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02-23-2013 02:10 PM
seanhug thanks so much,.. your input is much appreciated .. we are going to steamboat... colorado is calling me.. and i get positive feedback..
02-22-2013 01:36 AM
neednsnow This Poor Kid asks a simple question and gets every johnny-come-lately response in the book. A trip with his girl, first time out west, something that isn't difficult to get to.

Flying from Florida to Mammoth via LAX is a pain in the Hiney. Unless there is a direct flight to Portland or Sea-Tac, flying to the PNW from Florida is a pain in the hiney. Flying into Jackson from anywhere is a Pain in the Hiney (and wallet.)

OP, here are your options. Denver or SLC. If you can get a direct flight. Connections to Reno or Sacramento for Lake Tahoe are usually comparable in price, but they often use-up a lot of travel time. And Good GOD, When someone says "Where to go in the west......I spend too much time in the east and do not want to go to east coast resorts." PlEASE PLEASE PLEASE quit giving them the Jay Peak/Stowe pitch. Yes there is more snow there than Breck and PC, but the terrain is totally different and OP specifies NO EAST COAST.

If you fly into Denver, I'd suggest Steamboat. They are getting more and better snow than Breck/Vail/Keystone. I am currently in Breck and it is Meh, at best, with 5 inches reported last night and no more than 3 inches found at any one spot on the mountain. In many many spots, that is 3 inches on top of crud! Then again, you're looking for beginner to Intermediate, so You'll be tickled with Breckenridge. Head over to Keystone (about 25 mins away) mid-week. Much less crowded.

Steamboat will be the pretty/romantic experience that you're looking for. You'll tell your eldest child about it when he/she asks "where did I come from?"

Otherwise, flying into SLC and going to Park City is also a good option. It is a short drive from the airport (45 minutes) I usually don't endorse Park City, but if you're intermediate and looking for a cute town....PC is good to go.

That being said. I'm sure you're already booked and ready to go. Enjoy the trip!!
02-21-2013 08:16 PM
NoOtherOptions
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ewww...43 inches go there!


Heather 160" and Pan 189" base

Weather Snowing - at times heavily

Slope Conditions Powder
Terrain > base at times. I'd trade 30 inches in Colorado for 30 inches in Az where although it's a mountain it's fucking tiny and boring.
02-21-2013 08:09 PM
wrathfuldeity
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I love that my home resorts have a 60 inch base and a 32 inch base and that's in Arizona lol. Anyway, I'd suggest SLC personally. Park City to be specific. They have a 43 inch base, and it's super romantic and fun to go out there.
ewww...43 inches go there!


Heather 160" and Pan 189" base

Weather Snowing - at times heavily

Slope Conditions Powder
02-21-2013 05:14 PM
NoOtherOptions I love that my home resorts have a 60 inch base and a 32 inch base and that's in Arizona lol. Anyway, I'd suggest SLC personally. Park City to be specific. They have a 43 inch base, and it's super romantic and fun to go out there.
02-21-2013 03:28 PM
SnowBored Central and Southern California just got dumped on. Don't know if you're down for West Coast boarding, but now's the time. Big Bear, Snow Summit and Snow Valley would be my suggestions.

Snow Valley is far less crowded though - I have weekday lift tix I'm using next week that are 60% off. Totally worth it for the shorter drive and wipe open runs. Here's where I get mine: Discount lift tickets - Snow Valley - Ski For Free and I've used the "SV5" code for years. Hope this helps
02-21-2013 12:24 PM
PalmerFreak I hate connecting flights when I travel so Denver is always a favorite of mine - can get there direct from most major airports.

I've been to Breck twice (love it there) and did the drive from Denver to Steamboat in 2005. It's a long drive but very scenic in spots.
02-21-2013 12:15 AM
Triple8Sol I'll be in Utah this same weekend. Definitely hoping for some snow while we're there! I'm antsy, but in the meantime, we've got a nice storm that started today, so I'll be in a cabin at Mt. Baker all weekend enjoying the several FEET of snow expected over the next 72hrs. :P

I agree with what everyone says though. When you're spending for a trip, don't let a a few extra bucks to fly to one mtn vs. another, or gas money in the rental car limit your decisions.Well, with the exception of some that seem to be more expensive flights such as Jackson Hole & Mammoth for West Coast flights.
02-20-2013 05:48 PM
killclimbz
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looks like the pnw snow machine is going to start cranking
It's been sending it's left overs right over Colorado as of late too. Thankfully...

3 weeks man. I'll be in your neck of the woods.
02-20-2013 05:35 PM
wrathfuldeity looks like the pnw snow machine is going to start cranking
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