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recommendations on a good ski town

post #1 of 16
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I need some recommendations for my next ski trip. My wife and I have gone to Breckenridge the last two years and absolutely loved it, mainly because of how easily accessible everything was. We walked to the lifts from our condos and main street, where all of the restaurants were located, was only a few hundred feet away. I'm looking for something similar. I've heard a few places but I'd like to get other recommendations if anyone has any. If you do, what lodge/hotel/condo... did you stay in?
I'm thinking western U.S. (Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, California...)
Thanks
post #2 of 16
Most ski towns in North America aren't actually co-located with the mountains they serve, so your choices will be pretty limited if you want to walk to both lifts and an actual town. Off the top of my head, you'd be considering Whistler, Aspen, Vail, Telluride, Park City, (and Breck--which you already know about). Oh yeah, and Heavenly, since they now have a gondola linking South Lake Tahoe with the resort. Silver Mountain, ID has the same situation--but you won't find much in the way of fine dining or shopping in Kellog...
post #3 of 16
I live in Whistler, and thoroughly recommend a visit here. My other choice for a good place where you can live in the snow, with a ski in - ski out lifestyle (as far as I could tell, every room is ski in - while some require a short walk / skate to the nearest lift ) is Big White. not the gnary-est terrain, but still a lot of fun.
post #4 of 16
I'm partial to Park City. We stayed at Summit Watch right on Main Street. Other options as well. A short walk to the town lift. You can make a run down for lunch into town and head right back up.
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Oh yeah, and Heavenly, since they now have a gondola linking South Lake Tahoe with the resort.
Boycott the Heavenly "village"...they bulldozed the world's smallest Taco Bell...
post #6 of 16
Everyone already named the big ones. My favorite of all those is still Aspen. The mountain itself is good for a day or two of skiing, after that I'd jump on a bus to Snowmass or Aspen Highlands. The town is a great, authentic experience.

Telluride is a decent experience too.
post #7 of 16
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Thanks!

Most of those I had also heard from others but still good info. I appreciate everyone'e input.
post #8 of 16
Aspen or Telluride. Beaver Creek if you can afford it.
post #9 of 16
steamboat is my top choice. Ski time square is cool. Ski in ski out available. Downtown steamboat is loads of fun, can't beat nights at the old town pub and the free bus system.
post #10 of 16
Don't forget Sun Valley. Stay in town & take the free bus everywhere.
post #11 of 16
The town isn't walk-to the ski area, but I'd strongly recommend Whitefish. Shuttle buses and easy drive up to Big Mountain. Nice downtown.
post #12 of 16
I would give the NORTHWEST a try. You can fly into Spokane, Wa and take it from there. If you like variety you can actully make a loop and hit several ski areas, I have done that and it is very adventuresome. Silver Mountian, Lookout Pass, Mt. Spokane, 49 Degree North, Schweitzer Mountain. Have fun
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I need some recommendations for my next ski trip. My wife and I have gone to Breckenridge the last two years and absolutely loved it, mainly because of how easily accessible everything was. We walked to the lifts from our condos and main street, where all of the restaurants were located, was only a few hundred feet away. I'm looking for something similar. I've heard a few places but I'd like to get other recommendations if anyone has any. If you do, what lodge/hotel/condo... did you stay in?
I'm thinking western U.S. (Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, California...)
Thanks
From your description it sounds like you are looking for Telluride. There is no other ski town that has the same feel, or where a car would be so useless. You can stay in town or at the Mt. Village and take the spectacular free gondola between them anytime up until midnight. It is set up the way ski towns should be.
post #14 of 16
Another vote for Aspen or Telluride.

Park City is a nice place although I don't quite get the feeling I'm in a kind of remote mountainous place like I would in the other two.
post #15 of 16
Crested Butte. The town is awesome, and the shuttle to the mountain is practically like a tram, so short and reliable (at least was when I was there). Telluride. Aspen. Sun Valley/Ketchum. Taos has a real town, but it's a bit of a drive from the lifts. Breckenridge is nice enough, but it has a major road through the middle of it. Jackson, another real town is, like Taos, what, 10 miles from the lifts, though it's an easier drive (flat). To me, Telluride, Aspen and CB stand alone here. I'm partial to the latter, but they're all cool.
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The town isn't walk-to the ski area, but I'd strongly recommend Whitefish. Shuttle buses and easy drive up to Big Mountain. Nice downtown.
Please SSSSHHHH. There were too many people here this past weekend, some are even STILL HERE. Want my private club back.
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