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My wife and I will be staying in Ogden mid March and skiing Snowbasin for free on our Powder Alliance Passes. We have a spare day on the Saturday, and rather than skiing Powder Mountain, like we have in the past, thought we might take a trip to Jackson Hole for a day. Here is our plan;

 

We will ski Snowbasin on the Thursday and Friday, pack up the car and drive north to Jackson Hole Friday evening. We have a 2WD mid size rental. Google maps shows the drive taking just over four hours. The map also shows an alternate route through Idaho Falls, but we planned on taking the more direct route. We have a free cancellation on the hotel, so won't bother making the trip if it storms, but presume we should be OK with regular winter driving. We have a reservation at the Super 8 in Jackson and will make the trip to the resort in the morning. The best ticket price we can find is $113 online through the resort. Most of the deals seem to be based on hotel occupancy for multiple days. We don't need powder, but we do want soft snow, so if it warms up goes into slush/ice mode, I don't think we'll bother. For terrain we don't go too extreme but do like to get off the groomers and explore the steeps, bumps and glades. We will probably stay the Saturday night, then take a leisurely drive back to Salt Lake on Sunday. 

 

Any and all tips and advice, will be gratefully accepted.

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THere was a post about routes from SLC to JH for the 2015 Gathering at JAckson Hole, but I can't find it. I remember @tetonpwdrjunkie and @mdskier had some advice. We used that advice. Our biggest problem during the drive was fog.
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This idea is nuts in mid-March.  Jackson rates to be well baked by the current warm weather and it won't be pretty with the steep SE exposure.  From Ogden the Cottonwood Canyons are 1.5 hours drive away vs. 5 for Jackson and the snow will be far superior.  It's a no brainer to ski the Cottonwood areas that weekend, and you'll get to ski both Saturday and Sunday.

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Thanks Tony. I did the Cottonwoods on a similar four day weekend at the end of January. My hotels are cancellable, so it's easy to switch out to the Cottonwoods and stay in Sandy.

Reading through similar threads, all the areas I can reasonably get to from Phoenix seem to be suffering with the warm temps; Salt Lake, Park City, Ogden, NM, Jackson, Tahoe, Mammoth and even southern Colorado. I can stay at home to get ice and slush😕 Is it a fair presumption that the Cottonwoods are likely to have the best conditions?
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Is it a fair presumption that the Cottonwoods are likely to have the best conditions?

It is a clear cut presumption in terms of your immediate location.  Telluride and Mammoth are comparable in snow preservation to the Cottonwoods if you're on a road trip from Phoenix.

 

If you were up there in January, that was the time to go to Jackson, which you should plan on for future reference. .

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So, Mr. Golf, did Tony talk you out of JH?  Heartless actuary...

 

I'm going up this weekend, March 19 & 20th.  They got a foot of fresh this morning, and while it's probably not going to be primo by this weekend, I ski Jackson in whatever condition no matter what.  I'll be looking for some bears to ski with.

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So, Mr. Golf, did Tony talk you out of JH?  Heartless actuary...

I'm going up this weekend, March 19 & 20th.  They got a foot of fresh this morning, and while it's probably not going to be primo by this weekend, I ski Jackson in whatever condition no matter what.  I'll be looking for some bears to ski with.

He did make it sound pretty grim 😀 I presumed he was just saying that the Cottonwoods would be better, without realizing how much fun it would be for me regardless. I was really looking forwards to the drive and the scenery as well as the skiing. It would have been a nice option if JH got snow and Utah didn't. Maybe next year.

I kept my options open and with this current storm decided to stay in Ogden and at least ski Snowbasin on Thursday and Friday. Free is a strong motivator! Based on the conditions, I will either do PowMow on Saturday, or head to Brighton for the trees. Sunday I can go back to Snowbasin or, anywhere that looks good based on the snowfall.

Have fun at JH, and thanks for asking.
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Free is indeed a powerful motivator.  I'm burning off 2 Mountain Collective freebies myself at JH.  Slay the pow in Utah.

 

You have 666 posts, I have 666 feedback.  Hmmm:devil:

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I have 666 feedback.

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Thanks.  And the weather report keeps looking better and better for this weekend.

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