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Aspen, Jackson Hole, Chamonix France, or Salt Lake City?

post #1 of 8
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Planning a trip, usually do Vermont and looking for a good mountain with powder and a lot of intermediate trails with some blacks as well.  Aspen seems to be the most expensive, but if its really worth it then so be it.  Never boarded on powder before and actually thinking about taking up skiing.  First question is what do you recommend as far as good powder in January or February?  And what places do you highly recommend being that I never really travel to ski?  Second question is, should I stick to what I know(snowboarding) or definitely try some skiing wherever I go?  Thanks for the help!

post #2 of 8

Where are you based?

 

If it is literally "powder" that you're interested in, I would say SLC or maybe Whistler.

 

Remember though, nothing is guaranteed when you book in advance.

 

A trip to Alta would work nicely with your skiing idea!

post #3 of 8

As an intermediate, you aren't going to get much powder.  Powder tends to be quickly skied out, and intermediate runs are generally groomed.  If you can't handle off-piste terrain, then you are going to be relegated to runs that see alot of traffic.

 

Soft snow, on the other hand, can be had at any of the places you indicated.  But as an intermediate rider, you might want to think about the other attributes you'd like.  Such as variety of terrain, nightlife, etc.

 

Rather than Alta, I'd suggest Park City, Aspen, or Whistler out of the choices listed.

 

Mike

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Planning a trip, usually do Vermont and looking for a good mountain with powder and a lot of intermediate trails with some blacks as well.  

 

Probably not quite ready for Chamonix.

post #5 of 8

Brighton Utah is what you want. Snowboarder heaven with plenty of blues and easy blacks to keep you happy. It's also the least expensive option.

post #6 of 8

Save JH and Chamomix for later.  Go to SLC.  Stay in the city somewhere cheap.  Reserve a AWD SUV, switch to 2WD if not going to be driving in snow.  Drive to Park City or Brighton or Snowbasin with your board.  Park City and Brighton have night skiing if you have the energy for a long day.  Or stay in Ogden and play at Snowbasin.  Nice long blue runs there and the views are amazing in clear weather, plus a good ski school.  In short, lots of options around SLC.

 

Stay away from Snowbird.  Save Alta for a ski trip.

post #7 of 8
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You guys are great I really appreciate it! I think Utah for sure, Jackson hole looks fun and aspen too expensive anyway.
post #8 of 8

I wouldn't bother with the skiing. Learn skiing at your home mountain; spend your trip time getting after it. Otherwise, you're kind of wasting valuable time.

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