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post #61 of 70
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post

Here's the right answer: road trip. Jackson Hole, Montana, SLC, and then somewhere in CO like Crested Butte, Telluride, Aspen, etc..  That's what I'd do with a month... after I got back from Japan.

Right, exactly the opposite of what the OP is looking. Didn't anyone read what he wants? It's not "let me hear your dream 1 month ski trip", it's "here's what I like, which mountains match those preferences?".

 

He mentioned several times he doesn't want to deal with a car. Why recommend an extended road trip?

He already said a 30 minute commute from to the ski area isn't ideal, so why recommend Jackson or Snowbird?

 

It's pretty obvious that these recommendations of buying a Suburu and skiing no name mountains, or siitting in traffic waiting for LCC to open are not what the OP is looking for. He's best off considering somewhere like Summit County, Park City, Aspen or Tahoe with many nearby resorts, all sorts of unique terrain options, great nightlife and no need for a car.

post #62 of 70

Drive?????     

 I mean holy Crap,  
Chicago to Jackson hole, to SLC, then to Crested Butte and back to chicago!!!!   THATS THREE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED AND 27 MILES!!!!!!!!!!   55 hours on the road not counting traffic and Weather!!!!! Sounds great sign me up!!!!   NOT

Talk about wear and tear, not to mention the VERY REAL possibility of  just one little break down or even a flat can cost you big bucks and several days or even a week of time!!!     

 

I mean it would only be worth while to drive  if he did this route!!!,

Terry peak, south dakota, KILLER SKIING the green runs are AWESOME!!! 

Then go to Cooper, F-- YA!

zip on over to Bear Mountain in Southern California , enjoy the terrain park WOOHOO!!!

Shoot up to Snow summit while you are there,  YIPPEE! a two fer!!  

back to Chicago!!!    What a trip! th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #63 of 70

Road trips are definitely not for everyone. I like them because of the variety. I don't mind driving up to 2 hours after a days skiing. I do that even when I day ski Whistler or Baker. But if we only put

about 2500 kilometers on highway we can hit 6 of the top 10 mountains for vertical in North America and many other "smaller" areas were the vertical is under 3000 feet. Trick is how long is the drive to get here.  

post #64 of 70
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post

 

Yes, to the OP, this is truer than the post before. You will be perfectly happy living in Breck and skiing weekdays there. Weekends should be somewhere else (or rest days) because you'll get spoiled, but overall Colorado is popular for a reason. 


I'd be bored to tears spending more than a couple of days in a month at Breck. Even as the OP says he's a intermediate + it would still be a VERY short stay there. It makes Vail look uber-gnar.

 

Aspen over Summit. No doubt. SLC over Aspen -OK, by a bit. For what the OP wants - WB over them all, no brainer.

post #65 of 70
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Originally Posted by COBillsFan View Post
He's best off considering somewhere like Summit County, Park City, Aspen or Tahoe with many nearby resorts, all sorts of unique terrain options, great nightlife and no need for a car.

 

Just don't get on the wrong shuttle.  I got on what I thought was the shuttle to the upper lot at A-Basin (it was there and I was tired...sue me)...and ended up at Keystone.  It was parked right under the 'upper lot' sign!!

post #66 of 70
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OP here.  Thanks for all of the suggestions.  I can tell from some of the more heated debate that everyone has their own unique ideas of what makes a great ski month.  For me, this month is a vacation, an escape from corporate 9-5 work.  I really like the idea of waking up each morning in a simple studio or one bedroom apartment, picking up my skis and walking to a chairlift.  I understand (and I'm still considering) the tour the mountains approach of living on the road, driving from mountain to mountain and trying to see it all, while chasing the best snow.  But that's not what I'm going to do right now. 

 

For the last 20 years, I typically spent 7-10 days each year skiing in one trip per year, I'd get on a plane and go to some resort and ski, then go home.  I've been all over the world: New Zealand, Italy, Austria, Japan, New Zealand, Eastern Canada, Montana, Alaska, most of CO Tahoe UT midwest and east coast.  Almost every time I go, I want to quit my job and move there for 6 months in the winter.  I feel like I need an extended ski trip to advance my skills, and I am in position to make that happen. 

 

I'm working a contract job that will end January 31.  After that, for one month I want to live my dream of being a ski bum, kind of broke (money wise) and camped out at a mountain with a season pass.  I still have bills to pay in Chicago and I'll be unemployed for some unknown amount of time after the trip, so i've got to stick to the budget.  I'm looking to improve my skiing ability and endurance so that in the next few years when I travel to exotic places I'll be able to fully enjoy them.  Tentatively, I'd still like to get to South America, Norway, British Columbia, and Jackson Hole.  In a way, this month is about training for future trips.  That's why I don't want to bring a car, and try to see and experience everything ski life has to offer.

 

So, that being said, I think some of you are right that I'd be happy with any major US resort.  I think expense wise, nightlife wise and skiing options wise, I'll investigate Breckenridge. 

 

I appreciate everyone's comments and I'll keep you updated on my progress.  Sorry this post is a little scatter brained, but I'm trying to respond to a lot of different posts as well as better explain my expectations.

post #67 of 70

Like you said, you are sure to have fun at any major US resort.  If you do choose Breck and are looking to improve your technique, I would suggest considering the unlimited adult lesson pass for <$300.  Also, you do not need to get the full Epic pass...you`ll save about $150 going with the Epic Local and can still ski 10 days at Vail/BC with only Pres weekend blacked out for your dates.

post #68 of 70
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Originally Posted by COBillsFan View Post

Right, exactly the opposite of what the OP is looking. Didn't anyone read what he wants? It's not "let me hear your dream 1 month ski trip", it's "here's what I like, which mountains match those preferences?".

 

He mentioned several times he doesn't want to deal with a car. Why recommend an extended road trip?

He already said a 30 minute commute from to the ski area isn't ideal, so why recommend Jackson or Snowbird?

 

It's pretty obvious that these recommendations of buying a Suburu and skiing no name mountains, or siitting in traffic waiting for LCC to open are not what the OP is looking for. He's best off considering somewhere like Summit County, Park City, Aspen or Tahoe with many nearby resorts, all sorts of unique terrain options, great nightlife and no need for a car.

 

Uh, I already gave him a "serious" suggestion of Aspen earlier in this thread.  Duh.

post #69 of 70
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Originally Posted by MEfree30 View Post

Like you said, you are sure to have fun at any major US resort.  If you do choose Breck and are looking to improve your technique, I would suggest considering the unlimited adult lesson pass for <$300.  Also, you do not need to get the full Epic pass...you`ll save about $150 going with the Epic Local and can still ski 10 days at Vail/BC with only Pres weekend blacked out for your dates.

It was $309 if you bought by may 30. It may still be the same price, but might have gone up a few bucks. This is a great deal, and the only way to ski Breck on the weekends IMHO. Here's the deal straight from the ski school:

Breckenridge Lesson Pass Special Pricing Guaranteed Through May 30, 2012
Adult Lesson Pass Only $309
Child Lesson Pass Only $670
Take lessons with the Breckenridge Ski & Ride School Thursday – Sunday from 11/15/2012– 4/14/2013.
(Blackout Dates Apply)
Valid Thursdays through Sundays
Participants may redeem one Ski & Ride School group lesson ticket per day on the morning of the lesson. The Breckenridge Lesson Passes are valid for classes Thursday through Sunday only. The lesson ticket
is NOT TRANSFERABLE. You must have your season pass present to obtain a lesson ticket.
On your first day stop into a Ski & Ride School office to fill out a release form, a Breckenridge Lesson Pass Agreement of understanding, and to obtain a lesson ticket.
Breckenridge Ski & Ride School Lesson Pass redemption is unavailable: 11/09/12–11/11/12, 11/23/12– 11/24/12, 12/20/12–12/30/12, 1/19/13–1/20/13, 2/16/13–2/17/13, 3/16/13–3/31/13
Lessons meet at normal class lesson times; 9:45am for Adults and 9:15 for children, for morning and all day lessons. Afternoon lessons are only available to novice skiers and riders, levels 1-4, and depart at 1:30pm.
We will make every effort to accommodate instructor requests but reserve the right to make assignments according to business needs and policies. The final decision lies with the supervisor and not the instructor.
Not valid for Ultimate 4, Workshop, Camps or special program participation.
All dates/times/locations subject to change. Please call 1888-576-2754 (970-453-3272) for updated information.
Refund policy: Before Dec 19th the one day window rate for an adult/child lesson will be subtracted. After Dec. 19th the Breckenridge Lesson Pass is non-refundable.
Pass holders may purchase their Breckenridge Lesson Pass at any Front Range pass sales location, a Breckenridge Season Pass or Ski School Office, or by calling 888-576-2754.
post #70 of 70
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Originally Posted by applejack View Post

thanks guys.  I'm starting a spreadsheet to track costs like: season pass, airfare, hotel/room, distance to lift, bus, etc.  www.VRBO.com and www.kayak.com are very helpful.  I've emailed a few owners on VRBO for monthly rates and discounts.  I'd rather be in a place with some nightlife.  At least a couple of bars and restaurants within walking distance.  I looked into Jackson Hole a bit, and I see how it's a 30 minute bus ride from the mountain to the town.  I think I'll try to avoid that kind of situation.  I looked into Breckenridge as well, and that seems do-able.  I'll research about 10 resorts and make a decision.  I'll post my findings here for anyone who's interested.


I would be interested in what you find out. I would really like to take a month off. I have a Mammoth Mountain pass, but have had a tough time locating anything for a month there. To complicate the issue, I want to bring my two dogs with me to ski tour. So driving not flying from San Diego. If the Bears have any suggestions that may work, I would appreciate the insights.

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