How far away from a ski resort would you be willing to live?

esef

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For me, I’d say maybe 3.5 to 4 hrs— SF Bay Area distances. It has to be within a reasonable driving distance for a day trip.
 
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Steve

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Too far for me. I'm :15 from a hill and 1:20 from a better hill. Big ones a bit further.

I don't think I could live without the :15 one. Driving 1:20 back and forth on weekends is enough for me.

I'd say :30 or so would be tops.
 

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Question....are you thinking of one way drive time for a DAY trip, or for a weekend?

In my experience, it depends on the typical traffic, the car, whether you are alone, with your spouse, friend{s}, kids, and their ages. It all depends.

We have spent the last 40 years driving 225 miles one way, every winter weekend. Basically a very easy 4 hours, and 3.5 pushing it {it's not all highway, at either end}. It's not worth the wear and tear, to me, to push. Two different ski locations, very similar drives.

Of course, when I would complain, and discuss with my dad, who drove us a family to Stowe to our house every weekend {form North of Boston} from the late 40's through the 70's, he would remind me that when he was in Boston in graduate school after WWII, he and a couple of friends would often drive to Stowe for the day. Before 93, before 89. Six to eight hours one way. The greatest ski generation. No wonder they bought a ski home as soon as they could.

I don't do many day trips, these days. I can do one midweek of about two hours. Toast if it's much longer. When the kids were young, like under 12, they skied midweek about 45 minutes from home. Very nice drive, easy.

Also been spoiled by decades of ski from the house down, ski right home......ski home for the bathroom, for food, to change skis, etc.

When we travel, we throw those comforts out the window........obviously.
 
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Josh Matta

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As someone who day trips everyday my 35 minutes drive is kind of long, but I cant afford to live closer with out renting.
 

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I wish I lived closer but I'm 3 hours from decent skiing(day at Hunter) and 5+ from good skiing(weekend at Killington and /or Sugarbush). I also drive a gas pig so a cheap flight to ski in far better places is a similar cost to driving.
 

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I'm ~1.5 hours from the nearest places now, and I don't think I'd like to be much further. Maybe out to 2 hours, making for reasonable day trips.
 

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Work home = 30min from 2 decent resorts, 60 min from 6 decent resorts. Weekend condo 1 = 150 feet from trail, Weekend Condo 2 = 10 min bus ride to decent resort.
 

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That depends on weather or not I have a sled/snowcat/van with mattracks.
But for my current situation, 30 minutes tops.
 

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At about 45 minutes now. That gives me 2 mountains in that range and about a dozen golf courses.
 

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Some of you guys are making me feel a little bit better about my situation. I'm 25 minutes from a smaller resort (Sundance). I actually bought passes this year to Snowbird (45 minutes away) this year because we were wanting a change. Been 3 times already this year. It's been great!
 

Ken_R

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For me, I’d say maybe 3.5 to 4 hrs— SF Bay Area distances. It has to be within a reasonable driving distance for a day trip.
That is way too far for me. Im about 90 min from several major Ski Areas. I would love to be 30-60 min from them. But 90 min is not bad.
 

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I'm an hour and 40 minutes from the nearest one, but the ones I ski are 2-2:20 away, if driving conditions are good. If I moved for the purpose of being closer to skiing, I'd want to be under 45 minutes.
 

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An hour. For those living in Reno that gives us 8 or 9 areas. I'm probably forgetting a few too!
 

eok

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Under an hour driving time on typical winter roads to a good resort - which is our current situation @ about 35-50 minutes (depending on roads).

Previously, it was a 4-6 hour drive minimum to any good resort. It sucked and completely killed any spontaneous "hey, let's head up & put in a few more runs this morning and then go [fill in the blank for some other sport/activity]" kinds of days.
 
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