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post #1 of 9
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Hello,

 

I have one week to go ski in february (12-19) and i could use some help... I'm a pretty good skier and I like steep and powder.

 

I was looking at SLC or Western Canada. I skied Whistler, sunshine, Lake louise and Kicking Horse. Of these resort I really liked Whistler and Kicking horse...  

I will be alone for this trip so I'm looking for a mountain that has some good terrain Inbound and not to far away from the main slopes because I don't want to get lost or have a problem being alone...

 

So Fernie, Red, Revelstoke, Whistler, Kicking horse??? Or anything else that I don't think of. Since I'm alone I could use something to do in the evening but can really live without for a nice mountain and some fresh track....

 

I think I'll skip SLC this year and wait for someone to come with me...

 

Thanks for your time!

 

Jeff

 

 

 

post #2 of 9

How about Le Massif? biggrin.gif

Seriously, you are lucky to live near such a great ski area.

 

I think the snow gods are pointing you towards western Canada for your big trip, but for your future knowledge Alta, Utah is a pretty nice choice for a solo trip.  Not a lot of night life, but all the slopeside hotels/lodges there offer dorm-type rooms (along with regular private rooms).  In the dorms usually you share the room with 2 or 3 strangers.  It still isn't cheap, but the lodges also factor in several meals a day for the price.  This rooming and dining arrangement facilitates the meeting of new ski partners and beaucoup camaraderie.  With the close proximity of Snowbird an expert skier will not be bored even after a full week at Alta/Bird because of the extensive challenging ski terrain.

And, of course, they usually get a lot of powder!

post #3 of 9

Alta's always a good solo trip. 

 

I was just in BC on a cat trip and there were quite a few singles.  Instant ski buddies and communal dinning?

post #4 of 9

I did a solo trip to SLC a few years back. Stayed in Sandy. Skied Alta/Bird, and took a day trip out to Pow Mow. At the end of the day hang out at the base of the Bird and have a beer with the other solo skiers, and talk about skiing. But a BC, Canada solo trip sounds nice too. Too bad Tahoe isn't really going off because that's another area I wouldn't mind hitting solo.

post #5 of 9

Up until the end of last season, 90% of my ski trips this decade had been solo. My 9 year old is finally getting around to learning to ski so I'm hoping he'll be riding shotgun (in the back) for most trips going forward.  That said, almost half of the time I've been able to hook up with folks from this forum to meet and ski with when arriving at the destinations when I try to.

 

However, skiing alone can also be very satisfying and spiritual..

 

Philpug wrote a song about it..

 

Quote:
Yeah, you know when I ski alone, I prefer to be by myself.
Yeah, you know when I ski alone, I prefer to be by myself.

Now, every morning, just before breakfast,
I don't want no coffee or tea
Just me and my good buddy Ray Klee.
That's all I ever need.

Cause I ski alone, yeah, with nobody else.
I ski alone, yeah, with nobody else.
Yeah, you know when I ski alone, I prefer to be by myself.

Now, the other night I lay sleeping,
And I woke from a terrible dream
So I called up my pal, Sal O'man,
And his kid X-scream.

And we skied alone, yeah, with nobody else.
We skied alone, yeah, with nobody else.
Yeah, you know when I ski alone, I prefer to be by myself.

Well, the other night I got invited to a party,
But I stayed home instead.
Just me and my pal Dale Bello,
And his brother Krypton Fred.

And we skied alone, yeah, with nobody else.
We skied alone, yeah, with nobody else.
Yeah, you know when I ski alone, I prefer to be by myself.

Well, my whole family done give up on me,
And it makes me feel so bad.
The only one who'll hang out with me
Is my dear old Granddad.

And we ski alone, yeah, with nobody else.
We ski alone, yeah, with nobody else.
Yeah, you know when I ski alone, I prefer to be by myself.

 

post #6 of 9

If I had to do a solo trip, I'd probably go somewhere that has a hostel and stay there. You'll save money and have more chance to hang out with other skiers.

 

Fernie, Whistler, Golden, Banff, Kimberly...actually pretty much every place you're talking about has a hostel or two. SLC does too, but it's in the city, not the resort, so might not be as good for chilling out.  Seems like you're better off in BC this year, anyway.

 

I also agree with the above, skiing alone is pretty rewarding. You can ski wherever you want on a whim, don't have to meet up for lunch or worry about waiting for your buddies, etc. I find it to be the purest, most natural way to ride.

post #7 of 9

EIther SLC or Whistler would be fine. I have many done solo trips to SLC and Tahoe. one solo to Whistler and one solo to Chamonix !!

 

 

What are you afraid of? 

 

Its a great experience. no waiting on anybody. 

 

If you go to SLC stay in downtown. if you go to whistler stay in the village. you will meet many interesting people. 

 

 

post #8 of 9

I do many solo trips to all those places, and one thing that makes for a better solo trip is a place that has mountain tours. You'll learn the mountain, ski with other people, meet new friends, and (usually) end up with a new ski partner or two.

 

Whistler and Blackcomb have the 11:30am tours everyday, and that's where, many years ago, I met a couple of good friends that I ski with today.

 

Steamboat also has daily tours that work well to meet new ski friends (I know it's not on your list,  but just sayin'). A couple of year's ago we had a guide that listened to nothing we asked for, and we dumped him mid-tour. Completely clueless.

 

I don't know of any place in UT that has daily mountain tours. I shamed Snowbasin into giving me a guide one day, and ended up getting on a lift with my best buddy in high school's (in CT) best buddy in college from Oregon.

 

Anyway, I'm going to SLC 12-19 Feb after canceling two trips due to lack of snow and going to WB. If you end up in SLC, send a note.

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

I don't know of any place in UT that has daily mountain tours.


Brighton has mountain hosts who do a daily tour.  Alta has 2.5 hour workshops in the afternoon for adults that are a good way to get off-trail to learn where the fun stuff is, together with some technique tips.  They separate into small groups of different levels.  Quite a good deal.

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