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post #1 of 14
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About 7 guys are heading out from Australia for a bachelor party with 5 days skiing followed by 3 days in Vegas. There are 5 skiers and 2 snowboarders in the group, all of intermediate level and we are struggling to decide on the best location.

 

We'll becoming in via LAX on 1 March 2013 and want to head straight to the resort so need somewhere with good flight connections so we don't waste too much time travelling. The other priorities are:

 

  • Good quality and quantity of snow (I know, that can really depend on a lot of factors)
  • Great ski village atmosphere with a reasonable nigh tlife and availability of ski-in/ski-out accommodation that also provides accessibility to the village
  • as we are heading to Vegas after skiing, we don't want to waste an entire day getting there
  • somewhere where we don't need a car to get around

 

We have done a bit of research and think we have narrowed it down to Park City, Mammoth and Vail but each destination has its pros and cons. 

 

Would really appreciate any advice from people who have been to these resorts or can recommend others, to help us make a decision.

post #2 of 14

I assume Park City would be the easiest to get to Vegas from. SLC to Vegas is around an hour flight. Not sure if there are direct flights from the small airports around Vail and Mammoth. If not, you'll have to connect and take more time to get there.

 

Being in PC also gives you the option of going to other resorts around UT. PC has good nightlife and atmosphere, a free shuttle to get around and three resorts with plenty of snow and terrain. Seems like a winner.

 

Lake Tahoe seems like another obvious option. I assume it'd be pretty easy to fly from Reno to Vegas, and you'd have plenty of resorts and nightlife. Plus you can get started on gambling early. If you search the forum, you may even find the old thread about the Tahoe girl that will be your stripper at night and ski guide during the day devil.gifbeercheer.gifdevil.gif

post #3 of 14
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haha! I like the sound of the Tahoe girl wink.gif

 

We were planning on staying away from Tahoe due to the unpredictability of the snow. I know we can fly from LAX to Mammoth and it's only about $85 each way. Then we'd have to come back via LAX to get to Vegas or thinking maybe even hiring a car/van at Mammoth and driving through Death Valley on the way to Vegas...just for the experience.

 

PC is still sounding like a great option though, just worried about possible crowds due to proximity to SLC?

post #4 of 14
Have no worries about snow in Tahoe this season! Btw, not sure where you are getting your unpredictability theory from. Tahoe is no different from any other major area, UT and CO included ). Mammoth is also in. Fantastic shape this season
post #5 of 14

Um, dude? Mt. Bachelor. Come on. 

post #6 of 14

Mammoth hits all your requirements except a great village and nightlife atmosphere. They have a really nice village, but it's not known for crazy night life. They DO have a great free public transit system that takes you all over town. Easy drive to Vegas from there, too. My brother is doing that route today, coming in from Vegas :D Death Valley is pretty neat this time of year.

 

Oh, and Mammoth has a TON of great, I mean GREAT, intermediate terrain, along with of course some crazy expert stuff.

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feedback everyone. 

 

We don't really need a huge nigh tlife scene but a few bars to choose from and maybe a club if we feel that way inclined so Mammoth is sounding pretty good.

 

I've been trying to find out if we can hire a car in Mammoth and drive to Vegas but I can't seem to find any car hire companies that will do a one way rental to Vegas - does anyone know of one?

 

Was probably more inclined to Mammoth or PC as they have had a great start to the season with a good base already. Just wasn't so sure about Tahoe but all I have to go on is some of the reviews and articles I've been reading online. 

post #8 of 14
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Also does anyone know if you can fly direct from Mammoth to Vegas? From what I have seen, it doesn't appear as if you can. Looks like we would have to go back through LA to Vegas if we wanted to fly

post #9 of 14

Hi,

 

I used to live in LA and spent a lot of time in Mammoth and surrounding areas.

 

Mammoth might have 1-2 clubs.  It's pretty sleepy. But there are definitely some bars. The intermediate terrain is excellent. If there is a storm, it can be very windy with poor visibility, but the intermediate terrain will still be open.

 

If you want to do Mammoth, I'd consider doing this:

-rent car at LAX

-drive to Mammoth

-drive to Vegas - yes the drive thru death valley is outstanding (do it when there is daylight)

-drive back to LAX

 

if the forecast is for snow in Mammoth (and sometimes it snows in death valley at the higher elevations), you'll want to rent a 4WD/AWD SUV and possibly buy chains just in case. The issue is that it's not easy to reliably rent a 4WD because most SUVs at rental agencies are 2WD, it simply depends on what they have. If you have snow tires (most will have snow tires) and 4WD, you will basically never need to use chains (but you still may need to buy them/carry them). The drive from LAX to Mammoth is great to do early in the AM with no traffic so you can see the scenery.

 

I guess you will need to rent a Premium SUV to fit all your people and stuff in it, but it will probably still be cheaper and flying, and given all the different locations, it might be the same difference in terms of time anyway.  Flights from LAX to Mammoth and Mammoth back to LAX and then to Vegas might be tricky to coordinate....especially your Australia -> LAX -> Mammoth which might have a considerable layover (thus driving may be faster depending on time of day) as there are not many flights from LAX to Mammoth.

 

I don't think you can rent a car in Mammoth but you won't need one..but then the Mammoth to Vegas leg turns into 2 (quick) flights.

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Stretch72 View Post

Also does anyone know if you can fly direct from Mammoth to Vegas? From what I have seen, it doesn't appear as if you can. Looks like we would have to go back through LA to Vegas if we wanted to fly

No, only flights to LAX and (i think) San Fran.  As Soopster suggested, would make sense to rent at LAX and drive from there.  Bear in mind also that flights to Mammaoth are on a regional jet and are often cancelled due to weather

post #11 of 14

Now here's a post I can comment on, having had my bachelor party in south lake tahoe.  Certainly has my endorsement.  Heavenly is a great spot for ski base alpha, and the nightlife in Tahoe is.... more than just skiers (that's all I'm going to say.)

 

Let me also suggest a place like Vail at a peak time, or certainly Park City or Wistler.  Obviously, you will want to be around a decent sized party crowd.  

post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks Soopster in particular for your thoughts on Mammoth.

 

The group has finally decided on Park City as we've got better flight connections from LAX and then on Vegas and, from what I've read, it has a pretty good night life.

 

Plus we can get a place to stay just off Main St close to everything and a 5min walk to Town Lift to get us up the mountain.

 

Now I only hope the Utah girls are friendly :)

post #13 of 14

PC fits your bill in every way, however! The alcohol thing is a major pain in the bum. Colorado is set-up for skiin' and drinkin', Utah struggles with the latter. Yes there are bars but you have to fill out a bit of paper, a bit like wandering into a club in Australia, and it gets annoying.  There's liquor stores where you can get proper grog, but you have to plan ahead that that is what you're going to do.   Colorado has some of the best bars I've been to in the US, PC, um, there are bars, that's all I can say. 

 

However, for skiing, getting around, and lack of altitude issues, Park City wins. Shopping's quite good too.

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by ant View Post

PC fits your bill in every way, however! The alcohol thing is a major pain in the bum. Colorado is set-up for skiin' and drinkin', Utah struggles with the latter. Yes there are bars but you have to fill out a bit of paper, a bit like wandering into a club in Australia, and it gets annoying.  There's liquor stores where you can get proper grog, but you have to plan ahead that that is what you're going to do.   Colorado has some of the best bars I've been to in the US, PC, um, there are bars, that's all I can say. 

 

However, for skiing, getting around, and lack of altitude issues, Park City wins. Shopping's quite good too.


Some of that has changed. They got rid of the whole "private club" membership a couple years ago. There are still some overly technical laws on the books, and the real (warm) beer is way overpriced, but other than that, partying shouldn't be a problem.

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