My buddy(ies) and I are thinking about where to go for our ski trip this year. About us: 2-3 50's expert skiers. Terrain we like: steeps. Like Breck Y-chutes, Magic Carpet, Sadies, Lake Chutes, Eye of the Needle, Highlands Bowl, Jackson, Snowbird steeps. Big bowls. Challenging terrain. Not into hucking. Some hiking, but not excessive amounts. Where we've been: Jackson, Big Sky, Snowbird. Places that are out: Utah (get that anyway), Aspen (going in January to ski with Schanzy). Places we are considering: Crested Butte, Jackson, Big Sky, Kicking Horse.
What do you think? we can probably only get 4 days in (leaving Thursday evening returning Monday evening or Tuesday morning).
1. We want good conditions. We are a bit flexible (probably) in picking where to go, but we don't have a totally unlimited budget, because
2. We like to ski with a top instructor/guide. In Aspen, we ski with a demo team member. We like top level coaching, but as importantly someone who will help us access the mountain.
3. As a result, some advance planning is necessary, both the manage the rest of the cost and to access the coach.
4. Kicking Horse requires a lot of logistics to get to. 1 of us has been there. He'd love to go back, but we are concerned about the time it requires to get there.
We generally get 50+ days in a year...