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March trip to Utah

post #1 of 9
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My wife and I are planning a trip out to Utah in mid march to see some family and we have planned 4 days on the end of the trip to do some skiing. We have both been out west skiing a few times and we consider ourselves proficient skiers but certainly not great by any stretch of the imagination (we both ski blues and most blacks fairly well). Anyway my question is this: Would it be worth taking one of the days to drive up and ski Jackson Hole? i believe its only a 4-5 hour drive and we both enjoy trying new resorts. Would it be worth driving up for the day or should I think about waiting until next year and scheduling a trip to Wyoming instead?

Thanks all for your input!

post #2 of 9

I would say JH deserves a trip of its own. There are so many fantastic resorts in Utah and you only have 4 days. Thats a lot of driving for one day. For you and your wife's level I would try Deer Valley, Park City or Canyons, Solitude, and Snowbasin. You will have a blast.

post #3 of 9

No to Jackson Hole but you should visit Snowbasin and make sure you have time for lunch at the best mountain eatery in the USA, the John Paul Lodge.

 

I am returning to SLC and will skiing Snowbasin sometime in March because it is good there and I love GSing down good groomers. .. If you see a fat old fart in a bright green jacket and Salomen SX 92 rear entry boots say hi!.

post #4 of 9

I would agree that a trip to ski JH and Targhee is a trip unto itself and the drive up there and back would make an overly long day for such a short time here in the Intermountain West.  There are more ski areas here in Utah than you'll be able to ski in 4 days, so I'd recommend skiing in Utah on this trip and plan a WY/ID trip for a later date, so you can take the time to enjoy that area like it deserves.

 

T. - www.wasatchreport.com

post #5 of 9

Yes you should stay put in Utah in March and save Jackson for a season when you can go earlier. 

 

While the Park City group of areas is a good fit ability wise, you should keep an eye on the weather while you're in Utah.  If it's warm those areas can get sloppy (same for Snowbasin), in which case you're better off in the Cottonwood Canyons.  Be aware that Snowbird blues would be black at many mountains.  You should be comfortable at Alta, Brighton and Solitude though.

 

The virtue of Utah is that you don't have to decide where you're going to ski now.    There could just as easily be fresh snow and good skiing everywhere.  You can get discount tickets the morning you're skiing or the night before at local SLC ski shops.

post #6 of 9

You'll have a blast. For 4 days, it'd be a waste to drive that much somewhere else.

 

I don't think you can go wrong at any of the resorts, but I'd say make sure you do Alta at least one of your days.

post #7 of 9

Having just driven from SLC to JH for a 5 day stay, definitely do not recommend trying to make it include day trip.  Have to allow 5 hours for travel, plus an hour to get parked, shuttle, lift ticket, etc.  My friends and I arrived Monday afternoon, skiing JH 3 days, then a day trip to Targhee, then back to SLC for more skiing there.  Barely enough time to do justice to JH since this is our first time here.

 

Targhee is only a slightly shorter drive.  Did that last season on the way to Big Sky.  If you haven't been to Snowbasin, that makes much more sense.

post #8 of 9
So, I'm planning a weeklong trip to Hawaii, and Australia looks like it has some nice beaches, too. It's only another couple thousand miles and days of travel away, should I go ... Or spend that time actually taking a vacation on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world?

That's only slightly sillier than your question smile.gif Stay in UT; it has enough resorts to do a different one each day, without driving days.

Unless it's snowing way more up there...
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
 

Yes you should stay put in Utah in March and save Jackson for a season when you can go earlier. 

 

While the Park City group of areas is a good fit ability wise, you should keep an eye on the weather while you're in Utah.  If it's warm those areas can get sloppy (same for Snowbasin), in which case you're better off in the Cottonwood Canyons.  Be aware that Snowbird blues would be black at many mountains.  You should be comfortable at Alta, Brighton and Solitude though.

 

The virtue of Utah is that you don't have to decide where you're going to ski now.    There could just as easily be fresh snow and good skiing everywhere.  You can get discount tickets the morning you're skiing or the night before at local SLC ski shops.

 

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