A little background: I live in the mid-Atlantic, I would call myself a solid Intermediate/Advanced skier, and my wife is an intermediate. We have gone out west the past couple years and are looking to head somewhere again this March, 5-11. We have kind of followed the snow in the past, trying to hit the areas that have had the best season so far.
First was Breck, which was fine, but a little too crowded, especially the lift lines that we encountered then. We were mostly on Peak 8, where my wife was most comfortable on the greens at that point. But also peak 7. Loved the town, I'd probably go back, but we are a little wary of the crowds there. Flew direct to Den and then rented a car, stayed in a condo at the base.
Next we went to Schweitzer in Northern ID. It was great for us, a nice layout, no crowds at all, beautiful. But it was a little bit of a trek to get to. Connected into Spokane, rented a car, stayed in town and drove to the mountain each morning.
Last year we went to Solitude, and spent a day at Brighton. Great places, also not crowded, but we didn't enjoy them as much as Schweitzer. Brighton gets a little edge in terms of terrain over Solitude for us. Honeycomb Canyon was closed if that makes a difference. We stayed at a condo at Solitude, flew direct to SLC and rented a car.
So the question is, knowing how the season has been so far, where should we book tickets this year? Yes, I've read the 75 page (and still counting!) thread about intermediate skiers skiing out west. Thanks 2CC!
Some areas that interest me as possibilities for this trip:
- Vail. Yes I know it has more skiers that Breck, but it's bigger too, right? The idea of the bowls and Blue Sky Basin intrigues me for some reason.
- Steamboat. Haha. Is this where I am destined to go, a-la 2CC? I see it as a little crowded and a little more difficult to get to (compared to Vail).
- Wolf Creek. Sounds like great snow, how has it been this year, and also a little difficult to get to
- Copper. Vail jr?
- Grand Targhee. Lots of snow, few skiers, hard to get to.
So what does everyone think? Where's the snow this year? Does it matter for the beginning of March?