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One day, anywhere in the West, leaving from CT, where would you go?

post #1 of 18
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So I have a free plane ticket that expires in a month and I am for some reason determined to use.  I don't have a lot of free time in that period, but I'm considering a lightning trip to somewhere out West as I've never skied out there and I refuse to let my season die just yet (and I think it would be fun to see a professor I ski with on Wednesday then come in Friday and casually remark that I'd skied wherever the day before). 

Considerations:
1. Decent conditions remaining for the next few weeks.
2. Ease of transportation.  I won't be there long, so I'd like to be able to get of the plane and to the hill fairly easily.
3. Cheap lodging.  I'll need to crash one night, but am coming in late and leaving early, so I would prefer to find some place cheap.


Do I have any options besides flying into Salt Lake City?
post #2 of 18
I would Suggest Salt Lake City  ..  Stay In sandy ride bus to Alta / Snowbird
post #3 of 18
Besides SLC, you could go to Reno and ski one of the resorts in North Lake Tahoe--usually has good spring sking and lodging can be very affordable (don't know much about transportation since I always have my own car when there).

Depending on the airline and whether they service the airport with a schedule that would accomodate a late departure, Vail (Eagle) would open a number of possibilities.  Jackson, Steamboat, Sun Valley and several others have regional airports close to the slopes but I suspect they would not have enough flights to accomodate a quick hitter trip.
post #4 of 18
Salt Lake, stay in Sandy, rent a car, lots of great skiing to choose from. I think there may be a bus nowadays up to Snowbird/Alta but I'm not sure.

Jackson Hole, rent a car, not sure the lodging is cheap, perhaps in town somewhere ? They close fairly soon I think, something about the Elk migration? Otherwise fly into Idaho falls and ski Targhee maybe.

Altitude? A one day dash to a typical western resort without time for acclimatization!
post #5 of 18
If you fly in early (SLC), ski for free that day at PCMR, Canyons or Deer Valley.

www.parkcityinfo.com/static/index.cfm
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by oisin View Post

Salt Lake, stay in Sandy, rent a car, lots of great skiing to choose from. I think there may be a bus nowadays up to Snowbird/Alta but I'm not sure.

Altitude? A one day dash to a typical western resort without time for acclimatization!
Admittedly something I hadn't thought of...hmmm.



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Originally Posted by kc8suj View Post

I would Suggest Salt Lake City  ..  Stay In sandy ride bus to Alta / Snowbird
This does seem most likely.



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Originally Posted by SB77 View Post

Besides SLC, you could go to Reno and ski one of the resorts in North Lake Tahoe--usually has good spring sking and lodging can be very affordable (don't know much about transportation since I always have my own car when there).

Depending on the airline and whether they service the airport with a schedule that would accomodate a late departure, Vail (Eagle) would open a number of possibilities.  Jackson, Steamboat, Sun Valley and several others have regional airports close to the slopes but I suspect they would not have enough flights to accomodate a quick hitter trip.
I'll do some internet research.



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If you fly in early (SLC), ski for free that day at PCMR, Canyons or Deer Valley.

www.parkcityinfo.com/static/index.cfm
Well that would be tempting if flight times lined up.

Thanks for all the replies!
post #7 of 18
Snowbird and Alta will probably have the best skiing in the next few weeks. Jackson Hole, when I was there monday, looked pretty thin, and they weren't letting skiers onto the tram.  A few days before that, the snow in the cottonwood canyons was great, if a bit re-frozen in some places.

I can't speak for the tahoe conditions, but they're expecting 50-60degree temps in the next week.
post #8 of 18
Vancouver-whistler. Good base, forecast to see another 30-40cm over the next week.
post #9 of 18
You are getting good suggestions - I recommend Jackson Hole. The drawback of Jackson Hole vs. some places is that airfare can be more expensive, which is probably not an issue in your case (assuming the airline in question goes there).

SLC would be second choice and Tahoe area third IMO given the timing and nature of the trip.
post #10 of 18

First, it's nuts to do this for one day. Look hard at adding more days, you've got another month to find a bigger window of opportunity and scrounge-up money. But if it's one day or throw away the plane ticket then - definitely go for it. And SLC is definitely a top contender (specifically Alta) because of proximity of airport to good late season ski areas like Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton. Renting a car will make life much easier for a quick hit, but SLC has slow public bus/rail combo to slopes. The altitude thing is a definite issue that will have you breathing heavy and could give you mild headache/stomachache on your one big day, although arriving night before helps a little. You're leaving so quickly, if you get a little sick it may not hit you until departing ski area at 4pm. Many people never feel headachy, but all breath heavy first couple days. UT beats most of CO on the altitude issue, except Steamboat is pretty low. What kind of skiing do you like? Check current ski conditions and look at Alta/Snowbird, Steamboat, and Jackson Hole assuming your ticket goes to these places without inconvenient flight transfers/delays. Western Canada is an interesting suggestion because of lower elevations and late skiing, but flight and drive is too far. I think Brighton, UT has night skiing until early April if you want to go really crazy and ski night and day.

post #11 of 18
I was just looking at flights and it seems that most of the one stops are now two, and teh old 2's are now more---- for instance I used to always fly ALB-ORD-GEG to get to spokane, now its either ALB-IAD-DEN-GEG or to ALB - something else- SFO SEA GEG it is just gotten nuts.

if you run into that sort of scheduling changes, your one day may not be doable, on the other hand Albany is not a hub....
post #12 of 18
Tahoe?  Also, don't they have flights to an airport near Mammoth these days?
post #13 of 18
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...Do I have any options besides flying into Salt Lake City?

none that make any sense...
post #14 of 18
Go to Snowbird and get the Alta/Bird pass and ski 2 fantastic western mountains....in one day.

What you have planned is pretty cool. Good idea.

But, Saddleback is going to slip in the rankings.
post #15 of 18
I went to Jackson this Feb. Great hill, but not the best choice at the moment. It hasn't been a great snow hill, and many of the top trails like Hobacks, Alta Chutes, and Tower 3 are closed. Save this trip for later!

I have always wanted to ski Mammoth, and they are having an incredible season. Plus they are known as a great spring destination.

Hard to go wrong with LCC though, especially if cost is an issue.
post #16 of 18
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Do I have any options besides flying into Salt Lake City?
 

Not unless you want to spend more time on the way than on the slope!
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by MarcusBrody View Post

So I have a free plane ticket that expires in a month and I am for some reason determined to use.  I don't have a lot of free time in that period, but I'm considering a lightning trip to somewhere out West as I've never skied out there and I refuse to let my season die just yet (and I think it would be fun to see a professor I ski with on Wednesday then come in Friday and casually remark that I'd skied wherever the day before). 

Considerations:
1. Decent conditions remaining for the next few weeks.
2. Ease of transportation.  I won't be there long, so I'd like to be able to get of the plane and to the hill fairly easily.
3. Cheap lodging.  I'll need to crash one night, but am coming in late and leaving early, so I would prefer to find some place cheap.


Do I have any options besides flying into Salt Lake City?
 

SLC is good..........

What airlines is your ticket with?
Is Alyeska out of the question?
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
It's a US Air ticket.  It's only for the contiguous 48 states, so Alyeska is out.

They will fly from Hartford to SLC through Ordway (or at least their website makes it seem so).  They have a flight that matches my needs pretty well to get out there, but there isn't a late afternoon flight back, though I'm willing to get back very late.  I have an annoying schedule this spring in that I have a fair amount of flexible time, but it's never in more than two day chunks.
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