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    Favorite Ski/Snowboard spot

    I'm getting the itch to go out to Colorado and hit up some slopes, real bad. So, I thought I'd ask around and see where some of your guys' favorite ski/snowboard spots are, anywhere in the world.
    For me, my favorite area is anywhere in the Vail back bowls or Blue Sky Basin, right after a fresh snowfall.
    Here are a couple of pics I took a couple years ago during a storm at Vail in knee deep, untouched powder. The best conditions I've every experienced.
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    Re: Favorite Ski/Snowboard spot

    Oh, golly. Get me on a mountain and I am happy.

    Love Winter Park and Copper in Co.
    Anywhere in Utah is amazing, but love staying in Park City.
    Whistler is one big mountain.
    Mammoth in CA is such a great destination.
    Heavenly in Tahoe is the most scenic one I have been on. Staying in South Lake Tahoe, in a casino, and there is a gondola right there just 100 yards away from the hotel? Are you kidding me?


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    Yeah, I agree with anywhere on a mountain and I'm happy. I guess if I just had to pick one spot to go for the rest of my life, it'd where I stated previously.
    And, I really want to hit up Whistler Blackcomb sometime before I die. What are prices like up there compared to someplace in CO?


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    Re: Favorite Ski/Snowboard spot

    Exchange rate factors in, of course. If memory serves, it is on the higher end, it is an Intrawest resort I believe. Just checked, yep, it is expensive. So you may want to do a package or go later on in the season. Snow can be sticky though, it is a low altitude mountain, so it isn't nice and high and dry like Utah, so you will notice. We went in Feb. and had a great time.

    It is a very long mountain though. Some of the runs are just so long it is amazing. If you get a season pass at a different Intrawest resort, I believe you get discounts at others, or at least you used to. That may be an option.


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    Re: Favorite Ski/Snowboard spot

    Seven Oaks!

    (but really, some of the Midwest places aren't that bad considering the location. Chestnut in Galena, IL is pretty solid.)


    Some of my favorites:
    Snowbird (SLC)--huge, great powder. Solitude and Brighton are never crowded and have good tree runs. Would probably add Alta, but I don't ski so can't comment on it.
    Loveland (CO)--quick drive up from Denver, cheap, uncrowded because everyone keeps driving out to Summit and Vail. Vail's back bowls are money though.
    Whistler-Blackcomb--huge. The tram connecting the two peaks is awesome too.

    New England has some great stuff too, but it's known as the "ice coast" in ski/board circles for a reason. Jay Peak (VT), Sugarloaf, and Whiteface (NY) are all good places. Jay Peak and Sugarloaf are pretty isolated but well worth it.



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    Re: Favorite Ski/Snowboard spot

    Quote Originally Posted by joefrog View Post
    Exchange rate factors in, of course. If memory serves, it is on the higher end, it is an Intrawest resort I believe. Just checked, yep, it is expensive. So you may want to do a package or go later on in the season. Snow can be sticky though, it is a low altitude mountain, so it isn't nice and high and dry like Utah, so you will notice. We went in Feb. and had a great time.

    It is a very long mountain though. Some of the runs are just so long it is amazing. If you get a season pass at a different Intrawest resort, I believe you get discounts at others, or at least you used to. That may be an option.
    Thanks for the info. Yeah, I was wondering about snow conditions there, since it's lower and closer to the coast.
    Nothing better than those looong runs. Ones that you have to take a couple of breaks on the way down because your thighs burn so much from carving.

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    Loveland (CO)--quick drive up from Denver, cheap, uncrowded because everyone keeps driving out to Summit and Vail. Vail's back bowls are money though.
    I've never been to Loveland, but I love driving through it on my way to Summit County. It's a nice tease seeing those people on the slopes right off the Interstate.


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    Re: Favorite Ski/Snowboard spot

    Vail and Steamboat are my favorites. My wife and I alternate season passes between the Colorado pass and the Rocky Mountain Super Pass. However, winter park and mary jane are also awesome choices. They are not very crowded, have super areas once you find them (vasques cirque). Not to mention it is not a far drive from Denver and you miss the tunnel traffic.

    Vail backbowls are epic if you are willing to work for them. You usually have to work to find parking and then take a bus. Longer lines, long drive, tunnel traffic.

    A weekend at Steamboat is also hard to beat. Once you get to the top of the mountain where the blacks are then you finally get away from the amatures. There is some awesome tree skiing in some aspen groves at the boat. Not to mention you always have Strawberry Hot Springs to help you unwind after a long day.

    It just depends on what you are looking for. Vail is the best IMO but you have to work for it. Steamboat is a close second but once again it is not near anything else. Winter Park is great if you are looking for a short drive, local scene and some VW sized bumps.



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    Re: Favorite Ski/Snowboard spot

    I'm not a good enough skier to play around in the back bowls. I do mostly blue and black runs and like to go during the week(not busy) to Vail and Keystone. To be honest I've never really had a bad skiing experience besides Copper Mountain but the conditions were really bad that day.



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    Re: Favorite Ski/Snowboard spot

    I went to Breckonridge, Keystone, and Vail last winter. Vail was my favorite, but all 3 were a blast.


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    Re: Favorite Ski/Snowboard spot

    Vails back bowls/Blue Sky really are the best.

    Bogus Basin, north of Boise is the most underrated mountain I've been to.


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    Re: Favorite Ski/Snowboard spot

    Vail's back bowls are amazing. Some of them are a couple miles of nothing but snow....just awesome. Blue sky basin kicked my butt! It was tough.


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    Re: Favorite Ski/Snowboard spot

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedave25 View Post
    I'm getting the itch to go out to Colorado and hit up some slopes, real bad. So, I thought I'd ask around and see where some of your guys' favorite ski/snowboard spots are, anywhere in the world.
    For me, my favorite area is anywhere in the Vail back bowls or Blue Sky Basin, right after a fresh snowfall.
    Here are a couple of pics I took a couple years ago during a storm at Vail in knee deep, untouched powder. The best conditions I've every experienced.
    Oh man, look at that stud in the first pic! What a great day!



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    Great pics Dave! It's good to see some other boarders who like to actually get out and ride, and not spend a whole day on the mountain dicking around in a terrain park.

    I suppose it's probably because I'm simply not that good at launching myself off giant man made jumps, but give me ungroomed powder any day.


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    Re: Favorite Ski/Snowboard spot

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    Great pics Dave! It's good to see some other boarders who like to actually get out and ride, and not spend a whole day on the mountain dicking around in a terrain park.

    I suppose it's probably because I'm simply not that good at launching myself off giant man made jumps, but give me ungroomed powder any day.
    Free riding is the way to go. I think its more fun hitting natural kickers while carving in some fresh pow. PLUS, you dont have to wait in line to drop in and hit a jump.



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    Re: Favorite Ski/Snowboard spot

    As much as I loved CO growing up, I certainly try to avoid it now, having discovered great spots in other states - plus it helps having a brother in Bozeman, MT.

    Jackson Hole, Whitefish, Red Lodge, Bridger, Big Sky, Sun Valley, Grand Targhee, Silver Mountain, Lookout Pass, Mammoth & if you ever get the itch to ski in SoCal/LA, Big Bear ain't a bad stop.

    Admittedly, I haven't skied or ridden every one of those but I respect my brothers advice & he's done the ones I haven't.

    I'm kind of an out of the way place type of guy, so if you love CO, check out Telluride, Durango or Crested Butte. Give Aspen/Snowmass a shot one time, too - it'll be a bit pricey but definitely worth it, especially Snowmass.....and there are plenty of gorgeous South American Women who work there, so it's great eye candy!



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