Originally Posted by easy rider
In responce to "PETE NO. IDAHO" Thanks, I love to talk skiing,the only problem is where I live (outside Mobile) most think im crazy including my wife.
This fourm is the best tool ever for educating yourself about the sport.
It has been a great help in picking my mountains.
Last year was my first to go but thanks to this fourm I new what I wanted and didnt waste a lot of time in lift lines.
I have stayed away from the mega resorts and focused on the smaller ski areas but I dont feel cheated.
Lift ticket prices is also a consideration after flying yourself and 4 kids
halfway across the country.(thats another story).
My first trip I stayed in Glenwood Springs (during the Christmas storm) and took lessons at Sunlight,My second instructer was 81 And was one of the most gracefull skiiers I have ever seen.
my next trip (FEB) I stayed in Leadville and went to Ski Cooper
This area is great for beginers ,
We then drove over to A-basin for a day (great prices also)
this is where I feel I realy started to improve ,it is also where I done a lot of falling the first half of the day.
But no pain no gain right!
This season im going back to CO. at Ski Cooper where I will spend 2 and a half days warming up and getting 2 Grandkids lessons.
Then its off to Monarch where we will spend 3 more days.
Our final and last day will be at Loveland where I alread have bought a 4pak
Come Feb. I will be in Portland OR. staying with family,Im not sure how good they are but they own their own skis.
They are planing this trip so I dont know what to expect but Im sure it will include Mt Hood.
I look forward to any helpfull coments.
Mt Hood is close to Portland, 60mi depending on which area you choose. Ski Bowl is the closest and lowest,'steep, deep and cheep', boasting to be "The largest Night Skiing area in North America". Home to the most active City League Ski Racing program in Oregon. The Village of Government Camp has many new condos (Check out the Collins Lake Resort) and a hotel, the MT Hood Inn.
Timberline, on the South slope of Mt Hood, Has the longest ski season any where in the world. They ski throughout the summer and close for two weeks in early September for maintenance only to reopen for their winter season in Mid September. Racers come from all over North America to train on the Palmer Glacier during the summer season. During winter Timberline is a quiet, family oriented area with beginner and intermediate terrain. A new lift is being built that will add a few acres to the ski area but mainly open more gladed runs and provide better access to fall line skiing. Timberline Lodge is a rustic Hotel with Oregons finest Restaurant and views.
Mt Hood Meadows is the largest, fartherest and most corporate area on Mt Hood. With a good selection of varied terrain and high speed lifts, Meadows has some impressive skiing in the Heather Canyon area. The Ski School offers the widest range of lessons with a childrens program, group and private ski and snowboard lessons. There is no housing at Mt Hood Meadows.
While smaller areas are in the region as well most Portland area skiers vacation at Mt Bachelor near Bend in central Oregon. Bachelor is the largest area in Oregon with High speed lifts and mostly intermediate cruising and powder runs. Though they claim to be a destination resort the closest hotel is 15 miles away with most accomodations (Sunriver Resort) 20+mi. The Ski Schol is good and terrain is great for Kids.
For a challange skiers go north to Crystal Mt near Mt Rainier. Crystal is fameous for having some of the longest, steepest runs in the country. There is some good intermediate skiing on the Forest Queen lift, but be forwarned every run has a section that is well above the difficulty rating you expect on other mountains. Crystal is the only area in Washington with a hotel in the base area. A ski lesson at Crystal will motivate you to ski better on steeper terrain.
I've taught at all of these areas. Each area is unique and has something different to offer.