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The Perfect Ski Trip

post #1 of 22
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If you could plan the perfect ski vacation...Lets dream a little...
keep it to North America
money and snow are no object
you have 7 days that include travel time
You must approach the trip from one of two ways either an avid skier with advanced ability OR a intermediate skier with a wife and two sons under 12 years old.

Where would you go
Where would you stay
Would you fly or drive
What about apres ski spots
Would you ski every day or take a day off
Would you take lessons/ put kids in ski school
Would you do non skiing activities such as tubing or snow mobiling
Any other areas you'd like to address
post #2 of 22
Where would you go: Utah (Alta/Bird, 'Basin, Powder Mountain, maybe even - GASP - Deer Valley)

Where would you stay: LCC's place.

Would you fly or drive: Fly, then drive.

What about apres ski spots: Porcupine's (call me nostalgic.) And whatever place on the mountain that's got the goods.

Would you ski every day or take a day off: What's a day off?

Would you take lessons/ put kids in ski school: Lesson "some other time." (I'll be getting schooled plenty, anyway.)

Would you do non skiing activities such as tubing or snow mobiling: Depends on Lady Luck.

Any other areas you'd like to address: Yes, thanks for asking. I'm a creature of habit in a big way. I always dig Utah and will keep going back. It's a rut that has yet to feel like one.
HOWEVER, were I to go someplace I have not yet been, I'd head to Bozeman, stay with a certain R.River I know, and ski Big Sky and Bridger till I puked.
So, I guess I have two locales in mind for this query.
post #3 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by villagenut
You must approach the trip from one of two ways either an avid skier with advanced ability OR a intermediate skier with a wife and two sons under 12 years old.
One point of clarification since we're planning the "perfect" ski trip. When you say "with a wife" does that mean it has to be your own wife, or could you take someone else's? After all you did say the "perfect" trip.
post #4 of 22

The Canadian Quad

Where would you go: The Canadian Quad: Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, Panorama, and Kicking Horse (Soon to be the Canadian Sixpack when Jumbo and Revelstoke gear up!)

Where would you stay: Banff Springs in Banff

Would you fly or drive: Fly to Calgary and drive from there

What about apres ski spots: It's all about skiing and soaking up the mountain atmosphere! (I can find plenty of smokey bars down south!)

Would you ski every day or take a day off: SKI EVERY DAY!

Would you take lessons/ put kids in ski school: Nope, too much to do already!

Would you do non skiing activities such as tubing or snow mobiling : Yes, something different each day after skiing.(Snowmobiling, Hot Springs, Night Skiing, Sightseeing, Shopping, Concerts, etc., etc.)

Any other areas you'd like to address: Time of the Year: I would make it the last week of March. The days are getting longer so there would be plenty of time each afternoon for sightseeing and other activities in one of the nicest uncrowded alpine settings on earth.


P.S. - Can I borrow someone's wife and 2 kids? .. I prefer to go as an intermediate, but don't have the proper family for the option!
post #5 of 22
Ooh, I'll be back for this one, no time right now.
post #6 of 22
Where would you go: Alta, Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Jackson Hole
Where would you stay: One of the lodges at Alta and then in Eden
Would you fly or drive: I'd fly my own jet. (this is a dream, right?) Having your own jet would make it easier to get to Jackson Hole.
Would you ski every day or take a day off: Maybe a day off - depends on the wife.
Would you take lessons/ put kids in ski school? I might take my first lesson - would be a good thing to do on the day off.
Would you do non skiing activities such as tubing or snow mobiling - Maybe a hot air balloon on the day off.
Any other areas you'd like to address: 7 days is not quite enough. There are too many places to go - I think 3 weeks would be a good trip.
post #7 of 22
Where would you go: Whistler
Where would you stay: Blackcomb Lodge
Would you fly or drive: Fly to Van then rent an H2 for the drive up
Would you ski every day or take a day off: Ski all days
Would you take lessons/ put kids in ski school? Take a day with Wendy at Extremely Canadian
Would you do non-skiing activities such as tubing or snowmobiling – Snowmobile
Any other areas you'd like to address: One day Heli-skiing
post #8 of 22
Where would you go: Deer Valley, UT
Where would you stay: Stein Eriksen Lodge
Would you fly or drive: fly coach, then limo to resort
What about après ski spots: Stein's may suffice, but could also take a stroll or two through Park City
Would you ski every day or take a day off: six hours a day
Would you take lessons/ put kids in ski school: have my family of six take a few runs with Stein for some pointers
Would you do non skiing activities such as tubing or snow mobiling: sure, tubing for kids, tubbing for parents
Any other areas you'd like to address: request that Stein arrange 15" of powder every other night and pick up tab for entirety
post #9 of 22
Where would you go: Park City area-Access to 6 montains! Then spend last two days at Beaver Creek.
Where would you stay: Best ski-in/ out lodging depending on the mountain I'm at for that night. For Deer Valley-Steins Place is nice but a little too stuffy, I'll take a private townhouse on the slopes, fully stocked. The "Beav", the Hyatt.
Would you fly or drive: fly in private jet, rent Porsche Cayenne turbo!
What about après ski spots: Not into the bar scene, daily massages at Alegria (BC) then dinner. Deer Valley-dinner at Miraposa, order bottles of Petrus and Screaming Eagle Cab. Also, a Seafood must, the buffet! At the Beav- Grouse mountain Grill, Splendido's (Beano's is way over-rated)
Would you ski every day or take a day off: would do my best to ski everyday, maybe take part of day off and watch olympic training at center at Park City.
Would you take lessons/ put kids in ski school: Take some lessons, I can always get better, btw- my instructor is a very hot Aussi red head in revealing outfit.- She loves me!
Would you do non skiing activities such as tubing or snow mobiling: Olympic training center.
Any other areas you'd like to address: Perfect weather, fresh pow each night and the best equipment- No lift lines.
post #10 of 22
Where would you go? Whistler
Where would you stay? Club Intrawest
Would you fly or drive? Uh... drive (fly to go skiing?? You poor bastards!)
What about apres ski spots? Hotel pool
Would you ski every day or take a day off? Third day off or terminal stiffness sets in
Would you take lessons/ put kids in ski school? At Whistler prices?! $$$$$$
Would you do non skiing activities such as tubing or snow mobiling? Nah... tourist trap stuff
Any other areas you'd like to address: next most perfect trip is Hemlock Valley... I drop the kids at school in the morning, scoot up the hill for 4hrs, and then go back and pick up my jealous children!
post #11 of 22
JR, this is your fantasy ski trip, Price is not a restraint in this one!
post #12 of 22
Wait a minute: First you said, "perfect ski trip" and than you said "let's dream a little" and blew it all with"wife and two sons." Just kidding, I have taken my wife and four kids on several ski trips, mostly to Summit County, CO and to Beaver Creek. Fly to Denver, Drive to and stay at Breck, many great condos there. If any of you haven't skiied before, yes you want to take lessons or everybody will get frustrated. I do agree with Ryan:What's a day off?" Maybe for the wife and kids but not for me.
post #13 of 22
Where would you go
Well, since money is no object...A heli trip anywhere the snow was insanely deep and dry at the moment.

Where would you stay
In my own private lodge with the bird parked out front.

Would you fly or drive
Fly, First Class of course (WTF said "coach"??? we're dreaming here aren't we?) Then I would take a limo or a chopper to the final destination.

What about apres ski spots
Give me some beer, chilled goldschlager and a grill and I can make my own apres ski party

Would you ski every day or take a day off
Every day but one...that one's reserved for taking my private snowmobile out for the day to rip.

Would you take lessons/ put kids in ski school
No kids, no lessons

Would you do non skiing activities such as tubing or snow mobiling

Any other areas you'd like to address
The place would have a giant party hot tub, complete with strippers and playmates <EG> Who needs a touristy bar in the village, lol.
post #14 of 22
I saw a segment of a Matchstick Productions ski porn flick where they were based on a yacht in the Gulf of Alaska or The Inside Passage. There was a landing pad on the boat with a chopper. Wake up, fly up into the coastal range for a day of insanely steep, untracked powder and then fly back to the boat for some nice fresh Halibut and brews. Oh, they had a nice big hot tub on that sucker too. I'm pretty sure you can charter it. Hmmm... wonder how much??
post #15 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by villagenut
If you could plan the perfect ski vacation...Lets dream a little...
keep it to North America
money and snow are no object
you have 7 days that include travel time
You must approach the trip from one of two ways either an avid skier with advanced ability OR a intermediate skier with a wife and two sons under 12 years old.

OK, let's go the avid skier with advanced ability route;

Where would you go- Mike Weigele's

Where would you stay- Right there

Would you fly or drive- Fly to Kamloops, get picked up by heli

What about apres ski spots- After 20k vert per day, apres=sleep.

Would you ski every day or take a day off- Probably NEED a day off in the middle for leg regeneration, so day off if necessary.

Would you take lessons/ put kids in ski school- I'd take any good tips on my pow skiing from the guides.

Would you do non skiing activities such as tubing or snow mobiling- Nay.

Any other areas you'd like to address
Nope, but maybe one day this scenario'll be real, not fantasy.

Dollar and a dream!!!
post #16 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ron
JR, this is your fantasy ski trip, Price is not a restraint in this one!
Honestly Ron, that's it. Whistler's pretty cool, and air travel's just a hassle. I can be at Whistler in the time it takes many people to get to the airport. Our time share is one of the best spots in town, with the best pools hands down. We know the routine, and where everything is in town and on the mountain. We're not night clubbers, but I guess a nice meal at The Rimrock might be okay A lesson? Maybe, if I'm not too stuborn to listen. I used to put the kids in lesson programs, but they missed us, I missed them, and they can now keep up to us anyhow on the blacks (they are not sons, but they are 12 & under).

Heli skiing is okay I guess, but the conditions aren't always like the photos, and helicopters get weathered out a lot... like just when its REALLY dumping. I spent years doing aerial surveys, and I'm pretty sick of helicopters. Give me a powder day mid-week on The Peak or Seventh Heaven over anything. The notion of first tracks is not important to me, so long as I have a little pow to cut up... and Whistler takes days to track out after a dump, if you know where to look (and if I was a tourist somewhere else, I wouldn't).

I never saw the point of complicating life with a bunch of expensive stuff. Mind you, we have been getting in 30 or so ski days a year every year for the last ten, so maybe I'll replace my old Rossi 101's with some of those new shape skis this year... LOL, just joking there (about the skis that is).
post #17 of 22
JR, I only said that because of the comment you made about the prices for lessons. It's your fantasy, do what you like! If it's free, why not enjoy of it? Hey, if someone wants to pick up the tab for a $400 bottle of wine, count me in! (the Petrus is much more) You can complicate my life with that everyday
post #18 of 22
Revisit the old haunts of my youth: 49 Degrees North, Schweitzer, Red Mountain, and Kimberley, with a couple of days cat-skiing in the Selkirks north of Sandpoint, Idaho, which didn't exist in my youth.

Or, get 150,000 feet of vertical a bit farther north by helicopter transport with a group of EpicSkiers.
post #19 of 22
Where would you go: Points North Heli in Cordova, Alaska
Where would you stay: Right there!
Would you fly or drive: Hopefully fly...a lot
What about apres ski spots: My goal would be to be so trashed from vertical that apres ski would be whereever I took my boots off.
Would you ski every day or take a day off: take a day off to appreciate the beauty of the region...who am I kidding - ski every day!
Would you take lessons/ put kids in ski school: kids would stay home for this one - just my expert skiing husband and me.
Would you do non skiing activities such as tubing or snow mobiling : sea kayaking
Any other areas you'd like to address: if $$ is no object, do I have to come home at the end of the week??
post #20 of 22
Where would you go:Whistler/Blackcomb
Where would you stay: Anywhere with a nice outdoor hottub
Would you fly or drive: Fly to Vancouver and then take the bus
What about apres ski spots: Merlins, the GLC
Would you ski every day or take a day off: Ski every damn day
Would you take lessons/ put kids in ski school: 2 Days with Extremely Canadian
Would you do non skiing activities such as tubing or snow mobiling:not that I can think of
Any other areas you'd like to address: maybe a day of cat skiing

-Ben
post #21 of 22

I'm horrible...

but my dream ski vacation would take place right here where I live. I've still never found a lift-served US mountain I like better.

Where would you go: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Where would you stay: Four Seasons hotel, suite 951

Would you fly or drive: Drive

What about apres ski spots: Cascade Bar at the Teton Mountain Lodge and in front of the fireplace in my suite.

Would you ski every day or take a day off: Oh, I'd be skiing every day. One or two days would be with High Mountains Helicopter Skiing and a day would be skinning up a mountain in Grand Teton Park.

Would you take lessons/ put kids in ski school: Guide for me, lessons for the kids.

Would you do non skiing activities such as tubing or snow mobiling: Skiing

Any other areas you'd like to address: Nope. That pretty well covers it. I can't wait. Who's gonna buy it for me?
Bob
post #22 of 22

Can you fantasize that you're a weather god too?

Everyone (so far) is assuming that you would also have unlimited control over the weather. If that was possible, the heli-ski option or the Jackson medley (with a high level, but not over the top, creature comforts) would get my vote. New snow every night, no wind, low avi hazard, perfect visibility, perfect temps.... If you had no control over the weather, and could only go for seven days and had to take the snow depth, surface conditions, light, temperatures, wind, as you found it, I'd rethink the answer. Socked-in for days and unable to fly in Blue River, pouring rain for a week in Whistler in mid-winter, blizzard conditions at the top, crusty in the middle, foggy mush at the bottom of Jackson.....hmmm. While the skiing doesn't really match up (or does it?), Colorado is still the most reliable place to ski if you have to pick one week, months in advance, and play the weather/snow hand you're dealt.
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