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Best little known skiing locations?
Looking to go skiing for the first time the week of Mardi Gras. Trying to avoid the big touristy areas, and find something family & budget friendly.


Tigers13
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
Mardi Gras is the same week as Presidents Day next year so expect higher than normal crowds, that’s assuming that everything is open which is probably a bad assumption.


SippyCup
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
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expect higher than normal crowds,


I'm not so sure about that. Traditionally yes, but people are not traveling during the "pandemic" like they were before. I have found that pretty much everywhere is less crowded than prior years.


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bayoubengals88
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LA
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
That'll be:
1.Grand Targhee outside of Driggs, ID (instead of Jackson Hole).
2. Monarch Mountain near Salida, CO

Others:
Cloudcroft and Ski Apache, NM
Wintergreen, VA

Best suggestion you'll see:
Ski Cloudmont, Alabama
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thegreatboudini
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
Stay in Del Norte or Pagosa and ski Wolf Creek.

Always a great time and gets you away from the huge resorts.


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McVick
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
If you consider the East, look into either Smugglers Notch or Jay Peak in Vermont. Both are gear towards families but also have some good skiing for every level of experience.


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Hogwall Jackson
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
Purgatory in Durango, CO


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AUFANATL
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re: Best little known skiing locations?

When I was growing up we went to Salt Lake City every year. Cottonwood Canyon area is a 40 min drive from downtown. Very budget and family friendly compared to CO and others. Better snow too, imo. Brighton and Solitude are good places for beginners. Alta and Snowbird have nicer amenities and more challenging terrain for intermediate to advanced levels of skiiers. Park City and Sundance are in the SLC area too if you want change things up.


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fargobison
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
Bridger Bowl or Red Lodge Montana are two of my favorites. Red Lodge is probably more off the beaten path but not too far from Billings. Bridger is one of my favorite places to ski, very laid back place just outside of Bozeman.



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SDVTiger
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
Brian Head Utah


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greenwave
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
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Ski Cloudmont, Alabama


Gah you beat me to it.


bayoubengals88
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
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Gah you beat me to it.



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duxnbux
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
Showdown Montana


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TigerAlum1982
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
Grand Targhee is where my daughter and her husband ski and snowboard all year. They live in Victor, ID and avoid Jackson Hole because of the crowds.


Anfield Road
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
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Wintergreen, VA


Went to Wintergreen during MLK weekend a few years ago. My wife does green runs. Liftlines were very crowded on the green slopes. If you'll be spending most of the time in the Highlands (area with black runs), the lines weren't too bad.


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Anfield Road
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
In my neck of the woods:
Tamarack
Brundage

Both medium-sized resorts with short liftlines.


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Drunken Crawfish
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
WE have done Granby Ranch just north of Winter Park, Co. All of the runs funnel into the same area so its nice for families with a bunch of different skill levels. One mountain is green/blue and the other is blue/black. The only problem is its small so spending a week there could get repetitive.


cassopher
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
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Brian Head Utah



Best kept secret in Utah as far as skiing goes! We spent 3 days days in February and had a blast! Only downside is there is NOTHING to do as far as nightlife and there are very few food options available. By few I mean maybe 5.


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MoarKilometers
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
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WE have done Granby Ranch just north of Winter Park, Co. All of the runs funnel into the same area so its nice for families with a bunch of different skill levels. One mountain is green/blue and the other is blue/black. The only problem is its small so spending a week there could get repetitive.

My dad has a timeshare there... love that area, summer or winter. It does get monotonous, so we normally throw in a couple days at WP. But I've been skiing that area since 91-92, so it's all been seen. The blue/black side tends to get a bit icy, if there is not fresh snow. And that sides lift doesn't have foot rests.

Also, if it starts feeling overly repetitive... do not go down the terrain park on skis, if you're close to 40. Nailed that last jump, shredded both knees But to speak of the lack of crowd, nobody saw it.


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MoarKilometers
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re: Best little known skiing locations?
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Brian Head Utah

Also an incredible place. Camped at point supreme one night, staggering views.


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