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My 5 Year Plan

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So I have been skiing for 30 years off and on but have never been able to reach that next level (being able to ski expert runs with control and fluidity). I am ready to change that starting this season. My 1st step was getting fit this offseason (still working on it). I plan on making several trips to Mammoth this year and will probably take some advanced lessons. I cant get away to any farther off resorts this year. So here is my plan... Each year after this one I want to go to a different mountain steadily increasing the intensity level of that mountain. Ill spend a week at each place and continue to make a few trips up to Mammoth as well. I'll probably be able to ski 15-20 days per year. So next year I was thinkin Squaw Valley/Alpine, then Whistler, then Alta/Snowbird, then Big Sky/Bridger, and will culminate my 5 year plan with Jackson Hole. I realize I have left Colorado completely off this list. I'm not sure why that is, I made the list bored at work one day and then realized it afterwards. I have never skied any of these places except for Squaw, Alpine, and Alta but I know I did not hit the best stuff these had to offer when I was there. I post this for the sole purpose of your opinions on this plan. thanks in advance for your responses.

agreen

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I think it's a good idea to end the plan with JHole. I've only skiied it 3 times, but i still haven't seen the whole mountain, And thats not including the out of bounds access. JHole is unlimited. Although i hear Squaw is quite gnarly too.

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So I have been skiing for 30 years off and on but have never been able to reach that next level (being able to ski expert runs with control and fluidity). I am ready to change that starting this season. My 1st step was getting fit this offseason (still working on it). I plan on making several trips to Mammoth this year and will probably take some advanced lessons. I cant get away to any farther off resorts this year. So here is my plan... Each year after this one I want to go to a different mountain steadily increasing the intensity level of that mountain. Ill spend a week at each place and continue to make a few trips up to Mammoth as well. I'll probably be able to ski 15-20 days per year. So next year I was thinkin Squaw Valley/Alpine, then Whistler, then Alta/Snowbird, then Big Sky/Bridger, and will culminate my 5 year plan with Jackson Hole. I realize I have left Colorado completely off this list. I'm not sure why that is, I made the list bored at work one day and then realized it afterwards. I have never skied any of these places except for Squaw, Alpine, and Alta but I know I did not hit the best stuff these had to offer when I was there. I post this for the sole purpose of your opinions on this plan. thanks in advance for your responses.

agreen



 

post #3 of 10

I like your plan of trying new places, but I don't think it's necessary to link them to an improvement plan other than giving yourself the motivation to get better so that you can enjoy them more.  It's not like any of the places you list will not let you progress.  All of them have great terrain and I'm sure that you can find competent instruction at any of them.  As long as you work toward the goal of improvement it doesn't matter which of these places you go to, or if you even go to the same one every year.

 

However, it sounds like a great plan to get away to a bunch of great places to ski because it will be fun!

post #4 of 10

I agree, I'd rather master one, than flail at 10.   Just get your butt up to Mammoth every chance you get and find a someone to push you.

post #5 of 10
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Thanks for the responses. I agree 100%. I could easily stay at one of the mentioned mountains including Mammoth and continue to improve. But I want to explore what this great country has to offer and thought it would be cool to try and visit places in a linear order of intensity. I actually thought it would fuel a friendly debate regarding the mountains not that I wanted to ruffle any feathers but I wanted to get some opinions on the places mentioned and maybe come up with a rank order list. I am probably missing some places worthy of consideration but doubt many will argue with my culminating spot. thnks.

agreen

post #6 of 10

All of those places have crazy terrain that 99% of skiers can't handle, so you're not going to get much debate about which place is tougher.  It's apples and oranges.

 

If you were looking to add a Colorado mountain to the list, consider Crested Butte.

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Thanks for the responses. I agree 100%. I could easily stay at one of the mentioned mountains including Mammoth and continue to improve. But I want to explore what this great country has to offer and thought it would be cool to try and visit places in a linear order of intensity. I actually thought it would fuel a friendly debate regarding the mountains not that I wanted to ruffle any feathers but I wanted to get some opinions on the places mentioned and maybe come up with a rank order list. I am probably missing some places worthy of consideration but doubt many will argue with my culminating spot. thnks.

agreen



I'm like you, i could easily stay at one mountain and improve, but i'd rather see all of the great ski spots while improving. It's always cool when you arrive at a new mountain and see the differences from your home hill.

post #8 of 10

If you get to where you can ski EVERYTHING at Mammoth, you can ski anywhere. It sounds fun to go to all those other places, but you've got an amazing ski hill right there in the eastern sierra. Plus most of the other places don't have natural hot springs right down the road.

 

Take a bunch of lessons and ski a lot. You'll improve very quickly.

post #9 of 10

Rather than individual lessons, look for multi day clinics where you will be with the same instructor and same class.  You will find that you will learn more and progress further than taking random lessons now and then.  Most of the areas you mentioned offer clinics through out the season, so plan your trips around those clinics.

 

There is nothing better than exploring ski areas that you haven't been to.  It helps to expand your horizons and make you a better skier.  I highly reccomend it!

 

Ski On!

 

Rick G

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies. I definitely want to take lessons. I took one advanced group lesson at mammoth which ended up being a private lesson cause noone else wanted to head to the top. 1/2 day for $100 not bad!!! I got alot out of it but wanted more. I was thinking of trying straightline adventures in alta/snowbird but I need to improve a bit i think to get the most out of it. I definitely want video analysis. I think I may switch Whistler out for Crested Butte for the better chance at good weather. thnks again

agreen

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