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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

My girlfriend and I are planning a ski trip for January and February and could use some advice -- I'm interested in alpine/downhill, and she wants to snowshoe.  Anyone have a good recommendation for a resort that caters well to both?  Essentially, I want to avoid the situation where I am having a great time on the hill all day and she feels like she's been relegated to the second-thought x-c area.  Cheers, and thanks for any recommendations, Matt 

post #2 of 12

I've got the same issue.  Last year we went to Breck and the wife loved the town and the snowshoeing/ XC.  Only problem was the high altitude.

 

Other factor in this situation is the quality of the town. Breck, Crested Butte, and Jackson Hole have all worked for me when I brought the wife (or kids).  Would expect the same of Aspen or Telluride.  I'd advise against Utah.  Park City's a decent town but not as pretty an area for activities like snowshoeing compared to CO, in my opnion.  There are lots of other great options out there.


Edited by hirustler - 12/15/11 at 12:25pm
post #3 of 12

I once lived in Vail, now live in CA, and have a vacation home in UT.  All three states have magnificent places to snowshoe with great views provided you don't stick to a golf course.  And don't forget Canada.

 

Your girlfriend might want to cross country ski as an alternative to downhill skiing.  All major ski areas have x-country tracks on site or nearby, and equipment rentals are easy to find.

 

Below is a photo from Bryce Canyon, a nice spot in Utah to walk on the snow with lots of "KODAK Moments."

 

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Photo by James Kay Photography

post #4 of 12

I wouldn't necessarily exclude PC. I'm discovering that many of the same trails used by bikers and hikers in summer are utilized by cross country skiers and snowshoers in winter. I haven't done either yet, but having ridden many of the trails in summer, can see big possibilities. Google Park City Mountain Trails Foundation and/or call White Pine Touring in PC to get a taste of what's available. And the altitude isn't a killer like Breck.   

post #5 of 12

Sun Valley. They have a separate nordic and snowshoe center:

http://www.sunvalley.com/things-to-do/winter-activities/

 

And, she could go up to Galena Lodge (an easy 23 mile drive) to snowshoe on the 25 km of dedicated snowshoe trails there. There's also plenty of very scenic trails in the surrounding Sawtooth National Forest, north of Ketchum (Galena Lodge is actually in the SNF). There's a new visitor center in Ketchum that should be able to point her in the right direction for other trails. The surrounding area is very scenic a lot less developed than you'd find around a lot of the CO ski resorts, so it's a great place to get out of town and do things like snowshoe.

post #6 of 12

It would help if you give an idea of where you want to travel. Some of the best resorts that I know for cross country skiing are back east, but I'm not sure if you were looking for a big west resort?

 

Stowe has an excellent cross country ski system and history. Jackson, NH is basically a cross country resort that's located in the Washington Valley near several ski resorts. Info.

 

In Utah, I'd recommend renting a car and staying in Midway, about 15-20 minutes from Park City. There are some great hotel resorts there (including the weird hot spring crater called The Homestead) and it's a little less touristy than Park City since there isn't a downhill resort. Several resorts have cross country skiing, including Soldier Hollow, venue for the 2002 Olympics. I'd prefer Midway over Park City because it seems less crowded and more private, but you could easily do it the other way around too. I'm sure Park City has plenty of its own x country.

 

Snowbasin and Powder Mountain would also be good. Stay in Huntsville or Eden and you could commute to either resort. Snowbasin has a pretty good system of cross country trails and nearby North Fork Park has another comprehensive system that's maintained by the Nordic association.

post #7 of 12
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I want to avoid the situation where I am having a great time on the hill all day and she feels like she's been relegated to the second-thought x-c area.


Solitude fits the bill.

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JoeUT,

 

My apology is sincere.

 

If you can accept me we can make internet history with the first thread to come back together in peace. I mean that doesn't happen. Ever.

 

We could end up famous. We could get sponsored by lycra and Tosh.O.

post #8 of 12

Aspen has snowshoe tours that leave from the top of Ajax.   You could ride the gondola together in the morning, ski and  still meet for lunch after her tour.   

 

You can also XC ski together up to a nice romatic dinner at the Pine Creek Cook House.   Don't drink too much, coming down can be tricky.  

 

Aspen has the largest free XC ski network in the country, they refer to it as the 5th mountain.  

post #9 of 12
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Solitude fits the bill.

His Hers.jpg

 

JoeUT,

 

My apology is sincere.

 

If you can accept me we can make internet history with the first thread to come back together in peace. I mean that doesn't happen. Ever.

 

We could end up famous. We could get sponsored by lycra and Tosh.O.


No apology necessary and I don't hold e-grudges. The minute you started posting relevant, helpful posts like this was the minute I forgot all about anything else.

 

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks so much for these great recommendations.  This is exceedingly helpful -- I'll post a trip report when we figure it out!

 

Cheers, Matt

post #11 of 12

if you go to lake placid, you can ski whiteface, and she can pretend to be an olympian (bobsled, skeleton, biathlon, ice skating) , along with XC, snowshoe, etc.

 

 

post #12 of 12

Sun Valley has a great cross country trail system.  There is a lot of good XC skiing in the North Lake Tahoe area.  Also, by reputation, Beaver Creek has some great snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

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