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post #1 of 21
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Last year I took my first trip out west and got to experience some amazing skiing at Vail. I swore to myself I would make at least one trip to the rockies every year from here on out. With the east coast being in the shape its been, I'm very eager to get back out west this year. My problem lies in that my friends are either broke, not into skiing or just plain old shit heads and I can't find anyone who's willing to make the trip. I was planning on going to snowbird and park city with my buddy for the first week of March but he just bailed on me. But I am determined to go. I dont care where, anything is better than the east coast. SLC, Colorado, Jackson Hole... I'll go anywhere. 

 

I've traveled to South America and Europe alone and love it, even prefer it, but the though of taking a ski trip all alone is a little daunting. Part of it is that I know I will have to ski more cautiously and not explore as much as I would if I had a partner. The other part is being alone for 5 or 6 days with nothing more the chair lift small talk to satiate my need for socialization. 

 

So help me out! Tell me what you've learned on your solo trips.. What are the better resorts to visit if you are alone and where should I stay? When travelling abroad, I stay in hostels and always meet people that I really get along with and end up having a great time. Has anyone had a similar experience doing that while skiing in the US?

post #2 of 21

Jackson Hole or Alta/Snowbird are the two obvious places here in the U.S.

 

Jackson Hole has a very conveniently located Hostel right at the base of the mountain.  Staying there gives you the opportunity to hook up with other solo skiers (or groups) at a very affordable price.

 

The lodges at Alta and Snowbird are very well set-up for solo skiers who are wanting to join up with other people.  The dining halls have community tables where you can meet other people and there will be plenty of others who are exactly like you -- solo travelers looking to find someone else to join on the slopes.  Many of the folks you will find in the lodges are well acquainted with the ski area and would love to show you the goods.  The lodges aren't cheap, but it's a great way to enjoy a ski vacation.

 

Lastly, do a search here on the forums as there are meet-up threads for people who may be at a certain resort at the same time.  If you are going to a popular place, it shouldn't be that hard to find a local who would love to play host and show you their mountain.

post #3 of 21
JH steep and deep camp is perfect for solo travelers.
post #4 of 21

Have you seen this thread,

http://www.epicski.com/f/17/getting-together-gatherings-and-lets-go

 

May be a place to start.

post #5 of 21
Just fyi the folks you tend to meet on a solo ski trip staying at a resort lodge tend to be older folks who could be your parents or grandparents rather than then the young people you meet at a hostel esp on a midweek trip.
So it you go this route, your need to socialize may involve you hearing about their son or grandson about your age....
post #6 of 21

I'm an older guy and I've been to the JH Hostel (and Steep and Deep) and the Alta lodges.

 

The Hostel gets a huge range of ages, and most everybody is friendly.  Steep and Deep can be variable for socialization -- two of the three times I've connected with groups that spent the evening together and had a fantastic time.  One time everyone in my ski group came with people who wound up in other ski groups, and I didn't really make friends with anybody else.  The skiing was still great, though.

 

Alta lodges are fantastic too, but they do tend to older and more affluent customers.  Although the employees will be your age.

post #7 of 21

I must have missed where the OP said his age.

post #8 of 21

We are guessing.  He sounds like he has been in the work force ~ 5 years, age mid 20's. 

But maybe I read the tone and the friends situation wrong.

post #9 of 21

$0.02

 

I had a buddy in Whistler and i strung together a six consecutive years.   i loved it, its a great area and i got to know the town and the mountains really well.     anyway, the jerk moved (the nerve!) and i still wanted to go.     so, knowing that skiing a big area alone can get you into big trouble, i signed up with the Xtremely Canadian crew.     its like a lesson, a guide service, and an après rolled into one.    I'd totally recommend it to someone who's traveling solo but wants to charge.   

 

if you could find something similar you could go anywhere.     the JH S&D camp is a great suggestion.  me, I've always wanted to go to Crystal WA.   they have clinics that would work.  

post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by mdf View Post
 

We are guessing.  He sounds like he has been in the work force ~ 5 years, age mid 20's. 

But maybe I read the tone and the friends situation wrong.

 

You nailed it. I was laughing to myself how everyone was just assuming but nevertheless, you assumed right. 27 years old. 

post #11 of 21

Regardless of where you go, odds are that you'll be able to find a ski buddy for at least one weekend day and perhaps every day just by networking with people here and other ski forums.  Most of us enjoy company wen skiing, assuming the other can actually ski hahahaha.  But, love for skiing is the one thing we all share here regardless of opinions and positions and backgrounds and bank accounts all aside.. When we step in to the skis, all we want to do is ski and all we want to talk about is skiing.

 

As for lodging, if the solo motel room and rental car isn't your thing, check out other lodge and hostel with shuttle bus options closer to the resort or see about staying AT the resort.

post #12 of 21

OTOH, going solo has its own benefits. You can ski how you want, where you want, at whatever pace you want. Ski your brains out, eat, sleep, repeat. 

post #13 of 21

I've been thinking about doing a Taos Ski week solo (next year maybe...)... similar to what folks said about the steep and deep camp, you're in a group class for the week. 

 

Check it out : http://skitaos.org/page/snowsports-week

 

Also, if you're good with very short notice, the EpicSki Gathering in Aspen starts on Wednesday. Looks like there will be about 60 of us there at times between the 3rd and the 9th. 

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/141729/the-2016-epicski-gathering-at-aspen-colorado-in-early-february

post #14 of 21

Just go and don't think about it too much.  I do solo trips to CO all the time, I always have a blast and ski my legs off.  As a single, people will talk your head off on the chairlift so you won't get lonely, at least that is my experience.

post #15 of 21

And no one will question your right to be in the singles line! :D 

post #16 of 21
A couple of weeks ago I spent 4 nights at the Camelot Hostel in SLC. Price was good, it was convenient to the expressway and downtown, and quiet. Had a blast at PCMR. Tacos el Toro is a great taco cart in front of Sears a few blocks east of the hostel. Had a good breakfast the last day at Pig and a Jam Jar, somewhat southeast of it. Park City Coffee Roasters was good. Windy Ridge Bakery was excellent, try the chocolate croissant or the coconut macaroon. Had a great burger and pizza at Silver Star Cafe, a few steps from the bottom of the Silver Star lift.
Edited by chilehed - 1/30/16 at 5:13pm
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by Lofcaudio View Post
 

Jackson Hole or Alta/Snowbird are the two obvious places here in the U.S.

 

Jackson Hole has a very conveniently located Hostel right at the base of the mountain.  Staying there gives you the opportunity to hook up with other solo skiers (or groups) at a very affordable price.

 

The lodges at Alta and Snowbird are very well set-up for solo skiers who are wanting to join up with other people.  The dining halls have community tables where you can meet other people and there will be plenty of others who are exactly like you -- solo travelers looking to find someone else to join on the slopes.  Many of the folks you will find in the lodges are well acquainted with the ski area and would love to show you the goods.  The lodges aren't cheap, but it's a great way to enjoy a ski vacation.

 

Lastly, do a search here on the forums as there are meet-up threads for people who may be at a certain resort at the same time.  If you are going to a popular place, it shouldn't be that hard to find a local who would love to play host and show you their mountain.

 

I would agree!  I'm a bit of an introvert, and most of my friends are busy with young kids and just don't have time, so I do a lot of solo skiing.  I think JH is setup better for the typical solo ski traveler, as it's more of a resort town.  AltaBird has SLC right down the canyon, which has tons to do, but it's quite different than a ski resort town.  Any of the three are going to keep an advanced skier entertained.

post #18 of 21

+17 on the recommendations for going to JH and staying at The Hostel.

 

Do it!

 

The tram dock, on a powder morning, while waiting 2 hours for the first tram, can also be a decent place to chat with folks.

post #19 of 21

I go on an annual solo ski trip every year, usually a long weekend to get in 3-4 days of skiing either to CO or UT.  My wife doesn't mind at all, actually encourages it and its my annual "sabatical from life" trip.   

 

Its great, I ski all day first chair to last chair where I want, when I want.   I never feel lonely.  I enjoy random conversation with people on the lifts, occasionally meet some people and take a few runs with them, etc.   I usually end up talking to a few random people at the bar/restaurants when I go out to dinner and its overall just a nice chill trip.  Its nice to have relatively quiet evenings to just read and go to bed early when I go back to the hotel.

 

Skiers are some of the coolest people in the world, I've never had an issue taking a solo trip.

post #20 of 21

I go solo every year too, and I love it for all the same reasons as afski722 stated above. However, I'm more than 20 years senior to the OP so my need for socializing has waned. When I was in my 20s I was less inclined to travel solo.

post #21 of 21
Others looking for ski areas with hostels, there's one in Whitefish.
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