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post #31 of 52
I've been skiing for 40 years and married to a low intermediate spouse for the last 25 (shows you the quality of my teaching skills). Anyway, we've been to a lot of ski areas together and the ones she enjoyed the most from a terrain perspective were Snowmass in the West and Okemo in the East. Apsen is probably the ski town she enjoyed the most (just don't lose control of credit card).
A crazy, dark horse bargain might be Loveland, CO, which has a surprising amount of very mellow high alpine terrain and is nearby Indian Springs Resort/Spa/hot springs in Idaho Springs, CO. Caveat: I have never stayed at Indian Springs and no nothing about the quality of it's lodging/food/spa offerings.
post #32 of 52
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..A crazy, dark horse bargain might be Loveland, CO, which has a surprising amount of very mellow high alpine terrain and is nearby Indian Springs Resort/Spa/hot springs in Idaho Springs, CO. Caveat: I have never stayed at Indian Springs and no nothing about the quality of it's lodging/food/spa offerings.
I don't think there is anything remotely fancy anywhere near Idaho Springs.
post #33 of 52
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How about one minor problem!!!! No freaking snow!!!!!!
Where are you talking about? The Mediterrianian?

No rain though. Where some of the Pacific resorts are. You need a freaking yatch to get around some of the winters! Been there, done that! You call that "minor problem" too?
post #34 of 52
Aspen. Great skiing, great food, lots of lodging options, plenty of spas, and most of the rich folk ski for a hour or two max.

Mike
post #35 of 52
No freakin snow?

don't believe everything you hear. I skied Obertauern in Austria 1st week December , Verbier Switzerland week before Christmas , Christmas was spent skiing Alpendorf Austria and then skied Saalbach January and Obertauern March.Finished the season in Gargellen Austria and Klosters Switzerland for Easter. Mostly had plenty of snow and even had powder days in Verbier ,Obertauern and Gargellen. Even at the lower resorts they compensated bad snow with snow making facilities that are second to none.Just keep high over 1000mtrs and your fine .

Also if you check out the spring snow most of the resorts have plenty - some of the French have over 300cms at the top and their is lots of spring skiing for May - Yipee! as i'm off next week to get me some!
post #36 of 52
I stand corrected. but you must admit, there have been numerous low snow years as of late in Europe. :

Uh? this season they couldn't run the Hahnenkamm at Kitzbuhel due to lack of snow> they helicoptered it in and then it rained and washed it all away?????:
post #37 of 52
1) Davos/Klosters
2) Zermatt
3) Chamonix (best food & best shopping if you fly via Geneva)
4) Aspen/Snowmass
5) Beaver Creek

Best of all, all of these places have great skiing for you as well.

Europe can be a lot less expensive for a really luxurious stay if you book in advance at a 5 star hotel/pension and pick an off week.
post #38 of 52
I think all the above are great suggestions. But I just wanted to throw in a new idea. Japan. The skiing and lodging is no more expensive than anywhere else, the spas and massages are world-class, as is the food and there will be much more than skiing to enjoy. PM me for more info if you are interested. Oh... and crowds can dissipate quickly.
post #39 of 52
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I stand corrected. but you must admit, there have been numerous low snow years as of late in Europe. :

Uh? this season they couldn't run the Hahnenkamm at Kitzbuhel due to lack of snow> they helicoptered it in and then it rained and washed it all away?????:
There're "low snow years" in Europe just as there are "low snow years" in the US! And it's not always the same year either.

This year, however, is not one of those "low snow year" over there either. For at the end, most resorts got as much snow as an "average" year in the past. Though most of it came rather late, late-Feb to April (it was snowing some of the places end of April). It's not that different from say, Tahoe, where they were playing golf in Feb!!! But then, the resorts keep extending their closing dates because it kept dumping all through April.

The truth being, "globle warming" or not, snow has been less reliable all over the world the past 10 years or so. And Europe isn't any worse than the US in that regard. In fact, some of the resorts in the Alps have an advantage because they have lifts going all the way up to the permanent glacier. So, no worry for snow in those resorts.
post #40 of 52
I hear ya! It just seems you could plan a trip a little more spur of the moment here in the US once you know where there is snow.

I assume that would be more difficult to europe.

It would be a shame to go all the way to Europe (Ya gotta understand I am at the northern most reaches of the West Coast here) and strike out!:
post #41 of 52
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I hear ya! It just seems you could plan a trip a little more spur of the moment here in the US once you know where there is snow.

I assume that would be more difficult to europe.

It would be a shame to go all the way to Europe (Ya gotta understand I am at the northern most reaches of the West Coast here) and strike out!:
You are talking about following the snow if I'm getting you right.

That is pretty much true everywhere, no matter where you're at or want to go to. In this respect Europe is no exception for sure. This season the western Alps received more snow that the east whereas the two previous years it was the other way round. Last season was spectacular in the east with huge bases up to 18 ft. into springtime and Utahesque conditions. Overall this season was below average snowwise and the goods came late but that didn't mean you couldn't ski well. As said before stay higher to beat the odds, a place like Kitzb├╝hel simply isn't elevated high enough.

Unfortunately the best deals are often obtainable during the off-season - s.th. you may have to pass on if you intend to follow rule above. Personally if you intend to come here I recommend watching for good last minute deals out of the peak times to maximize the benefits cost- and snowwise. Also consider a rental car if you want to get around and see somewhat aside from the mere resort, you can book a place just outside and therefore make up for the cost of it.
post #42 of 52
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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post
I hear ya! It just seems you could plan a trip a little more spur of the moment here in the US once you know where there is snow.

I assume that would be more difficult to europe.

It would be a shame to go all the way to Europe (Ya gotta understand I am at the northern most reaches of the West Coast here) and strike out!:
you wouldn't strike out Atomic man - if there is no snow low down you just pick a Glacier resort - when i was in Austria at christmas the snow was poor in Altenmarkt (where they make your Atomics )so i drove 15mins to Obertauern where there was buckets of it.... i think it's the same everywhere when the snow gets thin on the ground seek out some Altitude . All the "high "resorts had good snow.the trouble with the world cup is that you can't just change venues at last moment.I'm not saying that there was loads of snow at beggining of the season but there was more than enough . The end of season was very good and some resorts ,the high or glaciers are still skiing into may
post #43 of 52
Have you considered The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia?
post #44 of 52
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Have you considered The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia?
Didn't he want to ski too? That's more like a straight spa vacation.
post #45 of 52

Sundance

Hey, I just had another thought. Have you checked into Sundance? It's usually not thought of as a destination resort, but actually the skiing is pretty good (they only have three/four lifts but there is some decent terrain in there, I really like it). And the whole place is run by Robert Redford, so they have good restaraunts, craft shops where you can take lessons, and a great spa. As I recall it got top ratings from Conde Nast Traveller and they usually don't bother with Globe Trekker style hostels. While you could spend a week there, I think a long weekend would probably be just about right. Anyway, something else to think about.
post #46 of 52
If you need sightseeing, spa and skiing together, the only thing I can think of is Interlaken, Switzerland. You stay in one of the main hotels on the main street Interlaken and you can take the bus/train/gondola to ski three resorts: First, Murren and Wengen. Was there this March, mostly intermediate skiing, nevertheless.

The best hotel in Interlaken costs around 600US per night and the transportation to the ski resorts takes about 1.5 hour each way, however.
post #47 of 52
Here is another vote for Whistler. You can check out the condos at alluradirect.com or vrbo.com. This year I stayed at the Pan Pacific, and it was geat! It is right next to the Whistler gondola and you can also take the gondola from there to BC. Shopping and restaurants are right out the door. It is a great place for skiers and non-skiers alike. Loved it!

Also, the terrain at Whistler is so varied that no one will get bored. There are plenty of green/blues as well as trails that I think someone on this site rated triple-black!!

The one downside is the misty, rainy weather. If you can put up with that aspect, you and your wife will love it.:
post #48 of 52
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I hear ya! It just seems you could plan a trip a little more spur of the moment here in the US once you know where there is snow.

I assume that would be more difficult to europe.
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Why would you assume it would be more difficult to do spur of the moment trip to Europe? We don't even need a visa to go there!

The only difficulty is psychological.

Granted, from where you're, it's a loooong way and the airfare's probably expensive. But from the east coast, the air is about the same as flying to the Rockies.

In Feb. I priced flights to Calgary and to Zurich. Zurich come out ahead ($460 Zurich vs. $480 for Calgary) Geneva was about the same price range. So was Vancouver.

That's when I decided to go to Switzerland. I went in March. Had a great time. I didn't pay for the ticket until 1 week before departure just to be sure there's snow, which wasn't exactly clear in early Feb.

I had a couple of candidate hotels and they generally allow a cancellation up to a couple weeks notice. If that's not spur of moment enough, I guess you're more demanding than me (no punt intended).
post #49 of 52
I would say Whistler is a great choice. Lots of spas, restaraunts, and massive terrain. Why not Breckenridge? Cute town, good intermediate skiing but it can get crowded on weekends. I think BC is too small but then you're not too far from Vail either or Breck for that matter. I would pick Park City over BC just for the ski choices. You don't need to stay at DV to enjoy DV.
post #50 of 52

Add St. Moritz to the list

St. Moritz would be another great resort to consider, sorry I didn't think about this in the first place. The town was originally founded on natural hot springs, so they are a real spa (bad) town in the German or French sense of things. Also, the five star hotels are amazing, the American resorts are just a poor facsimile of the real deal. And the skiing is ok too.

So here is my list, reconsidered:

1) St. Moritz
2) Davos/Klosters
3) Zermatt
4) Chamonix (best food & best shopping if you fly via Geneva)
5) Sundance
6) Aspen/Snowmass
7) Beaver Creek
post #51 of 52
Whistler
post #52 of 52

Take her to Argentina

My vote is to take her to Bariloche, Argentina - great skiing for all levels, great shopping and culturally rich. Try this web site for information on when to go, ski conditions and weather http://www.powderquest.com
I went on a tour with these guys a few years back and loved it- where do you think I got the name from??
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