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Old 10-14-2013, 04:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know this topic has been brought up numerous times, but i still have not been able to come up with a conclusion. Please brethens, help me out.

Jan 1st 2014 to Jan 5th 2014

UTAH OR COLORADO?

Me and 3 other buddies are starting off 2014 with a bang. We are planning to take a snowboarding trip from the 1st to the 5th of 2014. Now we must decide where to go.

We are all from california and have been to mammoth, tahoe, bear, mtn high and whistler many times.

The following list are things that are important to us.

1. Large mountain with long runs/trails
2. Good amount of snow for early january
3. Near other resorts


We are not concerned about the nightlight, apres, driving (renting car), crowds (were used to it) or price.

We basically want to get the best trip we can with the short amount of days we will be staying. We will only be able to board thursday, friday and saturday.

We are mainly going to ride groomers since one of them isn't that great. Long groomed runs from top to bottom would be great. Park and pipe isnt a big concern at all, but this also means we won't want to ride pow either.

Please help us make a decision!
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Early January is a complete crap shoot. Could be great conditions at one or the other (or both) or could be bitter fucking cold with not much snow. January is still pretty early season. If you have flexibility, March is usually the best and safest bet. January can be pretty damn brutal... or pretty damn great.
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I know this topic has been brought up numerous times, but i still have not been able to come up with a conclusion. Please brethens, help me out.

Jan 1st 2014 to Jan 5th 2014

UTAH OR COLORADO?

Me and 3 other buddies are starting off 2014 with a bang. We are planning to take a snowboarding trip from the 1st to the 5th of 2014. Now we must decide where to go.

We are all from california and have been to mammoth, tahoe, bear, mtn high and whistler many times.

The following list are things that are important to us.

1. Large mountain with long runs/trails
2. Good amount of snow for early january
3. Near other resorts


We are not concerned about the nightlight, apres, driving (renting car), crowds (were used to it) or price.

We basically want to get the best trip we can with the short amount of days we will be staying. We will only be able to board thursday, friday and saturday.

We are mainly going to ride groomers since one of them isn't that great. Long groomed runs from top to bottom would be great. Park and pipe isnt a big concern at all, but this also means we won't want to ride pow either.

Please help us make a decision!
Utah is going to have more resorts close by to each other. With Park City, The Canyons being 10 mins from each other, and Brighton, Solitude, Snowbird within 45 mins from there, and even more within 1 1/2 hours of that.

Colorado on the other hand has a ton of resorts but they are a bit more spread out. So really, take your pick. As mentioned above I don't think there's a clear cut winner with predicting weather.
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Seeing that your primary concern is getting good snow and coverage, I might suggest looking to the PNW if you're dead set on making your trip in early January. I would think it would be a safer bet than either CO or UT.
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Because of our work schedules, we are set on early January. Of course we would love to go in feb/march but we can not all get the same dates off.


I have one question about Park City resort. Looking at the trail map, it looks as though the runs are not that long. It also looks like a ot of traversing. Is this correct? The last thing I want to do is having to deal with a lot of flat land.
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Utah if you don't want to spend 3/4ths of your time in a lift line.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I haven't snowboarded Utah, so I can't say anything about the riding, but some one should warn you that all the major resorts are probably going to be semi to highly busy (your dates still have some kids out of school, and families on vacation).

After that Colorado has some great pow, but as everyone said it can be questionable that early. One good thing is that if the rain CO had this year is a prediction for snow, then we are in for a sweet winter.

In CO look at the Epic Pass options, since you want to try different resorts.
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Utah if you don't want to spend 3/4ths of your time in a lift line.
Are (incredibly) long lift lines as posted in the CO thread normal or just an early season phenomenon?
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The lines yesterday WERE NOT LONG! People are fucking retarded if they think that's long. Jan 1st to the 5th is still prime tourist season which means long lines. CO has the most skier visits of any state in the U.S.
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Depends on where in Colorado. Between the two states, at that time of year, Utah is probably a better bet for snow. The Cottonwood canyons get a ton of snow. They also have the crowds but it ain't Colorado style either.
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