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Europe or USA ?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hey I live in Argentina and I am planning a trip to ski the north of the planet next year.

However, I still dont know whether to go Rockies (again) or somewhere in Europe. I already skied Utah and Colorado (awesome snow ans ski) and St Anton in Austria (I had bad luck with the snow so not that good) but I was evaluating sth like the 3 Valles in France.

Not considering the flying euro issue, can anyone with more experience travelling compare both options ? I far favour skiing over partying in case you would add that to Europe... and I dont like crowds ! However, to know a new area has always a plus IMO.

Thanks a lot for any comment. Meanwhile, I am preparing for my winter in August in the Andes.
post #2 of 13
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Hey I live in Argentina and I am planning a trip to ski the north of the planet next year.

However, I still dont know whether to go Rockies (again) or somewhere in Europe. I already skied Utah and Colorado (awesome snow ans ski) and St Anton in Austria (I had bad luck with the snow so not that good) but I was evaluating sth like the 3 Valles in France.

Not considering the flying euro issue, can anyone with more experience travelling compare both options ? I far favour skiing over partying in case you would add that to Europe... and I dont like crowds ! However, to know a new area has always a plus IMO.

Thanks a lot for any comment. Meanwhile, I am preparing for my winter in August in the Andes.
what the forecast for andes this summer????

don't go europe
go either big sky/jackson hole
or british columbia: kicking horse/panorama
post #3 of 13
Check into Revelstoke, B.C. It might be just what you're looking for.
post #4 of 13
I'd probably go for North America. I love skiing in Europe, I also love skiing in North America (although have more limited experiences of it). The main thing for me when I say this is the snow. Europe is less reliable for snow, although it hasn't been too bad this season it still hasn't been great; in North America you have a better selection of places that you can virtually guarantee good snow (although I know there's no such thing as a guarantee...).

If you go for Europe, somewhere like Val d/Tignes would be a good bet for a huge area with some of the best snow in the Alps (Tignes having a glacier to guarantee something). Zermatt has some excellent skiing, and is quite high altitude, so again one of the resorts more likely to provide good snow conditions. I've just got back from Wengen, a pleasant option for Europe - even though the snow, is not the best, and neither is the skiing variety, the scenery just know no ends when it comes to taking your breath away.

For snow I'd go for North America everytime, for variety of skiing I'd probably pick Europe over North America (or select a North American resort very carefully) and for charm it'd be Europe. For the last couple of reasons, I'd probably say Europe is a good place to try something new - I've been to plenty of resorts through Europe, and they all seem very much like new places. In North America, the resorts can be a little formulaic at times - but there is still that buzz of being somewhere different if you pick the right place.
post #5 of 13
The skiing is better in the Rocky Mountains.

The vacation is better in Europe.
post #6 of 13
I'd go North America for the following reasons:
-fewer people
-better snow
-generally cheaper (your currency's pegged to the dollar, right? Prices in euros will kill you)
-more accessible expert skiing (eg, on marked runs, without need for guidance or local expertise)
-more than anything else, better visibility. A week in the Alps is a crapshoot. If it's gray, you're not gonna see anything. North American skiing offers much, much more tree cover, meaning you can see just fine even if it's snowing.
post #7 of 13
Snowwise any place in the northern hemisphere can be a crapshot. I experienced poor coverage in the Alps and NA resorts like Alta/Snowbird. Also I often found resorts, in particular in the US but here too, shamelessly overstating their snow stats. The webcams are your friend here these days. Most dependable to me in that respect has been Alaska - if that is your thing go for some heli time. The low US Peso works in your favor.

That said when sitting in Argentina I echo what has been said, don't ever consider coming to Europe. Hit places like BC, Alaska or even Japan for snow and terrain.

Frankly, no place in the Alps is worth switching the hemisphere for if you can't really follow the snow around any time and aren't in company of s.o. who can show you the good stuff. But then again conditions here are more often avy prone than anywhere else.
post #8 of 13
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However, to know a new area has always a plus IMO.
Unless you've skied Colorado and Utah many times, I doubt you've been to all of the good resorts. I bet there're some good ones in the Rockies you haven't been to. That's not counting Lake Tahoe, Mammoth and Canada! (though the Canadian dollar also flew north as fast as the Euro!)

Given you aren't too keen about partying and hate crowds, you've 90% made your mind up for N.America. Not?
post #9 of 13
Fly to Calgary and ski Lake Louise, Kicking Horse, and Revelstoke.

That would be some great skiing.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
thanks to everybody. I skied Vail, Beaver, Brecken, Keystone, Copper in Colorado, and Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Park C, Canyons in Utah. Two winters in each area.

I am always tempted to explore Lake Tahoe but I fear snow will not be as great as in Colorado or Ut. I am sure the scenery must be as great as in Bariloche, Argentina.

How do those Canadian resorts compare to Colorado and Utah ? Is it worth the extra trip ?
post #11 of 13
Go to Europe. Be flexible about your destination and you'll find good snow somewhere, almost definitely--one valley can get skunked while nearby it will dump. The big areas there are the equivalent of 10 AltaBirds, and no one tells you where to ski. Terrain is unmatched. Food is much better. You may have to inhale some smoke, but unless you're there during a vacation period it won't be crowded. And if you've never been you need to go.
Plus Euros don't ski pow, so you don't have to fight for lines.
post #12 of 13
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Euros don't ski pow, so you don't have to fight for lines
Not true. Unfortunately.
post #13 of 13
Go to the US. When you have those two places to chose from, Europe would be a sad choice..
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