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Need some help from y'all.  A few of us are looking at a ski trip around the 23rd of March for a few days.  We're thinking either Big Sky or SLC.  We're leaning more towards Big Sky due to low crowds and higher latitude for better snow coverage.  Problem is airfare right now and we're a bit more than 4 weeks out, it ain't getting cheaper.  BZN is $100 higher than SLC.We have one boarder in our group who agreed to get skis if we go to Alta for a day but don't think we'd spend the whole time there.

 

Is SLC the last week of March ok or is the spring thaw setting in?  And how are the snow coverages? From what I hear, SLC has been a bit down this year.  Haven't heard anything about Big Sky.

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Need some help from y'all.  A few of us are looking at a ski trip around the 23rd of March for a few days.  We're thinking either Big Sky or SLC.  We're leaning more towards Big Sky due to low crowds and higher latitude for better snow coverage.  Problem is airfare right now and we're a bit more than 4 weeks out, it ain't getting cheaper.  BZN is $100 higher than SLC.We have one boarder in our group who agreed to get skis if we go to Alta for a day but don't think we'd spend the whole time there.

 

Is SLC the last week of March ok or is the spring thaw setting in?  And how are the snow coverages? From what I hear, SLC has been a bit down this year.  Haven't heard anything about Big Sky.

 

If you go to Big Sky, you can also easily ski Moonlight Basin, and possibly take in a day at Bridger Bowl on either end of the trip into/out of Bozeman.  I highly recommend trying to get to Bridger. 

 

If things work out for you to ski in the Salt Lake City area, you've got a lot of options that don't involve Alta and your snowboarder in the group having to get skis for the day.  You may want to take a look at the Utah Gathering 2014 Trip Report, and ask some of the members in that thread about some of the details from that trip.  

SLC is most definitely super fun. 

 

Wherever you go, I'm sure it will be a ton of fun!

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Took the family to Big Sky in late December and it was amazing.  They have gotten plenty of snow this year and its never crowded.  My only downside was night life options are slim.  The skiing does make up for it with plenty of options for everyone in your party.  We are already planning our next trip to Big Sky.  We were their four days and never got to Moonlight or Spanish Peaks.  

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Took the family to Big Sky in late December and it was amazing.  They have gotten plenty of snow this year and its never crowded.  My only downside was night life options are slim.  The skiing does make up for it with plenty of options for everyone in your party.  We are already planning our next trip to Big Sky.  We were their four days and never got to Moonlight or Spanish Peaks.  

If you ski hard enough, night life options don't matter. :D

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What about conditions that late in the season? Is SLC still ok in late March? Considering the season they've had so far?

What about Big Sky? Is it still in good shape in late March?
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What about conditions that late in the season? Is SLC still ok in late March? Considering the season they've had so far?

What about Big Sky? Is it still in good shape in late March?

Both places should be in good shape through mid April.  I know Big Sky has been dumped on a lot lately.

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I don't have first hand SLC experience during that time of year but I have been to Big Sky twice during that time frame and had incredible snow conditions both times. 

 

One of those times is documented in the Gathering TR from last year.  Check out the photos.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/119474/bridger-big-sky-gathering-2013-trip-report

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What about conditions that late in the season? Is SLC still ok in late March? Considering the season they've had so far?

What about Big Sky? Is it still in good shape in late March?

Compared to the southeast, conditions will be great fun at either place.  Where do you usually ski/board?

 

I started doing an annual trip to Alta in April about five years ago.  A couple times I extended by a couple days to ski a late season powder storm.  Late March should be fine in LCC/BCC.  Park City and Snowbasin are a bit lower and get less snow, so somewhat more risky.

 

My first time at Big Sky was in Jan with low snow.  My friends and I still have a very good time there and at Bridger.  As TC mentioned, conditions were quite good for the EpicSki Gathering last year in late March.

 

If you stay a few nights in Bozeman first and ski Bridger, that can offset the higher airfare.  Plus you will be more acclimated and ready to really enjoy Big Sky/Moonlight Basin.  I fly from NC and it takes a day or two at high altitude to adjust completely.

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