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Where to go for a season?

Poll Results: What state would you live in for an entire season?

Poll expired: Jul 21, 2008  
  • 36% (7)
  • 15% (3)
  • 26% (5)
  • 0% (0)
  • 5% (1)
  • 5% (1)
  • 5% (1)
    British Columbia
  • 0% (0)
    New Mexico
  • 5% (1)
19 Total Votes  
post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I'm 31 and have had a couple profitable, but soul sucking couple years of work. I got out on the mountains 23 days last season, which was quite a feat for a Brooklynite (hell, I don't think I spent that many days in Manhattan last year), and spent too much of my time wishing for more. I've decided I'm taking this season off and going west. I ski bumps & steeps. My dad and I go to Winter Park every spring and I spend most of my time on Mary Jane. I love it, but I don't love Fraser. We went to Park City a long time ago and remember liking the town a lot. I've been to a lot of other resorts out West over the years and am having a hard time deciding where to go. I'd really appreciate some suggestions.

Here's my priority list:
  1. Quality of the mountains. I don't want to get bored. Mountains where 40%+ of the runs are black This includes the snow, too. 500 average inches in Utah vs. 350 in Colorado is a very compelling argument for Utah. Yes, I'm aware it's been much higher than that recently.
  2. Quantity of the mountains. If town X and town Y are equal except X has 1 mountain nearby and Y has 12, Y wins.
  3. Location and housing stock. If I could walk to the mountain that would be ideal. A bus would be a close second. I'd definitely drive at least an hour each way to hit another mountain a few days a week, but I'm trying to get away from commuting. I'm looking to rent a room in a group house or find an apartment sublet for 4 months or so. It seems like finding a place, at least through Craigslist, might be easier in Park City than in the Colorado Rockies, for example.
  4. Price. I can get an unlimited season pass for Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, and A Basin ($579) and one for Winter Park and Copper ($399) (total = $978) for hundreds less than a single season pass to Deer Valley ($1,525) or Park City ($1,350). I also noticed flights in and out of Salt Lake City are more expensive than Denver. Okay, maybe price should realistically be higher up on the list, but the others are so compelling.
  5. Town. While I'm coming to ski, ideally I would be in a proper mountain village. Not an Intrawest-Epcot village. A real town. I'll be happy in a house near a mountain or two. I'll be happier if there's a coffee shop with wifi and a few fun bars and restaurants nearby. I'll be happiest if the town isn't built as a really long strip mall on a highway and is aesthetically pleasing. I also want interesting people around. I don't want to get bored.
I'm open to go anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. Where would you go?
post #2 of 12
My dad and I go to Winter Park every spring and I spend most of my time on Mary Jane. I love it, but I don't love Fraser.
You must be hanging out in the wrong bars. Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser.

FreeStyles under Lost Boy Burgers is the hip hangout for Aussies and Kiwi's in Winter Park.

If you get a job in Ski School, we'll show you the real WP/MJ, Winter Park, Fraser, Tabernash, etc. You won't be bored.

If you are a full-time employee you can qualify for employee housing. Not the most luxurious but the parties can be uhm, interesting.

You could also check out Crested Butte for the real mountain town feel.
post #3 of 12
Park City is in Utah and it doesn't get 500". If your going to do Utah, get the Alta/Bird pass and live in a suburb.

What does the cost of flights in/out have to do with your decision?

Yes, the Epic pass is an incredible deal. I think Vail will have some serious problems this year because of it, but that's just my opinion.

Are you planning on working? If so, Canada could be a problem.
post #4 of 12
You left out MY favorate: Alberta!

I don't live there (yet) so I can't answer half of your question. But as for quality and quantity, it's quite up there:

A combine pass, last time I check was something under $700 for about 10 mountains. Though as time goes by, the price will go up so I don't know what it is now. Many of those included in the pass, such as Fernie, are pretty famous for lots of snow and challenging terrain.

The town of Banff look pleasent enough. But I don't know enough about the vibe.
post #5 of 12
post #6 of 12
I often envision myself living in Aspen Good choice.
post #7 of 12
Aspen, home of the finest eye candy anywhere. Don't forget to apply for a cougar hunting permit. Cougar season lasts all winter but peaks Feb-Mar.
post #8 of 12
I had a friend who loved there for 4-5 years. He finally left because there were "too many rich, beautiful women". Nice problem to have. He later married one of them.
post #9 of 12
I lived in Aspen for 10 years,(I left 3 yrs ago) and you better have money to live there. I had a business there where I worked nights, so I skied all the time, but the rent for me and my business partner was 3000.00$ a month, living in town. It's cheaper out of Aspen, but now you have commuting and parking your car. Parking was 5.00$ for a tag each day if you found a spot, which were rare so now you are parking on the outside streets of town and walking in. If you are worried about Air Travel the air port is ten minutes from the heart of town, but you are paying top dollar flying into Aspen. I think anyones best bet is Alta/Snowbird I prefer Alta it's 35 minutes from the air port skiing is cheaper than other major areas and if you are looking for work I'm sure you can get work if you look now.
post #10 of 12
needs to be said................poll is flawed :fingermustache:

and wp side can be just as good as MJ.
post #11 of 12
Originally Posted by epic View Post
I had a friend who loved there for 4-5 years. He finally left because there were "too many rich, beautiful women". Nice problem to have. He later married one of them.
Pun intended ?
post #12 of 12
Originally Posted by GarryZ View Post
Pun intended ?
Thankfully no. He did well in that regard (wedding was up in some club on Ajax too - kick ass place).
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