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post #31 of 46

God NO!

Anywhere but Steamboat. I live here, and this resort wouldn't have a pot to piss in if it wasn't blessed by mother nature; aside from the snow, Steamboat has NOTHING. There are absolutely NO natural features that set this mountain apart from other mountains. They claim to have double black terrain, yet they rope off everying in the chutes that even resembles a rock. Skiers have to take a minimum of 2 chairs to even access them. The only reasonable skiing is OB in the canyon, and even then you'll run into dozens of Tourons on the traverse out. (The other great backcountry canyon around here has an exclusive gated community at it's entrance, rendering it extemely inaccessible.) ASC thinks Steamboat is god's gift from heaven, thus the locals they depend on don't get any kind of break. This is why I drive 1.45hrs to Summit EVERY weekend, and ski Howelson Hill on weeknights. (Can you tell I'm a bit opinionated?)

- Paul
(Unfortunately, my job keeps me in Steamboat Springs)
post #32 of 46
Jackson Hole or Aspen Highlands/ Snowmass, although air accessibility at both is not as good as Summit Co. or SLC.
post #33 of 46
Aspen/Snowmass would be a great venue. Very simular to Alta/Snowbird with Snowmass having great interm. terrain and Highlands offering expert runs for the more advanced skier. I have found that the cost of lodging to be in line with most resorts through-out the states. The new Snowmass Village should be up and running by then offering vistors many new dinning and lodging choices. This area also has a couple of instructors hanging around that might be interested in giving a helping hand...
post #34 of 46
Seems like Whistler would be a good choice too, since a lot of people are flying anyway.
post #35 of 46
I am more worried about timing than location.

After attending ESA I & II I have not been able to attend again. My main problem is the work, which is why I wait for the last minute to make a decision. Unfortunately we have annual reviews Jan-Feb and my workload goes through the roof (I manage a development department with 39 people who deserve a proper annual review).

If the ESA always happens at the end of January, I may never be able to attend as long as I am in my current position.
post #36 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by TomB
I am more worried about timing than location.

After attending ESA I & II I have not been able to attend again. My main problem is the work, which is why I wait for the last minute to make a decision. Unfortunately we have annual reviews Jan-Feb and my workload goes through the roof (I manage a development department with 39 people who deserve a proper annual review).

If the ESA always happens at the end of January, I may never be able to attend as long as I am in my current position.
When would be the best time?
post #37 of 46
Somewhere that has singles style accomodation please!
post #38 of 46
Timing is the issue for me too. I have a timeshare in Vail the last two weeks of February. So it would have to be a few weeks before that, not just one or two.

Early January would be great for me, also is a very inexpensive time to fly and get lodging. The first week of January is a very slow travel time, thus it would be cheaper for all of us.
post #39 of 46
I pick Copper

cause I could ski with my buds Kati and Tom and J.P. !!
post #40 of 46
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Originally Posted by jstraw
When would be the best time?
For me, end of Feb. In fact I am now looking to book at trip to the Canadian Rockies late Feb, early March.

By the way, my post was more to explain why I have not been attending, rather than anything else. In no way would I expect the ESA timing to change, as end of Jan is best for the very large majority.
post #41 of 46
Disski, there's no such thing as 'singles' accomodation. You just go and pay whatever rate they offer.

I had a room at the Extended Stay in Sandy with a kitchen for ESA 1, which I went to by my lonesome, and it was a whopping $240........for 7 days. How much cheaper do you want???????
post #42 of 46
There may not be in USA bonni - but the place I just stayed in Argentierre sure would be quite suitable... price 13.50Euros/night for bed... more for use of kitchen or food...

As it was my friend & I wanted a room to ourselves.... so we paid something around 75 euros/night for a 4 bed room with 2 of us in there & breakfast & dinner(local french food) for the 2 of us as well....

Big difference from the offerings for ESA... I am sure there MUST be some places in USA with similar styles of accom?
post #43 of 46
oh & that was a walk across the road & through a few houses to the lift for Grand Montet.... similar small walk from train to Vallorcine..... bus 100metres away to Le Tour/Le Brevent/Flegeres I forget where the beginners areas were....
post #44 of 46
isn't argentiere where you complain about them giving you the wrong skis?
post #45 of 46
yeah - first ski hire place gave me duds.... verdict seemed to be trashed edges (variable angles along ski or similar)

second place - much better skis that worked!
post #46 of 46
Oh & that would not have been an issue if not for the crazy airlines here that won't transport skis!

My STOCKLIS work just fine!
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