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User currently offlineJaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 4108 times:

I am hoping maybe some of you who have had experiance skiing in some in the larger US ski resorts can suggest to me where to go skiing. I am from the Chicagoland area, and I have only been skiing to small places in the midwest, by my family is thinking about going skiing in March during my spring break, and the distance from Chicago to either Colorado or NY/Vermont is about the same so that doesnt matter. In Colorado I was thinking to avoid Vail and Aspen because they will probably be more crowded then the others and slightly more expensive. I was thinking maybe Copper, Keystone, Brekeridge or Winter Park. On the NY side I was thinking Gore or Whiteface, and in Vermont I was thinking Killington or Mt Snow. Based on what I have read on the internet sites Whiteface seems to be the biggest, but it can get quite icy at times, Mt Snow seems to be more crowded then the others I have mentioned in the east. Does anyone have recomendations on these or other ski area's in those locations? Any help would be appreciated as I have never been to either Colorado or NY. I ski mostly on the blue trails, some black trails depending on the day. Gore Mtn in NY is 60% blue which looked nice.

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User currently offlineYukimizake From Japan, joined Mar 2004, 529 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 4102 times:

Most of my skiing has been in Canada but I did go to Jay Peak in Vermont a few years ago. It was really good in that it gets a ton of snow and, in comparison to other places in the east, it has a decent vertical drop.

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User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 4091 times:

I'm biased but, dude, Utah kicks ass for snow! Like the Queen from another thread, I don't "fancy Utah" , but the snow's the best. I've done Whistler, Banff, Breckenridge, Vail, Vermont, and the Alps. Utah's the best, I ski at Alta (Skiers ONLY!!!!), Brighton, Snowbird, and The Canyons (positively huge). Plus you have the added bonus of being very near a metro area to give you more optioins.

I have non-Utah friends and family who say that Utah snow rocks the shit out of everywhere else on earth. So, I know Colorado begs to differ but as it says on the license plate, SkiUtah. And you can fly ORD or MDW to SLC on AA, DL, UA, or WN, and there's minimal driving to the hill.

Haven't tried Sun Valley, Big Sky or Jackson though, but want to!

[Edited 2005-01-21 01:15:02]

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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 67
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 4081 times:

Oh man, go to Vermont for sure.

If you ski Colorado you will be ruined. You will never again be satisfied with a ski area where you can't ski a hundred thousand vertical feet on a one-day lift ticket.

The trails just go on forever! The snow is great most of the time.

Oh, Utah is very good too.

I mostly ski the Sierra Nevada because it is local but the snow is better in Utah and Colorado.

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User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17889 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 4080 times:

If you love yourself, you will ski WEST of the Mississippi. If you like skiing on a lot of ice, you can ski East of the Mississippi. If you're limiting yourself to Colorado (I personally prefer Lake Tahoe, or my all time favorite Whistler/Blackomb) all the mountains you mentioned are good. I'd definitely avoid Aspen, but you could try Snowmass and I really like Aspen Highlands.

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User currently offlineFlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 4079 times:

Technically you shouldn't be asking this question. If you need to decide where to ski and any of your options are in the west, you need not even consider the east.

That being said, I used to ski at Killington VT. I went there for about 6 six seasons and learned to ski there. Then we decided to go out west, the rest they say is history. I've been skiing out west now for 7 seasons.

I've been to most of the places you've mentioned.

Copper is a great mountain. The mountain is naturally divided by skill level. They have a few great blue cruisers that run over 2500ft vertical.

I've stayed at Keystone twice. They seem a little more family oriented. You can share the Keystone ticket with Breck, and if you buy a certain amount of days they will give you day at Vail or Beaver Creek. I have skied Vail and wasn't impressed.

The good thing about staying at Breck, Keystone, or Copper is that they are all close to eachother.

Now if you want the greatest snow on earth, get your arse over to Utah. Alta and Snowbasin are excellent mountains for blue skiers.

And one last thing, when you are comparing trail maps, please remember to look at the acreage. Killington looks huge but is infact only 1200 acres. Then if you look at a Copper map, you'll see they something 2300 acres. My point is the mountains out west are much bigger.

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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5523 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4067 times:

I rode Copper Mountain recently, and I was impressed! It's amazing, and you can still hit up some back bowls as well. If you like terrain parks, then Copper will not disappoint. My friend just got back from Vail and said it was simply amazing, especially their terrain park. I'll probably ride Colorado once more this season, and I'll probably do Breckenridge. ANY OF THOSE PLACES in Colorado that you have in mind WON'T disappoint you!

User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4067 times:

If you have any questions about Colorado resorts, ask away. I live here, so I can give limited advice should you need it. Personally, I wouldn't necessarily say stay away from Vail. While it will have the most people, it is also the largest ski area, with 30+ lifts. It has a front side, and then a back side, and then another side facing the back side, so all in all, you have three faces of mountain to ski. The Blue Sky Basin is supposedly fantastic. I have never been to Vail myself, but everyone here says that if you are going to pick one place, that it is the one. Breckenridge, Copper, and Winter Park are all excellent as well - I have skiied all three of them as well as Keystone, simply because the in-town discounts for those three are far better than for Vail. Personally, if I were going on a Vacation, I would stay away from Keystone. It just doesn't feel as much like a resort as the other three. That's just my opinion though.


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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5523 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4055 times:

Yeah but if you're into terrain parks and night riding, then Keystone is the place!

User currently offlineUAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4042 times:

Keystone is awesome at night!! Anyways like mentioned above you cannot compare Colorado to anything east of here it is simply the best! Now the people in Utah might try to tell you that they have better snow but that is just crazy dont let them fool you with the whole Olympics thing, if you remember Colorado is the only place to EVER turn the Olympics down, most venues beg we were asked! But for sure if you are going to take a snow vacation I would pick something out west and Colorado wont disappoint. You could even just spend a week at all the resorts up I-70 and experience it all! I know F9 has some great fly/ski deals and UA is also doing some promos right now that will save you lots of money. Good luck and have fun. If you have any other questions Email me at UA747Denver@aol.com

User currently offlineJ.mo From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 666 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4024 times:

If you like skiing on real mountains you ski in the west. Like SLC1 mentioned, Utah snow kicks ass.

North of all the Salt Lake ski resorts is Snowbasin. Fewer people ski here because it is not near Salt Lake, but the Olympic downhills were here and that says something. Here is a link to some resorts.


Utah has about 4x the snow Vermont has anyway.

Good luck.


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User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4050 times:


I'm about to fly up to Vermont in a few hours to ski at Killington, but its only because a. its a short flight; and b. a good friend has a great winter home there. If I had your geographical vantage point, I wouldn't bother with the East coast.

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7812 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4017 times:

Not that I am a skiier or pretend to be one, but the east coast has not gotten much snow so far this season. Whereas the west has. Based on that alone I would go west.

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User currently offlineZOTAN From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 days ago) and read 4012 times:

Colorado or California hands down. Best weather, best snow, best everything. I learned to ski at winter park and go there every year. Was in Lake Tahoe a few weeks ago and conditions are great. Try Diamond Peak if you go there. Another place to try would be Mammoth in California

User currently offlineJaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4000 times:

Thank you for the input guys, I will probably suggest to the family that we head west then. No one has mentioned anything about Whiteface, but its right by Lake Placid and thats where the 1980 Olympics were held, and it's about the biggest in the east, and I guess because of its somewhat remote location it is not as crowded as the resorts in VT, but I guess Whiteface has ice issues, and that could be a reason not to go there, but I am unsure how true those ice issue problems are. If we do go west, I will probably evaluate the resorts again, and go to the one that looks to have the most interesting blue trails.

User currently offlineZOTAN From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3985 times:

If youre skiing intermediate runs Mammoth or Winter Park would be great. Huge mountains with lots and lots of intermediate runs....

User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 days ago) and read 3980 times:

I just got back from Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory), and I gotta say it's probably one of the best places I've ridden. For terrain, it completely blows Winter Park out of the water, and it's FAAAAR less crowded than any of the other places you've mentioned in Colorado.

Scenery-wise, I thought Copper Mountain was tops, but once you get on the backside of Purgatory (it's aptly named), the scenery is endless, you ski down into a high mountain valley that has been left completely untouched by time and money. There are no roads to the backside, the only way to get there is by skiing or snowmobile. It's very secluded.

User currently offlineF9Widebody From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3965 times:

Scenery wise, I think telluride is one of the best. At the top of the Prospector Bowl, the San Juans are just gorgeous.


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