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Old 12-28-2006, 10:37 AM   #1
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Skiing/Snowboarding Destinations

I am looking for personal reviews, experiences, pro's/cons for different ski vacation destinations. I know there have to be some people who have been on a snow packed vacation before. I am looking to go on a snowboarding trip (they must offer skiing/snowboarding on the slopes) in late February (before Spring Break hits). I have been to both Breckenridge (and all surrounding areas i.e. Keystone, Vail, etc.) and Lake Tahoe (North of the Lake i.e. Northstar, Heavenly, Alpine Meadows). I am trying to find a nice, fairly inexpensive, not crowded place to venture off to. I have friends in Albuquerque so lodging would be free if we opt to stay with them. However, how far is it to nice mountains? I don't want to be driving more than 2 1/2 hours a day to hit the hills. Anyone been to the Appalachian Mountains? Do they offer skiing/snowboarding there? Any advice, opinions, help is greatly appreciated. Hopefully there are some of you tropical that have experienced more than just this great state of Texas. THANKS
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I am looking for personal reviews, experiences, pro's/cons for different ski vacation destinations. I know there have to be some people who have been on a snow packed vacation before. I am looking to go on a snowboarding trip (they must offer skiing/snowboarding on the slopes) in late February (before Spring Break hits). I have been to both Breckenridge (and all surrounding areas i.e. Keystone, Vail, etc.) and Lake Tahoe (North of the Lake i.e. Northstar, Heavenly, Alpine Meadows). I am trying to find a nice, fairly inexpensive, not crowded place to venture off to. I have friends in Albuquerque so lodging would be free if we opt to stay with them. However, how far is it to nice mountains? I don't want to be driving more than 2 1/2 hours a day to hit the hills. Anyone been to the Appalachian Mountains? Do they offer skiing/snowboarding there? Any advice, opinions, help is greatly appreciated. Hopefully there are some of you tropical that have experienced more than just this great state of Texas. THANKS
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Old 12-28-2006, 11:16 AM   #3
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Blackfoot, Idaho Amazing place!

I have done alot of the big ones as well and personally i will never do a groomed resort run ever again. Back country free riding is the only way to snowboard.
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Old 12-28-2006, 01:08 PM   #4
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Well I went to Big Bear/Summit Mountain the last 2 yrs.....but it's in Cali. Nice, not too crowded and they offer both skiing & snowboarding. I'm going somewhere in Feb, so I was looking for someplace different also. I was looking at a few places in NM and NY.
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Old 12-28-2006, 03:25 PM   #5
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Alta, Utah. 30 minutes away from salt lake city. Fairly cheap compared to Heavenly. Small town too not alot of tourist craming up the slopes. Went to Heavenly a couple weeks ago, it was to crowded to even get a good run in.
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Old 12-28-2006, 03:46 PM   #6
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Alta, Utah does not allow snowboarding, but Snowbird does. Salt Lake is the cheapest skiing in the US. There are four ski areas are in the suburbs, about 25-30 miles from downtown and easier to get to than the Woodlands and Kingwood are from downtown Houston.

I'm going to Jackson Hole, WY the first week of February and it is the next cheapest. Because Jackson and the Tetons are summer resorts, loding in the winter is cheaper than in the winter resorts of Colorado. My room in a nice motel is $70 a night and food costs about what is does in Houston. In most resorts, food gets expensive.

North Carolina and Tennessee have skiing in the Asheville-Gatlinburg area but I've not been there.

Park City, Ut is going to be more expensive than Salt Lake City, but it is more a ski resort atmosphere. It has nots of condo's for rent so you can put the whole family in one place. Salt Lake is also the easiest to get to. Southwest flies several flights a day.
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