All of the above. I do have a friend who will not go alone. But the reality is that the above posts are true...it' fine. I dunno. I think Colin Fletcher has some reflections on walking alone. A ski trip is even richer in experience. I do like going with friends and getting a condo together...it's great. But when you go alone, you get to experience a little more, see a little more, and, if you ski the way I do, ski a little more varied terrain. If it's a choice, it depends on where they go, but I'd go with the group. If it's to a place I'm really not interested in, I'd go alone to where I wanted to go. As stated above, skiing is an open activity where you can meet a lot of people.
Some places are better than others. If you are interested in meeting folks as well as skiing sick lines, (or meeting folks who love to ski sick lines, an admirable crowd) go to those kinds of resorts. Go to places where there are friendly locals and you don't get overly inundated with the typical crowd who are clueless about mountains and mountaineering. Some of my experiences (and places I'll get to):
- Tahoe. Notably Kirkwood. (Then you can get to the other 18,000 acres around there).</font>
- Sun Valley (believe it or not). The Sawtooths generate a lot of mountain savvy folks, as well as Demi, Bruce and Arnold. : If you hang around the ski museum, you'll probably meet some fine folks. I have.</font>
- Definitely Taos. Go there.</font>
- Back east: Jay Peak, Sugarloaf and Mad River Glen, Sugar Bush, and, oh, Stowe.</font>
- Definitely Telluride. Need say no more here</font>
- Lower down the list: The Wasatch. Definitely go to ski it, obviously. A little harder to meet folks. This'll raise some discussion, but it's not Telluride. Maybe the thing to do there is stay up at Alta. Park City is nice and everything, but you'll meet tourists. But that's great if they are cool. A good possibility. Hey, they're skiiers (unless they are movie producers).</font>
- Place I haven't been: Crested Butte, but I'm assuming it's where to go.</font>
- Still haven't been to Jackson, bummer....but this year I'll go. Should be the place as well.</font>
So okay, it's any place where, after a great
day of skiing, you sit back, reflect, and meet people who feel the same way. Go where people have that in common.
Folks will add other places they have been.