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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

I am late this year to go skiing, but it turns out it is in the budget to do it: possibly not more than $800 for 4 week-nights, and no rental car. And it has to happen in the next few weeks while the snow is still good. I ski blue groomers, and l'm looking for night skiing too if possible to get as much skiing as possible since I do it only once a year. The idea is to ski a different resort on a different day, but I might settle for one resort if it is very big, and if the deal is good too.

 

Mammoth has fly-stay-ski package & snow-report looks good. Would it get boring to ski 3 weekdays, or is big enough? Other places that have been on my list to ski:

Snowmass and Vail.

Jackson Hole: Again 3 days in one resort: Good or bad? Airline ticket is kind of expensive to go there.

Lake Louise has 3 resorts in 3 days.

Powder Mountain and Snowbasin? Last time I checked I don't think they had bus transportation between the two.

 

Other suggestions?

 

These are the places that I've skied, so I prefer to go to a new place:

Mt. Rose, Alpine, Squaw,

Winter Park, Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper, Arapahoe basin

Snowbird, Alta, Solitude, Brighton, Deer Valley, Park City, The Canyons

post #2 of 18

We just booked a trip to Jackson Hole using this deal - http://www.jacksonholewy.com/500-off

 

Turned out pretty good, we are going for 7 nights for $1000 a piece (includes flights, lodging, lift tickets, airport transportation) so I'm sure if you only wanted to do 4 nights, you could get that within your price range.

 

Can't comment on conditions, terrain, or whether it's too many days at one place - it's our first time heading out too!  :)

 

Good luck.

post #3 of 18

What is the $800 supposed to cover?

post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 

To cover flight + stay + ski lift + food + shuttle transportation. I have my own equipment. I have managed to ski all the places I listed for 3-4 days of skiing for usually around $800 or below. I can replicate some of those trips, but prefer to try a new place each time I ski.

post #5 of 18

I think a lot depends on the cost of your flight. I'm going to SLC end of March, exactly what you describe, I"m really on a budget and won't be able to do it for $800.

 

That is a tough one. I'd be interested to find out what you end up doing here.

 

 

post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 

Just noticed, Powder Mountain has 5500 acres of skiable terrain -- which is the biggest, or one of the biggest in the US. That's basically like two massive ski resorts put together. I am looking into deals for that mountain right now.


Edited by JamesX521 - 2/17/12 at 6:30pm
post #7 of 18

That acreage is a little overblown because it includes lift-served and cat skiing terrain. You won't get that 5,500 acres with one lift ticket.

 

It is a huge mountain, though, and great for snow.

post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 

I ski blues mostly, so that that makes the skiable area for me smaller than the 5500 acres. I actually would prefer skiing there 2 days, and skiing Snowbasin the 3rd day before I go home. I haven't been able to figure out if there is bus transportation from Ogden or Eden to the resorts. I will start a new thread on this topic to get more help with the lodging & transportation ideas. So far from Powder Mountain's website I haven't seen any cheap lodging.

post #9 of 18

Only practical way to do Snowbasin and Powder Mtn is to stay in Ogden and use a rental car.  Both are decent areas, but not compared to some of the others on your list.   

post #10 of 18
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Only practical way to do Snowbasin and Powder Mtn is to stay in Ogden and use a rental car.  Both are decent areas, but not compared to some of the others on your list.   



Snowbasin compares fine to anywhere on that list. Powder is excellent for an intermediate.

 

Ogden will offer the cheapest lodging. You should be able to find something for around 50 bucks. Some hotels might offer a shuttle to snowbasin, but a car would be better.

post #11 of 18
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Snowbasin compares fine to anywhere on that list.


Ummmm, no. I like Snowbasin (was there today and will be back tomorrow), but compared to Mammoth (size and gnar), Vail (bowls and size), Jackson (uber-gnar), Lake Louise (scenery and challenge), Snowbasin's a fine area, but not quite on the same page as the others.

 

post #12 of 18
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Ummmm, no. I like Snowbasin (was there today and will be back tomorrow), but compared to Mammoth (size and gnar), Vail (bowls and size), Jackson (uber-gnar), Lake Louise (scenery and challenge), Snowbasin's a fine area, but not quite on the same page as the others.

 

 

Ummmmm...you said Vail. Lose.

 

Step away from the stat sheet, my man. Snowbasin has all kinds of intangibles that those resorts don't and its stats are plenty legit too. You can't argue that it doesn't compete with Jackson/Mammoth based on gnar and then mention Vail.

 

Not really worth arguing over and everyone's entitled to favorites, but to say that it can't compare is rubbish.

 

post #13 of 18

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post #14 of 18

Of the locations on your list, my vote would be for Jackson Hole. I was up there for 11 days of skiing at the end of Jan, and by all accounts, they have about the best snow in the US right now. I stayed at the Teton Village Inn for $110 a night with a Steep and Deep Camp discount. Staying at the Village is definitely, IMHO, the best option for a serious skier. I met a guy staying at the Hostel for stupid cheap, so be sure to check that out. It is a 3 min. walk from the tram. Not sure what the bathroom sharing arrangements might be, though. Also see what that $500 off deal mentioned above gets you. I got an email mentioning that a while back.

 

Mammoth is my "home" mountain, and it has simply been hurting for snow this year. I will be going up there next weekend, and pretty much know from past experience what they mean when they quote 40-60" of coverage: groomers will be good until they get scraped off late in the afternoon and the really interesting off piste stuff will be sketchy. Rock skis probably will not be necessary, but there will certainly be scuffs on the bases at the end of the day. I have figured out some good staying-with-locals deals that make my visits there very affordable, but to the casual visitor, there are no deals that even approach the hostel prices at JH.

 

I've been to both Powder Mountain; stayed up at the mountain in a time share for a simply epic week of powder, and Snow Basin. Given your criterion of not renting a car, I really don't see them as a serious consideration given your other trip criteria. Even if you can find transportation from Ogden, I think you will waste a lot of time busing around. <<See 3 min. from tram comment above>>

 

I love Vail, but don't really see how you can make that work with your budget. Vail can be plenty gnarly, if not JH gnarly, so I really don't understand the negative statements above. I do tire of dealing with the crowds there, though.

 

Never been to Lake Louise or Snowmass, so can't comment on those possibilities.

 

Just my $.02.

 

 

post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by JoeUT View Post

 

Ummmmm...you said Vail. Lose.

 

Step away from the stat sheet, my man. Snowbasin has all kinds of intangibles that those resorts don't and its stats are plenty legit too. You can't argue that it doesn't compete with Jackson/Mammoth based on gnar and then mention Vail.

 

Not really worth arguing over and everyone's entitled to favorites, but to say that it can't compare is rubbish.

 


I said not compared to Vail due to bowls and size. Please, feel free to cherry pick and misconstrue. Oh, and btw, was there yesterday, and think the best conditions in the SLC area are at Snowbasin right now.

 

post #16 of 18

Mammoth or Jackson Hole would be great. Both have some of the best terrain in the U.S. and will keep you busy for three days. Mammoth groomers are maintaned as good or better than any resort and no need for a car if you are staying at Mammoth Mountain Inn or at the Village.

post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 

The Mammoth website is so cluttered, I can't find if they have night skiing... do they?

post #18 of 18

no

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