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    Keystone Vs Canyons

    For those of you who have been to both, which would you suggest for an intermediate rider/beginner downhiller?

    Based on info on each resorts website I'm leaning towards Keystone as they have way more green and blue trails listed. Also, I might be able to get to Keystone in one day, but it's going to be a motherf*cker of a drive. If I go that route I should have 9 days straight of riding the park and I'll almost get my money's worth out of the season pass that I bought.

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    haven't ridden canyons but it looks small and very beginner friendly, probably pretty fun for a day. Keystone is super fun, its a big mountain and there are tons of trails but i also can't really speak for the blues and the greens - really fun and rocky blacks though. The best mountain for a beginner that I've ever ridden is Winterpark (super close to keystone) - its just as big and the trails are wide and allow for safer progression, i like it because once you learn the sneaky routes, winter park becomes the mountain with the fastest trails, the funnest corners and the best alpine style single track (basically mountain goat haha). If you're gonna spend a week riding, id go the Colorado - keystone/WP route. Keystone has more than enough to keep you busy for a week and if you get bored there are plenty of other resorts close by.

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    As far as resorts in Colorado go, my pass is only good for Keystone and Vail. So for my moneys worth I'd stick with just Keystone, though I've heard WP is nice. I haven't heard too many good things about Vail's bike park. Looks like I'll just do 9-10 consecutive days at Keystone and hope I make it out in one piece.

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    Vail is sweet! I actually prefer it over keystone personally, once you explore and know where everything is there, dh bike are no problem (i have way more fun on my dh). Plus vail held a DH world championship and the old tracks in the woods up there are really fun. Haven't been back in 2-3 years though so I'm not sure whats ridable there - definitely worth spending a day though, especially if you have a free pass.

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    2004 Keystone is/was better then 2013 Canyons...Canyon is fun but runs are very very short
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    Vail isn't far from Keystone, I may check it out for one day at least just to mix things up.

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    Canyons is a lot of fun, just up the road from me. Super stoked to have it so close but honestly I think you may get bored after nine straight days. You will be able to ride all there is to ride at canyons in one day, possible everything twice depending on your endurance.

    There are lots of other good things to ride in Park City area. PC has free bus system that links to some awesome trails in deer valley and some "less than legal" trails. Locals know and are fairly willing to help… -nudge nudge-

    Keystone however looks KILLER. I hope to make it there this year. Looks like they have a lot to offer as well.

    Why not make it to both in nine days? PC and Keystone are probably 6 hours from each other. With everything thing else PC area has to offer, if you can Id do it.
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    I had a super epic trip planned that was going to be at least 2.5 to 3 full weeks of traveling and riding. I was going to leave here and end in Nevada where my job is taking me. Problem is the dates don't line up and now I'm about to get screwed out of the 330 bucks I spent on this season pass. So call me a cheap bastard, but I want to get the most for my money with this stupid pass. 3 day lift ticket at Keystone is 99 bucks according to their website, so if I do 9 days I'm only losing out on 30 bucks basically.

    I've been wanting to make it to the PC area for a while now. Riding there is just endless. It may only be 6 hours from Keystone, but if I go to PC I'll have a much longer drive back to Houston. I couldn't do that drive straight in one day. Even from Keystone to Houston in one day is really pushing it.

    From where I'll be in Nevada, PC is only about an 8 hour drive, so I know I'll make it out there eventually for either a long weekend or maybe a weeks vacation.

    As of right now I might not be making this trip to Keystone at all. I seriously f*cked up my back and it is not healing.

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    Keystone vs. Canyons

    I've been to both parks. Last summer I was super stoked on Keystone for their variety of features & terrain. It's a huge mountain with long DH runs. The village scene is usually a happening place with lots of good restaurants and bars. The trail I was most stoked about is called "Jam Rock". It's not to be missed, in my humble opinion.

    Canyons has packed in a ton of great features on their short runs. They are working on some longer DH tech-gnar trails down to the base of the mountain. The Park City area has a lot of great trail riding and a great free ride, dirt jump, pump track park.

    A great website for comparing bike parks with a quick reference of Vert.,number and style of trails, and % breakdown with links to bike park trail map etc...Bike Park Specialists | WorldBikeParks | The Ultimate Bike Park Guide

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    Jamrock is an awesome trail but I would not recommend an intermediate rider, as the original poster stated he is, jump on it unless getting annihilated is their idea of fun.

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