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President's day trip [Snowbasin, adaptive ski school]

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Looking for a place for a family ski trip President's day weekend that isn't absolutely insane.

 

Mammoth is the resort that I have skied the most and there is no way I want to even think about the crowds there on a holiday weekend! 2 years ago I went to Sierra Summit in CA with my then 6 year old that weekend and had a blast, but last year I had a nerve injury and didn't get out skiing at all. I don't want to spend another year not skiing, so now I think I will have to have someone help me re-learn how to ski with maybe some adaptive equipment, so we need to go somewhere where I can do that.

 

So here is what we are looking for:

Adaptive ski school

Convenient to get to from Southern CA - want to leave home around noon Thurs and be at our hotel by bedtime.

Good snow

Long hard blues/easy blacks, some groomed, to satisfy my mother

Good for kids

 

I was thinking about Park City, I realize we will find some crowds that weekend, but would like to avoid hour long lift lines and feeling like we are constantly avoiding collisions!

 

Any suggestions would be welcome, Thank you!!

post #2 of 14

Think about Canada as a destination.  There are a number of places you could choose.  All of your criteria are met and the border filters a number of folks during this US holiday.  That doesn't mean that it won't be busy, but just not quite so crowded as south of the border.

post #3 of 14

Take a look at Snowmass.   It has everything you want and lift lines are very rare.  There are three directs daily on United from LAX to ASE.  It's a very nice 2 hour flight and most lodges will pick you up at the airport for free.

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Take a look at Snowmass.   It has everything you want and lift lines are very rare.  There are three directs daily on United from LAX to ASE.  It's a very nice 2 hour flight and most lodges will pick you up at the airport for free.
 

 

+1

and don't forget about Challenge Aspen for adaptive.   http://www.challengeaspen.org/index.cfm

post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Love, love, love Snowmass, and hadn't thought of that, but the last of those 3 flights/day from LAX is at 1245 which we just can't get to - bummer!!!

I also looked at Whistler and Banff, and with the length of the flight and then the drive, the earliest we might get to a hotel would likely be after midnight. Wouldn't have thought twice about that in my youth, but these days I'd end up spending the rest of the weekend recovering. Is there someplace closer to an airport I should be looking at?

Thanks for the great suggestions so far!!
post #6 of 14

Yeah, I thought that was a little strange that they scheduled all the flights so early.  You could wait till the next day and take the 7am and be on the hill pretty early?

 

What about Sun Valley?  I think they have directs from LA?

post #7 of 14
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The nonstop Sun Valley flights are just a little later, but not nearly enough time for us to make it to LAX, there is a connecting flight that would be cutting it close. Hard to plan on cutting it close with LA traffic, and LAX! I may be able to get connecting flights from Santa Barbara (which is closer, so we can do an earlier departure) to Aspen, so I'm looking in to that one. I've got to work out a few details first and the fares have been a moving target during my searches today, so it may not still be a possibility by the time I am ready to book. Fingers crossed for now!

post #8 of 14

I'm inclined to agree that Aspen/Snowmass is an excellent resort for your stated requirements.  But if you're that picky about the efficient air connections you should probably go to Salt Lake.  You can easily get a full ski day on your last day and be back to LAX by 7-8PM.

post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

I've read a few things about Snowbasin that make it sound like it might be a good option for us. I'd rather stay slopeside, which we could do in Snowmass, but the flights are certainly easier, and it looks like we could do condos with a shuttle and that might be a reasonable compromise. 

 

Does anyone have any thoughts on that?

 

Thanks!

post #10 of 14

'What about Solitude?  Has slopeside lodging, usually good crowd beater.  SLC airport convenience..  Do they have adaptive prgm to fit OPs needs?

post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 

I don't see anything about an adaptive program at Solitude, the flights that would work to Aspen don't have enough seats for all of us.

 

Flights to SLC are booked, so it looks like we are doing Park City or Snowbasin, still deciding, but either way, we'll be skiing!

 

post #12 of 14

Rent a car in Salt Lake for flexibility in choosing where to ski each day!  You also can buy discounted lift tickets each morning at the local ski shops.

post #13 of 14

I am planning a trip to Utah in late Feb and the daughter of a friend of mine who is on a skiing scolarship in Utah has recommended Snow Basin for lack of crowds and beautiful log lodges that where built for the 02 Olympics.

post #14 of 14
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Thought I would report back on our trip. We ended up going to Snowbasin and had a fantastic time. The only bad part was an over 3 hour flight delay leaving LAX, putting us in to Snowbasin at around 2 am - so much for the careful planning on timing!

 

I can't say that it wasn't busy, but my mom said it didn't take much to get away from the crowds. I stayed mostly on the bunny slope which did get a little crazy, but I was starting my lessons at 9 and had over an hour before it got busy most days, and I only lasted 2 hours, so by then I was almost done. The lodge was a bit crazy Saturday (it was snowing and there were lots of family from the youth races they were hosting that day) but we managed to get comfy couches by the fire the other days, and it was a great place to sit and read for the non skier in our group, and for me after I was done for the day.

 

We stayed at the Lakeside condos and the shuttles worked well each day. The schedules were a bit confusing, but it worked out well, and we all loved the jacuzzi on the balcony.

 

I can't say enough about their ski school. They were fantastic! My son did group lessons every day and went from the bunny slope the first day to blues all over the mountain the next day and had a blast. When the lessons finished he had to go up for a few more runs with my mom until the lifts closed. After talking with various instructors and the director of the adaptive program, I ended up doing adaptive snowboarding lessons because of my particular disability. I had never tried snowboarding before and I think I fell more in a total of 8 1/2 hours of snowboarding than the last 30 years of skiing, but I actually had a lot of fun and can't wait to go again. Everyone with the adaptive program was great, and my instructor, William was amazing.

 

We all said we would love to go back anytime!

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