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Old 04-10-2013, 11:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I have always been trapped in the icy North Carolina mountains, and I have made 3 trips up to snowshoe, WV. Next season I want to take a trip to a big resort. I want to start planning now to ensure I can get the best pricing, and conditions possible.

As far as riding ability and style, I enjoy everything from bombers to moguls with fresh snow (as long as its not too steep), to Medium sized terrain parks. I can handle shay's revenge and cup run at snowshoe in icy conditions without a problem so, I believe I will be fine at a big mountains blacks with nice snow on them.

I naturally assumed ehh I'll take my trip to breck, but after looking on this forum I have realized there are a lot of nice resorts. I also realized breck's parks are probably well beyond my park riding ability so why waste the time...

I could care less about night life or food or luxury, I want to snowboard, and that is my only concern. As long as I have a bed and snow for 4-5 days, I am happy

Can I get some recommendations on some resorts that have cheap lodging options, and are good 1st time "big mountain" resorts. I don't think I am quite ready for 40 degree gladed terrain, but I'd enjoy some nice soft bowl runs and maybe some wide chutes and "steeper" terrain. Like I said, I also like terrain parks, so some small parks would be nice!

Thanks guys!
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Also, since I have never been to any big resorts, I would be super grateful for some pro tips and tricks at making a resort trip more efficient/enjoyable!

Edit: One last thing! I am very easily pleased when it comes to snowboarding. Hearing some of you guys whine about heavy snow that's 6-12" deep and wet and clumpy or the "we haven't had fresh snow in a week!" is very odd to me. I have had 2 pow days ever here in NC, and it was only like 4-6". So when I say best conditions possible I really mean any time of the year I can get on snow: groomed, ice or pow it all makes me happy, happy, happy!

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Old 04-10-2013, 12:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If you want to stay in the east, head up to Jay Peak. It was my first "big mountain" lots of great terrain. Even some gladed runs that are only about a 5 degree slope to start learning in...

Little bit of everything, and package deals are quite inexpensive.
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In the east, anything in VT is going to tickle your fancy. If you want to go balls-out, I suggest Utah. Even a lousy winter there brings good potential for snow. If you're really looking to stay at the mountain, go stay at Solitude and ride solitude and brighton. If you're cool with (and old enough to...25) rent a car, you can always stay in SLC and drive up to the hills (about a 30-40 min drive.) SLC is the most cost-effective Ski trip, right now.
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Stowe and jay are my eastern faves.....Godin's (scungy) Hostel at Stowe used to be like $50 a week , lol, don't know if it still exists

Out west, I am partial...there's good package deals here, town to mtn is 15mins and there's a free bus that makes the rounds

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Drove through whitefish last week headed from revelstoke to Jackson hole... Looked like a really cool place. I think I stopped and we ate there. Some BBQ joint on the main street, good shit.

I'd like to go there for a few days of riding. Mtn looked great from the distance and the town was pretty cool too.
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If you want to stay in the east, head up to Jay Peak. It was my first "big mountain" lots of great terrain. Even some gladed runs that are only about a 5 degree slope to start learning in...

Little bit of everything, and package deals are quite inexpensive.
Thanks guys, Jay's looks like a nice introduction to real skiing, and 5-7 days there split 3-4 ways is very affordable!

As always... yall are the best

One last question, are the cottages ski in/out or are they located off the mountain?
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go to tahoe!
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One last question, are the cottages ski in/out or are they located off the mountain?
Every place I've stayed in at Jay Peak was ski-in ski-out. Usually a couple hundred feet from the main lodge, although some of them require you to use the condo chairlift (not sure what it's called) to get up high enough to make it to the main lifts...

Good times at Jay for sure. Book late if you can, go when they've been dumped on. Smile.
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Drove through whitefish last week headed from revelstoke to Jackson hole... Looked like a really cool place. I think I stopped and we ate there. Some BBQ joint on the main street, good shit.

I'd like to go there for a few days of riding. Mtn looked great from the distance and the town was pretty cool too.
sounds like The Shak, yep good...and the best parts of the mountain you can't see at all from town, north side, Hellroaring, etc

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Good times at Jay for sure. Book late if you can, go when they've been dumped on. Smile.
def wait for good weather at Jay, ive been on an icy day or two, hella rugged mountain...smallish, but theres a bunch of real terrain

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