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post #1 of 14
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Planning my next Ski trip for Jan 2007. Have gone to Summit county for years and would like a change. Just came from there Feb 2006. Like to ski A-Basin, Beaver Creek, and some "t-bar" runs at breck. Next year we are going with another couple who I would say are Intermediates. Any suggestions on where to go. I have no idea. Want great skiing and good nightlife. Thanks for any help
post #2 of 14
one nice thing about skiing, lots of choices for a change
post #3 of 14
I can't say enough good things about Montana - Bridger is cool if you like A-Basin (similar feel) - plenty of nightlife in Bozeman, and Moonlight/Big Sky are great too. I can't comment on Jackson until I get out there, but that's next on my list.
post #4 of 14
[quote=terragator]Want great skiing and good nightlife. /QUOTE]

Aspen. Unless you have kids and ski in/out is really important, stay in town.
post #5 of 14

Jan -- Montana

Could be cold in Jan in Montana and Big Sky itself is not noted for it's night life.

Skiing at both Big Sky/Moonlight and Bridger is great
post #6 of 14
Maybe I should have been more clear -- I meant the skiing is good at Big Sky/Moonlight, but I can't comment on the nightlife, but you're close enough to Bozeman (College town!!) to drive in for entertainment - it's about an hour or so depending on the roads. It can be cold, yes, but I was there in January, and it wasn't THAT bad - skiing in the teens on a north facing slope isn't for everyone though.
post #7 of 14
Aspen skiing is great and the nightlife is probably the best outside of Whistler.
post #8 of 14
I would second the Aspen suggestion.

There's a lot of great skiing at the four mountains and excellent nightlife in the town of Aspen. I don't even think staying in Snowmass would be that big a problem from a nightlife perspective because I'm fairly sure there are very good shuttles.

Aspen is the truly great American ski town.
post #9 of 14
I certainly haven't skied as many places as many people around here, but from my experience, Snowmass is is about as good as it gets for intermediates. It's huge, most lodging is ski in/ski out, and there are great blue runs all over the place. I shuttled into Aspen at night without any trouble.

There is enough terrain at Snowmass to keep more advanced skiers happy, but if anyone in the group decides the 3,000 acres at Snowmass isn't enough, there's always Highlands, Ajax, and Buttermilk for beginners.

The ski in/ski out at Snowmass can be a huge plus if you have a group of people with varying enthusiasm for skiing. Those who want to sleep in and/or quit early don't have to wait around for anyone else. It definitely can simplify logistics, and keep everyone happy. The airport is also no more than about 5 minutes from Aspen and Snowmass.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

What about Utah????? hear the skiing is great!!

Sounds like Aspen/snowmass are great places, but what about Utah?? or Tahoe?? Maybe I just need to see all of them!!
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters
I would second the Aspen suggestion.

There's a lot of great skiing at the four mountains and excellent nightlife in the town of Aspen. I don't even think staying in Snowmass would be that big a problem from a nightlife perspective because I'm fairly sure there are very good shuttles.

Aspen is the truly great American ski town.
TJ and Dexter would definitely agree!!
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by terragator
Sounds like Aspen/snowmass are great places, but what about Utah?? or Tahoe?? Maybe I just need to see all of them!!
I've never been to those places, but I'll be able to report on Utah after my trip later this month! Bottom line, I'm sure you and your friends would have fun no matter when you go. I always do.
post #13 of 14
Utah and Tahoe have more steep runs and greater propensity to major dumps of 2+ feet. But to get the most out of either destination you're going to be commuting daily by car to different areas.

I agree with most of the responders, who are reading into your original post that with the new couple in particular you would best enjoy a setup where everyone could come and go when you please. And the nightlife request certainly puts Aspen at/near the top of the list. Snowmass has massive amounts of intermediate terrain, and for a week there is certainly enough tougher stuff at 3 areas to keep you entertained if that's what you want.

If the expert stuff is important to you, go February or later to ensure that it's covered. Snow preservation is excellent right up to the early April closing of Highlands.
post #14 of 14
Utah has some great resorts and the almost live up to their reputation for the greatest snow on earth. I think their not life is about as bad as it gets, but i'm not a nightlife person.
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