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Where to ski this year out West? Skied Vail/Keyston/Breck in Feb 08

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The trip in February of 08 was my first time out west. We had a blast and couldn't wait to go back. We stayed there for 10 days in a motel in Frisco, and just loved that little town.

Where do you guys recommend that we go skiing this January that is comparable to Vail/Breck/Keystone?

I don't know whether we set ourselves for dissapointment by going to the 'name brand' resorts, but we'd like to try something different.

What do you guys recommend? We'd like to stay stateside as the exchange rate is not in my favor.

We drove to Summit County last year from Chicago, and would rather fly this year... LOL.

Park City? Telluride? Lake Tahoe? Snowmass? These are the ones that I've heard of and have only looked at their maps.

Night life is not that big of a concern, but wouldn't mind hanging out at the local hot spots to chat up with the ladies.

Thanks!
post #2 of 10
So you went to Summit County and missed Copper? Copper's always been my favorite. Summit County is always a great location. If you missed Copper the first time, you should try it this year. Also, if you skied Vail, you can try Beaver Creek, it's next door neighbor. If you have a vehicle, you can always make a day trip to Winter Park, Steamboat, or even Aspen if you're up for the drive. Also, there's Loveland on the East side of the Tunnel, and there's A-Basin too. Plus, you can visit again Vail, and/or Keystone.

Otherwise, if you wanted to try a different state, Utah has a great variety, as well as the Lake Tahoe area resorts. Whistler in Canada has a fantastic village, and an upcoming Olympics to look forward too. I also like Jackson Hole in Wyoming, the western town is great, as well as the skiing.

It's hard to offer recommendations when everone has different expectations or needs. But, if you liked Summit County, you might want to consider going back as there is still more yet to ski.
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We wanted to go to Copper but our lift tickets were a package deal. We could ski 7 out of 10 days at any of the 4 mountains, and we needed some time to relax a bit.

Copper would've been a bit more out of our pockets. Ill definitely have to check out how far of a drive Snowmass and others are. Only concern with the drive is that they close the highway down frequently (twice when we were there) and would hate to sleep in the truck or have to spend the night at some other hotel.

Im reading a ton of stuff on this site. Heavenly seens like a good place, as long as there are other resorts nearby to ski... love variety and we're probably going for 10 days again.
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I would just wait and see who has the best snow.

Snowmass is just two hours further than Vail. I am driving it from the Western burbs tomorrow. Hoping for a record time <16hr.
post #5 of 10
You might like Steamboat Springs if you want another little fun ski town. You can't really go wrong with that.

On the other hand, if you want to experience some great skiing, I would fly to Salt Lake City and do Alta, Snowbird, Park City, and Solitude.
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I would just wait and see who has the best snow.

Snowmass is just two hours further than Vail. I am driving it from the Western burbs tomorrow. Hoping for a record time <16hr.
Drove from Chicago to Frisco in 13.5 hours! I think next time we'll take our time.

Please post up the ski conditions when you get back. Definitely don't mind the drive. We left at 1:30am on Thur morning and were there at 3pm.
post #7 of 10
Answering original question : try Park City. We usually make 2 trips per season - one to Breck and one to Park City. And we like both.
There are 3 resorts around town. Driving to Alta is like driving from Breck to Vail.
It may take extra hour to fly if you coming from the East, but driving from airport is only half hour vs long drive from Denver to Frisco.
post #8 of 10
Would be helpful to know your capabilities.

In Utah if you're a good skier, Little Cottonwood Canyon (Alta/Snowbird), and Big Cottonwood Canyon (Brighton and Solitude) would be top picks. If you're not so good, the Park City areas might be of interest. A 45 minute trip to Snowbasin is also definatly worth the effort.

Lake Tahoe also has a good amount of variety at the many areas out there, but chances are the snow will be better in Utah.

If I was planning 10 days, it would be SLC, and hanging around LCC and BCC with a side trip to PC and Snowbasin.
post #9 of 10
You did Colorado last winter. Do Utah this winter. What airlines fly direct into SLC from O'Hare/Midway? You can stay in Sandy, Midvale or Cottonwood Heights for a song!!
post #10 of 10
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Definitely hearing good things about Utah. Will just fly in, rent a car, and go that route. I plan on booking something this weekend, so Ill let you guys know what I came up with.

Still have to reserch the mountains, but the drive to Snowbasin is really nothing. We drove from Frisco to Vail and all about CO.

Once again, thanks guys! Im sure Utah will be a blast.
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