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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Going to be skiing out west for the first time this year. Advanced skier from New England looking for input on what I should be skiing on. Will be in Colorado and Montana.

 

5'4"

160 lbs

Boots are Tecnica Agent 120s

 

Currently skiing Volkl AC20, like the way Volkl and Blizzard ski but open to other brands and types of skis.

 

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 16

Hi - Unclear where you're going, or for how long, or when in the season. But probably take along your 20's in case there's not much soft snow for a stretch. If you get some typical daily powder (3-6"), rent demos, not basic rentals. Pricier, but you'll get more interesting skis with better tunes. Demo ideas: Blizzard Bushwacker or One, Volkl Kendo, Fischer Watea 94, Salomon 20/12, Line Prophet 98. Try a different one every day - or twice a day if they have that setup - and at the end of the trip you'll have a decent idea of what kind of ski you'll want for next trip. In the spring, when prices drop, you can look around. Well, Bushwackers won't drop much if at all, but already really good price. 

 

If you get a serious dump, then obviously go for something fatter, say the 105-115 range. Lot of good ones out there, bet you'd like the Shiro or the Gotama, maybe the Shogun. 

 

Good luck. 

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the quick response! Sorry for not being thorough enough. I am a touring musician so I won't really know the areas until I get there. Here's what I do know:

 

11/26 - We are in Fargo, ND

11/27 - DAY OFF FOR SKIING

11/28 - Great Falls, MT

 

So, I would need to find a mountain between Fargo and Great Falls

 

Then:

 

11/29 - Missoula, MT

11/30 - DAY OFF FOR SKIING

12/1 - Boise, ID

 

Then:

 

12/1 - Boise, ID

12/2 - DAY OFF FOR SKIING

12/3 - Spokane, WA

 

Then:

 

12/3 - Spokane, WA

12/4 - DAY OFF FOR SKIING

12/5 - Denver, CO

12/6 - Ft. Collins, CO

12/7 - Casper, WY

12/8 - DAY OFF FOR SKIING

12/9 - Peoria, IL

 

If you have any ideas for mountains or more specific suggestions based on the time I am going and the areas I'll be in, I would definitely appreciate it!

 

 

 

 

post #4 of 16

Wow, you move around. OK, what I would change is the idea of taking your 20's. Too much schlepping for too few days you'll (maybe) use them. Otherwise, think the recs I made hold. Just try several models in the high 80's to high 90's, enjoy, pay attention to which works best. 

post #5 of 16

 

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Originally Posted by NESKI82 View Post

Thank you for the quick response! Sorry for not being thorough enough. I am a touring musician so I won't really know the areas until I get there. Here's what I do know:

 

11/26 - We are in Fargo, ND

11/27 - DAY OFF FOR SKIING

11/28 - Great Falls, MT

 

So, I would need to find a mountain between Fargo and Great Falls

 

I'll let others address your ski concerns, but beyond's advice is worth heeding.  But between Fargo and Great Falls, consider skiing at Showdown for a day.  It's a mellow little locals' ski area outside of Great Falls, not super-challenging but I love going to the small Montana ski areas because they have such a great vibe.  

post #6 of 16

Are you flying from one place to another?  Just wondering how you'll get from Spokane to Denver if you're using a day for skiing, it's quite a haul.  I usually go Whitefish to Denver over two days, not much different than Spokane to Denver.

post #7 of 16

Boy, that looks like a lot of driving.  If you've never driven in the West, you need to realize that the distances between places are pretty far.  Are your gigs later in the evening and when do you have to be there?  What about equipment?  If you have sound equipment and if you have roadies then you may have more time, but if you're doing the setting up and doing sound checks too, then I can't see how you'll get in much skiing given your itinerary. 

post #8 of 16

Late November early December, your other big question mark will be snow.  Without early snows lots of the places you are talking about may not be open yet.

post #9 of 16

Did the research for you.  Yes, the interstates out here make racking up miles easier than in the east.  But, I think you need a private plane and maybe a chauffeur. 
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by NESKI82 View Post

Thank you for the quick response! Sorry for not being thorough enough. I am a touring musician so I won't really know the areas until I get there. Here's what I do know:

 

11/26 - We are in Fargo, ND

11/27 - DAY OFF FOR SKIING  in addition to driving 800 miles.....

11/28 - Great Falls, MT

 

So, I would need to find a mountain between Fargo and Great Falls

 

Then:

 

11/29 - Missoula, MT

11/30 - DAY OFF FOR SKIING  And driving 400 miles

12/1 - Boise, ID

 

Then:

 

12/1 - Boise, ID

12/2 - DAY OFF FOR SKIING  And driving 425 miles

12/3 - Spokane, WA

 

Then:

 

12/3 - Spokane, WA

12/4 - DAY OFF FOR SKIING  !!!!  And being beamed to Denver, 1100 miles away.....

12/5 - Denver, CO

12/6 - Ft. Collins, CO

12/7 - Casper, WY

12/8 - DAY OFF FOR SKIING  Another 1100 miles.  Private jet??

12/9 - Peoria, IL

 

If you have any ideas for mountains or more specific suggestions based on the time I am going and the areas I'll be in, I would definitely appreciate it!

 

 

 

 



 

post #10 of 16

In the summer of 2008 we sat in our seats at the local amphitheater in Bend, OR waiting for Sheryl Crow to come onstage.  She and her band were finishing up at the Democratic National convention in Denver 1140 miles away.  "How in the hell are they going to get here tonight?" I wondered.  The announcer said that the band just finished in Denver, and lo and behold, an hour later they came rolling up onto our stage and rocked us all.

 

Maybe the OP has the same travel agent?

post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thank you all for the input, concern, and suggestions. I really appreciate it. We travel by tour bus, no planes. Definitely realize we won't get every day in, but on the off chance that we can I figured I'd put them in there just in case there was something possible.

 

I'll make sure to try something in the high 80s and 90s and hopefully have something to report back after the tour!

post #12 of 16

There won't be any skiing in boise unless we have a freak fall like last season when we opend on thanksgiving. Bogus Basin typically doesnt open until the second weekend in december. Your best bet for skiing will probably be in missoula at the snow bowl just outside town. 

 

Good Luck finding places to ski

 

 

Mighty Matt-

post #13 of 16

Just get a Mantra, it's the ski for non-elitists.

post #14 of 16

Extremely optimistic early season schedule. Who knows what your going to get that time of year???? So ya, bring the AC20's for the snow sharks.  If I was starting from scratch for an out west quiver, my everyday ski would be around 94 in the waist and then I would have a powder ski with a 112+ waist.  That leaves the door open for a lot of great skis depending on your budget.  I hope you score good snow.

post #15 of 16

I agree, that's awful early in the season.  Take the AC20's and demo if snow conditions warrent.

post #16 of 16

FWIW, last year Schweitzer opened Nov. 26 (Sandpoint, ID, near Spokane).  Whitefish is not scheduled to open until Dec. 3 this year.  Based on last year, no matter what happens, I doubt we'd open early even if conditions were perfect.  So, given your route, I'd vote for Montana Snowbowl, because Schweitzer will take you out of the way and getting to Denver is already going to be tough. 


Edited by sibhusky - 9/26/11 at 11:17am
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