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Help Plan Next Season's Trip

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Hello Bears,

I need some assistance with next season's trip. I'm trying to decide on the location for an annual ski trip that I organize for my friends. It's a group of approximately 8 to 12, with abilities ranging from advanced beginner to expert. Challenging terrain is the most important factor but I want to make sure everyone in the group will have fun. This will be for the beginning of March 2008.

In past trips we've skied the Lake Tahoe resorts, the I70 resorts, Telluride, Big Sky, Banff/Lake Louise, Kicking Horse, Whistler, Park City/Deer Valley/Canyons, Solitude, Alta, Jackson Hole.

I've been to, but have not been enamored with, Steamboat Springs, Aspen/Snowmass, Bachelor.

I'm looking for ideas on resorts that will provide fun from the expert to intermediate skiier. Would Sun Valley fit this bill? How about Taos? One of our group is campaigning for a trip back to JH with a side trip to Grand Targhee.

Any suggestions?

P.S. I want to stay in North America because I'm too lazy to deal with the logistics outside of this area.
post #2 of 5
Are they all Bay area folks? Maybe you should take them to nearby Mammoth in March and with the money you save, take them to Squaw in Feb? Just sort of kidding. Frankly, you have already been to many of the best choices. You don't mention Snowbird, that's a good one for experts and upper intermediates. Taos good, but might need to be into hiking to get the max out of it. I'm surprised you wouldn't consider Snowmass/Aspen Highlands? JH and GT would also certainly be good. I've never been to Crested Butte, but it is supposed to have an unusual combo of the very benign and the very extreme. I've heard for those in between, however, it can get old after a whole week. What about a buffet of the Colorado Vail resorts of Vail, Beaver Crk, Breck, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin??
post #3 of 5
Aspen has a great deal of variety.
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Originally Posted by merrydog View Post
I'm looking for ideas on resorts that will provide fun from the expert to intermediate skiier. Would Sun Valley fit this bill?
Absolutely. It's funny, I never see anybody talking about Sun Valley on this forum, but it is one of my all time favorite ski areas. The resort is huge, with some great bowls and awesome, wide cruisers. The town is a blast too, and there are very few ski areas that have the kind of history that Sun Valley has. It's been many years since I've skied there, and if I recall correctly there is little in the way of extreme terrain, but you will definitely not be bored. Strap on the GS skis and let 'er rip at the Valley
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Thread Starter 
All, thanks for the replies and input.

Jamesj, they are mostly SF Bay area folks but some from CO and WA also. We will do the CO resorts but as a smaller trip.

habacomike, I'll reconsider Aspen, it's been a while since I was there.
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