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Old 04-02-2013, 09:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Best place to snowboard right now?

I came upon a couple of weeks of free time and I'm trying to spend them the best way I know how. So the question is, if you had some free time to take a snowboard trip anywhere in the US (sans Alaska) to snow bum it for a little while where would you go given the current snow conditions?

I was considering Jackson Hole or any of the Utah resorts. Both are a somewhat reasonable drive from Denver but looking at the snow totals they seem on par with Silverton or Wolf creek which I also have never been to. This leaves me questioning whether or WY or UT are worth the drive at this time of year or should I stick to the San Juans. Terrain is supposed to be pretty sick at JH, but is it any worse than Silverton? How about this time of year? Lift tickets are more reasonably priced at the Utah resorts but they don't seem to be having a spectacular snow year either.

Conditions in the Tahoe area don't seem to warrant the 1000 mile drive so I have all but ruled that out. The PNW is a long drive from Denver but last year late season it was the place to be. How is it this year? I saw that Timberline has a 148" base but I feel like comparing maritime snowpack to continental snowpack is like comparing apples and oranges. Another place I was considering was Big Sky. Anyone have the scoop it? I have a friend that recently moved to Montana, so I would have a place to crash and cut down on costs a little.

I have pretty much committed to this. The plan is to leave at some point earlyish next week, road trip, ride 2-3 days and sleep on the cheep (maybe in the car), and road trip back for the weekend back home. I have done 1000+ mile road trips in the car without stopping so distance isn't a problem as long as the riding is going to be worth the drive. So, if you could go anywhere, where would you go?
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hard to say, but to be honest Colorado is really coming into it's own right now. It also helps if you are not tied to boundaries. Washington, Wyoming, Utah, also have terrain that is quite different than found in this state and is worth you time to get to ride in too.
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World Ski & Snowboard Festival | Whistler, BC, Canada

Not in US but close. April 12 to 21. Lots of good riding still to be had and a great event at the same time.
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Well if you go to utah, you can probably sleep easier in the car. everywhere in wyoming is COLD. All year, everywhere. I woke up with frost in my tent last august, camping in teton valley. SLC is pretty nice right now, temp wise. Also, if you opt to get a room, Im pretty sure it will be alot cheaper in utah than jackson. All the resorts here have good coverage and Im pretty sure are all 100 percent open.
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i'd skip big sky, currently the mountain is taking a shit



inbound wet slides have most of the steep areas closed.

moonlight faces the correct direction so it is fairing better but we are barley getting to freezing at night so the snow is super slush.
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Wolf Creek closes the 7th........you'd better hurry!
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Vail is riding pretty nice. Dont come to south central/Easter BC. Snow is meh....
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Over the last month, maybe month and a half...including the last 2 days, Stowe in Vermont, which is already considered like top 3 places to ride in the east, has been have the season dreams are made of. Seems Old Man Winter and his son Jack Frost relocated there and they refuse to left Spring visit.
Over the last day or two they just got hit with a surprise ADDITIONAL foot of snow. This is to go alongside the consistent inches to feet they have been getting almost weekly since early Feb to mid-Feb.

I was there around late Feb and they had almost white out conditions at their higher elevations with steady snowfall at the bottom. I undertsand that since then its just be great day after great day
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pretty sure jackson closes this week. cross that off the list...
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Over the last month, maybe month and a half...including the last 2 days, Stowe in Vermont, which is already considered like top 3 places to ride in the east, has been have the season dreams are made of. Seems Old Man Winter and his son Jack Frost relocated there and they refuse to left Spring visit.
Over the last day or two they just got hit with a surprise ADDITIONAL foot of snow. This is to go alongside the consistent inches to feet they have been getting almost weekly since early Feb to mid-Feb.

I was there around late Feb and they had almost white out conditions at their higher elevations with steady snowfall at the bottom. I undertsand that since then its just be great day after great day
+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.
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