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Old 01-18-2007, 09:36 AM   #1
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I'm looking for opinions on what is your favorite/least favorite resort to ride at and why. So far my favorite is Breckenridge, but I have only made it to Breck, Vail, and Keystone out west. I liked Breck because of the laid back atmosphere. The back bowls at Vail were unlike anything I've ever ridden. Keystone was a blast at night.

I plan on moving out west in about 2 years, after I get my degree. I'm thinking of moving to Breck, Park City, or Tahoe. I'd like to hear what people think of other resorts. Whistler looks amazing with a mile vertical drop and 8000+ acres. I'm going to Park City in about 3 months to check it out. Also, how does the snow compare in different regions out west? I've heard Utah has super light snow, for example.

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Old 01-18-2007, 09:39 AM   #2
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:51 AM   #3
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I don't ride at resorts.

Only mountains.

I'd kill someone for the time & money for a Colorado trip.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:04 AM   #4
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best: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort(teton village)

worst: Mt. Bachelor

i have other favorites, but Jackson has the all around package going for it....good snow...steep...fast lifts

Bachelor is ok in some areas, but the lift lines suck, the snow is so close to rain its not funny, and can you say flatter than your 8 year old sister?
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:06 AM   #5
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Best: Whistler/Blackcomb, Vail, Squaw, a-basin
Worst (of major resorts): Breckenridge

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Old 01-18-2007, 10:07 AM   #6
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Alpine Meadows in Tahoe is a great place. Chill mountain with lots of locals and good terrain. A lot of the best stuff you need to hike to which keeps the touristy people away.

Jackson Hole also has amazing terrain, but in terms of living at a place, it's not the best for everyone. The guy to girl ratio there is even worse than in Tahoe (as in not many girls) and the town is kind of far from the mountain. The season can also be short due to moose migration.

The worst place I've been as far as out west goes is Northstar at Tahoe. Place is jam packed all the time, not laid out well, and packed with obnoxious park rats with no etiquette. They did have a decent half pipe though, but I'd rather go somewhere like Squaw Valley and deal with the yuppies than a place like Northstar.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:10 AM   #7
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If I could move to any ski town it would be Park City. Of course, I am also a tad biased because I pretty much grew up on that mountain. But let me explain why I would move to that area:

3 mountains within 15 minutes (Park City, Canyons, Deer Valley)
7 mountains within 45 min (Cottonwood Canyons - Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude)
Plus Snowbasin about an hour or so away.

I really would never get bored.

However, Park City is well on its way to being the new Aspen. You can thank the Sundance Film Festival for that with a touch of Olympics. Unless you're loaded, good luck living in the actually town. Most people live out towards I-80 in Kimball Junction area that aren't independently wealthy. But even with all that, I still find the town laid back.

Tahoe would be a close second. Awesome area plus a bunch of mountains within an hour or so drive.

Whistler/Blackcomb is a awesome mountain to ride. HUGE. I just wouldn't want to live there. Plus, the Canadians have some odd law about since you're not a Canadian citizen and owning property. Honestly, you'd have to look it up.

But if you can put up if some of Utah's odd laws, that would be my choice.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:12 AM   #8
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Best place : A mountain with snow

Worst place : The Freeway...


don't bother coming out East at all...we have had very little snow and even when it snows a lot the skiing still sucks due to all the ice...
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:15 AM   #9
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But if you can put up if some of Utah's odd laws, that would be my choice.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:19 AM   #10
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I'm a Colorado guy, so I'll keep it in the state.

Best: Wolf Creek.
Worst: Keystone

Why?

Wolf creek is one of the last remaining old-style ski areas (not a resort). No lodging at the base, no foo-foo, just a lunch hut, and a TON of snow with great terrain. The lift capacity is small compared to the size of the mountain, so if there's fresh snow (and there usually is), you're on untracked snow all day long. There's no attitude, no french chefs at mid-mountain, and no shopping. Plus, if you stay in Pagosa Springs, you can hit the hot springs after a day of skiing.

Wolf creek is one of the few undiscovered gems in the southern Rockies. Unfortunately, the owners are trying to develop further, but the Forest Service is fighting it.

I dislike Keystone because the prices are high compared to the quality of skiing, it's crowded a lot of the time (BAD lift lines), and at the end of the day, every possible path off the mountain is covered with idiots and gapers. I don't understand why you'd drive past Loveland and A-Basin to ski at Keystone.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:25 AM   #11
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Steamboat Springs Co, nice little town and they supposedly get more snow than any other place in the rockies. My brother went to a specialized boarding school there that pretty much chugs out Olympic skiers and every time I got to visit it was a great time.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:26 AM   #12
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Best: Whistler/Blackcomb, Vail, Squaw, a-basin
Worst (of major resorts): Breckenridge

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That's exactly what I would have said, in that order. I can't stand Breck.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:28 AM   #13
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Best: Brighton or Snowbird in Utah. Whistler has some great terrain, but the snow is heavy and wet. Utah snow FTW.

Best in CO: Probably the Southwestern resorts (Wolf Creek is awesome). I hear Steamboat is sweet too, but I've never been there.
Close to Denver: I like Copper Mountain

Worst in U.S. : Anywhere not in Colorado or Utah
Worst in Colorado: Breck or Eldora.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:29 AM   #14
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Good Ones: Mont Tremblant, Jay Peak, Smugglers Notch
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:29 AM   #15
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Best, depends on what you're looking for, but I would consider:
Bridger Bowl MT
Telluride CO
Snowbird/Alta UT
Big Mountain MT

Worst:
Hmmm, anything on the EC. I don't hate my places out west.
Didn't like a lot of CO places. Breck sticks out as bad...

I like laid back places where everyone is not high strung and where there is a good town an not too many tourists... So for that reason Jackson's out (town is a tourist trap, and far from the hill). Telluride is OK town wise, but can be touristy. I love the mountain though so that puts it on the list. Targhee is an awesome mountain, very laid back, but no town at all (Driggs doesn't count people)... If you can stand salt lake, there are awesome areas there. But the whole mormon thing is a PITA...

Personally I really like the MT scene. Big Mountain is near white fish MT which is not touristy at all (maybe in the summer with glacier there). Very laid back, no ******** and great skiing riding. Bridger Bowl in Bozeman is even better, but you need to ear your good turns their hiking the ridge (well worth it IMHO). I loved it there (6 seasons) because of how laid back it was and how it's a "community" ski hill. No high speed lifts and insane terrain. It's sorta like a mini Jackson IMHO. Also the town there is awesome, laid back, and has a very good, inexpensive university... You can go out to Big Sky every once in a while for a change (~ hours drive) targees 3 hours and Jackson ~4, so you can change it up every once in a while...

I'd like to try mammoth, but I don't think I'd like to live there. Whistler Blackcomb has awesome terrain, but I don't think I could live their either.

So yeah, Bozeman MT with Bridger as the first resort, and Big Sky, Targhee and Jackson as a once in a while change up....
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:34 AM   #16
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i think everyone would agree that the real disneyland is Mt. Baker.

worst place.....white pass or breck. breck park jumps are like ollie bumps.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:38 AM   #17
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<--wasting opertunity

Only one resort (Alyeska) but you can go up and do most of what you see anywhere from a sled. (which is pretty much all the fresh powder a guy could want)
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:39 AM   #18
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Why does everyone dislike Breck? I don't have much to compare it to. The only thing I disliked was getting from peak to peak on the 2 degree slopes, they were definately leg burners.

Jackson Hole is very appealing to me as I like to ride all sorts of different terrain. I've had my eye on that Corbet's Coulier drop off for quite awhile now, I hope to get out that way sometime soon.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:44 AM   #19
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Jackson Hole is very appealing to me as I like to ride all sorts of different terrain. I've had my eye on that Corbet's Coulier drop off for quite awhile now, I hope to get out that way sometime soon.
Different terrain???
IMHO it's all more of the same (but it is great, but all very similar terrain...)
Corbet's is nothing special except for the drop though. Granted it was closed when I was there so I could only look over the lip, but if you stick the landing it's routine after that. I've skied much harder stuff elsewhere... I still wish I could have skied it just to cross it off the list though.

Jackson is a great mountain, but IMHO there isn't a ton of variety there. Also I don't like the whole scene with the town 20 minutes away and the attitude of a lot of the locals. Yes they are good, but you don't need to be an ******* about it.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:45 AM   #20
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However, Park City is well on its way to being the new Aspen. You can thank the Sundance Film Festival for that with a touch of Olympics. Unless you're loaded, good luck living in the actually town. Most people live out towards I-80 in Kimball Junction area that aren't independently wealthy.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:59 AM   #21
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Hey Zand, is there any cheap lodging in Park City? We're still looking for cheap lodging, which is a hard thing to do there. We'd like to be within walking distance of the lifts(Park City or The Canyons). It amazes me of the prices some of the condos are going for. We're looking to keep it around $1000 for the week, maybe a bit more if the place is super nice.

On another note, the World Superpipe championships are going on while I'm there, I can't wait to see the pros ripping up the pipe.
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Old 01-18-2007, 11:01 AM   #22
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Hey Zand, is there any cheap lodging in Park City?
No need to stay at Park City. It is really only 40 minutes from SLC. There are plenty of cheap lodging in SLC and a better choice of restaurants.

OOps I should have read your entire post. There are no cheap places in walking distance of the lift in Park City. I still say the drive is not that bad. Last week it took us 40 minutes in bad weather and about 30 good weather.
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Old 01-18-2007, 11:02 AM   #23
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Best (in my limited experience): Kirkwood, south Tahoe. Off the beaten path (ie, few tourists and families) lots of locals there to ride or ski, not show-offs the latest North Face coat. Varied terrain, lots of powder, decent parks. The only downside is the access. It can get pretty crazy to find parking if you don't get there early.
Next, backside of Vail. This was the first time I had ridden real powder. It was awesome, I'll never forget that.
Finally, Whistler...that place is HUGE. If you're looking for terrain, that's the place to be!

Worst, any place on the East Coast. Ugh, the snow here (if you can call it that, is awful). Any chance I can get to go out West, I take it.

For international, I've been to Austria and the French Alps. Don't remember much about Austria. But Val D'Isere (and the neighbor mtns) is HUGE. If you get the chance, check it out. Fortunately, my parent company is based in France. So, whenever I have to go to the 'home' office in winter, I drag my board with me. Then grab the overnight train from Paris to the resort on Friday night. And come back on Sunday. Almost everyone speaks English down there, so don't worry if you don't speak French
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I'd love to go to Europe to ride. Our sister company is located in Switzerland, I've heard they have some of the best snow in the world, but I'm not in a position to need to go over there for work unfortunately. I've seen some awesome videos from Japan as well. Now I just need the money.
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