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SLC or Tahoe the Week of Feb 15th?

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I'm planning on skiing *somewhere* for the week of Feb 15th.  Tahoe (Kirkwood) is my home ski area and I was just there for the nice mini-dump last weekend.  I also have reservations to be in SLC for just over a week starting Sunday, Feb 15th.  I've never been there before, and have an Epic Pass, but would plan on skiing where ever conditions were best (preferably with some time at other resorts in any case).  I'll also be solo, so no deep trees or anything, sadly.

 

Me: High Intermediate: slow but fine on everything off chair 6 at Kirkwood/most blacks, enjoying practicing bumps, really like more natural areas as opposed to just big open pistes (though those are fun, too). Groomers are fine if they're interesting, but aren't my focus.  I also like skiing during the week when things are mostly empty.

 

Is there enough snow in the SLC area for me to have fun as a first time visitor, or should I wait until the visit will be epic and just stick to the likely poor conditions in Kirkwood/Tahoe (cheaper, known quantity) for this week?

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Take the slc trip even if they don't have powder there will be plenty of coverage. As for difficulty snowbird is a level above kirkwood more steep. As for alta it should be completely open now.
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Awesome.  So given that I'll be in SLC, I'll plan on taking two or maybe three lessons.  Where would be the best place to do them in terms of price to quality?

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Cannot help you on lessons but i highly suggest orange ski goggles to handle overcast ski days
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Awesome.  So given that I'll be in SLC, I'll plan on taking two or maybe three lessons.  Where would be the best place to do them in terms of price to quality?


Will you have a car?  Snowbasin is a good value in terms of ski school prices.  PM me if you would like a recommendation for an instructor there or at Alta.

 

The free mountain host tour in the morning at Snowbird is a good way to get oriented.

 

Have you looked at the EpicSki Unofficial Guides for Alta and Snowbird?

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I'll have a car and plan on hitting the various mountains (with perhaps a bit more time at PArk City/Canyons simply because they're covered by my pass, even though they're less compelling for what I'm after.

 

Sending PM now, thanks!

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Personally, I think Alta is a great place any time, for any ability level, even without a powder dump.  Just spent 10 days skiing there in late Jan/early Feb when people were fussing about the low snow conditions.  A 2-inch snow overnight meant plenty of fun in soft snow deeper than that if you knew where to look.

 

Sounds like you are good enough to enjoy the Adult Mountain Workshop.  2.5 hours in the afternoon that is mostly off-piste.  Led by an instructor but it's not really a lesson although can get technique tips by asking specific questions.  They do a ski off to divide into ability groups.  When I did it several years ago, I was in the group with the least experience off-piste.  Learned about lots of fun short shots in trees very close to groomers that I am comfortable skiing solo.  My friend was in the middle group and skied off the High T in very poor visibility.

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