New guy here. Hoping that there is someone out there that has had a similar experience as we do, and could help us out.
We have a group of 4 skiers that has skied together in some combination over the last 5 years. We always visit the local ski hole, which is pretty meager in comparison even to Michigan/Wisconsin ski places.
The first 3 years we also skied in Granite Peak, WI. (formerly Rib Mtn). By the last year there really wasn't a run there that we wouldn't try.
After that we graduated to the Rockies and went to Vail/Keystone. And finally, last season we spent 5 days in Big Sky, MT.
We have two advanced skiers, they are both pretty capable of doing some crazy stuff. (love blacks, will do some double blacks and chutes) One of them tends to split off from us part of the day and go off on his own, while the rest of us stick together. The other two guys (myself and my friend) are probably intermediate. We do fine on blues and clean blacks, but with too much powder/not enough room we get bogged town quite a bit. Also, we are not too good with moguls.
Best place I feel like I've skied - tie between China Bowl at Vail and Liberty Bowl at Big Sky. China Bowl was nice, smooth and just fun to groove. Liberty Bowl had quite a bit of powder/crud and was steeper, but also very very forgiving. It also felt huge, as the run off the top of the mountain probably took 30-45 minutes.
I feel like we were spoiled at Big Sky last year, by the absolute lack of lines, lack of people and lack of skied over runs. It hardly snowed after the 1st day there, and we still could not find much ice on the last day as long as we stayed away from the front of the mountain. Also, the service was awesome.
We are trying to find a good place to go to for this season. We would like to find one that fits our skiing styles, and keeps the whole group interested/alive.
Time spent getting there and the cost are really not an issue, as long as it is worth it. For example, our last trip - we spent about 15 hours getting to the mountain (big sky), but it was so great, that the time spent getting there hardly mattered at all.
Can anyone voice a suggestion? I am looking for a place to go myself of course, but any help at all would be greatly appreciated.