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2022-01-28 8:40:44 AM  
Smuggs.
 
2022-01-28 8:44:04 AM  
 
2022-01-28 9:00:48 AM  
I, too, am interested.
 
2022-01-28 9:10:12 AM  
something affordable. then go mid week when its quiet and make sure you are there at open to get as much time as you can without many people around before they start showing up around 11 or noon
 
2022-01-28 9:10:27 AM  
I'm not sure, but this guy I went to college with is always like "Fresh powder at Deer Valley today!" on Facebook while I'm stuck at work.
 
2022-01-28 9:10:37 AM  
Any specific region/country?
 
2022-01-28 9:13:00 AM  

lifeslammer: something affordable. then go mid week when its quiet and make sure you are there at open to get as much time as you can without many people around before they start showing up around 11 or noon


Lots of this.
I worked as a Youth Director in Minnesota back in the mid-1990s, so I had Mondays off.  I had several ski areas close enough for day trips.  Afton Alps was my favorite - pretty big, good food and really quiet until the high school ski teams showed up for practice late afternoons.
 
2022-01-28 9:16:27 AM  
Keystone, Colorado, is my absolute favorite ski area. It's also close to Arapahoe Basin if you care to got there, too, during your time on the mountains. It's about 90 minutes out of Denver.
 
2022-01-28 9:22:01 AM  
I'm a little spoiled, Sunshine and Lake Louise are both close enough for day trips, both are amazing.
 
2022-01-28 9:29:37 AM  
Ski Apache in Cloudcroft, NM is pretty nice.  Nothing too technical but a good way to spend an afternoon in a relatively quiet slope.
 
2022-01-28 9:31:37 AM  
Purgatory outside of Durango, CO is a lot of fun and not as crowded as the Summit County resorts. Durango is also a great town to stay in. There are several great restaurants and the local beer is terrific.
 
2022-01-28 9:38:19 AM  

Rapmaster2000: I'm not sure, but this guy I went to college with is always like "Fresh powder at Deer Valley today!" on Facebook while I'm stuck at work.


Fresh powder is not allowed at Deer Valley.  They turn it all into cordoroy before sunrise.
 
2022-01-28 9:41:40 AM  

MelGoesOnTour: Keystone, Colorado, is my absolute favorite ski area. It's also close to Arapahoe Basin if you care to got there, too, during your time on the mountains. It's about 90 minutes out of Denver.


And see, I've never been to keystone where the snow hasn't sucked (relatively, I mean, I ski Midwest ice, usually), except for once when it was actively snowing hard. Every time I've been there, the steeper parts for the groomers are icy, and the ungroomed has bare spots, no matter the snow depth. Was in summit CO a few weeks ago, and the difference in snow quality between keystone and breck was astounding considering they are within sight of each other and both had gotten something like 60" since Christmas. It snowed about 5" at both places one of the days. Runs at Breck were fantastic (peak 7 in soft snow may be my favorite place to be, especially the trees). The day after that snow, keystone still somehow had glare ice on their blue groomers, and grass and rocks sticking through on the moguls.

Plus during our trip, breck and vail were very attentive in enforcing their mask rules on the gondolas and in the buildings. Keystone was pretty much in DGAF mode.
I get that of the Vail owned resorts, it's the closest to Denver, andnthe cheapest if you're just buying day passes, but I think the extra drive and money is well worth it.
 
2022-01-28 9:48:12 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Rapmaster2000: I'm not sure, but this guy I went to college with is always like "Fresh powder at Deer Valley today!" on Facebook while I'm stuck at work.

Fresh powder is not allowed at Deer Valley.  They turn it all into cordoroy before sunrise.


Yeah, to me, deer valley is the "luxury sedan" of skiing. Its expensive, but always smooth, and high-quality and very comfortable. Nothing super high performance, but you can still step on it every so often for some thrills. Very enjoyable, but different. 

/Unless you are a snowboarder. They don't take your kind, plebian.
 
2022-01-28 9:55:26 AM  
We dont have any in NH. Try Vermont. NH is also all out of booze.
 
2022-01-28 9:59:27 AM  
Got a lot of money?  Telluride, CO or Aspen, CO

Got less money?   Breckenridge, CO

In between?  Park City, UT or Olympic Valley, CA

Quality and Quantity of Fresh Snow can be a crap shoot.
 
2022-01-28 10:12:08 AM  

Big 900: MelGoesOnTour: Keystone, Colorado, is my absolute favorite ski area. It's also close to Arapahoe Basin if you care to got there, too, during your time on the mountains. It's about 90 minutes out of Denver.

And see, I've never been to keystone where the snow hasn't sucked (relatively, I mean, I ski Midwest ice, usually), except for once when it was actively snowing hard. Every time I've been there, the steeper parts for the groomers are icy, and the ungroomed has bare spots, no matter the snow depth. Was in summit CO a few weeks ago, and the difference in snow quality between keystone and breck was astounding considering they are within sight of each other and both had gotten something like 60" since Christmas. It snowed about 5" at both places one of the days. Runs at Breck were fantastic (peak 7 in soft snow may be my favorite place to be, especially the trees). The day after that snow, keystone still somehow had glare ice on their blue groomers, and grass and rocks sticking through on the moguls.

Plus during our trip, breck and vail were very attentive in enforcing their mask rules on the gondolas and in the buildings. Keystone was pretty much in DGAF mode.
I get that of the Vail owned resorts, it's the closest to Denver, andnthe cheapest if you're just buying day passes, but I think the extra drive and money is well worth it.


I guess I've been lucky. Over about 15 years I've never had bad snow there. On the flipside, I know the snow on any given day is probably better at Breck.
The thing with Breck, to me, is that it feels like Disney World...nothing but goddamn "families" and tourists cluttering up everything. Too many restaurants, etc.
Keystone, OTOH, doesn't have the feel of a small city like Breck does. And A-Basin is even more bare-boned.
But we go to ski and not dine out or go to bars. My favorite place in Dillon is City Market where I load up on groceries for the condo and, of course, I keep plenty of booze and pot handy for when we're done skiing.
Plus, Keystone has "night skiing" which is really fun. It's also bitterly cold after dark but I try to do it at least once per ski trip.
 
2022-01-28 10:13:23 AM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: Got a lot of money?  Telluride, CO or Aspen, CO

Got less money?   Breckenridge, CO

In between?  Park City, UT or Olympic Valley, CA

Quality and Quantity of Fresh Snow can be a crap shoot.


almost every ski place on earth has mastered the art of artificial snow. Like, 20 years ago
 
2022-01-28 10:25:21 AM  

MelGoesOnTour: Big 900: MelGoesOnTour: Keystone, Colorado, is my absolute favorite ski area. It's also close to Arapahoe Basin if you care to got there, too, during your time on the mountains. It's about 90 minutes out of Denver.

And see, I've never been to keystone where the snow hasn't sucked (relatively, I mean, I ski Midwest ice, usually), except for once when it was actively snowing hard. Every time I've been there, the steeper parts for the groomers are icy, and the ungroomed has bare spots, no matter the snow depth. Was in summit CO a few weeks ago, and the difference in snow quality between keystone and breck was astounding considering they are within sight of each other and both had gotten something like 60" since Christmas. It snowed about 5" at both places one of the days. Runs at Breck were fantastic (peak 7 in soft snow may be my favorite place to be, especially the trees). The day after that snow, keystone still somehow had glare ice on their blue groomers, and grass and rocks sticking through on the moguls.

Plus during our trip, breck and vail were very attentive in enforcing their mask rules on the gondolas and in the buildings. Keystone was pretty much in DGAF mode.
I get that of the Vail owned resorts, it's the closest to Denver, andnthe cheapest if you're just buying day passes, but I think the extra drive and money is well worth it.

I guess I've been lucky. Over about 15 years I've never had bad snow there. On the flipside, I know the snow on any given day is probably better at Breck.
The thing with Breck, to me, is that it feels like Disney World...nothing but goddamn "families" and tourists cluttering up everything. Too many restaurants, etc.
Keystone, OTOH, doesn't have the feel of a small city like Breck does. And A-Basin is even more bare-boned.
But we go to ski and not dine out or go to bars. My favorite place in Dillon is City Market where I load up on groceries for the condo and, of course, I keep plenty of booze and pot handy for when we're done skiing.
Plus, Keystone has "night skiing" which is really fun. It's also bitterly cold after dark but I try to do it at least once per ski trip.


Yeah when I ski at Breck I completely avoid peak 9 entirely. That's the worst part. Peak 7 is usually not too bad, especially now that they added the Freedom Superchair, so you can skip going all the way down to independence chair, and avoid most of the crowd. When we go, we do the same. We usually stay in Frisco, and our first two stops are Safeway, and Antlers liquor. We ski, go back and sit in the hot tub, then make dinner. Maybe we'll swing by Ein Prosit or Highside Brewery for a beer.

As far as night skiing, that's mostly what I do here, so it's no big thing. Every place in the Midwest has lights, and open until at least 9 pm. My kids are on a racer development team, and practice is after school Tuesday and Thursday. As far as frigid Temps go? Lat night when practice was done, it was 9 degrees with a 15 mph wind. Tuesday night it was -12. One race day it never got above zero, and that was in full sun. Cold is no thing for us.
 
2022-01-28 10:28:31 AM  
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2022-01-28 10:35:09 AM  

lifeslammer: Zeb Hesselgresser: Got a lot of money?  Telluride, CO or Aspen, CO

Got less money?   Breckenridge, CO

In between?  Park City, UT or Olympic Valley, CA

Quality and Quantity of Fresh Snow can be a crap shoot.

almost every ski place on earth has mastered the art of artificial snow. Like, 20 years ago


"mastered"  uh huh.  There's a HUGE difference between,   eh, we're open   and lots of fresh snow.

I live 20 minutes from really good man made snow.  I'm not calling that hill a "resort".
 
2022-01-28 10:39:57 AM  
I'm partial to Mammoth, when they have lots and lots of snow.
 
2022-01-28 10:41:54 AM  

MelGoesOnTour: Big 900: MelGoesOnTour: Keystone, Colorado, is my absolute favorite ski area. It's also close to Arapahoe Basin if you care to got there, too, during your time on the mountains. It's about 90 minutes out of Denver.

And see, I've never been to keystone where the snow hasn't sucked (relatively, I mean, I ski Midwest ice, usually), except for once when it was actively snowing hard. Every time I've been there, the steeper parts for the groomers are icy, and the ungroomed has bare spots, no matter the snow depth. Was in summit CO a few weeks ago, and the difference in snow quality between keystone and breck was astounding considering they are within sight of each other and both had gotten something like 60" since Christmas. It snowed about 5" at both places one of the days. Runs at Breck were fantastic (peak 7 in soft snow may be my favorite place to be, especially the trees). The day after that snow, keystone still somehow had glare ice on their blue groomers, and grass and rocks sticking through on the moguls.

Plus during our trip, breck and vail were very attentive in enforcing their mask rules on the gondolas and in the buildings. Keystone was pretty much in DGAF mode.
I get that of the Vail owned resorts, it's the closest to Denver, andnthe cheapest if you're just buying day passes, but I think the extra drive and money is well worth it.

I guess I've been lucky. Over about 15 years I've never had bad snow there. On the flipside, I know the snow on any given day is probably better at Breck.
The thing with Breck, to me, is that it feels like Disney World...nothing but goddamn "families" and tourists cluttering up everything. Too many restaurants, etc.
Keystone, OTOH, doesn't have the feel of a small city like Breck does. And A-Basin is even more bare-boned.
But we go to ski and not dine out or go to bars. My favorite place in Dillon is City Market where I load up on groceries for the condo and, of course, I keep plenty of booze and pot handy for when we're done ski ...


I've been teaching my kids to ski at Monarch and Ski Cooper and one thing I've really enjoyed is the ability to be alone on a run. No texans in overalls bombing down the mountain, no snow boarders making a teen rebellion wall in the middle of a run. Just open runs and old school lifts.

The mountains are a lot less expansive, but they're also a lot less expensive while we teach these monsters to stay upright.
 
2022-01-28 10:43:15 AM  
North Lake Tahoe has a good half-dozen different slopes.  None of them are monstrous like the places in South Lake Tahoe tend to be.

Get a  BnB or hotel in North Lake Tahoe, and just go to a different place every day.  Plus North LT has plenty of restaurants and it's closer to Reno.
 
2022-01-28 10:47:51 AM  
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2022-01-28 10:52:00 AM  

holdmybones: MelGoesOnTour: Big 900: MelGoesOnTour: Keystone, Colorado, is my absolute favorite ski area. It's also close to Arapahoe Basin if you care to got there, too, during your time on the mountains. It's about 90 minutes out of Denver.

And see, I've never been to keystone where the snow hasn't sucked (relatively, I mean, I ski Midwest ice, usually), except for once when it was actively snowing hard. Every time I've been there, the steeper parts for the groomers are icy, and the ungroomed has bare spots, no matter the snow depth. Was in summit CO a few weeks ago, and the difference in snow quality between keystone and breck was astounding considering they are within sight of each other and both had gotten something like 60" since Christmas. It snowed about 5" at both places one of the days. Runs at Breck were fantastic (peak 7 in soft snow may be my favorite place to be, especially the trees). The day after that snow, keystone still somehow had glare ice on their blue groomers, and grass and rocks sticking through on the moguls.

Plus during our trip, breck and vail were very attentive in enforcing their mask rules on the gondolas and in the buildings. Keystone was pretty much in DGAF mode.
I get that of the Vail owned resorts, it's the closest to Denver, andnthe cheapest if you're just buying day passes, but I think the extra drive and money is well worth it.

I guess I've been lucky. Over about 15 years I've never had bad snow there. On the flipside, I know the snow on any given day is probably better at Breck.
The thing with Breck, to me, is that it feels like Disney World...nothing but goddamn "families" and tourists cluttering up everything. Too many restaurants, etc.
Keystone, OTOH, doesn't have the feel of a small city like Breck does. And A-Basin is even more bare-boned.
But we go to ski and not dine out or go to bars. My favorite place in Dillon is City Market where I load up on groceries for the condo and, of course, I keep plenty of booze and pot handy for when ...


These days I board almost exclusively at Powderhorn.  It is small but it is close, cheap and the lift lines are fast.  I love just taking a moment when it is snowing to listen to the flakes land on my coat and helmet without worrying about the horde of people.
 
2022-01-28 10:52:45 AM  
None. I will wait until summer so we can talk about beaches.
 
2022-01-28 11:02:27 AM  

Grand_Theft_Audio: Ski Apache in Cloudcroft, NM is pretty nice.  Nothing too technical but a good way to spend an afternoon in a relatively quiet slope.


Oh God. I got to ride the lift in a lightning rain/hail storm there while skiing once
 
2022-01-28 11:04:25 AM  

lifeslammer: Zeb Hesselgresser: Got a lot of money?  Telluride, CO or Aspen, CO

Got less money?   Breckenridge, CO

In between?  Park City, UT or Olympic Valley, CA

Quality and Quantity of Fresh Snow can be a crap shoot.

almost every ski place on earth has mastered the art of artificial snow. Like, 20 years ago


I don't believe Monarch outside of Salida makes snow. It was always my favorite. It is a ski mountain and not a resort though
 
2022-01-28 11:17:47 AM  

Stepqhen: lifeslammer: Zeb Hesselgresser: Got a lot of money?  Telluride, CO or Aspen, CO

Got less money?   Breckenridge, CO

In between?  Park City, UT or Olympic Valley, CA

Quality and Quantity of Fresh Snow can be a crap shoot.

almost every ski place on earth has mastered the art of artificial snow. Like, 20 years ago

I don't believe Monarch outside of Salida makes snow. It was always my favorite. It is a ski mountain and not a resort though


Correct. Neither monarch nor ski cooper make snow.
 
2022-01-28 11:26:19 AM  
I guess it depends on how experienced a skier you are, where you are located, and what you can afford.

I'm personally a big fan of Mammoth Mountain (a pain to get to) and Jackson Hole.  Best to have an Ikon pass if you go to either place, as lift ticket prices are through the roof.

If you want to experience a variety of resorts, go to Salt Lake City.  Big fan of Solitude, Alta / Snowbird, and Snowbasin.

Learned to ski at Blue Knob, PA. If you can ski there, you can ski anywhere.  Haven't been to any mid-Atlantic resorts in ages, and have never been skiing in New England.
 
2022-01-28 11:40:17 AM  
It doesn't really matter so long as there are foxy babes to impress with my fake cast in the lodge.
 
2022-01-28 11:48:16 AM  
There's lots of ways to interpret "ski resort".  Are you an expert skier looking for extremely challenging terrain?  Are you looking for 5-star accommodations?  Do you want everything right there on the mountain, or is a nearby town more your speed?

I personally tend to ski at Whiteface NY (shortest drive for me), Mad River Glen VT (my favorite place to be), Smugglers Notch VT, Sugarbush VT, Stowe VT, Jay Peak VT, or Gore Mtn NY.  These are all within a 2 hour drive from my house.  I'm not interested in throwing money around and all of them have enough vertical drop and expert terrain to satisfy me (ex-college racer in my 50s).

For a true resort experience, whip out your platinum card and head to Snowbird, UT, Park City UT, Big Sky MT, Jackson Hole WY, Sun Valley ID, Mammoth CA, Heavenly CA, Aspen CO, Vail CO, or many other options in other countries.  Better yet, go to a fancy heli-skiing operation.
 
2022-01-28 11:57:26 AM  

holdmybones: Stepqhen: lifeslammer: Zeb Hesselgresser: Got a lot of money?  Telluride, CO or Aspen, CO

Got less money?   Breckenridge, CO

In between?  Park City, UT or Olympic Valley, CA

Quality and Quantity of Fresh Snow can be a crap shoot.

almost every ski place on earth has mastered the art of artificial snow. Like, 20 years ago

I don't believe Monarch outside of Salida makes snow. It was always my favorite. It is a ski mountain and not a resort though

Correct. Neither monarch nor ski cooper make snow.


I learned to ski at Ski Cooper. It was a nice relaxing place to ski
 
2022-01-28 2:27:13 PM  

FrancoFile: North Lake Tahoe has a good half-dozen different slopes.  None of them are monstrous like the places in South Lake Tahoe tend to be.

Get a  BnB or hotel in North Lake Tahoe, and just go to a different place every day.  Plus North LT has plenty of restaurants and it's closer to Reno.


This.  South Lake Tahoe is a fkkn zoo.  Tourist hell.  (Not that the north lake is much better, but at least it's not like frikken Disneyland on a Saturday every damn day.).

Subby didn't give any details for skill level or region, but since you're talking about Lake Tahoe:

For beginners, and novicesNorthstar has lots of classes for total beginners, and some good easy green trails and lots of blue trails, long enough to be worth the time it takes to get back to the top.  Can be crowded.  Lots of snowboard parks (and therefore snowboarders).  Fast lifts, and they always have plenty of snow.

Intermediate to advanced:  I like Mt Rose.  It's halfway between Reno and Incline Village.  The snow can be sparse due to the high altitude and wind erosion, but with fresh snow, it's one of the best mountains in the area.  It's the opposite of Northstar: small, unpretentious and affordable.

Advanced skiiers:  My friends who ski black diamond trails love Alpine Meadows and detest Northstar and Olympic Valley, mostly for the quality of the snow.  They tell me that the snow at Alpine is better protected from the sun and wind and stays fresh.  (Yeah, they can be snobs.)  Mt Rose and Diamond Peak are acceptable after good snowfalls.

I was only fit and skilled enough to do advanced trails for a couple of years, more than a decade ago.  None of them at Tahoe, all at Mammoth -- but my snobby ski friends love Mammoth, too, so there's another data point for you.  (Mammoth is a 5 hour drive South of Tahoe.)

Another tip:  If you need to rent gear, do it before you get to the slopes.  Rental lines can be long, especially at Northstar, and the equipment is usually pretty beat up.  If you rent your equipment the day before, you can get the most out of a lift ticket by going straight to the lifts.

The Pro Shop at the Hyatt in Incline Village has good equipment if you're staying there, and there are plenty of rental shops in Tahoe City and Kings Beach where you'll get better gear and better service than at the resort.  Exception: Mt Rose.  The guys and gals at the equipment rental always have the right attitudes, and the gear is usually well maintained.
 
2022-01-28 4:27:51 PM  
Had good experiences at Park City and at Breck. Trying Taos in a couple of weeks.
 
2022-01-28 4:28:17 PM  
The one with white sandy beaches and 80F water.

/don't like the cold
//gave up snow skiing when I was 20 and busted my face into another skier
 
2022-01-28 5:59:14 PM  
I work for a Heli-Ski operation, so I would recommend that if you have the means.

Otherwise here are some of my faves in a few different areas:
Alberta: Lake Louise
BC - Fernie and Whistler.  Revelstoke is good too.
Idaho: Schweitzer
California - Squaw Valley

Mid week will always be better than the weekend assuming the weather is the same.
 
2022-01-28 6:43:42 PM  
Whistler. BC.  Ski for days and never hit the same slope.
 
2022-01-29 12:31:24 AM  
Man, I haven't been skiing in at least a decade.
 
2022-01-29 7:28:12 PM  
I also recommend the Vermont ski places. I don't know anything about skiing but I like when out of staters drop their money in the state and then go home.
 
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