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Re: BEST place to ski and ride

Postby jackcunningham » Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:20 am

Jackson Hole followed closely by Aspen/Aspen Highlands/Snowmass.
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Re: BEST place to ski and ride

Postby Don Eberl » Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:37 am

Come on. Someone has to give A-Basin a plug.
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Re: BEST place to ski and ride

Postby Jon Frohlich » Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:46 am

A-Basin is my least favorite. Of the ones I've been to Steamboat is my favorite. Aspen/Snowmass would be second.
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Re: BEST place to ski and ride

Postby Matt » Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:58 am

If we're talking lift-served areas, here's my Colorado top five in alpha order:
Aspen Highlands
Mary Jane
Silverton
Steamboat
Telluride

Making a list like this is easier when other states are left out.
My faves so far outside Colorado include:
Snowbird
Taos
Ski Santa Fe (I'll always have a soft spot for the place I learned to ride, and their tree runs are really, really nice).

I'm looking forward very much to Jackson, a return to Big Sky, and checking out the rest of Utah not named Alta.
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Re: BEST place to ski and ride

Postby rickinco123 » Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:30 am

Alot of places have their strengths and weaknesses. The snow quality at some of the smaller areas like Sunlight and Monarch is usually incredible as well as the terrain.

If I had to pick 1 adding all factors like terrain, crowds, town.. etc..

Telluride for sure.
Crested Butte has a soft spot in my heart
Ajax/Highlands
Beaver Creek, come on...... free cookies served hot slopeside.
Abasin has everything I need but not necessarily everything I want, for sure the coolest people I have encountered skiing. Where else do people give you food and beer? Also has amazing side country.
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Re: BEST place to ski and ride

Postby Carl » Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:58 am

I can't imagine how the "best" place to ski could possibly be a ski resort. Especially a ski resort in Colorado.
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Re: BEST place to ski and ride

Postby tylermacguire » Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:20 pm

I would have thought Alaska by helicopter would have been stated over and over again in this thread. Am I really the only one who day dreams of lapping steep shower curtain spines all day?
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Re: BEST place to ski and ride

Postby Carl » Mon Feb 28, 2011 12:24 pm

tylermacguire wrote:I would have thought Alaska by helicopter would have been stated over and over again in this thread. Am I really the only one who day dreams of lapping steep shower curtain spines all day?


Now you're talking! Although I was thinking Alaska by helicopter and private boat http://www.alaskaheliski.com/experience/heli-ski-cruise/
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Re: BEST place to ski and ride

Postby George James » Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:22 pm

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Re: BEST place to ski and ride

Postby tylermacguire » Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:06 pm

Wesley wrote:
tylermacguire wrote:I would have thought Alaska by helicopter would have been stated over and over again in this thread. Am I really the only one who day dreams of lapping steep shower curtain spines all day?


Now you're talking! Although I was thinking Alaska by helicopter and private boat http://www.alaskaheliski.com/experience/heli-ski-cruise/


I knew I was forgeting something :oops:
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Re: BEST place to ski and ride

Postby Bean » Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:57 pm

Wesley wrote:I can't imagine how the "best" place to ski could possibly be a ski resort. Especially a ski resort in Colorado.

I think you're forgetting about Keystone.
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Re: BEST place to ski and ride

Postby lordhelmut » Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:14 pm

jam6880 wrote:going to go ski snowbird next weekend. I heard it is awesome.


It is, have fun with that, hopefully you hit a good storm. Out of bounds, Red Mtn Pass is tough to pass up, as are any lines around RMNP.

Last night en route back from CB, my buddies and I were talkin about a trip to BC, where we'd fly in to Spokane and take a 10-15 day loop to Nelson->Revelstoke->Kicking Horse->side trip to Banff to hike around, ski Sunshine Village/Lake Louise->Fernie->Glacier/Whitefish->Schweitzer. I can only speculate how sick that would be. I've also been exercising the idea of a Cascade ski mountaineering trip, involving Baker (Coleman/Deming)->Rainier (Fuhrer)->Adams(S.Rib)->Hood (Palmer)->Shasta (Avy Gulch) and a week or two of good weather in the PNW (yeah right).

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