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IgoUgo Members Rate Resorts Open for Fall Skiing

IgoUgo Members Rate Resorts Open for Fall Skiing Photo

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Posted on October 15, 2009 in Trip Ideas

If there’s an upside to these autumn cold fronts, it’s that ski resorts across the country have been enjoying their earliest openings on record. With options--and snowdrifts--growing by the day, where will you head for fall’s first run? Use IgoUgo members’ takes on six mountains already open for business to help you decide.

Loveland Ski Area, Colorado
Why go
Almost 40 says: “Loveland Basin’s high altitude gives it a long season...and from 12,700 feet, there's that deep blue, cloudless sky; the killer view, featuring at least a half-dozen fourteeners; the helicopter, flying several hundred feet BELOW ski level; and your intrepid skiers, zipping along the actual Continental Divide in search of more freshies and another unique line.”

Where to stay
As Foxboro Marmot puts it, “We'd feel pretty dumb to have a pricey slope-side condo at Keystone and then start half our days by strapping skis onto the roof rack and driving away. Better to economize by staying in Frisco.” One recommended Frisco option is the Snowshoe Motel.

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, Nevada
Why go
neil87 says: “Getting there from Las Vegas is a breeze. The drive is not bad at all, approximately 45 minutes from the Strip. The snow is nice. Loved it! Workers are helpful and friendly. Instructors are patient.”

Where to stay
While there are a few hotels closer to Mount Charleston, why not take a cue from neil87 and enjoy the best of both worlds by staying on the Las Vegas Strip? He stayed at the Hilton; IgoUgo’s most popular Vegas hotel is the Venetian.

Boreal Mountain Resort, California
Why go
mjdds86 says: “Boreal is a great resort if you are skiing or snowboarding on a budget: their iRide card makes lift tickets 'buy 2, get 1 free.’”

Where to stay
Lake Tahoe offers plenty of options, but a nearby “family-friendly” hotel with a “WOW” breakfast is the Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn.

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado
Why go
Slane says: “If you're in Summit County in the winter, A-Basin offers the steepest, most technically challenging runs in the area. It gets little sun and it's HIGH up (the highest place to ski in North America). It's a hardcore ski and board place.”

Where to stay
The closest accommodation is the highly rated Arapahoe Inn; other traveler recommendations include Keystone’s River Run Village and Pines Condominiums.

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, California
Why go
ZiGBiGDoG says: “Mammoth Mountain is the top ski area and resort in California, and one of the top in the country--and I can see why. The views are beautiful, the air is thin, and the snow is in mass amounts! No matter what your skill level may be, Mammoth has a little of everything for everybody!”

Where to stay
ZiGBiGDoG is as fond of the Shilo Inn as he is of Mammoth: “It’s clean, comfortable, affordable, and has a great location. With an indoor pool and hot tub, it is a great place to relax and soothe sore muscles after a long day of snowboarding or skiing. Within driving distance of everywhere in Mammoth Lakes, it has a great location, toward the outer part of town but still in the mix of things.”

Sunday River, Maine
Why go
Cantin2 says: “This is an excellent intermediate-to-advanced mountain. Blue runs are all groomed, single-black diamonds are steep and groomed, and double-black diamonds have bumps or trees and are usually not groomed. The best skiing is in the morning--freshly groomed snow and lots of sun.”

Where to stay
The Bethel Inn is highly recommended; berky especially loved the “natural mineral outdoor pool” that offers year-round swimming. She says, “It is a lovely way to relax after a hard day of golfing or skiing.”

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