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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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What would you do? Vermont or Utah

Long story short:
1. I graduate from college in May (ie. I have to become an adult).
2. I have 0 classes between December and February.
3. I love snowboarding.

I have 2 options:
1. Stay on the East Coast. I'm thinking of going to VT those 3 months and staying in Killington. They have a Student Pass for $319!! I'd have my car, and be only 5 hours away from home and friends. I just have to find a place to live/work part-time.

2. Go to Salt Lake City. My friend and a few of her friends are moving into a house as I write this, and I'm 99.9% sure they'd let me live with them for a few months. But
- I can't make that drive on my own, so I won't have my car
- Planes are expensive
- Season Passe are going to be a little more pricey (I think?)

I'm torn. Thoughts?
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 10:05 AM
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uhhhh Salt Lake City? Have you ever been out West? It will blow your mind if you're used to the Ice Coast.

Why can't you make that drive on your own? It sucks, but just take a few days to do it. I've done 950 miles in a day...

Gas is expensive, but having your stuff and a car is kind of essential.

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Go to SLC. Trust me, when you get out of college and hit the "real world", you most likely won't have another opportunity to just check out for a couple of months for a long, long time.

Why can't you make the drive?
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Season pass shouldn't be more money. You can drive out there and even if you can't, a flight isn't that much more than gas would be and there are buses you can take. SLC without a doubt.
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I believe that the pass wars are starting to simmer and maybe flat out boil in the Salt Lake City area. I believe Snobasin passes are something like $450 this year. Though it's not a SLC area resort, it's pretty kick ass and right outside of Ogden. Plenty close to SLC.

Terrain and snow fall is worlds better than anywhere on the east coast. Much more reliable. Plus, they did have an odd season last year. It wasn't very good. The pendulum tends to swing to the opposite side the next season on yeas like that. So it would probably be a great year to be there.

Having your car would be worth it. Check out the movie Kalifornia, put an add up for someone to share gas with to Salt Lake and enjoy yourself..
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Take a look at this and tell me what you think now...

Fall 2012: Snow for Rockies; Warmth Grips Midwest, Northeast

You want to be stuck in Vermont during a mild winter or loving life in SLC in a good winter?

Like killclimbz said, back to back sorry seasons are fairly uncommon. Odds are that this season is at least average and even a "bad" season out west will be great if you're used to riding back east.
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The drive isn't bad. My longest stretch is 26 hours straight through. A little over 1800 miles. Do salt lake if you can.... Worth the experience
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Mystery solved.

If you stay in VT your lying about how much you like to snowboard.

Enjoy that crisp champagne powdah in Utah!

Everyone will tell you about snow and driving, but this is the best advice here imo from LinvilleGorge:

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Trust me, when you get out of college and hit the "real world", you most likely won't have another opportunity to just check out for a couple of months for a long, long time.
Not only does work interfere with this, but so does marriage and kids - big time.

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I took advantage of every break I had in college. I spent every summer somewhere cool and fun. Did two summers in Estes Park and another in Charleston, SC.

Take advantage of these opportunities. You may never get them again. Right now, life has few obligations for you. That may never be the case again.

A season in VT vs. a season in SLC is quite simply no contest. You're bitching out if you stay in VT and you'll regret it.
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SLC all day. Haven't been there, but if you're looking to go boarding within that time frame, West coast all day. Plus, SLC isn't THAT far from Mammoth, and Mammoth has $199 student season passes not to mention it's one of the top parks/resorts in the country along with SLC =]

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