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It's my 5yr wedding anniversary this year and since next year (2013) we are going some place warm, she is down with going some place cold. We are going "west" (from Michigan) for either 4 or 5 nights likely leaving either the 28th or 29th of Feb. I am open going to anywhere, with flying to Denver being the cheapest, but looking for a resort where we can stay there (walking distance/ ski-in/out), decent food, some shopping, and more of an adult type place I guess (we are in our early 30's). I have been to Copper, Keystone, Vail, Brighton, Solitude, and Snowbird....out of those I think the type of place my wife would like is Vail, not really looking for a Keystone type place. We are fine with riding the same place 3 or 4 days also.
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I have been to Copper, Keystone, Vail, Brighton, Solitude, and Snowbird....out of those I think the type of place my wife would like is Vail, not really looking for a Keystone type place.
Sounds like you've answered your own question. I would suggest Vail, Breck, Aspen, or go all-out and hit Whistler. For 4 or 5 days, though, Vail will do the trick. While you may be fine riding the same place, in Vail/Breck or Aspen you can ride one or two other mountains for kicks while you're out there. BTW it sounds like you have a great situation & wife! Good work.

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Starting to consider other options rather than staying at a resort. Thinking about going the SLC route and hitting Powder Mountain, but don't know much about that area. How is Ogden to stay...much to do at night? Is it all pretty much just your normal hotels? Worth staying in Eden? Regarding Powder Mountain...will 3 days there get old, split it with another place? Also, if staying in Ogden is there a skibus that goes to Powder Mountain?
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Ogden doesn't have as many lodging options for sure as SLC, but there are even less options in Eden. There isn't much to do really at night if you mean bars and stuff. Bars close here anyways at 12:30. You won't get tired of Pow Mow after 3 days and even if you do you can go to Snowbasin for a completely different type of mountain. Pow Mow will have more mellow terrain but you can have an absolute blast. It has a super low key feel to it. Snowbasin on the other hand as some really great steeps and even a golden bathroom.

All I can say is hopefully we have snow by then. Depression is starting to set in out here.
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Snobasin is within 15 minutes of Powder Mountain and is a great mountain.

Nightlife in Utah? If you want to party, I'd say stick with Colorado, Tahoe, or Whistler. Nightlife and restaurants are the only real minus points. Not saying you can't find good grub, the range just isn't huge there. Also, on the flip side, I have never had a bad time at the social clubs, or I guess they can call them bars now.

Overall, if you do Powder Mountain, I'd stay in Eden. It's a nice little mountain town and is an enjoyable place to stay. Ogden is only 20 minutes or less down the road.
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So here is where I am at....stay in Ogden and go to Powder Mountain or for $350 more we can stay at the Canyons and go there. Now the trip is being pushed out to 3/14 to 3/18 though....is that still good potential for snow then? Leaning towards PM just based on the reviews everywhere I am looking.
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Wow....I'm going to say....Ogden and PowMow? For a Wedding Anniversary? Ogden is just a blech town. Only time I ever saw a fight on a ski trip was the one night I spent in Ogden. Unless your girl is freakishly mellow and laid-back (which, as I said, she's already awesome for being up for this trip), I'd think you might want to dial it up a bit for the Anniversary.


Here is my suggestion, if you're going to do Pow Mow....Stay in Eden. It is a quaint middle of nowhere area and driving out that way is pretty cool, especially once you get past Ogden. You can ride Pow Mow two days and roll down to Snowbasin two days. The drive between Eden and Snowbasin is pretty captivating. Ogden is still a 30 minute drive to Pow Mow, while Eden is right down the road.

That being said, the Canyons would provide more of the romantic feel. You'll be able to catch a cab down to Park City for an evening out, but the Canyons just isnt Pow Mow, Snowbasin...or Snowbird/Solitude, for that matter. You could still take a nice drive one day to either Snowbasin or one of the Cottonwood Canyons resorts......all about 45 mins away.

My two cents.

As for snow.....based on November and December, June looks to have greater snow potential than what has been falling, recently! March is my favorite month to play in the snow. If the precip is coming through, it'll be great. If the sun is out, the bluebird days are comfortable and aaaawesome! Celebrating St. Patty's on a ski trip is always a favorite.

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Have you considered Jackson Hole? They have some great ski in/out properties in Teton Village (Hotel Terra, Four Seasons, Snake River Lodge, etc.) or you could stay in Jackson where the nightlife is. Most of the hotels have daily ski shuttles, and there's also the START public bus that runs from Jackson to Teton Village (about a 20 minute car ride, 30 min on the bus with stops) every 15 minutes throughout the day.

It's a little tougher to get to than SLC, but worth it in my opinion, especailly for an anniversary because it has a luxury/upscale element to it...
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My trip planning is all messed up now due to the fact my parents are supposed to watch our 3yr old and twin 10 month old girls while we go, but now stuff has come up for them and keeps screwing up the dates. Who knows when we'll go now cause it could push us up to President's week and that's pretty much the one week I don't want to go some where. Trips were a whole lot easier before kids! Looked at Jackson Hole but like you said, with the flights it gets $$$$$. If we are getting pushed up earlier into end of Jan, early Feb, are there any places that are actually getting their normal amount of snow?
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Right Now Northern New Mexico (Taos) or southern Colorado (Wolf Creek) are your best options. The Baker should be coming on-line in the next week or so, so the Pac Northwest should start chruning by Jan. Everywhere else is still on hold. By Feb, things may turn around a bit. President's weekend will be busy, but tolerable if that is your only option. I went to Tahoe, last year, over Pres Weekend and had an absolute blast!

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