Do You Go Back to the Same Resort or Always Look For New Ones?

Our group is in the process of planning a snowboard trip for this winter. The big question is, where are we going?

The current destination is Morzine (France). We’ve got a short-list of chalets to stay in; in fact, we’ve pretty much narrowed it down to one, but there’s a close second. However, most of the snowboarders involved have been to Morzine/Avoriaz three or four times before. For some, that doesn’t seem to matter. For others – they’re looking for something fresh.

Personally, I want to go to Morzine. It’s got a great selection of parks, which is always high on my list. In addition, there’s the “where to go on a powder day” question. We’re planning this as a one-week trip. Chances of getting a lot of good snow in that period are slim. In my eyes, if you do get a good dump, you don’t want to waste it making wrong turns and looking closely at the trail map.

With Morzine/Avoriaz – I already know a bunch of decent spots. They can go together to make a kind of route: start on this chair, head to that run, if it’s good, lap it twice, etc…

(If you’re interested, I’ve written more about the question of returning to the same resort – in the interest of scoring good powder turns).

So for me, it’s an easy choice. Sure I’d go to other places – but it’s like we’ve got this one sewn up. It’s ready to go, all we need to do is book.

What about you? Do you go to the same place each season? Or continually look for new resorts? This can be a different question depending on where you live. If you’re in the UK – you’re almost certainly travelling to a different country to snowboard, so the choice can be wide open. If you live in the US, Canada, or somewhere like France or Switzerland, you may well have a local resort, maybe even a season pass…

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4 Responses to “Do You Go Back to the Same Resort or Always Look For New Ones?”
  1. James says:

    Interesting one this…

    I started going to La Clusaz a few seasons ago, as very fortunately gf’s parents have a (very) small apartment there.

    We will be going back early 2013, and it will be my fourth trip to Clusaz.

    I love the resort, and boarding with people who have been skiing the resort for 15 years has major bonuses, really means you can cover some ground and know exactly where to go based on the conditions of the day.

    Theres something quite nice about being a “regular”, I get a little of the feel of what it must be like to do a season.

    Being a week a year snow holidaymaker (fridge rider in the uk of course) I’m not really fussed on which resort I board in, as to a certain extent snow is snow, and as long as I get a week away anywhere I’m stoked!

    That said, in the long term I have a few resorts on my bucket list, and when funds allow I’d like to travel elsewhere.

    I don’t think there is an outright winner between familiarity/the unknown, both have plus points!

  2. Mark says:

    I try to rotate my trips by leaving a 3 or 4 year gap before returning to the same place.
    Its interesting to see how some place have changed over this period!!

  3. Gavin says:

    @James I understand your view on this; there’s definitely something to be said about feeling like a “regular”. Although it’s not the resort that I’ve been to the most, Morzine/Avoriaz feels most like this to me. (I’ve been to Chamonix more times, but that was early on in my snowboard days…)

    I also have a similar kind of bucket list – I really want to visit Whistler, that’s probably number one. I’d also like to spend some time with the Snowmotions crew, again, in Switzerland – use a week or two to spend as much time outside of the resort boundary as possible, with guides and others who know their stuff.

    But, if a resort is good for me, I have no problem returning, in fact, I like it.

  4. Gavin says:

    @Mark I like the rotation strategy ;)

    And you’re right, resorts do change from season to season – heading back can throw up some interesting surprises!