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Old December 2nd 04, 09:12 PM
Dmitry
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I'm doing my homework for a ski/snowboard road trip sometime in the
end of Dec or first week of Jan. We'll be heading east out of Seattle
(WY, MO, ID, CO, UT). We have about a week, maybe a little more.

Basically, I'd like to solicit some suggestions for mountains worth
visiting, and maybe also general sites/places that are "must see"
this time of the year. So far, Silver and Jackson Hole are on my
"must go" list. We have a strong preference for less mainstream
mountains with more locals on them and less tourist crowds. Also
advanced terrain and quality of snow are of great interest. We'll
have only one or two people who are intermediate level, everyone
else advanced.

We'll probably want to visit either Denver or SLC and stay there for
half a day, but other than that any route would be good.

Thanks in advance!


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Old December 2nd 04, 09:40 PM
Dmitry
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"lal_truckee" wrote

We'll probably want to visit either Denver or SLC and stay there for
half a day, but other than that any route would be good.


Denver's too far; even SLC is too far. Cover the goodies in Canada - Red, Fernie, etc; drop down to Montana, west Wy - JH, Targhee
(ski the pass a day) come back by way of Sun Bowl (and up the Sawtooth range for a visual treat.)


Some of us might have issues with having to do paperwork for crossing the
boarder, so Canada might not be in the cards. But the rest sounds good - thanks!

Oh yea, forgot snowkiting. Sun Valley will probably be on the list too, AFAIR
they even have a snowkiting school there (if that came through, was on the
kitesurfing maillist a while ago).

PS: I just made a trip to LA a month ago. 4000 miles in a week, OR, CA
coast plus all the goodies in the Sierras (Lassen, Tahoe, Yosemite, Death
Valley, Mono Lake, etc.). It really helps to have a good comfortable car
for such trips.


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Old December 2nd 04, 09:43 PM
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Dmitry wrote:
I'm doing my homework for a ski/snowboard road trip sometime in the
end of Dec or first week of Jan. We'll be heading east out of Seattle
(WY, MO, ID, CO, UT). We have about a week, maybe a little more.

Basically, I'd like to solicit some suggestions for mountains worth
visiting, and maybe also general sites/places that are "must see"
this time of the year. So far, Silver and Jackson Hole are on my
"must go" list. We have a strong preference for less mainstream
mountains with more locals on them and less tourist crowds. Also
advanced terrain and quality of snow are of great interest. We'll
have only one or two people who are intermediate level, everyone
else advanced.

We'll probably want to visit either Denver or SLC and stay there for
half a day, but other than that any route would be good.


Denver's too far; even SLC is too far. Cover the goodies in Canada -
Red, Fernie, etc; drop down to Montana, west Wy - JH, Targhee (ski the
pass a day) come back by way of Sun Bowl (and up the Sawtooth range for
a visual treat.)

Save SLC and east (Co) for another trip.
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Old December 2nd 04, 09:54 PM
Chris J.
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"Dmitry" wrote in message
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I'm doing my homework for a ski/snowboard road trip sometime in the
end of Dec or first week of Jan. We'll be heading east out of Seattle
(WY, MO, ID, CO, UT). We have about a week, maybe a little more.

Basically, I'd like to solicit some suggestions for mountains worth
visiting, and maybe also general sites/places that are "must see"
this time of the year. So far, Silver and Jackson Hole are on my
"must go" list. We have a strong preference for less mainstream
mountains with more locals on them and less tourist crowds. Also
advanced terrain and quality of snow are of great interest. We'll
have only one or two people who are intermediate level, everyone
else advanced.

We'll probably want to visit either Denver or SLC and stay there for
half a day, but other than that any route would be good.

Thanks in advance!



Schweitzer Mtn. in Sandpoint is one of my personal favorites, as is Big Sky
near Bozeman, MT. Both are more like destination resorts than local places.
If you end up on 84 in Eastern Oregon, Anthony Lakes (between Baker City and
La Grande) is a fun little low key hill to check out. They have just 1 old
triple, but it accesses a lot of interesting terrain and there's some nice
stuff available if you hike a little.

Chris


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Old December 3rd 04, 12:00 AM
John Richardson
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"Dmitry" wrote in message
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I'm doing my homework for a ski/snowboard road trip sometime in the
end of Dec or first week of Jan. We'll be heading east out of Seattle
(WY, MO, ID, CO, UT). We have about a week, maybe a little more.

Basically, I'd like to solicit some suggestions for mountains worth
visiting, and maybe also general sites/places that are "must see"
this time of the year. So far, Silver and Jackson Hole are on my
"must go" list. We have a strong preference for less mainstream
mountains with more locals on them and less tourist crowds. Also
advanced terrain and quality of snow are of great interest. We'll
have only one or two people who are intermediate level, everyone
else advanced.

We'll probably want to visit either Denver or SLC and stay there for
half a day, but other than that any route would be good.

Thanks in advance!



Schweitzer Mtn. in Sandpoint is one of my personal favorites, as is Big
Sky
near Bozeman, MT. Both are more like destination resorts than local
places.
If you end up on 84 in Eastern Oregon, Anthony Lakes (between Baker City
and
La Grande) is a fun little low key hill to check out. They have just 1 old
triple, but it accesses a lot of interesting terrain and there's some nice
stuff available if you hike a little.


I'll second Big Sky. I went out there last spring. Spent a couple of days
there and one day at the new place next to it, Moonlight Basin. Moonlight
Basin was fun, too. I never waited in a line at Big Sky. Never even saw a
line at Moonlight Basin. Stayed at the Corral Bar, Motel and Steakhouse
outside of town. If you plan it right, it's on the way to Jackson Hole.

John


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Old December 3rd 04, 03:30 PM
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"Dmitry" wrote in message
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I'm doing my homework for a ski/snowboard road trip sometime in the
end of Dec or first week of Jan. We'll be heading east out of Seattle
(WY, MO, ID, CO, UT). We have about a week, maybe a little more.

Basically, I'd like to solicit some suggestions for mountains worth
visiting, and maybe also general sites/places that are "must see"
this time of the year. So far, Silver and Jackson Hole are on my
"must go" list. We have a strong preference for less mainstream
mountains with more locals on them and less tourist crowds. Also
advanced terrain and quality of snow are of great interest. We'll
have only one or two people who are intermediate level, everyone
else advanced.


I would add Red Mountain, Big White, and Fernie in BC, Tamarack (new resort)
in Idaho, and Peak Snowcats in Idaho as well ($225) for day trip if I
remember correctly. I have also heard good things about Schweitzer and
Silver Mountains in Idaho as well as far as being smaller and more "local".
That would be a nice loop.

Sounds like fun.


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Old December 3rd 04, 04:12 PM
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tg wrote:
I would add Red Mountain, Big White, and Fernie in BC, Tamarack (new resort)
in Idaho, and Peak Snowcats in Idaho as well ($225) for day trip if I
remember correctly. I have also heard good things about Schweitzer and
Silver Mountains in Idaho as well as far as being smaller and more "local".
That would be a nice loop.


If you want extreme backcountry skiing then try Silverton in Colorado.
Only one chair but all ungroomed 100% expert only terrain.

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Old December 4th 04, 06:02 AM
Dave M
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tg wrote:

"Dmitry" wrote in message
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I'm doing my homework for a ski/snowboard road trip sometime in the
end of Dec or first week of Jan. We'll be heading east out of Seattle
(WY, MO, ID, CO, UT). We have about a week, maybe a little more.

Basically, I'd like to solicit some suggestions for mountains worth
visiting, and maybe also general sites/places that are "must see"
this time of the year. So far, Silver and Jackson Hole are on my
"must go" list. We have a strong preference for less mainstream
mountains with more locals on them and less tourist crowds. Also
advanced terrain and quality of snow are of great interest. We'll
have only one or two people who are intermediate level, everyone
else advanced.



I would add Red Mountain, Big White, and Fernie in BC, Tamarack (new resort)
in Idaho, and Peak Snowcats in Idaho as well ($225) for day trip if I
remember correctly. I have also heard good things about Schweitzer and
Silver Mountains in Idaho as well as far as being smaller and more "local".
That would be a nice loop.

Sounds like fun.




Silver is not worth it IMHO. The runs are shorter, more cat tracks to
get anywhere less "interesting" terrain. Great if you have kids but
then so is Mt. Spokane. The best part of Silver Mt. is the summer music
series -- it is almost enough to make the gondola ride worth it sometimes.

Dave M.

 




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