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Western trip for a light intermediate? [March, from NH]

post #1 of 11
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Taking my girlfriend somewhere in late March. She mostly skis NH but doesn't get many days. I'm advanced and can have a good time wherever we go and I get a lot of days on the hill.

Right now I've set my sights on Steamboat because CO is obviously having a good year and my understanding is that it's a good intermediate place.

To those familiar with Bretton Woods in NH she loooooves it there. Great snow (duh) and groomed terrain is what she needs.

With those preferences in mind, can anyone suggest a western destination for us?
post #2 of 11

Aspen. Four different mountains, at least two of which (Buttermilk and Snowmass) she would probably love.

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Steamboat has a lot for a low or regular intermediate. But, I guess the amount of snow ( assuming it snows over the groomed runs, as it probably will) could be an issue, if she's used to harder groomed runs. Powder then skied out crud as the day wears on can be difficult for people that aren't used to it. Maybe just plan on taking a lesson, since ideally we all should be able to ski in snow.
post #4 of 11
Late March may bring Steamboat's lower elevation and exposure into play. Take a look at Winter Park - great mountain for an advanced and intermediate skier to play together, and with a package deal can likely be done cheaper than Steamboat.

Take a look here for snow stats:

http://bestsnow.net
post #5 of 11

Ask TCC.

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll consider both Aspen and WP. Haven't been to either myself.
post #7 of 11
Copper would be a decent choice. Frisco is relatively cheap to stay in and the buses run to BReck providing a lot of aditinoal activity options. Only downside to Copper is that the terrain is pretty ability divided. As you go lookers left the terrain gets harder and while this is really nice most of the time, keeps the avanced skiers away from the beginners and vic versa, it does make it difficult for you to break off for a run and meet at the lift.
post #8 of 11
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I just went to Copper for the first time myself this year. The area lookers right of the mountain would certainly be up her alley. The only reason I'm not considering it is because I've been and there's many places I haven't been to.
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Originally Posted by Christy319 View Post

But, I guess the amount of snow ( assuming it snows over the groomed runs, as it probably will) could be an issue, if she's used to harder groomed runs. Powder then skied out crud as the day wears on can be difficult for people that aren't used to it. Maybe just plan on taking a lesson, since ideally we all should be able to ski in snow.

 

This is true; there is a risk of fresh snow (ha, risk of fresh snow...) pretty much anywhere in CO in late March. March and even April can be very snowy here. Last April was pretty epic.

 

I'll throw Beaver Creek into the mix. Lots of wide, not-too-steep runs, and they're known for their grooming. 

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post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by Christy319 View Post

Steamboat has a lot for a low or regular intermediate. But, I guess the amount of snow ( assuming it snows over the groomed runs, as it probably will) could be an issue, if she's used to harder groomed runs. Powder then skied out crud as the day wears on can be difficult for people that aren't used to it. Maybe just plan on taking a lesson, since ideally we all should be able to ski in snow.

Late March typically means soft snow, either powder or mashed potatoes. With the deep snowpaclk in CO, it will probably not be full on slop on warm days. Days without fresh snow will mean frozen mornings and as gradual softening.

If you hold off till April, you get some reallybcheap skiing at WP and Steamboat.http://www.steamboat.com/tickets-and-passes/april-passes.aspx
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