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Help me decide where to ski this year. (Read 712 times)


A Sweetheart

    The only in-bounds run I ever backed down from is at Jackson--can you guess it's name?

     

     

     

     

    Corbet's Couloir

     

    I want to do it because I want to do it.  -Amelia Earhart

      I have to chime in and agree with Jackson Hole.  It is absolutely my favorite place to ski (and I used to live in Colorado and be an avid skier).  The mountain is huge and there is such a variety of terrain.  It has two mountains, Rendezvous and Apres Vous.  Apres Vous has a ton of easier stuff, while Rendezvous has a mix.  The best thing about Jackson Hole is that it has the most vertical of any ski area in the United States, so you can get on a long cruiser and just go on forever.  

       

      As far as how challenging the terrain is, I think it is pretty true to other ski areas out west.  I found that it depends on snow conditions.  I was on a double black in Jackson Hole that was comically easy, I have been on blues that have absolutely handed my ass to me.  

       

      So what about the six mile ride into Jackson?  It is worth it.  It is a cute town and there a bunch of  restaurants and bars (check out the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar). It is easy to catch a shuttle (pretty easy to hitch hike, too Big grin).  I can try to look up the name of where I always stayed, but they have these pre-fab log cabins that have a full kitchen.  I've found that you end up saving money with these because you can make your own breakfast and dinner, plus keep sandwich fixins and pack a lunch for the day.

       

      If you get a car, it is worth it to go ski at Grand Targhee one day.  They get absolutely dumped on.  There is usually a ton of powder there.  It takes maybe an hour or so to get there (you have to swing through Idaho).  It can get really foggy there in the afternoon, but the powder is worth it).

       

       

      I think you just sold me. And the log cabin place is one of the options we were considering...looks super cute and seems to be a good value.  Thank you so much! That was very helpful!

        Corbet's Couloir

         

         

        Sweet jesus!


        You'll ruin your knees!

          Sweet jesus!

           or Sweet, Jesus! 

          ""...the truth that someday, you will go for your last run. But not today—today you got to run." - Matt Crownover (after Western States)

          TripleBock


            I am trying to become a skiing family this year - We have hills ... Figure we will spend $3k between lessons, rentals,  then buying, tickets, hotels and food.

             

            I figured wasting a lot of money being a pleasure boat owner for summer needed a winter activity to waste an equal amount of money.  It was either skiing or a couple of snowmobiles.

             

            Next year we will get a season pass at the local ski hill, so @ $700 for a fmaily fo 4 add new boots for the kids + at least 1 ski trip and a few days at other hills ~ maybe $2K total.  Less than the cost of seeing the Mouse or a week all inclusive drunktard trip for the DW and myself.

             

            I just want to do my part to stimulate things, the economy and such!

             

            How do people afford to go skiing?

            I am fuller bodied than Dopplebock


            In it for the long run..

              We have done a lot of skiing out west (lived in Dallas for 28 years so it wasn't that hard to get there by air or even driving).  I would not call Jackson Hole intermediate.  There are intermediate runs, for sure, but I find the runs fairly narrow, and I like more wide open terrain.  Also, Jackson is a little lower elevation than many of the other resorts and can get slushy and/or cold rain at the base if you go in early spring.  i DO agree with the Targhee recommendation- one of our very favorites.

               

              We decided we liked Crested Butte the best.  The town is awesome- just big enough and quaint like Jackson.  The mountain has more than enough for all ability levels. You can fly to Gunnison and it's only 30 minutes up to Crested Butte by shuttle.  You don't need a car since there are free busses all the time.  It's very high elevation, so conditions are usually very good.  You can either stay up at the mountain (tons of lodging) or 3 miles down the hill in town (less lodging, but really fun). 

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              flatland mountaineer

                 

                Where ever the snow is good. Better pray to Ullr, it's early though........

                The whole world said I shoulda used red but it looked good to Charlene in John Deere Green!!

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                  Corbet's Couloir

                   

                    

                  Yup.  I didn't feel the least bit bad about backing away from that.

                  Runners run.

                    The airfare to Aspen isn't that bad at all. Lodging is the issue in Aspen / Snowmass.

                     

                     It's so wierd - the airfare into all of the smaller airports in Colorado is around ~500. Totally doable. The one place that I really want to go more than anywhere is Telluride...airfare there is almost $950. I don't get it! And I don't remember it being that bad in previous years. 

                     

                     

                    Why not fly to Montrose and take the shuttle...or rent a car? 

                    2013 H1:  7 hours/week base.  Q3: Train for goal race.  Q4:  Goal Race.

                      Why not fly to Montrose and take the shuttle...or rent a car? 

                       

                      Awesome....just booked. I I didn't know that airport was so close. Thanks!

                        We have done a lot of skiing out west (lived in Dallas for 28 years so it wasn't that hard to get there by air or even driving).  I would not call Jackson Hole intermediate.  There are intermediate runs, for sure, but I find the runs fairly narrow, and I like more wide open terrain.  Also, Jackson is a little lower elevation than many of the other resorts and can get slushy and/or cold rain at the base if you go in early spring.  i DO agree with the Targhee recommendation- one of our very favorites.

                         

                        We decided we liked Crested Butte the best.  The town is awesome- just big enough and quaint like Jackson.  The mountain has more than enough for all ability levels. You can fly to Gunnison and it's only 30 minutes up to Crested Butte by shuttle.  You don't need a car since there are free busses all the time.  It's very high elevation, so conditions are usually very good.  You can either stay up at the mountain (tons of lodging) or 3 miles down the hill in town (less lodging, but really fun). 

                         

                        Thanks so much, Karen. I know we'll keep this in mind for the future. Dh was getting so frustrated with me that if I threw out the idea of one more place his head was going to explode. 

                          Ok good to know! My husband got yelled at by ski patrol once for following me off piste and was told:  "Quite frankly, I'm not seeing the skill level here, buddy." It was pretty hilarious (for me) but emasculating (for him). So I try to pick places that will be challenging enough for me but where he can still enjoy himself without pushing his limits. He's a solid black diamond skier at most places, but I heard that in Jackson Hole, the blacks are more like double blacks and the blues are more like blacks. Did you find that to be true?

                            I don't actually remember what the ratings were like. For me it really depends on the snow conditions and how broken up and bumpy things are. Sometimes diamonds are OK, other times I have to side slip down and that's no fun. It seemed like there were fairly reasonable slopes at Jackson Hole and the codes  were similar to what I'm used to. , but as other have said, those runs are looooong. I don't pay too much attenttion to the color codes- it's the snow conditions.  I saw Corbet (sp?) couloir from a distance and that was enough.

                            Awesome....just booked. I I didn't know that airport was so close. Thanks!

                             

                            Sweet!  Hoist a few pints at Smuggler's Pub for me.

                            2013 H1:  7 hours/week base.  Q3: Train for goal race.  Q4:  Goal Race.

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