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Old 01-24-2013, 03:54 PM   #1 (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.

I'm intermediate level, comfortable on most blacks but can't really be bothered with the horribly mogulled ones, and starting to learn some freestyle - but prefer it on natural features as opposed to the park. The gf is a skier who mostly does blue runs.

Spent a couple of weeks in Sun Peaks last January and a couple of weeks in Whistler this Jan. I liked the feel of Sun Peaks more - less people (the only day there were queues was a bluebird with 30cm of fresh pow and even then they were only 5 minutes), didn't get tracked out nearly as fast, while still being a reasonable size with a lot to explore. Whistler was cool for the range of terrain to explore though, and the beginner terrain parks were great for a noob like me.

Coming from New Zealand, the west coast of North America is pretty accessible via Vancouver or LA (or SF), would look to spend a couple weeks there, likely mid-late Jan 2014.

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).
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you are coming down as far as LA or SF I would probably go to mammoth. A lot of terrain and usually has pretty good conditions.


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Don't do it January if you can. Feb and March are much more reliable if the last few seasons were anything to go by.


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March is much more reliable than January.

If you are stuck in January, I would say interior BC is where you should look. Revelstoke, Golden, powder highway spots.

Washington State is awfully good, but snow levels can be erratic during that time. I guess they can be during any month, but it just seems like that is the time it happens the most.

Utah is another pretty easy spot to hit with pretty reliable snow.
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Mammoth is having a pretty decent season, they have great annual snowfall totals - cool little town, as well as plenty of ski in/out joints.

Do you want a lot of amenities or just good skiing?
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Mt. Hood is a good place in Oregon. I want to venture out there this season, but I might have to wait next season
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If you opt for March Mammoth is probably a good bet. January not so much.

It's technically 'off season' for them even tho they will most likely still have a ton of snow even in an average year. You can probably get some pretty good rates for a ski in/ski out . Their base clientele are from LA and by march most of us forget about winter sports and move on to going to the beach.

Not to mention the Tioga Pass will be open and Yosemite is about an hour away. You may or may not need a car to get to Yosemite, but it's a must do if you're in the area. I know there are buses but from Mammoth to Yosemite but they might not start running until April/May.
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If you opt for March Mammoth is probably a good bet.

It's technically 'off season' for them even tho they will most likely still have a ton of snow even in an average year. You can probably get some pretty good rates for a ski in/ski out . Their base clientele are from LA and by march most of us forget about winter sports and move on to going to the beach.

Not to mention the Tioga Pass will be open and Yosemite is about an hour away. You may or may not need a car to get to Yosemite, but it's a must do if you're in the area. I know there are buses but from Mammoth to Yosemite might not start running until April/May.
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.
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Don't do it January if you can. Feb and March are much more reliable if the last few seasons were anything to go by.


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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?
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Mammoth is having a pretty decent season, they have great annual snowfall totals - cool little town, as well as plenty of ski in/out joints.

Do you want a lot of amenities or just good skiing?
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!
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