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Right, a slightly odd question. We are heading off to Vegas next February, and thought If we are over that side, it would be the perfect opportunity to try some of the North American ski resorts. Obvious answers are Whistler and Banff I guess? Have never skiied US before, so any ideas and recommendations. Needs to be fairly easy to get from Vegas!
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The Seira Nevada resorts in California or the Utah resort's wound be the easiest if you are looking to drive. If you wanted something a bit different try Taos and Ski Apache in new Mexico...desert resorts, weirdly appealing.
Or you can fly anywhere in North America from Mccarron.
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Or for a quirky day, Lee Canyon or the Las Vegas ski resort, about 40 mins up the road towards Area 51.
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@Shawsy, Good idea - Mammoth I would suggest as it's decent little resort and an easy drive
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How long for ? if a couple of days or so folks drive form Vegas to Brianhead and/or Eagle Point, stay in Cedar City or Beaver.
Any longer then grab a flight or a day driving.
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Mammoth is in driving distance and usually has good snow (not this year though).

Otherwise Salt Lake City is about 6 hours drive.

Even at that sort of drive probably worth it compared to the ballache of airport, domestic bag fees, arrival airport, car hire or shuttle at the other end
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Lee Canyon.
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Drive across Death Valley to Mammoth. Super scenic.
Or Brian Head a few hours north would do to.
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Some great suggestions here! We’re thinking 3/4 days in Vegas and then a weeks ski, so could fly, but don’t want hours or multiple changes...
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Anywhere!

Upward of 50 resorts within 2 hrs of flight!
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Brian head is where I drive when I have to suffer in Vegas. No need to go any further unless there's an issue with the snow. Brian Head is excellent, stunning scenery and a part of the world the tourist hordes don't get to.

If you're flying, well unless the snow's bad then staying in the US is easier than flying to Canada, and Utah would be my preference there too, although it depends what sort of place you like.
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Shawsy,

We are currently in Colorado and doing the reverse of your trip - ie a ski road trip, followed by 3 nights in Las Vegas.

We flew to Denver and hired a car there last Friday.

I will be posting a separate, more detailed, trip report later but, in summary, we have skied at less-touristy places and have had a great time so far. Up to now we have had a day's skiing at each of Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Sunlight Mountain and Powderhorn. All offer cheap lift tickets (of no more than about $50 per day) if bought online in advance - either via Liftopia website, or direct from the resort. This afternoon we arrived in Silverton for 4 days guided off piste (with uplift by chairlift).

Next week we will have 6 days in the Vail area & 1 more day at Loveland before driving back to Denver and flying from there to Las Vegas. Then we will fly home from there. (We booked with BA, to fly into Denver and out of Las Vegas, with a separate United flight (Denver to LV) in between).

Even though we are only at the start of our trip we have had a fantastic time so far. The driving has been brilliant (despite problems with snow on arrival...) - with stunning scenery and empty roads. I will provide more info in my detailed trip report later.

We are staying in cheap (but pleasant) motels and averaging about $70 per room per night, with all but one place so far offering a complimentary buffet breakfast.

So far so good! Very Happy Very Happy
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work out what's best to get home. Could fly to Salt Lake or Reno (Tahoe).
If you went Reno/Tahoe then both come under Nevada - so you can gamble. Cross the state line in Tahoe & you can legally smoke pot.
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A flight to Reno is an hour or so then a 30 min drive to Incline Village at the north end of Lake Tahoe.

From there you're anything from 5-30 minutes from Squaw Valley, Northstar, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, Heavenly, Mt Rose, Diamond Peak and others. Been there many times and they're all worthwhile. Driving to each resort is very low hassle as most are set up for day trippers from the Bay Area. The Grand Hyatt at Incline is in an amazing location right on the lake shore and the views of either the lake or desert have to be some of the most amazing of any ski resort in the world.

Just one thing, don't be tempted to stay in Reno itself, the Vegas strip it is not...
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A flight to Reno is an hour or so then a 30 min drive to Incline Village at the north end of Lake Tahoe.

From there you're anything from 5-30 minutes from Squaw Valley, Northstar, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, Heavenly, Mt Rose, Diamond Peak and others. Been there many times and they're all worthwhile. Driving to each resort is very low hassle as most are set up for day trippers from the Bay Area. The Grand Hyatt at Incline is in an amazing location right on the lake shore and the views of either the lake or desert have to be some of the most amazing of any ski resort in the world.

Just one thing, don't be tempted to stay in Reno itself, the Vegas strip it is not...

This is a seriously misinformed post, I'm afraid.

The drive between south lake Tahoe and north lake Tahoe is long and tedious.

Further, I wonder how many "Bay Area" skier you know that day trip to Tahoe? It's a 4-6 hr drive with a high mountain pass in between.

Last but not least, Reno may not be a mirror image of Las Vegas. It's a fine base to ski Mt Rose. Incline Village has nothing. I mean, NOTHING!
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I think there's a small hill by Vegas called Bear Mountain, if you want just a day trip.

Lot of options any of these would be the ones I'd pick depending on the groups ability and need for amenities;

Mammoth - long drive but nice mountain and cool US suburban style village. Free hot springs down the road.

Fly to Reno in Tahoe - Squaw & Alpine Meadows best resorts and on the Ikon pass. Stay in Truckee and get the ski bus. Truckee is a great village. Could drive to Mammoth (3-4h) for day mini sub trip trip. Don't bother with Northstar on epic, waste of space resort.

Salt Lake (we are flying to Vegas from there) - Park City on epic pass best resort in region if not the whole US imo. Or do the Ikon resorts, smaller but nicer less corporate vibe, and drive in each day 30-40min. Note; some are ski only (deer valley & Alta). Cheap accommodation and bars in salt Lake, but a city not ski village.

Denver - haven't explored these resorts full yet, so now view. Denver is cool place though similar vibes to California. Massive lift queues.
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LittleBullet wrote:
Don't bother with Northstar on epic, waste of space resort.

Park City on epic pass best resort in region if not the whole US imo.

I have trouble reconciling the above two statements.
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Every time I see this thread title I think of the lovely run from THE Las Vegas to San Cassiano!
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@abc, differing views, that's what makes a market Wink
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@LittleBullet, "waste of space" == no resort should be build there (as no one should ski there?).

But now you're saying someone with a differing view may enjoy it? Wink

(Neither NorthStar nor Park City are my favorites. That's why I was curious why you find one "the best" and the other "waste of space")
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Once when in Las Vegas I meandered to Durango, formerly known as Purgatory (honestly).

Wish I hadn’t bothered.
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abc wrote:

Further, I wonder how many "Bay Area" skier you know that day trip to Tahoe? It's a 4-6 hr drive with a high mountain pass in between.


It's 3hrs to Squaw from downtown SF if you go early in the morning... Coming back on a Saturday is usually 3.5hours. I think a lot of people do this, and there are at least two companies running day-trip buses.

That said, there's not been any real snow for about a month, so if you're gonna ski the US from overseas don't count on Tahoe - go somewhere with a more reliable record
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driz wrote:
abc wrote:

Further, I wonder how many "Bay Area" skier you know that day trip to Tahoe? It's a 4-6 hr drive with a high mountain pass in between.


It's 3hrs to Squaw from downtown SF if you go early in the morning... Coming back on a Saturday is usually 3.5hours. I think a lot of people do this, and there are at least two companies running day-trip buses.

That said, there's not been any real snow for about a month, so if you're gonna ski the US from overseas don't count on Tahoe - go somewhere with a more reliable record

You THINK "a lot of people" do that? How often do YOU do it?

I've done it once or twice, from Berkeley. Always some sort of hiccup on one leg of the trip. It's never 6 hrs drive + 8 hrs skiing = 14 hr day. It always end up being a longer day, and/or shorter skiing time.
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@abc, Literally just did not like Northstar, the terrain was so boring, flat and short ish runs. I wouldn't recommend it to even the most timid beginner skiier.....so yeah waste of space, better off leaving the mountain to turn into a wildlife park....

Park city, just loved it felt like the most well-rounded resort we've visited so far in the US. Keen to see how I feel about Vail etc.
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@abc, Literally just did not like Northstar, the terrain was so boring, flat and short ish runs. I wouldn't recommend it to even the most timid beginner skiier.....so yeah waste of space, better off leaving the mountain to turn into a wildlife park....

Park city, just loved it felt like the most well-rounded resort we've visited so far in the US. Keen to see how I feel about Vail etc.

Did you do the trees of NorthStar?

As for the well-rounded'ness, I think JH and Aspen are both brilliant! Park City doesn't come even close. For that matter, I prefer Mammoth over Park City.
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abc wrote:
LittleBullet wrote:
Don't bother with Northstar on epic, waste of space resort.

Park City on epic pass best resort in region if not the whole US imo.

I have trouble reconciling the above two statements.


I thought the same.
Park City better than Alta/Snowbird? Lol
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sbooker wrote:
abc wrote:
LittleBullet wrote:
Don't bother with Northstar on epic, waste of space resort.

Park City on epic pass best resort in region if not the whole US imo.

I have trouble reconciling the above two statements.


I thought the same.
Park City better than Alta/Snowbird? Lol


Not sure he said that wink

LB was talking about resorts on the Epic pass Madeye-Smiley

But if he wasn't - I'd agree about Alta/Snowbird - in fact really PC is a bit average really.
But have had some good times there previously but don't need to go back
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in fact really PC is a bit average

That would be my assessment too.

Rather than "best resort in region if not the whole US"
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1. Yes did Northstar trees. Honestly, flat as a pancake. Would be last on my list of the "big 5" Tahoe resorts.

2. Can't do Alta, as on a board. Snowbird has better terrain than PC but lacked the mountain village at the base...we only found a carpark and a mall type setup.

For me a resort needs to have a decent village to be considered well rounded imo, doesn't necessarily mean the terrain is best. Depends what you're going for. ....for holiday while in Vegas I'd want a resort type setup not a carpark.....

Am I really the only one that loved PC?.. awkward.... :-/ lol.....
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If you are okay flying, the easy would by LAS to SLC. Then take your pick. If you are a boarder, then no Alta, but Snowbird should do. Then you have everything else; Park City/Canyons & Deer Valley, or Powder Mtn, and Snow Basin. Flights will be cheap. Just under 90 minutes.

Denver is only slightly farther. Then you have a plethora of choices; Breckenridge, Vail, Keystone, Copper, Beaver Creek, Winter Park. Depending on how much driving you want to do, there's also Steamboat and Aspen/Snowmass.

As mentioned, fly into Reno and hit up one or more of the Tahoe resorts - Heavenly, Kirkwood, Northstar or Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows
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LittleBullet wrote:
Am I really the only one that loved PC?.. awkward.... :-/ lol.....

All I’m saying is PC is a bit ... average! Not “best” of anything, regional or US

I will happily ski PC. I just don’t LOVE it.

There’re other resorts that have a “village”: Jackson Hole is one. Aspen, Telluride, Breckinridge, Steamboat...
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@abc, I'll debate with you on another thread as the season progresses.
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Once when in Las Vegas I meandered to Durango, formerly known as Purgatory (honestly).

Wish I hadn’t bothered.


Its still known as Purgatory Cool Dropped in last season for a day - that's all we needed and no need to repeat.

Strange place and probably aptly named Toofy Grin

If you are anywhere in that area, Wolf Creek is a much better place to visit.
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I've never had good snow at PC, on the other hand I've had great snow at NS and its been open on days when other "better" mountains around have been stormed out so......

You just need to approach NS in the right chilled mindspace and recognise you won't be sending cliffs or steep chutes.
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Thanks all - some great recommendations here! We are both intermediate skiers who love a cruise on a nice, wide, groomed tree lined piste. Am thinking of the ‘safe’ option of Vail ...
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