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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Which resort did you choose for your first ski trip??
So much thought goes into this. Curious to know where you chose and how much fun you had on your first ski trip.
I chose Utah for March '07. Alta, Snowbird, Snowbasin, Solitude. (of course this could change)
post #2 of 25
We chose Vail, and had a blast. This coming Spring will be our 4th in a row there.
post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
Very nice coach.
I'd like to go there myself.
post #4 of 25
The first ski trip I made out of my home area of the Mid-Atlantic was in 1971. Actually, my dad choose the mode and locale, I was still a high school kid. We loaded up the car and drove to Plattsburgh Air Force Base (long closed) in NY near Lake Champlain where we could stay for cheap as Service people. From there we commuted for a couple days each to Whiteface and Stowe. Pretty hardcore. It was cold as heck. The Air Force Base gymnasium had a steam room that we grew to like very much for après ski. I've been making crazy ski roadtrips like that ever since. Skiing and the internal combustion engine, an American dream match made in heaven (for as long as the oil holds out).
That was the last time I've been to Stowe. Must rectify that! Still have a very retro looking Stowe parka patch that my mom bought me on that trip.

Sounds like you'll be doing a little UTAH commuting. Have a great time.
post #5 of 25
First BIG trip was to Jackson Hole a few years ago... it's definitely the best skiing I've ever experienced.

Now that I'm gainfully employed and my wife is getting into skiing, I hope to take a few trips out West every year and try out other areas
post #6 of 25
Are you talking first trip of the season, or ever?
post #7 of 25
We chose Lech for our first real ski vacation (we had done a couple of weekends in the Northeast). Hard to go too far wrong with UT. Have fun.
post #8 of 25
If you are talking first trip and novice skiers, I would recommend Breckenridge. Slopeside is relatively cheap, and there are plenty of green cruisers. Plus, it is a neat mountain town.
post #9 of 25
My very first ski trip and first day on skis was at Boreal on hwy 80 in the Sierras. This was actually a xmas present for the wife who hadn't skied in over 10 yrs. We booked a room at the Boreal lodge and on the insistance of Cheryl I took lessons for 2 days. Had a great time and have been skiing ever since as much as the job will allow.:
post #10 of 25
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If you are talking first trip and novice skiers, I would recommend Breckenridge. Slopeside is relatively cheap, and there are plenty of green cruisers. Plus, it is a neat mountain town.
That's where my daughter and I went for our first adventure--a former skier, she wanted to learn to snowboard and I tried skiing. Great ski and ride school, nice accommodations (Beaver Run) and the town didn't disappoint.
post #11 of 25
Thread Starter 
Matt....
First ski trip ever.
post #12 of 25
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Matt....
First ski trip ever.
Then I would advise staying away from areas without a base development or with a majority of expert terrain (like Alta). I can't speak for Utah, but as for Colorado, Breck, and Winter Park are both very friendly for beginners. Keystone has a lot of beginner terrain and a good base area with three towns close by. If money is not an issue, Snowmass, Beaver Creek, or Vail are all great places for a first ski trip.
post #13 of 25
My first real ski trip was to Utah in Feb 2005 and I went with two friends to Snowbasin, Alta, Solitude and Deer Valley. It was fantastic! I am hoping to make it back out to Utah again this winter.
post #14 of 25
Thread Starter 
Matt, let me clarify.

I am asking what resort or destination you chose for your first ski trip.
Not as a beginner, but as a "get away" to ski with family or friends.

In other words, not your first day on the slopes.

For example....I have been skiing for 20+ years. My first "ski trip" (airplane, lodging, apre's) will be to Utah in March of '07.
post #15 of 25
My first trip was in 1986 to Utah. I had a meeting in SLC, so I decided to make the most of it. I got a friend to go along, we skied Snowbird a couple of days, I had my meeting, then we skied Alta.

My company paid for my airfare and one night's lodging. My friend did the Snowbird Mountain Experience the day I worked.

I can still remember some of the runs clearly, but I couldn't tell you exactly how many days we were there. Although I do remember Saturday was a lot more crowded, and I'm pretty sure my meeting was on Thursday. So maybe it was 2 at Snowbird and 2 at Alta?

Sadly, I have not been back since (though my family did a different Utah trip last year).
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post
Matt, let me clarify.

I am asking what resort or destination you chose for your first ski trip.
Not as a beginner, but as a "get away" to ski with family or friends.

In other words, not your first day on the slopes.

For example....I have been skiing for 20+ years. My first "ski trip" (airplane, lodging, apre's) will be to Utah in March of '07.
You can't go wrong there. Hope you have a great time.
post #17 of 25
My first ski trip out west was to Park City. I've been obsessed with skiing ever since.
post #18 of 25
First ski trip out west was in the 80's...we flew in and out of SLC skied 8 days and hit:

Snowbird (2)
Alta (2)
Park City
Jackson Hole (2)
Grand Targhee
post #19 of 25
I don't mean to hijack this thread but I thought maybe while we were on the subject of first "ski trips" I would ask this question. I live with my wife and kids about 20 minutes from Snowbird. I've lived in Utah all my life but only started skiing since I've been married. Now my wife calls me obsessed with skiing. I've been itching to take a real "ski trip" but I'm having a hard time justifying it. Is it worth the money spent and time wasted traveling when from what I hear some of the best skiing is in the world is 20 minutes away? I've skied many resorts here locally but I've never skied out of state. I'm thinking I would love to see other places and compair. Is it worth the money? BTW my sister just moved to Alta WY and I want to go visit her family and ski Targhee, but that's a 4 hour drive when I could be on the slopes in 30 min. Maybe I'm a little spoiled.
post #20 of 25
That's funny; like asking me where I'd want to go to see more museums if I got tired of visiting all the museums in downtown Wash DC.

Off the top of my head, the things I could think of that you might want to go beyond the lift served Wasatch areas for are: big vert descents, great scenery and action packed après ski. Therefore, you might think about Jackson Hole, Banff, Whistler, or Aspen. The big places in the Alps would also be eye openers for you and family.
If all you are into is powder, don't bother leaving home.
post #21 of 25
Last night I convinced the wife to take a "destination ski trip" instead of the usual "take a week of vacation, stay at home, drop the kids off at the babysitter and ski every day at snowbird Vacation." I've narrowed it down to banff or whistler. I'm leaning toward banff because it seams to be a little less expensive and the pictures I've seen are amazing. I won't expect too much as far a powder skiing goes but I'll just get more of that when we get home. Who knows, maybe we'll get lucky and be dumped on. Any advise or suggestions? Thank you for your help.
post #22 of 25

Can I use your house while you are gone?

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Last night I convinced the wife to take a "destination ski trip" instead of the usual "take a week of vacation, stay at home, drop the kids off at the babysitter and ski every day at snowbird Vacation." I've narrowed it down to banff or whistler. I'm leaning toward banff because it seams to be a little less expensive and the pictures I've seen are amazing. I won't expect too much as far a powder skiing goes but I'll just get more of that when we get home. Who knows, maybe we'll get lucky and be dumped on. Any advise or suggestions? Thank you for your help.

Just kidding...:
post #23 of 25
mdf,

Do you have a house in Banff so we can trade straight-up? Of course we are only talking 1 week. But then again, if I like Banff enough...
post #24 of 25
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mdf,

Do you have a house in Banff so we can trade straight-up? Of course we are only talking 1 week. But then again, if I like Banff enough...

Being serious for a minute, there are a lot of people who trade houses. I know two different people that have traded with overseas houses and it worked great. There is some sort of matching service you join for a very small fee, like maybe $50 -- forget the name.

So you just might be able to do a straight-up trade of Utah for Banff.
post #25 of 25
Well, I'm a boarder, so I've never been on a 'ski trip.'

But within that parlance, my first time was to Ski Apache, outside of Ruidoso, NM. My girlfriend's family had a timeshare condo out there, and they took regular trips to it (summer and winter). I had never even been to the mountains, or even further west than eastern Texas (I live in Louisiana). So the whole experience was quite overwhelming. I had always been a beach person, but that all changed seemingly at a moment's notice. I fell in love with snowboarding, and vowed right then that I would be back annually. Well, I've kept my promise (even though that was only in 2004). Except, they had to sell the timeshare because it would have been too expensive for them to update the house so that it was in compliance with the most recent fire codes. So I went to Breckenridge instead last year, where I also hit Keystone. This year, we're making it Park City. Can't wait!
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