Posted on January 26, 2009 by Tim Groom
I’m not 100% confident with my skiing abilities that I’m up for the MOST adventurous slopes, but…maybe…
In terms of my travel plans, I’ll be flying out to Utah next week – ski place is yet to be determined. I’m still taking recommendations! I’ll be there for a week, and then will be driving back with a bunch of friends, one of whom needs to get his car back to the east coast. So….hello roadtrip!
In the meantime, here’s a list of the top 10 most adventurous ski slopes, courtesy of Cheap O Air, which, if you know anything about me and my spending habits, you’ll know is right up my alley.
- Squaw Valley Ski Resort – Olympic Valley, California
- Jackson Hole Ski Resort Area – Teton Village, Wyoming
- Chamonix – France
- Mad River Glen Ski Resort – Waterbury, Vermont
- Whistler – British Columbia
- Val D’isere – France
- Alta Ski Resort Area – Albion, Utah
- Verbier – Switzerland
- Snowbird Ski Resort Area – Salt Lake City, Utah
- Crested Butte – Colorado
Good luck out there at these death trap capitals! (I’m not saying I don’t see the attraction…but it’s good to know what you’re getting yourself into.)
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Posted on January 13, 2009 by Tim Groom
In continuation of my ski research, I’ve decided to include some info for snowboarders. I’m the occasional snowboarder and have been thinking about trying to work on some of my “moves” this winter. And like I said before, if I’m going to trek all the way out west for a ski trip, I want to make sure that I’ve chosen the right places to go to. Here’s a list of some of the best terrain parks in the country, according to some of my friends (who are mostly skiers, but definitely are in the know about snowboarding too) and just general research from the web. If anyone has any more to add, please let me know.
- Squaw Valley Ski Resort Area – Olympic Valley, California
- Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort – Lake Tahoe, California
- Homewood Ski Resort – Lake Tahoe, California
- Northstar at Tahoe Ski Resort – Truckee, California
- Boreal Ski Resort Area – Truckee, California
- Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort Area – Bishop, California
- Keystone Mountain Ski Resort Area – Dillon, Colorado
- Snowmass Ski Resort Area – Snowmass, Colorado
- Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort Area – Vail, Colorado
- Breckenridge Ski Resort Area – Breckenridge, Colorado
- Copper Mountain Ski Resort Area – Eagle County, Colorado
- Buttermilk Ski Resort – Snowmass, Colorado
- Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area – Bloomington, Minnesota
- Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort – Government Camp, Oregon
- Timberline Lodge and Ski Resort – Mt. Hood, Oregon
- Loon Mountain Ski Resort Area – Lincoln, New Hampshire
- Mountain Creek Ski Resort Area – Vernon Valley, New Jersey
- Beaver Mountain Ski Resort – Garden City, Utah
Note: These aren’t all specifically for snowboarders; many of these are open to skiers as well. So if you’re looking for a snowboard-exclusive park, make sure you inquire within.
These should keep you busy for a while.
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Posted on December 10, 2008 by Tim Groom
If you’re like me (which is probably in general not something to aspire to…), you like skiing, but hate the skiing experience. Sometimes I go out to Hunter Mountain, which is pretty close by, and then regret it almost immediately. Basically: I HATE CROWDS. I HATE COMMERCIAL SKI SLOPES. I HATE SKI SCHOOLS THAT CROWD MY MOUNTAIN. Yeah, that’s right, I get a little possessive. I usually drive for hours or even days to get to the slope of my choice, spend a crapload of money, and then can barely move as I get pushed down the icy, well-too-worn slopes. This winter, I’ve got one roadtrip planned and my goal is to find some empty slopes where not only can I ski in peace, but I can meditate and relax. Is it possible? We shall see.
Here’s a list I’ve found so far, posted a year ago on ForbesTraveler.com – but doesn’t the fact that it’s already been advertised as “crowd-free” for one year mean that all the crowd-avoiders will be there, thus making it a bit crowded? Well, maybe you’ve got insight—please let me know if you know of more crowdless slopes. (Though I understand if you don’t want to share—publicizing them would sort of defeat the purpose, right?)
Enjoy! Hopefully I won’t see you out there – you know what I mean.
(Thank you, forbestraveler.com for the list.)
Good Info on Skiing in General
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