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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Every winter for the past twenty years or so,  My family and I have spent a week skiing with with an old friend and his family at a different resort or resort area.  At this point, we have hit pretty much every major ski area in the US as well as Whistler/BC.

 

Now we're stuck:  next winter, do we go back to one of our favorites, or is there a "new" place that we absolutely, positively should check out?

 

Us:  level 6-7 skiers and above.

 

Our needs:  1) relatively straightforward travel from Boston and Seattle.

                  2) rental housing reasonably close to the mountain

                  3) fairly reliable snow (of course)

                  4) nightlife is fairly unimportant

 

Any thoughts?

 

 

post #2 of 12

You say you've been to pretty much every major ski area in the U.S. and then ask if you've missed anything.  It's a bit difficult to know if you've missed anything if you don't list all the places you've been.

 

If you've only been to Whistler in Canada, then you have lots of great options north of the border.  Revelstoke and the rest of interior B.C., and the Calgary/Banff area are wonderful ski destinations.

 

 

post #3 of 12

That's just what I was thinking too. Fly to Calgary, rent a car, do the easy 3 hr. drive on the Trans-Canadian Hwy. to Golden and ski Kicking Horse for a few days, then back on the Highway and over the pass to Revelstoke.  Both have great skiing for every level, and are relatively cheap compared to US resorts.  Their biggest drawback is lack of apres ski activities, but since that's not a factor you should enjoy it.  You can always hit Sunshine or Lake Louise going or retruning to Calgaray if you want another option.  There are also several alternatives for cat or heli skiing by the day in the area.

post #4 of 12

I am sure the resorts you hit in the first 10 are not the same resorts now with expansion and better lifts.  Quite frankly too, some of the bigger resorts it takes more than a week to ski anyway. 

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

You say you've been to pretty much every major ski area in the U.S. and then ask if you've missed anything.  It's a bit difficult to know if you've missed anything if you don't list all the places you've been.


Excellent point.  On re-reading my original post, I realize that I was expecting you folks to be claivoyent -- an unrealistic expectation to be sure!  Let me try to be more specific:  Of the areas in BC and Calgary/Banff listed below, are there resorts/mountains that would be preferable to staying at/near (assuming that we want to stay at one place and not drive more than 15 minutes or so to the slopes).

 

If you've only been to Whistler in Canada, then you have lots of great options north of the border.  Revelstoke and the rest of interior B.C., and the Calgary/Banff area are wonderful ski destinations.

 
 

 

post #6 of 12
I think Big White would be a good choice for your group. It has great snow, nicely spaced trees, a lot of intermediate terrain and a mountain village. The lift ticket is also good at nearby Silver Star, which should offer more challenge and has a smaller mountain village. If you are feeling ambitious, Revelstoke is not far from Silver Star. Fly into Kelowna.
post #7 of 12
 Bob - go to Austria.
post #8 of 12
Epic's response is seconded by this novice skiier working hard to keep up with his son. This thread has a TR from us from this past easter..pics, videos, skiing with big family groups, i think OBERLECH, AUSTRIA as base would be hard to beat relative to any place on this planet, there is something for everyone except for total novices, those mountains are not easy, the concept of an easy green seems to have been skipped and most folks on the mountains are very good skiiers, young, old - all, its a trip!
this is the link to the thread, where i got invaluable advice and posted our TR also. A bit of a hike from Seattle but it is once in a lifetime and time is running out for all of us, no? Sunshine Village is also pretty glorious..
but better for spring skiing, pretty cold in winter i hear.

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/72589/arlberg-lech-zurs-st-anton-stuben/60#post_1092729
post #9 of 12
I think you should ski the Dolomites (northern Italy). Even if the conditions aren't absolutely fabulous, you'll still have a wonderful vacation as the experience will be quite unlike anything you've had in the states.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies!  Someday, I'll have to make the leap and ski Europe -- going the almost seems overwhelming, because there are so many choices!  We made the decision to go back to Big Sky.  We were last there about 10 years ago, and it looks like there are substantial changes over the years -- more housing choices, and a whole new ski area to boot.  We've never been to Bridger Bowl, and may feel inclined to check that out as well.  Travel from Seattle to any place in the West is easy, and the connections/travel from Boston are not too bad.
post #11 of 12
You said that you had skied at every major resort - have you skied at Mammoth Mountain in California?
It's probably one of the best ski areas in the US.  It is in a wierd location, so it is more difficult to get there for a ski resort vacation than many of the other resorts.

If you haven't been there - I recommend it.  They have commercial flights there from LAX in Los Angeles now during the ski season, so it may be easier to get to. 

It is about a five or six hour drive from LAX in a rental car - a longer ride from SFO.  Lift tickets are cheaper than the bit Colorado resorts, the town is sleepier than many of the big resort towns, but the skiing is great.

Lots of big, wide open slopes above the tree line.  Plenty of steep terrain, plenty of narrow chutes, plenty of tree skiing, alot of groomed terrain, lift access from the Mammoth Village or three major chalets to start your day.

I've been going there regularly for 15 years - and still find new lines each time I go.

Enjoy. 
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Haven't been to Mammoth -- the "weird" location makes for a long travel day, and we haven't felt up to it...
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