Western Ski Areas

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    I am planning a family ski trip early next spring to extend our relatively short (3.5 month) NC season. My children have the week of April 2 off from school. This will be my first time skiing out west, so I know next to nothing about it. (Totally atypical of me, with an opinion on just about everything else.) We are looking at Colorado because it is a shorter flight from Charlotte, NC. Right now our plans are very open, with the simple goal to maximize vertical feet/ dollar within the one week available. Any suggestions? :wine:
     
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    Winter Park is nice, Vail is awesome but too crowded, Aspen has its own airport but is full of snobs and is way too expensive for the quality of hill.

    You can stay in Fraser which is right around the corner from Winter Park (both the town and the resort) and slightly less expensive than staying in Winter Park. There is also some GREAT Ice Fishing at Grand Lake, also just around the corner from Fraser.

    How long do you plan on staying? There are passes that will allow you to go to more than one resort and ski to your heart's content. I can give you a ton of advise, just give me a bit of direction here!

    How good are you at skiing?

    How long are you staying?
     
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    Whistler BC - you won't regret it. :)

    Or...check Idaho, too! :) Cheaper than CO, IIRC.
     
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    Cheaper for a good reason... It sucks.
     
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    lmao :) Okay Doug..I've never been - just brainstorming.

    :D

    Whistler pwn3s, though. Right?
     
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    We are steering towards Winter Park for several reasons, including the recomendation of a friend with a time share there (It's not available when we are going).

    My son hates to fish, but thanks for the info. Him and I especially are interested in the most "verts" possible. And we are skiers- not boarders.

    I'm a level 8 or so skier (out of 10), NASTAR silver. I should be a 9 by the end of the season. I'm going to race camp in December here in NC. My son is a J3 racer. He passed by my level (I'm 47, he's 14) last year. He's becoming the type that people stop to watch, and comment, on the double blacks. Spouse and daughter are levels 4 and 5, and not nearly as committed as us do or die-hards.

    We will be staying for the week, probably skiing M-F.

    I appreciate your advise!:rock:
     
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    is correct if ya are going to Colorado...Fraser and Winter Park are pretty good and more reasonable...However I would still reccommend Tahoe...but stay on the Nevada side of the lake...not as snobish and more to do...and your cute wife will love the shopping! I don't ski anymore since I had a work related accident 4years ago...still have residual mylopothy in both legs...strength and endurance took a walk...and I run like a duck...:teeth:
     
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    It's been quite a few years, but I had a blast at Steamboat Springs. Prices then were much cheaper than Aspen or Vail.
     
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    steamboat or telluride
     

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