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Poll Results: Where do I go this winter to ski "off the beaten path"?

Poll expired: Oct 17, 2007  
  • 24% (6)
    Schweitzer and Sun Valley, ID
  • 8% (2)
    Taos and Ski Santa Fe, NM
  • 28% (7)
    Telluride and Durango, CO
  • 40% (10)
    Big Sky, MT
25 Total Votes  
post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I lost my internet connection as I was posting the last one, but I intended to include a poll, so i'm reposting. Hope this doesn't cause confusion!!

Ok folks, so here's the deal... I live in Vegas and get to ski Utah and Tahoe resorts all the time. Every winter for about 8-10 days I take my buddy from back east somewhere he hasn't skiied yet, and this year we are thinking of going somewhere more "off the beaten path". He's done much of Utah, a lot of Colorado, and has been to a few Reno/Tahoe resorts. So... I was looking for opinions on somewhere new and maybe somewhat out of the way to go. He's maybe a 6/10 on the skill scale, but every year he gets a little better...

So have a vote, the trip is probably going to come down to: (and yes I know I have tons of options but I'm gonna pare it down to these for now)
post #2 of 16
Thread Starter 
OK good it worked... use this one!
post #3 of 16
None of those are "off the beaten path".
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm not sure how else to explain what i'm looking for... yes, they are well-known. But they aren't:

a. I-70 resorts
b. In Utah or Tahoe where I can go almost anytime
c. Named Whistler/BC
d. In California

I'm just looking for opinions on some places that are out of the way "for me" I guess...
post #5 of 16
Add Banff/Lake Luise?

Anyway, I voted one of your 4, too.
post #6 of 16
I don't know anything about the places you put down, but if I wanted to ski an out of the way place I would look for somewhere in BC.
post #7 of 16
also depends on the time of year you plan to go
post #8 of 16
Your buddy being a 6/10 would love those groomers at Sun Valley.
post #9 of 16
I voted for NM. You could probably drive over and pick him up at Albuquerque. Real interesting mix of Indian and artsy cultural and culinary stuff around Santa Fe/Taos that would add to fun of trip. Go to scenic Ski Santa Fe first to warm up for the challenges of TSV.
post #10 of 16
My vote is for Big Sky. Not really "off the beaten path" but usually no lines and phenomenal skiing off of Lone Peak Tram if they get a good dump. Oh also, and if you are looking for a little more obscure...definitely hit up Bridger Bowl in Bozeman. Some of the best skiing out there on a little known mountain. Then you can take advantage of the nightlife in Bozeman instead of the non-existant nightlife in Big Sky.
post #11 of 16
Sun Valley = Not alot of steeps, expensive and rarely has good snow

Schweitzer = Good mountian but on a big lake and often has fog/crappy weather

Big Sky = Good mountain but one of the coldest ski areas in the country, but Bridger Bowl (Bozeman) is close bye

Taos & Sante Fe = Good mountains but some winters they get completely missed by big storms and have crappy snow, but great weather

Telluridie = Great mountain but one of the most expensive places to stay and ski, and does not have a very high average snowfall considering how steep and how many rocks it has.

Durango = Compleltely flat intermediate area not worth a trip for a good skier. I have a pass there mainly because it gives me free days and Silverton, Monarch, Crested Butte and Taos

I have skied all of your choices except Sun Valley. If you want to get off the beaten path I recommend Canada. Either Whitewater/Red Mt. or Kicking Horse/ Mt. McKenzie (just opening this season with 4,500 vert). If you want to stick with your choices I would suggest doing Schweitzer with side trips to Whitewater, Red Mt. and Fernie in Canada, and US options of Snow Bowl (Missoula) and Big Mt. (Whitefish), and Silver Mt., ID
post #12 of 16
Sun Valley and Schweitzer are pretty far apart, both in miles and driving time. You'd be forced to drive some winding mountain rodes to connect them. Pairing Schweitzer with Silver Mountain or even Big Mountain would be more logical choices.
post #13 of 16
Where's Jackson and Grand Targhee?

Yes, everyone knows about them, but getting there by car definitely makes them off the beaten path.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by icanseeformiles(andmiles) View Post
Where's Jackson and Grand Targhee?

Yes, everyone knows about them, but getting there by car definitely makes them off the beaten path.
I'll be going there by myself. I don't want my buddy dragging me down at those joints! I'm willing to make that drive, even from Vegas. I can do it for the reward that awaits. Fo Sho!
post #15 of 16
Big Sky gets my vote but, as others have stated, it's hardly off the beaten path. If you go, be sure to ski Moonlight Basin (don't save it for the last day or you'll beat yourself up). Great terrain and the powder on the uncrowded, north-facing slopes lasts for days!
post #16 of 16
If you were to ski Telluride, I would add Crested Butte to the trip - not Durango. Crested Butte is an infinitely more interesting place - both town and mountain.

Sun Valley and Schweitzer are really not too close to each other. Travel between northern Idaho and southern is mostly on two lane roads. If you were to chose this option, I would add Red Mt. and maybe a cat day in Nelson, BC. A pretty easy loop from Spokane.
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