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Old 10-09-2017, 08:24 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Park City and Hailey, (Sun Valley) Idaho are among the best in the states that I’ve been to. Hailey actually approaches European ski towns in its layout and great mix of high end and rustic architecture, even if the skiiing is only average to very good.

Haven’t been to Jackson Hole or Whistler.
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Old 10-09-2017, 08:25 PM
 
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE and TRUCKEE, California
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Old 10-09-2017, 08:30 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE and TRUCKEE, California
South Lake is slowly shedding its ticky tacky built environment, but it’s still got a ways to go. I love Truckee as a town, but it’s a little removed from the actual slopes.

We go almost every year to Tahoe, the skiing is awesome we had mountains of snow this year, Kirkwood is right up with the best and well worth the drive.
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Old 10-09-2017, 08:46 PM
 
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Vail CO, I love it.
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:22 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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The best ski towns are not in the USA. They are in Europe. Nothing even close here.
The best ski towns in America are definitely not in Europe.


FWIW, Zermatt is my favorite ski town, but it is not the best ski town in America. It is in Switzerland.
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:44 PM
 
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Whistler is the best I've experienced, but of course that is Canada. Vail is great, if you can ignore all the snottiness and the priciness. If you want something more simple with plenty of mountains to choose from, good amenities, not pricey, and not too touristy, I'd go with Lincoln/Woodstock, NH (Cannon and Loon are each literally minutes away). Touristy in the summer with all the hikers, but not too crazy in the winter months- a lot of day skiers, and many stay in fact over at N. Conway, which in many ways is a tourist trap.
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Old 10-10-2017, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Vail CO, I love it.
Yes, Vail is very beautiful. Love the architecture and the whole vide of the place.
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Old 10-11-2017, 05:52 AM
 
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South Lake is slowly shedding its ticky tacky built environment, but it’s still got a ways to go. I love Truckee as a town, but it’s a little removed from the actual slopes.

We go almost every year to Tahoe, the skiing is awesome we had mountains of snow this year, Kirkwood is right up with the best and well worth the drive.
But we love South Lake Tahoe's tacky tacky built environment. You have to take all of Lake Tahoe as a whole, and South Lake Tahoe is the least "fancy". It's still a real "locals" place; folks who own moderate "cabins" from Sacramento and the Bay. In fact the whole Tahoe region is part of the Sacramento CSA. The east and north side of Lake Tahoe are more "fancy" with high-end architecture. The west side of the Lake is the least developed and likely will stay that way.

I hope South Lake Tahoe never ends up looking like Vail, yet it easily could because it's naturally more beautiful. Nothing beats the view of Tahoe from a skiers perspective on the slopes... in the USA, and I really can't think of any place in Europe more naturally beautiful.(excluding architecture)
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:06 AM
 
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Sandpoint, Idaho.
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