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    Flying into Jackson Hole on Feb 9th and will be there for half of Sunday plus Monday-Thursday. I know they've been getting mega dumps for a month now and are just about 100% open and very deep. Will be my second time,there so know my way around and what to expect.



    One option for this trip is just stay in Jackson the whole time but another option is to drive up to Big Sky for a couple days. I've never been there. I know all things equal I'd probably love it as much as Jackson but it seems that they've missed out on the bonanza of snow that has fallen to their south and not as much stuff is open (and a lot of of the good stuff that is open is thin). Obviously 3 more weeks can make a big difference and given that it'll be all weekdays I'm pretty flexible.

    Question I have is would it be worth the trip to Big Sky if the conditions are many steps below what they are at Jackson? Or should I take advantage of Jackson being stupid deep right now and put off Big Sky for another year? If I could ski a decent amount of good stuff it would be worth it for me but I have no idea what to expect there.
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    One of the reasons that Big Sky has less open is a lot of the expert terrain is very steep and rocky. if it does snow I would definitely go to Big Sky. I have been to both a couple of times and I prefer Big Sky by far. It is a much larger place and when it does snow, it is a better place to ski powder. Jackson gets track up faster.

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    Question I have is would it be worth the trip to Big Sky if the conditions are many steps below what they are at Jackson?
    No. Not with Big Sky "many steps below" Jackson.

    It's a nice mountain all around. But that actually means you want to stay there for more than just a couple days. Especially since 1) you've not been there before so don't know where to go, you'll be just fumbling around aimlessly in day 1 or even 2; 2) A lot of the "good stuff" may not be open.

    Or should I take advantage of Jackson being stupid deep right now and put off Big Sky for another year?
    I'd say yes.

    But if when you got there, after the first 2 days, you're "bored" and see storms hitting Big Sky repeatedly, by all means change plan!

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    Went there 7 years ago. Completely different experience than JH. No crowds, powder all day long..very chill vibe. The top of the mt is steep as hell.
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    I'll drive.

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    But if when you got there, after the first 2 days, you're "bored" and see storms hitting Big Sky repeatedly, by all means change plan!
    If one gets bored after 2 days at Jackson they need to find a new hobby lol.
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    We just got back from Big Sky. Skied four days. Awesome place.

    Yes, snow levels are low for them, so as of a week ago, there was only one way down from the very top, and only about 1/3 of the Headwater chutes were open.

    But having said that. the lower mountain stuff is great and the big bowl under the peak was open and skiing beautifully, as well as the steeps off the Challenger lift. There are tons of steeps, bumps, trees, open.

    And they were avi bombing every day, which means the upper mountain might be close.

    I've never been to JH, but might be going for my first time in march. Big Sky is a great place and I would gladly ski there again, even with this level of snow and % open.

    If you go, hit me up, I'll tell you what we liked the best, and share thoughts on getting around the mountain.

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    jackson is super challenging and amazing but nothing i've skied in the usa really compares to the big mountain holy fuck factor of lone peak. even silverton didn't feel as steep and exposed. marx lenin the dictators etc. i think i prefer big sky to jackson overall. but as already said, they need snow. the hwole place is crazy jagged.

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    The Big Couloir...
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    ^the big requires avy gear and a partner. everything else at big sky you can access alone and without gear.

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