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So I'm going to Portland (Oregon)...

post #1 of 9
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Hey all

 

Sadly couldn't make ESA this year - Denise had a back op that's left her with a season off :( (prognosis good so ESA2012 is on the cards \o/ )

 

Still, the silver lining is that work just said they will be sending me to Portland (Oregon - I'm told you have more than one) at the end of February - so I do get to do a bit of skiing in this season.

 

Now of course I need to know where to go. We (work friend and I) have decided to take the 26feb - 6Mar so... any suggestions?

 

I like Snowmass, Snowbird, Whistler and Big Sky - great places with lots of room. I guess I'm trying to avoid places that are a bit too small for a week-long stay.

 

Certainly I'd be looking for some good steeps and maybe some kind of guide program (even like the Whistler ski-esprit or Extremely Canadian thing which gets you all over the mountain).

 

Oh - and if you have any suggestions for 'basic but not grungy' lodgings for a couple of guys sharing...

 

Even better would be if there are any meetups in the area that we'd fit into...

 

cheers :D

post #2 of 9

How close to Portland are you looking for?  Day-trip distance?  A day's drive?  Anywhere in the western US/Canada since you're already coming this far?  Not sure what to suggest because I'm not sure exactly what you're interested in.

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Well, if there's a great place on the doorstep then that's cool.

 

OTOH, as you say, we'll be over there so if you think there is a place it's worth a plane trip to then it gives us options :)

post #4 of 9

That is pretty much still in the prime of the ski season for Oregon ski areas.  If you want fine local areas that are within fairly easy driving distance from Portland via car hire then you could look into Mt Hood Meadows and Timberline ski areas on Mt Hood (about 65 miles from Portland), and Mt Bachelor (about 200 miles from Portland).  You could do the Mt Hood ski areas on daytrips from Portland, or combine them on a weeklong driving safari with a visit to Bachelor.  These all should be empty on weekdays.

 

Some of us Americans love to drive everywhere.  You could also drive from Portland to Whistler-Blackcomb in about 7 hours or in a different direction to Sun Valley, Idaho in about 9 hours. These two are pricier, world class resorts.

post #5 of 9

 

 

Are you planning to use the dates you outlined to take time off from work and go skiing, or are those the dates you have to work in Portland?.  It makes a huge difference.  If you have those days off, a trip to Whistler would seem like a natural.

 

If you need to stay closer to Portland, Crystal Mountain, WA is 200 miles away. There is much more great terrain there than at Mt. Bachelor, which being a volcanic cone is rather uniform and uninteresting in comparison.  Crystal is a great resort that is off of the national radar.  It offers fabulous skiing, but limited nightlife.


Edited by Posaune - 1/19/11 at 4:00pm
post #6 of 9

Hit up Mt. Hood Ski Bowl for some seriously fun night skiing, Mt. Hood Meadows by day. It's all an easy drive from Portland.

post #7 of 9

I agree that if you're looking for steeps, Crystal's a much better bet than Mt. Bachelor.  You've been to Whistler, so you know what that entails.  I wouldn't bother with Mt. Hood if you're going to be skiing for a whole week.  I think I second Posaune's recommendation that if you've got a week to ski, might as well head on up to Whistler.

post #8 of 9

Crystal is a great mountain, but "limited nightlife" to say the least! It's really just a day ski area and I wouldn't want to spend a week there.

 

Personally, since you are coming all the way from the UK, I would jump on a plane and fly either to Calgary or to Salt Lake.

 

A worthwhile trip would be to fly to Calgary (2 hrs) and then ski Lake Louise, Kicking Horse, and Revelstoke. Great conditions at these places this year.

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by jaobrien6 View Post

 I think I second Posaune's recommendation that if you've got a week to ski, might as well head on up to Whistler.

 

heh - I didn't take that much persuading :)

 

We're going to Whistler \o/



We are probably going to arrange a "team day out" too ... so lets see if Crystal's an option then or if we do Mt Hood...

 

Thanks to all for the advice :)

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