I live in N. Carolina and I wore a jacket to work today...so it's time to start thinking about skiing.
I'm looking for destination ideas for a father/son ski trip with dad. Typically, we take one week-long trip annually with a group of about 10 guys of intermediate - expert ability. We tend to pick larger reports to cater to everyone, ability-wise.
Usually, dad and I, and 2-3 of the other stronger skiers, end up breaking off from the pack for 50% of the trip to ski the tough stuff – which is what we really enjoy – steep bowls, bumps, trees, small cliffs, etc. Basically, the “backcountry-esque” terrain you can find in the double black areas of today’s major resorts.
Recently, we’ve done trips to Big Sky, Whistler, Utah (got in 5 of the big ones), and Breckenridge (and nearby resorts). I’d like to try something new. One of our favorite days was at A-Basin – partly due to the good conditions, but also because of the non-resort feel and great terrain off Pallavicini Lift (I had to look up the name of that lift…it was awhile ago). I also remember having a blast on some of the stuff off the tram at Big Sky. And Whistler was awesome...obviously.
This year, due to $$ issues for many in the group, they are skipping the big trip out west for a week in Killington (we are east-coasters). Dad has hinted that he wouldn’t mind blowing off this trip in favor of going West. I’d like to take this opportunity to surprise Dad with a father/son trip – with the theme of going to a place we might not otherwise we able to go due to the limited ability of some of our other friends – ie: a place with great expert terrain. I’m 28 and he’s 56…I expect he is going to start slowing down at some point (though he hasn’t yet)…so it might be one of our last chances to do this trip. Also, some day I’m going to have to get married and have a kid…which could change the attitude of this trip (as well as many other things I enjoy) significantly.
I’ve been searching around these forums and have a couple of ideas and places that sound interesting and we’ve never been – Banff area, Telluride / Silverton (we might get tired of hiking for a week, but Silverton sounds quite memorable…Telluride is nearby for the other days), Jackson Hole (he’s already been, and declared his favorite…I have not been). I know we'll have a blast no matter where we go, so I'd like to try and make it as unique and memorable as possible.
I’ve also toyed with the heli-skiing or cat-skiing option…but I think I’d have enough trouble paying my own way, let alone dad…and that kinda defeats the purpose.
So…I thought I’d open up my search to the internet community for suggestions.
Thanks in advance for ideas!