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I think you guys are forgetting one main point: This is his first trip out west- from OHIO (no disrespect). So basically any mountain he goes to will be better than what he’s ridden, even if he has taken trips to the east coast.

With that being said, Utah wins mainly because it is super convenient. I have 2 trips planned there this season (one with the wife and one with my brother). Like others have said, you roll over and you’re on a mountain. That’s hard to beat.
My fav order is: Snowbird/Brighton/Solitude for riding. The problem for you is that your mom isn’t a skier, so the Park City/Canyons or SLC would be better for her. My recommendation is to take the bus to the mountain and let your mom stay in SLC or park city area to shop/sightsee.

As far as the riding, Snowbird definitely has great steep runs that will make your butthole pucker up, but I just love getting lost in the trees in Brighton (literally). Solitude is solid as well, I had more first pow “flip” (I let the front of my board dip into the snow causing me to flip head over heels ) so it will always have a special place in my heart. TBH, Park City/Canyons wasn’t anything too special. It felt like I was riding in Vermont (killington). When I go back this year I’m only going that way the first day to get acclimated and take advantage of the free pass they give you. I mean, they are good mountains, but they’re expensive and didn’t offer anything new (btw, I had no guide to show me “the goods”). Wherever you decide to go, don’t disappear. Be sure to come back and share your adventures/knowledge with the community.
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neednsnow nailed it. Honestly I have never been to UT when the snow has not been great, I know that neednsnow has been, that's what he gets for going on trips that are not with me!
QFT! Just always been skunked on any out west trip that has taken place prior to President's weekend. (0 for 3) After Presidents is a whole different story. That said, I think I'm balking on a Colorado Trip for New Years. So torn!

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Depends on how hard he goes in the @#$# paint! I learned how to snowboard at Jackson. 3 days. Didn't break anything. Was it scary? Hell yes, but I'll remember that trip and that place forever
Yes! Get your money's worth!

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I think you guys are forgetting one main point: This is his first trip out west- from OHIO (no disrespect).

The problem for you is that your mom isn’t a skier, so the Park City/Canyons or SLC would be better for her. My recommendation is to take the bus to the mountain and let your mom stay in SLC or park city area to shop/sightsee.
Stay hillside and let mom take the bus Just sayin...give her something to do.


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Thanks for the responses fellas. Its just so hard to make a decision because as yall stated, anything is gonna blow my mind. I guess the only real things i need to take into account are the size of the mountain, variety ect and a good resort so my mom can relax and stuff (she's 60 with bad knees). so she will mostly relax in the resort or whatever, hot tub you know , read that type of stuff, good food.

I have narrowed it down to either the resorts in colorado or utah. However would i need a passport to go to british columbia ie. blackomb or whatever its called? i was looking at them and it looks awesome!

If you had to choose between breck, aspen or vail for colorado which one?

damnit i just want a nice big mountain where i cant even ride everyting bc its so big lol. I definetly want a hotel thats right by a lift. Money really isn't a issue bc me and my mom are splitting the costs. I've been saving up for a long time to do this. Ohio has one resort man...it stinks.

Considering I'm going at new years, what resort will be open completely and have a good snow pack? I have onlly ridden in ohio. I haven't even been to Vermont ect.

So i guess it just comes down to the ultimate place with the best snow for that type of year..great variety good park. oh and i wanna ride in one of those lifts that is enclosed lol

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Keep in mind that the ski resorts are ~90 miles away from Denver International Airport. Season passes there are cheap, though.
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Keep in mind that the ski resorts are ~90 miles away from Denver International Airport. Season passes there are cheap, though.
Yah we plan on renting a vehicle to drive to which ever resort! plan on staying for atleast 4 days. I want to rent a hummer so i can feel BA in the mountains, LOL.
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Doubtful anything will be completely open by New Year's. Most places should be close to being 100%, minus the most extreme terrain they have.
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Aspen......4 mountains, 1 pass, gondola, "stuff" for mom, less crowded.
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If money truely isn't an issue, then hit Aspen. Check out lodging on VRBO.com for a decent place to stay. Have fun! It should be quite a scene over New Years.

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