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What else is out there like Telluride?

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Went to Telluride late February which was my first trip out west, but my husband has been west many times. As for Telluride, he said it was the best place he had ever been (some of which were A Basin, crested butte, Vail)  We loved everything!  The Greens/Blues for me.  Chutes/bowls for hubby.  No lift lines, no crowds, Ski in/ski out, no walking required, great gondola system, no oversized resort, no pretentious people, no drunks, no kids (have 'em, just don't love em on my vacation).  We skiied everyday for 5 days and loved that hot tub to retreat to at days end. The only con about Telluride is the $$$, but it was worth the premium.  So worth it, we would do it again.  Also, Apres ski and dining isn't a must on the to do list.  Suggestions?

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TAOS

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Silver Star in British Columbia.

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Crested Butte is probably the closest match to Telluride, but if that did not strike your fancy, I agree with TAOS.  The caveat is that you need to go on a good snow year, or at least later in the season.  They often have lame early season snow conditions.

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How about Big Sky for a little bit of Montana flavor.  Not the old town vibe, but it sure isn't vanilla either.

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I love Taos. It is a great mountain and definitely has the home town vibe thing. but the town isn't "right there" like in T-ride and not a vast array of greens and blues. good blues, but not too many greens and the blues are, well, deep blue. and not only no gondolas, but the lifts are not super-spiffy high speed wonders, if that's your thing. As stated above, Crested Butte is the closest. good beginner and intermediate terrain and really good steep and hairy terrain too and a sweet town. What didn't he like about Crested Butte?

 

Sugar Bowl near Lake Tahoe? you can stay in the old time Disney hotel where Marylin Monroe stayed with a lift about three feet from the lobby. Not luxe but loads of character. There are great steeps and good intermediate runs. not huge and not full of look at me types; just serious skiers.

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Big sky. Jackson.
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I love Taos. It is a great mountain and definitely has the home town vibe thing. but the town isn't "right there" like in T-ride and not a vast array of greens and blues. good blues, but not too many greens and the blues are, well, deep blue. and not only no gondolas, but the lifts are not super-spiffy high speed wonders, if that's your thing. As stated above, Crested Butte is the closest. good beginner and intermediate terrain and really good steep and hairy terrain too and a sweet town. What didn't he like about Crested Butte?

 

Sugar Bowl near Lake Tahoe? you can stay in the old time Disney hotel where Marylin Monroe stayed with a lift about three feet from the lobby. Not luxe but loads of character. There are great steeps and good intermediate runs. not huge and not full of look at me types; just serious skiers.


Actually, husband loved The Butte and would probably be his second fav or tied #1 because that is where he had some break through and beyond backcountry skiing.   I was just a listing a few places so you all would have an idea of where he's been for comparison.  He, and others, have felt that Butte did not have as much to offer ME as Telluride.  

 

Also, although I picked an amazing place for my first trip, we are willing to compromise amenities for more skiing.  We are hikers/campers and can easily go without.  We have done a bit of traveling and if there's a great deal out there I will find it.  We'd rather go on 2 vacations for the price we would pay for just 1 and every so often we splurge. I would shorten the prefered perks to Ski in/ski out or not having to get in your car to get to the lift.
 

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Two more thoughts for you. 

 

Sun Valley, ID.

Steamboat, CO.

 

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Staying a few nights at Alta and Snowbird would be a fantastic ski experience.

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Idaho was thrown out by hubby.  Lots of great ideas by all.  Have been reading through some older posts to try and narrow down some options.  We traded in our USAirways CC because we hate the new Barclays and opted for some Southwest CC so now we have two airline tix to use toward a trip.  Would be nice to go out West twice this year! 
 

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Two more thoughts for you. 

 

Sun Valley, ID.

Steamboat, CO.

 

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I'd also second the Big Sky and Jackson comment.  I'm not sure Idaho compares to Telluride.  I love Idaho, but don't think of it being similar to Telluride.

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