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post #1 of 20
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My wife and I were recently planning our trips for the next year and wanted to hit the western US in early January when the kids are out of school. While we would like to go later in the winter, our school district is pretty Draconian about absences.

With that limitation in mind, what do you think would be the best bet for snow at that time of the year. Basically the only consideration we have is traveling with 2 kids so easy flights are important. We would be coming from Virginia. I was thinking Snowbird would be good as we can get 1 stop flights to SLC or even nonstop from DC. The most important thing to us is the skiing. Don't care at all about Après Ski, nightlife, shopping etc.
post #2 of 20

What are your family's skiing abilities? SLC is a good bet. All of the Cottonwood resorts (Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude should be good that time of year. The Park City resorts may be a bit more chancy on how much is open. 

 

Park city has the biggest variety of on or near the mountain lodging. Another economical chocie is SLC or the Southern suburbs and rent a car.

post #3 of 20
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Hi Bill. We definitely want to stay on mountain. Was looking at Cliffs Lodge at Bird. I would classify myself as a high Intermediate to advanced. Same with my wife. I learned to ski at Squaw but took some years off until I started again last year. My 9 yo is a very good boarder. 4 yo just starting to ski. It's a trip we budget for so cost isn't a concern
post #4 of 20

 I think Snowbird's a poor choice for your family. Very little beginner terrain for the little guy. Even their intermediate terrain is kind of tough.

 

It doesn't have the cache, but perhaps Solitude would be a better choice.

post #5 of 20

Alta, right next to Snowbird, has good beginner terrain, but snowboarders are not allowed.

post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

 I think Snowbird's a poor choice for your family. Very little beginner terrain for the little guy. Even their intermediate terrain is kind of tough.

 

It doesn't have the cache, but perhaps Solitude would be a better choice.

+1 Snowbird's a terrible choice with a group of beginners/intermediates. 

 

Also, UT always seems to have a dry spell in early Jan. More of a coincidence than anything, and this year was an exception, but 4 out of 5 years have been pretty dry until later in the month. 

post #7 of 20
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Yeah, I can't do the no boarder places. 9 yo refuses to even try skiing. And the 4 yo skied this year but wants to board as well.

I was afraid that Snowbord might not have enough to offer them. Kind of a selfish pick on my part as I am looking to venture into harder terrain. Oh well, we'll figure something out I guess. Thanks for the input
post #8 of 20

What about Powder Mountain?  There isn't squat to do up there, but if that's not important.  How early in January?  Anything before 1/5/14 will still be high season.

 

Flying out of Norfolk, your looking at two flights anyway.  Look into other  places that offer directs from Chicago or Atlanta. If price isn't a big issue.

 

Aspen/Snowmass

Jackson Hole/Grand Targhee

Steamboat

post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
Shred, basically want a place with a direct from a major hub so that we have no more then one stop on the flight. Don't care about cost or any of the other stuff. And I know it's reading tea leaves, I just want to maximize the chance for good snow. I don't know much about Powder but I will look into it. Thanks
post #10 of 20

Yeah, Powder and Snowbasin combo would be up your alley. Snowbasin is probably the second most challenging resort in UT and is a better place to "venture into harder terrain", but it also has a fair amount of beginner terrain and some great intermediate groomers. Powder Mountain is less challenging but also a good place to step up to some black terrain, ungroomed powder, trees, etc. It has a lot of tamer terrain for beginners and intermediates. I'd do Powder first, then try Snowbasin. 

post #11 of 20

Kardinal:  Definitely not Snowbird.

 

Snowbasin would be a good choice as long as you don't mind not being slope side.  Lakeside Condos is not far and has a shuttle.  Ski school is very good from what I hear.

 

Park City seems like the better fit.  You can easily drive over for a day at Alta and/or Snowbird.  Especially if you have lodging that is easy access to a lift.

 

You might also consider Brighton/Solitude.  Not too many lodging options but the terrain is more manageable.  Could be an easier transition since the places are not so big.

 

Which runs did you find the most fun at Snowshoe?  You and wife?  Kids?

 

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Originally Posted by Kardinal View Post

My wife and I were recently planning our trips for the next year and wanted to hit the western US in early January when the kids are out of school. While we would like to go later in the winter, our school district is pretty Draconian about absences.

With that limitation in mind, what do you think would be the best bet for snow at that time of the year. Basically the only consideration we have is traveling with 2 kids so easy flights are important. We would be coming from Virginia. I was thinking Snowbird would be good as we can get 1 stop flights to SLC or even nonstop from DC. The most important thing to us is the skiing. Don't care at all about Après Ski, nightlife, shopping etc.
post #12 of 20

Park City may be the best fit, but has the least reliable snow conditions.  Solitude has a slopeside Inn and condo's that you can rent.  Powder Mountain has house, but little else.

post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
Marznc,

Thanks for the reply. I spend 80% of the time at Snowshoe over in the western territory and on the other side mainly stick with Knot Bumper and speed runs down Widowmaker. I did spend a good amount of time at Squaw Valley years ago and have skied some difficult terrain in my time. It's just been a while since I've done it and I have older knees now smile.gif.

My wife is much more sedate then I am but is a good athlete, skis with good control and won't get herself into trouble.

The 9 yo is able to do Blues and easy blacks on his snowboard. 4 yo will be all ski school.

I don't really want a vacation resort trip TBH. I want somewhere quiet with a decent chance of good snow. Nice accommodations would be a plus as well.

Don't think I would want to risk Park City from a snow standpoint.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by Kardinal View Post

Marznc,

Thanks for the reply. I spend 80% of the time at Snowshoe over in the western territory and on the other side mainly stick with Knot Bumper and speed runs down Widowmaker. I did spend a good amount of time at Squaw Valley years ago and have skied some difficult terrain in my time. It's just been a while since I've done it and I have older knees now smile.gif.

My wife is much more sedate then I am but is a good athlete, skis with good control and won't get herself into trouble.

The 9 yo is able to do Blues and easy blacks on his snowboard. 4 yo will be all ski school.

I don't really want a vacation resort trip TBH. I want somewhere quiet with a decent chance of good snow. Nice accommodations would be a plus as well.

Don't think I would want to risk Park City from a snow standpoint.

 

 

Kardinal I fly out of Norfolk to ski out west all the time.  Denver, Salt Lake, Reno and Albuquerque are all easily doable with just one stop on multiple airlines.

 

Utah is about as good as you'll find for that time, so good choice there.  Based on the part I bolded above and the fact that Alta doesn't do boarders, go to Solitude and get a slope side condo.  It should easily meet all of your criteria and you can head up to Brighton for a day as well.

post #15 of 20

Kardinal,

 

For the most flexibility when going to SLC, can get a VRBO in the city and plan on driving to the best ski area based on snow and crowd conditions.  For instance, go to Snowbasin or Solitude on weekends.  If you want a lead on a nice little house that would be good for your family, shoot me a PM.  I found a good one for a mid-season trip with adult friends a few years ago.

 

I'm going to check out Grand Targhee in March.  It's a half-day drive from SLC.  From what I've heard, could be a good snow in early Jan.  Definitely a way to get away from the crowds.

post #16 of 20
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Thanks Marz. I will,likely make a solo trip next year as well where I would do that, but when I go with the family, wife pretty much insists we stay on a hill of some sort just because logistics with the kids.

One other question, I have a few days off over Easter weekend 3-30 and was thinking of flying out to scope things. Is there a decent chance Solitude will still be open at that point?
post #17 of 20
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Thanks Marz. I will,likely make a solo trip next year as well where I would do that, but when I go with the family, wife pretty much insists we stay on a hill of some sort just because logistics with the kids.

One other question, I have a few days off over Easter weekend 3-30 and was thinking of flying out to scope things. Is there a decent chance Solitude will still be open at that point?

Can understand that with kids being able to get back to lodging early with the youngest is a lot simpler.  Staying at Solitude, with a car to make it possible to do day trips, would work.  Personally, I like Brighton better than Solitude.  Although Honeycomb Canyon is certainly fun even a few days after a powder storm.

 

I'll be at Alta for my daughter's spring break starting 3/29. We've always had good conditions there during early April the last few years.  We are totally spoiled because we stay at Alta Lodge.  I would expect Solitude and Brighton to still be open.  Even Park City and Snowbasin will be open, but potentially with spring conditions given the lower elevation.

post #18 of 20

All the resorts will be open, with their biggest base depths and some of the best surface conditions of the year.  Ski in/out is really nice all the time.  When you have kids, it's just about mandatory. 

post #19 of 20
Thread Starter 
I'm very excited. Actually going to be able to take the whole family out 3/30 for 5 days!! Doing our bookings now for Solitude. Thank you guys for all the info. First trip back west in a while. Can't wait!!!
post #20 of 20
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I'm very excited. Actually going to be able to take the whole family out 3/30 for 5 days!! Doing our bookings now for Solitude. Thank you guys for all the info. First trip back west in a while. Can't wait!!!

Have fun!  If you manage to get over to LCC for a day, shoot me a PM beforehand.

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