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AndyCBR
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
We had a great time at Ski Santa Fe in NM for Mardi Gras this year.

Short drive from town and great snow this year.

Cheap lodging in Santa Fe and lift tickets and rentals were 1/4 what they cost at the big name CO resorts.


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Robin Masters
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
Kirkwood, Lake Tahoe


BBATiger
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
Red River, N M. If there is snow, you can drive to Angel Fire one day.


GeauxTime9
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
I skied Mammoth last year, it was a great spot.


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biohzrd
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
If you are just wanting to ski, and get in the snow it's hard to beat Nordic Valley north of Salt Lake. It's no resort by any means, but is decent, and usually only gets locals.
They offer lessons, and there are plenty of places to rent around there. There are really only 2 ways in from the south, and both are beautiful drives.

But again. It's not a resort town, and is really just a place to ski.

Since the Olympics the entire Park City area has become WAY to crowded. frick all of that traffic, and people.
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skidry
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
Granby, CO


LSUfonte
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
Thanks for the info! We were just starting to plan a ski trip for the kids. It will be there first time. (11&7) I haven’t skied in years! Looks like we are going to Grandby in March. Was looking at Keystone or Breckinridge but for price and what we are looking for this one looks like a winner.


baldona
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There’s no such thing as a good fly in location that’s ‘lesser known’ that you can plan ahead OP. The lesser known places all either have very small hills or don’t get good routine snow, or both. Flying in to a ski location to warm temps and no snow sucks, that’s why skiing in the well known areas is expensive.

This is why many people follow the snow and plan last minute trips. Your other option is to go somewhere with a lot of ski resorts within an hour or so to increase your odds.


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LuckyTiger
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
Keystone, CO

Northstar, CA (Tahoe)

Jackson Hole, WY

Whistler/Blackcomb, BC

Sun Valley, ID

Park City, UT

Tremont, QC

Stowe, VT

Been to all of the above and can personally recommend them to families. Can tell you more about them specifically if you wish.


Hangit
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
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Whistler/Blackcomb, BC


There is also Hemlock in BC. It is not nearly as commercial and the views are breathtaking.


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TexasTiger90
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
Not if you take a big rip and shotgun a Busch Latte right before you start it!


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BlastOff
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
We did Crested Butte for Mardi Gras this year, had a blast. This was our only family ski trip so can't compare it to others, but we skied Monday-Friday and only saw lines on Friday. Good ski school, easy rental options.


Sandtrap
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
Did y’all stay at mountain or away from it and drive/ride there every day?


alpinetiger
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
In Utah, Solitude or Snow Basin. I have a pass at Solitude but neither resort is ever crowded. The 2002 olympic downhill was held at Snow Basin.

Salt Lake City has 8 resorts with roughly an hour from SLC International and most visitors ski the Park City Resorts (Canyons, Deer Valley, PCMR). On the SLC side, most flock to Snowbird and Alta, with many young snowboarders going to Brighton. I'd steer clear of Brighton... its a small resort and a crowded shitshow.

Solitude and Snow Basin are never crowded and you'll find plenty of green terrain at lower elevation. At either place you don't have to stay at the resort either. You could just drive down the canyon and could stay in SLC or Ogden.


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BlastOff
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
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Did y’all stay at mountain or away from it and drive/ride there every day?


Had a large group so we stayed in a house on one of the bus routes about a mile or two from the resort. Had locker access at one of the rental places at the resort, so we just took off the gear, stored it, then hopped on the bus back to the house. Pretty easy process.


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ClampClampington
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
One thing you might keep in mind, Grandby offers night skiiing several days throughout the season once the sun goes down. Your regular day pass can be used for night ski. The main runs all have good lighting while some side runs are blocked off. I thought that was the coolest thing in the world when I was a kid.

Granby has tables right at the base where you can sit get food and drinks and watch your kids come down the hill if you are too tired.


WacoTiger
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
I've skied at over 20 different ski resorts. I've been to Crested Butte over 15 times. All 3 of our kids learned to ski there, starting at age 4 (they are all over 26 now). Great family mountain and reasonable prices. Almost always has great snow and reasonable lift ticket prices for kids. Stay in Mt Crested Butte and try to find ski in, ski out. American and United fly in and out of Gunnison and it is only a 30 minute drive to Crested Butte. Food in the town is good and the lift lines are always small, since it is hard to get to from Denver and is not on I-70. If you pick the I-70 resorts (Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, Cooper Mtn or Aspen), you will experience long lift lines on the weekends (Fri - Sun) and on holiday weekends. Mardi Gras is almost always a great time to go to Colorado. Steamboat is also off the beaten path and with Southwest starting flights there in December, it will be easy to get there. They also have good prices for kids, although the adult prices are fairly high.


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Hogwall Jackson
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
Skied crested butte last year and I’d highly recommend the town. Stay up town on the mountain so you can walk to the lifts and not have to drive up from town each day.


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skidry
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
That’s awesome. Stayed there in 2010 or so. Loved it. Walked out the front door of a house, not a cramped condo and skied down to the lifts. Ski trails are very moderate. Horse drawn sleigh ride was great. Saw a giant momma moose with calf. Amazing.


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slinger1317
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re: Lesser-known family ski resorts/destinations
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ClampClampington


How recent is your experience in Granby? I was reading about the sale of the resort and the ongoing fight about ownership of the ski area etc. Seems like since the lift death a few years ago it has been trending downward.

I've never been but it looks like something that would fit my family's needs. But after reading a few articles about the drama surrounding the sale I am curious as to what kind of shape it is in.


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