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Recommendation for a Single, Beginner Skier?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi there!

 

 

I'm planning to head skiing during the second or third week of January by myself, and I'd love a recommendation from all of you experienced skiers!

 

 

[I've only been skiing twice, both times recently, and both times it was at Taos. I had a great time, but I was with a group of friends from New Mexico, and I don't think it would a good place to go alone because it's hard to get and the town is very quiet. 

 

 

 

 

Here's what I'm looking for

-Fun or appropriate for singles (I'm heading out alone)

-Good, affordable ski instruction

-Good snow 

-Not awful to get to 

-Beautiful and fun!

 

 

Are there any great places that would fit the bill outside of Colorado? How's Utah?

 

 

Thanks so much in advance! I really appreciate it. 

Anthony

post #2 of 10

My partner started skiing a couple of years ago, age 44. We went to Alta, Utah, and she just got down to it, taking lessons every day. Now she's hooked. I highly recommend Alta because the rental/lift/lesson prices are comparatively affordable, the resort is skiers-only so no snowboarders to crap out the snow, and it's fairly empty: no lines, and only 2-3 people in the group lessons. 

 

It's very easily accessible: about 35mns from the Salt Lake City airport. Our first trip there, it was just an hour between the moment our plane landed and when we opened the door to the mountain-side condo. 

 

Finally: Alta has great snow. 

post #3 of 10

Snowmass?

 

Slope side village and LOTS of cruisy skiing to build miles and confidence.

post #4 of 10

I would second Alta. If it's the skiing you are there for, you pretty much can't go wrong.

 

It is not a "ski town" though. So if you're "single and ready to mingle", it won't offer you any joy there, though there are some larger accommodations and bars etc at Snowbird (next door).

 

No doubt you would like Park City too. Just be a matter of weighing up the variables and costs.

post #5 of 10

Yes, I forgot to say that apres-ski is very limited at Alta, though we've had fun times at the Peruvian Lodge's bar :) Snowbird is probably better in that respect. Park City would be best I suppose, though there's a big hike in price. I just think Alta offers great value and it's very reliable in terms of snow quality.

post #6 of 10

How about Whistler?

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks so much, everybody, for the recommendations! This is incredibly helpful. 

 

I've never been to Utah, so that's definitely intriguing. I'm definitely going to look into the places easy to reach from Salt Lake City. 

 

 

As for Colorado - how difficult is it to reach Breckenridge from the shuttle at the Denver Airport? Painful drive?

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much!

Anthony

 

 

(all other recommendations are very welcome!)

post #8 of 10
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As for Colorado - how difficult is it to reach Breckenridge from the shuttle at the Denver Airport? Painful drive?

 

 

It's all about timing.  Avoid the peaks and you can get there surprisingly fast (sometimes).  If you're not driving a little traffic is no big deal, though - just read a book or something.

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Gotcha. Thanks so much for the help. 

post #10 of 10

I have been to Breckenridge and its probably the best place for you. The town is quite friendly and there are lots of places to eat and hang out. Its easy to get lodging for not that much money (even close to the lifts) and the mountain has a LOT of wide, groomed runs for cruising. Ive had a great time there even when one of those times there wasnt that much snow (but on the other 2 there was a lot of it!). 

 

The good thing about Breckenridge is that its a really easy drive and if i70 is mayhem you can take 285 to Fairplay and come up 9. Yea its a longer way but the views are expansive!.

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