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Flying into Salt Lake City at Christmas - Where to Ski

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I am flying into Salt Lake for a week at Christmas - I am concerned about the conditions locally and am considering driving to Jackson Hole for the week as Jackson seems to have substantially more snow.  Any other resort suggestions within driving distance. 

How is the drive from Salt Lake to Jackson Hole.  We have two cars in our group, one with 4 wheel drive and one without.  I would welcome any advice.  Thanks

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Higher elevations generally make for better conditions in shoulder season.  Alta and Brighton have the highest bases. Snowbird starts lower down but is as high as Alta at the top.   Solitude is fourth in the height game.  These are your best bets.

 

The Park City resorts are lower by a couple thousand feet, as is Snowbasin and PoMo. 

 

Can't comment on driving to JH, but Grand Targhee is not much farther, has a higher base elevation, and gets more snow.  Worth considering if you're going to make the drive.

 

You don't need 4WD or AWD to ski around SLC.  Roads to PC and Snowbasin are generally clear and you can always catch a bus from the base of LCC or BCC.

post #3 of 5

If you go straight to Driggs, the drive to Grand Targhee takes less time than driving to JH.  If staying at JH, then it's about an hour drive assuming the Teton Pass is open.  Allow 6 hours on clear roads to drive from SLC to JH.

 

Check out the recent GT trip reports:

http://www.epicski.com/t/130700/yeah-this-just-happened-at-the-ghee

http://www.epicski.com/t/130643/the-ghee-full-blown-winter-conditions

post #4 of 5

Jackson/Targhee is probably your best bet other than staying in SLC, but here are other options:

 

Sun Valley is 4-1/2-5 hours, mostly interstate, no passes, but we are short on snow too.

 

Glenwood Springs is 5-6 hours, mostly interstate, then an hour or so further to Aspen, Vail or Beaver Creek.


Edited by Bill Miles - 12/11/14 at 6:04pm
post #5 of 5

I wouldn't give up yet.  They are getting snow this weekend and anything can happen in two weeks, esp with the series of storms predicted to continue to bash the west coast.

Likely more coming next week.

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?site=slc&textField1=40.58194&textField2=-111.65444#.VItmr3uC3Sc

 

You could end up booking now and driving to JH and end up with better conditions in SLC.  I've skied twice there in early Dec and you don't need a 50" base to have a good time and plenty to ski. 

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