Hi there. I would love it if some of you would be willing to read a bit about my wife and I, and suggest which resort(s) you think we might enjoy visiting next. Thanks!
* Live in the Midwest US
* Have been to Telluride, Winter Park, Snowshoe, Tremblant, and several Midwestern hills.
* Not really into the whole apres thing.
* Time+money+grad school = usually only one trip per year outside the Midwest, usually the first week of January.
* We tend to alternate between ski and scuba trips, so the next ski trip will probably be in the winter of 2012-13, but 2011-12 is a possibility.
* I finished this season by fracturing my leg. Off crutches now, but still limping a bit. So, I may be kind of timid my next few days on skis. Aside from that:
* I prefer blue and black groomers. (I realize that the blue/green/black classifications in the Midwest are very different versus out West. I am referring to what would be considered blue and black groomers out West.)
* I like long runs / lots of vertical.
* I love NASTAR. Outside of NASTAR, if I can find a trail without anybody else on it, I love going fast there, too.
* A scenic view is a very big part of the overall skiing experience for me. Someday I'd love to go somewhere that has a great view of Lake Tahoe, for instance.
* I like to ski from open until close. Lunch is powerbars on the lift.
* If I'm not too psyched out from my leg injury, it would be nice to take my first bump lesson. Not a "must have", though.
* In addition to the places my wife and I have been together, listed above, I have been to Wolf Creek, Monarch, Breckenridge, and Crested Butte by myself. I prefer to always go somewhere new, but I'd be willing to go somewhere I've been before, as long as it's at least new to my wife.
* Green-level skier. She's ventured onto easier blues in Michigan a couple times.
* Skied probably 20 days in her life. First time was in 2005, and probably 5 days/year the past two winters.
* I won't name her specific medical condition(s) but let's just say that she doesn't have much endurance, and falling is harder on her than on most people. The result of this is that she is afraid of falling, therefore not confident in her ability to stop herself, so she spends most of her time snowplowing. This is of course taxing on her leg muscles, which only makes the endurance thing worse. For example, skiing Village Bypass from the top of lift 4 to the bottom of the bunny area at Telluride took about 30 minutes, including stopping for a break 4 times. That was January 2010. She's improved some since then - this winter I started to see her parallel skiing for a few seconds here and there.
* Due to the endurance thing, she prefers to go out for a few runs, go inside for a few hours, come back out for a few more runs, and call it a day. For this reason, she has a very strong preference for ski-in/ski-out accommodations (accessible via greens, of course).
* Some of you are probably thinking "put her in a lesson!" She has done this before, enjoyed some, found one to be worthless. She is certainly willing to take more lessons in the future, but doesn't want to spend *all* her time in a lesson. I tend to ski with her while she's outside, and go ski harder runs while she's inside. She enjoys skiing, and wants to continue doing it, but I think for her it's mostly about doing an activity together as a couple. In her view, lessons take precious time away from that (in the short run, at least).
* It's not as fun to do the same trail over and over again, so she prefers a place that has a good variety of short green runs.
* Nobody is a fan of crowded runs and long lift lines, but this is especially the case for her.
I know that's a long laundry list, and since we're talking about 8 or 20 months from now, not exactly urgent. But if anyone made it all the way through this and thought "oh, I bet they'd like ___ resort" I would love to hear it. Thank you again!