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One Area to Ski out West; Where is it?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

I finally may be able to ski out West for the first time this year. Have some plane tickets and a week of time share time to use so I'm hoping to go out West to ski. the question is with lets say 5 days to ski where do I go. Big Sky looks nice, but it seems there isn't much else around there. I have to keep the not so enthusiastic skiers in the family happy with some things to do in a town. It needs to be somewhere that low intermediates can handle and still have more advanced trails to keep me busy (nothing insane just something that will prove to be a challenge) 5 days only and looking to have no more than 1 hour drive to the mountains I go to, what is the best area to ski at.

post #2 of 22

"Out west" is a very big place!

 

OK, I'll be first.

 

Salt Lake City. Alta,Snowbird.

post #3 of 22

SLC

 

Tahoe

 

Summit County

post #4 of 22

Park City meets all your requirements and probably has a load of timeshare opportunities.  Vail/Beaver Creek is about two hrs from airport, but otherwise fits the bill very nicely too.  And if you have an economical timeshare opportunity there that is noteworthy because Vail/BC can be very pricey without a discount.

post #5 of 22

Simple - SLC. Quick to get to and from, can deal with others in party who need "other" entertainment, and there's enough variety that intermediates can party while you shred the gnar.

 

The Canyons and Snowbasin come to mind for you to party on while the JONG does groomers, and leave him (them?) home one day and go to Snowbird.

post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 

I've been looking at the resorts and I'm guessing I'll only have 5 days to ski. I have it narrowed down to 6 resorts although I'm open to suggestions:

Alta

The Canyons

PCMR

Snowbasin

SnowBird

Solitude

 

Any suggestions?

post #7 of 22

Is there a when yet? 

 

Vail/BC, Aspen/Snowmas, Summit Co, SLC. S. Tahoe, N. Tahoe, Whistler/BC, throw a dart. 

 

Which of these have you always wanted to ski?

post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 


Working on a when still; I'm thinking end of January-Mid-February try to catch a week when things won't be too crowded. 

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Originally Posted by Stranger View Post

Is there a when yet? 

 

Vail/BC, Aspen/Snowmas, Summit Co, SLC. S. Tahoe, N. Tahoe, Whistler/BC, throw a dart. 

 

Which of these have you always wanted to ski?

post #9 of 22
I'd really suggest Aspen. You've got a great ski town, lots to do, 4 ski areas, something for everyone, and incredible ski terrain for everyone from beginner to expert.
post #10 of 22

If you go to Colorado, Keystone and Beaver Creek are my personal favs.  Tahoe, go to Squaw Valley.  Utah, In order...Alta, Solitude, Park City. (I haven't skied Snowbird, Powder Mountain, Canyons or Deer Valley).  Pass on Brighton and Snow Basin.

post #11 of 22
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If you go to Colorado, Keystone and Beaver Creek are my personal favs.  Tahoe, go to Squaw Valley.  Utah, In order...Alta, Solitude, Park City. (I haven't skied Snowbird, Powder Mountain, Canyons or Deer Valley).  Pass on Brighton and Snow Basin.


This is a post that proves that its sort of subjective.

I thought Brighton was a fun mt with a lot more to offer than expected, and SnowBasin is a gorgeous mountain with  tons to offer.  There is no way I can explain it as well as 4ster

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/89175/snowbasin-did-not-suck-today

 

The one tip I'd make above all else is to post your trip plans after you set it up and see if you can get some local bears to show you around, where ever you decide to go.  There is, after all, no better way to enjoy a mountain than to be shown around by a Bear!

post #12 of 22

In your case, it seems like the "total experience" (skiing, ambiance, activities, restaurants, shopping) is the most important criteria in selecting a vacation.  For that reason, I'd steer you to these places:

 

Sun Valley, ID

Aspen, CO

Park City, UT

Whistler / Blackcomb

 

My personal favorite is Sun Valley, but all of these places offer good skiing combined with lots of things to see / do / eat that will make the trip memorable.

 

Mike

 

post #13 of 22


 

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Originally Posted by tylrwnzl View Post

I've been looking at the resorts and I'm guessing I'll only have 5 days to ski. I have it narrowed down to 6 resorts although I'm open to suggestions:

Alta

The Canyons

PCMR

Snowbasin

SnowBird

Solitude

 

Any suggestions?

Yes (in no particular order) -


1) The Canyons - Dreamscape area

2) Solitude - Fine little area, but the lift layout is dumb

3) Snowbasin - Fantastic and usually uncrowded. Everything from pale blue to uber-gnar can have fun

4) Deer Valley - The gapers will have a ball on the groomers- you head to Empire Canyon

5) Snowbird - Well, you'll LOVE it. The blue skiers, not so much (just say you didn't know)

 

No -

 

1) PMCR - Just never liked it

2) PowMow. Flat and flat with old slow lifts. The best anyone can usually muster in support is "the vibe", and the fact that the pow stays longer, because people don't go, because, err, umm, it's flat.

3) Brighton - Snowboard world. All the negative things about borders come true here, in my experience. Great views though.

 

Asspen - PITA to get to compared to SLC, and VERY expensive.

 

One other you can consider would be Steamboat. It's not gnar, gnar, but a super pleasant hill with some of the best tree skiing you'll ever find, and the blue skiers will find plenty of challenges.

post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
What about Alta? And what is the best time of year to ski around Park City (the area not PCMR)
post #15 of 22

Watch the weather and go where it's good. 

post #16 of 22

Best time to ski PC? Depends. I've skied there Thanksgiving when it was really good. But it depends on year. To be sure of good coverage, anytime after Xmas until April. If this is your first trip out west, you'll be more than satisfied. It's about a 40 minute drive from PC to cottonwood canyon areas. Rest of your crew would probably prefer PC to SLC for ski resort ambiance. 

post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by tylrwnzl View Post

I finally may be able to ski out West for the first time this year. Have some plane tickets and a week of time share time to use so I'm hoping to go out West to ski. the question is with lets say 5 days to ski where do I go. Big Sky looks nice, but it seems there isn't much else around there. I have to keep the not so enthusiastic skiers in the family happy with some things to do in a town. It needs to be somewhere that low intermediates can handle and still have more advanced trails to keep me busy (nothing insane just something that will prove to be a challenge) 5 days only and looking to have no more than 1 hour drive to the mountains I go to, what is the best area to ski at.


Given your one hour time to get to the mountains, you're essentially limited to Utah or Tahoe.  The problem with these two places is that only the really advanced mountains (Snowbird, Squaw, Kirkwood) have big uninterrupted vertical.  The exception to this is Snowbasin, but there's absolutely nothing around there "off the hill" wise.  Park City and much of Tahoe, has 1000-1500ft vertical or less runs which is not my idea of the best "first time out west" ski trip.  

 

I would say you should drop the 1 hour rule and go to Vail.  This is especially true since your timeshare will cover your lodging costs (as Vail can be $$$$$$).  You can ski 3000ft+ runs all over the front side of the mountain, then head back to Blue Sky Basin for some "off-piste" feel runs.  Plus there is a ton of stuff for the beginner/low-intermediates, and the town has more than enough to keep the not-so enthusiastic crowd happy.

 

Save your trip to SLC for when your paying for lodging on your own dime and you aren't with the beginner crowd.

post #18 of 22

Aspen/Snowmass has what you are looking for.

 

If you go there, be sure to try the Highlands Bowl. Overall there's some great terrain on Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, and Snowmass. The newbies will love Snowmass.

post #19 of 22
Thread Starter 

Turns out all the timeshares are already booked anywhere around Colorado and Utah. So we're looking at hotels in Park City now. So now that I have the area established what ski areas should I ski at (assume 6 days of skiing).

post #20 of 22

Jackson Hole?  Tahoe?

post #21 of 22

what kind of skiers?

post #22 of 22

If Park City is your destination, a fine one for a mixed group,  then I would recommend spending most of your ski days sampling the convenient trio of major ski areas right there within a couple miles: PCMR, Deer Valley and The Canyons.  However, since it's your first trip West, I also recommend you take at least one day to visit Snowbird or Alta. They are adjacent to each other, about 45-60 mins from PC, and have a special cache, representing some of the premier ski terrain and conditions in the US for advanced skiers. 

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