Where to ski out West??

Old Nov 8th, 2004, 07:20 AM
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Where to ski out West??

Looking for a quiet, lesser known (and hopefully less crowded) family resort for spring break, no glitz (hated Vail), plenty of green and blue runs (don't care about black), not too expensive. Been to Breckenridge and Taos...liked them, but want something new.
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Old Nov 8th, 2004, 07:34 AM
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I asked a similar question and got some really good answers. Here's the thread:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...1&tid=34534706

We disliked Aspen for the same reason you hated Vail. We're trying Heavenly Valley in Tahoe this spring break.

Have fun!
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Old Nov 8th, 2004, 07:49 AM
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Check out Big Sky, Montana....
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Old Nov 8th, 2004, 08:14 AM
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solitude might fit the bill.

great snow and the glitzier places draw away folks looking for that. concentration of great resports in the SLC area makes niche marketing work. Solitude does family skiing very well. (Perhaps Brighton too.)
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Old Nov 8th, 2004, 10:56 AM
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For down to earth people, great skiing and fun time;
www.bigmtn.com in Whitefish, Montana.
There is approx. 2 feet of snow on the summitt already so it should be a good year for snow though it's 45 in the valley today.
Come on out to the last best place!
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Old Nov 8th, 2004, 10:59 AM
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AHHHhhh, yes. Whitetrash, Montana. In the heart of the Flathead Valley. Good choice. Stop by the brewery for a tasting tour and have a pitcher of Moose Drool at the local bar(s).
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Old Nov 8th, 2004, 11:04 AM
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Steamboat Springs, Co.

OK, I'll have to say, I haven't been yet, but planning to go this winter.

Huge mountain with a ton of terrain for all levels. Far enough away from Denver to lose some of the crowds.

Have fun whatever you choose!
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Old Nov 8th, 2004, 12:24 PM
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Park City, Utah. Three different ski areas at different prices.
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Old Nov 8th, 2004, 02:26 PM
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Drier snow inland such as Utah. Dry to wet snow at Mammmoth and Tahoe, Washington, Oregon, etc. When you say "out West", where do you mean?

Green and Blue runs abound at Northstar in Lake Tahoe. Very family-oriented. Investigate this...you'll be pleased you did.
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Old Nov 8th, 2004, 04:10 PM
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Thanks to all for the advice. I am checking out several of the resorts, especially in Utah.


I was glad to see Tahoe resorts and Big Sky suggested.... we are planning to go to one or the other for a family reunion 2006.
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So, mei, I didn't see anyone else mention here that there are ski bulletin boards online. Some people like snowbomb.com, others have their favorites. What's yours?
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Winter Park, Colorado. Stay at the Timber House Ski Lodge--breakfast, afternoon snacks and dinner are included.
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Old Nov 9th, 2004, 06:36 AM
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TripleSecDelay have you looked at www.epicski.com ?
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Old Nov 9th, 2004, 06:42 AM
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To TripleSecDelay...Thanks for the tip on snowbomb.com...honestly I am not a big ski fan (I was hoping for the California coast for this spring break) so I am not really aware of many ski websites....my family likes to ski, but I am in control of all travel plans. I did get some good info on goski.com and frommers.com(sorry Fodors)
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Crested Butte, CO
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Coskier : Thank you for the reminder. I have it bookmarked from the last time I visited the site, but had forgotten since that was last season.
Good resource for everyone.
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For lake tahoe, the best "family" ski areas are Northstar on the north end of the lake and Sierra Tahoe at the south end. However, since this is lake tahoe, I wouldn't describe either as quiet or lesser known or less crowded. Although I ski it all the time, I also do not think of Heavenly Valley as a "family" ski area. The best "family" ski area I ever took my family to was Park City, Utah. Great town and great skiing.
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I love Crested Butte - but it can be a challenge for someone that needs greens and blues... In Colorado, I'd look at Steamboat.
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Old Nov 9th, 2004, 03:28 PM
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The OP is asking about spring skiing. I have been told by several people (including some on this board) that spring skiing in Park City can be iffy. Muddy was the description most often given.

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Solitude and Brighton, UT about 45 min. outside of Salt Lake and Park City. Because they are up in Big Cottonwood Canyon, they get lots of snow. Much better for int. skiers than Alta and Snowbird and lots cheaper and less crowded than the areas right in Park City.
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