I'm from New Zealand and heading over to the USA in February. I have no experience with the USA or it's ski resorts, so it'll be an interesting experience. So far i'm thinking i'll get 4 or 5 days on the snow as part of my wider trip touring the western side of USA. I have some new carbon fibre skis that I'd like to try on the snow over there, and i'd like to try some powder as i've had minimal experience with that. As for other ability, i'll handle anything else on piste with a small amount of sidecountry. Park is of little interest due to a current lack of skill. I have very basic alpine climbing skills, and am at the stage where I know enough about the risks to know that it is risky, and you need the right gear if you're doing backcountry, so I don't intend on being that guy who doesn't take an avvy beacon and rides solo into backcountry bowls.
One of the biggest hassles though is that I will not be renting a car, and i'm travelling solo. I was hoping I could fly and bus between locations but i've realised this could be a problem. My last ski trip was to japan and i was completely spoiled by being able to take trains everywhere.
I'm also open to meeting up with fellow skiiers!
However given i don't have a trip plan locked in, i'm not sure where i'm going and therefore what resort(s) to see. I'll be seeing sights in California, and know some people in Boulder, CO, so it's likely both of those are destinations in general. The rest is currently unplanned however.
Given i'll be taking a ski bag full of gear, and a backpack, one option i was considering was wrapping up and fedex my large ski bag after i arrive in LAX and sending it to to my friends in CO, which would making travelling with just the backpack far easier, as a 6 foot long ski bag with wheels is cumbersome to carry around with you. Then towards the end of the trip i was thinking of heading to Colorado and checking out 4-5 days at a mountain there - by that point it would be end of feb/start of march.
However that was only one potential option i thought of, to deal with the luggage issue. So this is a very general "where should I go" question.
I did consider visiting mammoth/tahoe immediately after arriving as well as colorado (eg getting a mountain collective pass) but i'm guessing this probably wouldn't make for an economical trip, so more like to do single resort and get some localised accommodation, ideally ski in/ski out. I'm not loaded so keen to save money where I can, but will be happy to spend a bit more to have a good experience. I want to get maximum slope time with the best experience i can in the 4 or 5 days. Ideally this means minimal lift queues (ill aim for midweek not weekends if possible) and a good size area where lifts aren't all fixed grip doubles.
So epicski - where should i go in CO? Or should I try CA instead? Forget those entirely and go detour to UT?! Open to suggestions!
Thanks in advance for any comments!
Edited by eXDee - 12/21/15 at 7:30pm