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Where would you go if you had 5 days to ski?

post #1 of 29
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I live in ct and have a week off before I start a new job.

I was thinking of going to mont tremblant, but started thinking. If I am going to drive 8 hours I might as well take a flight out west?

Where would you go as a solo married male looking to maximize ski time. I don't care about night life. I am an intermediate skier and not looking for huge powder but would like some. Ideally I'd like to fly in and ski which is pushing me towards Jackson hole ore Utah ,
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post #3 of 29

East:  Didn't Sugarbush just get 12" new snow?

West:  Jackson Hole is having a great season.

post #4 of 29

That thread that Sibhusky posted has a ton of great info but is really massive, and maybe tough to get through....

 

I did a bunch of research a few months ago as an intermediate looking to take my first trip out west to ski for 3 days (though with a few friends, also intermediate, mostly groomer, skiers). A few notes from my experience planning :

 

-- We settled on Vail, but night life was a concern for some of our group, and wanted the "upscale village/party" experience. Plus Denver flights were really, really cheap when we booked; Less than $300.

-- Personally, I was pushing for Big Sky in Montana. Huge, interesting variety, lots of intermediate terrain, more affordable, could potentially take an extra day to visit Yellowstone, not much of a village/nightlife

-- Jackson Hole doesn't seem to be a great intermediate mountain - plenty of trails, but the focus seems more on the more difficult stuff (check out the Unofficial Guide on here for lots of detail).

-- Telluride seemed great - neat town, location, but a bit longer and more expensive to get to

-- Breckenridge - Simply over-ridden by Vail being nearby on the opinion of a few folks who have been out there

-- Whistler-Blackcomb - Just too far, and unpredictable weather-wise

-- Park City - Somewhat more expensive to fly to SLC than Denver; Friends liked Vail more.

 

Others I would consider now that I've been hanging around here and reading a lot more :

 

Steamboat Springs

Winter Park

Snowbasin

Powder Mountain

Whitefish

Lake Louise

Alta/Snowbird

Sun Valley

Aspen

 

Some that I looked at and would consider but are having a crappy snow year :

 

Mammoth

Heavenly

Northstar

Whistler-Blackcomb

 

Maybe that helps or at least gives you some ideas to research... 

post #5 of 29

My opinion would be Big Sky.  Great Mt., no crowds, decent snow this year, not a lot of night life but a couple of good restaurants.

 

Big Sky ESA 09

 

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Having fun at Big Sky

post #6 of 29

Actually, Big Sky is not that great so far this year.  I'd head to Grand Targhee, in fact I'm likely to go spend a few days there in a couple of weeks.  It's only about 350 miles from Billings and I'm getting desperate to ski something besides rocks.

post #7 of 29
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Actually, Big Sky is not that great so far this year.  I'd head to Grand Targhee, in fact I'm likely to go spend a few days there in a couple of weeks.  It's only about 350 miles from Billings and I'm getting desperate to ski something besides rocks.

 :D  This is why I love Westerners.

post #8 of 29
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 :D  This is why I love Westerners.

In Montana we measure distances in hours.;)

post #9 of 29
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In Montana we measure distances in hours.;)

 

We do exactly the same thing around DC, like :

 

"How far is it to that town?"

"2 hours"

 

Except here it's due to traffic, not weather/mountains/distance. :mad

post #10 of 29
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Originally Posted by Bassmantweed View Post

I live in ct and have a week off before I start a new job.

I was thinking of going to mont tremblant, but started thinking. If I am going to drive 8 hours I might as well take a flight out west?

Where would you go as a solo married male looking to maximize ski time. I don't care about night life. I am an intermediate skier and not looking for huge powder but would like some. Ideally I'd like to fly in and ski which is pushing me towards Jackson hole ore Utah ,

 

If you have the budget for it, consider staying at a lodge at Alta.  All have dorm room options.  Great place for an intermediate who wants to get a taste of powder.  All the lodges make it easy to meet other skiers so can often find someone to ski with.

 

I put off going to JH until I was an advanced skier.  After going last season, for me that was a good decision.  Although combining JH and Grand Targhee could be a lot of fun for an adventurous intermediate.

post #11 of 29

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Originally Posted by Bassmantweed View Post

Where would you go as a solo married male looking to maximize ski time. I don't care about night life. I am an intermediate skier and not looking for huge powder but would like some.

 

Partly depends on how serious you are about "maximizing" ski time... Keystone probably offers the best combination in the West of intermediate terrain and long hours (8:30-8:00 most days). Are you looking to head out right away, or planning for the future? Utah's snow forecast for the rest of January is looking pretty grim right now.

post #12 of 29

I applaud your decision to consider flying out West for a five-day trip.  I too am an intermediate and just returned from my first ski trip to Utah (having already been to most of the Colorado spots).  Here's how I would rank them based upon what you are looking for:

 

1) Aspen (Snowmass/Highlands/Aspen/Buttermilk...in that order)

2) Alta/Solitude/Snowbasin/Snowbird/Brighton...in that order

3) Steamboat

4) Jackson Hole/Grand Targhee

5) Copper Mountain/Keystone

 

Depending on the flight, typically Utah is going to be less expensive, especially if you stay in Salt Lake City (which is what I just did and had a fabulous time).  Lift tickets are considerably cheaper for the Utah spots.  Aspen will be the least crowded, with Utah being empty as well on non-powder days.

post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by Bassmantweed View Post

I live in ct and have a week off before I start a new job.

I was thinking of going to mont tremblant, but started thinking. If I am going to drive 8 hours I might as well take a flight out west?

Where would you go as a solo married male looking to maximize ski time. I don't care about night life. I am an intermediate skier and not looking for huge powder but would like some. Ideally I'd like to fly in and ski which is pushing me towards Jackson hole ore Utah ,

 

 

Go to Vail. If you were an Advanced/Expert skier I would have suggested Alta/Snowbird or Jackson Hole. Vail has a LOT of different and cool terrain for intermediates. Breck is also great for intermediates but I like the bowls @ Vail a lot. Blue Sky is overated though except the trees (too tight mostly) and some steeps. Beaver Creek is also a VERY fun mountain for intermediates. Much less crowds and catwalks than Vail. Snowmass also has a LOT of good intermediate terrain and crowds are pretty much non-existant. 

post #14 of 29

Starting to snow in the Alps Geneva then Chamonix!

post #15 of 29

Mid-Vermont just got the better part of 18 inches. If you're talking about this week, I would hop in the car and hit a variety of areas up there, do a "ski safari".  Pico is not open Tuesdays and wednesdays, so I would hit there on Thursday. 

post #16 of 29

I'd be looking at who's ABOUT to get a big dump instead of who got one last weekend.  But, seeing that the OP's just looking for good on trail skiing any place that has a lot of trails open and isn't as crowded sounds more like the best plan.  Why not take a road trip up and down Vermont (or rent a car in Colorado) and check out several places along the way?

post #17 of 29

Fly out west.  Salt Lake City is good.  Resorts are so close to the airport.  You can do it on the cheap. 

 

Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton - Park City / Canyons.  Do it - don't waste your time on New England.  

post #18 of 29
Jackson Hole would be better if you were with a group. You did say you were flying solo right. Go to Salt Lake. Stay downtown and sample the better areas based on current weather. I would cover in no order Snowbird, Solitude, Alta, Deer Valley. Good Luck.
post #19 of 29

Yeah, Id go Utah or Colorado. As an intermediate, I had a lot of fun at Copper and Powder Mountain. Dont know if either has enough terrain to keep you occupied for a week, but I would base out of SLC and ski the several great resorts in that area personally. 

post #20 of 29
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My opinion would be Big Sky.  Great Mt., no crowds, decent snow this year, not a lot of night life but a couple of good restaurants.

 

Ditto.

post #21 of 29

I had the same decision to make and was debating between Jackson Hole and Alta/Snowbird. I finally decided on the latter due to a combination of price and the all inclusive ski bum nature of Alta. I'm looking forward to not having to decide on anything but where I want to ski. Jackson is having a better season snow wise, so I'm having a bit of buyer's remorse at the moment, but I'm fairly confident by the 2nd week of February when I go they'll manage to get some more snow in Utah.

post #22 of 29

Considering the snow pack in the west and Pacific Northwest isn't ideal due to El Nino. I'd fly to Calgary and ski Lake Louise or Kicking Horse. Both Have excellent skiing, good conditions, incredible scenery, fun vibe plus they are both extremely easy to get to from Calgary, plus the US Dollar is stronger right now. 

 

Second choice Big Sky, MT or Grand Targhee. Big Sky is easy to get to as there's flights into Bozeman all the time and it's only an hour drive from the mountain. The Ghee you would need to fly into Idaho Falls. The Ghee has been having a very good year.

 

That's my two cents. Where ever you decide to go we need to see pictures and hear about your experience. Have fun.

post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

I'd be looking at who's ABOUT to get a big dump instead of who got one last weekend.  But, seeing that the OP's just looking for good on trail skiing any place that has a lot of trails open and isn't as crowded sounds more like the best plan.  Why not take a road trip up and down Vermont (or rent a car in Colorado) and check out several places along the way?

WOW!

Thanks everyone for the info. This is where I am leaning now........ Jay peak and work my way south.
post #24 of 29

I would have said Aspen, but I just learned on another thread that Aspen Mountain is tiny and the other three don't count.

post #25 of 29

I'd go to wherever the snowstorm is going.

post #26 of 29

I recently posted this to another thread. Summit County Colorado is having a good year.  Long time Copper Skier.

 

As an (insert your level) skier with only a short time to visit I think your basic plan is right on. 

 

One note of caution:  Will you have medical insurance during your time of unemployment?

 

Don't mess with Car rentals. Shuttle service makes sense.  It takes you from the Airport to the door of your lodging.  For return it's door to door service again.  Summit Express is the shuttle service offered thru the Copper web page.  ($65 each way)

 

https://shop.coppercolorado.com/products/lodging

 

I think you want 'easy' access to skiing, food, and the luxury's of a ski resort. I recommend looking at the lodging choices at Copper web page, you will find lodging in the 'Village Square Neighborhood' starting at $138 (there's a discount for second night.)  Lift tickets, lessons, and rentals are listed as $335 for two days. 

 

Modified a bit - I recommend the Village Square area as it has a central location.  You walk out the building walk 150-200 yards to Lifts, rental shop, take the escalator up to the ski school office, (Ignore since your an experienced skier) ;) outside to meet your instructor, catch a snowmobile 'bus' to the beginner area, take your first lesson, ride bus back to lunch, repeat in the afternoon.  Walking in ski boots at 10,000 foot elevation has been described as torture.  You can even use the overnight ski check and locker service (right outside rental shop) to avoid schlepping you gear back to the hotel room.  If you get bored with skiing, there's a bus (free) to Frisco with connections to Breckenridge (Crowds), Keystone, and A-Basin for additional food, drink, and yes skiing.

 

Right now Copper is offering   '3 Is A Magic Number' --- 3rd night lodging FREE, Kids Ski FREE, 3rd day rentals FREE, 3rd day lessons FREE, 33% OFF Winter Freestyle Lessons, Secret Pass! Upgrade FREE.

 

Sorry if I sound like a salesman for Copper Mountain.  All the mountains in Summit County (and all of Colorado) have similar deals/prices.  Copper is the mountain where I Ski and Live.

post #27 of 29
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WOW!

Thanks everyone for the info. This is where I am leaning now........ Jay peak and work my way south.


stick to Jay and Stowe.  By the time you get to K-town, you will be skiing firm conditions IMO.  Weather is coming this weekend, though.  Listen to the TK forecast on ski the east thread on twitter if you are thinking of VT (or anywhere in New England)

post #28 of 29

Jay, Stowe, Mad River Glen, Sugarbush.  Good variety between these 4.  You should be pretty tired by then  LOL

post #29 of 29

Maryjane at Winter Park

 

Love their long modest gradient bump runs with mid winter packed powder.  After recent storms they are showing 49-50 inches which is enough.

 

Was hoping to take a trip out there the last 3 winters and link up with a friend living in Grand Junction but not even a consideration given the drought.  Unless I can get enough skiing in to put my body in strong enough condition to rip...taint worth it.

 

Else wise second choice would enjoy a few days skiing one of the low customer number Rockies resorts with long moderate gradient tree run slopes after quality snows.  And really don't need to be in mid season form for that given my relaxed bouncing rabbit powder style.

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