I'm in the exciting research/planning stage of my families trip to Nth America next March. Whilst I won't be locking anything in until closer (to get an idea of what snow conditions might be in each region) I would like some pointers on a few questions please.
1. We prefer hotel style accommodation as we don't 'eat in' often. We want to be close to bars restaurants etc. Which area of Aspen would suit best for us - Snowmass or Aspen itself? Is there lodging at the base of Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands?
2. I will try to make ski days during the week to avoid crowds. In the event we choose/have to do a ski day on a weekend which mountain at Aspen would be least crowded?
3. In between SLC and Aspen we intend to visit Arches NP. We will stay somewhere at Moab I guess. Can the main features of the park be experienced in a 'fly by' visit? Or is extensive hiking required to see the best bits?
I'm sure I'll have more questions in the coming weeks/months.
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Travel dates changed to Janurary, instead of March
Slight change of plans due to schooling commitments for my eldest. We'll now be heading across the Pacific in January. Planning on starting in SLC (Alta and Snowbird and maybe even a day in Brighton or Solitude), Moab, Aspen (got the bonus day for Aspen so will ski Aspen, Snowmass and Buttermilk due to my wife's preference for blue groomers), train ride back to Salt Lake to catch my wife's relatives for a day, grab a car and drive to Sun Valley for the last few days. Direct cheap flight from Hailey to LAX is gold.
We would have liked to squeeze in a couple of days in Mammoth for old times sake but it probably won't work perfectly.
Should we be concerned with the driving north of Salt Lake? We will be sure to drive in the daylight at all times and obviously won't drive in a storm. I'm guessing it isn't highly likely to get caught in heavy snow in Idaho? Roads pretty good? Any similarity between that road and i15 coming to Salt Lake from the south?