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Best winter climbing/training town?

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Monika Kawski · · South Lake Tahoe, CA · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 95

Let me know your suggestions! Thanks :)

John Hegyes · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2002 · Points: 5,260

Las Vegas could work, surely. There is almost a whole lifetime of quality climbing available in Red Rock and other nearby areas. The climbing community is pretty solid. Great gyms. The skiing and snowboarding is not great at the local resort, but those kinds of opportunities open up nicely between 3-5 hours away (Big Bear, Brian Head, Mammoth). No end to local breweries and night life.

Kevin MP · · Redmond, OR · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 412

You shouldn't have to settle for "skiing/snowboarding nearby OR good outdoor climbing nearby through the winter", you can have both (the climbing varies with the weather of course). Which is the bigger priority? What types of climbing?

-Salt Lake City: World class backcountry and resort skiing 20-30 minutes away. Tons of great local climbing with huge variety, a select number of crags are good all winter. Excellent gyms too.

-South Lake Tahoe: Emphasis on the skiing, but there are plenty of lower elevation/south-facing granite crags if the snowpack isn't huge (Sugarloaf, e.g.)

-Bend, OR: Smith Rock goes all winter and has a neat little micro-climate (specifically the main area) that is consistently wamer, drier and sunnier than Bend. Local shredders love Mt. Bachelor and ski mountaineers love the Cascade volcanoes. Good scene for food/beer/music for a town of its size.

My first thought was Vegas if I could live anywhere in the winter for climbing, Red Rock is amazing and JTree is a short trip away too. Also Bishop is an obvious choice. Any of these places will have community+breweries, not so much downtown scene for Tahoe/Bishop.

Eric Carlos · · depends · Joined Aug 2008 · Points: 40

Chattanooga doesn't have snow, but it's a sweet place for climbing and training in the winter.

Aaron Liebling · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2010 · Points: 584


Didier Aubin · · France · Joined Nov 2017 · Points: 0

Joshua Tree National Park, California. You should try it.

Winter in there is not really cold with average temperature 60°F. This place will be a really good place for you with thousands of quality climbing routes.

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