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North America, but where?

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Thread Starter 
For the last couple of years I've organised a ski trips around Europe for a group of friends. There's now about thirty of us ranging from one year old not-yet skiers through boarders to advanced skiers.

We're mostly the nuclear family of Mom, Dad and two young kids (in my case they'll be aged 7 and 10 when we travel). Ski in/out slopeside accomodation is a big plus with young kids, as is a pool as they can't usually ski all day.

A couple of the party have thought about a trip over to your side of the pond in early February 2008 for one week and I've been tasked with narrowing down the choice.

If you were me, where would you go?
post #2 of 17
Snowmass has everthing you want in spades. Tons of ski in/out condo's and houses.
post #3 of 17
As long as your early Feb date is before the third Monday (President's Day Holiday) of Feb, all of North America will be your oyster. Other than slopeside lodging and a pool (both widely available) you don't tell us about other priorities such as price, convenience to major airport, best chance of fresh powder, steep & expansive terrain, or presence of nearby town for nightlife and shopping.
Snowmass is a fine choice in many respects, rather expensive, although with kitchen equipped condos you can save on dining. Because of likely cold weather in early Feb the more benign climate of Colorado may be nice to consider compared to northern Rockies and Canada and maybe cheaper flights to Denver compared to Lake Tahoe, Utah, or western Canada areas? A lot of Brits choose Breckenridge, CO. It has all you want and perhaps a smidge less expensive than Snowmass/Aspen, but more crowded, although mid-week in early Feb should not be too bad anywhere.
Good all purpose US resorts besides those mentioned above: Park City UT; Vail, Steamboat, Keystone, Copper Mtn, Winter Park CO; Big Sky MT; Heavenly and Mammoth CA.
If you find western Canada more attractive, the top candidates would be Whistler and Banff areas, with others such as SunPeaks & Panorama also in the running.
I'm sure I've left out other fine candidates.
post #4 of 17
Check out Big White or Silver Star in British Columbia, much better in terms of ski in/ ski out than Whistler and Banff. Totally cater to the family and might have direct flights from the UK to Kelowna, under an hour up the hill from there. http://www.bigwhite.com/ and links to Silver star from that site as well.
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.... you don't tell us about other priorities such as price, convenience to major airport, best chance of fresh powder, steep & expansive terrain, or presence of nearby town for nightlife and shopping.
Sorry James , Slopeside with pool is so hard to find in Europe they tend to be the main things I look for.

Purely selfishly, I'd love powder with steep and expansive terrain, but most of the group are just happy on groomers unless I can coax them away. Not bothered about shopping (unless my wife reads this) but local food and drink places are needed too.

However, if we are to hop over, then we would need to be fairly near a major airport. I had thought of Breck, but was wondering where else to consider too.
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canucklehead, wouldn't it be a bit chilly for the little 'uns that far North?

And Watford!
post #7 of 17

Trip to North America

Re-weather in Canada

It depends on which side of the Rockies you are on. Silver Star, Big White and Sun Peaks are in the Okanagan...the warm side. We just returned from 6 weeks at Silver Star .... more cloud cover than usual ... but the temps averaged -3 during the day. Our 3 year old grand daughter took her first day care/ski lessons and loved them.

Silver Star routinely wins the award for the best ski weather in Canada. It is warmer than Banff and doesn't get Whistler's rain.

The village is kid friendly and the fact that all accomodation is ski in and ski out is perfect for families.

If you are planning on an extended visit, a early purchase season's pass becomes cheaper than day passes at 9 days.

Hope this helps.
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The Okanagan resorts generally wouldn't be any colder, probably warmer than the much higher altitude Colorado resorts. Cold is normally only an issue in the Banff, Panorama areas which are right in the Rockies. The Okanagan is halfway across the province between the supposedly "rainy" whistler and "freezing" Banff. Believe the Daily Mail has called Big White best family resort in the past. Watford cause I work at a golf resort there when I tire of endless winter.
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I am actually very surprised that Utah has had little mention so far. Flights to Salt Lake City are numerous, and there are several resorts within an hour from SLC--Park City, the Canyons, Alta/Snowbird.

Personally, I love Whistler. The place is so big that there is something for everyone--from kids to grandparents. Great ski school, slopeside accomodations on Blackcomb, heli-skiing for the daring, and plenty of apres ski opportunities. I also find the Canadians really friendly and nice. Lots of Brits come to Whistler--this year, there were more people from the UK than the US when I was there. It is an international destination--another reason I like it so much. Check out alluradirect.com for house/condo rentals.
post #10 of 17
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nyskier, I was at the ESA '06 in Snowbird and would love to go back. However, from Northern England I have to change at Heathrow then Chicago to get to SLC and the travel time is massive as a result, this would be a royal PITA with kids in tow.
post #11 of 17
Marc,

Is it easier for you to fly to Vancouver than to SLC? If so, I would strongly recommend Whistler. There are many UK people there--when I was there in March, they outnumbered the Yanks. Great mountains, lots of activities, something for everyone.
post #12 of 17
How about we work this way: The major gateway city/airport to big collection of resorts in N.A. are: Denver, Salt Lake City, San Francisco/Reno, Vancouver, Calgary. Have I missed any?

So, tell us which airport is easiest and hardest to get to for you.

Then we can name the resort in those area that has more convenient ground transfer and ski-in, ski-out lodging. Then you can go from there, terrain, snow, price, etc.

Pool in hotels are such a given in North America, it's not a factor.
post #13 of 17
There are direct 8.5 hr. flights to Calgary (rated 3rd best airport in the world) from Heathrow, Gatwick, and Manchester, followed by a short, easy drive to Canmore or Banff. It's an easy trip that I make many times a year on business.
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Have I missed any?
Boston.
post #15 of 17
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Boston.
Group from Europe, for a week? Ski-in/ski-out?

You've got to be kidding! You might as well add New York City then.

Granted, UK is not REALLY part of Europe...
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Group from Europe, for a week? Ski-in/ski-out?

You've got to be kidding! You might as well add New York City then.

Granted, UK is not REALLY part of Europe...

Yea... Stay in Mountain Creek for a WEEK, its part of Intrawest anyway...

BTW, the airfare is so cheap form London....
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Group from Europe, for a week? Ski-in/ski-out?

You've got to be kidding! You might as well add New York City then.

Granted, UK is not REALLY part of Europe...
Lots of people do it, and they seem to enjoy it.
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