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Where to ski, dad and 13 year old son, over spring break. March 17-24

post #1 of 21
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I have the time and my son is desperate. I don't want to be in the middle of a giant college party ,or at least not in the middle of it with my son, and I don't want to get run over either. Is there good skiing over spring break available without the crowds or is it a good time to stay away from the mountain. We were in Breckenridge last month and had a great week. Good conditions and no crowd. I am on the east coast but I don't mind flying. Ideas?

post #2 of 21

Go west again.  Most of the mountains a huge by east coast standards, so there is plenty of room for everyone.  I'd add more information about your skiing abilities, budget, etc. to your post above (just edit it) so others can give you useful information.

post #3 of 21

Go to Snowmass, huge mountain, great terrain variety and the lack of crowds will put a smile on your face.  Our spring break is the following week and we'll be out there again.

post #4 of 21

Just had a fantastic time at Big Sky and Bridger for the first time.  Costs a bit more to get to Bozeman than the standard destinations but definitely unlikely to end up spending time waiting on lift lines or avoiding crowds.

post #5 of 21

It's probably beyond the budget you set for the trip, but I'd suggest coming to the Alps. There aren't any school holidays around that time, so crowds are small. And, the higher-altitude resorts still have good snow.

post #6 of 21
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The Alps may be a little out of reach for us. Maybe we could put that together for next year. Someone suggested Solitude to me. He said he did not think they would get much of a spring break crowd and that it is an easy in / out from the airport. We are both competent skier / boarders with our own equipment. We ski 15+- days a year, sometimes more when the east coast conditions are good. Looking for fun black terrain, not extreme, add a couple of decent restaurants and we are good.

post #7 of 21

If you're up for some adventure, I would recommend a Mont, Idaho, British Columbia road trip to the lesser known places. Fly to Spokane, rent a car and head in the direction of the last storm and best snow. But that's just me and I've never skied the big name places. Be glad to give you more beta. Send me a PM if you like.

 

Darn, I want to do this again

 

https://picasaweb.google.com/111464131407795442685/MontIDPowder311?authkey=Gv1sRgCNqlxou4h6r_jAE

post #8 of 21

If you end up in SLC, perhaps a drive up to Snowbasin for a day trip.  No crowds on Sundays.  Night skiing at Brighton is a pretty good deal too.

post #9 of 21
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How far away is Snowbasin from Solitude and will it have a large spring break crowd?

post #10 of 21
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How far away is Snowbasin from Solitude and will it have a large spring break crowd?



Not sure on distance, maybe an hour drive or so.  No large spring break crowds.  Actually, no large crowds ever; they have no on-hill lodging so that makes a big difference.  If you're there during the week there's hardly anyone there.  I think Canyon Sports in SLC sells discount tickets too.  Added bonus - not sure you'll find better food on-mountain anywhere in the US, particularly for the price.

post #11 of 21

If you ask 10 people where to ski you will get at least 15 answers.  So here is my take:

1) Flying into SLC is easy and relatively inexpensive.  Don't forget to check Southwest fares.

2) SLC is within an easy 45 minute drive of lots of ski areas, making it unique.

3) There is nothing wrong with skiing a Snowbasin or Solitude or Sundance, etc., which all offer a great bang for the buck.  However, spending an entire week at each mountain means you will miss a lot of what the state has to offer.

4) Do not avoid the Park City resorts if you are going for a week.  Park City is a great world-class ski town.  Assuming you dine early, you will miss the weekend crowds and have a great time (there are also plenty of great family restaurants off Main Street).  You son will also enjoy an educational experience visiting museums, galleries, etc.  The Olympic Park and Alf Engen Museum are must-sees for any visitor.  Deer Valley limits lift ticket sales and bans boarders.  PCMR is huge, with a great variety of terrain.  The Canyons is even larger (4,000 acres) with nine mountains.  Ski away from Red Pine Lodge and you will likely see little or no lift lines. Don't worry about drunken and rowdy Spring Break skiers and boarder when around Park City.  The colleges and universities spread out their breaks throughout the entire month, and the mountains are large enough to accommodate everyone.  You may be the only skiers on most trails if you ski black diamonds.

5) More importantly, make the experience as educational as possible for your son.  Visit the museums in SLC and PC.  Go on a guided backcountry tour.  Visit an independent ski manufacturer and ask questions.  Use your time wisely, and your son can use the experience to perhaps knock-off a school or scouting requirement.  At the very least he will go home with a greater appreciation of the state and the sport of skiing.

post #12 of 21

There are great spring deals to be had in many places. Suggestions include: Jackson Hole, Created Butte, Whistler (a few hours from Seattle), any of the Utah areas and Aspen. Many resorts have deals that include air with lodging and lift tickets. Spring breaks do vary so I wouldn't worry about crowds. The areas listed are all large enough that crowds won't be an issue.

post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by quant2325 View Post

If you ask 10 people where to ski you will get at least 15 answers.  So here is my take:

1) Flying into SLC is easy and relatively inexpensive.  Don't forget to check Southwest fares.

2) SLC is within an easy 45 minute drive of lots of ski areas, making it unique.

3) There is nothing wrong with skiing a Snowbasin or Solitude or Sundance, etc., which all offer a great bang for the buck.  However, spending an entire week at each mountain means you will miss a lot of what the state has to offer.

4) Do not avoid the Park City resorts if you are going for a week.  Park City is a great world-class ski town.  Assuming you dine early, you will miss the weekend crowds and have a great time (there are also plenty of great family restaurants off Main Street).  You son will also enjoy an educational experience visiting museums, galleries, etc.  The Olympic Park and Alf Engen Museum are must-sees for any visitor.  Deer Valley limits lift ticket sales and bans boarders.  PCMR is huge, with a great variety of terrain.  The Canyons is even larger (4,000 acres) with nine mountains.  Ski away from Red Pine Lodge and you will likely see little or no lift lines. Don't worry about drunken and rowdy Spring Break skiers and boarder when around Park City.  The colleges and universities spread out their breaks throughout the entire month, and the mountains are large enough to accommodate everyone.  You may be the only skiers on most trails if you ski black diamonds.

5) More importantly, make the experience as educational as possible for your son.  Visit the museums in SLC and PC.  Go on a guided backcountry tour.  Visit an independent ski manufacturer and ask questions.  Use your time wisely, and your son can use the experience to perhaps knock-off a school or scouting requirement.  At the very least he will go home with a greater appreciation of the state and the sport of skiing.



You don't know my 13 year old very well. If the museums are open after the mountain is closed that sounds like a great idea but I'm not sure about between 8:00 and 4:00. They would hear the moaning back on the east coast if I dragged him off the mountain to go to a museum.

 

post #14 of 21
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You don't know my 13 year old very well. If the museums are open after the mountain is closed that sounds like a great idea but I'm not sure about between 8:00 and 4:00. They would hear the moaning back on the east coast if I dragged him off the mountain to go to a museum.

 



The Park City Museum is open until 7:00PM and the Alf Engen Museum until 6:00PM.

post #15 of 21

Other than the recent trip to Breckenridge, where else have you skied out west?  Have you skied in Utah before?  You may be worrying about spring break crowds more than necessary.  It's not like Christmas/New Years since different schools take off different weeks from March through Easter, which is April 8.

post #16 of 21
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We skied at Keystone over spring break last year. The lines were not too bad and the conditions good but there were many out of control skier / boarders. Ski Patrol was taking wrecks off the mountain left and right. Every rest stop was full, with people drinking 24oz beers at noon. I was uncomfortable because I was watching out for other skiers who were not watching out for me. It was not a bad trip but I will leave the middle of March at Keystone, to the spring break crowd in the future.

post #17 of 21

Gotta go with the snow and this year, from what I can tell, the snow gods are blessing Jackson Hole. Things may change of course. 

 

Upside: Huge, varied, challenging mountain. Really nice town of Jackson.

Downside: One resort. A trip to Grand Targhee is over an hour. Tougher to get to than Salt Lake.

 

If you go to Salt Lake I recommend you stay in or near Park City, the only fun town around. Staying in SLC or Sandy (to be near Alta and Snowbird) is really boring. Staying at Alta is spartan. Staying at Snowbird any of the others is limiting. From Park City, Snowbasin is far, like 1.25 hours.  Alta/Snowbird about 45 minutes.

post #18 of 21
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Gotta go with the snow and this year, from what I can tell, the snow gods are blessing Jackson Hole. Things may change of course. 

 

Upside: Huge, varied, challenging mountain. Really nice town of Jackson.

Downside: One resort. A trip to Grand Targhee is over an hour. Tougher to get to than Salt Lake.

 

If you go to Salt Lake I recommend you stay in or near Park City, the only fun town around. Staying in SLC or Sandy (to be near Alta and Snowbird) is really boring. Staying at Alta is spartan. Staying at Snowbird any of the others is limiting. From Park City, Snowbasin is far, like 1.25 hours.  Alta/Snowbird about 45 minutes.



you could not ski jackson hole in a year let alone one ski trip I would jsut book and go. 

 

 

post #19 of 21

Jackson weather can be severe. If the forecast called for north winds or low temps, I would take a teen that loved adversity and adventure, powder and windbuff, had awesome gear and clothing, knew how to wear a face mask, etc; but I wouldn't force that on a kid that didn't truly love it.

post #20 of 21
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He truly loves it. We have good gear and we are talking middle of March. Is it really that severe?

post #21 of 21

I am from the east coast and I have routinely skied that same spring break week with my family which includes two sons, now 12 and 16.  When they were younger, we often skied at Keystone for a variety of reasons (including that my nephew worked there) but it always worked out well for us.  Over time we have skied other areas in Colorado, including Vail and Beaver Creek and Aspen/Snowmass, as well as Utah.  In Utah we have stayed and skied for a few days In Park City with friends, then skied for a few days at Snowbasin.  That has also worked very well and we are doing that again this year.  But, everyone's favorite, without question, is Snowmass.  It is not cheap and not that easy to get to, but once you are there, the experience is great.  Most of the housing is on or close to the hill.  It is never crowded.  The terrain has everything you can want.  Last year my son enrolled in the Steep camp for a few days and loved it.  Of course there is Aspen right down the road for dinner options, and if you want even more variety, there is Highlands and Ajax.  At this point, it may be tough to get flights right into Aspen.  But other options include Denver and Eagle.  The ride from Denver will take over three hours, but that is part of the reason why it is uncrowded.  

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