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Need advice for where to go out west.

post #1 of 11
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Beginner question, We are trying to decide where to go out west. 4Mar-9Mar. I want to go where there are long 'boulevard' runs, beginner/intermediate. Been to Steamboat, was somewhat dissappointed seems to have been a bigger version of the east. Anyways any info is appreciated. Time window is closing. Thanks.

post #2 of 11

Try heading to Utah and Park City.  You can get a multi resort pass and use the free Bus system to go to Deer Valley and the Canyons. 

 

I remember all of them having great blue groomers as well as more challenging terrain for those in your group who are game.

 

Not sure what you did not like about Steamboat as I have been there twice with my daughter and we loved it.  Some of the best glade skiing I have done anywhere.  Very nice cruisers good bumps and a few bits of more challenging terrain that make it a good resort to become a better skier.

 

Anyway, good luck and have fun.

 

Rick G

post #3 of 11
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      Mr. Rick G,

Thanks for the reply. Utah and Park City sounds good. My wife,daughter (young teen), and myself are lower on the skiing ability curve.

We were looking at a trail map for Heavenly. My wife expressed a concern that there were not that many long beginner runs.

Basically, with the expense of a trip out west, we hope that we make a good selection.

I may have really been disappointed at my lack of skill.  Again thanks.

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Originally Posted by rickg View Post

Try heading to Utah and Park City.  You can get a multi resort pass and use the free Bus system to go to Deer Valley and the Canyons. 

 

+1

 

Skip Heavenly.

post #5 of 11

I'm a Tahoe skier and agree - skip Heavenly-----not much in the way of green runs, usually crowded, subject to poor visibility & conditions (though they can make enormous amounts of snow).  I've been to Park City and agree with that as a suggestion...especially because it's easy to try out several other resorts and very easy to get around on their bus system.  Personally, I loved Park City!

 

Not sure about conditions in Colorado, but Breckenridge might be another possibility and you'd also be able to access a lot of other resorts.

If weather not cooperating, however, Breckenridge could seem just as icy as any east coast resort (IMO).

 

Come to Tahoe maybe after you've skied Utah and  Colorado........try to choose a stellar snow year and personally I would still put Heavenly at the bottom of the list.  If you happen to be in South Tahoe, though, Sierra at Tahoe is a good choice for beginners ( 3 mile green run from the top to base.....PC also has one like that).  

 

I think PC isi the best recommendation!

post #6 of 11

I was at Tahoe just over a week ago and conditions are quite icey right now (unless they have had a decent snowfall in the last 8 days).  Of the resorts we were at, Northstar may be most suitable, but NOT on a weekend. 

 

I agree with the others, Park City and the SLC area in general is probably your best bet.

 

If the conditions in Colorado are decent, you could try Loveland, which is not very far from Breckinridge and Copper Mtn.

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies. Sierra and Park City sound good. Also, thanks for not telling me to 'use the search. ' This forum has a lot of good  information which can take time to research. 

post #8 of 11
As mentioned by earlier posts Northstar At Tahoe would probably work best for you.

There is plenty of terrain geared towards the Intermediate/Beginner Crowd. Not that there is not Advanced Stuff smile.gif

Your dates are weekday so there should be no issues with crowding.

We have been getting snow and March usually is good in Tahoe
post #9 of 11

Snowbasin is great in terms of long blue groomers after riding up the gondola. Good ski school too.

 

Where do you like to ski in VA?  Which runs?

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

We went to Park City/Deer Valley. It was great. We actually stayed at Sunrise Hilton at Canyons, Great place to stay. Didn't need a vehicle was able to ride provided shuttle. We skiied first at Deer Valley and then Park City. Deer valley has more green/blue runs but Park City a couple of longer green/blue runs. Homerun ttok me about 10 minutes to ski from top to bottom. Both places are excellent for beginner/intermediates but we seemed to like the old mining atmosphere that Park City has and the Town Lift area.

post #11 of 11

Glad you had a great trip.  I have been wanting to get back to the Park City area ever since I was there about 10 years ago.

 

Rick G

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