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post #1 of 19
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Hi, I want to ski for 3-4 months and I don'treally know where.It could be everywhere in the world, I am looking for a ski resort that contain a lot of runs from all the kinds, mostly I ski on the reds and sometimes in the blacks. I want a resort that also have a good nightlife and other attractions beside ski nearby because I want to go to 3 months at least.. I am thinking about renting an apartment witch will decrease my expanses. I thought about two places - Whistler or New Zealand, I still don't know the price difference between the places and I hope you could help me with that. Moreover I am looking for someone to join me I can go whenever in the next two years.
Thank a lot for helping
post #2 of 19

Welcome to Epic! Whistler is not cheap, especially in the village. But there are less expensive housing options that are a "healthy" walk/ bus ride away. Look for rooms to share/for rent ads in local papers (e.g. piquenews).

post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by TheRusty View Post

Welcome to Epic! Whistler is not cheap, especially in the village. But there are less expensive housing options that are a "healthy" walk/ bus ride away. Look for rooms to share/for rent ads in local papers (e.g. piquenews).
thank you for the quick reply, everything is expensive in Whistler or just the ski pass? I mean food and living..
And I yea maybe I'll rent an apartment near Whistler..
post #4 of 19

some other possibilities:   Jackson Hole and or Lake tahoe north shore.  If you stayed two month on North shore Lake tahoe you would have choice of some great skiing;   Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Sugar Bowl aand some smaller areas with great attributes expecially on powder days; Homewood, Diamond Peak, Mt Rose.  Thats 7 areas all prettty close together. Night life good in Truckee, tahoe City and north shore casinos.

post #5 of 19
3-4 months? Europe. Pick a central'ish location with rail access near an 'everyday' ski area, rent a place or be a room mate, then budget for some travel to follow the snow. Lots of other stuff to see and do on down days.
Edited by markojp - 7/5/15 at 12:16pm
post #6 of 19
What he said.
post #7 of 19

My choice would be Europe and if cost was important then staying down in the valley and not in the ski resort will save you a great deal.

 

Bourg St Maurice in the center of Tarentaise valley is one such location and you reach the ski area stating at Les Arcs 1600 by high speed funicular railway.Val d'Isère, Tignes, La Plagne and the Trois Vallees are all with in easy reach.

 

Cheap accommodation is much sought after by the seasonal workers and booking early if you can would be a good idea.

 

The ski pass for the season for Les Arcs La Plagne will be 800 to 1000 euros depending on how and where you buy it.

 

Look into the A La Carte Pass if you want to ski other areas.

 

A couple of other towns to look at would be Morzine sking the Portes du Soleil area, and Chamonix although the skiing there is tougher.

 

If you had a car you could look at the Dolomites and the Superski Dolomiti pass 750 euros for 12 areas and 450 lifts.

 

In both France and Italy you will have to work to get past the tourist interface to find cheap accommodation at local prices. You may need a French or Italian speaker to help.

 

Here is one that I have used in France but there are others  http://search.vivastreet.com/annonces-location-appartement+bourg-st-maurice-73700?lb=new&search=1&start_field=1&keywords=&cat_1=71&cat_2=&sp_housing_monthly_rent%5Bstart%5D=&sp_housing_monthly_rent%5Bend%5D=&sp_housing_nb_rooms%5Bstart%5D=&sp_housing_nb_rooms%5Bend%5D=&sp_housing_sq_ft%5Bstart%5D=&sp_housing_sq_ft%5Bend%5D=&offer_type=offer&geosearch_text=Bourg+St+Maurice+-+73700&geo_radial_distance=5&searchGeoId=4163&end_field=


Edited by TQA - 7/5/15 at 2:43pm
post #8 of 19
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Thank you all, you really helped me!
I will look on ski resorts in Europe but still didn't rule out New Zealand and Canada.
post #9 of 19
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Hi, I want to ski for 3-4 months and I don'treally know where.It could be everywhere in the world, I am looking for a ski resort that contain a lot of runs from all the kinds, mostly I ski on the reds and sometimes in the blacks. I want a resort that also have a good nightlife and other attractions beside ski nearby because I want to go to 3 months at least.. I am thinking about renting an apartment witch will decrease my expanses. I thought about two places - Whistler or New Zealand

 

 

New Zealand  doesn't really seem fit your requirements.  They're currently having a very poor season and even during good ones, it's rare to have 3-4 months of good skiing.

Europe or Whistler would be good, but I think I'd go to Japan.

post #10 of 19
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New Zealand  doesn't really seem fit your requirements.  They're currently having a very poor season and even during good ones, it's rare to have 3-4 months of good skiing.
Europe or Whistler would be good, but I think I'd go to Japan.
I will look into it also, where in Japan can you recommend on a good resorts?
post #11 of 19
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I will look into it also, where in Japan can you recommend on a good resorts?

Three or four months... The season there is relatively short as well if you don't ski tour. Public transit is expensive, and your time line is longer than most rail passes. Two main choices: Hokkaido and the Northern Alps. Personally, I'd home base in Hokkaido near Niseko, and again, budget and plan for travel. And while intercity train travel is renown for speed and efficiency, rural public transit can be slow and all domestic travel is relatively expensive. 4 months is the winter. I'd watch weather and also make my way down to Honshu to hit a few places. Most folks like the Hakuba area (5 ski areas nearby) but I'm not a huge fan unless it involves ski touring. Follow the snow. It's a small country, but it is very long, so don't discount travel time and effort getting to where you what to go. There's a ton online tht will give you basis descriptions of the two areas I've mentioned... Do some research and shoot me a PM or post here again to ask about specifics.


But as much as I like Japan, I'd still go to Europe in a heart beat.
Edited by markojp - 7/6/15 at 11:08am
post #12 of 19

Urr, New Zealand is not having a very poor season. In fact might be the best in recent memory. It is going off.

post #13 of 19

My bad.  I must have been thinking of South America.

post #14 of 19
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After a deep check that i did, i still think Whistler is a great place, the ski pass is more expensive, but i think its worth it.. thank you all.. ill be happy to hear if you have some tips for Whistler - where can i find a cheap department for so much time, or where shuld i stay (Whistler must be expensive, so i thought about live in a bus or a train stop by) or some other tips..
post #15 of 19

The South Island may be going off, but the North Island ,sadly, is completely the opposite at the moment .

Turoa has a 45cm base,Whakapapa has 65cms ,they both need closer to 2 meter bases to really get going.

Luckily we in the North Island are patient!!

post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by nirchetrit View Post

After a deep check that i did, i still think Whistler is a great place, the ski pass is more expensive, but i think its worth it.. thank you all.. ill be happy to hear if you have some tips for Whistler - where can i find a cheap department for so much time, or where shuld i stay (Whistler must be expensive, so i thought about live in a bus or a train stop by) or some other tips..


Do watch the weather situation... things aren't shaping up 'blob' and El Nino wise for a very good season in the Lower Mainland/PNW... 

post #17 of 19

"The South Island may be going off, but the North Island ,sadly, is completely the opposite at the moment .

Turoa has a 45cm base,Whakapapa has 65cms ,they both need closer to 2 meter bases to really get going.

Luckily we in the North Island are patient!!"

 

Patience pays off.

post #18 of 19
Queenstown in New Zealand, which is probably the only ski area in New Zealand that fits your criteria is not cheap and accommodation is at a premium in winter (not just in Queenstown). Many people struggle to find places to stay. There is all fierce competition for jobs, so it is not an easy option. If you are serious it would pay to check immigration and visa requirements before you make too many plans.
post #19 of 19
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New Zealand  doesn't really seem fit your requirements.  They're currently having a very poor season and even during good ones, it's rare to have 3-4 months of good skiing.

Current good season or no, it's rare for NZ it to be good consistently for 3-4 months.  Average snowfall in lift served areas is no more than 200 inches and they are low enough that it can rain. New England is not a bad analogy in terms of snow reliability.

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Europe or Whistler would be good, but I think I'd go to Japan.

Japan's ski season, though intense and spectacular, is concentrated in a relatively narrow timeframe.  November's precipitation is often more rain than snow, so December's dumps are needed to build the base. January and first half of February are usually awesome.  After that the Siberian "lake effect" diminishes rapidly, and with low altitude and varied exposures snow surfaces are not so good if it hasn't snowed recently.  Several locals told me, "March in Japan is like April in the Alps or western North America."  By April most of the precipitation in Japan will be rain.

 

So yes you want a place that has a good reputation for a long season on both ends. Whistler is one of the best in that regard, and Utah's Cottonwood Canyons are really the only place that is much better for both early and late season reliability in North America.

 

Nonetheless I agree with the Europe suggestion.  The Alps are compact,so you can drive from one end to the other in not much more than a day.  There are so many places, with varied weather so often one section is doing well when others are not.  As a once-in-a-lifetime extended ski trip, that's probably where I would go.

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