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What resort to visit next?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
For the past three years my buddies and I have been skiing Whistler Blackcomb for our annual ski trip and where looking for a new place to ski.I've heard Alta is a great mountain but nothing to do after skiing.I also heard Jackson Hole is a great mountain,challanging terrain and a nice village.If anybody has skied these mountains give me some input or any other that you think is worth visiting.Thanks, Bruno
post #2 of 19
Welcome to Epic Bruno! Try a search. There is a ton of info on both mtns., especially Jackson.
post #3 of 19
Bruno, welcome to EpicSki!

There are so many folks here who can help you, given their opinions, etc. They'll want to ask other questions, too, but if you can, as PA RR suggests, spend some time looking at the many threads here (Bob Peters has great posts about Jackson Hole, Uncle Louie wrote a great Vail newcomers post last year, and so on).

What do you seek? What would you rather avoid?

Also note that the ESA and Gathering are in Utah this year if you'd like to meet some of the other Bears from EpicSki...
post #4 of 19
It is important to know the time of year you want to take this trip, and the style of accomodations you anticipate. ....Both of these factors can make a big difference.

With Jackson Hole and Alta in mind following trips to Whistler, I suggest you also throw the Aspen group into consideration.
post #5 of 19
I think every skier needs to see the enormity of Vail's back bowls.

I have never been to Taos. This winter I want to make the trip and ski again with my friend, former boss, sometimes Bear, quintissential Canuck Robin.
post #6 of 19

Stay SnowBird / Ski Alta-Snowbird

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Originally Posted by bruno
I've heard Alta is a great mountain but nothing to do after skiing., Bruno
Stay @ Snowbird there is enough to do / after hours/ Its a good trip

MTT
post #7 of 19
Hit Jackson. Plenty of apres, cool town, and you'll be among the last skiers in history to ski the JHMR tram.

Targhee is only an hour away, with some new terrain opening this year.

But you can't go wrong @ Snowbird if you want sick snow. No "village", but plenty of restaurants, and all the 3.2 beer you can drink.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Rusty Guy
I think every skier needs to see the enormity of Vail's back bowls.

I have never been to Taos. This winter I want to make the trip and ski again with my friend, former boss, sometimes Bear, quintissential Canuck Robin.
Bowls, what bowls? You mean those south facing drainages that lost their trees way back when due to fire? Those drainages that barely tilt intermediate and turn to slop by 10:00 AM? I was never so dissapointed skiing "bowls" in my life.

Do yourself a favor and ski real bowls. Go to Alta/Bird, especially after experiencing the Alpine areas of W/B.

Powdr
post #9 of 19
There isn't enough to do after skiing in Little Cottowood Canyon.(the bird /alta?) Stay down canyon in the valley, or better yet stay in Utah only ski town Park City, where you have plenty of after hours things to do. Over 100 resturants, over 50 bars. Hunreds of shops for the wiives/ girlfriends.
In the valley you catch catch a hockey game, basket ball, plenty of bars all over, concerts,etc.
Plus there are days of heavy snowfall you will be ordered buy law enforcement to stay inlodge,ie:interlodge lock down, cause the avalanch danger is to extreme for anyone to venture outside. If caught outside during this lock down, you can get a ticket and or jail time. SLC Sheriff Canyon Patrol don't joke around with this
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by xdog1
Hit Jackson. Plenty of apres, cool town, and you'll be among the last skiers in history to ski the JHMR tram.

Targhee is only an hour away, with some new terrain opening this year.

But you can't go wrong @ Snowbird if you want sick snow. No "village", but plenty of restaurants, and all the 3.2 beer you can drink.
Hey what terrain is Targhee opening this year? Just went to thier website, nothing is mentioned? Is more hiking or lift served?
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by Powdr
Bowls, what bowls? You mean those south facing drainages that lost their trees way back when due to fire? Those drainages that barely tilt intermediate and turn to slop by 10:00 AM? I was never so dissapointed skiing "bowls" in my life.

Do yourself a favor and ski real bowls. Go to Alta/Bird, especially after experiencing the Alpine areas of W/B.

Powdr
I'm not a huge Vail fan. I merely suggested everyone should ski the back side due to the sheer size. I'm sorry, however I don't think any resort has anything like it.

I didn't say they were steep......merely large. There are a few steep sections. Next visit find a local. As far as turning to slop goes I think that's a bit of a steeeeeretch.

I'll also add I love slop.

I have visited Utah and Alta/Bird offer wonderful terrain. I don't think they offer the sheer acreage of Vail.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by tahoetr
There isn't enough to do after skiing in Little Cottowood Canyon.(the bird /alta?)
Except during the ESA. Then, you'll be hard pressed to find time to do everything you'd like to do!
post #13 of 19
Best bowl-y things I've been in was at Copper. In a crap snow year, they were awesome in every way. Copper/Breck is worth considering, you choose one ot stay in, and commute (free bus) to the other. Or you could commute up the road from Copper to Vail. That's if you're really after the apres thing (I'm happy with a place with stools, wings and beer but I'm old).
Actually from what you're saying, Jackon's the go. everyone raves about the terrain, and the town. it's all laid on, like Whistler.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by Rusty Guy
I'm not a huge Vail fan. I merely suggested everyone should ski the back side due to the sheer size. I'm sorry, however I don't think any resort has anything like it.

I didn't say they were steep......merely large. There are a few steep sections. Next visit find a local. As far as turning to slop goes I think that's a bit of a steeeeeretch.

I'll also add I love slop.

I have visited Utah and Alta/Bird offer wonderful terrain. I don't think they offer the sheer acreage of Vail.
Au contraire. Don't quote me on the exact figures, but Vail offers something like 5,400 acres of terrain, while Alta has 2000 & Snowbird has 3,000. That's 5000 combined on the Alta/Bird ticket.
post #15 of 19
Hey Rusty, don't apologize. Powdr is a Utah resident so he's impartial. Besides, he's probably never skied China Bowl on a powder day. The Back Bowls of Vail are and always be Legendary. The changing conditions over the period of the day only present the skier with new challenges, not complaints. The only gripe with skiing back there are the long runouts to the lifts, but one has to take the good with the bad almost everywhere. Alta/Snowbird are awesome Resorts in their own rights. My experiences there have been awesome but I have also been there when it has sucked. I will say that if nightlife after skiingis important to you, Vail is the much better choice.
post #16 of 19
Hey Bru! I say Whistler if they are getting snow. If not it's a toss up. Alta, vail, jackson, snow mass etc..

We getting together for a beer soon?
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
Whats happening skifree?I hear you about Whistler,I was there last March and the snow or lack there of was dissapointing.Had to go heli skiing to get some real runs(best thing I've ever done),but I love that place, I'd go every year.But I think were going for something different, thats why I started this thread.Were going to wait to see who getting dumped on.10-4 on that beer,ski season right around the corner.Later Bru
post #18 of 19
Shhhh! Don't tell anyone about Snowmass. Oh wait... Crap.
post #19 of 19

Stay SnowBird / Ski Alta-Snowbird

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Originally Posted by tahoetr
There isn't enough to do after skiing in Little Cottowood Canyon.(the bird /alta?)


I guess everyone is different. I would not find enough to do if lived @ Snowbird. But to stay for a week to ski. I don't know how many restaurants there are there? I have eaten @ 3 Different restaurants (All good) I only go to (The Tram Club) this is a BIG bar.

There are other clubs? Bars up there but why would you even need more than one good one?

Anyway I just really disagree with you on this one. Great place to stay and ski.
The place was designed and built to keep skiers comfortable and entertained.
And oh yea, The Mountain and snow are great. There is nothing like walking out of your hotel and right to the Tram or lifts.
Once you see the Canyon road that accesses Snowbird you will be very happy that you are staying (On Mountain)
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