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Old 01-24-2013, 05:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Tioga opened in March? It wasn't open when I came through on May 1st, last year.....and that was a horrible snowpack year. Tioga won't be open in March.
really? ok, sorry. That's right it was open in december last year. I was getting my dates way confused. :-/

i usually don't even know what day of the week it is
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:35 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Amenities is not so big a deal. As far as I'm concerned, a village the size of Sun Peaks or maybe a little bigger is ideal. A few places to eat and drink, somewhere to buy alcohol, somewhere to buy groceries, that'll cover it. More concerned about the quality of the riding and reliability of the snow!
washington is out...amenities generally is the suck but there will be snow and the riding is up to you
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:38 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Shot bro.

We've done January the last couple of years just because it's normally easier to swing leave from work then (as you know, the whole country here basically shuts down for a month over Jan!). March is probably a bit late but Feb could be an option - any major holiday peaks to avoid there?
Monday Feb 11 is family day, so the gapers will be out (myself included lol) as it's a holiday in BC. Prob not even that bad really depending where you go.

Otherwise yeh, go feb if you can. We've just had a fairly dry Jan. It'd suck to drop the dough and get no pow
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:51 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Otherwise yeh, go feb if you can. We've just had a fairly dry Jan. It'd suck to drop the dough and get no pow
True that! Was at Whistler in early Jan... some great conditions the first week but it was starting to get pretty average by the time I left on the 17th and there hadn't been any snow in a week (and I don't think there was any for a few more days after that either).
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:00 PM   #15 (permalink)
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March is probably a bit late but Feb could be an option - any major holiday peaks to avoid there?
Feb 18th is Presidents Day and Squaw is upping their lift ticket prices for the 16th to 24th. I don't know if it's major, but I'd expect more people than on an average weekend (I try to avoid these dates, I don't have a season pass this year and paying extra just cause it's a 3-day weekend sucks for me)
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:28 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Im in the Tacoma area, near Seattle. It has been a dry, freezing month. It is now starting to snow again.

Agreed with everyone, Feb is the best time for the PNW
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:33 AM   #17 (permalink)
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So, keen to get some recommendations as to resorts on the west coast (Canada or the US) that are decent.

Had sussed out Big White (maybe as a combo with Silverstar) and Mammoth as options (and maybe Fernie) but keen to get views or other suggestions. Given the distance, cost and need to book in advance, reliability of snowfall is pretty important (and I'm pretty set on ski-in ski-out too).
I know you want ski-in and ski-out but...

You can start by flying into Southern California then do a midweek day trip to Mountain High ,2 hour from about every where in Los Angeles. The weather is pretty predictable and they will have a lot of man made snow, although I had rare snow date at the end of December 2012 which was really good. You ski in and ski out of your car.

From there. once you are in LA you can fly out to Mammoth, Tahoe, Salt Lake City, or Colorado depending on where the snow is. Flights to Mammoth are always open because they basically started commercial flights only a couple of years ago and people in California love to drive their own cars 6 hours to Mammoth. In Mammoth there are tons of ski in ski out, but they have a lot of shuttle around town. You are either going to shuttle to the mountain or shuttle to the restaurants. Staying at "The Village" is basically ski in ski out, and walking distance to shops, but it is $$$ pricy. I no longer do ski in ski out because we don't use the kitchen in the condo of these places, but if you have kids , ski in and out makes more sense. There are three ways to rent: vacation rental by owner, condo rental via management company, rental from Mammoth Resort, you pay for convenience.

If the condition are bad for driving , they will do slow plow escort but it is usually for just a short distance.

June Mountain is 40 minutes away from Mammoth, it is just far enough to have totally different weather. It is a good backup plan for Mammoth, they will reopen June next year, but I don't know to what extent. There might be a storm in Mammoth but clear skies in June and june is always empty.

If you want to fly into Salt Lake City - You can stay in Down Town and take a shuttle to 4 different resorts 30-40 minutes away. You can also do ski in and ski out at those places but I want the options. The first time I went, I rented a 4WD car to drive everywhere, it doesn't make much sense with the transportation that they provide.

You can also fly from LAX to Eagle Colorado for Vail.

When people make the drive to Mammoth they know that they wont be stranded at an airport due to weather. If weather is so bad that they can't even drive, they won't be able to make it up there. I've been there for a week and my truck was buried under 5 feet of snow. Even then the conditions weren't harsh, although I now carry a snow shovel with me.

You can gamble and book a place far off in the future or pay a little extra and know exactly where the conditions are good next year.

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Old 02-02-2013, 04:29 PM   #18 (permalink)
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You can start by flying into Southern California then do a midweek day trip to Mountain High ,2 hour from about every where in Los Angeles. The weather is pretty predictable and they will have a lot of man made snow, although I had rare snow date at the end of December 2012 which was really good. You ski in and ski out of your car.
Jesus christ PLEASE do not fly all the way from New Zealand to ride at fucking Mt High...

is this what you want to ride?
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Jesus christ PLEASE do not fly all the way from New Zealand to ride at fucking Mt High...

is this what you want to ride?
seriously. If you fly into LAX and have some time to kill before driving/flying to mammoth I highly suggest checking out the beach. Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier are close to LAX. For the love of gawd do NOT drive from LAX to Mtn High. The traffic alone will kill you. I used to commute from Pasadena to Santa Monica...and it can take three hours to go those 26 miles. I repeat DO NOT drive from LAX to High...wtf?!.....this is coming from someone who actually enjoys Mtn High!!!!

Also? Flights from LAX to Mammoth are often filled...and they are cancelled at the drop of hat. Last April I got stuck in Mammoth for 3 extra days. The incoming flight from LAX could not land due to high winds. They turned that plane right back around and headed back to LAX. All the flights for the next week were booked solid. I ended up hitching a ride to Vegas and flying home from there.....
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:22 PM   #20 (permalink)
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If you are stuck in January, I would say interior BC is where you should look. Revelstoke, Golden, powder highway spots.
I can second this. If the last two seasons is anything to go by, we've been pretty consisten by the end of December in all the Canadian Rockies resorts (Lake Louise, Sunshine, Fernie, Kicking Horse, etc.)

We get arctic air masses that mean we can be -15 C when interior BC and west is above freezing. Means our snow stays fluffier longer. Also relatively small lift lines here.
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