Featured Best dirtbag ski areas

Discussion in 'General Resort Discussion' started by Analisa, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. Analisa

    Analisa Out on the slopes Skier

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    Seeking a few recommendations to add to my travel list.

    Appreciates: laid-back, low-key spots. RV lots. Anything remotely similar to Baker or Whitewater. Beer served by the pitcher. Uncertainty whether the resort owns grooming equipment. A noticeable absence of GoPros on blue runs. Touchy cell phone service. Touchy plumbing. Slow fixed doubles. Very high population of old people and young children who ski very, very well. Great slackcountry terrain. Locals who ski said slack terrain with extremely heavy frame bindings and tele gear but are still wayyyy too fast to follow them out to the best goods. I've also got a particularly soft spot for Canada.

    Tries to avoid: Nightlife. Shopping. Spas. Limitless blue groomers that all ski like groundhogs day. Bogner. Celebrity sightings. Social currency stemming from how expensive your kit is. Places reminiscent of Beaver Creek (with the exception of Cookie Time. 100% support for that).

    Bridger's on the docket for March. Targhee and Alta pretty high on the list. We also loved little community hills like Loup Loup and Hoodoo. What other spots should be on our list?
     
  2. Green08

    Green08 Front Range for the First Time Skier

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    Lookout Pass--sounds like the interior PNW might be easy to access for you, and directly off of I90 should make taking an RV relatively easy compared to many locations. Might add it to the trip on the way out to Bridger Bowl. Lost Trail outside of Missoula might be another side visit on that same trek out to Bozeman
     
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  3. Itinerant skier

    Itinerant skier Putting on skis Skier

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    I believe many here are on a similar quest. Anthony Lakes, Castle mountain, Skibowl (though it's close enough to town to have too many GoPros), Marmot, Shames Mountain, Red Lodge, Bogus, Red Mountain are some I'e heard may qualify.... In CO, I was quite pleased with how old school Ski Sunlight was. Slow double chair, very little groomed. Cheap local beer. Even a mystery box of stuff in case you lose a glove or somesuch. My friend who was with me called it a "Little House on the Prairie" Ski area.
     
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  4. James

    James Skiing the powder Instructor

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    Alta has reverse snobism of it's Altoids.
    Probably Powder Mt should be on there. Even Brighton.
    Targhee should definitely be on the list. It's got from small "my first cliff drop" to to you will die cliffs. It's a sweetheart of a place.
    Taos in NM really and also some of the smaller places there but don't know them.
    Sunshine in Glenwood Springs sort of fits the bill. Don't know about epic slack country there.
    I guess you should do Berthoud Pass but it's not a ski area.
     
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  5. Eric267

    Eric267 Gettin after it Skier

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    Discovery MT. Amazing chocolate chip cookies. Fun fairly gnar backside terrain. $50 lift tickets. Really no town. 2:30 west of Bridger. If your on that side of MT definitely worth more than the price of admission.

    My buddy in Missoula really loves lost trails but I’ve never been
     
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  6. Sibhusky

    Sibhusky Making fresh tracks Skier

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    Actually anything in Montana outside of Big Sky fills the bill. And, in the interest of reducing my liftline, knock us off the list as well. ;-) After all, there are bars here and they are open at night and we have grooming equipment.
     
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  7. Posaune

    Posaune sliding Skier

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    In all fairness, you mentioned Baker as an exemplar for what you are looking for, but you also mentioned they should have slow fixed doubles, bad plumbing, and touchy cell service. Baker has all newer quads (all fixed, however) great plumbing, and good cell service. The rest fits.
     
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  8. jmeb

    jmeb Stereotypical Front Range Weekend Warrior Skier

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    The RV thing seems oddly contained to the PNW :(. But lots of other places have RV-able places near by.

    Powder Alliance are probably a good place to start: Whitewater of course, but also Silver Star and Schweitzer up there. Red Lodge Mountain in Montana.

    In Colorado: Sunlight, Monarch, Silverton, Wolf Creek are all good options. Loveland less so but if you make it that way PM me for ski and camping beta.
     
  9. Pumba

    Pumba Out on the slopes Skier

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    Taos!
     
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  10. tch

    tch What do I know; I'm just some guy on the internet. Skier

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    2nd for Powder Mt and Brighton in Utah.
    Also 2nd Grand Targhee.
    Magic, among some others, in VT.
    Berkshire East in MA.

    This is a great concept: I'm going to bookmark this thread. Daughter lives in Utah, so I get out there a lot lately -- but I'm getting tired of the vibe at Snowbird, Alta, PCMR, Deer Valley.
     
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  11. Ken_R

    Ken_R Living the Dream Skier

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    Reading this I guess most of Colorado is out :huh:

    but check out "the other Colorado thread" :D
     
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  12. Pequenita

    Pequenita Out on the slopes Skier

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    Lol. I read the title and thought "Whitewater." Then I read your post. :)
     
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    Analisa Out on the slopes Skier

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    Bahaha! Love this - Whitefish is on the list as an option for a stop to or from Bridger. I would've been there several times this season while it was raining here if the Amtrak sleeper cars weren't so pricey!

    Doesn't necessarily need to check the box on everything, just giving a sense of the general vibe (but I'm pretty sure the women's restroom in the Heather Meadows lodge has some sort of "hold down/jiggle the handle" signage in the stalls). Now that Stevens has sold to Vail, we're seriously considering making the jump up to Baker, despite the commute.

    Insult to injury - this year is my last on the Powder Alliance (*curses vail*), hence the Bridger trip. Keep the CO tips coming. My Atlanta brother & sister in law are definitely the Aspen/Vail/Park City type, so we rotate trips out that way some years and love to tack on a "palate cleanser" day or two on the back end.
     
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  14. Lorenzzo

    Lorenzzo Right On The Line Skier

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    With the crowd building I've witnessed in UT and other places in the Rockies, this is an inevitable trend.

    When I moved to UT 6 years ago, one seldom saw a luxury SUV. Lifties sat at the bar next to multis and you couldn't really tell the difference even after talking to them. Especially after talking to them. This year while in town and on the way to Deer Valley, I saw no less than 6 Range Rover or Porche SUVs in a row on Kearns. You might not have seen one 3-4 years ago. The skiing ranges from still great to pretty damn crowded and agro depending upon day and conditions.

    Now I split time between PC and a rural valley 30 minutes from GT. Don't think the little places are the complete answer. You do miss things and they have hair too just different hair. The world changes and it can be hard on the things you love.
     
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  15. SSSdave

    SSSdave life is short precious ...don't waste it Skier

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    A small inexpensive area long on my radar but a bit too far to drive (380 miles) to is Mt Ashland in southern Oregon. Def some advanced terrain and woods.. Maybe someone here can comment on the vibe.

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  16. EBG18T

    EBG18T Eric Skier

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    Powder Mtn & their snow cat trips. I’ve only snowboarded Powder Mtn, hope to get back there on skis next year.

    Bridger Bowl is a good time.
     
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  17. Itinerant skier

    Itinerant skier Putting on skis Skier

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    Ashland has a super chill vibe, but is way too far south and low to have reliable snow. They didn't even open season before last.
     
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  18. Ken_R

    Ken_R Living the Dream Skier

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    Here in Colorado:

    Monarch, Wolf Creek, Sunlight, Silverton (maybe).

    Back in the day I might have added Arapahoe Basin and Loveland to the list.
     
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  19. Josh Matta

    Josh Matta Making fresh tracks Instructor

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    eastern areas that actually get more snow than some of the western areas mentioned

    Massif Du Sud, Quebec
    Mont Miller, Quebec
    middlebury Snowbowl, Vermont
    MRG, Vermont
    Magic Mountain, Vermont.
     
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  20. jmeb

    jmeb Stereotypical Front Range Weekend Warrior Skier

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    Sunlight is the perfect Aspen antidote. Stop by Cripple Creek Backcountry shop in Carbondale to talk shop, drink a beer and get beta on good camping spots.

    And if they want to get in Telluride, then Silverton obviously. Or some night skiing at Hesperus are great options.

    Powder mountain is great. If a lack of apres scene is your thing, it's really the spot :). Nights in that valley get cold AF...at least they did in the truck camper we took there.
     
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