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Closest US/Canadian Skiing?

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by Hallouminati, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. zac150

    zac150 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I reckon this is fair, I’ve looked at Tahoe a few times as an option and then decided to give it a miss because I wasn’t sure if the snow would be there at Xmas.
     
  2. Harper11

    Harper11 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I’m going on my first ski trip with the kids in tow in late January
    I just wanted one flight so bris to LA
    Driving to mammoth and doing some other stuff

    I’ve never been to California for skiing, done most North American regions, so something different.
     
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  3. Sbooker

    Sbooker One of Us

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    A great mountain and a wonderful drive through the Mojave with the magnificent Sierras on your left. Be sure to stop at Schats Bakery in Bishop.

    Mammoth has something for everyone. You’ll love it.
     
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  4. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    I still remember flying over Tahoe on the way to Denver during the 5 year drought. No snow in January. Nada. Not a sausage.
     
  5. Hallouminati

    Hallouminati First Runs

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    Yes, I’ve bought her the Thredbo lesson pack (special offer is Costco - 15% off) to get her going for the first two days. Let’s see how she goes after that!
     
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  6. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly Backwards to the future! Ski Pass: Gold

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    A bloke I shared a gondola ride with in March 2017 took a pic just above one of the carparks, no. 5 IIRC. Deep snow, as far as the eye could see. Then he pulled up a pic from the same spot, same day in 2016. Grass and mud, as far as the eye could see.

    I guess WB has the vert to always have something up high, but that's not necessarily helpful if you need the beginner/family area down low.
     
  7. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    The lower access runs are almost always skiable due to snowmaking.
     
  8. silva

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    As someone who has regularly travelled long haul with a child I would recommend a 12 to 14 hour overnight flight over a 8 - 9 hour flight any day. On a 12+ hour flight kids tend to get a good sleep - they have time for a meal and movie and some settle down time plus a good sleep. We usually do interior resorts in the US and Canada - off the plane, quick breakfast. Travel to destination resort, unpack and get bearings, off to bed and up the next day to hit the slopes. Due to Jet lag the first day is usually a bit of a write off anyway so you may as well spend it travelling and getting the boring things done (sorting lift passes, check in, unpack, grocery shop etc).
    The other benefit of a US or Canada trip over Japan with young kids is that you can often fly to within 45 mins or so of your resort - no 5 to 6 hour train/bus combo to get from the airport to the comfort of your on snow accommodation.
     
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  9. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Glad your kids get a good sleep on the plane, mine don’t!
     
  10. silva

    silva One of Us

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    That would suck. I have always chosen overnight long haul wherever possible as he sleeps well - have only done long haul day time once (to Japan). It was exhausting trying to keep him occupied and when we got there we were travel weary and he was bouncing off the walls with energy.
     
  11. silva

    silva One of Us

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    I would wait to choose the resort you travel to based on how your wife is feeling about skiing after this trip. If she is keen to learn more and improve then a resort with more non skiing activities is not as important a consideration. Then look at your priorities and I am sure people on here will have a heap of suggestions based on budget, ski school options and activity preferences.
     
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  12. Sbooker

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    Mine sleep well between the dinner service and the breakie service. We always stay awake until 7pm the first day. Good to go from there.
     
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  13. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Travelling with small kids on long haul is hard work.

    Nappy changing, boredom, fidgeting, sleeplessness.

    all adds up to a looong flight.

    And my son was 18 LOL
     
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