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Old 05-21-2014, 01:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question CO, MT, WY, CA... where to go?

The next snowboarding trip will again lead to the Chugach Mountains, end of March/beginning of April. But after the experience of being there in a long non-storm window this year, I intend to divide the next trip, so if hitting a non-pow period up there again to at least ride pow somewhere else, i.e. a week in AK and one in the lower 48. Gonna need to book the AK part well in advance, but the other week, I think I can organize spontaniously, wait n see where there's good snow. But for that, I need to know, where I should look at.

Intention would be to ride pow, obviously. Lift accessible, by cat or by hiking. Deep pow, interesting terrain. Where are good places to spend a week, in reasonable distance to an airport with connection to Seattle or Denver?

Other (Ami) guests in the lodge in AK raved about Jackson Hole (for its "long" runs and steep terrain) and Tahoe. K, that are two on the list. From other threads I assume, CO is likely to get good spring snow... so Breck? Vail?

Which places should I add to my "to research in detail and monitor" list and why? If you recommend a place, how likely is it to get accommodation spontaniously? Any hint and piece of information will help! (I've not much clue of "over there")


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- map of collected options @ post #55
- date n hub (Denver) are set. CO questions @ post #101
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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.
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Aspen..........
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Aspen..........
Be a bit patient with me... (I'm an Euro, I've no concept of places/resorts that for you may be common knowledge). Aspen because: ?

LG, thanks for the El Nino hint. Gonna keep that in mind. The plan is to really wait and fly to wherever the snow is good.
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Be a bit patient with me... (I'm an Euro, I've no concept of places/resorts that for you may be common knowledge). Aspen because: ?
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Big sky or Jackson Hole with a side country guide.

Big sky is number 1 on my favorites list currently and fairly easy to get to through Bozeman.
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If they're getting snow, Crested Butte would probably be my CO pick. But, Tahoe is probably gonna get dumped on. Definitely looking at lining up a trip out there this coming season myself.
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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.

Jackson Wyoming - has amazing side country terrain but I would not do it without someone that knows the area WELL. Also good steep terrain off their tram in bounds.

San juans in Colorado -
Silverton has a small single lift and heli that's relatively inexpensive with awesome terrain.

Telluride also has great terrain off the lifts or hike to.

Given the places you have been and go to, these are the best options IMHO for you guys. If you make it to the I70 corridor of Colorado, you can stay in my spare room. We live in Vail at the base of the mountain, I love Vail and there is some great side country that we could show you. it and most everything around here is not the kind of steep your used to. The avalanche danger is high with the winter pack usually tho and the snow is to light to stick to the stuff you would be used to seeing. You max out at around 50 degree slopes holding good safe-ish snow here and you don't get alot of resorts with that steep of terrain that is available.

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I have spent numerous days at all resorts listed in this thread so far, except chugach.... I definitely stand by my picks.
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