Buying Lift Tix

Sorry, there aren't any cheap outlets for Breck, Keystone, Vail or Beaver Creek

  • Vail Resorts owns all the mountains and controls the pricing and offers tightly.
  • Save money by buying in advance online or via call center (at lest one week).  Advance purchase of multi-day tickets provide 30+% savings.  Walk-up rates are very expensive
  • If you want to ski Vail or Beaver Creek, make sure they know.  Most of the tix work at all the Vail Resorts mountains.
  • If you want to ski at Copper one day, be sure to fill up on gas at a Shell-owned gas station.  Buy 10 gallons and you get a BOGO ticket.  Same thing goes for advanced ticket purchases at Arapahoe Basin and Copper, but the BOGO is typically the best deal.
  • A word to the wise, don't plan on skiing every day.  Breaks are good for the soul.

Ask a question in the comments and I'll give you more specifics.

Kevin R Foote

marketing exec | digital evangelist | trend spotter | outdoor enthusiast | x-Google Kevin Foote is an independent advisor and interim executive for private equity & venture capital firms, investors and their portfolio companies. His focus – rapid growth and capital optimization through the transformation of marketing and sales in the face of digital adoption and the changing customer-corporation dynamic. He and his clients expect rapid execution and results. Kevin's career in marketing, advertising, and strategic planning have nurtured his passion for understanding basic human truths and how individuals' beliefs, perceptions, and preferences are formed. He is focused on forging deep relationships and creating partnerships to unlock big ideas and activate brands through the innovative use of digital marketing and technologies. His blog, The Blurred, explores the overlap of our digital and physical lives. In his recent role at Google, Kevin had the privilege of working closely with the leadership of the world's leading creative and media agencies as a digital marketing evangelist. Prior, Kevin served as the Managing Director of Marketing at United Airlines Mileage Plus, the worlds largest frequent flyer program. However, his roots are deep in the digital domain, having worked at several agencies, including Leo Burnett and Digitas, for over a decade. At Digitas, Kevin was the Group Director of Strategy in the Midwest and Global Account Director on major accounts. He has had the privilege of working with great brands including Crate&Barrell, Purina, Energizer, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, P&G, and Microsoft. His career began in strategy consulting, working at both Braxton Associates (Deloitte Consulting) and Parthenon Group. He received his MBA from Kellogg and holds undergraduate degrees from MIT.

Renting Equipment

Lots of choices, but don't rent in Denver - you're screwed if you have a problem

Rentals are all about the balance of convenience, quality, and willingness to schlep stuff around. Best rates will typically be in Frisco and Silverthorne (right of of Interestate 70, just before the Breck exists.

  • No matter what, rent in advance online... save 30% and sometimes kids get their equip for free.  Skirentals.com (Breezes) and rentskis.com (Breck Sports) are some good shops.  I've heard Virgin Island Skis in Silverthorne is a nice outfitter too.
  • If you rent on or near the mountain, it will be a premium, some of the Frisco/Silverthorne shops places have a Breck base location, so if you have a problem (boot size, etc), you can easily stop in.
  • The higher end places have base camps - then you can change into your gear and store it each night. 
  • The highest-end places are like concierge services - they'll meet you at your place and set up you. They almost all have base camps on the mountains.
  • Kids Skis:  The younger kids may be able  get skis as part of the ski school packages.
  • Usually it's cheaper to rent for a week, than for 5 days.  Look for online deals.

Kevin R Foote

marketing exec | digital evangelist | trend spotter | outdoor enthusiast | x-Google Kevin Foote is an independent advisor and interim executive for private equity & venture capital firms, investors and their portfolio companies. His focus – rapid growth and capital optimization through the transformation of marketing and sales in the face of digital adoption and the changing customer-corporation dynamic. He and his clients expect rapid execution and results. Kevin's career in marketing, advertising, and strategic planning have nurtured his passion for understanding basic human truths and how individuals' beliefs, perceptions, and preferences are formed. He is focused on forging deep relationships and creating partnerships to unlock big ideas and activate brands through the innovative use of digital marketing and technologies. His blog, The Blurred, explores the overlap of our digital and physical lives. In his recent role at Google, Kevin had the privilege of working closely with the leadership of the world's leading creative and media agencies as a digital marketing evangelist. Prior, Kevin served as the Managing Director of Marketing at United Airlines Mileage Plus, the worlds largest frequent flyer program. However, his roots are deep in the digital domain, having worked at several agencies, including Leo Burnett and Digitas, for over a decade. At Digitas, Kevin was the Group Director of Strategy in the Midwest and Global Account Director on major accounts. He has had the privilege of working with great brands including Crate&Barrell, Purina, Energizer, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, P&G, and Microsoft. His career began in strategy consulting, working at both Braxton Associates (Deloitte Consulting) and Parthenon Group. He received his MBA from Kellogg and holds undergraduate degrees from MIT.

Driving / Shuttling / Etc.

Having a car is nice in Breck, but airport rentals at DIA are pretty pricey.

  • Sign-up for these text alerts to get real-time info
  • The app or mobile site from CDOT (Colorado Dept or Trans) is good, but don't app and drive.
  • Once your in the mountains, don't take short cuts that Google or Waze might suggest - you might wind up on snowmobile trails.
  • You don't need to rent a hummer.  Pretty much any AWD SUV or front wheel drive sedan will be fine.  If the roads are bad, it won't be your car's set up thats a problem, it will be the other drivers. Watch out for CO plates with red letters/numbers - they're likely the rentals.  And, stay away from Texans!
  • If you shuttle up, pretty everyone uses Peak to Peak Express or Colorado Mountain Express. They have shared ride vans are a decent value, but they can be a cattle car.
  • If you don't have a big party, getting a car with a fold down, 60:40 split seat is a great way to save money over renting a ski rack.
  • Who knows what the weather will be like, but Interstate 70 is kept is good shape.  Again, the issue is the other drivers, more often than not.  

Kevin R Foote

marketing exec | digital evangelist | trend spotter | outdoor enthusiast | x-Google Kevin Foote is an independent advisor and interim executive for private equity & venture capital firms, investors and their portfolio companies. His focus – rapid growth and capital optimization through the transformation of marketing and sales in the face of digital adoption and the changing customer-corporation dynamic. He and his clients expect rapid execution and results. Kevin's career in marketing, advertising, and strategic planning have nurtured his passion for understanding basic human truths and how individuals' beliefs, perceptions, and preferences are formed. He is focused on forging deep relationships and creating partnerships to unlock big ideas and activate brands through the innovative use of digital marketing and technologies. His blog, The Blurred, explores the overlap of our digital and physical lives. In his recent role at Google, Kevin had the privilege of working closely with the leadership of the world's leading creative and media agencies as a digital marketing evangelist. Prior, Kevin served as the Managing Director of Marketing at United Airlines Mileage Plus, the worlds largest frequent flyer program. However, his roots are deep in the digital domain, having worked at several agencies, including Leo Burnett and Digitas, for over a decade. At Digitas, Kevin was the Group Director of Strategy in the Midwest and Global Account Director on major accounts. He has had the privilege of working with great brands including Crate&Barrell, Purina, Energizer, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, P&G, and Microsoft. His career began in strategy consulting, working at both Braxton Associates (Deloitte Consulting) and Parthenon Group. He received his MBA from Kellogg and holds undergraduate degrees from MIT.

Restaurants

Lots of Cool Places in Breck - even cooler hangout places if you are willing to drive to Frisco, Dillon, and Silverthorne

  • I'm an Eagle County snob, so can't profess to the local Summit or "Slummit" county scene near "Breckfridge."
  • If there are more than 6 in your party, try to make advanced reservations or you'll be waiting and waiting and waiting.
  • There's a pretty good pizza/pub/Italian joint that can handle large parties in their loft. I've been out with groups of 30+ at Fatty's; they do a good job.
  • Don't miss out on the Crepe Wagon on Main Street.  Sometimes we drive the 45 minutes from Vail, just for a crepe.
  • Yelp away and discover your own eats.  But pretty much all Mexican in Summit county sucks.

Kevin R Foote

marketing exec | digital evangelist | trend spotter | outdoor enthusiast | x-Google Kevin Foote is an independent advisor and interim executive for private equity & venture capital firms, investors and their portfolio companies. His focus – rapid growth and capital optimization through the transformation of marketing and sales in the face of digital adoption and the changing customer-corporation dynamic. He and his clients expect rapid execution and results. Kevin's career in marketing, advertising, and strategic planning have nurtured his passion for understanding basic human truths and how individuals' beliefs, perceptions, and preferences are formed. He is focused on forging deep relationships and creating partnerships to unlock big ideas and activate brands through the innovative use of digital marketing and technologies. His blog, The Blurred, explores the overlap of our digital and physical lives. In his recent role at Google, Kevin had the privilege of working closely with the leadership of the world's leading creative and media agencies as a digital marketing evangelist. Prior, Kevin served as the Managing Director of Marketing at United Airlines Mileage Plus, the worlds largest frequent flyer program. However, his roots are deep in the digital domain, having worked at several agencies, including Leo Burnett and Digitas, for over a decade. At Digitas, Kevin was the Group Director of Strategy in the Midwest and Global Account Director on major accounts. He has had the privilege of working with great brands including Crate&Barrell, Purina, Energizer, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, P&G, and Microsoft. His career began in strategy consulting, working at both Braxton Associates (Deloitte Consulting) and Parthenon Group. He received his MBA from Kellogg and holds undergraduate degrees from MIT.

Ski School or Not

Only you can make that choice

  • But is your a novice you should really invest. A day or two in CO in a group, semi-private, or private lesson, is better than weeks of friends teaching you bad habits. Unless, of course, they are a certified instructor like me :)
  • It should be a no-brainer to put kids in lessons. It's a decent deal and lunch and lift tix are usually included.
  • All instruction goes officially through the mountain, there isn't any gray market or side teaching. Though, generous friends or their kids might be happy to give a few pointers.
  • It can be blood expensive for privates, but up to 6 people can share.  For kids there are some semi-private options.

Kevin R Foote

marketing exec | digital evangelist | trend spotter | outdoor enthusiast | x-Google Kevin Foote is an independent advisor and interim executive for private equity & venture capital firms, investors and their portfolio companies. His focus – rapid growth and capital optimization through the transformation of marketing and sales in the face of digital adoption and the changing customer-corporation dynamic. He and his clients expect rapid execution and results. Kevin's career in marketing, advertising, and strategic planning have nurtured his passion for understanding basic human truths and how individuals' beliefs, perceptions, and preferences are formed. He is focused on forging deep relationships and creating partnerships to unlock big ideas and activate brands through the innovative use of digital marketing and technologies. His blog, The Blurred, explores the overlap of our digital and physical lives. In his recent role at Google, Kevin had the privilege of working closely with the leadership of the world's leading creative and media agencies as a digital marketing evangelist. Prior, Kevin served as the Managing Director of Marketing at United Airlines Mileage Plus, the worlds largest frequent flyer program. However, his roots are deep in the digital domain, having worked at several agencies, including Leo Burnett and Digitas, for over a decade. At Digitas, Kevin was the Group Director of Strategy in the Midwest and Global Account Director on major accounts. He has had the privilege of working with great brands including Crate&Barrell, Purina, Energizer, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, P&G, and Microsoft. His career began in strategy consulting, working at both Braxton Associates (Deloitte Consulting) and Parthenon Group. He received his MBA from Kellogg and holds undergraduate degrees from MIT.