Winter ski trip to Montana, Wyoming, Idaho
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jan 20, 2012 9:34 AM Last Post By: montereyjack
Jan 13, 2012 1:22 PM
I am new to the USA and would welcome your thoughts on the following.
My boyfriend and I are based in Washington DC and looking to do a trip (possibly 2 weeks) to ski in the west. I had my sights set on Utah or Colorado but the snow drought has us looking further north - probably Big Sky, MT; Sun Valley, ID, and/or Jackson's Hole, WY.
My main question is: is it realistic to fly into one of these local airports, hire a car, then spend a couple of weeks skiing and touring between the three locations - maybe 3-4 nights in each? I would be keen to visit Yellowstone too, though I know activities will be limited in winter.
Are the distances too great for this to be viable? How are road conditions in winter?
If it is viable, does anyone have experience with which location is best to fly into/out of - say either Bozeman or Jackson?
And of course, any first-hand experiences of snow conditions or the general awesomeness of the ski fields would be great. By way of comparison, I'm used to skiing Mt. Ruapehu, on the North Island of New Zealand, so any sort of pow will be news to me...
thanks for your help.
Jan 13, 2012 2:18 PM
1Given your location, have you considered heading north to Vermont?
Jan 13, 2012 3:37 PM
2If you want great skiing with multiple locations consider Salt Lake City. You can base in the city and hit a different area every day for a week.
Jan 13, 2012 3:54 PM
3Thanks for the suggestions laketraveller and bleen68. I looked into Vermont and am very very interested in SLC - but was put off by the low percentages of runs currently open on many fields. Perhaps the weather system we have coming through this week will help things...
Do you have particular favourites for ski fields in these areas?
Jan 13, 2012 5:56 PM
4If the road conditions are nasty the skiing is usually good ! SLC would make the best gateway...Lodging is inexpensive in the city...The air quality there, at times, is poor. Here in New Mexico, we are having the best snow in years ! Fly into Albuquerque..,carracar
Jan 14, 2012 4:06 AM
5If you make it to Montana be sure to go to Gardiner for a midnight swim at the hot pot. Schnapps helps.
I did it in 15f at 2 am. woohoo !
Jan 14, 2012 9:14 AM
6Sun Valley has had little natural snow since November, but brags to have the most snow making area of any resort in the country. Their major investment in snow making is paying off this year.
Highs are in the upper 30s days and into the single digits nights. The Aussie snow groomers are keeping the skiers happy. Sun Valley Company has been practically giving away free skiing with a hotel room.
Yellowstone, Big Sky, or Jackson are a full days drive from here, and pretty much from each other. Roads are excellent this year.
More expensive to fly into SV.
Boise, a little over two hours drive away, is considerably cheaper.
Salt Lake is 5 hours drive.
Nobody is getting much "pow" yet.
Whistler in BC is supposed to have a lot of snow on the ground, but I don't know how dry it is.
Jan 14, 2012 9:40 AM
7Snow is thin in the Northern Rockies this year. Just this morning got an email from a friend in Jackson hole bemoaning the lack of snow. Here in Northwestern Montana the conditions are poor to mediocre. More snow is forecast for this week, but it would take a deluge to bring us up to normal levels. I just hear that Taos and some spots in Arizona are having good years, but a look at the Taos website does not seem to smack of anything special. My son in Bozeman says that the snow at Big Sky is OK. Have you looked into Canada? Fernie is an easy two hour drive from Kalispell, MT and a little farther from Calgary. It has oodles of snow. It is a great place, check it out.
Jan 14, 2012 10:02 AM
8I'll suggest for New Mexico conditions...sufficient to very good, is a step up from none to some...carracar
Jan 20, 2012 5:19 AM
Jan 20, 2012 9:34 AM
10Approx. 30 inches of fresh snow this week in Sun Valley. Good skiing.
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