I just came back from Breck yesterday. The skiing was great if you are used to
the East and have been dying to ski since last April! Coverage was pretty good
and they were making snow and spreading it out. The skiing was pretty good.
Being from the east, you will just love the long runs and it is early enough for
short lift lines. The bowls had snow, but were not open. Not even all of the
greens were open, so unless they get totally dumped on this week, don't expect
what you might expect in February! Not everything will be open. And you will
have to drive to the really cheap food. Their restaurants are more reasonable
than the cafeteria at Mad River Mountain (vertical 400 feet) in Bellefountaine,
Ohio (especially for what you get)!!!!
We got a good pre-season deal from Village at Breckenridge Resort at the Hotel
Breck. For a resort, it was very reasonable. I guess it depends on your idea
of cheap and reasonable. The great thing is that they have shuttles (the Summit
County Stage) that runs between all of these great places and the Factory Outlet
If you have never been out West to ski or have never been higher than 5000 ft.,
be aware that there is something called AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). The
symptoms are shortness of breath, unusual tiredness, headache, nausea, vomiting,
and sleeplessness. If you feel any of those symptoms, get immediate medical
attention so you can save your vacation! I spent three of my four days in bed
on oxygen! If I had gone to the medical center on my first day, I might have
been able to make more than one run on Sunday (more through sheer determination
than energy). A week before you leave, start drinking enough water, juice, or
other non-caffeine and non-***ic beverage to make you urinate every two
hours. If you have had problems with altitude before, see your doctor who can
prescribe Diamox to help you cope with the thin air. Just drinking the water
(especially continuing after you reach high altitude) and taking it easy while
laying off the *** and caffeine the first day can make a BIG difference.
High carbohydrate, low fat, and low protein meals are also recommended. I am
not a medical practitioner, but these suggestions all come from the Breckenridge
Medical Center fact sheet on AMS. I read it while I was on oxygen there. Be
smart. Drink lots of water!