Hi, I'm new to Epic. I made an account a while ago but forgot about it and never really used it. Thus this is my first post. I make no guarantees that I posted this in the right spot but at least I tried. I did do a search and I didn't find exactly what I was looking for so I decided to post this question.
I'm currently a high school senior living in Dayton, OH. I ski pretty regularly (about 20 days a season) at a place called Perfect North in Southern, IN. This is only my third season skiing but I picked up the sport pretty quickly and I'm getting pretty bored with the limited (to put it nicely) terrain at my local hill. I've also taken several trips up to Holimont in New York since I started skiing, and I'm going to Peak N' Peek next weekend. These trips are always a lot of fun but I'm looking for something a little more adventurous. I can ski anything at both Perfect North and Holimont (with the exception of large icy bumps) without very much trouble, and with pretty good form. I'm not saying that this qualifies me as an expert skier or anything because it doesn't. All I'm saying is that I would like to get myself into some more challenging terrain, longer runs, and perhaps some powder. I've decided that the solution to this problem is to take a trip west, which I've never done before. Despite the fact that the rest of my family skis, my parents don't seem very interested in doing this as they would rather spend their vacation money in Florida. Therefore if I'm going to take a trip west I'm on my own to pay for it. I was thinking that I could drive out to Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, ect. for a long weekend with some friends (I have a 3.5 day weekend not next weekend but the one after that. We could also skip a day or two of school to make this work. This isn't the only option though. If later in the season will be cheaper that works too). I was wondering if anyone could give me a rough estimate of how much something like this would cost along with suggestions of what resort to go to, where to stay, how to find bargains on lift tickets, and anything else that you think would be helpful to me. I'm planning on doing everything as cheaply as possible, so definitely not staying at the Ritz. Correct me if I'm wrong but right now I'm thinking that A-basin may be the way to go because it is one of the closest western resorts to me and they also have fairly cheap lift tickets but I'm open to suggestions.
Sorry about the rather long-winded post but I was trying to give as much info about me as possible. Thanks in advance for the help