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I would rather drive 5 hours from SLC to Jackson than 4 hours from Denver to somewhere else in CO.  I think the drive would be easier and the skiing would be better when you got there.  I like Grand Targhee and would ski there one day out of 5 if conditions were good and I wanted something different.   JHMR is so much better than GT in nearly every way, that on a 3 day trip or even most 5 day trips I wouldn't bother with it.  I usually enjoy a few days a season at The Ghee, mostly training days or lets do something different days.  It's fun.

 

Look into the non peak times or packages for JH airport, check into the IF airport, or "Man Up" and pay the extra airfare for "The Big One".  It's worth it!yahoo.gif

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I would rather drive 5 hours from SLC to Jackson than 4 hours from Denver to somewhere else in CO.  I think the drive would be easier and the skiing would be better when you got there.  I like Grand Targhee and would ski there one day out of 5 if conditions were good and I wanted something different.   JHMR is so much better than GT in nearly every way, that on a 3 day trip or even most 5 day trips I wouldn't bother with it.  I usually enjoy a few days a season at The Ghee, mostly training days or lets do something different days.  It's fun.

 

Look into the non peak times or packages for JH airport, check into the IF airport, or "Man Up" and pay the extra airfare for "The Big One".  It's worth it!yahoo.gif

 

Yea I didn't think of it that way.  Just another point to make to my dad since he seems to be looking into CO right now...

post #33 of 34
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Yea I didn't think of it that way.  Just another point to make to my dad since he seems to be looking into CO right now...

Many people think the less expensive airfares to Denver make it the place to go.  One reason the CO ski areas within a reasonable driving distance of the airport are relatively crowded.  Get both locals and destination traffic.

 

You started the thread by saying this was a special ski trip because you are graduating.  Not just an annual "go out west" trip.  As they say in the commercials . . . plane fare $xxx, lodging $yyy, great ski experience with your son/father . . . priceless. biggrin.gif

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As the OP mentioned earlier, he wants deep powder, steeps and challenge. The issue in Colorado is the places with deep powder ( Vail, Steamboat, Winter Park, and Wolf Creek)  don’t give you much of the steeps and challenge. The places with the steeps and challenge (Aspen, Crested Butte, Telluride) don’t get much snow. Powder seems to be the ultimate goal around here, so that’s what I based my recommendation off.

 

Obviously, Jackson and LCC are Kings of the Mountain when it comes to powder, steeps and challenge, if that’s what he really wants, then CO may not fit him. I’m not recommending places like Silverton (need to be in awesome shape to really enjoy it) or A-Basin/ Loveland (ridiculously exposed to  the elements) in state.

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I’m sorry, but a few trips to Utah (I assume you’re a flatlander by your general comments) doesn’t make someone an expert, not even close.

Maybe not an expert by some people's standards here, but if he's put in time at AltaBird and that's the terrain he likes, the OP is correct in wanting to go to Jackson and may find many of the Colorado places not having enough steeps.  And if it's only a 4-day trip and he balks at the SLC-Jackson drive, we shouldn't be trying to send him to Aspen, Telluride or Crested Butte.  If he can't get more than 4 days, maybe the best bet is returning to Utah.  If he can make it longer I'd vote for Jackson in January as first choice.  If the trip gets pushed to mid-February or later, Aspen, Telluride or Crested Butte would be better.

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