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Old 01-03-2014, 06:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, this may be entirely impossible but:

a.) Where would be the best place to "move" to for a month.

I have been trying to plan a 1-2 week trip out west, and I started thinking along exaggerated lines and now I am curious whether it would be worth it to just head out west for a month, get an apartment with a friend, and do nothing but ride.

If i were to do this, where would be the best place in the categories of riding progression, affordability, and variety. I have always rode man made icy stuff in NE TN, and this may be my only time to ever do anything like this. Time frame would be during college's christmas break, so Dec. 10ish to Jan. 15ish, and the goals are to progress in park, progress in technical riding, and just see what out west is like. I just conceived this today, and was thinking along the lines of an epic pass or a local pass to somewhere like summit county.

B.) Is this possible? Are there even apartments in resort towns? If possible is ~$1,000 - 1,500 reasonable given a pass, one months rent split two ways, and eating like a hobo?

Sorry this is so long, but I would love to know whether this is possible for me or not, and if so i would love to get the larger aspects planned now so I can start saving. If anyone has ever done anything like this, please, let me know.

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Old 01-03-2014, 07:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I was going to do this but the snow is bad out west this year so I'm going to Japan for 2 weeks instead.


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I just noticed you probably didn't mean this year. You can do it many places if you plan ahead and buy pass early. Your timeframe is early season though, so the snow might not be good anywhere. Which makes it tough to plan ahead.

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For the last few years some mates and I head to Banff every winter for a month.

We get a hotel in town (cost is about $1,500 each) But then you've got lift tickets and car hire (which you could probably skip)

From everything i've seen and read, Banff seems to stack up the best value wise (and i'm not just talking North America). Reasonably cheap, plenty of good mountains nearby, and guaranteed powder days if you are there for a month.
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Perhaps not this year but for technical aspects...Baker; no park progression though. The other is Nelson BC. Usually there is a fair number of folks that work their ass off and then winter in Glacier.
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here...look into it anyway..righ tnow we've got some of the best conditions in the US and it's dumping up there right now

your dates are past...or do you mean 14/15?
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For the last few years some mates and I head to Banff every winter for a month.

We get a hotel in town (cost is about $1,500 each) But then you've got lift tickets and car hire (which you could probably skip)

From everything i've seen and read, Banff seems to stack up the best value wise (and i'm not just talking North America). Reasonably cheap, plenty of good mountains nearby, and guaranteed powder days if you are there for a month.
Is a month of hotels a better option than apartment? What do you do for food?
I don't mind the snow being less than optimal or absolutely dumping powder. Getting a pow day or two would be cool, but i have never rode real snow so alot of it would be kind of learning overkill. No matter how bad out west conditions are they are still 100x better than what i ride on a weekly basis.
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here...look into it anyway..righ tnow we've got some of the best conditions in the US and it's dumping up there right now

your dates are past...or do you mean 14/15?
yes. Sorry for not specifying.
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It's possible at Mammoth. hands down my favorite place in the USA. Hard to find a place but it is possible. You don't really need a car once you get there. If you are driving bring your own food... food is SUPER expensive because it's in the middle of nowhere.

Tahoe is easy if you live in South Lake Tahoe. Even if you can't find a rental you can stay in a dumpy hotel for $50 a night. The downside is that the hill right in SLT, Heavenly, isn't what you want. But you can drive down to Sierra at Tahoe in 25 minutes. You could probably find a place in Tahoe City if you tried hard enough which would put you closer to Squaw and Northstar.

If you want to drive an hour each way, Mt. Hood has cool locals and is relatively near a real city. It's probably better for spring riding though.


If you really want to just do parks I like Bear mountain. Cheap pass. But no point unless you really just want to focus on parks.

I did a season at Bridger Bowl in Bozeman and that was the best time of my life. However that was a loooong time ago and I don't know what it's like now.

I don't know anything about Colorado or much about SLC.

The bigger issue is will there be snow during your suggested time period.
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Is a month of hotels a better option than apartment? What do you do for food?
I don't mind the snow being less than optimal or absolutely dumping powder. Getting a pow day or two would be cool, but i have never rode real snow so alot of it would be kind of learning overkill. No matter how bad out west conditions are they are still 100x better than what i ride on a weekly basis.
Well it's just the one hotel, plus it has gym/sauna etc. I had a brief look at getting an apartment but it didn't seem to stack up as well cost wise.
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I'd go with Jackson, though the budget might be an issue.
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