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Old 12-29-2013, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Colorado or Utah best bet for snow

So maybe I should start a poll? Who do u guys think will have a better winter? So far it looks pretty even though I would say Colorado has the slight edge. Im booking my trip for the 1st week of February in the next 12 days. The airfare usually drops after the 1st week of the year, at least thats my experience. I love the proximity of slc to the resorts and this may be the last year to hit powmow before the go full blown corporate. I want to bet that the lack of snow makes for more snow in a few weeks. It has to snow eventually, right? But also wouldnt mind hitting Summit county and even Steamboat. Colorado plan would be fly in drive to steamboat hit that for a day and half then drive to summit county for 4 days. What do u guys think. Slc is usually fly in use the fly same day pass and hit canyons for half a day for free, next few days hit big and little cottonwood resorts followed by powmow and snowbasin.
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Old 12-29-2013, 07:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Tough question for even an expert to tell you. You never know when lake effect snow can dump the Wasatch Mountains... This isn't a La Nina year, or else I would say head to the PNW over all these.

Weather is a lot of luck & patterns for either state, but the climate for SnowBird/Park City generally gets many lake effect or lake enhanced storms.

In SnowBird, we had over a foot in early April '12 come in a early morning squall that came from no where... it was all lake effect. SnowBird got 12" Park City recieved rain & couple sloppy inches, I'll never forget what 9 or 10 miles can do. So, in general, I think Wasatch has better chances than rockies for lake effect, but given years who knows where more storm patterns hit - if it's Utah or Colorado.

I can just tell you - the Wasatch Mountains are ripe for lake effect with a nice cold NW front.
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Old 12-29-2013, 07:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yep, impossible to tell. Utah gets more snow, so that's probably the safer bet to be honest.
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Old 12-29-2013, 07:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Utah gets more snow in the Canyons. Other spots like Park City, not so much. Really it all comes down to if you are in the cycle or not. If I was betting I would go Utah too. Plenty of good days here but resort eise you get more quality in Utah. Backcountry? Kind of a toss up maybe a plus in Colorado just because we have 10X the land to explore. If you talk hot spots, it is a split.
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Planning too far ahead is hard to really predict. Have been to CO twice and Utah once, and have had a mixture of pow and hardpack days all around.
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Generally, February is when the good months start ramping up. I never advise a trip out west prior to mid-February. I, too, have to go with Utah due to higher snowfall averages. Plus, the resorts are so much easier to get to than CO. Flying into Denver, then driving 3 hours to Steamboat, 2 hours to Summit, then 2 hours back to DEN....no thanks!

One thing Colorado has going for it better than Utah is the "Resort" feel. Vail, Steamboat, Breck are all pretty cool towns. All utah has for a "Ski Town" is Park City, and that is on the drier side of the range.

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Old 01-08-2014, 12:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm a fan of Utah because the resorts don't seem to get nearly as crowded as the front range resorts of Colorado (which is my only expirience in CO). Utah also tends to get more snow. So as far as crowds and snow go, I think Utah wins.

However, if you are a beer drinker, finding real beer in Utah is a gigantic pain in the ass. You also can't just go to a bar to drink. You have to order food in order to be served alcohol, and as such their resorts really have no nightlife. Also, you can now buy weed in CO from dispenseries. So as far as having fun after the slopes, CO definately wins.

I guess it just depends on what you are after.
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Thanks for the posts. Trip has changed now going Presidents day for 8 days to slc.
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We changed our trip from Washington to Utah again this year because of broke ass friends who can't afford plane tickets! Also our passes work with some of the resorts there now..

The only thing I hate about Utah is all the fucking police everywhere. I'm afraid to drive around with weed there. Downtown SLC is really fucking lame too. If you're just about the terrain and snow I'd say Utah. If you want fun go to CO.

That said, Brighton was probably my favorite place out of Snowbird, Park City, and Solitude. It definitely had the best vibe. Snowbird would be the tits with 10-12 inches of fresh. It was ice when we went there. I hated being crammed into that fucking tram with 125 people at snowbird. Did it once because it was there! Wish I could have moved/looked out the window though!

I wanted to rent skis and hit Alta but one guy in our group never skied before.
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Downtown SLC is really fucking lame too. If you're just about the terrain and snow I'd say Utah. If you want fun go to CO.

That said, Brighton was probably my favorite place out of Snowbird, Park City, and Solitude. It definitely had the best vibe. Snowbird would be the tits with 10-12 inches of fresh. It was ice when we went there. I hated being crammed into that fucking tram with 125 people at snowbird. Did it once because it was there! Wish I could have moved/looked out the window though!

I wanted to rent skis and hit Alta but one guy in our group never skied before.
Downtown has some tolerable spots. Gracies isn't too bad. You kinda have to wander a bit or yelp decent bars.

Snowbird is best when it has recently snowed. (recently=past 1-5 days) Day after a 1-2 ft dump....yeah it is tits. Regardless of what anyone says about Brighton, it poohs all over Brighton. If Great Western is open, then there is a little reprieve, but terrain access and variety..Snowbird hands down.
Vibe....Brighton for sure.

Ohh...I'd be that "Never Skied" guy. haha
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