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Tough call: outrageous party vs possible day of skiing in Utah

post #1 of 23
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In this thread I asked about the possibility of skiing on Sunday May 11, 2014 at Snowbird: http://www.epicski.com/t/126435/snowbird-utah-open-in-mid-may-2014

It turns out I need to choose between flying out on Saturday or attending the social event of the season Saturday night, a big multi-person birthday party with all my friends at a rented historic mansion! Difficult decision, especially from here in Maryland where skiing is done done done for the season.
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Originally Posted by jeff2010 View Post

In this thread I asked about the possibility of skiing on Sunday May 11, 2014 at Snowbird: http://www.epicski.com/t/126435/snowbird-utah-open-in-mid-may-2014

It turns out I need to choose between flying out on Saturday or attending the social event of the season Saturday night, a big multi-person birthday party with all my friends at a rented historic mansion! Difficult decision, especially from here in Maryland where skiing is done done done for the season.

Baring the Yellowstone complex exploding or a comet striking the planet, Snowbird will be here next year. Your friends might not. I'd choose friends. 

post #3 of 23

Agreed.  Go to the party.  Why not just ski a different weekend?   

 

Also, I'm not sure I'd plan a spring trip around a single day of skiing.   Spring skiing is awesome if it is warm, or if it dumps.  In between kinda sucks, and it would be a bummer if that's your one day of skiing.

 

I'm not sure of the odds of hitting a good day of spring skiing in UT or CO.   I'd guess 5-6 days/week are good, and 1-2 not so good.   So planning on a minimum of 3 days skiing will really increase your chances of getting good skiing if you have to plan a trip in advance.

 

Spring skiing odds sounds like a great article for @Tony Crocker, if he hasn't written one already! 

post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 
I'm not planning a trip just to ski--I have a business trip starting Monday and am thinking about flying in 1 day early to ski on Sunday. I can't stay longer or change the date.
post #5 of 23

Hmmm... I'd probably still go to the party, but here are a few other thoughts:

 

You could make the call at the last minute based on weather and just pay the fee to change the flight.   Good spring skiing is easier to predict than powder days.  Temperature forecasts are more reliable further out than precipitation forecasts, so you can often spot a good spring skiing day a week in advance.

 

Do both!  Fly out early Sunday and you can still get a good day of skiing in the same day.  The airport being so close to skiing makes that really easy in UT.

post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by jeff2010 View Post

In this thread I asked about the possibility of skiing on Sunday May 11, 2014 at Snowbird: http://www.epicski.com/t/126435/snowbird-utah-open-in-mid-may-2014

It turns out I need to choose between flying out on Saturday or attending the social event of the season Saturday night, a big multi-person birthday party with all my friends at a rented historic mansion! Difficult decision, especially from here in Maryland where skiing is done done done for the season.

 

It might be a powder day, and there are no friends on powder day (NOPD).

 

Seems like a simple decision to me.

post #7 of 23

If they're friends, they'll be around after Snowbird.  If they're not, are they friends?

 

If it were me:  Snowbird.

post #8 of 23
So is this personal decision by committee, now? This question has nothing to do with skiing. The Internet is letting go of your hand now...swim or sink.
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post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by jeff2010 View Post

In this thread I asked about the possibility of skiing on Sunday May 11, 2014 at Snowbird: http://www.epicski.com/t/126435/snowbird-utah-open-in-mid-may-2014

It turns out I need to choose between flying out on Saturday or attending the social event of the season Saturday night, a big multi-person birthday party with all my friends at a rented historic mansion! Difficult decision, especially from here in Maryland where skiing is done done done for the season.

Baring the Yellowstone complex exploding or a comet striking the planet, Snowbird will be here next year. Your friends might not. I'd choose friends. 


What he said.

post #11 of 23

I'm an addict but lean toward the party too.  Snowbird has a very minimalist attitude toward spring skiing.  They run the minimum of lifts and do not groom much. The weather needs to cooperate.   Either you want fresh snow or you want several days of clear weather to settle the snow and turn it to corn.  2 or 3 days after the last storm the chewed up but not yet consolidated powder can be quite difficult skiing.  And if you get the fresh snow on a weekend you'll be looking at major liftlines because Snowbird won't open more lifts for high demand spring days like Mammoth does.

 

If you really want that ski day, tball offers sound advice: make a last minute call or ski a partial day on Sunday.

post #12 of 23
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Do both!  Fly out early Sunday and you can still get a good day of skiing in the same day.  The airport being so close to skiing makes that really easy in UT.

Tempting. The die-hard approach would be to book the Delta non-stop flight from DCA-SLC at 07:30 Sunday (arr. 10:30), go to the party Saturday night until 1am with my luggage, take a cab directly to the airport and doze on a chair until boarding time, try to get a bit more sleep on the plane, ski a half-day, sleep, and awake refreshed to give my talk Monday morning. What could possibly go wrong?

post #13 of 23
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Tempting. The die-hard approach would be to book the Delta non-stop flight from DCA-SLC at 07:30 Sunday (arr. 10:30), go to the party Saturday night until 1am with my luggage, take a cab directly to the airport and doze on a chair until boarding time, try to get a bit more sleep on the plane, ski a half-day, sleep, and awake refreshed to give my talk Monday morning. What could possibly go wrong?

 

If you're young (apparently) and willing, nothing can go wrong (except that in time you'll rule out those kinds of trips).

post #14 of 23

Oops.  Checked out your profile.  You're on your own, buddy!

post #15 of 23

I'd do both as long as the skiing is going to be good!   But... I'm still fine with no sleep in my old age.  Depends on the person.  I'd try to keep options open to change flights and skip skiing if it's going to suck.  Might as well get some sleep rather than ski coral reef.  Good luck!

post #16 of 23

This doesn't sound that outrageous.  Adrenaline will get you through that Sunday ski day.  Go to bed early Sunday night and sleep 9-10 hours.

post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post

This doesn't sound that outrageous.  Adrenaline will get you through that Sunday ski day.  Go to bed early Sunday night and sleep 9-10 hours.
In this scenario, I doubt going to bed early on Sunday night will be a problem for you. I'd advise moderation with intoxicants on Saturday night, and drinking tons of water from Saturday night on. Altitude can aggravate a hangover, which won't just affect your skiing but how well you rest up for Monday's performance.

Have fun!
post #18 of 23

Depends on how much (if any) you drink on Saturday night.  Skiing with a hangover is not recommended; skiing drunk is a definite do not do.

post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
 

 skiing drunk is a definite do not do.

 

Yeah -- I can't understand that.  

post #20 of 23
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I'd advise moderation with intoxicants on Saturday night, and drinking tons of water from Saturday night on. 

+1  Water and sleep are the keys IMHO in being able to drink much alcohol on ski trips.  This is not usually my style but the Snowbird timeshare week is a conspicuous exception.  Drink a LOT of water along with whatever else on Saturday night.

post #21 of 23

 I'm not sure a 1/2 day would be worth the hassle of dragging gear, paying baggage fees and possible airline delays. You'll most likely miss Mineral going off and the bird closes the lifts way too early in the day IMHO.  Last ride up the tram is like 3:15-3:30 and like Tony mentions, they don't really try very hard to improve the guest experience.  

Can you fly out Friday night and get two days?

post #22 of 23

Hit the party; leave ASAP in AM to go to Snowbird.  Post up pics in this thread. 

post #23 of 23
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Hit the party; leave ASAP in AM to go to Snowbird.  Post up pics in this thread. 

+1 There had better be some pics of drunken partygoers doing regretful things to make up for this 'ultimate first world problem' thread. 

 

Jeeves, shall I schuss down to the Bentley or mingle with colleagues at the mansion? Why has life chosen to riddle me so?  

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