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post #1 of 26
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What mountain did you choose for your first ever ski trip, 3 nights or more??
post #2 of 26
Thread Starter 
Damn....can someone put this in the Resorts and Travel forum.

Thanks.
post #3 of 26
More info is needed - your and your party skiing ability (assumed to be low since it is a 1st trip ever), where are you located, what are you looking for on this trip ect...
post #4 of 26
North Conway when I was 8 years old, during February Vacation from 2nd grade.

My parents, aunt, uncle and two cousins. We skied 3 days straight. Wildcat, Attitash and Bretton Woods. I remember my aunt was glued to the tv while then-president George Bush Sr. made a speech about the end of the cold war. I also remember being too scared to ski a black diamond at Wildcat when challenged by my cousin.
post #5 of 26
grand targhee

with a couple of days at jackson thrown in
post #6 of 26
Monarch Mountain Christmas 1972 with a high school Young Life group. We stayed at the Mt. Princeton Hot Spring Lodge. Leather ski boots and scotch guarded levi's. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr cold.
post #7 of 26
Hunter 2001. Everything was pretty gloomy that winter post 9/11, especially here in NY. None of my friends were doing much of anything for New Years everyone was just too depressed, so on a whim I proposed that we go skiing. I had not skiied since I was about 13. I got a group of 6 together including myself, and at the last minute we made the decision and went north with no reservations. We got lucky, rented a 3 floor condo with a stone fireplace and the next day I started to ski again. Most memorable ski weekend ever....I was hooked and have gone away every New Years since then.
post #8 of 26
Not counting weekends in Vermont,
1999 I went on trip to Lake Tahoe by myself. I stayed near Heavenly and went on a day trip to Squaw Valley. It was the trip that got me addicted to skiing
post #9 of 26
I rented a condo at Hidden Valley for the entire season of 2004-2005 but my first ever ski trip was to vermont in early april of 04

Mad River Glen, Jay Peak, Stowe, smuggler notch each for a day except for smuggler which I went to 2 twice. First time ever skiing powder was the last 2 days at Jay and smugglers.
post #10 of 26
Taos somewhere around 1999 or 2000. I was travelling to Albuquerque a lot for work. One trip, a friend flew out Friday evening, I picked him up, and we drove to Taos to ski several days.

By the time he arrived (which was not all that late -- maybe midnight), all the airline counter people had gone home and the arriving flights video screen was turned off. I was wondering if there really was another flight coming in.

All my previous trips to VT, I don't think I ever stayed more than one night in a row.
post #11 of 26
Killington Vermont.
post #12 of 26
Quebec, as many ski resorts as we could hit in 3 days. We did Mt. St Marie, Mt Tremblant, Mt. St. Saveur and Owls head. We drove 14 hours (normally 7) in a snow storm from Barrie, Ontario to get to Ottawa for the first night, and we actually had snow. Was an impulse thing when the husband and i were young. Lets go ski! There was one other resort we skiied near Hull Quebec with my husband's dad the first day we arrived. Can't recall the name of it, it was a small local hill that his dad had a pass for, we skiied there in the evening after St. Marie with his father. Did Temblant the second day and passing Saveur and it's huge number of lit night runs (this was in the 80's) was so impressive we stopped and skiied all night, then owl's head the third day.
post #13 of 26
Sugarloaf, started going for week long trips in early ninety's remember 1 in particular when I hit a tree and was done for the day, watched the opening day of the OJ trial. Damn tree!
post #14 of 26
Stratton - first ski trip ever. I guess I didn't really chose, it was a school trip and I just went where they were going.
post #15 of 26
Solitude, last year.
post #16 of 26
Snowshoe Mountain
post #17 of 26
First 3 day trip was high school, senior year, with the ski club. 1 day each at Killington, Stowe and Sugarbush. First 3+ day trip where I actually picked where to go (as opposed to just tagging along with a group trip) was 4 days at Stowe with friends, freshman year of college. Was living and going to school in PA at the time.
post #18 of 26
Sugarbush.

As a school kid I had only skied in Michigan's lower peninsula. After a fourteen year hiatus I did the Michigan thing for a couple of years then went to Blue Mtn, Ontario for a two nighter.... man, that place was huge!... the next year I saw an ad in the back of Skiing for a cheap ski and stay package at the Sugarbush Inn. I did it again the next year then the following year I went west for the first time. Life has been that much grander ever since.

That first year at Sugarbush.... we drove up Rt 100 in a pretty good snow storm. I got third chair the next morning for my first powder day ever. I remember talking to a guy that had relocated from Utah. He said this was his first day of the year because it just hadn't been good enough before.

That afternoon I skied bumps for the first time since high school. I did lap after lap on Sunrise. When I felt like I was starting to get a bit of a rhythm I decided to try the run under the chair, Morning Star. Being in the spotlight took away any little bit of skill I had gained. I remember falling for the second time, loosing both skis and carrying them out to the flats to get assembled again.

Good times!

Oh, another milestone from that trip: my wife figured that for the price we were paying, the SB Inn must be a dump. I didn't feel that calling the place and asking if it was indeed a dump was a good idea. We had just purchased our first computer a few months prior and I figured there must be some info available. A few searches brought me to rec.skiing.alpine where I hung out for many years before being turned on to this fine site.

Man R.S.A. used to be fun. Too bad.
post #19 of 26
Alta, Snowbird and Solitude.

Trip with the Ski Club at my High School in Tucson Arizona. Four of us from my school and about 38 people from the rich school.
When I first donned a Red bib overall with White Gerry jacket and fell on my rear ALL day the first day I thought.."this sucks!". Next day at Alta I discovered the groove and was linking turns and heading to the tress. By the end of the 4 day trip I was skiing all the greens and blues with a grin that could not be wiped away.
Subsequently filled the next 12 years with any trip North that I could afford.
That trip right there lit the fire in me to eat, breathe and live snow skiing. I then moved from the desert and into the Rockies.
Now after 8 years in Aspen I'm living practically slope slide at Buttermilk, teaching my 3 young daughters to ski and often thinking back to that first 4 day trip.....that was what bit me.
post #20 of 26
First ever trip of that length was one that combined visits to Stowe and Whiteface. Couple of bad a$$ Eastern mountains. Of course this was about 40 years ago and I was a kid. My dad made up the itinerary

He put the spirit in me with a righteous baptism. God love 'em.
post #21 of 26
Conquistador 1983 with 15 other high school students sponsered by the local Methodist church.
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by Roadrash View Post
Monarch Mountain Christmas 1972 with a high school Young Life group. We stayed at the Mt. Princeton Hot Spring Lodge. Leather ski boots and scotch guarded levi's. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr cold.
If you were at Mt. Princeton, why not stay at Frontier? How long did it take you to get from Mt. Princeton to Monarch?
post #23 of 26
Alta, first week of April in 1978. Talked my dad into taking me because I had gotten into West Point. Didn't take much convincing as my dad is a great skier. Stayed at the Goldminer's Daughter - no TV, no phone...it was awesome. Snowed every day for 4 days and then bluebird . Nobody there. We skied untracked for 2 days. Not like that anymore.
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
Alta, first week of April in 1978. Talked my dad into taking me because I had gotten into West Point. Didn't take much convincing as my dad is a great skier. Stayed at the Goldminer's Daughter - no TV, no phone...it was awesome. Snowed every day for 4 days and then bluebird . Nobody there. We skied untracked for 2 days. Not like that anymore.

Sweet.
post #25 of 26
First ever was with my church in 1988 at Red River N.M. over spring break. Snow sucked but the ski school was good. Had a blast none the less. Moved to the now closed down Rio Castillo *tear* for the last day. Last run of last day = broken arm. My fault

Although stepping off that bus with a cast put a priceless look on my parent's face.
post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by ezekielbulver View Post
If you were at Mt. Princeton, why not stay at Frontier? How long did it take you to get from Mt. Princeton to Monarch?
Boy, you expect an old fart like me to remember how long it took? I was too busy flirting with the girls on the bus to pay any attention to the trip time We did stay at Frontier on the trip we took my senior year, and I also stayed there for a summer camp. It must have already been booked when we went my sophomore and junior years.
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