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.