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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hi Everyone!

I'm Martin (25) from Argentina and I'm spending new year's eve in NYC with my father (50) and sister (21) and after that we are planning to go skiing for one week and we really don't know much about resorts in the US so I was wondering if you could help me choose which resort can fit our needs.

 

We're looking for something not really expensive, as we need to book accomodations, 1-week passes, and equipment rental. 

We are all advanced skiers (snowboarder in my case) so we would prefer ski in/ski out, not a 1-hour drive to the resort each day. Also, we don't want to spend 60% of the day in lines, so a not so crowded resort would be great.

 

Our first options were Vail or Aspen as those are the most well-known ones, but I've been reading and I think there are better options value for the money like Park City, Deer Valley, Alta or some others.

 

I hope you can help me decide, and sorry for my English!

 

Thanks a lot!

Martín

post #2 of 14

It is definitely the case that you can find better value for similar skiing in resorts near Vail (Aspen, not so much - it's more remote).

Places near Vail in Summit County (Copper, Keystone, Winter Park) or even staying in Frisco/Dillon and taking the bus to the mountain could suit your needs pretty well for better value.  Personally, I'm a big fan of Copper, which is not crowded and has lots of different terrain.

 

But I'm sure others will chime in with other questions and suggestions.  You have lots of choices!


Edited by river-z - 10/6/16 at 9:18am
post #3 of 14

Martin, welcome to EpicSki!  You have asked some good questions.  It appears that you are wanting to ski in the western US, which is a long way away from NYC.

 

If you are on a budget and want ski-in, ski-out, Vail and Aspen are not good choices.  Deer Valley and Alta are also out because they do not allow snowboarders.  Park City is not a bad idea, but I would also recommend that you look into Snowbird, Jackson Hole,Grand Targhee, Big Sky (though it might be a little lean on snow at that time of year).  Snowbird and Jackson Hole have the terrain you are looking for as well as affordable lodging close by.

post #4 of 14
I think if you're talking first week of January, people should be back at work and crowds shouldn't be a problem anywhere.

Given that you'll be in NYC, if you decide to fly you'll be losing a day each way (at least) to travel. In addition, you'll be adding on substantial transport costs. The plus side is that snow coverage will be better quality. But, to minimize time and costs, you should be thinking about New England resorts if cost is important to you. There is also an altitude issue with resorts in Colorado and Utah for your family that lives at sea level. If altitude, cost, and time are all minor compared to snow reliability, then certainly head west, but just be aware of the trade offs.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your answers! It's going to be in the week of Jan 2-9 so if everyone is going back to work that's great.
I know that flying to the western US has extra costs and time, but as far as I know, the eastern resorts are pretty small, with fewer trails and lower snow quality.
I think that altitude won't be a problem, and I'm not really on a budget but I'm not looking for the most expensive holidays of my life..

I'm going to take a look for New England and the others you said.
Thanks again!
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Lofcaudio View Post

 

If you are on a budget and want ski-in, ski-out, Vail and Aspen are not good choices.  

 

Vail doesn't have much ski-in, ski-out, and what is there is very expensive. Really anything in the Vail villages (walk-to-lifts) is generally expensive. Aspen Mountain is similar right near the mountain, but it's a real town and has a lot of vacation rentals within a few blocks of Aspen mountain at some various prices. But if you go to Aspen, you'll likely spend time moving between there and the other mountains (there are 4 separate resorts there).

 

Snowmass on the other hand (the biggest resort of the four around the Aspen area) does have a bit more ski-in/ski-out options and is a bit more affordable. There are also some places that are within walking distance of the lifts that are a little cheaper still. Check out various places in the Snowmass Village area. 

 

Without knowing your actual budget, it's hard to say what's truly expensive or not. But that might give you some things to gauge by. And do look at the other suggested resorts. 

post #7 of 14

Breckenridge is a huge resort in Colorado with a good size town and lots of ski in ski out lodging.  I haven't been in a while, but it used to be less expensive than Vail.  It will get crowded on weekends but should be fine during the week.

post #8 of 14

Agreed, Breck might be a very good option.  Maybe Copper also but it depends if you are looking for both skiing and night life.  I think @freeski919 or @crank can give you some good options for New England.  Certainly a lot closer to where you will be.

post #9 of 14
I can definitely give some recommendations for New England. If you're looking for mountains with solid amenities, challenging skiing, and lodging slopeside, your destination in New England is going to be northern Vermont. Your options within Northern Vermont for what you want are Stowe, Sugarbush, or Jay Peak. All three have a large luxury base hotel slopeside. For terrain, Stowe tops the list, followed closely by Sugarbush, and Jay a touch behind that. Stowe also boasts the most luxurious amenities as well. However, Stowe is also significantly more expensive than the other two as well. On the other hand, even Stowe will be significantly less expensive than most places out west.

Oh, and one HUGE warning ahead of time. I noticed you said you are a snowboarder. Later in the post, you list Alta and Deer Valley as potential options as places to go. Take them off your list. Alta and Deer Valley do not allow snowboarding at all. Same goes for Mad River Glen here in Vermont. I didn't recommend MRG because of the snowboard element, but if you went to Sugarbush, MRG is right next door, and I wouldn't want you to waste a drive over there if you thought you wanted to spend a day there.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

A friend of mine went skiing last year and told me that in early January, NE resorts are very icy because of the cold.

He also recommended Beaver Creek, near Vail but cheaper. Is it a good option to consider?

Thanks!

post #11 of 14

Sigh,  I've been saying this a lot lately and really don't mean to be "Debbie the downer" but first week of January in the east is often, usually though not always, dependent on snowmaking.  No natural snow trails and few of the hardest trails will likely be open and it just is not as fun skiing on man made snow.  That said i f you stay east Stowe is your best bet as they have teh best snowmaking system of the bigger, northern Vermont hills.  KIllington in Central Vermont is big and they are very aggressive with snowmaking as well.

 

Beaver Creek might be even more expensive than Vail...certainly not less!  It can also be pretty darn cold in Colorado in January.  NE resorts are not icy because of the cold.  THey are icy because it warms up and then gets cold and freezes solid!

post #12 of 14

Beaver Creek does have some advantages over Vail, but lower cost isn't one of them.  (It's basically the same though Beaver Creek does have a reputation for being more posh.)  However, Beaver Creek is definitely less crowded than Vail, which is nice.  I will reiterate my earlier recommendation: for advanced terrain, good snow, at a decent cost for the first week of January...there are two clear winners: Snowbird and Jackson Hole.  Snowbird wins on access and is probably a little less expensive overall.

post #13 of 14
If airfare is not an issue, and transit time is not an issue, but crowds are, then Montana will be perfect for you. Big Sky gets all the glory, probably because they have over 5000 acres and some terrain you could die on. However, their town isn't much. Up here in the northwest corner of the state, the crowds are even lower, it's much cheaper, and we get more snow. The drawback is in warmer years we get a lot of fog. And you give up 2000 acres. But we have a great town. Enough restaurants to eat in a different one every night, our own breweries, some great bars. Look up Whitefish.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by freeski919 View Post

I can definitely give some recommendations for New England. If you're looking for mountains with solid amenities, challenging skiing, and lodging slopeside, your destination in New England is going to be northern Vermont. Your options within Northern Vermont for what you want are Stowe, Sugarbush, or Jay Peak. All three have a large luxury base hotel slopeside. For terrain, Stowe tops the list, followed closely by Sugarbush, and Jay a touch behind that. Stowe also boasts the most luxurious amenities as well. However, Stowe is also significantly more expensive than the other two as well. On the other hand, even Stowe will be significantly less expensive than most places out west.

Oh, and one HUGE warning ahead of time. I noticed you said you are a snowboarder. Later in the post, you list Alta and Deer Valley as potential options as places to go. Take them off your list. Alta and Deer Valley do not allow snowboarding at all. Same goes for Mad River Glen here in Vermont. I didn't recommend MRG because of the snowboard element, but if you went to Sugarbush, MRG is right next door, and I wouldn't want you to waste a drive over there if you thought you wanted to spend a day there.

 

All good choices in the East.  One point in which I might differ is that for s-i-s-o lodging at Stowe, the choices are limited: a few older places on the Mansfield side (near the Toll-House lift) and the Spruce Peak condos on the Spruce Peak side.  The latter are quite pricey.  There are lots of s-i-s-o options for comparable or lower rent at Snowmass, Beaver Creek, Park City / Canyons, Steamboat, etc.  

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