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    Posted: Apr/17/2009 at 8:41am
So my friends and I are in the beginning stages of planning a snowboarding/ski trip for the 2009-2010 season. We plan to leave on Tuesday or Wednesday and come back the following Sunday so we can get at least a good 3 days of slope time. It would probably be a January or February trip. Some have been to Whistler, some have been to Utah and all have been to Mammoth. Skill level is mixed from perpetual green hill gliders to black diamond carvers...no backcountry experience and I may be the only one interested in practicing park. So I guess we all want powder and lots of it.

I'm allowing multiple votes as many of you seasoned traveling boarders may find a few choices to be acceptable. Thanks for the assistance.
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i love whistler. its an awesome place. board during the day and hit the village at night.  i went when i was just first starting to board so i did not get to enjoy both mountains much but i want to go back soon.

the winter olympics will be there so that might have an impact on your travel plans. will probably have more people and the prices for lodging might go up.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/17/2009 at 8:52am
Tahoe every year, yo.

I'd like to get out to the hood in july though.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/23/2009 at 8:40am
Tahoe has something for everyone, decent night life, good lodging options, lots of resorts with a ton of different flavors. 

Bad part is you HAVE to have a rig, preferably a AWD. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/13/2009 at 7:54am
Telluride!!!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/28/2009 at 6:24pm
right now I'm leaning to Big Sky or AK.  not sure.  Or I might just do two weeks in Tahoe and beat the shit out of my double whammy pass
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/28/2009 at 8:28pm
As someone mentioned, the olympics are in Whistler - so i'd scratch that off the list. Depending on when you go - it's just going to be a madhouse. I'd avoid it.

Tahoe is a lot of fun. THere's an insane density of resorts in the area. If you stood in the middle of the lake, you'd have a good 12-16 resorts within probably a 1-1.5 hour drive from you. You need a car to fully take advantage though. Also - snowfall is kind of hit or miss. We don't get snow as often as other places, and when we do it's feet upon feet at a time. I think we went almost the entire month of January this year with hardly any snow at all. Same time last year we had 10 ft in like a couple of days, and it snowed 21/31 days in Jan. So - it can be real hit or miss. 

You mentioned whistler - and looking for insane amounts of snow. I would suggest looking a little further east in B.C. Canda - closer to Calgary instead of Vancouver. Nightlife might not be as jumping, but there is this:


If you're looking to stay in the US - i'd suggest SLC area, or Jackson Hole. That time of the year both have normally got a good amount of snow piled up.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/31/2009 at 8:09pm
I'm planning to go Utah...can't beat the price.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/08/2009 at 10:44am
Originally posted by gsrrr

i love whistler. its an awesome place. board during the day and hit the village at night.  i went when i was just first starting to board so i did not get to enjoy both mountains much but i want to go back soon.

the winter olympics will be there so that might have an impact on your travel plans. will probably have more people and the prices for lodging might go up.

This is true.. If you choose to go to whistler next year, be prepared to pay an arm and a leg. Lodging in January is already quite expensive as it is, but you'll be paying a premium next year because of the Olympics.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/08/2009 at 10:48am
Why Just Snowbird, and Breck? If you're going to get 3 days of riding in, you could do three different resorts.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/25/2009 at 5:34am
i'll be heading to colorado i'm sure.  i may just work out there again as a liftie
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/10/2009 at 5:33am
I saw Telluride listed in a post. 
Southwest Colorado has some rad terrain and plenty of snow.  Telluride has one of the better parks in the SW CO.  But it also boasts some of the most diverse terrain with quality Expert runs and plenty Beginner runs.
Purg(official name is Durango Mtn Resort) is also a pretty suitable resort for your liking.  However doesn't boast the park of Tulluride or as much expert terrain.

Wolf creek is another good one.  No park though.  I konw it has good terrain, but i'm not sure about the beginner terrain.

I'd tell you to go to Silverton, but it's all expert terrain.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/10/2009 at 6:48am
I'd take Tahoe and Jackson out of that list.Whistler would be prime, but as others have mentioned, Olympics will change everything. Thing about tahoe vs jackson though, is that tahoe is a conglomerate of resorts, Jackson is only 1. If the concern is powder, thats another close one. Jackson looks to be an awesome powderspot, but ive had some great pow at both. I think you could easily do a coin flip between Jackson and Tahoe and end up having a great time, though i'd give the edge to Tahoe for having so many different resorts, and so much to do outside of the resorts as well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/31/2009 at 12:19pm
Tahoe, of course that's my home mountain.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/08/2009 at 6:46pm
also depends on what is getting hammered with snow. While it wasn't a great season for western canada, you folks in sierra and tahoe and utah were getting hammered with powder days. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/08/2009 at 7:22pm
I voted for Breckenridge...but by that I really just mean Summit County.
 
I would stay in Breckenridge for the nightlife and then with a 4 day pass, you are good to get in at...
 
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The Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin at Vail are Incredible on a powder day.
 
And just about any car will have no problem making those drives unless there is a super nasty blizzard. 
 
*If you get a 3 day pass, you only get 1 day at Vail/Beaver Creek
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/09/2009 at 6:30am
Breck can be fun, but I would reccommend checking out Keystone (night riding too!), Abasin, Copper, Vail and Beaver Creek before you hitup Breck.  Those places have a lot more to offer than Breck.  
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/12/2009 at 1:48am
So many places are mad fun, but you gotta figure out what kind of town you wanna kick it in... and what you're looking to spend. So much to consider... but so much good stuff out there to be experienced!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/12/2009 at 6:15am
Haven't had much fun at Snowbird from my experience. If you go to Utah, forget the mountains in the Cottonwoods. Go to Snow Basin or Powder Mountain. If you must go to the Cottonwoods I think Brighton is WAY better than Snowbird. Snowbird is pretty close to the bottom of my list for Utah mountains.
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I'm hitting Kicking Horse again this year, both inbounds and backcountry. It rates about a 15 out of 10 on the gnar-factor-scale so far as terrain goes. Definitely not for the beginners / novice.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/15/2009 at 5:25pm
Breck... heh.  It's called Breckenwind and Breckenfridge for a reason.  Great parks though, but it sucks having to stop right before you jump because the wind picks up.  It's not bad though.  It does have a lot of flat cat tracks.  I love Keystone, plenty of greens and blacks, and so much fun on a powder day.  Free Apple Cider when you get off the gondola too!!  At the information booth or whateverBig smile  Copper's another great mountain... I took my dad and sister there and they both loved it... everyone could go down the same run and not get bored.  The parks at Copper are also much more fun and more ideal for someone who's getting into it, and it's spread from the top to bottom.  Also FUN on a powder day!!  Beaver Creek too!!  My fav in order for both park and powder:  Beaver Creek (looooooong boxes and rails), Copper, and Keystone.

Whistler... yeah, 2010 Olympics.  I only went for a weekend in May, it was great and the village is cute, lol.  It snowed and I got to ride some powder and the park was good too.  Not very big though.  Then again, this was in May, and Whistler was closed.  Blackcomb was open.  I had fun.

Mammoth, also really fun, but windy!!  The town is real small too, it's seriously in the middle of nowhere, and if you do something, everyone will know about it... lol.  I rode in like June and still needed a coat because it was so windy.

Hood, blah, don't go in the winter if you wanna do park.  I was surprised that the parks sucked ass there... I thought it'd be awesome because of the summer camps they had, but noooooooo.  Lots of FUN natural features though!!  And don't park your car in Govy, they will tow that shit, a meth head towed my car, that wasn't fun.  I got it back for free though.  Hell yeah.  Oh, yes, they do get powder... it snowed every day I was there, and one day it actually snowed so much that they couldn't open the resorts!!  The powder is different though, it's more wet.

Tahoe... I've ridden mostly at Boreal there, and I love it... yes, it's small compared to other resorts there, but it's so fun.  They have park features all over the mountain and also have greens.  It's real easy to make friends there because you see them all the time!  lol.  As for powder, I never rode at Boreal on a powder day, I went to Sugar Bowl for that and it was soooo much fun.  Wide, open runs and steeps... there's a cave that some people sleep in the night of a big storm and they get first tracks in the morning... lol.
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Whistler every year ftw.  Even with a 15 hour flight and 2 hour bus ride.
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I want to go some where for 3days  up to a week! i have the $$ ready... lets pick a place and go! hit me up!
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Take a look at Mt. Baker if that's possible. I don't know about the nightlife, but the snow is legendary.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/13/2010 at 5:41pm
my ultimate destination as of now is Whistler, with Jackson Hole a close second.  Steven's Pass the is up there, too (have you seen the topographical map of that place?...it's like all vert)

Last year I scratched one of the ultimates from my list: Squaw (although, the place is so big, I only explored maybe an eigth of the mountain)

already been to mammoth and breckenridge, too (both very, very good)


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I rode squaw everday  in 93-94 and still didnt
ride the whole place.
 
I have never been to Whistler but friends tell me it is hit and miss. Icy alot. Jackson Hole would be better.
 
Stevens. Blah. Go to Baker instead.
 
Mammoth Mountain is tits.
 
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LOLyeah, and they don't even stop when a noob eats it every other chair

Jackson Hole it is
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