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Planning a snowboarding trip with some college friends. Colorado or Utah?

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Our main problem is that we can't rent a car since we are under 25. Wherever we end up staying/skiing would need to be reasonable distance from whatever airport we fly into from Atlanta because we don't want to spend a fortune on a cab. Also if there are any shuttle services available that would be great to know. I have only boarded in Colorado once in Breckenridge but I remember it was a good bit away from the airport in Denver. I'm a decent boarder but the other two are fairly new to snowboarding so varying levels of difficulty would be preferred.
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Park City, UT would probably be very good fit.  Accessible by shuttle (~$40 each way) from SLC airport.  Fun town, variety of mtns with plenty of terrain at all skill levels.  If you wanted a little more austere experience with focus all on snowboarding including slopeside lodging you might enjoy Brighton, UT and the four day ski and stay package at Brighton Lodge.  Utah public bus system goes from airport to Brighton for ~$5.  Brighton typically has superior snow conditions and is very boarder friendly.

 

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It's about 75 miles to Summit County from the airport.  Once there, the free bus service can get you around.  There is van service to the mountains from the airport, but its not cheap. 

 

Utah is another choice.  There is bus service from the valley to the ski areas in Little Cottonwood and Big Cottonwood Canyons and the SLC airport is much closer than CO.  That would seem to be the better choice.  Brighton is very popular with boarders and has a good mix of easier and more difficult terrain.  Note Deer Valley and I believe Alta do not permit boarders. 

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Thanks for the responses. Great info and speedy too! I appreciate it.
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Sign up for a free USAA account and then you have won't have to pay underage fees from Avis, Hertz, Enterprise, and Budget.  I'm under 25 and recently rented a Ford Edge 4WD SUV for $225 for a week total by picking it up at the downtown SLC location rather than the airport.

post #6 of 11

if you can afford it, I think Park City would be pretty much perfect. A shuttle from the aiport costs about $70 return (takes 45 mins) and once there you can get free buses everywhere (they are frequent).

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post #8 of 11
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Awesome, thanks. What's a general price I should expect to pay for a room for two people and board rentals/lift passes? We are only planning on being there likely from Thursday to Sunday sometime in mid to late March. Is late March pushing it as far as weather goes? Should I try booking earlier?
post #9 of 11

On weather, it depends on where you are going. They are not far in terms of actual distance, but the SLC resorts are higher and get a lot more snow than Park City. But it sounds like you'll be doing groomers anyway, so PC should still be OK. Earlier the better though. If you got pushed back right to the end of March, you might want to consider staying the Sandy/SLC area and getting the bus up to Brighton and Solitude in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

 

You should look on all the usual travel and hotel sites for pricing and liftopia for lift ticket prices for your dates.

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Awesome, thanks. What's a general price I should expect to pay for a room for two people and board rentals/lift passes? We are only planning on being there likely from Thursday to Sunday sometime in mid to late March. Is late March pushing it as far as weather goes? Should I try booking earlier?


No general price, you'll need to figure out where you're going and do some research (e.g. a quick Expedia search). Prices vary wildly based on resort, hotel, time frame, packages, etc.

 

Late March tends to get a ton of snow in Utah, especially the Cottonwoods.

post #11 of 11
Late March is typically high snow season for either destination. It doesn't sound like access to expert terrain is an issue for your group, so I would shop by price and overall trip experience you want. I would recommend Summit County, because I am hazarding a guess that nightlife is going to matter a lot to what you want? An extra 30 minutes on the airport shuttle in that context is a no brainer.
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