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post #31 of 39
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Thank  you for all  for all of the thoughtful replies.--very helpful..my take-away is don't worry so much about it. Which is actually very comforting. Thank you again.

 

Best,

 

Blitz 

post #32 of 39

We would be glad to show them around. We chose North Tahoe for the reasons he wants. 

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I will toss out Tahoe North Shore  

 

Northstar / Squaw / Alpine / Homewood / Sugar Bowl / Mt. Rose

 

Mid week there are a lot of older individuals hitting everything

 

You will find tons of people to hang out with 

 

Especially with Phil/Trekchik/Veteran plus a cast of other Epic Regulars on the prowl

 

Friends in no time fast biggrin.gif

 

And cheap passes to lots of resorts

 

 

post #33 of 39

I have skied Snowbird and Alta are great ski areas. But they are a bit of a drive and one would have to live in Salt Lake, etc. Hence my recommendation for Park City. It is all inclusive housing close by and lots of amenities) and does offer very good skiing. And as I stated public transportation. Moreover, Snowbird, Alta, and other areas are close such as Solitude and Brighton.

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Thank  you for all  for all of the thoughtful replies.--very helpful..my take-away is don't worry so much about it. Which is actually very comforting. Thank you again.

 

Best,

 

 

Blitz 

You won't shut this crew up that easily.  roflmao.gif

 

Go where you want, we grays are everywhere.  

 

This has probably  already been mentioned and I forgot it in a CRAFT moment (Can't Remember A Frigin' Thing).  At a new area jump into a free mountain tour if they are offered.  Often run by a senior mountain host type who is just who you are looking for,or knows where to find who you are looking for. If this seems a waste of time, just kind of drift away and create a plan B.

post #35 of 39

Wolf Creek has a very active senior ski club. They are a great group of folks of all ability levels, and are a lot of fun to see around the mountain.  Members are up there pretty much every day of the week, but Tuesday is their official ski day, and they have a reputation for filling the sack lunch lodge every Tuesday.

 

They also do a lot of summer activities as well.

 

http://www.graywolfskiclub.com/about_ski_club.php

post #36 of 39

My Girlfriend and I love Powder Mountain near Ogden, UT.  We are seriously considering buying there in a few years.... want to wait and make sure the new owners don't wreck the joint.  While skiing there last year we met several retired couples who spent a significant amount of time (6 weeks - the entire winter) there.  They all had condos in Eden but Ogden is not too far and is a much larger community, plus there is regular and reasonably priced bus service.  It is about an hour to SLC and Little Cottonwood Canyon as well.  

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Yellowstone Club. Definitely the Yellowstone Club.

http://www.yellowstoneclub.com/

 

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I think he wants friends, not emptiness and empty trophy homes.

 

Haha. I know. I was kidding...mostly. But hey, worth a shot just in case OP's loaded, as I really want a hook up over there. Hello, guest passes!

post #38 of 39

Something else to look into is season long programs through the ski school. Lots of areas have adult  programs that meet every Saturday morning, such as Sugarbush's Bush pilots. Some are geared more towards parents of kids in seasonal programs but all ski a lot, give you a chance to meet/ski with other (semi)locals and not spend so much time in lift lines, while skiing with someone who knows the mountain.

 

Another possibility is if the areas you are interested in has an ambassador program.  You can quickly meet lots of people, get benefits such as food or lesson discounts, not to mention the pass. For the most part the days resorts need you to work are days too busy to get much skiing in, and there's nothing like being scheduled to get your butt out on a day that looked bad from the breakfast table but turns out to be fantastic from the lifts. If this sounds good call your target areas NOW as returning volunteers take most available slots, having found what a good deal it is.

 

As a year round resident of Montpelier I'm partial to, and employed by, Sugarbush so I think the "Bad Liver Valley" is a great place. SB and MRG make a great combo and Kmart and Stowe are easy trips.

post #39 of 39
Just a point about ambassador programs. For larger resorts, some knowledge of the resort is probably required. I know when I moved here, they wanted me to have been here longer, like a season, before using me. By that time, I knew I'd rather pay for a ticket and ski with my friends before guiding people from Texas. ;-)

I also used the weekly program to leverage the friendships, but the first year didn't take as I ended up with a group that only skied on lesson day. The second year was better and I'm still friends with many of those women. But they still don't ski as much as I do, aside from one woman who I swear has a death wish.. She's in her seventies and skis the trees, the more empty areas, all the time alone.
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