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KingofthePoint
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
Going to Whistler in mid January. One of the flights I’ve been tracking has been going up and down between the same two prices for the last month. Should I wait for the next price drop and book then? I’ve read prices are best around 70 Days in advance. Is that accurate?


HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
I have recurring dreams about the Tomahawk run at Steamboat

Best run I’ve ever ridden in 20 years



PearlyBaker
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
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If anyone is local give me a shout if you want to carpool. Maybe we can start an OTL “On the Lift” thread like the OB has an “In the Stand”.
I live in Keystone and am always down for a trip to CB


tigerfoot
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
Need recs on family of four heading out to go skiing in February 2020.

8 year old and 10 year old boys that I don't anticipate have any trouble. Wife with no skiing experience and a recent discectomy in her L5.

Looking for something that will give them plenty of options of easier terrain, fairly economical as this is an unplanned unbudgeted last minute idea,

Only have a few days to ski so would love a resort close to an airport so we don't lose too much time driving up and back. So far I am leaning toward Park City but wanted to see if anyone had any opinion.

1) is ski in and ski out worth the extra money
2) do the ski rentals places that deliver generally work out
3) do you rent helmets and such or should you buy your own.

TIA


Newc
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
Park City is a great option - although not that economical.

Maybe Steamboat? You can fly into regional airport from Baton Rouge for $280/ticket. If your wife has never been skiing, and has little experience with the altitude, Steamboat is a good option because of its lower elevation. It is also pretty reasonable in terms of cost (I wouldn't say Park City is "fairly economical").

With respect to your questions:

1. I really like ski in/ski out. It is a luxury, but hauling gear is a pain in the ass. With a wife that has never been, I'd try to make the trip as enjoyable for her as possible. And walking distance in ski boots typically doesn't add to that enjoyment.

2. Yep. I'd just look at some reviews. Also, as soon as you get in, you can just get rentals and keep them for however long you are staying.

3. They will typically provide helmets. The resort has a vested interest in new skiers protecting their head.



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PrettyBird
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
Park City is good, as the rec'd Steamboat. I haven't been personally but I hear Taos is actually a great family ski resort, worth checking into.

1. Ski in Ski out - I would say no actually... especially if your boys are doing lessons, you have to go to the base anyway. Also if your wife won't be skiing, she will need to bus/shuttle to the base so she can hang around the shops and meet up for lunch. Ski in/out is worth it to me, if you have all experienced skiers who can strap in and go. (unless you are staying directly at the base and are considering that to be ski in/out, I would suggest this. I am referring to renting a place on a run).

2. We own our gear but I've heard good things about the rentals delivered - however if on a budget, not necessary.

3. Rent if you don't already own helmets. It's something like $10/day and just put on a beanie/neck gaiter


Hogwall Jackson
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
Keystone opening more terrain on Friday.


2 Jugs
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
OK guys I need a little education on skiing.

I vacation in Fieberbrunn, Austria most years during the summer months and have decided to go in February to see the winter scenery and visit my friend that lives there.

He said that I must go skiing while there.

This will be my first time skiing. How strenuous is skiing on your knees and legs in general? Is there any exercise routine that will help before going?


Volt
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Member since Nov 2009
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
If you have a bad knee(s), then I’d recommend snowboarding.

First time I ever went skiing, I had a morning lesson, skied a small green that afternoon, and on the second run I fell and felt stab into the front of my left knee and partially tore the ACL. That was Jan ‘06 and I’ve skied over 100 days since then with no pain.

I’ll do wall sits, lunges, squats, and high rep leg presses to prepare for ski trips.


TigerRob20
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
Just came to say I booked a trip to Vail for the few days before thanksgiving.

Can’t wait to get back to Colorado, and have never skied Vail before, so that should be fun.

Lodging, tickets and rentals are all lined up, but any recs on food and drink are appreciated.



To the poster inquiring about ski rental delivery, we’ve used Black Tie before in the past, and they were awesome. Definitely worth it for a ski in/out place, and when you get to where you are going the night before your first ski day, it’s nice being able to get settled in and have them come fit you at your place. I Went with a smaller company in Vail because their place is next door to where we are staying and they offered a great deal.


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OTIS2
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NoLA
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
What age are you?


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Diesel88
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
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Did my first mushing of the season today, summiting the high point of the nearby glacier view district. 18-24” of fresh powdah.


This is dope.


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2 Jugs
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
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wall sits, lunges, squats, and high rep leg presses


Was planning on doing some of these just to get the legs muscles tuned up a little.

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What age are you?


I am 50. Not in bad shape but been sitting at a desk for 16 years now and not what I used to be. I don't anticipate doing any slopes other than beginner. I just have no idea on the stress skiing puts on the legs/knees. I have nothing to compare it to.


Hogwall Jackson
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
Good storm coming in on Sunday. Should dump a lot of snow. We are getting 5” ish in Denver. Should mean more for the mountains!


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Hogwall Jackson
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
Think of doing lunges, wall sits or riding a bike uphill. Riding a bike uphill in my opinion gives the closest feeling to how skiing will feel. You feel the burn for sure.


2 Jugs
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Saint Amant
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
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Riding a bike uphill


Not too many hills in the swamps of south Louisiana but I"ll see what I can do.


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OTIS2
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NoLA
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
It’s not too bad. Work on flexibility and stretching. Do a little conditioning.

Take a lesson your first day.


2 Jugs
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Saint Amant
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
Thanks guys.

My friend is going to be my instructor.


Louie T
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
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If I could give you any advice that could make your trip better than mine, stay on the California side. DO NOT STAY NEAR THE GONDOLA. Seems like a great idea at first, but they shut it down with a stiff breeze. Which means hundreds of people have to scramble to get on busses to go to Cali. We waited for over and hour and gave up one day after barely moving. Probably would have been another 2. Lost a whole day for that.

Wind at Tahoe is always hellacious. Squaw can get baaaaaad.


PrettyBird
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re: 2019-2020 Season Long Ski Thread
50 and this is the first attempt at skiing? I almost recommend to just skip it, take a nice gondola ride to the top of a mountain and enjoy some drinks. No sense in blowing out a knee for no reason. Can't remember if you said a specific mountain, but almost all have the option to buy a gondola lift ticket and go enjoy the views up top - plus lots of people watching.

Not to discourage you from getting out on the slopes, but don't go buying a 3 or 4 day pass. Maybe a half day lift ticket and day rental of gear, and if you hate it, go back to Plan A I mentioned above.

If you sit at a desk all day with little exercise outside of that... a few wall sits and lunges ain't gonna cut it. Just being realistic with you.


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