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post #31 of 41

Spring break in Summit County is probably not where you want to be.

 

Mike

post #32 of 41
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Spring break in Summit County is probably not where you want to be.

 

Mike

 

If Easter lands earlier, say like March 24th, I beg to differ.  I've had great skiing then, just get off the mountain by 2, unless it's a powder day.

post #33 of 41
The issue isn't snow conditions but crowds.
post #34 of 41
Thread Starter 

Would Christmas be a better time than march break in terms of snow conditions? 

post #35 of 41
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I am biased but here's the difference imho

 

the boat doesn't have a lot of steeps; steep meaning 30* or more so that is limited but what we do have is the best glade skiing in North America; hands down.  We have some fun and decent side country. Lots of fun terrain that is often never seen by most skiers.  We also don't have the front range crowds. Mid-week storms can hold for days so you can ski more powder. If you want to get more powder, we have Steamboat Powdercats up on Buff' pass which gets the most snow in all of Colorado, over 500" per season,  The boat Its more laid back. And yes, we do have freakishly light powder when the conditions are right (but it's not guaranteed) but you will find the snow does stay softer longer there due to the dryness; its high desert really. Another nice thing about the boat is that you don't' need a car and everything is close. Fly right into Hayden airport. 

 

 

In the spirit of maintaining the credibility of EpicSki, I feel obligated to come and validate these statements. Next season will work. How does February sound? Finn, I assume you will provide appropriate accommodations. biggrin.gif

post #36 of 41
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Would Christmas be a better time than march break in terms of snow conditions? 

not usually but it is hard to predict weather that far in advance.

post #37 of 41

Anyone have any insights on how to do Steamboat on a budget?  

 

We've been skiing SLC for the last 3 years, but might be ready for something different... As well its getting a lot more expensive and less convenient to fly to SLC vs DEN.  So far, the savings in accommodations, (by staying in Salt Lake vs a resort in Colorado) and the cheaper lift tix has more than made up for the extra $$$/time spent on flights.  As well, the altitude of Summit County is a negative for us so Steamboat would be nice at its lower elevation.

 

Steamboat's trees rep combined with its lower elevation might be an interesting alternative.  However, on a quick check on VRBO... it looks pretty-to-very pricey relative to a Salt Lake City hotel.  

 

Are there any lower budget options for a group that doesn't need slopeside or village accommodations. A 30 or 40 minutes drive would even work.

post #38 of 41
Okay... No responses.... Total thread hijack by me... I'll start a new thread
post #39 of 41

Joe, there are motels (I know because I'm looking for myself!)

post #40 of 41
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Originally Posted by JoeSchmoe View Post

Anyone have any insights on how to do Steamboat on a budget?  

 

We've been skiing SLC for the last 3 years, but might be ready for something different... As well its getting a lot more expensive and less convenient to fly to SLC vs DEN.  So far, the savings in accommodations, (by staying in Salt Lake vs a resort in Colorado) and the cheaper lift tix has more than made up for the extra $$$/time spent on flights.  As well, the altitude of Summit County is a negative for us so Steamboat would be nice at its lower elevation.

 

Steamboat's trees rep combined with its lower elevation might be an interesting alternative.  However, on a quick check on VRBO... it looks pretty-to-very pricey relative to a Salt Lake City hotel.  

 

Are there any lower budget options for a group that doesn't need slopeside or village accommodations. A 30 or 40 minutes drive would even work.

Try searching with this for motels/hotels/etc- compares prices at a bunch of different sites to get you the best deal.

post #41 of 41
Perhaps it was because of the lousy ski season, but we got three nights at the Grand for $300. Pretty reasonable, if you ask me, and it was more or less slope side.

Mike
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