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post #31 of 50
My top 3 (you did say everywhere!)

1. La Grave - France (if you go stay across the col at Monetier le Bains and make sure your car has chains, la grave itself is like a morgue at night)
2. Gressoney/Monte Rosa - Italy
3. Chamonix - France (spoiled by the crowds, turns into a bit of a circus after a fresh dump)

Jackson Hole doesnt come close, but I did like the place, felt alpineish and I thought the tetons area was awesome

cant comment on Canada, yet! but I will when I get back
post #32 of 50
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Originally Posted by Scottish Rockhopper View Post
My top 3 (you did say everywhere!)

1. La Grave - France (if you go stay across the col at Monetier le Bains and make sure your car has chains, la grave itself is like a morgue at night)
2. Gressoney/Monte Rosa - Italy
3. Chamonix - France (spoiled by the crowds, turns into a bit of a circus after a fresh dump)

Jackson Hole doesnt come close, but I did like the place, felt alpineish and I thought the tetons area was awesome

cant comment on Canada, yet! but I will when I get back

Chamonix is on the list for next year when we have a little more cash (hopefully), and La Grave once we take that avy course..


I think we may take the advice given and wait to schedule the trip. We may spend a little more on flights and lodging but hopefully make up for it with face shots.
post #33 of 50
You're in Boston, anywhere that is west and 8000' higher would be an inprovement.
post #34 of 50
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You're in Boston, anywhere that is west and 8000' higher would be an inprovement.
You got that right. I'm in Boston, and I've yet to find a Western resort I didn't love. (Well, there was one that I got pretty frustrated about repeatedly winding up at the bottom of a different lift than I expected.... but even that had it's good points.)
post #35 of 50
There are a few that are west and 4000' feet higher and still an improvment.
post #36 of 50
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We began talking about a new destination for this year, alta/snowbird , mt baker, big sky, whistler/blackcomb, kicking horse..etc.
I am always eagle to try any new places provided they have at least 1,800 vertical. I am really looking forward to a road trip to Revelstoke, Kicking horse, Panorama, Kimberly, and Fernie …in addition to revisiting the old favs like W/B and LT.

The weather gurus are predicting La-Nina, which means PNW is the place to be this season – perhaps your best chance of hitting some powder in spring.

If you don’t mind roughing, it will be a good year to sample what PNW has to offer.

Book a flight to Seattle and get lodging close to I-5 or I-90, and be sure to get a 4x4 rental. Definitely hit Crystal and Alpental and possibly Stevens Pass. After skiing on your second/third day, drive (2 – 3 hrs) up to Bellingham and hit the Baker the next day. Drive on up to W/B after skiing the Baker and ski the next two days.

…yeah, I know, I’m no travel agent.
post #37 of 50
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Originally Posted by Boar2m View Post
Book a flight to Seattle and get lodging close to I-5 or I-90, and be sure to get a 4x4 rental. Definitely hit Crystal and Alpental and possibly Stevens Pass. After skiing on your second/third day, drive (2 – 3 hrs) up to Bellingham and hit the Baker the next day. Drive on up to W/B after skiing the Baker and ski the next two days.

…yeah, I know, I’m no travel agent.
It does require a fair bit more driving than I would like to do on holiday, though.
post #38 of 50
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Originally Posted by Beric in Whistler View Post
I know everyone likes to think the place they live is the cat's ass
lotsa cats out there.

i have a similar loyalty to mammoth. been to JH, AltaBird, W/B, many others, and i finally began asking myself, when it came time to plan a ski trip elsewhere..."why?" (epicski Gatherings have proven to be a good reason.)

still, if possible, it's nice to get to other places now and then. just remember to wipe off the lipstick before you get back to number one.
post #39 of 50
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I know we should probably branch out and try some other western ski areas (JH was our first) but after the experience we had it's real difficult.
Branching out isn't too difficult and you don't have to choose between JH and the rest. Fly into SLC, rent a car and drive. A nice loop would include as many Utah resorts as you can cram in, Steamboat, JH, Grand Targhee and maybe even a jaunt to Sun Valley. It all depends on how much time you have and where its dumping.
post #40 of 50
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Point being, the quality of a destination isn't just its vertical or acreage, but the reliability of its snow. That's why my fav is Snowbird/Alta.

True, follow the snow.

I'd like to hit Taos, but it's gotta have snow.
So true. Been to Taos twice. One great, one not.

If I book far ahead, I stick with Utah/Colorado.

That said, I would go back to the same place another year if I had a fantastic experience. But who am I to say that? I AM going back to where I ski last season because I happen to hit 2 feet of fresh snow in a week!
post #41 of 50
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If I book far ahead, I stick with Utah/Colorado.
In spring?
In La Nina year?
If I remember correctly, when PNW (Baker to be exact) was setting world record (over 1000 inches) in snowfall, Rockies were having terrible year.

...it's going to be dumping in PNW this season, I can feel it already!
post #42 of 50
I love La Niña!
post #43 of 50
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer View Post
Compare the acreage (inbounds) of Jackson compared to Vail.... or Heavenly...

Are those two places better than Jackson?

I guess it depends on who these "well traveled international tourists" are...


LOL. LOL. That's hilarious
post #44 of 50
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Originally Posted by Boar2m View Post
In spring?
In La Nina year?
If I remember correctly, when PNW (Baker to be exact) was setting world record (over 1000 inches) in snowfall, Rockies were having terrible year.

...it's going to be dumping in PNW this season, I can feel it already!
I'll take quantity over quality. I know that Mt Baker can get dumped on, but personally I've never liked skiing in cement. Although last winter was below average snowfall, it wasn't anywhere near terrible. There was still lots of powder to track up.
post #45 of 50
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Originally Posted by UtahPowderPig View Post
LOL. LOL. That's hilarious
I actually had a discussion with that lady in the liftline.

Me: (while fondling her suede trim) Is that real suede? You don't really see suede used enough in ski outerwear....
Her: Yes, it's suede.
Me: where would a person purchase an outfit like that one? (baiting her to say Aspen.... I wanted it so bad)
Her: Actually, it's a Bogner... they only make limited editions. You probably wouldn't find one like this one.

... damn.
post #46 of 50
I love to look at those Bogner outfits. A woman I used to ski with at Camelback owned one with sled dogs running through the snow. I loved that one a lot (she owned lots of Bognar, but she did actually ski beautifully too). The thing is, if I paid that much for a ski outfit, I'd NEVER ski in it, too likely to get trashed! And they look really out of place the few times I've seen them at TBM.
post #47 of 50
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I'll take quantity over quality. I know that Mt Baker can get dumped on, but personally I've never liked skiing in cement. Although last winter was below average snowfall, it wasn't anywhere near terrible. There was still lots of powder to track up.
Although I assume you meant you wanted quality over quantity...have you ever skied a season at Baker or are you going on reputation?
post #48 of 50
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Although I assume you meant you wanted quality over quantity...have you ever skied a season at Baker or are you going on reputation?
Opps, that that was a late night typo.

Yes I have. Mt Baker and many others west of the cascades in WA (and OR). I lived over there from the late 80's to early 90's and again in the late 90's. Back then I was skiing close to 100 days a year. The areas west of the cascades can get TONS of snow, but it falls with a lot of water too. IMHO.
post #49 of 50
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer View Post
I actually had a discussion with that lady in the liftline.

Me: (while fondling her suede trim) Is that real suede? You don't really see suede used enough in ski outerwear....
Her: Yes, it's suede.
Me: where would a person purchase an outfit like that one? (baiting her to say Aspen.... I wanted it so bad)
Her: Actually, it's a Bogner... they only make limited editions. You probably wouldn't find one like this one.

... damn.


I normally would softly caress the material and ask......"could that be felt??"
post #50 of 50
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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post
I normally would softly caress the material and ask......"could that be felt??"
Or, in your best "Jewish-New Yorker-Barbershop-Coming to America" voice:

"DAT'S BEAUTIVUL!! VAT IS DAT, VELVET?"
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