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Old 05-21-2014, 02:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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If you're going to come to CO, unless you're seeking out the whole resort experience, I'd go somewhere other than the main I-70 resorts. El Nino years are a fickle bitch for us so it's hard to say what could be good and what might now. The San Juans are my favorite area of the state, but they tend to suck during El Nino years. Knowing it's going to be an El Nino year, I'd honestly probably look elsewhere. Other areas tend to be more reliable. I'd probably look toward Tahoe.
Spot on... great advice! Even though it's the weather, this is a pretty damn fair assessment for climate during El Nino seasons, but who can predict the weather.

The weather is the weather... but, Linvillegorge gives a fair idea of what to expect or NOT expect. Then again, maybe it's a solid season next year... who knows!!!

If you do go to CO - Aspen is awesome, so is Vail, but I think A.Basin has some legit terrain with not as big of crowds! Although my favorite terrain & snow is Steamboat. Their glades on the backside are a wilderness... I could shred it a 100days no problem, and never be bored.

Neni, from what I saw, I really don't think any trip will compare to yours this past season in Alaska unless you travel the Powder Highway...
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Neni had a great trip to AK no doubt, but another trip to AK would certainly top it. I was up there right after she was and the conditions were largely what I would call dogshit. She got a lot better conditions than I did as she did several heli days while I was just squeezing in a couple of days at Alyeska as I could fit them into my work schedule, but overall, it was about the worst AK season that anyone up there could remember. I definitely gotta get back up there soon to redeem that one.
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Thanks Argo very appreciated. Your picks sound great. The snowpack you describe sounds pretty similar to what we have at home; maybe our snow is a tad heavier but by no means sticky - avy danger is a constant companion.

Steep is not absolutely necessary (there'll be nice steeps in AK). I'd also enjoy to ride in mellower terrain if there's deep fluffy stuff as compensation. Or treeriding is something I'd be very interested in as we don't ride that here.
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Neni had a great trip to AK no doubt, but another trip to AK would certainly top it. I was up there right after she was and the conditions were largely what I would call dogshit. She got a lot better conditions than I did as she did several heli days while I was just squeezing in a couple of days at Alyeska as I could fit them into my work schedule, but overall, it was about the worst AK season that anyone up there could remember. I definitely gotta get back up there soon to redeem that one.
Haha! We had pretty good conditions at the beginning of the trip while hiking but after 20days continuous bluebird (in.the.Chugachs!) uhm... I prefer to call these conditions "challenging", but dogshit fits well . You're absolutely right, in terms of snow conditions, it only can get better. I'd swap the 5 fly days we had in challenging snow for a crap week with lots of down days due to storms but with 1 day fresh pow
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Aspen because: ?
4 mountains, awesome apres, not on the I-70 corrider and I'm guessing you can afford it. Colorado btw.........
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Big sky Montana is 45 min south of Bozeman, they have great steep alpine terrain that is right off the cable car/lifts and hikeable while being in bounds.
Argo, I assume you drove to Big Sky. Since it gets such good reviews and is a sister resort to Boyne here in MI. It's been on my "gotta go there" list. I have looked into it some and one thing neni might want to check closely is flights and connections to n from.

Ea. time I looked into flights from Detroit, there have been NO direct flights into Bozeman. The absolute best I could find were a very few one stop over flights, turning what should be at most a 3 hour flight into 4-5+! 6-8, even some 10 hour or more trips were the norm with multiple stops n layovers. At least going west.

Granted, it could be a much different situation flying in from the WC or Alaska, but I thought I'd mention it since since it could complicate last minute scheduling if the same holds true.

This site has a few pretty good overall reviews and resort info of a few of the places already mentioned:

"Rip The World"

Hope u find it helpful!
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Old 05-21-2014, 03:25 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Overall Vail has amazing cruising terrain and typically great snow around that time frame. You would have a personal guide or multiple guides in the area too, given we aren't away for a competition.

I would just wait for snow conditions and get a regional flight to the best snow.

The option of south central British Columbia is amazing too. Terrain is long and steep plus typically great snow that time of year
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i would just wait for snow conditions and get a regional flight to the best snow.
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When you decide, post up... I'll comment on places to stay that are more convenient to lifts. Most places have a slight commute to the mountain base but do have places to stay that are at the base but not always on the sites to reserve lodging
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Yea, I plan to only book an international flight to Denver or Seattle (as this is the connection to Anchorage) well in advance, but the other destination last minute-ish.

Thanks chomps for that hint. Exactly for such reasons I would like to have my list of options prepared in advance, not to book early, but to check for such potential problems and not being surprised by them if selecting that destination last minute cos it has great snow.


Argo, would be a blast to meet. The SO would certainly love to ride with riders like you guys.
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