Need help planning a ski trip

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    Dec 08, 2013 6:47 PM GMT
    Hey RJ peeps need your help with planning a first time ski trip that I would like to take early next year. Learning to downhill ski or snowboard has been on my bucket list for a long time and this is the winter I am going to make it happen. Looking for someplace good for beginners and someplace fun where I can meet other cool guys. Will probably travel alone unless someone wants to join icon_biggrin.gif Any suggestions on great ski destinations for the beginner?
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    Dec 08, 2013 10:09 PM GMT
    Muttman70 saidHey RJ peeps need your help with planning a first time ski trip that I would like to take early next year. Learning to downhill ski or snowboard has been on my bucket list for a long time and this is the winter I am going to make it happen. Looking for someplace good for beginners and someplace fun where I can meet other cool guys. Will probably travel alone unless someone wants to join icon_biggrin.gif Any suggestions on great ski destinations for the beginner?

    Go to a gay ski week in Aspen, Telluride, or Whistler (use google to find them). You will have lots of gay company on the slopes and apr├Ęs-ski . If you are a rank beginner, since you live in Wisconsin, (where there is snow and hills not too far away) start now, and learn the basics by taking lessons at some local ski hill. You don't need a 4,000 foot drop to start with. I actually first learned to ski taking lessons at night at a hill in suburban Chicago as a child. I've never snowboarded, but for skiing, it is absolutely imperative that you take lessons to start with, so you learn the correct technique, don't have to unlearn bad technique later, and avoid knee injury. Start with a group lesson. Cheap. And since you are athletic (I assume) you will quickly advance faster than the out of shape men and soccer moms in the class with you. Then take a private lesson or two, and practice, practice, practice. I would guess there is a gay ski club in Chicago or perhaps even Milwaukee you could hook up with at some point. Finally, if you are not already in shape, work on your legs/thighs - lots of squats. After you get to be good (beyond intermediate level) it's all about having powerful quads and jumping.
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    Dec 11, 2013 3:46 PM GMT
    You're in Wisconsin, and I'm not sure where you're going to be skiing most of the time. I agree you'll want to get to the slopes often - and once you get going, you're maybe going to want to go every weekend, or at least a few weekends a month.

    If you're by chance coming to California, a good place to start is Boreal Ridge. Soon, you'll want to go to more challenging places, so NorthStar might be next. Finally, when you get good, you'll want Alpine and Squaw. There are others, but Squaw and Alpine (IMO) are the top choices with the best runs.

    Good luck and have a blast.
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    Dec 12, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    Thanks guys for the great information and helpful advice. I was obvious a bit naive thinking I could plan a first time ski trip without first taking lessons. The last thing I need is a knee injury. The good news is there is a ski hill 20 minutes from where I live and they offer group and private lessons. I know what I will be doing the next few weekends!