At the May monthly club meeting, members took a break from free appetizers and great craft beer, to brainstorm on their top trips for our planned 2022-23 trips. Here’s the scoop: the good, the bad, and the ugly — straight from members’ minds (with only minimal editing or elaboration from your editor : ))
Winter Park (Club trip Jan 28-Feb 4, 2023)
- It’s 3000-acres large!—From the Winter Park Ski Resort website: Winter Park Resort is Colorado's longest continually operated ski resort, featuring Seven Territories across 3,081 acres of award-winning terrain.
- Family-friendly, with an intermediate-level bowl—From Uncover Colorado: The Parsenn Bowl is located above the tree line and at the highest lift-served point on the mountain,12,060 ft. It's one of the few big bowls in Colorado that intermediates can enjoy. The surrounding views of the Rocky Mountains are breathtaking.
- Closest destination resort to Denver— Around 2 hours drive from Denver International Airport (@85 miles). Originally built by the city of Denver as a "winter park" for its residents, Winter Park Resort opened in 1940.
- And more: all busing free, no nightlife, “No pain, no Jane” (referring to the ungroomed “Mary Jane” territory (my personal favorite!), “5.5 mile run - lunch/beer,” Zephyr Mountain Lodge at the gondola
Steamboat Ski Resort (Two trips this year: club trip Feb 4-11, 2023, and Crescent Ski Council Race and Ski Camp December 3-10, 2022)
- “Hot springs in forest” and “Hot Springs up a dirt road” — The editor believes this would be the Strawberry Park Hot Springs, which are simply awesome. However, one year, our rental car did not make it all the way, so we suggest either taking a shuttle, if available, or ensuring your vehicle can handle the climb and the snow.
- Cowboy town on a budget | Cool denim jackets | Gotta look fly! | Bring your cowboy boots! | Not crowded downtown | Random cattle drive on the highway
- The backside of the mountain is almost a bird sanctuary—But the resort requests that you do NOT feed the Canada jay birds as this can be detrimental for the birds.
- Good restaurants | German restaurant
- Steamboat resort is huge, with great terrain variety | good intermediate and expert options, including tree skiing
- Hard to get there, with a long ride (3+ hours) from the Denver International Airport. If you fly in to Yampa Valley (HDN) Airport (Hayden, CO), make sure you arrange a shuttle ahead of time for the 27-mile drive to the resort.
Palisades Tahoe (Club trip Feb 25-Mar 4, 2023)
- Palisades Tahoe, previously known as Squaw Valley
- Beautiful lake views
- Gambling nearby
- Art galleries
- Good drop-offs for the daring — Ski.com says: Palisades Tahoe’s horseshoe ridgeline is littered with terrain nuggets—like cliffs, chutes, couloirs and steep bowls—sure to get even the most seasoned skier’s heart pounding.
- Olympic Valley two bedroom condos, with easy access to lifts and restaurants (I think this would be the Village at Palisades Tahoe)
- One lift ticket goes to both Palisades and Alpine
- Breakfast and dinner cruises on Lake Tahoe
Banff (Club trip Mar 11-18, 2023)
- Most beautiful mountains, with 360° views
- Views of Lake Louise
- Mt. Norquay Ski Resort (the “locals’ gem”, with night skiing), Lake Louise Ski Resort, Banff Sunshine / Sunshine Village
- Cross the Continental Divide on the Great Divide Express Lift!
- Delirium Dive — Crazy! — From SkiBig3: mandatory for users to be fully equipped with avalanche gear and a partner before they can even access this freeride zone.
- Great restaurant, Lake Louise (Editors note: Google it! great restaurants with views of Lake Louise)
- Runs groomed and wide
- Take a bus ride to the national park