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post #31 of 41

So your powder chasing options are Bridger, Taos, Copper and Solitude?

 

Don’t get me wrong, they are all excellent mountains, but 3 of these 4 mountains get ~300” of snow or less. The odds are not exactly in your favorite for “chasing”. While other places may get tracked out quicker, you’ll get a lot more opportunities, so is it the same net gain? Your call.

 

I’d be looking at:

Vail- Haters be damned. It notorious for deep totals under NW flow, close to Eagle airport and absolutely huge.

Steamboat-  Very light deep snow with arguably the best tree skiing in the southern Rockies. 20 miles from Hayden airport.

LCC/BCC- Obvious reasons. Best mix of lift serviced quality/quantity snowfall in the US.

Ogden- ~400” at Snowbasin and PowMow with minimal crowds. Any questions?

Squaw- It’s a drought, I know, but its an easy drive from Reno and a place that can get feet upon feet of snow out a system.

post #32 of 41
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Thnks for the info this helps a lot. Tball- I looked into staying at copper but it looks like only condos available where you have to go to a separate place to pick up the keys which would be tough to navigate on public transpo. Am I wrong about this? thnks again

ps ill try to get more flexible for next season in Feb/March. It'd be cool to cruise up on sunday night during a storm and watch all the people driving back down. Is that wrong to take pleasure in that?

Hah, perhaps pleasure in someone else's stress isn't the right way to put it.

 

If you get to have a relaxed meal or beer at the end of the day, while watching others are scurrying about, I am more mindful and aware how awesome it is to be where I am and that you don't have to do it.

It is the same point of what you are paying for when you splurge for on-resort ski-in/ski-out and where the resort is taking care of a lot of hassles for you.

post #33 of 41
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Tball- I looked into staying at copper but it looks like only condos available where you have to go to a separate place to pick up the keys which would be tough to navigate on public transpo. Am I wrong about this? thnks again

 

It's not much trouble if you book through Copper.  You checkin at the athletic center where the shuttles drop you off, then they have a bellman with a van that will drive you to your condo.  I'm not sure about the other rental agencies.

 

I agree with @COBillsFan that keeping your options more open will increase your chances hitting powder.   I'd add Winter Park/Mary Jane to his list, as it has some of the best snow in CO.

 

If you are comfortable driving in the snow, I'd even suggest spending the night before/during a CO storm in Georgetown and deciding where you'll ski after looking at the snow report in the morning.   Every storm is different, and you never know where the best snow will be until it's on the ground.   That guarantees you'll be driving in severe conditions though... maybe not the best idea since you are from LA :) 

post #34 of 41
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So your powder chasing options are Bridger, Taos, Copper and Solitude?

 

Don’t get me wrong, they are all excellent mountains, but 3 of these 4 mountains get ~300” of snow or less. The odds are not exactly in your favorite for “chasing”. While other places may get tracked out quicker, you’ll get a lot more opportunities, so is it the same net gain? Your call.

 

I’d be looking at:

Vail- Haters be damned. It notorious for deep totals under NW flow, close to Eagle airport and absolutely huge.

Steamboat-  Very light deep snow with arguably the best tree skiing in the southern Rockies. 20 miles from Hayden airport.

LCC/BCC- Obvious reasons. Best mix of lift serviced quality/quantity snowfall in the US.

Ogden- ~400” at Snowbasin and PowMow with minimal crowds. Any questions?

Squaw- It’s a drought, I know, but its an easy drive from Reno and a place that can get feet upon feet of snow out a system.


The main thing for me is timing of flights which ruled out a lot nice options including Vail and Im pretty sure Steamboat as well. Or it was the cost of last minute airfare since Im trying to keep each excursion under a grand. I have to catch flights after work or on some days after my wife returns from work to watch kids and then be able to get back after a full or near full day of skiing so 5pm returning flights or later. Many smaller airports only have flight times at 10am-1pm approx, which means staying an extra night. Im trying to limit my wifes wrath and maximize my powder time.  Im only talkin about maybe two of these quick trips per year to accompany several planned trips to Mammoth/Tahoe/one to Rockies so total annual snowfall is less of a concern. Snowbasin was on my radar but transportation seems difficult to navigate to Ogden and then to the Mtn. I had difficulty finding a bus schedule. But if there is one, Ill definitely add it to my list. I don't want to deal with rental cars and chains since this will be storm travel most likely so shuttle/bus service is very important.

post #35 of 41
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The main thing for me is timing of flights which ruled out a lot nice options including Vail and Im pretty sure Steamboat as well. Or it was the cost of last minute airfare since Im trying to keep each excursion under a grand. I have to catch flights after work or on some days after my wife returns from work to watch kids and then be able to get back after a full or near full day of skiing so 5pm returning flights or later. Many smaller airports only have flight times at 10am-1pm approx, which means staying an extra night. Im trying to limit my wifes wrath and maximize my powder time.  Im only talkin about maybe two of these quick trips per year to accompany several planned trips to Mammoth/Tahoe/one to Rockies so total annual snowfall is less of a concern. Snowbasin was on my radar but transportation seems difficult to navigate to Ogden and then to the Mtn. I had difficulty finding a bus schedule. But if there is one, Ill definitely add it to my list. I don't want to deal with rental cars and chains since this will be storm travel most likely so shuttle/bus service is very important.

My wife didn’t like me much when I chased UT and VT storms from Buffalo NY either…then I moved and now she comes along. Worked out better that way.

 

In CO, there are all sorts of shuttles that run from the regional airports or DIA to many of the resorts. Just depends how flexible your schedule is and how much travel suck you want to endure for fresh powder.

 

Shoot, maybe hop flights from Reno -> SLC -> Denver in 3 days for the same storm. It’s been done by many!

post #36 of 41
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post #37 of 41
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Holly crap that's amazing!!! I never saw anything like that on expedia. I will thank you now and in Aspen. Isnt there a hostel there for pretty cheap lodging? 

post #38 of 41
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Thnks for the info this helps a lot. Tball- I looked into staying at copper but it looks like only condos available where you have to go to a separate place to pick up the keys which would be tough to navigate on public transpo. Am I wrong about this? thnks again

ps ill try to get more flexible for next season in Feb/March. It'd be cool to cruise up on sunday night during a storm and watch all the people driving back down. Is that wrong to take pleasure in that?


In my experience of using airport (DIA) limos to get to Copper...  The limo's will wait while you pickup you keys and then deliver you to your lodging.  They will pick you up at the door for a return trip to DIA. 

 

Copper Mt affiliated lodging also has a 'bellman' van. 

 

SkyRun also will provide transportation if needed. 

 

Copper Resort Association has the 'Copper Coach' which provides 'oncall' door to door transportation within the resort.  There is also a village shuttle that operates from various stops in the village.

 

Getting into Frisco and other Summit Cty locations is fairly easy on the County 'Summit Stage'.  Most of Ski season it runs from Copper to Frisco every 30 minutes and is FREE!  After about 8PM it runs every 60 minutes.

 

On Sunday evening most people traveling to Denver aren't driving - just sitting in very slow traffic.

post #39 of 41
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Holly crap that's amazing!!! I never saw anything like that on expedia. I will thank you now and in Aspen. Isnt there a hostel there for pretty cheap lodging? 

 

 

St. Moritz is $66/night and there are some cheap rooms in Snowmass for $129.

 

http://www.stmoritzlodge.com/docs/2013-14_Rate_Card.pdf

post #40 of 41

Go to SLC right now.

post #41 of 41
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I know I was just checking airfare. The next few days are gonna be amazing!!!! Trying to change some plans I have and Im still in warm-up mode so I may skip this one and hope this series of storms builds a better base in the Wasatch. You are correct though, this is a perfect time to chase.

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