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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

We are 2 families (group of 10 - 2 couples and kids from 12 to 16 yo) with skiers and no skiers.

I am looking for an US  Ski Resort in a good structured town, with chain restaurantes, malls, etc...

 

Las year I went to Park City/Canyons, and it was great, with good atmosphere for non skiers too (Tanger Outlet Mall, Walmart, Best Buy, chain restaurants...).

 

I have been to Whistler, Vail, Heavenly and Okemo. Good for skiing, bad for shopping.

I have been to Camelback. Great for shopping (Premium outlet), but very small for skiers.

 

Thank you very much for help !!!

post #2 of 15
You WANT chain stores? Why leave home?
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hi Sibhusky, my post really sounds strange !!!

Let me try to explain. I do not care about shopping or chain stores. But my wife does !!!

If she is OK !!! Great times on the slopes!!!

If she is not ok... you know!!!

We are not americans. We live in Brazil !!! (I hope you understand...)

Thank you for your help !   

post #4 of 15
Now it makes sense. Does she really want chain stores or just shopping in general?
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

Chain stores, shopping mall, outlet center !!!! OMG !!!

post #6 of 15

Summit County Colorado fits your criteria, lots of skiing, shopping and restaurants.

Three main towns, Dillon, Silverthorne and Frisco. Frisco has Walmart and Silverthorne had the outlet mall. There are housing options in Summit County to fit any budget.

Four ski areas in Summit, A-basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Vail is less than an hour away (all the high end shopping your wife could want).

All the a ski areas with the exception of Copper can be skied on the same lift ticket.

It's best to rent a car but there is free bus transportation.

Check it out on line it might be just what you are looking for.

post #7 of 15
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You WANT chain stores? Why leave home?

 

Even coming from Canada that would be a draw for my wife, as there's always good deals and slightly different stuff in the US.  

 

The nice towns are also a big draw, but for us middle class mortals-there's not a lot of dough left for high-end shopping after flights, hotels, lift tix, dining, etc.  I know she'd love Park City, but I'm going to wait until the kids are a bit better on skis until we spend the time and $ to go there.  If the deals are as good as last year, I may end up taking them out to Colorado for the Ski / Swim / Stay deals in Glenwood Springs / Sunlight Mt. Is Silverthorne the only good reasonably priced shopping area between Denver and the Glenwood Springs area? 

post #8 of 15
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You WANT chain stores? Why leave home?

Even coming from Canada that would be a draw for my wife, as there's always good deals and slightly different stuff in the US.  

I know all about you Canadians, most of the cars on the Target lot are from Alberta... ;-)
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thank you all for the help !!!

post #10 of 15

I'm also from Brazil, even though I've been living in the US for quite some time I understand what you are saying. I think other than SLC it's hard to find what you are looking for... I guess you are gonna have to plan on spending a couple of days, maybe 3 days somewhere else close.

 

Here is what I would do:

 

1) Ski breckenridge and plan to spend some time in Denver, it's a short drive! you can choose to stay in Denver or drive in your day off from skiing! Lots of stuff for teens to do! You will find regular malls, outlet malls (there is a big one in Castle Rock, just south of Denver). I'd been to Denver on a business trip and wouldn't mind visiting again, cool city!

 

2) Ski something you haven't yet in Tahoe (say Squaw, Alpine) and go to San Francisco (3hrs drive I guess) Again, lots of things to do even in the winter! San Francisco is a cool city too!

 

3) Ski Mt Hood and go shopping in Portland and don't pay sales taxes!

 

So all 3 of them are easy enough to find good flights from Brazil, specially Denver and San Francisco, not so much for Portland, but still quite easy! Other than that I guess you would have to go back to SLC! Why not ski Alta/Snowbird or any of the resorts in the Cottonwoods?

post #11 of 15
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Is Silverthorne the only good reasonably priced shopping area between Denver and the Glenwood Springs area? 
 

 

There's a Costco in Gypsum that's nice, but that's about it.

post #12 of 15
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Chain stores, shopping mall, outlet center !!!! OMG !!!

I'm thinking something where the non-skiers can drive every day a minimal distance to SLC or equivalent. Two hours each way is not going to cut it. Which really limits your choices.
post #13 of 15

+1 for Summit. Outlet mall, plenty of chain stores, Walmart, Target, etc. can drive to Vail one day for upscale window shopping and fine dining while you ski the back bowls.

post #14 of 15
I agree, Summit County. You will see all the chain stores you want and more. We did an extended family trip staying at Copper Mountain and the shopping non-skiers drove to Silverthorne and were very happy.
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There's a Costco in Gypsum that's nice, but that's about it.

 

Thanks! It looks like theres a Target in Glenwood Springs as well.  Whats the downtown like?  My google search says there's some boutique stores, unique shops, and restaurants... anything worth visiting?

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