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post #1 of 17
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I don't see much on WC here, so I thought I would start a thread.

 

My family is heading up there between Christmas and NY.  I realize that it will be pretty busy, but wanted to get some ideas and pointers. 

 

We will have people of all ability levels and ages (5-70), so I'm hoping to get some ideas of how to best streamline the trip, as I know that WC is a bit "different" than the typical resort....not that there's anything wrong with that!

 

We're not looking for night life....we've got kids in tow and a hot tub and beer at the cabin...so we're pretty good for entertainment.  And no, the kids won't be drinking the beer.

 

We're staying on the "other side"  (i.e. not Pagosa Springs) FWIW.

 

And if it makes a difference, while we will have TX plates, I assure you (with the exception of my kids) none of us are Texans...not that there's anything wrong with that!

 

I only post this last disclaimer because I read somewhere that the natives at WC REALLY don't like Texans (more so than most other ski areas).

 

:-)

post #2 of 17
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Originally Posted by elduderino View Post
I only post this last disclaimer because I read somewhere that the natives at WC REALLY don't like Texans (more so than most other ski areas).


While this may be true to some extent, I didn't get any sense of that last season when I was at WC. Everyone I met up there was super friendly and easy to get along with. Ended up hanging out with some of the local mags at the hot springs, and did some river swimming with them. Freaking cold, but a blast. Good times...Texas plates and all.

post #3 of 17

Locals who live in a resort community & don't like visitors, aren't real locals.

JF

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Originally Posted by 4ster View Post

Locals who live in a resort community & don't like visitors, aren't real locals.

JF



That's a great point. It's funny how some people loathe tourists, but without said visitors on which their local economy is dependent, their nice little resort town would shrivel up and die. Same would happen to San Antonio or Orlando...we need the tourists to keep on coming.

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Thread Starter 

Good points.  I read a review somewhere where someone from TX claimed their tires were slashed while they were on the slopes at WC.  Claimed the tow driver said that is common.  I certainly hope that isn't true and wonder if that particular person is one of the few bad apples that give a bad name to the many not bad apples that come from this state.

 

Back on target, can you offer any suggestions AustinFromSA?  We'll actually be heading that way from Austin (via Albuquerque, where I'm from).  Sounds like you had a great time.  I'm not sure if we'll actually make it to the springs, but it sounds like that might be a worthwhile trip (even though we'll be staying on the other side of the pass).

post #6 of 17
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Has anyone skiied Wolf Creek yet this year?  How are things shaping up?


Edited by elduderino - 11/19/10 at 9:55am
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post #8 of 17

I heard about this on TGR. Truly sad news. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones. A truly somber time at Wolf Creek, otherwise one of the best places in CO. :(

post #9 of 17

Very sad news. Condolences to the family on their tragic loss. 

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Looks like WC has some snow in the forecast pretty soon.  And that is great as my family is heading that way on the 17th!  They have had 77 inches YTD as of the 13 of December.

post #11 of 17
As with most low key towns, if you come in loud, obnoxious and rude sooner or later someone is going to give you the stink eye. But from my experience Texans are no more so than anyone else. They just have a recognizable accent and conform to the Texas motovehicle purchasing code (see Suburban, white). Sorry couldn't resist.

Have to agree, it isn't the true locals who bash tourists it is the transient residents, who true locals view as "tourists without money".

A tad bit of color on the WC situation. There is a Texas based land developer who has been trying to do a huge project at WC for about a decade or so. That development is a hot button issue with the locals so some of that animosity might be spilling over. Just pick up a "save an elk, shoot a developer" bumper sticker at the border ands you'll be fine. wink.gif. Actually you'll be just fine and hopefully the snow will too!!
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Originally Posted by 4ster View Post

Locals who live in a resort community & don't like visitors, aren't real locals.

JF



Clearly you've never met any loud, obnoxious Texans. Don't tend to see them in Utah so much, but Colorado is a different story.

 

That being said "loud" and "obnoxious" are the operative words, not "Texan". The only problem I ever had with visitors in a resort community is when they basically disrespect the community. Sure, it's your vacation, but don't act like a dick, don't trash the place, don't be a drunken ass (at least not an angry, surly drunken ass), have a good time and all is fine.

post #13 of 17

Clearly wink.gif.

 

JF

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Don't act like I'm there to serve you. If you get lost, ask politely. Don't yell "Hey, boy. Tell me how to get to (wherever)." Don't park in, or blocking my driveway. Don't use my water spigot to fill your RV. Don't walk into my yard and ask where the bathroom is. I guess we get different tourists.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by 4ster View Post

Locals who live in a resort community & don't like visitors, aren't real locals.

JF



Clearly you've never met any loud, obnoxious Texans. Don't tend to see them in Utah so much, but Colorado is a different story.

 

That being said "loud" and "obnoxious" are the operative words, not "Texan". The only problem I ever had with visitors in a resort community is when they basically disrespect the community. Sure, it's your vacation, but don't act like a dick, don't trash the place, don't be a drunken ass (at least not an angry, surly drunken ass), have a good time and all is fine.

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Living in a tourist town that draws a few Texans, I'd say they're no worse than Nevadans.  Or maybe Nevadans are just really west coast Texans.  Either way they come in handy to help pay the bills.  BTW, skied WC Sat & Sun and conditions were better than expected for early season, and no crowds to speak of, Texans or otherwise.

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Living in a tourist town that draws a few Texans, I'd say they're no worse than Nevadans.  Or maybe Nevadans are just really west coast Texans.  Either way they come in handy to help pay the bills.  BTW, skied WC Sat & Sun and conditions were better than expected for early season, and no crowds to speak of, Texans or otherwise.


That is good to know!  Although I live in Texas, I can assure you my family is of the very polite version from this state.  We will be there in four days so bring on the snow!

post #17 of 17

Brings back the memories. Learned to ski there 40 years ago. Went back for year two skiing 39 years ago.  Been on my bucket list to go again and have yet to make it. Awww..skiing in jeans and sweatshirt....only for the young!  ( yes...orginally from Texas but my Momma taught us (hard painful lessons sometimes too! hissyfit.gif) to always be polite to others......until they mess with  us..THEN we can bring out the can of Whoop-A$$  duel.gif

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