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Injured companion and where should we go ?

post #1 of 15
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We have always had a x-mas to new years trip with myself 3 children and wife for the past 15- 20 years and have skied. Mostly black diamonds and some blues. We have skied Lake Louise, Deer Valley, Taos, Heavenly, Beaver Creek, Copper, Steamboat, Etc. The problem this year is that my wife has torn a meniscus and will be having surgery and not able to downhill ski due, to recovery, during our vacation. She wants to go with but the question is what can she do or see? The doctor indicates that she will be able to cross country ski but no downhill skiing. Cross country is fine for a while but not for 8 hours and 7 days When we have skied at these various resorts we primarily ski and maybe go out to dinner. So the questions I have are where should I go? and what will my wife be able to do and/or see? while the rest of us are skiing. I have thought about Whister since the olympics will be there. I was not very impressed with Park City seemed "phoney" . But beyond that I am open to suggestions. Any advice would be appreciated

post #2 of 15
 How about Ski Dubai? Just kidding.

Seriously though, when is she having surgery? There's three months between now and then. If she's having it soon it seems like it could be enough time.
post #3 of 15

Have never ever skied there, but suspect they would do a great job for the Christmas Holidays. 

How about Santa Fe, NM.  Could stay in town tram up and down.  Should have some pretty fair Mexican food.  The town is supposed to be a shoppers Paradise and a life time supply of museums and art galleries. 

 

May not be a world class ski area but should make for a very memorable Christmas, the Hispanic communities do it up right.  The weather gurus say that this is the right region to be for the best snow this year.   

Just a thought.

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Surgery is on November 17th. Due to travel, doctor, insurance and work issues. She will be laid up for just a few days but full range of motion and recovery will take 4 -6 weeks. So downhill sking will not be an option until begining or mid january when we usually go to Mt. Bohemia.
post #5 of 15

Lake Louise: 

- Tons of x-c skiing, with great views. And when she gets tired, she can:
- drive up the Icefield parkway (not sure I got the name right) and do quite a bit of sightseeing. Or,
- soak in some hotsprings, or
- shop in the village of Banff.

Heavenly:

- She can gamble your money away.
- See a show (or two, or three...)
- Take the Tahoe Queen cruise
- There're some x-c skiing but not too extensive, a lot of them quite challenging type. Not sure the best thing for injury recovery.

Taos:

- The historical Indian Peblo (sp?) nearby she can go visit (that'll take a day)
- Anasazi (or Aztec?) Historical site (ruins of pre-historical habitants and cave drawings/petrograph)
- Just drive around the countryside for some sights.
- I don't know much about the x-c skiing there. I wasn't into x-c skiing when I went there.

 


Edited by at_nyc - 9/22/09 at 8:19pm
post #6 of 15
 How 'bout somewhere in Italy? She can go do tourist stuff while you ski.

All skiers need to ski Europe.
post #7 of 15
You should go to Reno.  It is a smallish city with some stuff to do and she could do some cross country skiing or sight seeing around Lake Tahoe.  Great skiing for you, but this will involve driving.  Mammoth is another option, the town of Mammoth lakes is small but there is stuff to see in the area like hot springs, ghost town, Mono Lake etc.

Park City was probably your best shot and if that seemed phoney wait until you see Whistler.  Keep in mind the Olympics don't get under way until long after New Year's.
post #8 of 15
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Park City was probably your best shot and if that seemed phoney wait until you see Whistler

 


That's a great one! 

On the other hand, from Whistler, she can easily go to Vancouver, the loveliest big city in North America!
post #9 of 15
Jackson Hole, WY.  She could hang around town while you ski.  Then all take tour of Yellowstone one day.  Also, pretty for x-c skiing.
Aspen is great for skiers and nonskiers.  Bring big wallet. 
You probably don't want to head east at Christmastime, but in case they got early snow Quebec City is terrific for nonskier (even walking with good mobility would take several days to explore) and easy commute to Mont Sainte Anne and Le Massif for great eastern skiing. 
post #10 of 15
 Banff has access to lots of skiing, both alpine and XC, the amazing park, and plenty of restaurants, shopping, etc.  A week wouldn't be long enough. 
post #11 of 15
Aspen has tons of stuff for the non skier and has the largest free XC network in the US.  Plus really nice directs from ORD on UAL or cheaper connecting flights out of MDW on Frontier.   It wouldn't be cheap, but I don't think it would cost any more than Whistler.
post #12 of 15
I'll second Jackson Hole. I went last year. Did 5 days of downhill and 2 days of x-c. I wish I had more days in hand, there're a lot of beautiful sights to see. Tour of the Elk reservation is great fun. Lots of snowshoesing routes, I'm sure.

Tour of Yellowstone is also a possiblity. But JH isn't the best starting point for that. West Yellowstone is. And for that, you might want to ski at Big Sky while she goes touring in Yellowstone.

For your critiria, I'd say Banff/Lake Lousie, Jackson Hole and/or Big Sky are top of the list. And Whistler Trumps them all if you can get over the Disney look. There're actually a lot of other things to do around Whistler than just the base village.

post #13 of 15
Ever been to Aspen or Vail - forget the cross country skiing - stay in town and let her shop till she drops.
More out of the way, but great, is Banff.
I've got a nice condo in Big Sky and I'd need a lot of good reading material to spend a week there in the winter without skiing.
post #14 of 15
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I've got a nice condo in Big Sky and I'd need a lot of good reading material to spend a week there in the winter without skiing.

Not a big fan of Yellowstone then? 
post #15 of 15
Austria.  No place like it at Christmas time.  Any of the tiny mountain villages is just a wonderland.
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