Hello there! I have been reading all over your forums, enjoying the wisdom and advice, but I thought I would post my plans and see what advice you can send my way. Please excuse my terminology and lack of knowledge.
A little bit about myself: I am a 26 year old male and have been skiing 4-5 times in my life. Most of those were only for a couple days on the east coast and Breckenridge is the only place out west I have skied. I consider myself an intermediate skier as I can get down most regular blacks with ease. I can hit moguls/bumps but I do fall occasionally and it requires a slow pace. Hopefully, without sounding arrogant, I would like to point out that I am an athlete and pick up sports (including skiing) quickly. This might help with your analysis.
So here is the fun part. I have the whole Winter off to ski and I would like some help making decisions on where to ski. Here is the TENTATIVE list of places -- in chronological order -- that I am considering:
- Epic pass (Vail, Breck, A.Basin, etc) for the first 1-2 months.
- Alta/Snowbird for a week
- Lake Tahoe for a few days (I can use my Epic Pass here)
- Whistler for 2 months
- Jackson Hole for a week on the way home.
I have a few concerns and will probably add more after this post. If you see anything that I should think about that I am not, please point it out.
1.) Will CO have good snow/conditions around the opening month? If not, is there some place on my list that might have better? I can always change around my schedule. I picked CO first as it is cheaper with the epic pass and I have a variety of resorts to practice and learn.
2.) Should I reconsider a safari type winter and stick to one (or two) locations? If so, what one offers me the best all around ski experience. From what I have read on this forum, I think whistler is my best bet here, BUT I am open to suggestions. As I said earlier, I tend to catch on quickly in sports and I want a mountain that I can grow into skill-wise.
3.) How hard is it to find month-to-month accommodations in some of these spots? So far it is a breeze in CO and Whistler, but the others (from what I have seen in the forums) look to be more difficult. Any thoughts or insight where to find places to stay in Lake Tahoe or Jackson Hole? Alta/Snowbird, I plan on staying in a motel within SLC.
4.) I enjoy challenging myself and really prefer out of the norm type runs. I tend to bore easily of plain-jane groomed black runs. After reading for hours on this forum, I think all of these stops will give me just what I am looking for, but if you think I should start or end with a different mountain, let me know. I picked CO area for two things: cost and variety. I think CO will be perfect preparation for some of the tougher terrain ahead of me in UT, Whistler, and Jackson. Any advice here is appreciated.
More to come....
As this plan is tentative to weather, conditions and time, it might change a lot. If I left any crucial details out, please ask away.
Look for my equipment post in the other forum. :)
Thanks for all the future help.