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Old 02-04-2014, 01:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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February 4th and there's still no snow out here in the great Pacific Northwest. Had been planning on finally leaving Hood this winter with a few small trips to Bachelor and Bend and so on but I've finally decided to bail and take a trip to some place mother nature isn't being a B**** to!

So who has the snow? In reality I'd like to still be able to drive there if possible (coming from Portland, Oregon and will drive up to about 12 hours if need be). I'm looking for something beyond standard groomers and park as even in the worst winters I can ride those conditions out here between Timberline and Meadows. Love trees and looking to get in to possibly some bigger steeps, chutes and cliffs which are all unrideable out here right now. Money is a partial factor. Not expecting to get out of this cheaply as I'll need a place to stay and tickets but that likely means avoiding money pits like Aspen.

I've only ridden Hood and Winterpark out west and just about everywhere on the east coast so just about any place is gonna be new and exciting.
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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idk, daughter just got home from a month in Bozeman Montana and said it was decent blower.
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Bozeman, mt
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Jackson, WY
Grand targhee, ID
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we have a great base, but we seem to be in the polar vortex again
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Ya Wyoming was looking good to me. Always dreamed of riding Jackson Hole as it's the most beautiful place in the world but sadly every time I'm there it's summer Was worried it might be expensive but I hear Targhee is a tad more affordable.

Sadly I'll probably be stuck scheduling it over a weekend so if any of the places get less crowded that would be helpful. Probably heading out late February or maybe start of March.
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Ya Wyoming was looking good to me. Always dreamed of riding Jackson Hole as it's the most beautiful place in the world but sadly every time I'm there it's summer Was worried it might be expensive but I hear Targhee is a tad more affordable.

Sadly I'll probably be stuck scheduling it over a weekend so if any of the places get less crowded that would be helpful. Probably heading out late February or maybe start of March.

Targhee is a beautiful place, but is not Jackson Hole. Much smaller, significantly less terrain. Colorado is getting it this winter. The Utah Machine looks like it is starting to get feisty.

Are you flying or driving. If you are driving, make a game-time decision and just pull the trigger (load the car and go) once a storm starts amping. I'd be on my way to SLC this week for the weekend.
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+1 def too soon to decide, anything can happen in 3 weeks. the important thing is you've resolved to bail, bravo
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Targhee is a beautiful place, but is not Jackson Hole. Much smaller, significantly less terrain. Colorado is getting it this winter. The Utah Machine looks like it is starting to get feisty.

Are you flying or driving. If you are driving, make a game-time decision and just pull the trigger (load the car and go) once a storm starts amping. I'd be on my way to SLC this week for the weekend.
Good to know. I'm sure it's probably still bigger than any place on Hood and def. bigger than all the east coast resorts but if I'm gonna do the west I guess I should probably be sure to get my moneys worth.

And ya I'm driving but my only concern with deciding last minute is it leaves me scrambling to find a place to stay last minute which will likely be much more expensive, same with lift tickets, but maybe that's just the price I'll have to pay to find snow
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are you talking a couple weeks or the rest of the season or what?
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are you talking a couple weeks or the rest of the season or what?
I wish! Sadly the whole job thing is gonna prevent that. Spent my ski bum days out east, now it's the office style job for me (which isn't so bad as it does involve snowboarding ) But likely going for just a week or so.
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