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post #61 of 65
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As far as skiing Park City in mid-March, it can be iffy as well.

Which is why the OP and family would be safer choosing Snowmass.

 

Park City would good if the trip were in February.  The Cottonwood Canyons would be great for mid-March once the teenagers improve some more.

post #62 of 65
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Originally Posted by obsessedtxskier View Post

@Liam I'm slightly confused, have you crossed off Utah? If you have, I hope you reconsider. Both of the teens in your group sound like myself, aggressive advanced intermediates. I have an Epic Pass this year, so I will be spending most my time in Colorado, but most of my short 17 years have been spent skiing in Utah. I'll even be going to the University of Utah next year.

While Salt Lake is not so glamorous, it is still incredibly beautiful, and there are plenty of non skiing activities as well:
Go check out the LDS Temple Square in Downtown Salt Lake, it is truly gorgeous. The City Creek mall is probably one of the coolest malls around. If you're feeling sciency, go check out Clark Planetarium. If you're a basketball fan, go catch a Jazz game. For some more snow stuff, go tubing at Gorgoza Park off of I-80 by Jeremy Ranch. If you're at Park City, make a stop by the Utah Olympic Park. If for some reason you like mines, go check out Bingham Copper Mine, the world's largest open pit mine. Just don't go swimming in the Great Salt Lake. Gross 😷😂
Back to skiing: I'm surprised that no one has said anything about Powder Mountain. I'm biased towards it, because that's where I first powder skied on 18 inches of fluff. Best Christmas Day ever! I know in the spring, the conditions can be slightly iffy, but if it's a powder day, do yourselves a favor and rent some fat skis and head to PowMow. You will be skiing freshies all day, 9am to 4pm, instead of the usual 9am to 10am. Most slopes are low angled enough that iffy intermediates can easily handle them, and there are plenty of steeper runs to keep advanced intermediates entertained.

As far as skiing Park City in mid-March, it can be iffy as well. But it is probably the best intermediate mountain in the West when conditions are good. I was there last March, and it was hard pack skiing til noon, then I was skiing some pretty fun tree runs and slush bumps the rest of the day.

Snowbird, Solitude, and Brighton are your bet bets for snow. Brighton is probably the best for a group of mixed intermediates. The price is wallet friendly, the snow is great, there is plenty of terrain variety, and the crowds are very low. Brighton skis bigger than it is.

If you decide on Colorado, you can't go wrong with Snowmass. It's not as pricey as you think and it's probably the best in Colorado for your group. They lowered their Teen multi-day ticket rates to $59 per day this year when you purchase 7 days in advance. When I was there in March 2014, the snow was fantastic (But the advance purchase teen rate was $298 for 3 days!). If you want budget lodging, stay 40 minutes down the road at the Hanging Lake Inn in Glenwood Springs. The owners are super nice, and they sell discounted lift tickets.

Unless you have a lot of money, or plan to ski there more than 6 or 7 times (in which case you could get an Epic Local Pass for $620 for adults, and $480 for teens), Vail is just not worth the $150 per day. I will be spending my skiing time there this year because of the cheap season passes and awesome back bowls, but nowhere is worth $150 per day (unless it's cat-skiing😄).
Here are some pictures-
Snowmass March 2014

Canyons (Park City) March 2015

Powder Mountain December 2014

Hope this helps! 😀

1. I'm not going on this trip, it really is a question for a friend and his extended family.

2. I've spent roughly 6-7 weeks skiing in Utah over the last decade, I know what's there. I love setting up shop in Sandy and hitting the best of the Big and Little cottonwood canyons. Powder Mountain is neat…once. They do not want to schlep around from city to hill everyday. For this crew only PC fits the bill, and I'm with Tony C. They'll get more of what they want in Colorado.  They have two pretty mellow skiing adults in the crew as well.

3. They've already bought plane tickets for Denver for early march and they are shopping resort stays in Summit/Eagle counties.  It's never been my favorite but it'll work for them.  

post #63 of 65
Ok, I thought this trip was for yourself. Perhaps I didn't read carefully enough. You should've mentioned that you're a seasoned Utah skier....The trip I suggested would probably be best suited for New Years through February. I suggested Powmow just because it is a good place to learn to ski powder for an intermediate. Hope they have a good time, I'll probably be driving up there around that time as well. I really think they should've chosen Snowmass though.... I went as a low intermediate and I had a ball.
post #64 of 65
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Originally Posted by obsessedtxskier View Post

Ok, I thought this trip was for yourself. Perhaps I didn't read carefully enough. You should've mentioned that you're a seasoned Utah skier....The trip I suggested would probably be best suited for New Years through February. I suggested Powmow just because it is a good place to learn to ski powder for an intermediate. Hope they have a good time, I'll probably be driving up there around that time as well. I really think they should've chosen Snowmass though.... I went as a low intermediate and I had a ball.


I agree about Snowmass, But I suppose vail/ Copper etc will be just fine for them.

 

Anyplace is a good place to learn to ski powder...if it's snowing:)

post #65 of 65
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I agree about Snowmass, But I suppose vail/ Copper etc will be just fine for them.

Anyplace is a good place to learn to ski powder...if it's snowing:)
So true. 😀
I'll be making my first visit to Summit/Eagle this New Years, and I will make a trip report. Maybe that could help a little with their trip, especially for the teens. I probably have very similar taste in terrain as them.
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