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post #1 of 26
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I am an old retired guy who can visit North America for 3 weeks to go skiing. I like to stay somewhere central and inexpensive with a range of different resorts within easy driving distance, say less than 1 hour. So far I have stayed at

 

Summit County Colorado and skiied places like A Basin, Breck and Beaver Creek.

 

Salt Lake City and skied Snowbird,Park City, Alta etc.

 

I want to avoid Sierra cement and east coast ice.

 

Is there anywhere else in the USA or Canada that I should visit.

post #2 of 26

BC, Canada. Three weeks on the Powder Highway would be life changing. http://www.powderhighway.com

post #3 of 26

Glenwood Springs, Colo. Lodging is inexpensive, and the four Aspen mountains, Vail, and Beaver Creek are within about an hours drive. There is also a small local area, Sunlight.

post #4 of 26

Glenwood's a good call. They are now marketing a Glenwood 7 campaign, but I don't know anything about costs. Mass transit is available to all the Aspen resorts.

 

Coeur d'alene has potential.

 

Nelson's a great town, but you'd have to extend your hour drive considerably.

post #5 of 26
Thread Starter 

So Coeur d'alene gives me access to 2 ski areas.

 

What about New Mexico Say Taos?

 

Hmmm flying to Geneva and staying in Morzine gives me 12 areas on one pass and as I remember it Morzine is a pretty little town.

post #6 of 26
New Mexico is going to get boring if you are there for 3 weeks. Glen wood is a good call. You could also consider Frisco, which would put A-Basin, Keystone, Loveland, Breckenridge, and Copper within a half hour, Vail and Beaver Creek within an hour, and winter Park, Steamboat, Cooper, Sunlight, and the 4 Aspen areas with 2 hours.

Mike
post #7 of 26

What did you like/dislike about your Ut/Co trips?

What time of year? 

What type of skiing do you do?

post #8 of 26

Why is this still a thread. I should have won the thread with Powder Highway a long time ago biggrin.gif

 

Seriously, though, you're talking three weeks. Why travel all the way over the pond to dick around someplace like Santa Fe where you have one good resort and not all that great of a chance for snow? You've already done Colorado and UT, and you're not interested in Tahoe. Somewhere in BC, especially the Powder Highway area, seems like the choice.

 

Glenwood sounds like it could be good, but you've already been to the general vicinity. I'd do Southwest CO (Telluride, Silverton) before that. At least that's an entirely different part of the state. Seattle and Alpental, Steven's, Crystal, etc. is another possibility. 

 

If it were me, though, I'd trim it to two weeks, ski some of the major Powder Highway resorts, and use the extra money for a cat or heli-skiing trip there. Boom, you just won life. 

post #9 of 26
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Why is this still a thread. I should have won the thread with Powder Highway a long time ago biggrin.gif

 

I suspect it's due to America-centricism (not complaining, just observing). I imagine half the posters either haven't heard of the powder highway, or imagined it's a snowstorm on the interstate. And I don't think it's intentional - just that many of the people here live so close to their own fantastic terrain and don't need to come up north. 

 

(I would vote for the powder highway as well.)

post #10 of 26

I agree with Joe, BC seems like the place to go for that next level of skiing if you grow bored or weary of the states, other than AK I guess. The Powder highway looks like a lot of fun, Kicking Horse and Revelstoke in the same trip would be awesome, then add in resorts like Fernie and access to cat and heli skiing... that would be the ultimate ski trip.

post #11 of 26

yeah, Banff areas and then the Pow Highway resorts... Alberta & BC

after 3 wks straight up there, I'd need a couple months to recover

schweet 

post #12 of 26
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Why is this still a thread. I should have won the thread with Powder Highway a long time ago biggrin.gif

 

Well, because the OP didn't bite!

 

Probably due to HIS unfamiliarity to Canada!

post #13 of 26

Revelstoke, Fernie, Kicking Horse, Whistler, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise. 

post #14 of 26
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Kicking Horse, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise. 

yeah.  that's where I'm going next Friday.

post #15 of 26

Telluride, great town, great hill, magnificent scenery.

post #16 of 26
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Revelstoke, Fernie, Kicking Horse, Whistler, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise. 

 

Did elevation bother u at all when u were at summit county CO?

If so i second this trip for sure as the bases are alot lower than Colorado afterall u want a good nite sleep for 3 straight weeks.

post #17 of 26
Ski Banff and stay in a town nearby
post #18 of 26
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feedback. I was ok at the altitude for summit county but I did spend 3 days in Denver acclimatising as I live at sea level. Also had a heart attack and now have 3 stents.

 

My knees restrict me to sking on groomers but I can get down anything, steep does not bother me. So nowadays I like GSing down uncrowded groomers, hopefully without overactive patrollers with speed guns. I can't ski every day nowadays two out of three gives my weakest knee time to recuperate.

 

I have skiied the Aspen 4 Beaver Vail Breck etc. Steamboat and Winterpark and like them all. I would be OK about going back there and it is a possibility.  I also enjoyed Utah as I had 8 resorts within 1 hours drive from SLC. Just hated the air quality though in SLC. I live on a sailboat in the Eastern Caribbean and am used to air that comes over 3000 miles of open ocean and is clean!

 

I must say that I had not realised there were so many ski resorts in western Canada and I need to look into the possibilities. At first sight there is no obvious place to stay that puts 5 or 6 resorts within 1 hours driving time.

 

My two previous ventures into Canada were not that great, Whistler where it rained and Panorama where it was so cold they restricted the lifts. Even with facemasks we both had frostnip to our faces. Both were over Xmas / New year.

 

Now that I am retired I can choose when to go so should be able to find better conditions,

 

Tell me more about the powder highway.

post #19 of 26

If you're restricted to skiing on the groomers, perhaps you should uncross Tahoe off your list.  

At least try it on an average day to get what it's about.  

Even if you believe the hype on Sierra Cement, the quality of groomers is dependent on the groomer crew and they can work magic even with manmade.

 

It's the pow hunters who are typically going to be disappointed more with the "cement".

post #20 of 26

Another vote for Banff.  Amazing scenery, even compared to the Alps.  Later season there can have great weather, very clean air, and good spring snow.  Sunshine, Norquway, and Lake Louise are all easy reach.  Some good food, and reasonably priced lodging.  

 

If you go this way put in a day at Nakiska, it was designed as a racing venue.  It is an early season training hill for some of the European WC teams and site of some of the Olympic Alpine events for the Calgary Olympics.  You might like it for a day or two. 

Attached is a link that can get you around most all the areas in western North America.  You might find it helpful.  http://www.skitiger.com

 

Have fun wherever you choose.  Where in the Eastern Med?

post #21 of 26
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Have fun wherever you choose.  Where in the Eastern Med?

 Eastern Caribbean currently in St Lucia heading towards Bequia for the Easter Regatta and some leatherback turtle conservation work.

post #22 of 26

Now that you say that you're more into groomers, I'm switching over to the Banff crowd. As its name makes clear, the Powder Highway region is all about powder. It has a great concentration of resorts, but probably not as close as you want.

 

Banff gives you two huge resorts and one smaller resort within the hour or so you were looking for, plus some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. I only skied a half-day at Lake Louise while there, but I was quite impressed with the long, smooth groomers I did. And if you get bored, you can always do a longer road trip to Castle, Kicking Horse, Marmot Basin and others. I'd place all my money on Banff. 

 

On another, I thought I was jealous of you based on the three-week ski trip. Now I find out you're sailing across the Caribbean? Damn, nice life! 

post #23 of 26
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Now that you say that you're more into groomers, I'm switching over to the Banff crowd. As its name makes clear, the Powder Highway region is all about powder. It has a great concentration of resorts, but probably not as close as you want.

 

Banff gives you two huge resorts and one smaller resort within the hour or so you were looking for, plus some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. I only skied a half-day at Lake Louise while there, but I was quite impressed with the long, smooth groomers I did. And if you get bored, you can always do a longer road trip to Castle, Kicking Horse, Marmot Basin and others. I'd place all my money on Banff. 

 

On another, I thought I was jealous of you based on the three-week ski trip. Now I find out you're sailing across the Caribbean? Damn, nice life! 

 I am looking hard at Canada now. Maybe a week at Banff, a week in Invermere and the final week somewhere else. This sounds good. Now I gotta see if I can find a way to get there and back from the Eastern Caribbean. Pity that SouthWest don't fly here.

 

I am sorry Joe but I always get the giggles when North American skiers talk about huge resorts. I did most of my skiing in Europe in places like the Portes Du Soleil 200 lifts and 650 marked runs, Les Trois Vallees about the same and of course the Dolomites with about 400 lifts on one pass. I loved the skiing in the Dolomites with the Sellaronda for some easy mileage. It is a loop that runs either clockwise or counter clockwise around the massif of the Sella mountain range.This route can easily be accomplished in one day.

The sella Ronda covers 4 passes:
- Gardena Pass
- Sella Pass
- Pordoi Pass
- Campolongo Pass

4 Ladin valleys
- Alta Badia
- Val Gardena
- Val di Fassa
- Livinallongo

3 provinces
- Bolzano
- Trento e Belluno
 

OR skiing over to Marmolada and doing the 12 k run non stop down to the base village.

post #24 of 26
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I am sorry Joe but I always get the giggles when North American skiers talk about huge resorts.

 

Yes, I used to ski Winter Park with a friend from Paris. He said the snow was much better than Chamonix, but WP/MJ didn't have any vertical...

 

North America, in general, lacks the huge conglomerations of connected lifts and runs under different, but cooperating, management that one sees in Europe. On the other hand, I suspect a higher percentage of North Americans place a higher value in skiing off piste, since most NA ski areas do not have the glacial hazards (crevasses, etc.) that exist in at least some areas of Europe.

 

As JoeUT says, if you're limited to groomers, the Powder Highway definitely presents some challenges and may not be to your taste. In many of the available areas, the primary attraction is difficult off-piste terrain and very soft snow.

 

Sorry to hear about your bad experience in Whistler. Whistler/Blackcomb has a large selection of groomers when the weather is more cooperative.

 

I don't know you or what your issues with your knees are, but it should be noted that subtle refinements in technique (stance, in particular) can often make life easier for old knees and may open up additional terrain for you. With many days, and years, of your existing well-established technique, it can be difficult to make changes, though.

post #25 of 26
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Coeur d'alene has potential.

 

Nelson's a great town, but you'd have to extend your hour drive considerably.

 

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BC, Canada. Three weeks on the Powder Highway would be life changing. http://www.powderhighway.com

 

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  Pity that SouthWest don't fly here.

 

 

 

Fly into GEG (Spokane) on SWA and make a loop.  You'll need a car in Canada regardless. I wouldn't stay in Invermere that long.

post #26 of 26

I would agree with not staying the same length of time in Banff as in Invermere.  Invermere is nice, but it ain't no Banff.  Three days would be plenty.  Make sure you plan some time to drive the Icefields Parkway while you're in Banff.  It's an amazing drive that should not be missed; one you'll remember forever.

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