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Looking for a place to ski in late March and close to hiking at a national park.

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I'm looking for a location in the West to serve as a central location for a few day trips.  We are trading our Cocoa Beach timeshare for something out West and would like to take a few day trips to ski, see a national park or ideally the Grand Canyon or Sedona or such.  However, we are not familar with the areas.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreicated.Thanks


 

 

 

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Be aware that in many places in the West, the altitude that makes skiing possible will also cause some of the most desireable backcountry to require skis or snowshoes at that time of year. The weather can turn really nasty in a matter of minutes, and considerable experience with winter backcountry travel at altitude is advised.

 

Winter Park, Colorado is not far from Rocky Mountain National Park, which is a gorgeous place. In late March, however, you can't actually drive very far into the park, and most of the hiking trails will literally be more than neck deep.

post #3 of 11
One option although would require. Some driving would be to do Utah and drive to arches national park in Moab Utah. You could also do brianshead though smaer thN salt lake city resorts and do Bryce caynons. Good luck . There might be other options such as Taos or sunshine? Arizona or around lake tahoe
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I'd second Brian Head. It's across the street from Cedar Breaks National Monument, which is pretty reminiscent of Bryce Canyon National Park. It's also an hour and a half from both Zion and Bryce Canyon (both are some of the most beautiful park lands you'll ever see). I think the Grand Canyon is about three or four hours away, but that's the North Rim, which I believe is pretty snowy and limited for hiking in the winter.

 

Also, Eagle Pointe is supposed to open this season, it's about 45 minutes from Brian Head.

 

The southern resorts aren't exactly Utah's most challenging or dynamic skiing, but you do get the same dry, desert powder. And some of the best scenery in the world in terms of national parks.

 

Not sure if you're into backcountry, but Eagle Pointe advertises five bc gates into Fishlake National Forest, and Cedar Breaks has some of the most amazing bc I've ever seen:

 

 

 

In Arizona, you might want to check out Arizona Snowball, which is near Flagstaff and within about an hour and a half from the GC.

post #5 of 11

How into skiing are you? I mean, where do you normally ski and how many times each year?

post #6 of 11

Big Sky Montana comes to my mind. After a few days of skiing you can either cross country ski, snowmobile, or snow coach to Old Faithful Geyser in the Yellowstone National Park. The drive from Big Sky to West Yellowstone in the winter is about an hour or so.

Ursula

post #7 of 11

Jackson Hole.  Great skiing at the Big Mountain or Grand Targhee.  Access to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.  Good easy cross country skiing or snowshoeing in GTNP at Bradley/Taggart Lakes.  You could also dogsled into Granite Hotsprings.

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I second Jackson Hole/Grand Targhee. The first that came to mind with a Giggle was Badger Pass...which is located in Yosemite National Park near Fresno. It's only 800 Vertical feet...I don't recommend it. Being a La Nina year, I wouldn't expect Arizona Snowbowl to be very good skiing this year. I spent 3 years in Phoenix, and it never was good skiing the entire time I was there. It has the Vertical, just doesn't get any snow outside of El Nino years.

 

 

 

 

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Be aware that in many places in the West, the altitude that makes skiing possible will also cause some of the most desireable backcountry to require skis or snowshoes at that time of year. The weather can turn really nasty in a matter of minutes, and considerable experience with winter backcountry travel at altitude is advised.

 

Winter Park, Colorado is not far from Rocky Mountain National Park, which is a gorgeous place. In late March, however, you can't actually drive very far into the park, and most of the hiking trails will literally be more than neck deep.


This. I would avoid yellowstone / tetons. Unless you want to hire a guide. If you want to hike, go to telluride / durango and then moab. Its like 3 hours away.

 

Or Brian head and then Zion. Don't take the video too seriously, that was last year which was a-typical with elnino pattern and the areas shown with 200% of their typical snowpack.

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Originally Posted by jhcooley View Post

Be aware that in many places in the West, the altitude that makes skiing possible will also cause some of the most desireable backcountry to require skis or snowshoes at that time of year. The weather can turn really nasty in a matter of minutes, and considerable experience with winter backcountry travel at altitude is advised.

 

Winter Park, Colorado is not far from Rocky Mountain National Park, which is a gorgeous place. In late March, however, you can't actually drive very far into the park, and most of the hiking trails will literally be more than neck deep.


This. I would avoid yellowstone / tetons. Unless you want to hire a guide. If you want to hike, go to telluride / durango and then moab. Its like 3 hours away.

 

Or Brian head and then Zion. Don't take the video too seriously, that was last year which was a-typical with elnino pattern and the areas shown with 200% of their typical snowpack.


For that much driving, you might as well just stay in Salt Lake. Better skiing than Durango for sure and easier to fly in. About 3.5 hours/4 hours to Moab and 4 hours to western parks like Bryce and Capitol Reef.

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That time of year, you could do Taos for skiing (although expect spring conditions in LATE march) and then the surrounding national forests for hiking, biking, fishing etc. Valle Vidal and Carson National Forest, or drive a little bit south and do the Tent Rocks or Malpais...
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