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    Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 12:13pm
Work usually slows down significantly in the winter for me, so this year im trying to to just take off for 4 weeks or so around february for a long boarding trip.  I live in NC and have never been out west. 

How do the mountains in Tahoe compare to the mountains in Colorado?  Seems like there are more options within a small radius in Colorado.  Also theres the option of the bundled season pass for Vail, breck and beaver creek.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 12:22pm
I live in CO, Aspen Mountain area. If your going to take 4 weeks and ride I would avoid the Vail, Breck, Keystone, Abasin, Copper, lift line extravaganza. I know the ticket is cheap, but you'll spend most of your day standing around, you'll get in 3 times as many laps at Snowmass, Telluride, or Crested Butte. I don't know about the Utah resorts, I may need to make a trip that way this season.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 12:27pm
Originally posted by Bensonator


How do the mountains in Tahoe compare to the mountains in Colorado?  Seems like there are more options within a small radius in Colorado.  Also theres the option of the bundled season pass for Vail, breck and beaver creek.



 
I really don't know if anywhere in the US can beat staying in Truckee and having like 5-6 legit mountains within a 20 minute drive.
 
My girlfriend goes to CU Boulder and she's still a solid 1.5 hour drive from Keystone and Breck.
 
Granted the Colorado resorts do have that Colorado pass that gains you access to like 5 mountains or whatever, which nothing in Tahoe can beat.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 12:28pm
Cool, thanks for that info! I too am giong out there for abit!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 12:41pm
Originally posted by pvbean

I live in CO, Aspen Mountain area. If your going to take 4 weeks and ride I would avoid the Vail, Breck, Keystone, Abasin, Copper, lift line extravaganza. I know the ticket is cheap, but you'll spend most of your day standing around, you'll get in 3 times as many laps at Snowmass, Telluride, or Crested Butte. I don't know about the Utah resorts, I may need to make a trip that way this season.


Having never been out to Snowmass/Telluride or Crested Butte I can't comment, but I got in about 40 days last season at A Basin, Breck, Keystone and Vail, and I didn't have too bad a time in the lines.  I did avoid going on the weekends, though, and that may have made all the difference.  On average during the week (Monday - Thursday) I waited about 5 min or less in the lines.  It does get crowded sometimes though. 

With the Colorado/Epic Pass, the pass is dirt cheap, and the terrain is variable and I LOVE Vail.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 1:17pm
At Snowmass you can basically ski on to any lift you want on any day except presedents weekend. I think the only line at Highlands is the line of people hiking the bowl. But all this talk aside, CO has some serious selection and steamboat and winterpark have yet to enter the conversation. If you can do a winnebego tour of CO I think that would be the best way to spend 4 weeks riding.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 1:23pm
If only i had a winnebago :/

Thanks for all the input guys :)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 5:44pm
You cannot make a wrong choice here..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 5:55pm
obviously im biased, but i'd have to say Tahoe. I'd weigh a lot of that on where you choose to reside for those 4 weeks though. You could easily rent a cabin or room for a month for a pretty cheap price in the truckee area and have access to multiple awesome resorts, less than 20 min away. Hell, you could stay in reno and still be close by. as far as terrain goes, you'll be fine with either choice. id worry about the other things like transportation, nightlife (if youre interested), what else there is to do, stuff like that, and make a decision that way.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 6:14pm
Tahoe kick ass..however, I've heard awesome things about CO as well..couple of co workers, both are skiers (very good)..they grew up I guess by breckenridge(pardon if I spelled that wrong)..they always told me that I need to try it over there..so influenced by their knowledge of that place, me and my bestfriend planned Aspen..however, the lodge/round trip airfare/food/lift tickets were just wayy beyond our budget so went to Tahoe..easy choice there! and not a bad one! but maybe down the road, Aspen wouldn't be far fetched.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 6:34pm
Both are great but Tahoe isn't close to the consistency of CO, and forget about Utah.  Cali is a gamble, CO is more likely to be good but Cali could be great or it could be slushy. Terrain is very even, my vote is Snowbird, Brighton and Solitude in Utah, it is the greatest snow on earth and SLC gives you many options.  I love lk tahoe for many reasons, the lake is awesome but the conditions in Utah are tops in NA.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 7:05pm
Well I say Tahoe...because not only is it beautiful, has great resorts, but you are also 3 hours from San Francisco so you have the city to go visit as well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 7:10pm
Tahoe!! you can go gamble when u're not riding!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/19/2010 at 7:16pm
gambling and buffets after riding are the BEST!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/20/2010 at 7:44pm
well my roommates and i found out a guy we know has a cabin in north lake, so looks like decision is made!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/20/2010 at 7:53pm
Either place has its positives and negatives (not really) but I'd have to go choose Colorado because I've been to both and slightly enjoyed it over Tahoe.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/20/2010 at 8:27pm
Originally posted by Bensonator

well my roommates and i found out a guy we know has a cabin in north lake, so looks like decision is made!


I think this makes it an easy choice...make sure you get him something nice Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/21/2010 at 12:32am
If one stays in Truckee do you have to rely on a car to get to the mountains, or is there adequate shuttle services to the resorts? From what I gather most of the shuttles leave from the South of the lake :(

I'm comparing Tahoe Vs Colorado as well this winter. Very touch choice at the moment but Tahoe certainly seems the easiest in terms of transport and budget.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/21/2010 at 1:18am
although it seems the destination has been chosen, i would think that CO, especially summit, would be easier to get around, with all the shuttles and public buses, and the relative closeness of the resorts...can you really go wrong in either place, go where the snow is.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/22/2010 at 10:21pm
tahoe all the way baby
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/22/2010 at 11:14pm
I've never been to CO, but I lived in Truckee last winter. What I would recommend you doing is waiting it out to a month before you buy a plane ticket or decide on where to go to see which is getting more consistent snow and who has a better base.

Last winter Tahoe got 2-4x as much snow as most places in CO. They are calling for another wet and cold winter, so I would say Tahoe. There are shuttles from downtown Truckee to all the local resorts (Northstar, Squaw, Alpine, Boreal, Sugarbowl, etc.)

Someone above said that Cali could either be great or slushy. It really only gets slushy here when it gets warm at the end of the season or if there is a couple weeks of warm temps. Otherwise it is consistently packed powder.

In terms of night life... Truckee on Fridays and Saturday's is pretty sweet. Lots of house parties and the bars are good. Reno is a 35 minute drive if you don't drive like a puss or get stuck behind gapers and there are usually some really good concerts in North Lake Tahoe (25m), Reno (35m) and South Lake Tahoe (1-1.5hr depending on traffic)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/23/2010 at 2:32am
Originally posted by 08altimav4

tahoe all the way baby


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/23/2010 at 2:35am
Originally posted by Lib4Life

Reno is a 35 minute drive if you don't drive like a puss or get stuck behind gapers and there are usually some really good concerts in North Lake Tahoe (25m), Reno (35m) and South Lake Tahoe (1-1.5hr depending on traffic)


Distance between North and South Lake areas is about 1 hr? yikes. So if I stayed in South Lake Tahoe and wanted to visit a resort in the north it could mean 45-1hr by shuttle?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/23/2010 at 2:51am
Originally posted by zhenjie


Originally posted by Lib4Life

Reno is a 35 minute drive if you don't drive like a puss or get stuck behind gapers and there are usually some really good concerts in North Lake Tahoe (25m), Reno (35m) and South Lake Tahoe (1-1.5hr depending on traffic)
Distance between North and South Lake areas is about 1 hr? yikes. So if I stayed in South Lake Tahoe and wanted to visit a resort in the north it could mean 45-1hr by shuttle?


I doubt there are any shuttles between South Lake and the North Lake Resorts. If there are they would probably bring you to Truckee where you would then have to transfer to get to any of the resorts. If you're staying in South Lake you would be much closer to Sierra @ Tahoe and Heavenly. There wouldn't be any point in going to North Lake if you're staying in South Lake.

If you're staying in South Lake I honestly couldn't tell you anything about the public transit down there, because I haven't spent much time down there. I'd imagine there are shuttles to Sierra and Heavenly though, but it's a bit trickier to get around in South Lake, because it's much larger than Truckee. Your best bet would be to try to find some people here on SS and find out if you could carpool with them when you are in the area and offer to pay for gas or whatever. Otherwise, you'd probably have to either take a taxi to the bus station or a taxi to the resort, which would cost a lot if you were there for a while. If you stay in Truckee, find a place downtown and you'll be within walking distance of the transit station where you can get to any North Lake Tahoe resort.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/23/2010 at 3:43am
I dunno what the guy hating on Vail/Breck/Keystone/Copper/Abasin is talking about.  I got 102 days at these resorts last year and the liftlines are not bad at all, with the exception of a few lifts at Vail.  But Vail is HUGE (7square miles) only the GAPER lifts serving NEWBIE terrain are ever really crowded, with the exception of Sun Down Bowl (Which gets a new high speed quad lift this year that takes under 4 minutes).  Not to mention an EPIC pass for 700 bucks (Before sept 6).  Add that alltogether with the FREE PUBLIC transportation in Summit and Eagle County, the great nightlife in Vail/Breck, and the international culture that inhabits both places, I'll take Colorado anyday!  Going for 120 days this year!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/23/2010 at 3:48am
im on the east coast and am hoping that ill get the opportunity to travel out west so i can try out some of these mountains
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/23/2010 at 3:56am
Make your own opportunity bro.....
 
 
Vail resorts is hiring like mad for the Winter, unless you are a retard I'm sure you could get a job.  Comes with housing and a ski pass.  The pay sucks, the riding is worth it.
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