Snow Skiing Intel

Discussion in 'OT: Trivial Pursuits' started by Sneezybeltran, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. Sneezybeltran

    Sneezybeltran Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    It's winter and there's snow on the ground in most of New Mexico and Colorado. Where you going skiing? Where are your favorite spots? In addition to that, why do you like going there? Please give any good intel on food, drinks, hotels and whatever other local activities you like.

    Ruidoso is where I went last year as it's convenient to where I was working and am still working and very reasonably priced. I stayed one night @ the Swiss Chalet Inn, which is a friendly local spot with a fireplace in your room. I'm a pyro, so that makes me happier than....well, a happy person. There's a decent coffee spot called Common Grounds, which is solid. Win Place & Show is a classic old school bar with live music almost every night of the week and sweethearts that tend bar in addition to having a fireplace. Most restaurants and bars are local, but the Inn of the Mountain Gods is the big hotel/casino with an amazing view of a lake and the mountains off the back side. @malaise likes the fact you can't drink on the casino floor. Weird Indian music in an otherwise very nice hotel for a reasonable price.

    As for the skiing, I had fresh powder, which made it easy on me when falling. They just opened this week as they haven't had much snow so far this year. So what's your favorite? Taos and Red River are probably going to be my next on the list. I had good friends who went to Beaver Creek last weekend.
    Let me know your thoughts.
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  2. PFD

    PFD Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    Growing up, I skied all over northern New Mexico and Summit County, CO.

    As an adult, my favorite spot is Crested Butte. It's one of the last of the old school mountain towns. It's relatively isolated, although it's pretty easy to fly from DFW to Gunnison. And the town still has a very authentic vibe--with lots of cool, locally owned restaurants, bars, and shops--unlike the highly commercialized resorts closer to Denver.
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  3. Sneezybeltran

    Sneezybeltran Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    I will have to try Crested Butte. I want to hit 2 or 3 places this year if time and/or money allows.
  4. HornsUp

    HornsUp Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    +1 on Crested Butte. The dining options are as good if not better than Aspen without the prices and bs. Get a house in town on VRBO.
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  5. CalHorn

    CalHorn Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    I typically hit Mammoth 1-2x per season. It's an interesting, scenic 4.5 hour drive up the Owens River Valley from the L.A. area, with the Sierras to the west and the White Mountains to the east as you're heading up. And even though the town has unfortunately seen somewhat of an influx of trendiness over the past 10 years due to the construction of Mammoth Village and the takeover by Starwood, it still has a "small ski town" feel for the most part. They've already had 45" since the start of the season, so things are looking good in terms of snow.
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  6. btown1110

    btown1110 Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    Love Breck. Like Beaver Creek.

    Going to Park City and Alta on two trips this year. If the snow is good then you can't beat Utah; 30 minute ride from the airport and you can be on the biggest mountain in the US less than an hour after you land.
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  7. CalHorn

    CalHorn Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    Major storm hitting the Sierras right now -- Mammoth's had over 4 feet and it's still coming down. Xmas skiers/boarders are gonna have a blast.
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  8. HookemAZ

    HookemAZ Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    I live a half hour from Monarch, so that's my jam most days.
  9. cncoats

    cncoats Member Who Talks

    I live near Boulder and love going to El Dora simply for convenience sake (you don't have to mess with i70). Nice little mountain but all there is is skiing (no hotels, etc) so it's a day-trip kind of a mountain.

    For overnight trips I like Keystone and Breck (especially Breck).
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  10. CaliHorniaBoy

    CaliHorniaBoy Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    Mammoth, Mammoth, and Mammoth.
  11. Eric Nahlin

    Eric Nahlin Recruiting Editor

    Near the top of my domestic skiiing bucket list right behind Jackson Hole. Driven right past it numerous times driving from LA to Tahoe. Always brutal to not ski it.

    The worst part of living in Texas is it being a pain in the ass to ski. I've had 40 day seasons when living in California.
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  12. JG

    JG Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    Been many places...really loved snowmass. Lines were not bad, great cruising and some nice bump runs.

    Taking my GF to Telluride for a four day weekend in January. Never been there. Don't think the skiing is as nice as some other places in CO but the town is really cool and since she doesn't ski I needed a draw for her too.
  13. jamesrh

    jamesrh Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    Tahoe ski areas are nice especially Heavenly. But the best I've been to was Whistler in BC. Here in NE it is mostly crap for real skiing, but not so bad for the kids to learn.
  14. Sneezybeltran

    Sneezybeltran Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    How hard to get up to Ruidoso? If wife is ok with it, could you get a cheap flight to Midland, Lubbock or El Paso if I could scoop you up there?
  15. CalHorn

    CalHorn Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    The Hole is #1 on my list of U.S. places I haven't skied yet. I need to get there (and hit Targhee as well) before I get too old.
  16. JG

    JG Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    Whistler is really cool now that they have the gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb. And it's fun to hit the entire vertical without stopping.
  17. JG

    JG Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    The storm that hit the Sierra this week was crazy. Mammoth has gotten 6 1/2 FEET of snow in the last two days.

    6 1/2 FEET!
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  18. KBrown

    KBrown Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    And the tree you can drive through in Sequoia fell over.
  19. JG

    JG Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    Actually, to clarify it was a tree in Calaveras State Park. The Wawona Tunnel Tree in Yosemite fell in 1969.

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