I'm 29 now and looking to head back West to ski this winter. In my younger days I skied WB and a lot of Utah...Canyons, Deer Valley, and Snowbird. After a hiatus from the skis and a winter back in the saddle here in Ohio I am ready to spend 3 weeks out West this winter and need some advice.
Here is what I am looking for:
1) Looking to plan a trip Jan 3rd - 24th or thereabouts.
2) Price isn't really an issue, that being said I can't spend $5 g's either.
3) Want to stay on the mountain; ski in ski out accommodations. Budget is about $1000 a week; if it has to go to $1500 a week, then I will cut my trip down to 2 weeks. Of course I would like to spend less.
4) I will be going by myself for the most part, but will have some people flying in to stay a week here and there. Some friends one week and some family the another week.
5) I would like to be able to walk to restaurants, stores and activities in the evening. Or a short shuttle ride. I REALLY liked this when I went to Whistler, we stayed in a hotel right in the village and it was a 5 min walk to the Gondola and a 2 min walk to a restaurant or store or bar. I am not really looking to rent a car.
6) Terrain. I am all about the groomers, I love putting on my stiff skis and just railing the turns. At this stage of getting back into skiing I am not much for the steeps or ungroomed. But I am not opposed to some variety either. But good grooming is a must.
7) I don't know what level I am, but 10 years ago I skied the blacks at all the resorts I mentioned, however I am probably a blue guy now. Still getting my confidence back from so many years off.
8) Some places I was leaning towards... Steamboat, Aspen, Vail, Jackson, Big Sky, Tahoe, Taos. I am really an open book! I will just be spending a lot of money and want the snow to be great during early to mid January.
9) I think I want to stay and explore one mountain, I don't think I want to do the Summit County hop and try to pack in 3 or 4 resorts. I would like to go to a big resort and spend 2-3 weeks exploring it and not worrying about getting a shuttle to a different resort or renting a car etc. This is suppose to be a relaxing trip. Although the night skiing at Keystone intrigues me slightly.
10) Uncrowded is best, but since I have weekdays to ski maybe that won't be a problem, I could just relax on the weekends? But yeh, I don't want to spend 15 min standing in line for a lift.
Any incite you guys could offer would be great!
Edited by JMann2380 - 6/20/2009 at 04:55 pm GMT