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Old 03-04-2010, 03:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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while i was in Utah, after a long day of riding, me and my GF always relaxed at the jacuzzi and were talking with other visitors. We got mixed reviews about CO and 80% were NAY

also spoke about Whistler and got the same statistic.

after doing more research, i narrowed down my next vaca:

Mammoth Lakes

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Heavenly

I base my criteria on the type of lift systems and the type of terrain. I dont like mountains that you have to take 3 lifts to get to the top or where one lift only grants u access to 20trails...because that can get crowded.

Can anyone give me some feedback from experience?
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I went to Utah last year and got back from Breck on Monday. They are very, very different experiences in my opinion. I can see why die hard Utes would say nay to CO but.... I thought Breck was awesome for a vacation. The mountain is great and sure it gets crowded but when you are coming from the East their crowds are nothing and the payoff is way more. Reason I said its good for a vacation is the mountain is right in the town and the restaurants, bars and shops were great.

To me I liked Utah as well for the ease of getting around and the terrain, but the nightlife does not compare though PC is very nice as well.

my brother in law was on the Breck trip and last year went to Utah and Whistler. He had excellent things to say about Whistler and his pictures are worth more than 1,000 words. it was epic, with only Snowbird coming close.

That being said I will probably hit Utah and Tahoe next year just to mix it up.
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thanks dude...ill look into breck as well. Even tho people were saying that whistler isnt all that, im still considering it..but their frequent rain has me more on the "no" side
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From a night life perspective most Colorado ski towns kick all sorts of ass over Utah.

Also, I wouldn't discount Whistler, it's pretty rare that they get rain, an even if they do it's the lower mountain. You have to remember how larger the Whistler/Blackcomb combo is. You visit several different climate zones from the bottom to the top. Consistently ranks #1 in every ski and snowboard magazine out there. There is something going on.

For Colorado, I'd recommend doing Crested Butte, Telluride, or Aspen. They are more destination areas and have great terrain. Aspen being one of the more entertaining ski towns around. Even though it's populated by the mega rich, I've met some of the most friendly locals around in Aspen. Crested Butte is just a balls to the wall gnarly mountain. T-Ride, well it's remote. I haven't been there yet but it's in the San Juans and that is an impressive range.

Breck and the surrounding resorts are also fun, especially if you get the snow.

The backcountry around here is pretty limitless too.
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Yeah the weather can certainly be iffy but then again last year when i was in UT I had no new snow and it was hot as hell.

With Whistler the two things were the epic terrain and the base village is awesome and its all right there. All of his pics are on Flickr I will see if I can find them but it was all hike to terrain, cliffs, etc and they had about 4 feet while he was there.
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Yeah, weather is the great factor. If you nail it when it's on, it's amazing just about anywhere. If it's crappy, well it's crappy. I think the Rocky Mountain states give you more options for finding good snow in less than ideal weather but not always. Plus spring riding in the coastal climate mountains is pretty hard to beat.
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Telluride looks great but then again, the lift system sux IMO...which is where my picky criteria comes into focus. i have to take 3 or 4 lifts to get to the top in some spots.

and i also look at the cost of everything too. CO, especially Aspen and Vail look expensive as hell
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From a night life perspective most Colorado ski towns kick all sorts of ass over Utah.
I am pretty sure a family bowling alley in Co, would kick all sorts of Ut ass in that category....lol

So what is the verdict Polonia??? Did you kick all sorts of ass or what??
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Telluride looks great but then again, the lift system sux IMO...which is where my picky criteria comes into focus. i have to take 3 or 4 lifts to get to the top in some spots.

and i also look at the cost of everything too. CO, especially Aspen and Vail look expensive as hell
If you think the lift design sucks at Telluride, just wait until you get done with Heavenly...
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So what is the verdict Polonia??? Did you kick all sorts of ass or what??
at first united airlines did, but i fought back vigorously and got $150 off my next flight.
I left Snowbird and the Canyons a lasting impression of me!

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If you think the lift design sucks at Telluride, just wait until you get done with Heavenly...
why do i always get myself into these debates? at the end im always ending up questioning myself
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