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Utah Ski Question [driving in March]

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So I'm looking to book a ski trip to Utah in early to mid March, getting there on a Sunday night or Monday morning.  The criteria is for it to be uncrowded, not bank breaking, good variety and decent snow, as well as either a short drive or ski in/out from the place we are staying.  Looking to do 4 days.  We are driving from Orange County.

 

One skier can ski pretty much anything, the other is a good skier but can only handle deep powder on a snow board and I'm an intermediate skier who wants to learn to ski powder.

 

The conclusion I've come to is Powder Mountain.  Lift tickets seem cheap, it's a huge area and lodging seems to be the right price in Eden.

 

Is there anything I'm missing here, other than locals saying go somewhere else? ;)

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It doesn't have the greatest exposure, nor the greatest terrain. But in the right conditions, it can be a lot of fun!
I think if you're driving, I wouldn't make any set plans.
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Are you saying we should stay in Eden then just pick a resort daily, more or less?
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So I'm looking to book a ski trip to Utah in early to mid March, getting there on a Sunday night or Monday morning.  The criteria is for it to be uncrowded, not bank breaking, good variety and decent snow, as well as either a short drive or ski in/out from the place we are staying.  Looking to do 4 days.  We are driving from Orange County.

 

One skier can ski pretty much anything, the other is a good skier but can only handle deep powder on a snow board and I'm an intermediate skier who wants to learn to ski powder.

 

The conclusion I've come to is Powder Mountain.  Lift tickets seem cheap, it's a huge area and lodging seems to be the right price in Eden.

 

Is there anything I'm missing here, other than locals saying go somewhere else? ;)

Staying in Eden and skiing at Powder Mountain would certainly mean uncrowded conditions.  Might consider a day at Snowbasin.  Look at Liftopia for lift tickets.  As to whether or not this trip will give you an opportunity to learn to ski powder, that's a matter of luck.  If you get lucky, consider investing in a lesson at Snowbasin.  Midweek, a group lesson could be a very good deal.

 

PowMow has a free mountain tour in the mornings.  Definitely worth doing.  Not many lifts to learn but lots of options of where to ski.

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Are you saying we should stay in Eden then just pick a resort daily, more or less?

For full flexibility, better to stay in SLC than Eden.  Only 30 min to LCC/BCC and a bit over an hour to Snowbasin/PowMow.  Note that the drive from Eden to PowMow is up a very steep mountain road with 16% grade and no guardrails.  If you don't have winter driving experience, much better to make use of the ski bus option.

 

Have you looked at Solitude/Brighton, the places in BCC?  Cheaper lift tickets than PC or BCC, sometimes good package deals with lodging at Solitude, plenty of powder after a storm.

 

Probably no point to book lodging just yet.  Wait until a few weeks away from your arrival date.

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Are you saying we should stay in Eden then just pick a resort daily, more or less?

 

No, I saying wait until one or two days before your departure and then decide were you want to go ski based on current conditions.  Could be CO, UT, NM, WY or CA.

What is the upside of deciding now?  You might save a few bucks, just to end up skiing bullet proof.

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Thanks for the replies everyone, this gives me something to think about.

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