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post #91 of 119

Makes me think of another king, has anyone mentioned Snowking?

post #92 of 119

The cost in time and/or airfare $$$ getting to relatively modest lift-served size Shames or Powder King makes it highly unlikely that either will attract many skiers from outside driving distance.

 

To my top 10 uncrowded areas I would add Apex and Red Mt. in B.C.  Red only averages 115,000 skier visits, very modest for an area of its size.  Apex clearly is much quieter than Big White or Silver Star, as evidenced by a very low competition powder day I had there last February 17.

 

Red Mt. window price 2016-17 is $89CDN

Apex window price 2016-17 is $78CDN

post #93 of 119
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Originally Posted by Maineac View Post
 

Makes me think of another king, has anyone mentioned Snowking?

Super awesome mountain, great lift ticket price, free parking.....why no love?

 

post #94 of 119

There were a couple chutes like this out the back door of Motel6 in the animal no go zone.  So tempting one February I was there, but there were no tracks and I wasn't going to be the hole from away.

 

BTW, that shot must have been a fun run.

post #95 of 119
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I did not read anything above to speak of, so maybe Anthony Lakes has been mentioned. I know folks who go there every season and they love it. Lift prices: http://anthonylakes.com/rates/

 

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The cost in time and/or airfare $$$ getting to relatively modest lift-served size Shames or Powder King makes it highly unlikely that either will attract many skiers from outside driving distance.

 

Speaking of places in the middle of nowhere, Anthony Lakes is over 5 hrs from Bend, about 5 hrs from Portland and almost 3 from Boise.

 

As much as I'd like to do an ABBA (Ashland/Bailey/Bachelor/Anthony Lakes) tour in Oregon on way to the Whistler Gathering, I can't see driving 4-5 hours out of my way for 1 chair/900 vertical foot Anthony Lakes when I can get to Mt Hood Meadows for the first time by going an hour out of my way.

 

I would like to get there sometime and realize they have higher base and should have drier snow than Meadows plus $199 cat skiing. But it seems like unless you have a lot of time, it would only make sense if driving between Boise and Pacific Northwest or BC in winter.

post #96 of 119
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Originally Posted by Jacques View Post
 

I did not read anything above to speak of, so maybe Anthony Lakes has been mentioned. I know folks who go there every season and they love it. Lift prices: http://anthonylakes.com/rates/

 

Speaking of places in the middle of nowhere, Anthony Lakes is over 5 hrs from Bend, about 5 hrs from Portland and almost 3 from Boise.

 

As much as I'd like to do an ABBA (Ashland/Bailey/Bachelor/Anthony Lakes) tour in Oregon on way to the Whistler Gathering, I can't see driving 4-5 hours out of my way for 1 chair/900 vertical foot Anthony Lakes when I can get to Mt Hood Meadows for the first time by going an hour out of my way.

 

I would like to get there sometime and realize they have higher base and should have drier snow than Meadows plus $199 cat skiing. But it seems like unless you have a lot of time, it would only make sense if driving between Boise and Pacific Northwest or BC in winter.

Apparently @BobMc had a very good time doing the cat skiing at Anthony Lakes.  That's why I remember the name.

post #97 of 119
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
 

The cost in time and/or airfare $$$ getting to relatively modest lift-served size Shames or Powder King makes it highly unlikely that either will attract many skiers from outside driving distance.

 

 

 

Agreed, but I'm pretty sure people on this site would be interested :) I think Shames has more of a chance of attracting visitors. Powder King, forget it. Definitely way too out of the way.

 

It is also interesting to note that the Vancouver - Terrace route, which used to run 7 times a week in the winter season in 2012, now operates 34 flights a week in winter...I'm not saying that's all necessarily skiing but...

 

In many ways, Shames - and all the mountains around Terrace/Smithers are no harder to get to than most of the interior BC resorts. That area could be another mini powder highway - it's especially great if you're into backcountry skiing. And of course, having your pick of powder stashes.


Edited by albertanskigirl - 9/20/16 at 6:53pm
post #98 of 119
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Terrace/Smithers ......it's especially great if you're into backcountry skiing.

This.  One of MadPatSki's friends from eastern Canada goes out there regularly.  But he's primarily a backcountry skier.  There is a dedicated lift-free ski area in the region: http://www.tetongravity.com/story/ski/A-Lift-Free-Ski-Area-B-C39s-Hankin-Evelyn-5938349

post #99 of 119

I did not read all of the posts but this one falls under the radar quite often.  Pebble Creek, ID. $45/day about 60% black or double black and all the hike to your legs can stand. It could work out pretty well for a trip including Snow King.

 

The Washington Cascades; Crystal Mt. huge, Alpental how steep can you handle, Stevens Pass like trees, Mt Baker different. If you were to do Washington I would recommend Crystal Mt.  Snowbird would like to be able to claim that terrain, and the snow is normally a lot better than you probably expect.

post #100 of 119
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BUMP for those who missed this thread last spring.  The news about expansion at Montana Snowbowl reminded me.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/147459/expansion-at-montana-snowbowht

 

Thanks for resurrecting this thread and for the info on Snowbowl. I was thinking of skipping Snowbowl for our Xmas trip because of the lack of family friendly terrain even though we are flying in/out of Missoula but this info could change things. We ended up booking a condo at the Morningstar lodge at Silver Mtn in Kellogg, ID with the indoor waterpark. Interestingly, I have convinced two other families to join us, both of whom are not die-hard skiing families, but were tired of the Xmas rat-race at the well-known resorts and wanted to try something different. Don't worry North Idaho peeps I wont tell too many about your hidden gems :)

post #101 of 119

I would definitely vote for A.Basin, considering the affordability, or cost efficiency.

For someone like me, who flies CO several times each season from miserable OH, It is one of the closest to the airport and opens for longest time ( late October to Early June).

For the EPIC pass holder, It is included with most EPIC passes.

Even for those considering tickets, the 4-days NO BLACKOUT ticket is only $169,which costs less than $45 per day.

post #102 of 119
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Apparently @BobMc had a very good time doing the cat skiing at Anthony Lakes.  That's why I remember the name.

 

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Smiles for days...

post #103 of 119
I mean, I skied Solitude for about 70/day and it was some damn good skiing... As far as steeps go there's isn't too much but there is enough terrain to have a lot of fun on esspecially on the back side with tree runs/ hike to terrain etc..... also not a single lift line cheap food and beer! Check it out!
post #104 of 119
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I would definitely vote for A.Basin, considering the affordability, or cost efficiency.

For someone like me, who flies CO several times each season from miserable OH, It is one of the closest to the airport and opens for longest time ( late October to Early June).

For the EPIC pass holder, It is included with most EPIC passes.

Even for those considering tickets, the 4-days NO BLACKOUT ticket is only $169,which costs less than $45 per day.


I'm a big Abasin fan too but they have been upping prices the last few years, now with a $96 walk up rate.  For me, that price precludes Abasin from the "affordable" category. 

 

Good tip on the 4-pack for those who that works for.  I usually plan Abasin trips last minute in the spring and split time with other open ski areas (Loveland/WP/etc.)  so it doesn't work for me.

post #105 of 119

IIRC A-Basin has reasonably priced one day Liftopia tickets in spring.  I don't recall how far in advance they need to be purchased.

post #106 of 119

I love bridges bowl. Some truly incredible terrain

post #107 of 119

Homewood has good terrain and good prices.  Last week I paid $47 for what I assume was considered a half day pass.  It's a really good mountain for that price.  That price puts you in the neighborhood of Midwestern hill prices but with 5 times the terrain and snow and views.

 

I don't understand why Homewood isn't more popular, it's so much better of a deal than Northstar, Squaw, or Heavenly.  You can ski, eat lunch and still go out for a nice dinner and pay less than it costs to ski the major Tahoe resorts.

post #108 of 119

Mt. Rose 2-for-1 Tuesdays: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=12380

 

Interestingly I've never been to Homewood, need to check it out sometime.

post #109 of 119
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Originally Posted by Michigander View Post

 

I don't understand why Homewood isn't more popular, it's so much better of a deal than Northstar, Squaw, or Heavenly.  You can ski, eat lunch and still go out for a nice dinner and pay less than it costs to ski the major Tahoe resorts.

It has no slope side lodging. That alone, puts it on the 2nd tier category. To make matters worse, it's not always easy to get to, especially from the south shore..

 

Mt Rose also has no slope-side lodging. But it's the closest mountain for Reno residents. And as Tony noticed, equally inexpensive lift ticket price. It also has a high base elevation. 

 

From the south shore, Sierra Ski Ranch (that's how I knew it, but it's now called Sierra-at-Tahoe?) was always the choice for budget minded skiers. 

 

There's no secret that Mt Rose is THE mountain to go to for anyone in the north shore who doesn't want to pay the "big resort" price. Sierra-at-Tahoe is the south shore choice. Homewood isn't as popular due to strong competition from those two. 

 

Tahoe is full of choices for every budget and taste. Homewood is as popular as it needs to be, or wants to be. I think most of its supporters likes it that way. 

post #110 of 119
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post

 

Interestingly I've never been to Homewood, need to check it out sometime.

I've skied it several times in years past.

 

I consider Homewood a "specialty" mountain. #1 candidate on a Saturday (or any holiday weekend), even more so if it's a powder day. 

 

I think you get the drift. 

post #111 of 119

I've not been to Homewood but I love the way the promo pictures suggest you can ski 'into' the lake. Looks gorgeous.

As far as views at Tahoe is concerned do any of the other resorts aside from Heavenly have great views of the lake while you're skiing down the slope?

post #112 of 119
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I've not been to Homewood but I love the way the promo pictures suggest you can ski 'into' the lake. Looks gorgeous.

As far as views at Tahoe is concerned do any of the other resorts aside from Heavenly have great views of the lake while you're skiing down the slope?


In good visibility, views of Lake Tahoe is another reason to ski at Homewood.  Here's a pic I took in late Feb 2010 from a lift on a Saturday, first day of skiing 8 days in a row in North Tahoe.  Pays to get in a parking lot early.  Both are pretty small and can be filled by 8:30am.

 

post #113 of 119
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post
 

It has no slope side lodging. That alone, puts it on the 2nd tier category. To make matters worse, it's not always easy to get to, especially from the south shore..

 

There are 6 lodges within easy walking distance to Homewood. They are not exactly slopeside and are most likely more heavily used in Summer, but there is lodging at Homewood.

+1 on "not always easy to get to, especially from the south shore.." as I've driven the long way around the Lake too many times.

 

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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post
 

I've skied it several times in years past.

 

I consider Homewood a "specialty" mountain. #1 candidate on a Saturday (or any holiday weekend), even more so if it's a powder day. 

 

I lived for a year between Homewood and Tahoe City and never skied Homewood then as I had a Squaw pass, but my sisters and other young ladies who visited skied there and got the 16 and under rate, even though they were closer to 20. I've skied it a few days since, usually on free ticket. Powder lasts longer there due to slow lifts and usually smaller crowds.

 

But the base, being across the highway from the Lake is low so not a good choice in warmer storm. And if you are coming through Truckee on a busy day, you have to get past traffic going to Squaw (and Alpine to a much lesser degree) so you'd want to be early.

 

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Originally Posted by sbooker View Post
 

I've not been to Homewood but I love the way the promo pictures suggest you can ski 'into' the lake. Looks gorgeous.

As far as views at Tahoe is concerned do any of the other resorts aside from Heavenly have great views of the lake while you're skiing down the slope?


Diamond Peak also has runs with great views of the lake. Their Last Tracks event is also recommended, but late afternoon skiing leading up to it in the Spring can get sloppy.

 

 

 

post #114 of 119
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It has no slope side lodging. That alone, puts it on the 2nd tier category.

Funny - I see it completely opposite.  I often wonder if the big resorts are intentionally making their day trip experiences worse to encourage people to stay on mountain which is ALWAYS more expensive and NEVER as much fun as getting a VRBO or AirBnB in town and exploring a new place IMO.  To each their own.  

 

Edit : I am a childless.  Some of my friends with kids would gladly pay a lot more per day for lodging/food/entertainment than to have to round up a group of kids and shuttle them around and I do sympathize with that.

post #115 of 119
Quote = headybrew:
 I often wonder if the big resorts are intentionally making their day trip experiences worse

Obviously that's Vail's intent given day ticket prices and parking cost/convenience.  Northstar's day skier parking was a PITA well before Vail bought that resort though.

post #116 of 119

Jay peak , there are some two for one coupons lying around for $81 Sun-Fri. 

post #117 of 119
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Surprisingly airfare from LAX/PHX to Calgary is very cheap. Like $200-250 roundtrip only 1 week in advance! And SUV rental only $20/day! From there we could go to Lake Louise, Kicking Horse, Fernie, or Castle depending on conditions.

I'm keen to know what company does SUV rental for $20 a day?

post #118 of 119
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I did an expedia search back then and found those rates. Not sure what dates I selected, but now it looks like it's in the $40/day range.
post #119 of 119
Didn't know if anyone posted this already. If you have a season pass at any other ski area spring skiing at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows is $52/day.
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