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Looking for a western sub with great conditions right now [intermediate father w/ 7yo]

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Howdy.  Looking for some advice from west coast skiers.

 

Was planning on a lengthy ski trip with my 7 year old son next week to Stowe in VT, but concerned that the conditions (and quality/amount of trails) are going to be less than ideal with the warm weather we're having in the east.

 

So decided, what the heck, we'll hop on a plane and go west instead.

 

Don't know much about skiing in the west, and wondering what resorts around the Rockies were looking really good right now?  Looking for a resort that's kid/family friendly and that's more in the mid-mountain region that the far west coast.  I am an advanced intermediate and my son is an intermediate, so looking for blue & single black trails on piste mostly. (some off piste as well)

 

Looks like there's going to be a huge snow in that region in the next few days.

 

Anyway, any good suggestions for current conditions?  I hear great things about Snowmass, Vail, Breckenridge, but open to an experienced opinions.

 

Cheers!

 

Moderator Note: moved to Resorts, Conditions & Travel (under Mountain/Resorts)

post #2 of 16

@marznc @TheRusty This should be moved to the Resorts, Conditions and Travel section

 

Colorado is skiing well right now. Fly into Denver and plenty of options. I'm not sure how Utah is skiing but Tahoe has been getting slammed if your willing to fly that far.

 

Any of the summit county resorts would give you what your looking for and as long as your skiing during the week the crowds shouldn't be a problem this time of year. Staying in Frisco gives a central location with good dinning options.

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sorry about where I posted.  please move post if necessary.

post #4 of 16

Sun Valley, Idaho is in great shape at the moment (60" base) and is perfect terrain for what you are looking for.  That may be a little too West, but definitely has better snow conditions than Colorado and Utah at the present. 

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Originally Posted by kicker75 View Post
 

Howdy.  Looking for some advice from west coast skiers.

 

Was planning on a lengthy ski trip with my 7 year old son next week to Stowe in VT, but concerned that the conditions (and quality/amount of trails) are going to be less than ideal with the warm weather we're having in the east.

 

So decided, what the heck, we'll hop on a plane and go west instead.

 

Don't know much about skiing in the west, and wondering what resorts around the Rockies were looking really good right now?  Looking for a resort that's kid/family friendly and that's more in the mid-mountain region that the far west coast.  I am an advanced intermediate and my son is an intermediate, so looking for blue & single black trails on piste mostly. (some off piste as well)

 

Looks like there's going to be a huge snow in that region in the next few days.

 

Anyway, any good suggestions for current conditions?  I hear great things about Snowmass, Vail, Breckenridge, but open to an experienced opinions.

 

Cheers!

 

Moderator Note: moved to Resorts, Conditions & Travel (under Mountain/Resorts)


With a 7yo, are you willing to pay for slope side lodging?  Snowmass would be a great option for you both, especially if willing to pay for a flight to ASE.  Then no rental car needed.  It will blow you away in terms of how much bigger it is compared to Stowe.  Snowmass has 5547 acres with snowmaking on 658, not that they need to worry about snowmaking at this point.  Stowe has 458 acres with snowmaking on 388 acres.  Snowmass is at slightly lower altitude than Breck, which I think is a plus when flying from anywhere on the east coast.

 

Steamboat is another possibility but would probably have more crowds than Snowmass.

 

Given the slow start in Utah, but a big storm this week, might be able to find a deal in Park City.  When you add up all the travel and lodging costs, sometimes flying to SLC works out well compared to Denver.  7yo might enjoy the Olympic museum in Park City for a rest day (meaning you'll need the rest, not him ;)).  At that age, he'll have a ball no matter where you go.

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sorry about where I posted.  please move post if necessary.


Moved.  Also added to the thread title so it's a little easier for others to know your situation.

 

You might look around Family Skiing for some ideas.  Can see all the forum topics by using the drop down under Forums.  

 

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http://www.epicski.com/t/144003/usage-tips-getting-around-forums-messaging-feedback-subscriptions-etc

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I think you're good almost anywhere in the West right now.  Honestly, the biggest factors should probably be cost of plane tickets and lodging at different resorts, unless you are very price insensitive.  

 

Personally, I love Sun Valley, and they've been getting hammered (for SV) the last few days and are almost 100% open (Frenchman's still closed, but Seattle Ridge and everything else is good). My kids both learned to ski there, and are intermediate level now and love it.  Flying into Sun Valley is very convenient, but Boise is often easier and much cheaper to get to, and it's a 2.5 hour drive from there, all on flat roads, no passes to worry about.

 

But snow is also great in Colorado, Aspen/Snowmass is an awesome spot as another poster suggested, Vail is good, and Denver is easy to fly to if you can't get flights to Aspen or Eagle/Vail.  

 

Tahoe is also doing great, especially compared to the last couple of years.  Fly into Reno or into Sacramento or San Francisco if you don't mind a longer drive.

 

I'm going to Whistler Sunday, which also has great conditions right now, but it is about as far west as you can get without going to Niseko :-)

 

Personally, I'd do Sun Valley and it's almost certainly going to be the least crowded major resort over the next few weeks, but really you should pick based on where you can fly to and get a condo or hotel room for a reasonable rate.  I don't think the difference in conditions between SV, Aspen, Vail, Whistler, and Tahoe would justify a huge price premium for any of them.

 

Enjoy!

 

Bob

post #8 of 16
Whereas SV is a great place to ski and they have been getting a bunch of snow the past several days, there is nowhere at the base of the mountain that has 40" in depth. Likewise, there is nowhere up in the Bowls that has 60" of snow settled. But that is what SV is claiming.

Not trying to Saber rattle...

Just be aware of Marketing departments.

HB
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 

Looks like I'm headed to Snowmass.  Looking forward to it with the impending snow storm coming there. (and it should be clear the days I'm flying - fingers crossed)

 

Thanks for all the advice.  Really appreciate it.  You guys are great.


Cheers!

post #10 of 16
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Looks like I'm headed to Snowmass.  Looking forward to it with the impending snow storm coming there. (and it should be clear the days I'm flying - fingers crossed)

 

Thanks for all the advice.  Really appreciate it.  You guys are great.


Cheers!


You'll have a great time!  Hope you'll post a few pics.

 

Here is one of the best family trip reports from last season.  A family with three young boys who had a ball at Snowmass.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/133555/snowmass-trip-report-family-with-young-kids-2-27-15-3-8-15

post #11 of 16

check out Sun peaks or big white in british columbia. they have lots of early snow, and canada's on sale right now for you guys

post #12 of 16
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Looks like I'm headed to Snowmass.  Looking forward to it with the impending snow storm coming there. (and it should be clear the days I'm flying - fingers crossed)

Thanks for all the advice.  Really appreciate it.  You guys are great.


Cheers!

Where you staying and what are your dates?
I'll try to point you on the right direction.

Snowmass opens at 8:30 and at Christmas, this is a really good thing. Grab a grooming report and hit it early.
I would probably start on the gondola to Elk Camp your first day.

You'll have fun!
post #13 of 16

13"new today!

post #14 of 16

Aspen is still well below average in snowfall, and relative to other places is not as good a bet as usual for December.  Intermediates at Snowmass may be OK, but I think stuff like Hanging Valley and Deep Temerity are a long way from being ready for prime time.

 

So I know this ship has sailed, but people in this situation should be going for places with above average starts like Sun Valley and Mammoth. And for advanced/expert skiing Whistler is in a class by itself right now after getting 7 feet last week and 152 inches season-to-date.

 

I continue to be amazed by the legions of posters who think western skiing ends at the Colorado/Utah border.  Or that taking a flight farther west than Denver is like going to Timbuktu.  And heaven forbid going to a strange exotic country like Canada. 

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 So I know this ship has sailed, but people in this situation should be going for places with above average starts like Sun Valley 

Especially with a kid. Sun Valley does a fantastic job with the holidays and there's so much kid oriented stuff. Skating around at the lodge to the Peanuts music, the sleigh ride to Trail Creek Cabin (a real sleigh and horses), Santa and his pony, the ice cream parlor and bowling alley/game room at the lodge, the Christmas eve torchlight parade and ice show...

post #16 of 16

7" more today.

 

Hanging Valley Glades, Highland Bowl and Deep T are all open.  Which is moot, because the OP won't be skiing them anyway.

 

 

There are plenty of experts having fun skiing this week in Aspen and it's good top to bottom.  

 

 

This was Sunday and they've had almost twenty inches since then in the RFV.

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