If you had 3 days to ski and board where would you go?

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Wanakenatransplant
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Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:56 pm

I'm planning a weekend for early January, trying to decide where to go. Going with a few friends, we are skiing and boarding for 3 days. Where would you go? We are flexible and can go to a couple of resorts over the 3 days. I have went to a few near SLC using the bus and went to Vail, Breck, Keystone, Arapahoe before as well. May do a repeat of these or may try something new. There are lots of good choices from the northeast to northwest, just trying to narrow down my choices. I don't want to spend a lot of time driving once we get off the plane and also looking for an area with good restaurants and some nightlife. Any suggestions?
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Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:11 pm

How early in January? Three days on the slopes, plus travel days before and after? Or three days total? Looking for relatively inexpensive plane ticket and lodging?

Don't see too much point to fly to the northeast. The chance of getting lucky with snow conditions is too low, especially in early Jan. Getting to the northwest is not worth the extra travel time flying over the Rockies. Makes some sense in late season (April-May) for Bachelor and Timberline, but not during early season.

If money isn't an issue, consider Big Sky. But a little iffy that early in the season in terms of snow coverage. Although there are rocks all over Big Sky even during mid-season.

Flying to SLC probably provides the most potential. But better if it's possible to get tickets from Southwest so that the trip could be cancelled or re-scheduled if it doesn't snow much in by mid-Dec.
2019-20 plans: Massanutten in Jan, Cat, Taos, SLC using Ikon, Steamboat, Alta in April
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Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:41 pm

Jackson/Targhee get my vote!!
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Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:41 pm

For early January I would hold the door open on booking anything for as long as possible - down to the week before if necessary.
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Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:36 am

We would fly in on Thursday, ski/board on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and fly back Monday. Maybe push a day ahead and fly in on Wednesday. Flight, lodging, ticket prices don't matter. Probably planning the trip for around the 15th to 25th of January.
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Stowe and Smugs. Easy flights to BTV, easy drive, no altitude issues. Mad River & Sugarbush are add-on options.
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Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:07 pm

Wanakenatransplant wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:36 am
We would fly in on Thursday, ski/board on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and fly back Monday. Maybe push a day ahead and fly in on Wednesday. Flight, lodging, ticket prices don't matter. Probably planning the trip for around the 15th to 25th of January.
So around MLK Day. If money were not a consideration, I'd fly to Bozeman to ski Bridger and Big Sky, or fly to ASE and ski Aspen/Snowmass/Highlands. Wouldn't have to worry about lift lines on a holiday weekend.

Lots of terrain at Aspen. No car needed because free bus system is very good. Lots of nightlife in town or at Snowmass. Expensive lodging though unless stay in Carbondale or Glenwood Springs, which makes more sense with a car. Can stay in Basalt and just take the bus.

Going to Big Sky it's much more convenient to have a car. Not as much going on in the evenings but there are some cool spots 15-20 from the Big Sky base. Also can get less expensive lodging in Meadow Village. Starting at Bridger is how I like to handle a Big Sky trip. Cheap lift ticket, 2000 areas of terrain from easy to expert. Bridger can get more fluffy snow than Big Sky at times.
2019-20 plans: Massanutten in Jan, Cat, Taos, SLC using Ikon, Steamboat, Alta in April
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Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:55 am

It will be the weekend before or after MLK weekend. Definitely not traveling out west that weekend.
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Sun Jul 28, 2019 4:22 pm

Wanakenatransplant wrote:
Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:55 am
It will be the weekend before or after MLK weekend. Definitely not traveling out west that weekend.
Ah. The weekend before MLK is very early in terms of snow pack depth even out west. Weekend including 1/25 is better no matter where you decide to go.

Looking beyond the usual destinations, how about flying to Spokane? An hour drive to Schweitzer. A couple hours to Red Mountain. But need a passport for Red.

Let us know what you decide.
2019-20 plans: Massanutten in Jan, Cat, Taos, SLC using Ikon, Steamboat, Alta in April
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