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Old 01-14-2014, 03:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

Planning a last-minute trip to North America (or perhaps Japan) for a weeks shredding. Dates are approximately February 23rd to March 3rd.

Where should I go?

This is my ideal resort:
- Good chance of a powder day in a 10 day period, but good vis most of the time
- Nightlife wise I prefer having a variety of smallish cheap eateries rather than lots of big fancy restaurants. Craft beer availability is a definite bonus
- Cheapish accommodation walking distance from the lifts (something a little above "back-packer" level i.e. I want my own room but it can be basic)
- Shortish lift queues

So far I've been to Niseko (which I was fairly happy with), Whistler (found it a bit "family oriented") and Aspen/Snowmass (a long time ago).

Currently thinking about perhaps Breckenridge - I won't have a car so it getting up the mountain going to be a mission? Keen for other suggestions (and of course, opinions on where will have good snow around that time!)


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Jackson Hole.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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if CO, I'd goto steamboat.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Can you plan it last minute? Id go for whatever resort has the most snow at the time. Whistler and the other coastal bc/washinton mountains have been hurting pretty bad this year. I havnt even bothered to pick up my $900 10 ride pass I bought for whistler this season because it hasnt really snowed yet.
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Yeah I'd try to book last minute and go where the snow is. Banff and area is good for what you describe. Short lift lines except on weekends (and even those aren't bad usually). Usually we get some fresh snow every week, sometimes there are droughts, sometimes it pukes for days.

The hostels are decent (private rooms available in the $70 CDN range) although I'm staying in a hotel in Banff this weekend for $90 a night. Hotel has recently been renovated and includes a rooftop swimming pool, hot tub, free parking, etc.

Plenty of transportation options to/from Banff. Airport to Banff is a 1:20 drive and buses run regularly. Shuttles to/from the ski hills are included in multi resort "tourist" lift tickets. Sunshine is 30 mins from Banff, Lake Louise is 40 mins, Norquay is close by, Nakiska is 45 mins, Kicking Horse is 1:30 away, Revelstoke (highest vert in North America) is about 2:15 from Banff...

The city has some upscale restaurants but caters more to the middle market tourist crowd. Banff Ave. brewing is a good sports bar with micro brewery on site, Canmore has Grizzly Paw brewing and restaurant with 12 microbrews on tap (4 of them seasonal rotations). There may be others available but that's where I like to go.

You'll be pissed off if the snow sucks though, so look for our "Canadian Rockies Conditions" thread and see what's happening closer to the dates. Don't come here if it's shitty. At the moment they've all had a good base fall in the last week or so, before that it was rough. Lake Louise still isn't up to it's normal condition for this time of year. Feb/March are the big snow months. I've boarded in 3-4 feet of powder at Lake Louise before...
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Can you plan it last minute? Id go for whatever resort has the most snow at the time. Whistler and the other coastal bc/washinton mountains have been hurting pretty bad this year. I havnt even bothered to pick up my $900 10 ride pass I bought for whistler this season because it hasnt really snowed yet.
Thanks for the suggestions guys (poutanen: thanks for the info on Banff). I'm flying from NZ and they've got a sale on air tickets to US/Canada/Japan at the moment (sale ends on the 20th, so gotta move fast!) so I kinda need to book my international flight now. I guess I could put off booking the domestic flights, but will prolly end up getting shafted on price if I do that.

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Options are always a good thing. If you flew into Salt Lake City, you always have the SLC options. If SLC is getting Skunked you could always rent a car and drive to either Jackson Hole (4.5 Hours) or most Colorado Resorts (Telluride/Aspen/Vail) are all 6.5 hours away. The from SLC to Colorado is pretty cool, too.

This winter has been rough, thus far. Colorado is doing the best right now. Feb-March tends to be the best time for reliable snowfall upon a decent base, so you're coming at a good time. It is just hard to say who will have good snow flying when you get in.

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Ended up going to Steamboat (just got back home to NZ today). Had a great time there, good mix of nice weather and couple of powder days. Spent quite a bit of time riding the pipe/park when we didn't have fresh pow.

Really enjoyed the craft beer (OMG so cheap!) at Tap House / Old Town Pub. Disappointed with my steak experience at the 8th st. steakhouse.

Accommodation at Quality Inn was great considering what I paid for it (around $800 USD for 7 nights in a king room).

Locals and other (mostly American) tourists were all friendly and nice.

Will definitely be back.
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Ended up going to Steamboat (just got back home to NZ today). Had a great time there, good mix of nice weather and couple of powder days. Spent quite a bit of time riding the pipe/park when we didn't have fresh pow.

Really enjoyed the craft beer (OMG so cheap!) at Tap House / Old Town Pub. Disappointed with my steak experience at the 8th st. steakhouse.

Accommodation at Quality Inn was great considering what I paid for it (around $800 USD for 7 nights in a king room).

Locals and other (mostly American) tourists were all friendly and nice.

Will definitely be back.
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