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Damnit !!! they found Turner.....
yeah look its actually terrible..... ahhh.... never has snow....no pow at all..... no hidden tree shots.... it blows... just go to Colorado or something.... so you know don't bother coming here... errrrrr.... ahh.. its bad. actually there are snakes here. soo.... just stay away....
wolfe creek Colorado if you can get through the pass weather sensitive.
Unbelievable you didn't mention any cheap resorts in Colorado, one of the easiest to get to and most popular ski destinations in the country!! How about Ski Cooper near Leadville, Monarch near Salida, Ski Sunlight near Glenwood Springs, all near the big corporate mountains of Colorado, but light years away in pricing, family experience and value!!
Let's give a serious look to Montana Snowbowl for a minute. The ski area is only 10 miles from the city of Butte, which is a college town. Butte has an airport served by Delta Airlines. While there is a small amount of base lodging most of the lodging choices are 10 miles from the ski area at the freeway exit off of I-90 or in-town. Montana Snowbowl is a large ski area at 2600 ft. vertical drop and it has two chairlifts plus a beginner lift rather than just one chairlift. The cost? $44. What about apres-ski nightlife? Didn't I tell you that Butte was a college town and a former mining town? Believe me, there is enough competition in the nightlife business there to keep prices reasonable too.
What about the East? How many decent mid-priced hills did you miss? How about Magic Mountain or Pico in Vermont? Magic has a 1700 ft drop and Pico has 1967 ft. Both have base lodging, bars, and restaurants, and the cost? Magic is $49 midweek and $63 weekend, if you don't buy a discount somewhere else, and Pico is $52 midweek and $67 on the weekend. What about New Hampshire? How about Sunapee or Wildcat? Both have base-to-summit high-speed lifts. Sunapee has a 1500 ft vertical and Wildcat 2112 ft vertical. They are a little more-expensive but much less expensive than Sugarloaf. Sunapee is $72 midweek and $76 on weekends but if you buy in online in advance the cost drops as much as 33%. Wildcat is $63 midweek and $70 weekends and their tickets are interchangeable with Attitash, another decent mid-priced ski hill.
I'm partial to the closest ski hill to my house. Eldora has a 1600 ft vertical drop and four main mountain fixed-grip chairs and four beginner or easy intermediate lifts, plus an extensive snowmaking system. and they do a fair amount of grooming every night too. Why buy lift tickets at the ski hill when you can stop at the grocery store on the way and get them for $56? In the fall a 4-day pass can be ordered online for as little as $129 too. One great thing about Eldora is that I-70 isn't involved so no stop & go traffic for 3 hours to get there! The nearby town of Nederland has several decent restaurants and microbreweries and limited lodging, and Boulder, the home of the University of Colorado and hundreds of bars, restaurants, and lodging choices is only 18 miles from the ski hill, plus a city bus serves the ski hill and Nederland from Boulder once per hour all day long for a reasonable price too.
Those are my five choices for decent mid-priced ski hills. Honorable mention goes to Bogus Basin near Boise, ID, which is only $49, and Red Lodge, MT, is 2400 ft vertical and only $50. Turner Mt wouldn't be a bad choice if one were an advanced or expert skier and they lived in Libby but it isn't a ski hill that caters to beginners. One more tip. Next time that you are driving all the way to Jay Peak why not just keep right on going to Owl's Head, Quebec, which has 9 chairlifts on a 1772 ft vertical drop and is only $45 on the weekend? Owl's Head is only 30 minutes further up Rt. 101 from the Jay Peak turn off.
Beautiful views from a family ski slopes. 45 min drive to another mountain Homewood on California side of Lake Tahoe. With this poor snow season Diamond Peak is making snow and has several good runs open. No lines, excellent instruction, extremely friendly staff and the Nevada activities of Lake Tahoe .
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