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post #31 of 50
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I've never flown with my skis... I'm a little bit afraid of it... 

Given the extra baggage fees, you might do just as well leave your skis home. Use the chance to try some different skis. 

post #32 of 50
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Crowds.  There is no such thing in the Utah vocabulary.  At least not by summit county colorado standards where 30 - 40 minute lift lines can and do happen on popular holiday weekends. 

 

Never skied the east coast.

Hyperbole much??

 

I've skied over 200 days in Summit County CO over the last the last 3 seasons including this one and I can count on the fingers of both hands the number of times I've waited more than 5-8 minutes. There are places in Summit County where you don't have to wait in lift lines at all and they are not named Breckenridge....

post #33 of 50
Park City lift tickets are $102, DV $102, Canyons $105. Of course those are walk up prices. Multi days are cheaper, and I got tickets to Canyons even cheaper off Liftopia last year. So yeah, they are all expensive.

Taking skis isn't that big a deal. I've actually traveled for a week with just a double ski bag and a boot bag. Granted, I didn't take a lot of fine clothes, as my trip was strictly skiing. And I had a washer dryer.

I've actually looked at renting vs taking my own, but when all is said and done, to rent better skis. It will be more expensive than a 2nd bag fee.
post #34 of 50
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Originally Posted by prodoc View Post

I've never flown with my skis... I'm a little bit afraid of it... 

Keep it simple.  Leave your skis at home.  Budget for demo skis if you want better skis.  For groomers, good regular rentals could be fine.

 

Some ideas about flying for a ski trip:

http://www.epicski.com/t/115057/delta-vs-continental-united-ski-baggage-and-boots

post #35 of 50
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Originally Posted by prodoc View Post

Thanks 

 

People say Alta/Snowbird are not good for beginner level skiers...is it true? Then do I have to consider Solitude ?

 

Prodoc, I only ever get one week to ski and often it takes me 2 years to get that.  So I'm pretty careful with the choices.  Let me tell you- Snowbird and Alta are not for you.  The hype for those places is off the charts and it's all because of expert terrain.  

 

If you go to Utah, Park City is the place to be.  No question, that is the place for beginner up thru advanced.  The experts don't love it and the locals who hate tourists don't love it, but let me tell you- three incredible massive mountains located all within 10 minutes of each other?  And you stay in one of the most picturesque ski towns in North America?  It's incredible.  I've taken absolute beginners to Park City.  One gal had skied exactly one time previously- in Indiana, and she loved it out there.  Skied well at Park City on some of the long groomer greens and easier blues.  The runs end up at some great Apres ski.  I've taken intermediates out there who loved The Canyons, loved Deer Valley, loved Park City.  I've skied Alta, the expert I skied with loved it, I found it to be over-rated and too much work to get to the goods anyway, and a horrible choice for anyone less than advanced intermediate.  Stay in Park City, ski the 3 big mountains there.  Or do your own research and choose.  You would be missing out if you didn't ski all three, but if it has to be only one, I'd suggest go to whoever has the best snow.  Especially with the high traffic.  The Canyons is really great and massive, but they have the worst snow of the three, and it wouldn't be the best choice if it hasn't snowed in days.

 

If you choose Colorado, I'd perhaps stay in Frisco and ski the Summit County resorts, or stay in Vail village and ski Vail and Beaver Creek.  To me, Colorado has the most classic Western skiing.  Certainly the snow, the trees, the peaks.  Utah, on the other hand, has the convenience and pricing that is second to none.  Snow?  it's important, but for anyone who doesn't live there, the only thing that matters is how much snow they've gotten in the past week or so, and somehow, I've managed to miss powder days on all but one ski day in Utah.  So when I think of deep snow, I think Colorado and the back bowls of Vail- because that is where I experienced my best powder day.

 

Enjoy your trip.

post #36 of 50

prodoc - If you're nervous about flying with your skis, consider shipping them via UPS or FedEx (ground). With airline charges for 2nd bags, the cost to ship skis is little more, if any, than the extra bag charges you'll incur - and MUCH less stressful. Take your skis to the UPS store (or have them picked up at your home) and have them delivered to your hotel.

 

others - is housing available at Snowbasin? I was under the impression there aren't any accomodations at the ski area, you need to stay in Ogden and commute 15 miles or so?

post #37 of 50
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I've never flown with my skis... I'm a little bit afraid of it... 

 

I've tried... got about 60-70 feet. Landing wasn't too bad all in all. smile.gif

post #38 of 50

I agree with Michigander.  I'm probably advance intermediate and there's lot's of room to play at Park City and I love Deer Valley.  President's week is usually a little more crowded  but Vail is the only place I've felt the lift lines were way too long.

 

Your wife will like Park City and the free bus is convenient to get to each mountain so you won't need a car.

post #39 of 50

Go to Park City this year, but do go to Colorado in a good snow year.

I just got back from Vail yesterday. If you go to Park City area

check Costco for 4 pack deals, and discount lift ticket sites

like liftopia.com. 

post #40 of 50
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Originally Posted by sr31aj View Post

prodoc - If you're nervous about flying with your skis, consider shipping them via UPS or FedEx (ground). With airline charges for 2nd bags, the cost to ship skis is little more, if any, than the extra bag charges you'll incur - and MUCH less stressful. Take your skis to the UPS store (or have them picked up at your home) and have them delivered to your hotel.

 

others - is housing available at Snowbasin? I was under the impression there aren't any accomodations at the ski area, you need to stay in Ogden and commute 15 miles or so?


No lodging at Snowbasin. You can stay in Huntsville, about 10 - 15 minutes down the mountain. It's about half the distance of Ogden, but I assume more expensive (not all that much lodging and mostly condos or nice lodges) and less to do. If you want a pseudo-ski town experience, stay in downtown Ogden where you'll have restaurants, shops, bars and other things to do and commute via shuttle or rental car ~30 minutes.

post #41 of 50

Sorry to be the wet rag here, but Park City isn't having a much better year than most of the Colorado resorts.  They are reporting 130'ish inches of snow to date.  With Utah being lower elevation than Colorado, snow preservation probably washes out most of the differences, at least as of current conditions.

 

In Colorado, the Summit County resorts are hurting the worst.  Breck is, IMO, exagerating their season to date total snowfall.  I skied Vail on Sunday and it is skiing (much) better than Breckenridge and Copper.  There's a fair bit of terrain open (Blue sky isn't great, but there was very good snow in Genghis Khan) and while there are a few "obstacles" around, they are relatively few and quite noticiable.

 

You can have a good time in Colorado and Utah.  But it is a low snow year in both.  Don't get your expectations too high that by simply going to Utah you are going to find stellar conditions.  You never know, maybe it will snow, and maybe it won't.  And Utah (particularly Park City) is often subject to similar weather flows as Colorado.

 

I, on the other hand, am changing continents.  I'm headed to the Indian subcontinent in my search for snow.  They had 75 inches in 3 days last week!  Hopefully that's not the end of it...

 

Mike

post #42 of 50

Too early to talk about snow condition in my opinion.  It's a month away.  We all know that UT and CO can get dumped on anytime between now and end of March.  I'd not even take conditions into consideration at this point.  That's just me.  All resorts will be create during Presidents day weekend.  So your decision will come down to the rest of the factors that have been covered already.

 

In my mind, you cannot go wrong with either.  It'll be memorable for you and family regardless of your choice.

post #43 of 50

Excellent comment. I skied Vail on Monday and had a great time.

Back Bowls are bony, but are close with a couple more feet. 

It all depends on the weather. To beat the crowds I would go

to Sun Valley. You won't have lift lines and extra aggro stress

inherent on holiday weekends. Its like skiing at a Country Club,

versus Disneyland on a busy weekend.

post #44 of 50
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Originally Posted by prodoc View Post

Hello Everyone

 

I'm planning a ski vacation during President week (18-22 Feb 2013 -- my daughter's winter recess) I never skied outside New England... Skiing in western is a kind of my dream, and I have only one chance to do it (I'm going to leave US soon for my business). My daughter is kind of an upper beginner and I'm an upper intermediate. My wife does not ski. Every ski resort will be very crowded during the President week. I don't want to ruin my only chance to go western ski area. I can choose Denver or SLC for arrival and once we decide a ski area to stay, we don't want to move to another area. 

 

Please give me some idea.....

Hi!

 

Considering your ski ability level and your family's I would go to Vail. Your wife is gonna love the Village and you will be able to ski with your daughter quite a bit on a very wide selection of green and blue groomed runs in the upper reaches of Vail with fantastic views. You can even try the center part of China bowl that is always groomed. Its quite easy for an upper beginner to negotiate. The snow right now is not awesome but if you are just going to ski groomers then it does not matter since there is enough coverage for almost the entire terrain to be open. Vail gets crowded but since there is a LOT of terrain crowds usually spread out quite a bit. I recommend staying in the Lionshead Village area. Best value in Vail. 

post #45 of 50
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OMG ! My wife decided to go and see her parents during the President week. Only I and my daughter will go to the ski trip, then, is there any better options for DAD and a daughter ski trip ? 

post #46 of 50
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OMG ! My wife decided to go and see her parents during the President week. Only I and my daughter will go to the ski trip, then, is there any better options for DAD and a daughter ski trip ? 


Now you can forget about off-hill activities and focus on skiing. Stay in Sandy and ski the Cottonwoods. You'll save money and find better conditions than in PC.
 

Nothing wrong with PC, either.

post #47 of 50

four night ski and stay at Brighton would give you a taste of great Utah snow and stay slopeside, for moderate price:

http://www.brightonresort.com/planyourtrip.lodging.html

post #48 of 50

^^^Better plan if you don't mind the extra cost. Solitude is connected to Brighton, too, so you could ski both resorts.

post #49 of 50
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Originally Posted by JoeUT View Post

^^^Better plan if you don't mind the extra cost. Solitude is connected to Brighton, too, so you could ski both resorts.

Not worth the cost to a tourist.  Ski one one mountain per day.

post #50 of 50
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Not worth the cost to a tourist.  Ski one one mountain per day.


Sorry, wasn't trying to suggest getting the dual-pass - I agree not worth the extra money (for a local either). I was just saying it would be easy to ski both mountains on the same trip since they're so close together.

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