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+1. It's not a west coast mountain, but went there less than two weeks ago when the had over TWO FEET of snow in a span of a week. Vert is around 2300 feet, but I really like how most of the trails go from top to bottom. Again, not west coast standards, but in April, it's pretty slim pickings already. This is probably one of the best places to go in the country right now.
Yeah...it doesn't have quite the vertical of the West coast or the really steep steeps, save for maybe a few of the blacks and double blacks, but the trails are definitely more than respectable. And at over 2100ft of true vertical I can't imagine anyone from any region going to Stowe and being disappointed. Particularly within these last couple months.
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Leaving for Jackson Hole tomorrow....is this bad? =(
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Well, looks like WC and JH are off the list. I didn't realize that they are closing this weekend.

Traveling to VT just feels like I'm going in the wrong direction. Plus, it is just not really economical for me to make that spontaneous get away right now. Too far to drive so I would have to deal with the whole airfare and rental car thing.

For the same reason, I think I will have to cross off the PNW off my list although I think the snow is decent and none of the resorts are going to be closed during during second week of April.

By default, looks like my trip got narrowed down to either 2-3 unguided days at Silverton (Thurs, Fri, and Sat) or a few days checking out a couple of places in Utah earlier in the week and leaving Thursday night or Friday morning.

Either way, both drives are fairly reasonable from Denver and I don't think either is going to leave me broke as a joke.

Anyone have recommendations on places to ride around SLC or advice on going to Silverton this late into the game?
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Snowbird will be open I know that.
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Update: Turns out the gf has managed to secure a few days off from work too so now this doesn't have to be a solo mission.

I think she may be a little underprepared fro Silverton so Utah it is!

We're trying to get some details finalized but unfortunately we're still pretty clueless. Any and all advice is much appreciated. In particular, where should we go or stay? Park city, Brighton, and Solitude are on the short list but we're open to any and all suggestions since it's pretty clear that we have no idea of what we're doing.

Lodging prices seem pretty cheap but I think we want to camp if we can and make a real adventure of it. Look's like there is plenty of opportunity to do that but we have idea where or if it's even possible right now.

The drive from Denver via US-40 is a shorter distance and probably more scenic but takes more time than I-70. Is it worth it? I'm thinking I-70 is probably the way to go.

Next few days are going to be devoted to doing some serious research. Look forward to an upcoming trip report!
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The quickest route from Denver is to head up to I80 and then go West. I use the 287 cut off through Fort Collins. Saves maybe 45 minutes. I70 is a nicer drive for your eyes. I have never done 40 to Salt Lake but it will be slow. If the weather looks clear I'd take 80. If you are going to be dealing with snow I find the I70 route to be easier.

You can stay in Salt Lake or Sandy on the cheap. I am not sure on camping at this time. Check out a climbing guide for the wasatch. I am sure it lists all the camping options.
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If the lady is down for a good snow trip/hide-away in the mountains, don't go to Park City to ride or stay. ( I didn't see the camping bit....you gots a good girl, there!) If anything, take an evening trip there, maybe on the way in or out, along I80. They, generally (earlier this week was a rare exception) get much less snow than Solitude, Brighton, Snowbird. Go there!

Check the weather, it'll be wet/damp in non-snowy areas for camping. Kayak.com for lodging.

Solitude has 50 dollar lift tix.
If you happen to have a pass to anywhere, stating April 8th, you can get a lift ticket for 32 bucks at Brighton.
I don't know what Snowbird has to offer for lift tix, but the terrain is silly, they just got 5 inches and more is on the way over the weekend.

Coverage in Utah isn't as good as it has been in the past, but it is pretty tasty and they still keep getting decent fills from these little systems that are dropping wet mank/rain on Tahoe.

Bee-line it sunday night or Monday AM. Monday and Tuesday should be good days in the Cottonwood Canyons. Take I80 there and take I70/HWY6 on the way back.

And whoever suggested Stowe as a place to go for someone who is on a road trip from Denver just needs smacked upside their friggin head!

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Mammoth is number 3, yet has had 69 (giggidy) inches of snow since friggin new years! Shitty ranking.

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A bit late for OP, but if anyone is interested:

It was dumping yesterday at Alpental, and Saturday was great at Crystal too

Even though some areas are already closed, still plenty of opportunities in the PNW. Not as good as last year but I'm not complaining
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