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Old 11-29-2009, 05:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi.

Thanks for taking the time to help us out.

My girlfriend and I just moved to the bay area and are looking for a mountain to call home for this season.

We are looking for a place that would be less crowded and has cheap season passes. Due to our work schedules we wont be weekend warriors but more likely weekday warriors. However, we still want the option of going up whenever we feel like it.

We are also looking for smaller more family orientated places to ride because my girlfriend is still learning and it would be nice to not overwhelm her with 100s of people and when she falls we don't have to worry about being in too many people's way.

That being said I would like a mountain that has at least a couple good double blacks and maybe a small park to play in. I've been riding most of my life and I'm sure I'm going to want to take a few runs on my own

The two resorts that I've seen come up in these type of threads are Sierra and Donner Ski Ranch.

Are there any others I should check out?

If you are familiar with Vermont resorts I'm looking for places similar in culture to Smuggler's Notch, Jay Peak, or even Snow Bowl would be fine.
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Old 11-29-2009, 05:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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sierra can get pretty busy. have you considered homewood - it would seem to match your criteria. also, you can buy a pass which covers homewood and alpine meadows which would let you mix it up a bit when you feel like a change of scenery or your gf feels more confident about riding at a larger scale resort.

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KIRKWOOD! Its mellow, a good price, great terrain, and tons of snow. Jay is killer east-coast riding, Kirkwood is big with a decent amount of people.
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^ one of his criteria was a cheap season pass.

further, kirkwood is a great mountain but, even if you love it, you could hardly describe it as a "smaller more family orientated" resort.

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Thanks for the help everyone!

I'll keep this thread updated with our decision.
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KIRKWOOD! Its mellow, a good price, great terrain, and tons of snow. Kirkwood is big with a decent amount of people.

This guy knows whats up. Kirkwood owns. Come to the K-town
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further, kirkwood is a great mountain but, even if you love it, you could hardly describe it as a "smaller more family orientated" resort.

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Ahahahah true that. But screw smaller more family oriented resorts
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hah I've heard a lot of local people mention kirkwood. We'll see
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Old 11-30-2009, 12:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Im from the bay also, I like to go to dodge ridge or bear valley less people smaller mountain cheaper season pass
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^ while they are much smaller than the tahoe resorts you are looking at, the season passes at those two resorts are hardly cheap.

dodge ridge is $399 which is $0.48c an acre (about 2.5 times more than kirkwood and 6 times more than heavenly). bear valley has a $299 pass but you can't ski on weekends with that. if you are sure you will never want to go on a weekend, that's an attractive option but it's still $0.23 an acre.

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