I am going to be planning my furst trip out west hopefully feb 2010!! My only concern is the biggest mountain resort i have ever been to is SnowShoe WV. I have no idea what to expect or where to go. I am really interested in hitting Utah and going to Powder mountain.. i hear great things again and again. However if I am going to spend the money to fly out west for a week I dont want to miss out on the best. In your opinion what would be the best possible resort to board for a week?
It all depends on what you are looking for. Usually I like a big mountain with a group of people to hang with after riding. I've been trying to hit every spot possible.
A- (Can be busy, but you can hike to 13,500 elevation and then drop in some gnarly chutes)
Breckenridge is pretty sweet because its got some huge peaks with great open/gnarly terrain. On the lower part of the mountain, there can be some crowds, but you can always find some areas to yourself. The town is a good gig, not too crazy, but not too mellow.
A- (Tons of Terrain! The Back Bowls are AWESOME. You can just ride anywhere and on a sunny day the snow gets ohh so soft to close-out the day) Again, it can be busy, but the town isn't a bad time.
B- (No Crowds, Locals Hill with all sorts of Terrain. Problem is 1/2 of the terrain that they boast is only accessible by foot or snowcat....which is an extra charge)
Powder Mountain is really a middle-of-nowhere mountain. The hill itself, is 30 minutes from the closest town. That town isn't too bad, but the locals keep well to themselves. We drove to Park City, 45 mins away, for something to do in the evenings...it was Sundance weekend. However, my buddies rode Park City and said that the riding was decent, but not as good as Powder or Snowbasin.
B- (I should get shot for this, but I was only there for 3 days and they were blech. I have heard only stellar things about Baker, but I can't report on a stellar trip.)
Did the Pacific Northwest a few years ago and got skunked on Snow. Went to Mt Baker and it hadn't snowed there in 3+ weeks. It was like riding east-coast hardpack, only thicker. Plus, its a haul from the airport....3 hours!
NOTE: I only hold give an A+ if I get 8inches or more of Powder and appropriate company from a lady who may also be visiting the mountain for a good board (or ski) weekend. So Far, Jay Peak and Killington are pretty awesome mountains.
I'm doing South Lake Tahoe next week, so I'll be able to report-out a little better.
Also, keep this in-mind. You may get killer snow or you may get skunked. Of the trips I've take out west, I've been shafted pretty well. Baker in January, yuk. Utah this January, hadn't snowed in 2 or 3 weeks. Luckily it was 45-50 degrees, so it was better than cold hard-pace.
Hell, i even decided against my old-faithful Breckenridge for South Lake Tahoe for this Easter. Breck is currently in the middle of a 40-50 inch week.....that would be great to come upon next week! Instead, I'm heading to Tahoe where they still have a 125+ inch base, but it hasn't snowed in over a week and none is forecast in the next week.
Either way, Go West Young Man. Go west and you'll be addicted like a crack-baby. Its a whole new world out there! If you get powder, effing awesome. If you get blue-bird sun-baked softies.....effing awesome. Whatever you get, you'll be coming back saying effing awesome!
Ok, it got wordy
, time for me to get back to work.