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Romantic West Coast Getaway

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone, I have been lurking for a while reading the forums but this is my first ever post and I need your help.

I am planning a west coast trip for my wife and I and of course she wants something a little romantic to go along with the skiing. We have skied Tahoe together 4 or 5 times already and I have traveled to Colorado (Vail, Beaver Creek) once before.

We are both interested in going to Utah and I would have no problem going back to Colorado as Vail & Beaver Creek both seem to fit the criteria as well. The Trip will be 5-7 days so we will need a day or 2 of off mountain activity as well. Some of the other places I was looking at were Jackson Hole and Park City.

What do the experts suggest? Should I go back to Vail or try something new?
post #2 of 25
"west coast"? Colorado is a long way from the coast!

About the only resort that's really by the coast is Whistler. Or maybe some of the OR ones? Not sure about the romantic part though.

A little inland, Tahoe is high on diversity away from the slopes. You can take a cruise on the lake itself, which can be romantic. Or gamble your next ski vacation away, which isn't very romantic but whatever...

Mammoth is another big mountain on the west "coast" that has hot springs. I'm not sure if it actually qualify as romantic but you get the drift...

The best part of Tahoe skiing is you can fly into San Francisco and have a REAL romantic time as part of the trip. Not just some over-priced Disney contraction at the base of the slope.

The worst part of Tahoe is the un-predictability of the snow. It could be epic, or not...
post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the response at_nyc. West Coast for me is anything West of the Mississippi...so Colorado and Utah definitely qualify I guess what I am looking for is a nice base area with a variety of restaurants and lodging options. I don't view Tahoe base areas (Northstar, Squaw, Kirkwood) in the same light as those at Vail and Beaver Creek. The Colorado resorts just seemed to be at a completely different level in terms of size and variety.

Vail would be perfect for this trip but I have already been there. Is there another place similar to it (in terms of base area - I know the skiing will be great in Utah or possibly Jackson Hole or Big Sky that reminds people of Vail/Beaver Creek?
post #4 of 25
Aspen would fill the bill.
post #5 of 25
Park City works and it's easy to get around. Lots of good food, great skiing and you can make it as romantic as you want.
post #6 of 25
If you like Vail so much, Whistler will blow you away!

And Aspen as Bill suggested. Both Aspen and Whistler have very diverse skiing that pretty much suits everyone.

Park City(Deer Valley) and Jackson Hole are both good too. Very different skiing-wise though. And different from Vail. So it should be an easy pick between those three.
post #7 of 25
I hear Telluride is beautiful, but I have never been so I am not qualified to comment. Park City definately has a lot going for it: the town with plenty of shopping and restaurants and a good shuttle bus system to get around not to mention easy airport access. Vail and Breck are great but you've been there done that...

Which leads me to Taos. The town itself is a ways from the mountain, but it is a wonderful and unique area where Native American, Spanish and cowboy cultures all come together like nowhere else.
post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for your responses. Does anyone have an opinion about Jackson Hole for this type of trip?

We are both level 7/8 skiers and I hear that Jackson Hole can be a beast. Is it too much?
post #9 of 25
I would definitely try something new, just to see it. Jackson Hole is more "romantic" than PC and has a real western town atmosphere. You could easily be happy skiing JH for 2 days and then Grand Targhee for another. I don't think it is too much but you will be skiing the same resort and eventually may tire of skiing the same lifts each day. But the mtn is big!

Whistler is super cool but harder and longer to get to. It has huge amount of terrain but you can have problems sometimes with coastal weather, ie rain, warm. Park City is good because it is an easy flight, you have 3 good resorts right there, plus the other Salt Lake resorts, but PC is a crowded, clogged winter city. Has a nice street for evening strolls and eating. I'm making my first trip to Aspen this year, and the flights are easier than you might think. For sure Aspen has all of the good points above, but might be expensive.
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by connel20 View Post
Thanks everyone for your responses. Does anyone have an opinion about Jackson Hole for this type of trip?

We are both level 7/8 skiers and I hear that Jackson Hole can be a beast. Is it too much?
For your objectives, in Utah I'd suggest Deer Valley and Park City (side-by-side). Lots to do there, and Park City is a charming town.

Jackson Hole is fine for level 7/8, or even lower. JH has a well-deserved rep for amazing, vast terrain, and dry, deep snow. Virtually perfect. I once took a level 6/7 guest there and he loved it.

It also has a unique western town, not far from the resort. It's more of a cowboy vibe, but on a high level, with ample lodging and dining choices.

Purely in terms of skiing, I'd go for JH. It's an experience not to be missed. In terms of ammenities, there's lots to charm the wife.
post #11 of 25
You can get romance if you want it from any resort. Spas and restaurants and small inns and sleigh rides and balloon rides are most everywhere. If getting away from people is a priority, stay off the beaten track of course.

In terms of beauty, Tahoe hits the spot. Great veiws from Mountain tops, diverse terrain, homes in the forest. South Lake Tahoe town as a whole is not so pretty, but get a condo somewhere on the hill side going towards the Nevada side and you will love it. There is a cool Hot spings place just in the valley on the otherside of Heavenly, we had the whole place to ourselves. Tahoe's scenery will just blow your mind in winter.
http://www.davidwalleys.com/main.shtml

Idaho is pretty too. Never been to Sun Valley but I know lots that have been there and even live there. The town of Ketchum is supposedly lovely and full of Hollywood stars. But I have been out to Brundage mountain and the beauty of the area is lovely albeit extremely quiet.

If you want more high end luxury, CO for sure you can get it. Breck is a nice town. Beaver Creek and Vail has luxury.

Park City is lovely too and can be also as romantic as you want it to be. They have great Balloon rides overlooking the mountain. There are hot spings in a cave out near heber. The skiing is tremendous pretty much everywhere. Snowbasin is not to be missed for its bathrooms alone.

Truly romantic is the Northeast! Vermont has some terrific spots. Great Inns and fireplaces. Lovely food. But you must be prepared for the cold.

Gosh i could go on.... Need specifics?
post #12 of 25
What is this "Romantic" that you speak of?
post #13 of 25
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What is this "Romantic" that you speak of?
Yeah. I've head the word but never really grocked it.

What I consider "romantic", is what my wife considers a need for cold showers.
post #14 of 25
Aspen was certainly a good suggestion for a romantic town, and while you said you've been to Flail and BC, ever been to Breck? Charming town that could qualify as romantic.

PC isn't too charming to me, but the snow's usually good.

If you want to go "out there" there's always Banff - most beautiful place around.
post #15 of 25
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If you want to go "out there" there's always Banff - most beautiful place around.
As good as JH, that is.

Both are a bit hard to get to, unfortunately... (worth the hassle though)
post #16 of 25
Natural beauty between JH and Banff - huh ? Please. Look up Banff Springs Lodge, Chateau Lake Louise, then look at the pictures of the surroundings and get back to me.

Gawd.
post #17 of 25
What is her definition of "romantic"?
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by Bill Miles View Post
Aspen would fill the bill.
Another vote for Aspen.

One time at Aspen I took my wife for a romantic nighttime horse drawn sleigh ride under the stars out by the T-Lazy-7 Ranch. I kept dozing off during the ride though, I'd had too much "romance" earlier in the day with two feet of fresh powder at Highlands.
post #19 of 25
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Yeah. I've head the word but never really grocked it.

What I consider "romantic", is what my wife considers a need for cold showers.

post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post
As good as JH, that is.

Both are a bit hard to get to, unfortunately... (worth the hassle though)
I think Banff and Telluride have JH beat just in terms of the scenery....skiing though.....no question JH all the way
post #21 of 25
banff = 1.5 hour shuttle from calgary. Once you are in town you don't need a car.

lots of non-skiing options too (besides "romantic")

www.banffadventures.com
post #22 of 25
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banff = 1.5 hour shuttle from calgary. Once you are in town you don't need a car.
So I thought. But getting to Calgary isn't any easier than getting to JH. Flights are few and far between.

Unless, of course, you start from Canada.

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Look up Banff Springs Lodge, Chateau Lake Louise,
Sorry, those are man-made. Not "natural".

Don't get me wrong. I have Lake Louise as my screen saver on THIS very computer. (the lake, NOT the hotel)

And the hotels are definitely "romantic". But I still think they're equally scenic, albeit different in style.
post #23 of 25
My 2c- I think Telluride is the most beautiful place I've ever seen- all those 14ers framing the skyline. I've never been there in winter, I'm sure it's great- not Jackson or the Bird, but plenty of skiing. Park City is lovely, but gets busy in the winter months. Lots to do, bars, nightclubs, restaurants, shopping- nice hotels and condos.
If you want quiet, intimate romantic-like just you two and the mountains, trees, and babbling streams- Sundance is uncrowded, remote yet a 40min scenic drive to the Park City resorts. It's a small resort, but has nice terrain and unmatched beauty. I like the Mandan cottages because they have a full kitchen and wood burning fireplaces. They're cozy and nestled in piny woods. You can walk everywhere. There are only two restaurants and one bar, but they're very good and very romantic. If you want to stay with the action of Park City, it makes a great day trip. So does Snowbasin, and for that matter AltaBird too. May as well ski a day at Solitude too, just for the drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon. There- planned your trip for you.
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post
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Sorry, those are man-made. Not "natural".
When you use the whole quote it looks a little different - "Look up Banff Springs Lodge, Chateau Lake Louise, then look at the pictures of the surroundings and get back to me.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post
When you use the whole quote it looks a little different - "Look up Banff Springs Lodge, Chateau Lake Louise, then look at the pictures of the surroundings and get back to me.
Sorry I didn't read though the whole sentance.

Still, I've been there, in winter. Not some opinion from some travel brochour. My opinion is form from BEING THERE in person.

Will I be happy to live there? Absolutely!

And I've also been to Jackson Hole. I will be EQUALLY happy to live there too.
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