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Old 11-29-2011, 08:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
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If you are doing Colorado and want to get away from crowds look for the destination areas and mom n pop's. Aspen, Crested Butter, Steamboat, Telluride, Wolf Creek, Monarch.
You forgot about the true mom n' pop joint in CO. Ski Cooper
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:08 AM   #12 (permalink)
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You forgot about the true mom n' pop joint in CO. Ski Cooper

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Old 11-29-2011, 11:19 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I have only ridden the ice, I mean east coast, but I did look into Heavenly, looks nice. Also I hear Utah is famous for dry powder?
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:17 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I have only ridden the ice, I mean east coast, but I did look into Heavenly, looks nice. Also I hear Utah is famous for dry powder?
If you make it to Tahoe I don't think Heavenly should be your first choice unless you have to. I haven't rode, but I've read. I have Sierra at Tahoe though. I'd drive the 30 minutes there instead

Squaw, Alpine meadows, kirkwood are some others.
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:21 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Yes, there are SO many better places than heavenly!
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:28 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Heavenly is OK - was the first resort at Tahoe I ever visited about 10 years ago, and its what got me drawn to the whole area. Siera and Kirkwood are worth a visit, I got a month trip to Tahoe his winter tand gonna get round all the mountains on the lake. If you stay in South Lake Tahoe Heavenly gondola station is in the town. Sierra and Kirkwood are just a bus ride away
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Old 11-30-2011, 03:54 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I dunno, maybe one of the things I look for in a resort is good scenery, and Heavenly looks like it has that, but conditions are also important. I rode Mount Washington, Vancouver Island, amazing views from up there. They are also 100% natural, zero snowmaking. Some years they have a 10meter base but when I was there February 2009 they only had about a 1meter base, they almost didn't open that season, yet for me the conditions where good enough. Now living in Belgium and going to ride the Alps this season I'm spoiled for choice......
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:55 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Agree that the purists may be steering you wrong here. It is true that wyoming and montana are the shiz and they have no crowds. But you have never been out west, I wouldn't spoil every resort in the states by visiting the best first. Sounds to me that your are basically park junkies, maybe looking to explore a little of what a real mountain has to offer as well.

For ease and time restraints of your trip, I would recommend the summit county area as well. The week you are going shouldn't be too busy as it is right after the holiday and college trip rush. If I was you I would hit breckenridge on a weekday of your trip. Your going to like that town and they have amazing parks. cool place to explore when not busy. I would consider staying there as well if you like a little nightlife. I would also consider keystone, you could hit it at night as there park is open at night. maximize your riding time on such a short trip. If you want to get a good experience and you actually get some pow, hit there snow cats up and go to the top to cut some fresh lines for the first time. That is what snowboarding really is, and I think your main goal should be to explore a bit and see the whole other side of snowboarding that you have not been exposed to.
If you get pow, and you don't want to ride in the park go hit A-basin, Place is not crowded and will offer you terrain that you have never seen. Cool thing is you can hit all 3 of these with the same lift ticket. With only 4 days these 3 mountains are going to give you everything you need. They will get your feet wet to what the west has to offer and leave you wanting more and that is what it is all about. I would save Big Sky and Jackson for later when you become more of a powder junkie instead of a park junkie.
I found this cool site that can get you more detailed info on those places. Rip The World - Mountain Reviews, Weather and Conditions

Nobody here is wrong, there are many badazz mountains. Just get out west and have some fun.
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Why Why Why are we talking about Tahoe? Of all the places OP is going to go, Tahoe will not be on his DRIVING itinerary. Focus, boys!

That being said, Nevrsummr offers a good set of ideas.
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Old 12-01-2011, 12:19 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Why Why Why are we talking about Tahoe? Of all the places OP is going to go, Tahoe will not be on his DRIVING itinerary. Focus, boys!

That being said, Nevrsummr offers a good set of ideas.
Sorry, my bad, I think I brought it up....although I have travelled a bit in Canada and the USA, I am not from North America, therefore I might forget just how big it all is.....born and raised in South Africa, which is only just bigger than Alaska, never mind the rest of the USA. But now I live in Belgium, 18 000SqMiles, a bit smaller than West Virginia. Have driven through 7 European countries in one day. Just thought I'd check......South Lake Tahoe to Breckenridge, 1000miles. So carry on.....I will refrain from suggesting any further west coast destinations....

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