Off to Vail in about a week, good snow apps?
Found a last min flight for cheap to Denver and decided to go to Vail to go skiing for the first time. Not that I really need a snow app, just though it would be cool to try out now and during my trip.
What's the app that is on the commercial?
Any other good ones?
- 04-05-2009, 02:47 PM #2
When are you coming? We just got a lot of snow, so the slopes should be nice. I can't believe you're going to Vail for your first time skiing, lol. There's a lot of other resorts that are much cheaper and closer and would fit your skill level
I don't really know of any snow apps... lol, sorry.
- 04-05-2009, 02:51 PM #3
- 04-05-2009, 02:58 PM #4
This trip started by finding a American flight from Miami to Denver for $199 (total with tax). Then got a great deal on the hotel. They were booked for one of the days we needed because of a convention so they gave us one of their one bedroom condos for the whole stay (kitchen, washer/dryer, fireplace, parking spot) and at the same, already discounted, room rate of like $180 or something a night! There is a lot of deals becuase of it being the last week of the season. Also, they have some free concerts...Chris Isaak anyone?
I'm flying out on the 15th. I know the mountains just got a ton of snow last night, and I think more is expected before I get there so this should be a great end of season trip. The only thing now is trying to find clothes to wear. I have jackets and stuff, just need to find some pants. There are a lot of deals for end of season at places in Miami, but also slim pickings.
- 04-05-2009, 03:02 PM #6
Living in Miami I have a decent amount of hours water skiing, but I understand it's two completely different things.
So what would you recommend? Ski, Board, Both?
Last edited by Justin; 04-05-2009 at 03:24 PM.
- 04-05-2009, 03:21 PM #8
Just snowboard! It's much cooler Haha, I don't know. I've never been skiing (on water or snow) and only been snowboarding twice. But I wakeboard and used to skateboard, so the idea of skis just freaks me out.
Sounds like you got a great deal! Have fun!
- 04-05-2009, 04:47 PM #10
- 04-06-2009, 11:21 AM #11
For $340 you get:
Full-day lesson + beginner lift + ski or board rental
Meeting Times: 9:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
For 3 days
So I think I'm just going to go with that. The only downside to this package is you don't get a real lift ticket, but as long as you are with the class they will take you to other lifts, just if you are on your own it's only good for a small base of the mountain lift.
Right now I'm leaning towards just going this $340 route and if I really love it and am not in a lot of pain for more exercise than I've had in years or from several face-meet-snow falls...I'll just buy a one day real pass on the last day.
I'm still debating on whether to just go with skiing or trying both? I'm thinking it might be good to try both and not get decent at either, but get a feel for what I like more and then next season just go with that one.
So many things to figure out, so little time!!! I haven't even found ski pants yet! There is slim pickings left, although I'm not that surprised since it's the end of the season and the I live in Miami.
Oh, another question, goggles vs sunglasses? My friend that snowboards said for spring skiing the goggles will really fog up and aren't really needed and sunglasses will work better.
Any other tips you can give a first timer?
- 04-06-2009, 12:17 PM #13
With the lesson package I described above it's 3 days of ski or 3 days of board, not both. I was already leaning slightly towards skiing just b/c I have never wake boarded before, but have water skied (even though I understand it's 2 diff. things). Plus, the g/f wants to do skiing...so
- 04-06-2009, 12:43 PM #15
- 04-06-2009, 01:44 PM #16
Go with goggles.
Also, don't be to upset about not having an actual ski pass because like you said, you will still get on the lifts. If it is your first time then the bunny slopes are going to be more than exciting enough for you... Trust me!
Have you thought about getting/renting a helmet? Might be a good idea.
Haven't thought about a helmet, but hopefully since I'm doing the lesson package they will help me get what I need. Wish I knew what I was doing before jumping in, but I guess you got to start somewhere.
- 04-06-2009, 03:25 PM #18
I've only run 4 days so far (1/2 mile each day), but the last day felt good. I wasn't super tired after and could have done more probably, but didn't want to push it since it's so ******* hot down here in Miami. It got up to 91 today with a feels like of 95.
So yeah, I will be using the next 10 days to train hard. Hopefully training in the heat down here will balance out the less O2 up in the mountains.
I'm going out in a bit to look for some goggles now since being a beginner I have an even greater chance of busting them and my eyeballs!
Thanks again for all the advice from everyone...we got a great community of people here, even without the iPhone bond. I'll be watching this thread so if you have any other tips, please don't hold back!
- 04-06-2009, 04:04 PM #20
And in Vail find the local grocery store and buy Gatorade there... unless you want to pay $6 for a small Gatorade while you are on the mountain.
- 04-06-2009, 06:16 PM #21
- 04-06-2009, 07:14 PM #22
Dooks, thanks for the long post, great tips.
I found a pair of Spy Zed goggles for $90 that looked nice and came with 2 lenses, but a bit more than I wanted to spend. I also saw some Oakleys for only $50, but they didn't fit quite right. Think I'm going to see if I can borrow a pair from a friend, but if not I might just have to suck it up and spend the money on the Zed pair that fit nicely.
- 04-06-2009, 09:20 PM #24
- 04-06-2009, 09:53 PM #25
On the sunglasses vs. goggles decision it all depends on the day. I am a big time snowboarder so I own a few pairs of high end goggles as well a nice pair of Oakley Frogskins for the spring days. Two weekends ago I was in the froggies, yesterday I wore a pair of goggles, it all depends on the day. Either way quality is pretty important, cheap goggles will fog, and cheap sunglasses are gonna leave you squinting.
I agree with badash on the mittens being a good decision for avoiding jammed fingers, but I don't think you are going to want to wear mittens this time of year, unless you like having extremely sweaty hands.
Helmets are always a good idea. I am always in complete control when I ride, but a fall from a 50 foot jump can always go badly, and you can never control the other people on the mountain. I'm fairly certain I have a concussion from yesterday and I was wearing a helmet, I can only imagine how bad things might have been without one.
I have never been to Vail but when I ride at home at mountains in NY, or even in Salt Lake City I always leave my backpack in the lodge tucked into a corner somewhere. It's never been an issue, but I do know it's a risky practice. I keep spare gloves, layering options, and lunch in my bag.
I am very jealous of you. All of my local mountains are closed after this past weekend. Looking forward to Thursday to hike the park with some friends, and then waiting for next year after that. Although I did book my flights for next winters Salt Lake trip today!