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Old 03-10-2009, 06:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ugh, decisions decisions. So, I am trying to figure where I will spend my Easter trip, this year. I can go to South Lake Tahoe, which I have heard is a decent time, especially on the weekends. If I were to go there, I'd hit Heavenly for one or two weekdays, and be sure to kick Kirkwood for a Saturday run. OR>.......

I could fly into SLC and hit Bird, Basin, and maybe another resort. (yeah, I'll do the driving.....its Utah, even with the relaxed drinking laws, what the hell else am I going to do?)

At either place, I suppose I'll have 4-5 days of riding to lay-down. I've given and been given the "Its a crap-shoot" response for April riding, but I'll throw it out there, again.

Any suggestions on which place I should hit? Come April, I'd love to get a chance at a decent snowfall, what are my chances in Utah or Tahoe? If I can't bank on snowfall, which is a more enjoyable after-riding party....Tahoe or Utah? I'm thinking I am leaning on Tahoe, but I'm open to suggestions for the area or swaying to Utah.

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Old 03-10-2009, 07:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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well I guess your choice can be summed up with the following question ... Is the apres parties worth waiting in ungodly lift lines during the day. If so then head to Tahoe especially the south shore where the parties can get pretty wild. However realize that you will most likely wait in 20 to 30 minute lift lines at heavenly. Try squaw valley on the north shore for riding it never get lines more than a few minutes long.

In Utah most resorts start closing down in April. After mid April the bird is the only one that will positively be open .The canyons is already saying april 12. Brighton will hang on till the 20or so. Powder mtn and SnowB also close fairly early so keep all that in mind.
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early april, just about all of Tahoe will be open. I was at Squaw on 4/30/08 and had a great time.
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well I guess your choice can be summed up with the following question ... Is the apres parties worth waiting in ungodly lift lines during the day. If so then head to Tahoe especially the south shore where the parties can get pretty wild. However realize that you will most likely wait in 20 to 30 minute lift lines at heavenly. Try squaw valley on the north shore for riding it never get lines more than a few minutes long.

In Utah most resorts start closing down in April. After mid April the bird is the only one that will positively be open .The canyons is already saying april 12. Brighton will hang on till the 20or so. Powder mtn and SnowB also close fairly early so keep all that in mind.

I considered the liftlines in Tahoe, thats why I figured I'd hit the Heavenly touron resort on Wednesday and Thursday. I thought about Squaw and I def want to hit Kirkwood, hitting those on Friday/Saturday.

Thanks for the info about SLC. I wasn't sure what the shut-down timeframe was for that. I was in SLC earlier this year. I enjoyed Pow MOw, but it was too middle of nowhere for me. I really enjoyed Basin's terrain. Hmm, decisions are still up in the air. Does Bird get crowded for Easter? With the Holiday being so late in the season, this year, I'm assuming that it'll be a little thinner than last year at any resort.
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So here it is. Stay in South Lake Tahoe because, unlike Eden Utah in January, there will be people there to hang-out with in the evenings. Riding Kirkwood, Squaw, and ????(open to suggestions, not a park rat, more all-mountain...hike-to rider). I'll be riding 4 days. Thanks for the advice, to this point!
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we party in utah we party hard i mean wtf would forgash bozung and matty ryan stay here if we didnt lol ... problem is we dont tourist party meaning we party at houses either folkses homes or company houses like the 32 house rome house etc .. basically gotta know folks to really have fun here .. so yes if you want to party then head to south lake tahoe where you can bar hop or go to casinos and buy 12 dollar beers
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.. 1. basically gotta know folks to really have fun here .. 2. so yes if you want to party then head to south lake tahoe where you can bar hop or go to casinos and buy 12 dollar beers
Phew, people just don't get it. The parties are secondary, with riding THE priority. Being that there are some killer options in the Tahoe area as far as riding (Kirkwood and Squaw), and considering that one has "basically gotta know folks to really have fun" in SLC (since the locals are still grumpy with tourists flooding their hoods since the Olympics) I guess I'll have to go to Tahoe.

Hopefully there will be some good people there willing to take my sorry-tourist-ass in and permit me to have a good time in their domain. I suppose that's more the California way than the SLC way. I will say that I've been a touron many many times (thats what happens when you thirst for good riding, good mountains, and good snow) and I've never paid 12 bucks a beer. I doubt I'll encounter that in Tahoe, either.
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post up your itinerary when you figure it out. I ride until closing day. Also, that late in the season, check craigslist.org for some cheap tickets.
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no need to get pissy .. I merely put my response based on the fact that you said your last trip to utah was too out in the middle of nowhere and that other than new snow your primary concern was the after party experience. You asked about the party and I told you in Salt Lake itll be hard to find the real party and why. We dont hate on tourists here its just hard for a random tourist to find " the party " for the reasons I posted. If you search through my threads you see ive always been down to help people that come out here with information opinions and even first hand on the hill in fact it was me that said try Squaw lol. So tone it down no wonderyou cant find a party here....
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no need to get pissy .. I merely put my response based on the fact that you said your last trip to utah was too out in the middle of nowhere and that other than new snow your primary concern was the after party experience. You asked about the party and I told you in Salt Lake itll be hard to find the real party and why. We dont hate on tourists here its just hard for a random tourist to find " the party " for the reasons I posted. If you search through my threads you see ive always been down to help people that come out here with information opinions and even first hand on the hill in fact it was me that said try Squaw lol. So tone it down no wonderyou cant find a party here....
Touche'....but, Random Tourist...come on...Snowboardingforum members be's brethren! That was what I was jabbing at. Locals at all spots stay within the know and, for the most part, avoid the party that the tourists hit. I, generally, prefer to weave myself into the fabric, when possible. I was local at a surf town for a while and respect the locals/tourist schism. (THough I did run-across a number of locals who did the tourist party in Park City during Sundance.....I appreciated them much more than the other tourists....oiy!)

I did realize that you did throw Squaw out there, and I thank you! I'm in for it! I just felt the need to get a little jabby. I'll find me a good locals bar Cali. Next year, in Utah.....I'll give you first shot at throwing me over a cornice.
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