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Salt Lake City, Denver, or Sun Peaks?

post #1 of 6
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I'm coming to the States for some skiing next month. I already have two weeks at Tahoe lined up, and I will have another two weeks [somewhere else] after that. I've been waiting to see how the season shapes up at various areas, but it's getting time to make the decision and get some bookings made.

The choice is between the Salt Lake City area, the Denver area, and Sun Peaks. I'm not bothered by the idea of being at one resort for two weeks -- here in New Zealand I live at my "home" resort for 10 weeks every winter. The choice really comes down to who will have the best snow in late March, and since that's impossible to tell this far out, I guess it really comes down to who has the best snow right now.

So, there it is: out of SLC, Denver, and Sun Peaks, where has the best snow cover and conditions at the moment? (If you feel like hazarding a guess as to how things will be in six weeks time, go right ahead, but I'm not asking anybody to do such a difficult act!) Powder doesn't attract me, since it's the only snow condition I don't get practice in (yeah, I know). Steeps and trees also are not big attractions for me -- I just want to have some good snow cover and pleasant skiing for a couple of weeks.

I'd be grateful for any advice you folks can share.
post #2 of 6
I would reccomend Sun Peaks for two reasons.

1.First would be the crowds. If you are going to be skiing mid-March in Utah or Colorado, you will encounter their largest crowds. There are places that won't be crowded, but it will take a lot planning to totally avoid overcrowding during the Spring Break rush.

2. The further north you ski this season, the better your chances of encountering good snow preservation characteristics. This El Nino season has brought a lot of spring like temps. to the interior rockies during the winter months, and there is a good chance that this same pattern might warm up the lower continental spine early this year. I wouldn't chance it if I had the choice, and I would go up north where the upper jet stream usually stays well in place until April.

Hope you have a wonderful trip!!! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #3 of 6
I admit I've never skied the US (except Mt Baker), but you'd be hard pressed to find any resort in the states that can compete, price wise, with Canadian resorts because of the lower Cdn$. Price it out, and I'm sure you'll find Sun Peaks will be 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of a comparable US destination. The potential of terrorism incidents with the Iraq situation leaves me vary wary of US travel at the moment, though a threat could certainly exist anywhere in the western world.

Sun Peaks is but one worthy hill in the south BC /western Alberta region. Check out www.skibc.com for a list in BC. Also, if you've never been to Whistler, its a place every skier should experience at least once.

Be warned that this is not a good snow year anywhere in western North America. Spring break in BC this year is March 15th to 22nd, and makes for extremely busy conditions at Whistler, though the interior resorts have quite managable traffic even then. Have a wonderful trip!
post #4 of 6
Colorado has been dumped on in the last week, and they say El Nino will be lifted later this month. Of course, this is all speculation as no can really predict the weather. But I just thought I'd let you know that the snow is excellent here!
post #5 of 6
Definitely post about Sun Peaks. It's one of the areas I'm looking at for next year.
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
This is great info, you guys. Thanks a bunch! I'm leaning more and more towards Sun Peaks. I will of course post a trip report when I get back! (in mid April...)
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