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post #61 of 78
Almost too tough to choose but if I must it's a tie between Snowbird & Squaw and I'm not even an expert Also wherever Phil is at since his post' turned me onto the KRYPTON
post #62 of 78
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Originally Posted by scaryfast
VAIL is unmatched in it's epicness.
Really? Hmmmm. :

I'll have to re-evaluate Vail. Between Vail and Beaver Creek, I always seem to prefer Beaver Creek. Although I do really like the bumps on Highline at Vail.

For Colorado my vote goes to Aspen Highlands. Crested Butte comes in at a close second.
post #63 of 78
Montana Snowbowl, because it's 12 miles away, has a high proportion of advanced to expert terrain, and 2600' verticle. It has a very friendly atmosphere, and virtually no lift lines (especially on weekdays, when I ski).
post #64 of 78
Alta/Bird - best snow/terrain combo IN THE WORLD.
post #65 of 78
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Originally Posted by jgiddyup
Also wherever Phil is at since his post' turned me onto the KRYPTON
Anything I can do to help. Just let me know where I need to be .
post #66 of 78
Big Sky, MT because its huge, has a great variety of terrain, never has crowds and (best of all) I know my way around.
post #67 of 78
I like ski AREAS, not ski RESORTS.
I like to drive up, park, walk 100 feet and get on the lift. I don't like crowds.

My list:
Alta
Loveland
Solitude
Snowbasin
A-basin
post #68 of 78
Most of the famous US ski areas are wonderful if you catch them in decent conditions on days when they're not insanely busy.
But I also get a kick out of visiting less famous areas that provide a quality on-snow experience. Several recent examples include: Loveland, CO (open bowls, steeps, trees, nice sampling of the variety of terrain you'd expect to find in CO, but with easy access to Denver and no crowds); Wildcat, NH (since you're from Boston you probably already know about this one, great scenery/environment, looong runs for the East, sort of like a couple of the best chairlifts/trail pods of Killington, but far fewer crowds); Kirkwood, CA (very challenging, generally good snow, not too crowded, a little off the beaten Tahoe path, but not so isolated that you couldn't visit other northern CA ski areas).
If the far west gets snow next season like they got last season maybe a combo Mammoth/Kirkwood trip would be something to consider?

Emphasis at all areas discussed above is on terrain and they would not score real high in nightlife category. Also, BTW all really shine in the springtime.
post #69 of 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by Seven
Really? Hmmmm. :

I'll have to re-evaluate Vail. Between Vail and Beaver Creek, I always seem to prefer Beaver Creek. Although I do really like the bumps on Highline at Vail.

For Colorado my vote goes to Aspen Highlands. Crested Butte comes in at a close second.
There is so much terrain to choose from at Vail...the back bowls full of powder. You can spend a whole day just in Blue Sky Basin. There is a ton of hidden gems on the front side too. This may sound wimpy but one of the best days I had last season was late spring. I got there so early it was really icy so I skied fresh corduroy all morning before the bumps softened up. It was endless corduroy. I skied for 6 hours without a break. I could barely drive home my legs were burning so bad. But it felt so good . If you like Highline try Prima or Prima Cornice off Riva Ridge. The bumps are steep and big. My favorite place has to be Outer Mongolia on a powder day.
post #70 of 78
I simply can't decide on a favorite. After three full years of skiing under my helmet, it's like the last place I skied became my favorite (Aspen/Snowmass), but clearly that's not fair. I truly lov all four Big/Little Cottonwood Canyon ski areas - each one is different but I could ski each of them in pure bliss, all for different reasons. There are places that I really enjoyed while I was struggling so I assume that going back to some places would knock them back up the list. Okay, to hell with it. I'm waffling here, I know, but damn it, I love just about every place I've been to out West. It's bad enough to be sitting in an office in the middle of summer thinking about this without going batsh1t.
post #71 of 78
Thread Starter 

Looks Like Alta Has It!!!

Looks like we're skiing alta this winter! It was either alta, jackson hole or whistler.
post #72 of 78
I don't know if you are intersted but why not Sunshine Village or Lake Loius?

I think i might be going out to Calgary to see my dad, so I can deffintly get there if you need a partner
post #73 of 78
No snow at Lake Louis.
post #74 of 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Crested Butte
Sun Valley
Snowbird
Aspen Mountain
Jackson Hole
Beaver Creek
Steamboat
Solitude
Snowbasin
Taos
Alta
Hey. That's my list too...almost. I wanted to like Crested Butte, but it got down to -35 Fahrenheit when we visited (it got all the way up to -22, I think), so it was too cold to do anything except check your lift partner for frostbite.

I've only skied a couple of times at Snowbasin. It was in the pre-Olympic-buildup era when the base lodge motif was Early Forest Service and the primary decor was framed 1950s-era Western Auto ads from the Ogden paper advertising Northland wooden ski packages for $24.95. It was GREAT. It reminded me then of a cross between Snowbird and Ajax (Snowbird snow in a good year, and some short Snowbird-like steep stuff that you could hike to; but the core of the developed area at that time was gullies and short, steep sidehill shots, like parts of Ajax).

Some of the best days of my life have been at little areas that rock:
Pajarito
Wolf Creek
Santa Fe Ski Basin
Durango Mountain Resort (nee Purgatory)
Lutsen (when you learn to ski in Minnesota, the first time you ski 600 continual verts is like hitting the jackpot )
post #75 of 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by paul jones
No snow at Lake Louise.
You mean this past winter? I feel that was an anomaly. I've been there for three vacations around Easter time and loved it. It's the most beautiful place in the world and I only wish it were easier for Americans to move there and be employed.

This last winter all the snow that the NW should have gotten headed south.
post #76 of 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by sibhusky
This last winter all the snow that the NW should have gotten headed south.
Geez, tell me about it, but it wasn't just that the snow stayed south, we had a heat wave in late January!: God willing, we will have at least an average snow year on the way!
post #77 of 78
Whistler/Blackcomb: This place is huge, I've had luck with the snow, and somehow the Canadian character shines through. I don't mind the lack of sunny days!

Kirkwood: Ah, good old Tahoe. My stomping grounds, challenging terrain, the steep stuff, you name it, they've got it. Great snow, too.
post #78 of 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by Powdr
Alta/Bird - best snow/terrain combo IN THE WORLD.
you sir are sooooooo correct ...i think. i love, love, love alta. i remember glorious times at the bird too ...regulator johnson ...i love the bumps.

but then again, taos ...oh, taos. yummy.

i'm like a cheating spouse ...noew i'm dreaming of jackson. oh, lord.

so many areas ...so little time. see what i mean? i'm a snow slut.
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