If I was there with 3 mates. My perspective would be completely different.
     
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    Born2ski Part of the Furniture

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    That's interesting I've never seen large glades roped off at US resorts, I thought only Japanese resorts did that.
     
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    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo

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    There were designated gladed areas.

    But what I'm talking about is a tree lined run. Mrs Astro would ski the run. Young Astro and I would duck, in and out of the trees.

    But BC and Vail were roping the edges of the runs to stop you going into the trees. It was so annoying.

    PC and Breck also did it . But much less. So we were able to find runs with fresh snow in the trees beside them. Hence it made skiing together more fun, as everyone could play at their level.

    That said. Mrs Astro hurt her shoulder, and ended up in the Breck medical centre. And they told us they do have a high percentage of Skier Vs Tree injuries. There was an 8 year old in there with tree induced Head Injuries whilst we were there.

    So perhaps that's the reasoning.
     
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    I guess the patrollers there not only deal with impact (tree) accidents, but also perhaps tree well accidents.
     
  41. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo

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    Young Astro feel into a tree well at Sun Peaks, 5 years ago, ducking into trees. It took me 20 of the scariest mins of my life to find him.

    I always equip him a 2 way and pealess whistle.

    I just think the onus should be on the skier. These are mid resort ski runs. The only risk is to the individual.

    A sign at the chairlift saying skiing in gladed areas is dangerous and at your own risk, should be enough. imo.
     
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    I had a peeless whistle once.......very painful. :)
     
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    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo

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    :eek: Scarey plus .Nice TR again :thumbs:
     
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    Thanks Astro - great updates
     
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    Marty_McSly Staying the **** at home. Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good stuff Astro. Looking forward to your impressions of Breckenridge. As a not-so-strong skier I'm thinking of Breck as a possible destination to spend about 3 to 4 weeks building confidence and ability before venturing to Europe or Japow.

    Also thinking that Sun Peaks would also fit the bill, but I could be tempted by the Epic benefits.
     
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    Closest comparison to SP would be?
    Village atmosphere, costs and terrain
     
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    Falls Creek :)
     
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