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2/28-3/5: Jackson Hole vs Banff

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Greetings!  

 

Ive seen a million of these threads, and here I am making my own.  nonono2.gif  Anyway - advise me with all the endless Bear knowledge.  The dates at 2/28-3/5 and me and a friend are going riding somewhere out west.  I know JHMR can get warm in March, but Im hoping this isnt too late.  Im a low-advanced snowboarder (done double diamonds at JHMR off tram), have boarded at Snowbird, Solitude, and Brighton - tackling most of the diamonds and some double blacks.  One day at JHMR last January.  Anyway, with our dates, which of these would be better.  

I have been quoted ~$950 a person for JHMR staying in Teton Village with 3 lift tickets and 1 day snowmobiling through yellowstone.  

Conversely, Banffs website seems to show ~$600 a person with lift tickets for 4 days.  

 

One more thing - airfare will cost me $280 to Jackson, and $70 to Banff.  

 

Which would you pick?

post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 

Because of the 4 day skiing frame - Id like to avoid massive areas like Tahoe that Id like to save for a more expansive week.  

post #3 of 12

The problem is that Jackson Hole faces somewhat south and you are getting into the time where if it doesn't snow for 2 weeks and is warm, the conditions will not be that good. Daily thaw then refreeze at night making for tough and dangerous going on the high steeps and possibly wet down low.   I'm flying to Calgary myself 2nd week of March, and apparently the skiing is not likely to to suffer yet from the spring warmth.  It's all a matter of odds and off course JH could be excellent, but my vote would be for Banff and save JH for an trip from Jan - mid Feb another year.

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Ive read about the southern exposure being a possible issue - but even with these dates?  Skiing the first 3 days in march? 

post #5 of 12

Both great options at that time of year.  Early March should not be a problem at JHMR, but you have been there already.  

 

For that price difference, grab a warmer coat and head for Banff, you won't need a sled to see wildlife there.  

 

You really can not loose either way, they both have beer.     Enjoy!

post #6 of 12

I would vote for JH/Grand Targhee. Banff is a big area with more driving. Better with a week stay. But you

could say that about any trip. 

Two great areas, you can't go wrong. If you go to Banff its worth the extra hour

drive to Kicking Horse for a day, and if you go to Jackson, its worth going to

Targhee for the day.

post #7 of 12

Been to both places. Snowmobiling in Yellowstone is a bucket list item and not to be missed.

 

JHole is the better mountain for skiing, Lake Louise is really the only great hill in the Banff area and JHole is bigger and badder. I still dream about my runs down the Casper bowl.

 

Banff has better scenery if that matters, the views from the Lake Louise mountain are awesome. JHole has some awesome views too, just not as epic as Banff.

 

Pick your poison they're both good in different ways, if great skiing is the #1 reason for the trip, JHole would be my choice. If you choose Banff, checkout the hot springs, fun apres ski thing to do.

 

Which one has better conditions is a crap shoot.

post #8 of 12

I've never been to JH in the winter but my wife and I honeymooned in Banff.

 

Some things to remember. When I was there 2009, the beer choices were limited. Big time.

 

 

You have to remember that to get to Banff you have to have National Park Passes for Canada. They are expensive so factor that into your cost.

 

 

Other than that, we had a wonderful time there. I only got a ski a few days because my wife is a non-skier and it was our honeymoon afterall but everyone is nice. Its like another world out there.

 

Oh another thing, if your into ski touring. Its freaking amazing. Since your in a National Park, you can take the lift to the top and hop right out of the ropes. You have to be experienced of course and carry Avi equipment but if your into that sort of thing its really cool.

 

I had my first ski touring experience there thanks to some wonderfully friendly locals I hooked up with and couldn't have asked for a better time.

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies, just what I was looking for. 

 

Ended up changing hotels to the town of Jackson - 3 day lift tickets and one day snowmobiling through yellowstone to see Old Faithful.  Came out to about $675 a person for lift and activities, and my airfare was only $240. 

Cant wait to check out Banff, but because of the extended traveling there and the beauty might be better with an SO in the future, and JH is a little more central for such a compressed schedule that Im dealing with. 

Cant wait to check it out, Tony Crockers website shows a lot of March powder days - hopefully we will catch one!

 

Oh, and I dont have a passport yet, so I would have to rush that.  Gotta get one of those things. 

 

Thanks!

post #10 of 12
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Greetings!  

 

Ive seen a million of these threads, and here I am making my own.  nonono2.gif  Anyway - advise me with all the endless Bear knowledge.  The dates at 2/28-3/5 and me and a friend are going riding somewhere out west.  I know JHMR can get warm in March, but Im hoping this isnt too late.  Im a low-advanced snowboarder (done double diamonds at JHMR off tram), have boarded at Snowbird, Solitude, and Brighton - tackling most of the diamonds and some double blacks.  One day at JHMR last January.  Anyway, with our dates, which of these would be better.  

I have been quoted ~$950 a person for JHMR staying in Teton Village with 3 lift tickets and 1 day snowmobiling through yellowstone.  

Conversely, Banffs website seems to show ~$600 a person with lift tickets for 4 days.  

 

One more thing - airfare will cost me $280 to Jackson, and $70 to Banff.  

 

Which would you pick?

At first I thought $70 airfare to Banff is awfully cheap, then i realized they don't even have an airport.

 

Just go to Jackson for $280.

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

Yeah, the airfare was to Calgary - which would necessitate additional driving/transportation.

 

Edit:  keep in mind these numbers included $300 worth of miles

post #12 of 12
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The problem is that Jackson Hole faces somewhat south and you are getting into the time where if it doesn't snow for 2 weeks and is warm, the conditions will not be that good. Daily thaw then refreeze at night making for tough and dangerous going on the high steeps and possibly wet down low.   I'm flying to Calgary myself 2nd week of March, and apparently the skiing is not likely to to suffer yet from the spring warmth.  It's all a matter of odds and off course JH could be excellent, but my vote would be for Banff and save JH for an trip from Jan - mid Feb another year.

+1 Banff''s issue is low average snowfall, but they had a big early season.  It's cold up there so the snow preserves well.

 

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Ive read about the southern exposure being a possible issue - but even with these dates?  Skiing the first 3 days in march?

Yes, I've seen the problem myself over President's weekend as well as reading about it in other late February and March TR's.  Jackson does get 2x as much snow as Banff so your odds for powder are better and Jackson is one of the greatest mountains anywhere for powder skiing.  You'll get 6+ inches new snow powder at Jackson 18% of days.  In March you're better off in Banff most of the other 82%.  The exception is during inversions that keep the lower mountain at JH very cold, assuming it hasn't melted earlier and refrozen. But the inversions are also more likely midwinter and the melt/freezes more likely in March.

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