A friend recommended Steven's Pass out side of Seattle. Anyone been there?
Last winter some friends and I road tripped to Aspen, CO area from NC. This winter I'm looking for big mountains with lots of powder. I'm thinking Montana/Washington/Utah.
What big mountains do you think are the best for a budget?
On a budget?
Jackson Hole, WY
Stay IN Teton Village (GREAT location) at the Hostel X
I haven't been in a few years, but rates are SUPER inexpensive and you're literally right at the base of the mountain. Not the swankiest place to stay, but you can't beat the price for it's location.
I searched through some info I posted in an older thread. Here's a little extra 411 (*this is from ~2009):
- You'll fly into Jackson and then you'll need to take a shuttle to Jackson Hole (or to wherever you're staying). Go to: http://www.jacksonholealltrans.com/ They'll pick you up and drop you off when you leave for ~$50.
- For skiing/riding: Get up early and get on the first Tram!! Just follow the skiers/riders... places to look for are Rendezvous Bowl... Dick's Ditch... The Hobacks... there's a TON of great tree skiing (just look down!)... you gotta do the Headwall Hikes... and there are a few other reasonable in-bound hikes you can do as well. (just ask a Mountain Guide and they'll show you). When the Tram becomes a hassle.. just lap the Gondola. There are a ton of different ways down, so just explore and enjoy!!
- Lift tickets are expensive, but you can buy multi-day passes and save a few pennies. Sometimes you'll score with a local resident who might pick up a ticket for you at a discount as well
- There's a bunch to do right at the mountain, but you'll want to head into town for sure. You can take a local bus (~$2.00 fare) right from the hill into town. Go to Billy's Burgers and clog your arteries. There are a few nicer places.. BBQ.. Thai.. whatever you like. There are a bunch of other places in town to check out as well (Just do a little research online and you'll see all the shops / restaurants there).. bring a camera... it's great!
- If you're doing a quick breakfast at the mountain, hit the diner that's directly under the Mangy Moose. It's cheap and gooood!
- The Four Seasons (and other base hotels) have their own bars and restaurants - and you should definitely check those out... but you'll see the obvious apres-ski hot spot is the Mangy Moose. You can't miss it.
Last edited by MattV-Dub; 08-06-2012 at 12:41 PM.
First, what is your budget?
If your goal is strictly powder, go to Utah (if the West is having a good season...)
You can get some pretty great deals at the cliff lodge in Snowbird for 70-80/night including your lift ticket if you book the right time of year. If they are having a good snow year it is hard to compete with Wasatch powder.
we didnt stay at the base though, we lucked into a house about 5-10 miles away atop a different mountain. (knew a friend-of-a-friend kinda thing) so you'd have to check into lodging rates but i imagine there are plenty of options. the nice thing about Big Sky is you can also have access to Moonlight Basin if you buy an additional ticket. or you can just drive there and ride that for a day. it's the same terrain you just wont have access to Lone Peak.
definitely worth checking out imo
here's another thread discussing Big Sky a bit more:
Don't overlook "LITTLE" mountain alternatives. Personally, I really like places like Monarch in Colorado. It's only 1000 feet of vertical but it usually has a great skiing surface and it has lots of interesting terrain. Wolf Creek is another spot like that though that sees more traffic than Monarch. Both places have excellent sidecountry accessible with minimal hiking. Ski Santa Fe in New Mexico is also a little gem though you have to pick your weather since they don't get reliable snow.
Agreed. Went to Alta, snowbird, park city, brighton, snow basin, solitude and the canyons. All were excellent places. Alta was my personal favorite, probably a little bias though, because i did my first real (although little) "hike" there for skiing and did a little drop in. Pict is below that my parents took of me....
Alta for my trip had the best snow, but i've heard snow basin and solitude gets absolutely dumped on and taken advantage by mother nature.
Can't beat the price either. Theres a couple place around that sell lift tickets with your hotel for like 50% off. We stayed at a embassy suites and we got tickets to Alta for 35 bucks. The free breakfast was great there which saved money, plus it was actually good food, not the typical doughnuts and bagels stuff.
Heres a pict of mine......