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I am planning a trip out West for this upcoming season and have a few questions. After seeing the predictions from both the Old Farmers' Almanac and the Farmers' Almanac it's looking like Utah might not have a fantastic snow season. I wanted to get your opinions on this because going to Utah is considerably cheaper compared to Aspen or Jackson Hole which were the other places I was considering. I was going to go to Summit County but since I am going over President's Day Weekend that would be packed.

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There's people who believe the Farmer's Almanac? Half the folks here don't even believe NOAA.



Utah looks better than Jackson.
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How long would the lines in Summit County approximately be during President's Day weekend (2/11-2/15 for me). Also how crowded would Salt Lake City area resorts be during that time period. Also, what are your thoughts on a trip to say Revelstoke or Whistler. How would that compare price wise and quality of skiing wise to Utah or Colorado.
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Sounds like from your questions earlier this summer, you want to spend as little as possible but be guaranteed great snow and no lift lines on a holiday weekend.  Is this your first trip out west?

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/142067/i-cant-decide

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It is, yeah.
post #6 of 11
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It's not that I'm looking for no lift lines considering I've dealt with Killington at Christmas time. It's more that I'm trying to get a feel for how large of crowds I should be expecting at different places.
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Any place easy to get to for a quick trip will be crowded, especially if it's a resort on everyone's radar. So, best to look for places that your friends never heard of.
post #8 of 11
Utah is your best option if price is a concern for the reason you can get to the resorts easily via the uta ski bus vs having to rent a car


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It's not that I'm looking for no lift lines considering I've dealt with Killington at Christmas time. It's more that I'm trying to get a feel for how large of crowds I should be expecting at different places.


In the Rockies, could be said that the lift lines never get as bad as in the northeast except on a powder day.  An advanced skier has more options for how to get farther away from holiday vacationers who are beginners/intermediates.  For instance, last season I was with friends at Alta on a Sunday in late Jan.  The wait at the Supreme and Sugarloaf lifts was perhaps 20 min midday, which felt very long.  At the same time there was no wait on Collins or Wildcat.  It was a bit unusual because low snow coverage limited the options for advanced/expert skiers.  Hopefully that won't be the case this winter.

 

If you do a trip to SLC with a car, can always escape the crowds by heading to Snowbasin or Powder Mountain.  The drive is on the order of an hour.  Motels in Ogden can be less expensive than in SLC, although it's hard to beat Motel 6 or La Quinta in Midvale.  Staying in SLC without a car, Solitude is a way to get away from lift lines.

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\Also, what are your thoughts on a trip to say Revelstoke or Whistler. How would that compare price wise and quality of skiing wise to Utah or Colorado.

 

I don't know about prices, but the Canadian $ is down to around $.75 US, so prices shouldn't be too bad. 

 

Forget the almanacs, they are worthless.  Most scientific predictions are for a sub-par snow year in the PNW, though probably not a disaster like last season. 

 

Crowds in Whistler over Presidents Day are terrible since it's a B.C. holiday weekend too as I understand, and even if it wasn't, Seattle area folks pour in on holidays.  Think Utah this year.

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President week is a killer almost everywhere. 

My son is in college now, so holiday week skiing is no longer di rigueur for us. :yahoo:

That said, we have done the three per year holiday week thing for thirteen years so I do have a bit of experience.

 

Crowd wise - Summit county is the worst. Jackson have gotten really bad. SLC is not bad. Aspen is OK. TSV - President what?

Lake Tahoe - Somebody from SF must have pissed off Mother Nature. Don't even think of going there in the near future until someone offer up half a dozen of SV.   

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