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Best Wide Groomed Trails?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I'm 67 and my days of skiing bumps, glades, and double blacks are over. I do , however, love to link carved turns on corduroy groomers. Who has the widest, best groomed trails East & West? I'm looking for the kind of trails that put a smile on your face for two days
post #2 of 24
In the East, the first ones I think of are Gondolier at Stowe and Tote Road and / or Narrow Gauge at Sugarloaf. Hit those midweke with fresh corduroy and you'll be until next week.
post #3 of 24

Mammoth

Cornice Bowl (when groomed)




to St.Anton/Saddle Bowl



to Stump Alley to the lot and the car and the beer.



Repeat.
post #4 of 24
You would be in nirvana at Snowmass. They go out of their way to cater to your demographic.
post #5 of 24
How about the emptiest groomer runs? It doesn't matter how wide they are if they're full of clueless riders. If you're looking for groomer runs all to yourself check out Moonlight Basin.
post #6 of 24
Silver Star in B.C. has huge, uncrowded groomers. Lots of room for everyone and extremely well goomed.
post #7 of 24
My vote goes to either Vail or Hell.
post #8 of 24
Try Timberline on forward to Scoot at Sugarloaf. Green groomers with nothing but smiles!!
post #9 of 24
From where you're at in central NY surely you've been to southern VT, which includes Okemo, Stratton and Mt. Snow, all with lots of great mellow groomers.
Others in East include Bretton Woods, NH, or closer to you how about Windham, NY?
Agree in West that Snowmass is a good candidate, also Vail, Beaver Creek, Steamboat,Telluride, and Loveland in CO, Deer Valley, Park City Mtn Resort, and Snowbasin in UT, Big Sky and Big Mtn in MT, Northstar in CA, the list can get long!
post #10 of 24
As far as out west....I wouldn't put Big Sky or Big Mt. quite in that category.

But, Deer Valley, Park City, Snowmass, Beaver Creek, Vail, and Steamboat leap to mind. Not only do these places have excellent groomers that do not shortchange the big mountain experience, but some plush bars, restaurants, and accommodations to finish a day in comfort.

I live in Montana, and ski tons here, but my family is not as obsessive as I am about skiing. They like the whole ski resort thing (we're too local to consider Big Sky a "vacation"). So we go on family ski vacations to Utah or Colorado. For the past three years it's been Deer Valley, Beaver Creek, and Steamboat. Everyone's been happy at those places.

If you're willing to explore BC and Alberta, then there are even more options.
post #11 of 24
Moe-mentum at Big Mountain.
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by Rio View Post
How about the emptiest groomer runs? It doesn't matter how wide they are if they're full of clueless riders. If you're looking for groomer runs all to yourself check out Moonlight Basin.
Hey, Rio: sshhhhhhh.....!

Seriously, Moonlight is incredible! L-O-N-G cruisers uninterupted by junctions, chairlift offload points, etc. It's a great place to open up on teh GS boards.

Moonlight isn't exactly a secret, but when you ski it, it's hard to believe more people aren't there.
post #13 of 24
My Dad is the same as you...he's partial to Andy's Encore with a choice between lower Andy's or Rosi's Run at Copper. Well over 2000 vert of pretty sustained high intermediate pitch with just enough transitions to make them interesting.
post #14 of 24
in the West, the Big Burn area at Snowmass - altho' it's divided into trails, it's more like a wide open face, mostly groomed. Also, the Warm Springs face at Sun Valley - in days now long past, you could make screaming GS/SGS turns all the way from top to bottom.
post #15 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks all! This will keep me dreaming for awhile One question-where is Moonlight Basin?
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by daysailer1 View Post
You would be in nirvana at Snowmass. They go out of their way to cater to your demographic.
and, uh, what do you mean by that remark???????? Are you implying that Snowmass caters to ole' guizers like me??: However, I will agree that Snowmass is the wide groomer capital.
post #17 of 24
Ski Cooper, near Leadville. All intermediate, and the runs are sweet, uncrowded and esthetically pleasing. Lifts are a bit slow, however at 67 you might appreciate the recovery time.
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by patprof66 View Post
Thanks all! This will keep me dreaming for awhile One question-where is Moonlight Basin?
It shares Lone Mountain with Big Sky in SW Montana.

http://www.moonlightbasin.com
post #19 of 24
Upon reflection, you might enjoy Peak 7 at Breckenridge. Long, wide, rolling groomed blue runs, and not too crowded most of the times I've been there.
post #20 of 24
Bretton Woods NH.
post #21 of 24
Mt Bachelor, Oregon. It is hard to get there, but is loaded with long empty groomed runs and long empty fast chairs.

It currently has lots of snow and a long season.
post #22 of 24
Please put this in resorts conditions and travel where it belongs
post #23 of 24
Anywhere in the world except Mountain Creek in New Joisey... Just thinking about skiing there makes me shudder.
post #24 of 24
3rd vote for Bretton Woods NH!
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