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Tell me where to go - Week of Feb 18th

post #1 of 16
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My wife and I are planning to take a trip the week of the 18th.  Which western US resort is showing the most promise for good ski conditions around that time?  Obviously past performance isn't an indication of future success, but which resorts are having a good year so far?  Thanks for your help.

post #2 of 16

Are you adverse to crossing over the pond?  The Alps are getting bombed right now, particularly the Italian Dolomites, 2-3 feet new snow.  Here's a fairly recent report from the area:

http://www.epicski.com/products/campitello-di-fassa/reviews/2943

post #3 of 16
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Are you adverse to crossing over the pond?  The Alps are getting bombed right now, particularly the Italian Dolomites, 2-3 feet new snow.  Here's a fairly recent report from the area:

http://www.epicski.com/products/campitello-di-fassa/reviews/2943

OR try the Portes du Soleil. I hr transfers from Geneva. Stay in Morzine if you want a town style resort. Avoriaz if you want a ski in/out slopeside place.

 

Your pass covers 13 resorts 12 of which are linked by runs. You can ski all day and not take the same lift twice.

post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys.  Good suggestions, but we're hoping to stay in North America for this trip.  Any other ideas?

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Whistler's got a good base and is expecting more snow over the next couple days.  Colorado is still a little lean, but has improved in the last week.  The higher elevation resorts in Utah are always a good to great bet.

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Originally Posted by Talking Monkey View Post

My wife and I are planning to take a trip the week of the 18th.  Which western US resort is showing the most promise for good ski conditions around that time?  Obviously past performance isn't an indication of future success, but which resorts are having a good year so far?  Thanks for your help.

What type of terrain do you like to ski?  Where have you skied in the west so far?  Looking to return or want to try something new?  There are plenty of places that have good conditions.

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What type of terrain do you like to ski?  Where have you skied in the west so far?  Looking to return or want to try something new?  There are plenty of places that have good conditions.

 

 

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I think I'd fly into Spokane and do the Powder Hwy.

post #8 of 16
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I like to ski all over the mountain, but when I travel, I'm looking for powder.  I like steep, technical skiing, but when I get tired I also enjoy carving on the groomers.  I prefer open spaces to tight trees, but will happily venture into the trees to get the goods if necessary. 

 

We've been to Snowbird/Alta/Solitude four times (Alta is one of my favorite places to ski), Jackson Hole/Grand Targhee two times (love them both), and the following once each: Whistler/Blackcomb, Vail/Beaver Creek, Aspen/Snowmass, Breckenridge, Telluride, Squaw Valley. 

 

My wife feels like going somewhere new.  She hasn't been to Whistler yet (I went with my Dad many years ago).  That was one of the places we were considering for this trip.  Things are looking good there?

post #9 of 16

I know what its like to want to try something new.

I am in the same boat, been to the same resorts you have been to

 

How about this list:

1. Banff Area- Lake Louise, Sunshine, KIcking Horse (fair amount of driving)

2. Crested Butte, Colorado

3. Steamboat Springs, Colorado

4. Big Sky, Montana

5. Sun Valley, Idaho

6. Revelstoke, BC

post #10 of 16

If you are looking for tons of powder, Summit County here in Colorado has been pretty lean (Keystone, A-Basin, Breck, Copper). Vail is not too bad...Steamboat has gotten a good amount of snow  lately. Down south in the San Juans, that is where all the snow is (Wolf Creek, Silverton, etc).

post #11 of 16

For recent pics of Big Sky:

http://www.epicski.com/t/115250/big-sky-2012-13-season

 

Note that Bridger is a 20 min drive from Bozeman, which is the usual flight destination for folks going to Big Sky.  Bridger is well worth a couple days if going to Big Sky.  There are good reasons that the EpicSki Gathering to Big Sky and Big Sky in late March will be well attended.

 

Can click on the Tags (right of Post #1) to get to EpicSki resort pages, which may include links to recent related threads.

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I think I'd fly into Spokane and do the Powder Hwy.

Agreed, since Feb. 18 is a US and Alberta holiday, miss the crowds by flying to Spokane and ski Red (Rossland) and Whitewater (Nelson) in Canada and then Schweitzer (Sandpoint) at the end of the week or following week.

post #13 of 16

If I were in your shoes I'd also do the Powder Hwy suggestions. You couldn't pay me to visit most resorts in CO or UT during President's weekend/week. Unless you don't mind crowds and high prices, I'd either stick to British Columbia or a US ski area far from a metro area and not too popular with destination skiers.

post #14 of 16
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Thanks for the help everyone!  We decided to give Steamboat a try.  Just booked our trip last night.

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Steamboat is one of our favorites, skied there 3 out of the last 4 trips.We have always stayed right on the slopes and that makes a big difference , love it , cant wait to get back.

Favorite place is the Bear Claw, perfect location for ski in /ski out! Have fun!

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Guess my comment is too late but I agree with Christy319.  That week is school vacation week for a good portion of the country so places are more crowded and depending on where you live your flight would probably be more expensive.  Looking forward to the day that I am not locked in to school vacation schedules for travel.

 

BTW You will love Steamboat.  I've been there twice.  The tree sking there is awesome and the town is a real town with a great local vibe, hope you get some good snow.  Check out Strawberry Hot Springs for a relaxing time after skiing, its a natural hot spring.

 

If you are downtown make sure you try the Steaming Bean Coffee shop at 7th and Lincoln, great coffee and sandwichs. - Full disclosure, my sister owns the place.

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