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Old 01-02-2010, 01:54 PM
 
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What are some good mountain ski resorts (east or west) that would be a good vacation destination for skiers and non-skiers.

A group of family and friends are thinking about getting together in such a place, but some do not ski, so I am looking for a place that has other activities so that everyone will have a good time and not be bored.

Ideally, we would like a place that you can fly directly to without having to rent a car once you are there.

Any ideas?
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Old 01-02-2010, 02:26 PM
 
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Out East, I'm thinking maybe something in the Poconos. Poconos Winter Activities - Snow Sports, Skiing, Snowboarding, Snow Tubing and More - Official Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
The Poconos - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I guess you can try these ski areas in the area I live in: SONG MOUNTAIN RESORT
labradormtn.com - Home
Greek Peak Mountain Resort
Toggenburg Mountain Winter Sports Center


Here are some others in NY:
Finger Lakes Resorts | Canandaigua Hotels | The Inn on the Lake, Finger Lakes, NY
Whiteface Lake Placid
Ski New York! Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, Bristol NY

Greek Peak near Cortland might be the best choice, as you can fly into Syracuse and take a bus or possibly a shuttle to the resort. It has a Water Park and a Spa too. You could also try to make a trip over to Ithaca, which is only about 15-20 miles away and could possibly fly into there as well. Cortland is a nice little city too. http://www.cortland.org/ , http://www.cortlandtourism.com/


Here's some other places to possibly look at: NY Downhill Ski Map
XC Ski Map
Outdoors

There are buses that go from Albany to many of the resorts in the Adirondacks in places like Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. There might be some transportation to Old Forge out of Utica too.

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Old 01-02-2010, 03:23 PM
 
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For non-skiers, a place like Stowe, Vermont would be great. In addition to the great skiing, you have the atmosphere of a traditional New England village, lots of craft breweries to tour/sample, basketmakers, ben & jerry's factory, and of course every winter activity you can imagine (ice skating, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, snow tubing, etc.). It's probably not the easiest place to get to, as Burlington Airport probably has a limited number of flying destinations. Maybe some of the more popular/crowded resorts in the west are easier to fly to?
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:30 PM
 
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For non-skiers, a place like Stowe, Vermont would be great. In addition to the great skiing, you have the atmosphere of a traditional New England village, lots of craft breweries to tour/sample, basketmakers, ben & jerry's factory, and of course every winter activity you can imagine (ice skating, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, snow tubing, etc.). It's probably not the easiest place to get to, as Burlington Airport probably has a limited number of flying destinations. Maybe some of the more popular/crowded resorts in the west are easier to fly to?
I was thinking about that with NY ski resorts too. I'm not sure about the flights in terms of proximity and frequency. You have ski areas very close to the cities, but I am not so sure about the quality of the places. For instance, Utica has a ski area within the city limits: City of Utica, Recreation - Skiing

Places like Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and Old Forge probably have a vibe similar to Stowe.
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:50 PM
 
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Stowe, VT for sure.
Lake Placid is another good choice.
In NH, North Conway is a shopping mecca and has a few ski resorts nearby.
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:32 PM
 
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Lutsen in MN is pretty cool, for skiers they have a nice variety of runs and for non-skiers there is the scenic north shore of Lake Superior to explore.

Lutsen Mountains
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:41 PM
 
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This area of NY might work too: Enchanted Mountains - Naturally Yours to Enjoy! - Cattaraugus County in Western New York

You would probably have to go to Buffalo first, then a shuttle to Olean.

Can't forget this area too: http://www.visitthecatskills.com/

and this one as well: http://visitadirondacks.com/
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:27 AM
 
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You might look at Tahoe. Heavenly has runs in both CA and NV, and for the non-skiers, there's all the Casinos withing a short walking distance (with Casinos comes night life, shows, bars, clubs, etc.). I doubt you can get a direct flight to Tahoe, though. It's more likely that you have to land in Reno or Las Vegas and hop a puddle-jumper to Tahoe. Then it's just a short bus or taxi ride to Heavenly. The nice thing though is that Heavenly is in downtown South Shore, so there should be a lot to do in such a resort town. I'd bet that Veil or Aspen have similar activities, minus the casinos of course.
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Old 01-03-2010, 04:13 AM
 
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You can find this all over Aspen or Vail.
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:53 AM
 
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Aspen has a lot to offer both skiers and non-skiers, and does have its own airport; probably your top choice. Vail is a bit more ski-centric (better skiing than Aspen IMHO), and still has lots going on, and has its own airport with transporation available. Another good choice is Steamboat Springs, Colorado -- it has its own airport, and has a fun town -- that would be good if you're interested in "Cowboy culture" and that sort of thing as its more rustic than Aspen or Vail. Colorado Mountain Express does offer van service to all the Colorado ski resorts from Denver airport, but of these only Vail is really a reasonable distance from Denver.

In Utah, Most of the resorts are surprisingly close to Salt Lake City airport (WAY closer than the Denver airport is to the Colorado Resorts), and Park City has tons going on -- you should be able to get good transportation there from SLC airport to Park City without a rental car.

The skiers in your group are going to like the snow in Utah and Colorado the best, though it depends on the day even there.

If you do decide on Colorado/Utah, don't be afraid to take a March ski trip, by the way. March is the snowiest month in the Rockies. Even April can have excellent conditions.
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