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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I'm Planning a bachelor party out west and have never been, so I'm not exactly sure what would be best for our time frame, which is 11/30-12/4.

Historically what area(s) should I be looking into that will have good conditions at that time.

Please note I'm an east coast skier so good is a pretty flexible term or what I'm used to.

Thanks!
post #2 of 25

Whistler often has good early snow.  The Village is a hopping place, so if you're into partying during your party you couldn't do better.  Also, it may be a bonus that the drinking age in British Columbia is 19.  

 

Negatives are that it's a long way from you and and everyone who goes must have a passport and a clean record (no DUIs).

post #3 of 25

This thread I started a few weeks ago may prove useful to you: http://www.epicski.com/t/104722/the-best-early-season-skiing-in-north-america

 

Sounds like Mammoth or the Colorado front range (A-basin, keystone, etc.) might be the safest bets if you have to book in advance.

post #4 of 25

How many and what is your gateway?

 

Make a list of your requirements.

Have everyone put $1000 in the kitty.

 

Book the place that best fit's your requirements and has the best conditions on 11/28?

 

post #5 of 25

I'd recommend either postponing the party till later in December/January, or going to the strip club. A skiing bachelor party sounds cool, but not necessarily that early. Maybe there will be decent conditions (Snowbird got hit pretty hard a day or two before Thanksgiving last year), but there's a good chance it will be very poor. Considering you're getting a group together and presumably covering the cost of the groom, I personally wouldn't risk it.

 

That money would be better spent on some high-quality strippers. Since you're from the east, I'd recommend Montreal.

post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hahaha thanks for the reply's, especially regarding the stripper quality of Montreal, that nugget will be stored for later. Alas the groom is stuck on skiing, and we found a good deal to whistler, so to British Colombia we go.

Historically I was reading their November and early December skiing is actually very good and the majority of the mountain(s) is/are open.

Anyone had experience with them early season? I may have to start a new thread for this one...
post #7 of 25

Whistler seems like a good call... because even if the skiing isn't the best due to conditions, there's still a lot of fun to be had (from what I hear).

post #8 of 25

Like anywhere, you take your chances at that time of year, however Whistler is often just fine to fantastic by the 1st of December.  But even if there isn't a flake of snow, you'll have fun.  I can't think of a better place for a bachelor party.

post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thank you, posaune. I'm proud of the pick myself lol. Any recommendations on venues of brief alcoholism and debauchery?
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by Diphalic View Post

Any recommendations on venues of brief alcoholism and debauchery?

Stay in the Village.  That's where the major partying is.  You can walk everywhere and won't need to worry about driving (they're really strict on drunk driving laws in B.C.).  Young folks from the Vancouver area come up just to party on the weekend so Friday and Saturday are particularly crazy.  It may be a little subdued when you come because it will be so early in the season, but if there's good snow, there will be plenty of folks.  I don't have any one place in mind.  There are so many bars and restaurants that I couldn't even begin.  Walk around and try them out as they look good.  You won't have to look far.
 

 

post #11 of 25
Thread Starter 
That post was exactly what I was hoping to hear. Thanks for all the input!!
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by Diphalic View Post

I'm Planning a bachelor party out west and have never been, so I'm not exactly sure what would be best for our time frame, which is 11/30-12/4.

Historically what area(s) should I be looking into that will have good conditions at that time.

Please note I'm an east coast skier so good is a pretty flexible term or what I'm used to.

Thanks!

 

go mountain biking in Arizona. The conditions should be awesome and predictable!
 

 

post #13 of 25

They'll (usually) let you in if the DUI is more than 5 years old, at the discretion of the officer in charge at the crossing.

post #14 of 25

Oh, and there was good snow coverage early December last year although I can't remember how much of the bottom was open.

post #15 of 25

Sounds like as solid a plan as you can get. Hope it dumps early for you, but should be fun either way. Destination bachelor parties have a way of rocking--just focus on having a good time with your boy and don't even sweat the conditions.

post #16 of 25

I like early season. Some of the longest untracked inbounds runs of the season, when the lower mountain is closed.. Lots of micro features to have fun with too.

post #17 of 25

Make sure you post a trip report with plenty of pictures.

post #18 of 25
Thread Starter 
Don't worry I plan on it. Now I just get to sit on the edge of my seat for 2 and 1/2 months waiting!
post #19 of 25

We are going the same weekend for a 30 birthday party bash and am going to Beaver Creak, Vail area.  Easy drive from Denver (all interstate - 1 hour 20 minutes).

 

I also looked at ticket prices and you can get a 3 day for Vail/Beaver Creek for $216 ($72 day).

 

The World Cup race called "Birds of Prey is at Beaver Creek that weekend so alot will be going on.  Vail is always fun to go out in as well.

 

I would recommend getting dinner reservations well in advance if you go cuz I alway wait till its to late and wind up eating dinner at 11 pm.

 

Good luck!

post #20 of 25

I can guarantee you won't make it to BC from the airport in 1:20, more like 2:20 if your haul-in ass.

post #21 of 25

Isn't DIA now in Kansas?

post #22 of 25

Better to protect the Illuminati after the apocalypse?

post #23 of 25

Given inflexible dates Whistler is one of the best options anywhere based upon historical snow data, clearly better than Mammoth or anywhere in Colorado.  With the party requirements I think it's obvious you have chosen the best place.  I would caution that "advance booked snow odds better than anywhere else" that early in the season still means less than 50% odds of majority of terrain being open.

post #24 of 25

We've started a Thankgiving tradition of spending the long weekend in Whistler.  I used to be resistant to booking for early season but year after year my neighbors would come home from their annual Whistler thanksgiving trip and tell us how great it was--some years they could even ski to the bottom. I was really happy with the amount of snow coverage last year--if it's the same this year, I'll be thrilled, given that condos and lift tickets are so much cheaper early season. You're there a week later, so even better. As long as your heart won't be broken if you can't venture too high or too low, I think you'll have a great time.

 

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The World Cup race called "Birds of Prey is at Beaver Creek that weekend so alot will be going on.  

I am also going to this but I'm not bringing my skis. Years of watching this race have taught me how iffy conditions are that weekend. I will be happy if the races actually go off as planned without being cancelled!

post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by Christy319 View Post

We've started a Thankgiving tradition of spending the long weekend in Whistler.  I used to be resistant to booking for early season but year after year my neighbors would come home from their annual Whistler thanksgiving trip and tell us how great it was--some years they could even ski to the bottom. I was really happy with the amount of snow coverage last year--if it's the same this year, I'll be thrilled, given that condos and lift tickets are so much cheaper early season. You're there a week later, so even better. As long as your heart won't be broken if you can't venture too high or too low, I think you'll have a great time.

 

I am also going to this but I'm not bringing my skis. Years of watching this race have taught me how iffy conditions are that weekend. I will be happy if the races actually go off as planned without being cancelled!


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I don't think this race has ever been cancelled due to lack of snow (someone correct me if I'm wrong)....it even went off in the awful snow year of 2009/10 and 2002/2003.  I've been to this race 4 or 5 times and have always skied to the course...

 

I would never show up to a ski area that WILL be open without my skis....

 

 

That doesn't mean the base was deep and the whole mountain was open and the powder was deep but it is early December.......

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