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Thread Starter 

Hi, I live in Argentina and would like to ask the community for some advices.

 

 

My family and I are thinking on having a SKi Trip to the US.  The problem is that we don't know where to go.

 

 

Here in argentina there is a few amount of resorts and there is only one that is really big.  We are looking for a big resort, where we can Ski 10 days without getting bored.  I tought of Vail, CO but the prices are very high.  As we are also paying a high price for the flight, the hotel should be a bit cheaper than Vail's are-  I am not looking for something special.  

 

We are a family of 5 and we have 3 high level skiers and 2 intermidiates. 

 

Last year we visited Heavenly, CA and didn't notice an extremely big difference against the resorts in argentina.   

 

Could you recommend me some resorts that can stand our needs?

Thanks

 

rubinio

post #2 of 13

Try the Park City area.  You've got Park City, the Canyons, and Deer Valley right there, each with a totally different "feel" to them.  Maybe spend 5 days there, then take the bus over to Alta and stay at the base of the slope and check out Alta and Snowbird for the next 5 days. 

 

Alternatively, stay in SLC and rent a car and hit any number of resorts within an hour or two of Salt Lake.  

post #3 of 13

One easy way to get cheap lodging is to stay in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (SLC).  SLC has a major airport, so it's easy to get in and out of.  And the city is within a ~30 minute drive of quite a few ski areas:  Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude, Park City, Canyons...

 

There's no way you'd get bored skiing Utah within 10 days.

post #4 of 13

Or you could go to Canada....Whistler, or Banff. 

post #5 of 13

As you've already gotten two replies recommending Utah...  It should be known up front that both Deer Valley and Alta are "skiers only" -- i.e., no snowboarders allowed.  Something to keep in mind if your group contains snowboarders as well as skiers.

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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Try the Park City area.  You've got Park City, the Canyons, and Deer Valley right there, each with a totally different "feel" to them.  Maybe spend 5 days there, then take the bus over to Alta and stay at the base of the slope and check out Alta and Snowbird for the next 5 days. 

 

Alternatively, stay in SLC and rent a car and hit any number of resorts within an hour or two of Salt Lake.  

 

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One easy way to get cheap lodging is to stay in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (SLC).  SLC has a major airport, so it's easy to get in and out of.  And the city is within a ~30 minute drive of quite a few ski areas:  Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude, Park City, Canyons...

 

There's no way you'd get bored skiing Utah within 10 days.

 

Either one of these is a great idea and I think the best way to go for your trip.

I've done both, and I like the convenience of staying in Park City or one of the Alta/Bird lodges, but staying in SLC may be better for your wallet.  Shop both options, though...

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all your answers.  What do you think about staying in Beaver Creek?  Is the mountain too small? Which is the real distance from Vail?

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I also like the Park City, UT idea.  Three major resorts sit next to one another with a lot of after-ski dining and recreation available.  There is a shuttle from the Salt Lake City airport and the city itself has a bus transit system so you wouldn't need to rent a car or drive your group anywhere.

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Thanks for all your answers.  What do you think about staying in Beaver Creek?  Is the mountain too small? Which is the real distance from Vail?

 

Big enough but I don't think I could spend 10 days there.  The last time I was there I didn't see much to do after skiing as there is no real town at the base.  Vail is around the corner and not very far away.

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Originally Posted by rubinio View Post

Last year we visited Heavenly, CA and didn't notice an extremely big difference against the resorts in argentina.   

 

Could you recommend me some resorts that can stand our needs?

Thanks

 

rubinio

You didn't catch us at our best in California last year, and Heavenly was very dependent on man-made snow until March.  Wow, about the worst season in recent memory.  The Utah resorts can be dependable and economical, but it would help to know what level of challenge your family enjoys. 

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Big enough but I don't think I could spend 10 days there.  The last time I was there I didn't see much to do after skiing as there is no real town at the base.  Vail is around the corner and not very far away.

 

Ditto, plus I don't see Beaver Creek being any cheaper than Vail.   Aspen probably wouldn't be cheaper either, but IMHO it offers a better ski town experience.

 

Salt Lake City will be hard to beat on price.  The skiing is good, the experience, not so much?

post #12 of 13

You’ve seen some really good responses. Park City, Lake Tahoe, Summit County and Eagle County are always great choices.

 

I would strongly recommend Vail / Beaver Creek if you’re going for an extended vacation. Are prices high? Sure.  Consider what you’re paying for. Fast lifts everywhere, killer scenery, nearly 7000 acres of terrain, and high quality and quality snowfall. For the weekends, head to Beaver Creek to avoid the Vail crowds, but Monday-Friday, Vail would be a very great option. 

 

If you're going for an apres scene, Colorado is tough to beat. Utah is just, well, different....

post #13 of 13
The Comfort Inn in Avon can be very affordable, it is across the street from a short, free bus ride to Beaver Creek. For 10 days of skiing everyone in your group might want to consider buying season passes that include both Beaver Creek and Vail. AND if all five of you spent 10 days together in a single motel room you would grow so loving and close together as a family :-)
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