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NyInfamous'Girl 08-06-2009 12:16 PM

Need some suggestions...
 
So me and my boyfriend take a trip out West each season. We have been to Colorado (Vail and Beaver Creek), loved it. Been to Utah (Park city and surrounding area, we spent 7 full days there), that was sick powder and a sick trip overall. We were thinking about hitting Colorado again, but I wouldnt mind going somewhere else for a try. I have read a lot about Jackson Hole, Wyoming, but there is only one nice big mountain there. When we go on a trip, boarding on different terrain everyday is pretty official. We were also hoping for Whistler Canada, but the winter Olympics are gonna be there this year, so thats out. I have heard about New Mexico, and thats supposed to be some sick boarding. I know Tahoe is hit or miss type of thing. I know Washington gets a lot of snow, but how are the mountains? I was wondering about your experiences at different mountains and all that and suggestions you have. Thanks in advance!

killclimbz 08-06-2009 12:24 PM

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You'll never have a enough time to ride everything at Jackson and that mountain has the biz.

In fact, did you ride everything at Vail or even small little Beaver Creek? People spend their entire seasons at resorts smaller than Beaver Creek and have a great time.

New Mexico has Taos and that's about it. Though Wolf Creek is not an unreasonable drive from there. You will want to change accommodations though. Wolf Creek also gets hammered with snow.

Snobasin and Powder Mountain in Northern Utah would be another good spot to hit. Both are great resorts and have different flavors.

Canada has a few other resorts besides Whistler btw. Kicking Horse, Revelstoke, Red Mountain, Fernie, and many others in interior BC look absolutely sick. Most of those resorts are fairly large by US standards and uncrowded huge terrain. In fact those resorts and surrounding backcountry are higher on my list to hit than the shit show that is Whistler.

NyInfamous'Girl 08-06-2009 12:33 PM

Yea I dont even think we hit everything at Vail or Beaver Creek for that matter. Thats true, jackson hole is pretty gigantic. But I have actually heard not such good things about it, for this past season anyway. I dont know why I didnt just think of going somewhere else in Canada lol, I have been stuck on Whistler. Do you know anything about Washington? I have heard that they get dumped on early in the season so theres gotta be a good base built up there by mid January.

NyInfamous'Girl 08-06-2009 12:35 PM

Oh and we hit Powder Mountain and Snowbasin over in Utah. Snowbasin is the SICKEST mountain I have ever rode, literally taking runs laughing and giggling to myself lol. It was DUMPING snow the entire time we were there so every run was a fresh layer of powder. By the time we left it had to have accumlated a good 3 or 4 feet of fresh snow. The drive home was pretty intense tho lol. Ahhhh snowboarding :-) .....I hate the summer :-/

killclimbz 08-06-2009 12:46 PM

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Washington looks fantastic, but it's also very bi polar. There resorts there are very low elevation. 4k ft is a high base area for out there. Considering that most resorts in the West are at least 6k ft or higher (>9k at a lot of Colorado resorts) it leaves Washington susceptible to rain. For what ever reason, January seems to be a popular month for this. I had a trip planned last season to go ride the backcountry out there in mid January. They got nuked in December and it looked like the trip was going to be great. Then it rained for two weeks straight right before I was to come out and basically washed away everything. So I canceled. As it turns out, March though later in the season was a great month there. Looking back at the past years, that is Washington's money month. So if you plan a trip there, I would go then. Baker is near Bellingham I believe and looks to be the spot in Washington. Stevens, Alpental, Hyak, and other spots are closer to Seattle, which is a fantastic city.

And what in the world have you heard about Jackson Hole? They had a decent season last year, and that resort is a crown jewell of American ski resorts. Of course, it's gnarly. Few other resorts can compare to the crazy cliffs, chutes, and other lines found at Jackson. Squaw Valley comes to mind and Crested Butte. Utah has a few that come close. Jackson is a resort that looks like it was hit with a shotgun with "Cliff" loads. Their new cable car opens this season too.

Another place you might want to check out is Aspen. It's definitely the best ski party town in the US and you've got four resorts there each with it's own flavor. Highlands for steeps, Ajax for urban riding, Snowmass for a bit of everything, and Buttermilk for park. Of course it's a little pricey, but deals can be found. Aspen Classic passes go on sale in September for something like $149. 4 days at that price. Not sure if you can get them out of state or not, but it's worth investigating.

shredbetties 08-06-2009 01:49 PM

i vote jackson hole! it can be a bit spendy, but i stayed there once in some weird cabins with king size bunk beds that were pretty cheap. and had king size bunk beds. oh, and kitchens. Plus, there's a bus that takes you over the pass to targhee, which is in some kind of freak snow location where they get 200 inches extra of snow each season? Bit of a mellow grade, but still fun.

I'd probably live there if I was rich and didn't need to have a job.

Like killclimbz says, Crested Butte is awesome too, and there's much fun to be had in Aspen... and sometimes you can find cheap digs in Snowmass - my Dad got a place right on the village mall for like $70 a night. There are free busses from Snowmass to the three other resorts. Before I moved here, I stayed in this place once - Aspen Mountain Lodge - and it was really reasonable and gave us free breakfast AND snacks in the afternoon! It's about 7 blocks from the restaurants and bars in aspen, and a bit further to the base of the gondy... and on the free bus route to highlands/buttermilk/snowmass.

For extra cheapness, Bachelor in Oregon is quite entertaining, and gets reasonably good snow - fluffier than most of the Pacific NW, but it does still get some of those wacky weather patterns where suddenly it's raining. And for some reason the lift tickets are like... $40?

shredbetties 08-06-2009 01:51 PM

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Originally Posted by killclimbz (Post 172354)

Canada has a few other resorts besides Whistler btw. Kicking Horse, Revelstoke, Red Mountain, Fernie, and many others in interior BC look absolutely sick. Most of those resorts are fairly large by US standards and uncrowded huge terrain. In fact those resorts and surrounding backcountry are higher on my list to hit than the shit show that is Whistler.

Do you know anyone who's been to kicking horse? I so want to go - hope it's not all hype!

killclimbz 08-06-2009 01:56 PM

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Do you know anyone who's been to kicking horse? I so want to go - hope it's not all hype!

One of my frequent backcountry partners has been there several times. It comes highly recommended from him and I trust his judgment. The in bounds terrain is supposed to be fantastic and if you decide to hit the slack country from their access gates, it's apparently off the hook.

NyInfamous'Girl 08-06-2009 02:06 PM

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Originally Posted by shredbetties (Post 172380)
i vote jackson hole! it can be a bit spendy, but i stayed there once in some weird cabins with king size bunk beds that were pretty cheap. and had king size bunk beds. oh, and kitchens. Plus, there's a bus that takes you over the pass to targhee, which is in some kind of freak snow location where they get 200 inches extra of snow each season? Bit of a mellow grade, but still fun.

I'd probably live there if I was rich and didn't need to have a job.
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Everyone is saying Jackson Hole...I think I might just have to check that out! One of my friends who recently went to Chile also went to jackson hole this past season and wasnt really to fond of it. Thats one person out of a whole bunch who are telling me to go though.

And I would live in Colorado if I didnt have to have a job either!!!!!!

Thanks so much!

killclimbz 08-06-2009 02:07 PM

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So if you had a job in Colorado you wouldn't want to live here?


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