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post #31 of 38

They really blew the temperature prediction for the Northeast last year.  Those NOAA maps favor CO and NM this winter, for whatever that's worth.

post #32 of 38
When are you going?

Sun Valley is really nice, but it might be effected by El Nino and it will probably be a little harder to get there. Seems like most of their directs are from west coast.
Sound's to me, like you guys would like Steamboat. It's low, fairly easy, gets really nice snow and has direct flights from Dulles or Newark.
post #33 of 38
Given the exchange rate, if any of the Canadian or euro destinations interests you, it's a great year. The exchange rate is the best it's been in over a decade.
post #34 of 38
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Rethinking the Crested Butte due to elevation. Last time I was at Breck (similar 9,000+ elevation) we all had headaches, insomnia and what not from the adjustment, never had that problem before, what a drag it is getting old as Mick sang.

 

I want to do the Revelstoke/Fernie areas but couple of holdouts in the group, intimidating terrain maps and looong drive from the airport being the cited reasons, it's hard to be the trip organizing brain and get a group consensus, seems you have to compromise.

 

Warming up to Sun Valley since another of the group considerations is we have a non-skier this time. He's always skied with us for 20+ years, never any mishaps, but he ripped his quad away from the knee tripping on a step at a dinner party? Go figure, never hurt skiing and gets dinked at a resteraunt. Anywave, with pending legal case, he can't tough it out and ski so needs a nearby town with stuff to do while the rest of us blast all day.

 

VRBO #182125 is the house we're eyeing up.

 

Many thanks to all inputters, cat trip crowd will be a future trip, I'm game but not everybody's onboard with it.

If any of the group is thinking about a second trip out west, the Mountain Collective Pass is still available.  Sun Valley joined up for 2015-16.  Usually a good deal for anyone who can get to at least two of the 10 North American destination resorts.

post #35 of 38
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And we love that high speed blasting where your goggles start shimmying from the wind speed.


Sun Valley is the perfect mountain then.  Not the greatest/most powder, but an awesome town and the perfect place to ski very, very fast when the runs are clear.

 

FYI my wife is a non-skier who gets altitude sickness at higher elevations (even Tahoe is borderline), and she's never had a problem in Ketchum.

 

Your non-skier buddy can get brunch at Christina's while the rest of you hit the mountain.

 

Bob

post #36 of 38
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 VRBO #182125 is the house we're eyeing up.

 

FYI--the owner doesn't give a location but in the reviews, but someone mentions it's closer to Hailey than Ketchum/SV. They're about 12 miles apart so know that you won't be taking the free bus or walking anywhere from the house. That might not matter if you are in to the private trout stream! But it's something to know and explains the low price.

 

Someone mentioned the lack of flights to SV but it's an easy drive from Boise as well (no mt passes to go over), and there's a shuttle though it's only 2 or 3 times a day so might not be convenient.

post #37 of 38
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FYI--the owner doesn't give a location but in the reviews, but someone mentions it's closer to Hailey than Ketchum/SV. They're about 12 miles apart so know that you won't be taking the free bus or walking anywhere from the house. That might not matter if you are in to the private trout stream! But it's something to know and explains the low price.

Someone mentioned the lack of flights to SV but it's an easy drive from Boise as well (no mt passes to go over), and there's a shuttle though it's only 2 or 3 times a day so might not be convenient.

For OP, since you haven't been to Sun Valley before, the drive from Hailey to SV is a straight, dead flat road and a very easy drive even when it's snowing, as long as it's not a total whiteout blizzard. I was first introduced to SV by staying with friends who have a house in Hailey, and while it's not as convenient as ski-in lodging it's a very easy 20 minute drive to Ketchum and Sun Valley.

Also note that the parking at the River Run base is plentiful, quite close to the lodge, and free. None of this "pay $20 or park and have to ride a shuttle bus" that's all too common in Lake Tahoe.

Bob
post #38 of 38
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Like you, I like variety in my ski areas (I've skied over 100 different areas).  I was trying to think of a comprehensive list which I've roughly ranked from best to worst options for the OP

 

  • Revelstoke, Sun peaks, Big White, Silver Star, Apex, Red, Whitewater, Kimberly, Fernie, Castle, Kicking Hourse, Panorama, Schweitzer, Whitefish, Turner, Silver:  I've listed these all together because they are all in the same general region and you can ski several as part of a single trip.  Tons of options with flights via Glacier (FCA), Spokanne (GEG), SEA, Vancouver, Calgary, Kelowna.  A lot of these areas are very large despite small looking trail maps and most have no crowds.  A few examples:
    • fly to FCA, ski Whitefish and take day trips to Fernie and Turner. 
    • fly to GEG, ski Red, Whitewater.  Ski Schweitzer or 49 Degrees North on way to/from airport.
    • fly to Kelowna or Vancouver, stay in kelowna, ski silver star, big white and Apex.  Day trip to Revelstoke or Sun Peaks (great intermediate/low expert at these)
  • Sun Valley: big area with great long steep groomer skiing, great town (I found good deals on lodging there last year when I dug deep, also watch for sales)
  • Steamboat: big area with great snow and good glades, great town
  • Mammoth: big area but one of the few I've never skied.  Can day trip to June ski area
  • Alyeska:  medium sized area, unique non-skiing sight seeing.  Can day trip to the small Arctic Valley ski area.
  • Crested Butte: medium sized area, great town (can be combined with small CO ski areas including day trips to Monarch)
  • Mt Bachelor: big area but one of the few I've never skied. 
  • Small Montana: Discovery, Snowbowl, Great Divide, Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Bridger.  These are all smaller areas with low cost, simple towns and good uncrowded skiing.  You can combine multiple ski areas in one trip but typically requires moving lodging.
  • Small CO: Purgatory, Wolf Creek, Monarch.  These are all smaller areas with low cost, simple towns and good uncrowded skiing.  You can combine multiple ski areas in one trip but typically requires moving lodging.  Wolf has great snow.
  • Crystal, WA: big area but one of the few I've never skied.  Stevens pass is worth skiing if in the region too.  Mission Ridge, Snoqualmie and Baker can be fun too but might not be worth all the travel.
  • Quebec City: Mt Sainte Anne, Le Massif.  A real old world city, 2.5k vert, glades, bumps.  If you've never done the east, you should do it at least once
  • N Vt: Mad River Glen, Stowe, Sugerbush, Smugglers, Jay.  2.5k vert, glades, bumps, best snow in east (up to 330 inches but rain risk).  If you've never done the east, you should do it at least once


This is a great summary.  The areas nathanvg has not skied, Mammoth and Bachelor, are ones I know very well and would rate higher on the list than he does.  The OP has not stated a time of season, and that could affect recommendations quite a bit.  In March or April Mammoth and Bachelor move to the top of that list IMHO.

 

With regard to sibhusky's El Nino misgivings Whitefish is dead center of the region where El Nino is a negative, though it applies fairly similarly to Washington State, most of the US northern Rockies and western Canada aside from Whistler and Sun Valley.  The effect is not consistent, and thus about half of El Nino seasons are close to normal.  Maybe 1/4 to 1/3 of them are seriously deficient, but I'd be surprised if 2015-16 is anywhere near as bad as last year was for excess rain and crappy surfaces.   If you do go up there, it's very important to make it a road trip, don't book any lodging far in advance, and then choose the places that are doing relatively well, as tseeb and I did last February.  For someone who takes one big western trip every year, you might want to put off "Powder Highway" trips to another season, particularly if you are the type that likes to lock in lodging and/or stay in one place. 

 

For Sun Valley good point on the lodging.  If you're in Hailey the commute is easy but you need to have a car.  If you're in Ketchum or Sun Valley the transit is excellent and you don't need a car.

 

Crested Butte altitude: my ex had problems there and in Taos the next year.  So when we stayed in Summit County CO a few years later she got a Diamox prescription and it fixed the problem.

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Group of 5, all at or approaching 60, upper intermediates, lower experts from Phila area

CB might not be an ideal choice.  The North Face has a lot of adventure skiing/blind approaches to steep and technical terrain.  If you're comfortable in places like Snowbird's Upper Cirque and Alta Chutes/Tower 3 etc. at Jackson, then you'll be OK with the North Face.

 

Alyeska can be great, but I wouldn't go that distance for a week unless I was mixing in some heli time.  Chugach Powder Guides is based right at the resort.  

 

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HOWEVER Try to find a way to get to Europe.

I agree with this.   When you live in the west as I do and can drive to major league mountains, it's a high bar to clear to fly to the Alps for skiing, and thus I've done it only 4x so far.  But for east coasters, I've never understood why so many of them have have taken many western trips yet never set foot in the Alps even once.  The cost/convenience factors are not that different, and:

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Given the exchange rate, if any of the Canadian or euro destinations interests you, it's a great year. The exchange rate is the best it's been in over a decade.

Edited by Tony Crocker - 10/8/15 at 11:25am
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