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post #1 of 18
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Three friends and I are considering a trip west during the first week of March. Three advanced skiers and one advanced boarder with a fondness for steeps, glades, and snow. We are based on the east coast and spend most weekends at Jay Peak or Killington depending on weather/snow.

We are considering a Saturday-Sunday trip with 6 ski days divided between three different resorts. Currently we know we would like to hit both Brighton and Snowbird, but are in heated debate concerning the third. The debate is between hitting another resort local to Utah or making the drive to Jackson Hole for two days.

A couple members of the group are concerned with the drive to Jackson. But, given the opportunity to hit three ski resorts with completely different characters, the reward seems with the effort. I figure the four days between Brighton and Snowbird could be based out of the same lodging limiting the number of times we would have to pack up to move bases.

Has anybody ever made a similar trip over 7 or 8 days? Is this doable or is the drive from SLC to Jackson truely a royal pain? i.e. is two days at Jackson worth the drive or would be be better off staying in Utah?
post #2 of 18
unless you're a very motivated and well organized group I'd say the travel to/from JH is going to be a pain... using a worst-case scenario, would you rather have a few days where you're in the car more than you're skiing? then add JH to the trip.

the drive isn't a bad one but it's not fun either.
post #3 of 18
Alta is right next to Snowbird and Solitude is nearby and though I haven't skied there in 25 years I remember it to be a pretty fun place..

Never been to Jackson and it is the last place I really want to go to someday----I bet (like Vail) 2 days wouldn't even scratch the surface----Bet you need a whole week to "find" Jackson and then there is Targee..... There is always next year !!!
post #4 of 18
yeah Luigi's right. there's SO MUCH variety to ski based in the SLC area. Snowbird's steeps will rival most of JH's steeps anyway, and for consistent steepness for long vert pitches, Snowbird seems to have more and better steeps than JH... but maybe I haven't skied JH enough.

ask some of the SLC area Bears to suggest a 7 day itinerary for ya, you'll get some pretty consistent recommendations I think.
post #5 of 18
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Thanks so far

The only rub to doing a UT only trip is that we did Canyons-Park City last year and we do not want to retrace our exact steps. Also, one member of our group is a boarder so Alta and Deer Valley are out...it took some convincing to get him to consider Snowbird just due to the association with Alta...
post #6 of 18
Your intention for skiing Jackson Hole is a nice idea, but the reality of making it work is solely based on the level of motivation your group might have for accomodating the decision.

The side trip would require that you monitor the weather and short term forecasts closely, and slip the side trip in where it fits best weather wise. You would also have to have a very well coordinated effort to depart in either direction as soon as skiing is over for the day, and make as many miles in remaining daylight as possible. ...I have found this option possible with myself and maybe one other person, but have never seen it effectively accomplished with a group. Competing interests in a group almost always delays any schedule, and in this case delays could easily result in nighttime driving in less than desirable conditions.

If your group is willing to accept the challenges in light of the flexibility requirements, I would say take a shot at it. ...But if there is the least bit of resistance, common sense tells me you should stay in Utah and try Powder Mtn or Snowbasin instead.

My own preference for weeklong group skiing would have Utah as a stand alone destination for a week, and also Big Sky/Moonlight/Jackson Hole/Targhee as a stand alone week destination. Trying to mix those two weeklong options brings some logistical problems into the trip that many might not find appealing.

Hope you have a wonderful trip!
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by Fmr_Prairielander
...it took some convincing to get him to consider Snowbird just due to the association with Alta...
In reality, the only association is the gate(s) between the resorts. After a day at the bird, he'll be wondering why he never did it before. (BTW, you should convince him to ski a day at Alta. It's worth it.)
post #8 of 18
Try Snowbasin.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Fmr_Prairielander
Three friends and I are considering a trip west during the first week of March. Three advanced skiers and one advanced boarder with a fondness for steeps, glades, and snow. We are based on the east coast and spend most weekends at Jay Peak or Killington depending on weather/snow.

We are considering a Saturday-Sunday trip with 6 ski days divided between three different resorts. Currently we know we would like to hit both Brighton and Snowbird, but are in heated debate concerning the third. The debate is between hitting another resort local to Utah or making the drive to Jackson Hole for two days.

A couple members of the group are concerned with the drive to Jackson. But, given the opportunity to hit three ski resorts with completely different characters, the reward seems with the effort. I figure the four days between Brighton and Snowbird could be based out of the same lodging limiting the number of times we would have to pack up to move bases.

Has anybody ever made a similar trip over 7 or 8 days? Is this doable or is the drive from SLC to Jackson truely a royal pain? i.e. is two days at Jackson worth the drive or would be be better off staying in Utah?

You could do it. On weekends JH is crowded with people from Salt Lake. I wouldn't do it though. Do one or the other.

nate
post #10 of 18
IMHO JH is the best mountain in the country. But Snowbird & Alta are right up there as well. They are hands down the best in the SLC area. If you don't think you're going to have a chance to go west again for a while then I recommend making the trip to JH. But two days will only let you scratch the surface.
post #11 of 18
From SalT Lake city to Jackson isa bout a 5 hour drive. Pack your grear hit the road at the end of yopur last day in Utah drive Idaho Falls find acheap room and get up early for the drive to Jackson. my guess is it would be about an hour or so. Jackson is well worth the effort But keep in mind that the more you drive the less time you will be skiing.
post #12 of 18
My recommendation: Brighton, Snowbird, Snowbasin.

But here's some comments from someone who a few years ago pulled off something even more ambitious than what you are considering:
"in a three day span i was able to hit Snowbird, Jackson Hole, and Big Sky. We made at least one tram ride at each resort. The first two offer access to incredible terrain (Snowbird) and ridiculous vertical (Jackson). But the real standout here is the tram at Big Sky."


you might be able to package that February thing you did as a "Best Tram Rides In America" tour. You must have put a few miles on your car in those 3 days!

"We did all our skiing in the day, driving in the evenings. It really wasnt too bad. The last drive from Big Sky back to Salt Lake is a little long though."
post #13 of 18

you decide

SLC is about 250 miles from JH, Idaho Falls is 100 miles from JH. Each plan has it's merits. If you did end up in IF and Teton Pass is gnarly you could do Grand Targhee, unreal powder, but when you got back east doing JH gives you way more cool points than GT. You have to decide :
post #14 of 18
Where there's a will, there's a way! It could be great to mix in the fun of a road trip to your trip if the weather cooperates. Think of it as the the 5 hr drive from NYC to Killington to put it in perspective. Whatever you decide, post a trip report!
post #15 of 18
JH refugee, Thanks for the Info on how far Idaho Falls is to Jackson. i have only gone Jackson back to park city via I15 once. Most of the time I go the back way up from Park City to Jackson.
post #16 of 18
>we did Canyons-Park City last year

Duh, WHY DID YOU DO THAT????? You missed it, the best skiing was right over the hill in the cottonwoods!

Snowbird, Snowbasin, Powder Mtn, Brighton, Solitude, Snowbird.

I got to UT every year from Pa, (last year 3 trips.) Right now i'm planning a trip to VT, funny with $65 vs $42(last year) list tickets and $220 direct flight to SLC and wear and tear on my 2005 auto, probably would save $$$ by going to SLC, and the skiing in VT, unfortunately, can't even begin to compare to VT.
post #17 of 18
But OTOH, I'm a road trip guy myself. Maybe Snowbird, Snowbasin, then 2 pick of Powder Mtn, Solitude, Brighton, Snowbird, then after 4 days, time for a change of scenery, up to the J hole. You really need two days at Snowbird to do it justice. That place rules. GREATEST SKIING ON EARTH. Steep top to bottom, just like the J hole, but snow is much more dependable. in fact, ski UT for 4 days, and make sure the snow is good before you go to JH, of course airline arrangements could be trouble. JH is a fabulous mtn for expert skiers, but the snow is not nearly as dependable, be very careful!!!!
post #18 of 18
The side trip to JH is definitely doable with 3 motivated skiers and a good vehicle, but probably not worth the effort and risk. JH is the best in the country when the weather and snow are good, but there are many days when that is not happening. If the roads and weather are fair and the skiing is potentially epic, it would be a great side trip worth the brain and body damage, but the skiing is so good and so much more dependable in SLC that it seems like a gamble not worth taking. Explore the copious goods in Utah and save another trip for JH and Targhee. It's not like there isn't enough top notch skiing in SLC to keep you going for a week. Try Solitude, I don't think that you will be disappointed.
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