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Best overall beginner slopes in US ?

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Old January 27th 05, 07:58 PM
Lisa Horton
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lal_truckee wrote:

Can you guys tell me what ski resports in the US are the best for
beginners? Are there any like this?

Multiple long, wide easy beginner slopes.

Fast idiot proof beginner ski lifts.

Not busy during weekdays.

Within a couple of hours of a major city for Airport access so we can
get there in a timely manner.

What else am I missing?

It may be hard to believe, but Squaw Valley has great beginner slopes at
High Camp, just as you describe - "Multiple long, wide easy beginner
slopes. Fast idiot proof beginner ski lifts. Not busy during weekdays."
Reno International is ~45 min/mi away, all good roads.

PLUS uncomparable scenery, AND it's at the top of the tram (take the
tram down if you're a real beginner) so the beginner can feel a full
part of the skiing experience.

I don't know of another major resort with the beginner slopes on the top
of the mountain, with the best snow.

As a beginner, let me second what Lal said. The beginner runs really
are very wide open, and there's more than a few. The beginner lifts are
slow, making it easy to learn to get off. I found the lifties at the
beginner areas at Squaw to be very helpful as well.

As a beginner, it was nice at Squaw not being consigned to the bottom of
the mountain, without more advanced skiers ending their runs barelling
through. At Sqaw, even a beginner can feel what it's like at the top of
the mountain, including the incomperable view.


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