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    We’re used to riding the ice on the East Coast, but are thinking about heading west in February to see what real snow is like.

    2 blue-slope snowboarders (adult and 10 year old) and 1 green-slope skiier (slightly reluctant spouse).

    Any suggestions on which airport to fly into, which resort to pick and where to stay? We’ll be renting equipment.

    In keeping with the forum, we are hoping to keep costs down. Think 2 bedroom condo, grocery store, and “$-$$” restaurants.  The trails are what matter to us.

    Thanks for the tips!

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     SValleyMD 
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    Easiest is flying into salt lake and getting a vrbo or Airbnb in park city.. for that terrain level I would just stick with park city mountain resort even though the epic pass has killed that place and can be crowded.. but still not as bad as the Colorado places.

    Option 2 with less mountain feel would be renting in salt lake and driving to solitude

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     PreCancerDoctor 
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    Now that you mention it, a little less crowded would be nice

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    We’re used to riding the ice on the East Coast, but are thinking about heading west in February to see what real snow is like.

    2 blue-slope snowboarders (adult and 10 year old) and 1 green-slope skiier (slightly reluctant spouse).

    Any suggestions on which airport to fly into, which resort to pick and where to stay? We’ll be renting equipment.

    In keeping with the forum, we are hoping to keep costs down. Think 2 bedroom condo, grocery store, and “$-$$” restaurants.  The trails are what matter to us.

    Thanks for the tips!

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    Easy. Park City. Much better for both visitors and for intermediate/beginners than the Cottonwood Canyon resorts. If you ever get to the point where you prefer black diamonds, come to the other side.

    You can even stay down in SLC and drive up each day to save money if you like, but you can probably find an AirBNB in Park City that would be cheap enough for your needs.

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    The White Coat Investor The White Coat Investor 
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    Easiest is flying into salt lake and getting a vrbo or Airbnb in park city.. for that terrain level I would just stick with park city mountain resort even though the epic pass has killed that place and can be crowded.. but still not as bad as the Colorado places.

    Option 2 with less mountain feel would be renting in salt lake and driving to solitude

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    I know Solitude better than, well, anyone else on this forum. It’s great if your main goal is to avoid crowds. It is MUCH smaller than Park City and there are no cheap options to stay near the mountain, so not awesome for a multi-day experience. Plus, there is at least one flattish area where boarders routinely walk a couple hundred yards with their board off to get from one part of the resort to the other that is kind of lame as a boarder.

    If you want to stay in Salt Lake/Cottonwood Heights/Sandy etc and go to Solitude one day, Brighton one day, and Park City one day, then Solitude would be worth including.

    Solitude gets slightly better snow than Park City, has less grooming (although other than a powder day all of the greens and blues are groomed), is cheaper, and has dramatically smaller crowds. But that’s not what I hear the OP asking for.

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     PreCancerDoctor 
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    Very helpful – perhaps Saturday at Solitude to avoid some crowds and then Park City after that.

    Keep the suggestions coming.

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     snowcanyon 
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    Brighton is super snowboarding-friendly, but not as much lodging as at PCMR. PCMR can get insanely crowded and it’s not as well laid-out as Brighton IMHO, but it’s a very easy place to get to for a few days and the town has a lot to offer. Have fun!

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    Dreamgiver Dreamgiver 
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    Can’t go wrong with any of them. Whatever you do, don’t go to Alta or Snowbird or your spouse might not even come out of the car  😆

    Alta and Deer Valley do not allow boarders fyi

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    Zzyzx Zzyzx 
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    other than SLC but I’m not sure of their current snowboarding rules: steamboat, big sky, whistler, banff, jackson hole, schweitzer, sun valley

    tahoe gets too busy and conditions are less consistent

    It’s psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I’ll get a saw.

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     okayplayer 
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    Going to Mammoth in March. What can I expect?

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     SLC OB 
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    Also easy to fly into Reno and go to the smaller resorts on the North side of Lake Tahoe. Homewood is small, Tahoe Donner is small/beginner, Boreal is small with some park stuff, and then spend one day (due to expense) at Northstar. If you want ease with more cost, get a Condo at Northstar and stay there the whole time. Homewood has a view of lake and farther from town (Truckee) but Tahoe Donner and Boreal are right there (5-15 minutes). Also, reluctant spouse could shop/hang in town or Village at Northstar while snowboards play.

    I’m not into casino stuff, but if you are, South Lake Tahoe is also nice but more expensive cuz the resorts are bigger.

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     SLC OB 
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    Going to Mammoth in March. What can I expect?

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    Usually great snow at Mammoth. There’s quite a few entrances to Mammoth which makes parking/lift lines easier. Love the restaurant off the main lodge after skiing as they have great drinks and this HUGE amazing soft pretzel! Carbs and salt… just what you need after long day skiing! You will have a great time.

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    Doing Tahoe in January.  😎

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     SLC OB 
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    Doing Tahoe in January.

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    Yay! Getting some good snow… about 6 inches last night.

    More due next week… my boy was out today, while I was in meetings. 🙁  Said snow was pretty good.

    Life of a 14 year old in Tahoe… pretty sweet. He was at Squaw and said almost all the mountain is open (again info from a 14 year old boy, so not positive!)

    Where will you ski?

     

     

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    Although Solitude might be a zoo this year with the Ikon Pass…

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