Old 30-12-09, 08:59 PM   #1
 
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Where to go?

We have three family members that have never skied. One 50-year-old adult who is athletic and two 10-12 year old boys that are not so athletic.
Everyone will be in ski school while on the vacation and I want it to be the best experience so we might all happily go again another year.
If you had to choose for beginners and for the beginnerís instruction and layout which would you choose??
Right now I am considering Vail, Breckenridge and Copper.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated, as I am very confused!
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Old 31-12-09, 03:28 AM   #2
 
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Well, I turned the light switch on in my brain and read some old, related posts on here. I think we will be going to Beaver Creek! Great advice, thank you.
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Old 03-01-10, 12:31 AM   #3
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!sarcasm alert! ive been a member here for a year and hardly see responses to questions, people please get more active on this forum!
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Old 03-01-10, 04:02 PM   #4
 
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I was just glad for some answers even if they were old.
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Old 07-01-10, 03:45 AM   #5
 
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We have three family members that have never skied. One 50-year-old adult who is athletic and two 10-12 year old boys that are not so athletic.
Everyone will be in ski school while on the vacation and I want it to be the best experience so we might all happily go again another year.
If you had to choose for beginners and for the beginnerís instruction and layout which would you choose??
Right now I am considering Vail, Breckenridge and Copper.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated, as I am very confused!


For all you guys for this year:

Breckenridge -- why? Because I think they have a great ski school and start your days at the Peak 8 ski school so you don't have to trudge through the base area to get to where the ski school begins (it's a long walk to Peak 9)

Breck also has a lot of beginner/intermediate terrain on Peak 8 and you can ski easy runs to the easy runs on Peak 9. As you get better during the week you can set your sights on the easy runs on Peak 7 (many whoop-de-doo runs here that are flatish and have ups and downs that are safely challenging). Since you are newbies, you'll have whole week to explore four separate mountains (Peak 7, 8, 9, &10).

You might also want to check out Steamboat Springs -- the altitude is lower there - the top of Steamboat Springs is much lower than the base altitude of many of the Summit County and Vail Resorts.

Once you have your legs under you, be certain to spend a day at Beaver Creek (about a 45 minute drive from Frisco, CO). All the easy stuff is on the top of the resort.

Copper Mountain is good too. But, like Steamboat Springs, it's a total destination resort -- you arrive, you put your credit card down once, and settle the charges on the way out. Steamboat is a bit off the beaten track and skiing at Copper will allow you to visit other resorts if you want to (Steamboat is about a 2 hour drive from Frisco).

I commend you guys for wanting to take lessons first. Many people come here, ski for a few days, take a lesson, then leave the next day. How can you practice what you have learned? Ski lessons should be taken within one or two days of your arrival.

Next, make your ski trip a great one. How? Everyone goes to the gym at least four times a week between now and when you leave for you trip. Two days of aerobic exercise and two of weights, fitness ball, abdominals. Why? the strength comes from your core to ski and standing up straight is another key skiing prerequisite. Standing properly lines up all the big bones in your body - tibia, femur, hips, and back giving a stacked up foundation. The strength training and aerobics helps you to maintain that stance and turn well. Well shaped turns and the ability to consistently execute them from a fitness standpoint means better balance, less falling, and ... more fun!

Also the aerobic exercise helps in another way - altitude. Denver is 5,000+ feet above sea level, then you will drive up to another 3,000 feet of altitude from the airport to the ski area. Your body will have a total conniption fit trying to adapt -- first by trying to adjust to the lower pressure of the air (there are the same amount of oxygen molecules here as sea level per cubic feet of air - just a lower pressure) to adjust your respiration. Next, the marrow of your bones will be put into high gear to increase the number of red blood cells because your overall cardio system is inefficient due to the lower pressure. Being physically fit - you don't have to be Arnold - will help quite a bit. And even small amounts of exercise will show stupendous results. Also, it's best to arrive here a day (ideally two) early before you ski to allow your body to adapt.

Send a PM if you need more detail. Do some more research on line and look at ski schools here in Colorado.

Whenever you come you're going to have a BLAST here -- 99 & 49/100% guaranteed!

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