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post #1 of 29
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Looking for a home resort.. I've been to wolf creek. Whitefish. Steamboat. Snowshoe. And a couple other.. what's the best place to ski in your opinion ?

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post #2 of 29

Whoa!

 

You have compared Wolf Creek with Snow shoe and still have a question?

 

Might have been the day you were there.  Weather does change....

post #3 of 29
Those seem kind of wide ranging. What are the features you are looking for? Employment? Cheap housing? Low crowds? Nightlife?
post #4 of 29
Thread Starter 
Not comparing... I know the east coast skiing doesn't hold a candle to the midwest... I was just stating where I have been...I'm looking for the best weather.. (snow).. wolf creek is said to get the most snow fall in a year but I didn't like the 20-30 min drive from town. So far steamboat is the best I've been too.. just looking for opinions from other places.
post #5 of 29
Thread Starter 
I have a timeshare that I trade in for points. So I can basically go anywhere for little to nothing
post #6 of 29

This is very personal, but here for your time-share swapping map in order of 'best' with the assumptions snow-conditions by and large similar :

  1. Whistler-Blackcomb - NOT in the USofA : biggest, has it all, now inexpensive as CAD is in the toilet and going to stay there for the foreseeable future
  2. Alta-Snowbird-Snowbasin-Park City(the new PC) : Not much to say other than 'greatest snow on earth' is their calling card and all have it all within a 45 minute drive radius from a major airport
  3. Highlands-Snowmass-Aspen : Nicest ski town in the Americas on the whole and the terrain across the three non-contiguous areas matches the Utah circle, just have to get there.
  4. Jackson-Hole: reputed to have the best inbounds terrain, for all comers in the USofA
  5. The rest : Taos for some, Vail for others, Telluride for some hardcore and most euro-alpine of them all in all likelihood, Mammoth for late season, Tahoe area for powder and just so many places to ski in a year like this one, Big Sky for Big and Sky...

Ok, you have a list now. Steamboat is great , has a great reputation for it's snow and glades but now you have a few others.

post #7 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks for input.. been wanting to try big sky..
post #8 of 29
What do you like?

Dusty's list is a good start.
How often will you go to your "home resort"?
post #9 of 29
Thread Starter 
I live in the south. So I'd probably make a once a year trip... as far as what I like.. I like skiing glades. More back country type stuff. Not a big fan of groomers.. just skiing down a groomed slope is rather boring to me..I like to gwt off the beaten path if you know what I mean. I like to hit jumps. I'm not a park person..
post #10 of 29
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Originally Posted by JCavenaugh View Post

Looking for a home resort.. I've been to wolf creek. Whitefish. Steamboat. Snowshoe. And a couple other.. what's the best place to ski in your opinion ?

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Not comparing... I know the east coast skiing doesn't hold a candle to the midwest... I was just stating where I have been...I'm looking for the best weather.. (snow).. wolf creek is said to get the most snow fall in a year but I didn't like the 20-30 min drive from town. So far steamboat is the best I've been too.. just looking for opinions from other places.
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I have a timeshare that I trade in for points. So I can basically go anywhere for little to nothing
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Thanks for input.. been wanting to try big sky..
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Originally Posted by JCavenaugh View Post

I live in the south. So I'd probably make a once a year trip... as far as what I like.. I like skiing glades. More back country type stuff. Not a big fan of groomers.. just skiing down a groomed slope is rather boring to me..I like to gwt off the beaten path if you know what I mean. I like to hit jumps. I'm not a park person..

Welcome to EpicSki!  Big Sky is a good suggestion.

 

Have you done a timeshare trade for a ski vacation often?  While there are some places that are great, you will miss out on others if that's the basis for lodging.  For example, probably possible to get timeshare in Park City during mid-season but much harder to get anything at Snowbird.  Big Sky has one timeshare complex but there are a lot of other lodging options as well.  I own timeshare at Massanutten as well as others.  But I don't plan my trips out west based on timeshare trades.

 

My "home resort" out west is Alta.  I have a season pass at Massanutten (4 hour drive) for weekends with friends.  I own a couple winter weeks at Massanutten, which is a big timeshare resort.  That's where my daughter learned to ski.  She was skiing blues at Alta during late season spring break trips by age 7.  It's the only place within driving distance of Raleigh where I can ski with no lift line during holiday weekends (on Lift 6), except perhaps Silver Creek at Snowshoe but that's too long a drive (7 hours) to make it worth it.

post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by JCavenaugh View Post

Looking for a home resort.. I've been to wolf creek. Whitefish. Steamboat. Snowshoe. And a couple other.. what's the best place to ski in your opinion ?

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Where got the most snow today?  Sense check is the terrain steep enough. = your answer

post #12 of 29
Yes, really, so much depends on conditions, that unless you have other things that are important, it's hard to suggest anything. Where are you going to be happy if conditions are bad (or just meh) the week you are there?
post #13 of 29

Keep skiing. You'll know when you found a home mountain.

post #14 of 29

I'm a big fan of Big Sky, although getting there can take awhile. 

 

I also like UT because who doesn't? Having a time share somewhere near SLC would give you the option of driving to several nearby resorts just to switch things up. Easy access by plane too.

post #15 of 29

I'd say that if you have the flexibility of swapping timeshare options, trying to seek a "home" resort may be counterproductive. I do get the pull of having a place you know and are familiar with. But you are in a spot where you can opt to go where the snow is, and that's something that changes every year. Some years you're going to find the Front Range gets hammered, so you travel to Colorado that year. Another year, the Sierras might get hammered, so you go to Squaw. Heck, last year the West had bunk, and people were cancelling trips to Colorado and Utah to ski in Vermont. If you have that flexibility, its worth using. 

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Keep skiing. You'll know when you found a home mountain.

 

That being said, if you really want a home mountain, that right there is the best advice. 

post #16 of 29
I just got back from my first trip to Big Sky and I would put it near the top of the resorts in my mind. It is incredibly large and never a lift line. It's downfalls were the way the upper half is set up and a lot of fixed grip chairs, but because of the setup at the top fresh snow remains for days and the lack of lift lines offset the slower chairs. It has terrain for every ability.
post #17 of 29

Other things to factor in is weather, a nice downtown with some culture, nightlife,  scenery, costs, etc.

The nice thing about Tahoe is the sunny weather with a good amount of snow.  It is crowded with Bay Area

skiers on weekends, but there are lots of resorts and lots to do after you ski. Salt Lake is pretty ideal for variety.

 

 

I could see the advantages of the smaller areas like Taos, Crested Butte, and Telluride. The "charm" factor is super high.

We have the best of everything in the United States. You need 10 lifetimes to ski and live at all the great places.

 

I just got back from Taos, and I am headed to Park City in early March, and Snowbird in Mid-April. Those are three areas that are very different.

All the places are to be appreciated for their own strengths.

post #18 of 29

I haven't skied enough of the United States to make an informed decision, but I really like Jackson Hole.

 

Alta and Snowbird were also great, but I enjoyed my time in Jackson more. 

 

Jackson would be in my top three in NA, with Whistler, and maybe Red (though I tend to only ski Red when the snow is decent).

post #19 of 29

As a timeshare owner myself, good luck getting an exchange at any ski resort during the time in ski season when you'd want to go.

post #20 of 29

OK here is the reality, and you really cant argue with my reasoning.

First of all ALL resorts have good and bad snow days

Second is getting to the hill can be easy or hard depending on the day and several factors

Third is can I ski as much as I wont to without getting board.

But the most important is do I get to ski with lots of bears on most days.  

post #21 of 29

^^^  Good points for the regular folks,but I'd like to be able to rank someplace private like the Yellowstone Club with enough money to fly in by heli whenever I want to ski..  assuming I wasn't already at my house there..  The rest is just luck of the draw on any given day or week like Boot alluded to.

 

As long as it is open, Blue Knob will be THE place to be Feb 19th -21st..:D

 

Point #3

 

post #22 of 29
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^^^  Good points for the regular folks,but I'd like to be able to rank someplace private like the Yellowstone Club with enough money to fly in by heli whenever I want to ski..  assuming I wasn't already at my house there..  The rest is just luck of the draw on any given day or week like Boot alluded to.

 

With that kind of money, I would skip the resort all together. Your initial membership, transportation costs,  and annual dues would pay for a lot of Heli-Time!

 

Not to mention the cost of your home....yeah, it might retain vaule, but I am not sure a private ski club is going to be a great investment.

post #23 of 29

I prefer to be hauled up the mountain by my 50 man team of sherpas.

 

Well, actually they kind of whip me up roller derby style. It does leave tracks, but I can preview my descent better this way.

 

 

 

 

Sorry for being the smartass.  But asking 'what is the best resort' is akin to asking 'who is the hottest woman on earth'.  So much is in the eye of the beholder, and there is so much insane beauty why would you think anyone could definitively narrow it to just one?  And why would anyone's answer be definitive for you on such a personal choice sort of subject?

 

Unless you really want to buy property somewhere, this really isn't like a marriage.  Unless it's Utah -- oh wait, there's your answer!!!  ;-)

post #24 of 29

Yeah, if I had Yellowstone Club money I'd just chase powder all over the planet.

post #25 of 29
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Thanks for input.. been wanting to try big sky..

You won't like it, don't go there.
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by JCavenaugh View Post

I live in the south. So I'd probably make a once a year trip... as far as what I like.. I like skiing glades. More back country type stuff. Not a big fan of groomers.. just skiing down a groomed slope is rather boring to me..I like to gwt off the beaten path if you know what I mean. I like to hit jumps. I'm not a park person..


Sounds like you're describing Mt. Baker.  However, no time shares anywhere around it.  Almost no hotels, either.  You could rent someone's cabin, or dig a snow cave.

post #27 of 29

Jackson Hole

post #28 of 29
There is no "best resort". The one that feels good for you, not someone else, is the best. If I tell you Mammoth or Heavenly is the best mountain, doesn't mean you'll think so. You gotta find your own version of best.

Timeshares are a waste.
post #29 of 29
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There is no "best resort". The one that feels good for you, not someone else, is the best. If I tell you Mammoth or Heavenly is the best mountain, doesn't mean you'll think so. You gotta find your own version of best.

Timeshares are a waste.


Timeshares can be useful in certain situations.  You have to learn how to make the best use of one.  However, I agree that they are not of much use for a skiers who like to explore different places.

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