I am currently planning an adventure to the Rockies (and possibly beyond) in a few weeks time and was hoping for a bit of local knowledge to steer me right. I have had a long held dream (since I was about 11) to wander freely amongst proper mountains with waist deep powder and not a care in the world. Well, that time has arrived! As I'm just abut to sell my business and Scotland isn't renowned for 12000ft peaks or snow, I'm looking west.
I have made a loose plan so far (1st danger sign..) and I have been watching the threads for the snow reports before I firm up what I want to do. My original plan involved telluride, Durango and up past copper, a-basin then on up past wp (for a blast from the past) to steamboat. From there a long drive through to SLC area for alta, solitude and maybe a few others. I also plan on driving north again to hit grand targhee, Jackson and money/time dependent big sky before a long drive back to Denver for the big bird home!
I have a million questions so I'll limit myself to a few, sorry...
How's the Colorado snow? I know wolf creek is solid which is good for the south and steamboat sounds awesome, but I see mixed reports for elsewhere and Utah. Am I better driving to a few snowier Colorado areas then try to focus up north in Wyoming or Montana? I know a lot can and will change and I promise to keep watching but I have no idea how your winter patterns stack up so am a bit clueless here.
Any suggestions for cheaper, more local towns where my buck will allow me to go further? It's my aim to spank 2 months taking as many face plants as possible so I won't be skiing in/out, unless its from an RV! I would quite like to meet & ski with some real folk (maybe from this forum if available?) so please, steer me clear of the glitzy places. Ill last about 3 days before leaving a broke man!
What to do about travel? Looked at RV rental (maybe, but berthing would be a headache amongst a few things) car rental (made my eyes water when I googled it) or maybe even buy one for the time I'm over there?
And would a pair of Rossi soul 7's do me for the trip? I have skis here but they would be like ice skates out west!
Thanks for taking the time to read this, never mind those that reply!
Oh, a bit about me. Been on my skis since I was 8ish (33 now), spent every weekend as a teenager on the hills and am batshit-crazy about skiing. advanced/expert I'd say, but I'd leave the judgement to others. All I know is it comes naturally and you got to let it flow!
Or how about the powder highway up north? Hmm....