Ski Trip - Tahoe or Utah?

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  1. m-dogg macrumors 65816

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    OK, for those of you burnt out with all the MWSF threads, maybe you would like to provide some input for my upcoming ski vacation as a mental vacation from the macbook-ilife-iMac madness?

    I am planning a ski trip for early February, and we have narrowed it down to Tahoe (staying in South Lake Tahoe) or Utah (staying in Salt Lake City or Sandy). Either place, we will be renting a car and hitting different mountains each day and then partying more than we probably should at night.

    Does anyone have any input on either (or both) of these ski destinations?

    Thanks! m-dogg
     
  2. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    I don't ski, but I used to live in Salt Lake City and was told by many people that it is one of the best places to ski. So if you've never been there, give it a try. SLC has a lot going on and it is not far from the slopes.
     
  3. MacAztec macrumors 68040

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    I went to Sun Valley, ID about 3 weeks ago, and it was gorgeous. The snow is spectacular, the town is awesome, its a really really neat place. I went to Salt Lake when I was little, and it was pretty good too.
     
  4. OnceUGoMac macrumors 6502a

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    M-dogg, you couldn't pick two better spots for skiing. Utah has become more trendy as of late. I would choose Tahoe, but that's because it's the most gorgeous lake I've seen. I hope tourists don't ruin it.:(
     
  5. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    I've never been to either, but I've always wanted to go to Tahoe.
     
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    I know this isn't one of your options, but with me being a snowboard bum in colorado, I would definitly reccomend Steamboat. Best resort I have ever boarded at. Or if you'd like to hit alot of mountains on different days, you can hit winterpark, copper, mary jane. Owell, you will have fun no matter where you go lol. Best of luck with your trip
     
  7. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Agreed. I took a trip there in 1998, and between the skiing and scenery, it was a truly memorable week. I hope to go back sometime very soon.
     
  8. dejo Moderator

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    If the choice is between Tahoe and Utah, pick Utah. It consistently has better snow.

    Edit:

    Oops, missed that part. You don't want Utah if you like to party. It's very, very dry. And I'm not talking humidity.
     
  9. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Okay, here's my scoop...

    Utah: I did what you're proposing...rented a house in Sandy. Skied at Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, and Park City. Alta is my favorite resort of all time...skier only, if that matters to you. You can't go wrong in Utah.

    Tahoe: I spend a fair amount of time up there. There's really two areas of Tahoe, and it can be difficult to get between the two in a reasonable amount of time, especially if CA-89 is closed. Kirkwood (South Tahoe) is my favorite Tahoe resort. Heavenly is also there...I don't like Heavenly very much. It's huge, but lots of traverses that make you feel like you're always slogging uphill. North Tahoe has Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl...all quality resorts. I also really like Homewood, tucked along the western shore of the lake...small, family-run place with not as much elevation as the bigger places, but nice runs, nice people, and great views of the lake.

    I guess for a single trip, I might say Utah, but maybe that's because the only time I've skied is there is during some great powder snowfalls. I've been through great and not-so-great conditions at Tahoe, so that skews things for me. Utah is also special for me because Tahoe is so close and I already spend so much time there.

    Tahoe does have more to do...gambling and shows in Stateline, the lake, etc. Utah's okay in that regard, but not a huge party place, and if you're staying in Sandy, you're away from the action. (But it's expensive to stay in Park City.)
     
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    My vote is Utah

    I would go with Utah, but stay away from the celebrity slopes (Park City - too crowded). I personally like Beaver Mountain (way up north by Bear Lake), Snow Basin (by Ogden) or Brighton or Snowbird.

    Are you a skier or boarder? And what kind of terrain do you like to ski?
     
  12. m-dogg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the responses so far. I ski, and I'd be going with one other skier and a snowboarder. We've been to a number of other places (Vail, Steamboat, Jackson Hole, Whistler, and a few others) and are trying to go someplace we've never been (for skiing anyway). I have been to Tahoe before a few years ago in the Summer and it is beautiful. Southern Utah is beautiful as well, though I've never been to the Salt Lake City/ski resort areas of Utah before.

    We all like to ski everything. Trees are probably our favorite, but we tend to hit the wide open bowls & steeps more out west, just because they aren't around here too much in New England. And we'll be praying for powder wherever we go. :D

    The mountains look better in Utah (and the snow is supposed to be great), but there might be more to do in Tahoe. Also, Alta may be an issue if we do Utah, because my snowboarding friend wouldn't be able to go.

    Ugh, I don't know...I know there isn't a wrong answer...hopefully one of my friends will have a strong preference for one or the other. Otherwise we may end up flipping a coin or something!
     
  13. Play Ultimate macrumors 6502

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    Go to Tahoe...more options.
     
  14. Zman5225 macrumors 6502a

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    i've got a lot of snowboarder buddies still stationed up at Hill AFB, UT and they said the slopes are pretty crappy this year. It's raining a lot up there, which means freezing, so the snow is turning hard very fast after it falls. I'd opt for Tahoe myself.
     
  15. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Gee, thanks for reminding me. :rolleyes:
    *prays he can get new skis next season* I've tried out some nice pairs (Atomic IZOR 9:7, Fischer something-or-other that I can't find on their site, both great, but it different ways,) and last Wednesday was great at Sunapee (video from that soon to be live on Google video. ;)) But we still don't get great powder here, nor do we get big bowls. Oh well :(
     
  16. m-dogg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Okay, we decided on Utah for this trip!

    We leave February 4th - Less than a month away; I can't wait!

    Counterfit - I'd also recommend checking out the atomic metron's. I have the metron m11's and they are a fantastic pair of skis!
     
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    Good choice! We need the money! ;)
     
  18. SharksFan22 macrumors regular

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    i've been to both many times and would offer that for skiing, Utah wins hands down. But for geographic beauty and entertainment, Tahoe is much better. There's much more nightlife in South Shore Tahoe than there is in Park City and in Tahoe, you don't have to deal with all of the "irregularities" associated with having fun in Utah. :rolleyes:
     
  19. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    The metron m8s (top of the metron line) were recommended to me by a local shop, but at a shop near Loon, I was told there would probably be too soft for me, and they gave me the Izor 9:7 (top of that line). There's about $100 between the two of them, so I think I'd go with the Izors over the metrons, as these will be my skis for up to 10 years.
     
  20. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    Not true. There are plenty of bars and anything you want to drink is readily available.
     
  21. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Mostly true, but it's certainly not as easy as in Tahoe...

    http://www.parkcityinfo.com/dining/liquor/
     

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