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'Epic' Winter Trips

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OK, so it's August, and I'm daydreaming about skiing. I've got some random thoughts on some 'epic' 2-week multi-destination winter vacations. I've even given them names : :
  • The Lake Loop: Fly into Reno. "Donate" money to the casinos. Head to Lake Tahoe. Drive clockwise around the lake, hitting Diamond Peak, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Sierra, Homewood, Squaw, Alpine Meadows, and Northstar. Do some snowmobiling. Hit Royal Gorge for some XC. Finish up at Mt. Rose before flying back home from Reno.
  • The Northwest: Fly into Portland. Head into the mountains and spend a few days at Mt Bachelor and Mt Hood. Drive north into Washington, with stops at Crystal and Stevens Pass. Continue north into BC for some time on the slopes at Whistler. Fly home from Vancouver.
  • The CanAm: Fly into Spokane. Hit the slopes at Schweitzer, ID and Big Mtn, MT. Snowmobile in Glacier NP. Drive into Alberta, for slope time at Fernie and Banff/Lake Louise. Fly home from Calgary.
  • Peaks and Geysers: Fly into Boise. Ski at Bogus Basin. Head to Sun Valley for a few days. Make the trek east for a few days at Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole. Head north to ski Big Sky and snowmobile in Yellowstone. Fly home from Bozeman.
  • The Grand Coloradan: Fly into Hayden. Ski Streamboat. Head south to Summit County, and hit A-Basin, Copper, Breck, and Keystone. Drive west to Vail. Head to Glenwood Springs for a good soak. Go to Aspen. Drive the big semi-circle to Crested Butte. Head down to Telluride. Fly home from Durango.
  • The Wasatch: Fly into SLC. Drive up to Ogden and hit Powder Mtn and Snowbasin. Head down to PC to ski The Canyons, Park City, and Deer Valley. Do some high-country snowmobiling. Drive down to Provo canyon for a day at Sundance. Head north to the Cottonwoods for skiing at Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, and Brighton. Fly back home from SLC.
I'd like to see some other ideas, especially in Europe! Maybe starting in Geneva, ending in Innsbruck, and hitting Switzerland, France, Italy, and Austria.
post #2 of 6
Ski and Rail daydreams suitable only for mellow people with 2-3 weeks to burn (trying to keep all resorts within a few miles or easy public transportation from train tracks):

Ride Amtrak from points east and stop for a few days at Winter Park, then on to SLC for a few days in the Wasatch, then to Truckee, CA for a few days skiing around North Tahoe, then back on Amtrak to Glenwood Springs to ski Sunlight and Aspen , then back home to the east.

Alternatively, from east take northern Amtrak route to Big Mtn, MT (oops Whitefish Mtn Resort), then on to Mt Hood, OR, then back to Schweitzer, ID then home to the east.

Classic ski-train thing in the Alps is the Glacier Express, St.Moritz to Zermatt and vice versa: http://www.glacierexpress.ch/theglacierexpress.php

Great skiing accessible on Canadian railways from Calgary to Vancouver too.
post #3 of 6
My vote is, of course, for the CanAm as I am crowds-averse. I'd leave out the snowmobiling personally. It's not allowed in the park itself. Snowshoeing is.
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post
I'd leave out the snowmobiling personally. It's not allowed in the park itself. Snowshoeing is.
Ski it! On x-c ski, that is.
post #5 of 6
In Europe, resorts are more closely packed next to each other, and there're a lot more of them. So it'll take almost the whole season to get from Geneva to Innsbruck if you hit just the "famous" resorts!

You can do the smaller segment of Geneva to Zurich, or Zurich to Innsbruck on seperate trips.

Geneva -> Zurich:
Chamonix, Portes du Soleil, Verbier, Zermatt, Saas-Fee, Crans Montana, Jungfrau, Engelberg, Andermatt

Zurich -> Innsbruck:
Laxx/Film, St. Moritz, Davos/Kloster, Ischgl, Lech-Zur, St. Anton, and whatever around Innsbruck.

There's more though, why stop at Innsbruck? Why not continue to Saltsburg? You'll hit Kitzbuhel, Zell Am See and Bad Gastein, to name a few. Or head south to the Dolomites and fly home from Venice.

And why only start at Geneva? Fly to Grenoble and loop your way around to Geneva. That'll take you half a season!
post #6 of 6
Since it seems to be that money or time isnt an issue with the listed sites.

Why not BC, do Whistler and blackcomb, there is always cat, snowmobile and heli skiing for the more financially stable. On my trip up there last January, the driver pointed out Grousse Mountain, which looked rather steep just minutes outside of Vancouver. Mount Seymour? Mt. Baldy?

I've heard nothing but great things about Mt. Baker in Washington as well.
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