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Where should I ski bum this winter?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hello,

I got jobs at both telluride and the canyons, utah.  I am 19 years old and I cannot decide which one to choose.  Regardless of the price of housing which would be better in terms of night life.  Will there be people my age living/working in the area that I will be living?  How is the nightlife in both places?  Which has better steep terrain?  Please help me decide.

post #2 of 21

Telluride a much, much cooler place. I'd live there in a second. My 2 cents.

post #3 of 21

Maybe, BUT the number of other areas close by is far higher at the Canyons and the nightlife in Park City, while maybe a bit more upscale, is certainly good.  With Telluride, there's only Durango close by, right?

post #4 of 21

If you haven't read the article in last month's Powder Magazine on "The Rebirth of Telluride," I suggest you do so before going any further in your decision making process. Even taking into account Deer Valley and the Canyons, the steep skiing does not come close to measuring up to Telluride.  Park City is on the interstate on the edge of a huge metropolitan city, and Telluride is in the heart of the mountains, a long way from major cities and roads.   They are literally the two ends of the spectrum of ski resort towns.  Check out pictures of the two towns.  You can walk (or ski) to a lift in minutes from almost any place in Telluride.

 

IMO it is not even a real choice, Telluride wins hands down if you want a mountain town and a better "ski bum experience," but there are certainly reasons to go with PC.  If La Nina has the affect that is predicted, PC will have a much better snow year than Telluride this season.

post #5 of 21
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If you haven't read the article in last month's Powder Magazine on "The Rebirth of Telluride," I suggest you do so before going any further in your decision making process. Even taking into account Deer Valley and the Canyons, the steep skiing does not come close to measuring up to Telluride.  Park City is on the interstate on the edge of a huge metropolitan city, and Telluride is in the heart of the mountains, a long way from major cities and roads.   They are literally the two ends of the spectrum of ski resort towns.  Check out pictures of the two towns.  You can walk (or ski) to a lift in minutes from almost any place in Telluride.

 

IMO it is not even a real choice, Telluride wins hands down if you want a mountain town and a better "ski bum experience," but there are certainly reasons to go with PC.  If La Nina has the affect that is predicted, PC will have a much better snow year than Telluride this season.


Since when was SLC a huge metropolitan city? hahaha

post #6 of 21

I think what Sibhusky was alluding to, is there's like 9 resorts within an hour of Canyons, vs. 1 near Telluride, that realistically is more than 2 hours away (guessing).  That Mountain Pass between Telluride and Cortez?/Durango is treacherous.  Only time in my life I've ever wanted Chains on my car, was after dropping into Telluride over that pass.  I bought them when I got there.

 

As far as Steeps, while it's true Park City/Canyons/Deer Valley aren't known for them, Alta, Snowbird and Solitude are! 

 

I think if you want to really live the "bum" lifestyle, and really get intimate with the place, Telluride could be your best bet.  If you want to experience the most variety you can in a season, go to Canyons/Park City.

post #7 of 21

Thank you, Fujative, for further clarifying what I thought I was saying.

post #8 of 21
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Thank you, Fujative, for further clarifying what I thought I was saying.



Was that sarcastic?  I only clarified because Mudfoot said something about only Park City and Deer Valley, while in reality, all the Salt Lake Resorts are closer than Durango is to T-Ride.  I got what you were saying though.

post #9 of 21

no women reside in both places, go work in new bedford mass, best party town in USA

post #10 of 21
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Since when was SLC a huge metropolitan city? hahaha



Besides being on Interstate 25, the Wasatch Front has a population of over 2.3 million people, making it one of the biggest population centers between the Mississippi River and the west coast.  Telluride has a population of a little over 2,000, is in a box canyon, and probably does not have total of 100,000 people or an interstate highway within 100 miles of it.  If you have been to both places you would understand how they might as well be on different planets. 

 

Your east coast perspective is showing.

post #11 of 21

No, wasn't being sarcastic. 
 

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Was that sarcastic?  I only clarified because Mudfoot said something about only Park City and Deer Valley, while in reality, all the Salt Lake Resorts are closer than Durango is to T-Ride.  I got what you were saying though.

post #12 of 21
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Besides being on Interstate 25, the Wasatch Front has a population of over 2.3 million people, making it one of the biggest population centers between the Mississippi River and the west coast.  Telluride has a population of a little over 2,000, is in a box canyon, and probably does not have total of 100,000 people or an interstate highway within 100 miles of it.  If you have been to both places you would understand how they might as well be on different planets. 

 

Your east coast perspective is showing.


So I could call Manchester a major population center? smile.gif Kinda hard to consider ~2mil a major area coming from NE and spending a shitload of time in SoCal.

post #13 of 21
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 smile.gif Kinda hard to consider ~2mil a major area

 

And 120mm waisted skis are skinny.
 

post #14 of 21

Which means decreased likelihood of Walmart et al being "available" or "cluttering" depending on your perspective AND decreased cell service.  It's just a totally different vibe.  Now that I live in Whitefish, if I hit SLC area on the highway, I go into sort of panic mode until the old East Coast Driver is rediscovered.  Sounds nuts, I know, but you just slow down if you're not in it all the time.
 

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Besides being on Interstate 25, the Wasatch Front has a population of over 2.3 million people, making it one of the biggest population centers between the Mississippi River and the west coast.  Telluride has a population of a little over 2,000, is in a box canyon, and probably does not have total of 100,000 people or an interstate highway within 100 miles of it.  If you have been to both places you would understand how they might as well be on different planets. 

 

Your east coast perspective is showing.

post #15 of 21

 

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If La Nina has the affect that is predicted, PC will have a much better snow year than Telluride this season.

No.  Both are neutral. Telluride set its snowfall record during the La Nina just 3 seasons ago.

 

I vote for Utah if the job gives you the $ and flexibility to ski the other areas, notably in the Cottonwood Canyons.  If you can only afford to ski the area where where you work, Telluride is much better than The Canyons.

post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestions.  I do really want to reside in Telluride this winter, but the only reason I am considering the park city area is because I think there will be more people around who are my age, where as Telluride probably does have a really young population.  It is not like I can go to the bar.  Still not sure which one to take.  I probably should not think about it so hard and just take one and go with it.

post #17 of 21

And then do the other one next year...

post #18 of 21
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So I could call Manchester a major population center? smile.gif Kinda hard to consider ~2mil a major area coming from NE and spending a shitload of time in SoCal.

 

Compared to Telluride, it is not only a "major population center," but a different universe.

 

post #19 of 21

If you are going to college after your skibum stint you might want to consider getting your instate residency?

 

 

Personally, I would pick Telluride in a second over the Canyons.  Working at one of the lodges up in Alta might be good for someone <21?

post #20 of 21

If you are going for the party  - The Canyons.

 

If you are going for the experience  - Telluride.

 

There will probably be beer involved at either one.

post #21 of 21

Question about Telluride in early January -- Will the blue runs likely have enough powder / natural snow to make them enjoyable?   Or will they have machine-made "snow" at that time of year?

 

I know the snow is better later in the season, but I like to ski in January. 

 


Edited by stevehiker - 7/8/11 at 9:25am
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