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Old 12-29-2009, 03:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Everyone,
I am planning a vacation for me, my bro, his best friend, and our two dads.
Right now we are leaning towards Aspen/Snowmass, Utah(parkcity, Brighton), or Lake Tahoe. We have been to Breck/Keystone and Vail/BC before and are looking to try something new.

We are looking to stay in a two or three bedroom unit with some amenities such as a living room and hopefully a kitchen of sorts.
We want to be as close to the mountain/s as possible with some nightlife nearby, my bro and his friend can't drink so its not a main concern. We are going to snowboard from open to close and the riding is really all we care about. It would also be nice to have as short of a drive as possible from the airport.

We are trying to keep the costs as low as possible, hopefully between 100-300 bucks a night.

As far as riding goes, the three of us are looking for a place with nice medium sized terrain parks, good moderate tree runs, and as much powder as possible. Our dads will most likely be content putting around on blue runs all day.

We will be most likely flying out at night on Feb. 17th and coming home the 22nd at night.

Any suggestions on which resort would fit our needs the best?

Any suggestions on where to stay?

Also does anyone know of any good websites to book our vacation through?

Thanks for your help guys
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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check out skiutah website and BurritosandSnow is great for Brighton info......
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't normally say this but unless things change in the next two weeks, skip Colorado. Unless you want to go to a more off the radar spot like Wolf Creek, Telluride, or Crested Butte. It is a very slow start to the season here, and my guess is we are going to lag until March. Tahoe has been getting it and I think Utah is doing all right.

If you do the California route, Homewood has great tree riding. Kirkwood, Squaw, and Alpine will get you the steeps. If I remember correctly Alpine has some good tree riding too. Hard to remember because when I was last there I was a tiny kid skiing, snowboarding wasn't in the scene yet, and when it was, it was banned at Alpine. Sugar Bowl is a lot of fun too.

We got some Utards on this site, so I'll let them talk about their spots. Which are great too.
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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deerrrrrr....who you callin a tard??? We suck for snow pack too right now....we need like 4ft at Powder before it is really worth a shit...... It is half assed snowing right now though....never know.....by Feb we are usually in the money.....
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I don't normally say this but unless things change in the next two weeks, skip Colorado.
I am praying for large storms soon. how does Kanssa city get 12" and summit get 3", wtf?
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deerrrrrr....who you callin a tard??? We suck for snow pack too right now....we need like 4ft at Powder before it is really worth a shit...... It is half assed snowing right now though....never know.....by Feb we are usually in the money.....
You! Tard', cause you're a Utard...

Bummer to here that about Utah.

Augie, the thing is Colorado get's it's snow in drips and drabs. 4-8" at a time. Over a week that is great, but it seems like we get that 4-8" storm then nothing for a week. That doesn't add up very much. We don't get a ton of storms that dump a foot or more at a time. It happens, but not that frequently. We do have 3 storms supposedly on tap this week. Maybe close to two feet coming down total. It should make a difference, but we are still playing catch up. Now if we get into the pattern where every day or couple of days we are getting that 4-8" mark for a couple of weeks, we'll be golden. It's probably coming, because it's rare that we get skunked, but I'm thinking late season is where it will be this season.
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I'm in CA and we're stealing all the snow!

check vbro.com for places to stay. I got my pass for Northstar/Sierra and couldn't be happier.
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I'm not too concerned with steeps, I'm more concerned with the terrain parks and solid large mountains.

My main concern is finding a place to stay. Flights won't be a problem because we have three round trip vouchers for getting bumped before.

We are from just outside of Chicago so just about any mountain will meet our expectations.

The main thing I am looking for is finding lodging near multiple mountains.
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I'm in CA and we're stealing all the snow!

check vbro.com for places to stay. I got my pass for Northstar/Sierra and couldn't be happier.
How far from one another are Northstar, Sierra, Heavenly, and Squaw?
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I just came from Tahoe, which I've been to several times, am doing CO next month, and planning for SLC next season. If you've already been to CO, I think you should checkout a diff area. You can't lose either way, but in general I think you'l have a higher chance of better snow conditions in Utah, and a higher chance of better weather/visibility in Tahoe.

For Tahoe, of the ones I've been to, Northstar and Squaw are prob the best. I wouldn't bother with Sierra or Heavenly. Kirkwood and Sugarbowl are the only ones I really want to hit that I haven't had a chance to yet.
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