Question Colorado or Utah single girl ski tour recommendations?

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  1. Kiera

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    I usually ski in the USA with my sister, her man and my brother and my dad. Dad's now too old, my brother can't afford it this year and my sis can't get the time off work. I haven't been able to get back to the USA for 3 years now and I'm dying to go back in mid January 2018 for a few weeks. I was planning to just go by myself but thought it might be fun skiing with a few others. Can anyone recommend a ski tour company?

    I'm a good skier, well travelled and don't need looking after, just looking for some ski buddies for a week or so of about a 3 week trip. Thank you. :)
     
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    My daughter (22) stayed at the Bivvie in Breckenridge this year. She met people to ski with and had a great time.
     
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  4. Kiera

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    Thanks for that. I'll look into it, I've never skied Brekenridge.
     
  5. Sbooker

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    One of the lodges at Alta or Snowbird might fit the bill? Fantastic skiing but not a lot of partying options.
    World's best combination of snow quality and quantity and terrain?
     
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    I don't have any ski buddies due to my lack of advancement in the sport and everyone else's amazing advancement! So I did the Jackson Hole elevate camp for one week a couple of years ago. I went on my own and it was great - I met some lovely fun people and there was always someone to go out in the evening with.
    They cater for all levels - extreme skiing down to nervous Nellies!
     
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    Hey @Kiera - I'm going to back up @silva suggestion of perhaps looking at some sort of ski improvement programme (or camp as they describe it). My immediate recommendation would have been Whistler simply because big mountain (lots of terrain and off mountain options) and I know there are at least a handful of ski improvement programs based there (by virtue of the fact it is a big destination) so you should have plenty of flexibility in terms of options and timings etc. Reason I would have suggested this option is they can facilitate accommodation as a single, you should be placed with a group of like minded folks so have a pool of people to free ski/socialise with and of course you are learning/improving as well. That will come at a cost but certainly if I was going to travel solo for a few weeks it would be something I would consider.

    Where have you skied previously USA? Did you have a specific destination in mind? If you did just start having a look at what options they have available. Most hills will offer a range of improvement type programs/options that may range from full on programme (as per say YES in Whistler) or you could piggy back it with resort provided programmes/lessons etc. (for example where I go in CO the ski hill runs week long women's programmes so you could do that the first week and free ski the next week etc.).

    If you were willing to look at Whistler as an option (and personally I think it is a good option even though you said USA) maybe have a read of this thread (also lists other options):-

    https://www.ski.com.au/xf/threads/ski-improvement-camps.70745/

    And maybe @skidiva could comment being a solo traveller and having done lots of improvement programmes/camps over the years at several Canadian and USA destinations. Regardless good luck and have fun :)
     
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    I don't think there are any lodges at Snowbird. Several of the Alta lodges have dorm rooms IIRC they are male only for general consumption. At least one of them will offer a female dorm room if demand warrants it.
     
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    Stay classy
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    Hey Scooter, thanks for your reply. I've skied several times for 2-3 weeks at a time out of both Aspen village and Park City so went to all the resorts close to both of those areas (and loved them). I am not good at bumps and I love to ski fast so I tend to ski groomers and just slow it up for fun by going through the trees sometimes. I'll probably ski by myself for a couple of weeks and meet my sister for a week at the end and I know she would like to stay at either Park City or Aspen (she skied Jackson Hole and Alta as well as Park City last year). Since I'll be meeting her I don't want to go to Canada this trip as it'll be another plane flight for me to meet up with her.

    I am open to going somewhere different for my 2 weeks before I meet her such as J.H. or Brek etc as I make the most of any place I go and frankly, I've found the skiing and service so awesome in the USA that unless it's been raining I'll probably love it wherever I go! :)

    Where do you like to ski in CO? I'm in my 40's btw.

    Cheers, K
     
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    Scooter's a Steamboat man - you'll usually find him there with his kids for as long as he can make it work through Dec / Jan

    I think the idea of an advanced camp is a great way to improve your skiing and meet some people. I did one in Sliver Star about 10 years ago when my eldest son was doing a ski program over January. It was really good - just subtle improvements and met some great people.

    Not sure about CO and UT but the idea of doing a camp in JH sounds awesome. I had one of the best ski trips in my life there in Feb 2014 - it just snowed and snowed for about 10 days. Amazing area - already snowing there now ;)
     
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    Staying at one of the lodges at Alta is a great way to meet people who love to ski. Not really that pricey if willing to share a dorm room. All of the lodges have a table at dinner (included) for people who want to make new friends. Not necessarily just solo travelers. Some couples or small group of friends opt for the "joiner" table sometimes. Not hard to find someone to take a few runs with the next day.

    I know Alta Lodge usually has one dorm room for women. I've stayed in one. Probably true at Goldminer's Daughter and the Peruvian too. The Snowpine is closed for 2017-18 for renovations and expansion.
     
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    Can't beat Sun Valley for long groomers and plenty of sunshine. They have women's clinics. In good weather, it's a 4-hour drive from SLC.

    You might see what the women on TheSkiDiva.com have to suggest. I know one Diva will be at Taos mid-January but she's a pretty cautious intermediate so wouldn't be good company on the slopes. Those who take a Taos Ski Week usually find friends in their group to ski with in the afternoons. It's a deal, about $200 for 6 mornings in a row with the same instructor. TSV instructors are all very experienced. They accommodate all abilities levels. I went for the first time last season with a few friends. We are going back this season. If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm a Ski Diva myself who really likes Alta.
     
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    Hey @Kiera - Yep Steamboat regular and after 7 consecutive seasons I will be sitting out the coming season so will be following how the season pans out with interest (the year you are not going is sure to be epic LOL) and following the reports and exploits of all those lucky enough to be on the snow very jealously and wishing I was there :cry:

    As you say you will probably love where ever you go so yeah - regardless of destination I am sure you will have a great time. How could you not being in the snow!!

    If you have a possible 3 weeks and at least some of that is with your sister I guess you need to both agree on a common destination and go from there. Would need to decide if you want to base yourself there for the duration (assume cheaper lifts and accommodation, possibility to do a program and really get to know the destination etc.) or do a couple or more resorts (increased travel depending on accommodation, exy tickets if not taking advantage of a combined pass etc. but does allow to experience a couple of different destinations).

    I tend to think that places like Sun Valley, Jackson Hole, Big Sky, Steamboat, Mammoth and Telluride etc. would lend themselves more to the 3 week stint as they are a bit removed distance wise (so not as easy to resort hop but that has some advantages like not as busy) and then the SLC, Tahoe and CO grouped resorts obviously lending themselves to basing yourself somewhere and taking in a few different areas.

    So yeah maybe work out the common resort you and your sister are keen on checking out and then build you trip around that.
     
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    Cliff Lodge is at Snowbird. It is a huge thing. Does dorm type rooms and standard hotel/lodge rooms. Have used both...they are fine. Like the idea of camps though as they will have a focused crowd.
     
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    The things you learn. Do they hire individual beds in dorms to randoms, or do you need 4 to book the room?
     
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    The joint is enormous.....hard to miss on arrival or heading to Alta. I've stayed there both via a room booking and when I turned up by chance on a whim. The latter saw me grab a bed in a dorm (otherwise completely unoccupied bar a bunch from Chicago who turned up later) at about 8 at night, a random off chance arrival. When I say "dorm" I mean it is really a 4 single bed room with all mod cons. Worth checking out as it saves the drive back to Salt Lake which is not that far but who can be fagged driving Little Cottonwood Canyon after a big day skiing? 'Course you can stay in Sandy which is essentially the suburb at the bottom of the hill. Not sure what they do these days - last stayed 2001.
    http://www.theclifflodgeandspasnowbird.com/
    https://www.snowbird.com/lodging/the-cliff-lodge/
     
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    If you are wanting to join a group or tour my brother recommends Dive Fish Snow- I think it is now called Travel&Co. I have not done one my self but will consider it when my husband no longer wants to ski. My brother (experienced skier) said they were great.
     
  21. MarzNC

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    For something new, the Ogden Valley has a special deal for checking out Snowbasin and Powder Mountain. Stay 2+ nights in select hotels in Ogden and ski a day at each for $157. Also includes a day and night at Nordic Valley. Nordic is a small ski area mostly for local families. But could be fun for a couple hours in the evening.

    http://www.visitogden.com/ski-ogden/ski3/

    There are Ski Divas who are season pass holders at Snowbasin. Often Divas who are travelers too, including families from Australia or New Zealand.

    http://www.theskidiva.com/forums/index.php