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West Coast resorts

Discussion in 'United States' started by Meatpie, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. Meatpie

    Meatpie First Runs

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    I've got to do a work trip through LA and Vegas and then on to Kansas City inn January. How hard is is to get out to a resort for a day or two? Is it worth the effort. I probably wont make it to north America just for a ski trip. So this is my best chance to ski another country.
     
  2. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Find Mammoth and Lake Tahoe on a map. If you are driving from LA to Vegas you can divert via Mammot. If you are flying Reno is relatively close to Tahoe, with lots of flights from all over the place. There are regular shuttles up to the resorts.
     
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  3. Summit

    Summit Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, Mammoth is about 5 1/2 hour drive from LA and Las Vegas, or if you're not driving, there are plenty of great resorts around Lake Tahoe that only require a shuttle of less than an hour from Reno airport to the edge of the Lake. One of those options would be well worth the effort for someone who hasn't skied in the US.
     
  4. Sbooker

    Sbooker One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Mammoth should be very worth it at that time. The drive is easy from LA. Once you're half way it's pretty scenic too.
     
  5. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    Fly from LAX to Reno. Hire a car. Pick a Lake Tahoe resort to ski, there are plenty :)

    I have skied the Vail resorts. I rate Kirkwood highly, Heavenly and Northstar were pretty good too.
     
  6. MarzNC

    MarzNC One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Would the ski day(s) be on a weekend? How early in January? What type of terrain do you like?

    Worth the effort. But probably not worth bringing skis. Worth bringing boots.
     
  7. Pink

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    Are you flying or driving from Vegas to Kansas City? If driving, I70 goes thru UT and CO.
     
  8. Meatpie

    Meatpie First Runs

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    Thanks for the tip, I've got some reading and planning to do.
     
  9. The Fallen

    The Fallen One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hi all. I'm hoping for some guidance regarding an upcoming family trip.

    It's a long way off but I've convinced the extended family to do a white Christmas trip to either the US or Europe for Christmas 2019.

    The main focus is that we have 3 kids (girls) aged between 6 to 15 who are all beginner's. They are not full green but will only have done a year or two skiing Aus green runs... but they have the bug so I want to nurture it.

    We are looking for the full White Christmas experience with some decent advanced skiing for myself if possible & Cash is not a major issue.

    We are leaning towards the US simply to avoid the language barrier but we are not opposed to a good European option?

    At present, I'm thinking Mammoth Mountain Cal with the aim to hit the mountain by the 22nd December and depart around New Years.

    BUT we have a lot of flexibility so I just wanted to get some informed advice to see if California is a good early season option or should we head further inland towards Colorado or Utah or even head north to Oregon?

    OR is Europe more reliable for late December?

    All advice will be greatly appreciated. Cheers
     
  10. Froff Life

    Froff Life A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Well played sir

    It's tough to pick who will have a more reliable season for Xmas snow fall. I'd be more looking at facilities that suit your group, lessons, snow making and group accommodation
     
  11. The Fallen

    The Fallen One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    That's what I was thinking. Mammoth is big. The base sits at 2,500m so height is not a major issue? I'll research their snowmaking but would assume its half decent?

    I'll trawl through the historical snowfall data but my gut tells me that coastal range with altitude is a decent bet for early season?
     
  12. The Fallen

    The Fallen One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    No way I’d book Mammoth for the Christmas week. Too busy.
     
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    Jellybeans not woke enough Ski Pass: Gold

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    The Fallen One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ah nice. I'll have a read. Cheers
     
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    MarzNC One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    For family trips, here's Tony's webpage for early and late season snow in N. America. His top rating (5) for Christmas are Steamboat, Alta, Brighton, Grand Targhee, Whistler-Blackcomb, Mt. Baker. Mammoth is a 4.

    http://www.bestsnow.net/fam_ski.htm

    For a family with tween/teen beginners going overseas, I would pick Alta, Steamboat, W-B over Mammoth. Haven't been to W-B but have skied at the others. For that matter I would consider staying at Solitude and have a car to go over to Alta for a day or two. While the Solitude ski school is good for beginners, it's not at the level of the Alta ski school. I have a lot of experience with the Alta ski school for kids and adults of all ability levels after doing multiple spring break trips to Alta Lodge meeting up with other families.

    As for a White Christmas experience, Europe over the U.S. I haven't skied in Europe but have traveled there a fair amount. The N.A. Rockies are scenic but can't compare to the Alps.
     
  17. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Personally if I was choosing a US destination for a family trip like this where clearly off-slope activities and ambiance are important, I'd strongly consider one of the classic ski towns (and there aren't that many of them). The OP's problem is that XMAS to New Year is very busy everywhere (and is relatively early season snow-wise).

    I'd recommend Steamboat, but I don't want it any busier than it already is!
     
  18. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    One of the big inland mountain kingdoms with loads of on snow accoms is in order here. Sounds like epic terrain is less important than the full white Christmas experience. More experienced ski travelers might scoff, but places like Park City, Copper, Breck, Aspen etc have zillions of rooms with ski in/out access and vast swathes of impeccably groomed novice and intermediate terrain. That makes for good value for money on rooming and a better chance of finding something at peak season this late in the piece.

    I'd also throw in Canada as an option, the southern interior resorts like Sun Peaks, Big White and Silver Star are likewise loaded with ski in/out lodging and the requisite green and blue terrain. Plus the Canadian dollar buys more than the greenback.
     
  19. Sbooker

    Sbooker One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Aspen will be as quiet as any. Pretty hard not to have a good time there too.
     
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