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    Quote Originally Posted by Zand View Post
    Rented a car for 6 days for $180. Also looked at prices for SLC in April and the same car from the same agency was $335 for one less day. Dpnt understand why a tiny town in the middle of nowhere costs half of what a major city does but whatever.
    What dates in April? You might have hit LDS Conference Weekend (April 4-5)


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    April 7-12. SLC and Denver always have batshit insane rental prices. Just surprised Jackson doesn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zand View Post
    April 7-12. SLC and Denver always have batshit insane rental prices. Just surprised Jackson doesn't.
    More demand. And paying for a new airport at SLC.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    What dates in April? You might have hit LDS Conference Weekend (April 4-5)
    We went into SLC this April just to check out the science museum & that mall with the brook that runs through it. Anyway, I had no idea MDUD (Mormons Descend Upon Downtown) was even a thing, and holy crap, got stuck in that traffic, parking was near impossible, Mormons in their uniforms crossing streets everywhere. Think: all men in white shirts & all women look like they stepped off the set of Little House On The Prairie. And I literally mean THOUSANDS of them. Wound up parking on the street somewhere & was lucky to find a spot because the garages were all full. It was crazy.
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    We skied Big Sky right before new year. Planned to skied 6 days but cut the trip short to 4 days and drove back to Utah. When we were there, almost everything else was open except Lone Peak and headwater area. Lone peak had only one way down and headwater had 3 chutes open. I have to say that the terrain outside of Lone Peak and headwater area are pretty plain. There are good tree runs and moguls but nothing memorable and exciting. The long peak/headwater area is what makes Big Sky big. If most of them are not open (as it is the case now), I wouldn't drive there. Spend more time at JH.

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    For rental car, use autoslach.com which will automatically check if there is cheaper price for rental car. If you start refreshing way ahead of time you can find good price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skrn View Post
    We skied Big Sky right before new year. Planned to skied 6 days but cut the trip short to 4 days and drove back to Utah. When we were there, almost everything else was open except Lone Peak and headwater area. Lone peak had only one way down and headwater had 3 chutes open. I have to say that the terrain outside of Lone Peak and headwater area are pretty plain. There are good tree runs and moguls but nothing memorable and exciting. The long peak/headwater area is what makes Big Sky big. If most of them are not open (as it is the case now), I wouldn't drive there. Spend more time at JH.
    From what I saw when we visited in October, it felt like a bigger version of Sunday River (a lot of terrain spread across a mountain range offering like 1,500 vert runs) with like the Matterhorn dropped right in the middle of the area. From what I could see I agree with your assessment--only Lone Peak really made it look badass, the other terrain, while a lot of it, was not really too impressive and only offered maybe like 1,500 foot vertical or so continuously. They of course advertise the vert from the top of Lone Peak to whatever lowest base they had--nobody is going to lap that per se.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    From what I saw when we visited in October, it felt like a bigger version of Sunday River (a lot of terrain spread across a mountain range offering like 1,500 vert runs) with like the Matterhorn dropped right in the middle of the area. From what I could see I agree with your assessment--only Lone Peak really made it look badass, the other terrain, while a lot of it, was not really too impressive and only offered maybe like 1,500 foot vertical or so continuously. They of course advertise the vert from the top of Lone Peak to whatever lowest base they had--nobody is going to lap that per se.
    Couldn't disagree more. They have sections of the mountain that are the size of an entire large northeastern ski resort and they are just small parts of the ski area. I explored and skied the Shedhorn and Dakota area for 2 days and never got bored. Big Sky is so big that you have to be smart about how you approach it. You've got to set aside most of a day to just explore and enjoy different sections of the mountain. Hardly anyone goes to the Morningside area and yet there is tons of stuff hidden in the trees and interesting runs sprinkled all over there. Lone Peak is badass yes, but it's not the only place there that is. There's a whole lot of stuff off of the challenger chair is pretty pucker inducing and none of that touches Lone peak.

    I would be so bold as to say that if you skied Big Sky and didn't find it "interesting", you did it really wrong. It was one of the most fascinating and challenging places I've skied in my life. 10 out of 10 that I will be back. . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    We went into SLC this April just to check out the science museum & that mall with the brook that runs through it. Anyway, I had no idea MDUD (Mormons Descend Upon Downtown) was even a thing, and holy crap, got stuck in that traffic, parking was near impossible, Mormons in their uniforms crossing streets everywhere. Think: all men in white shirts & all women look like they stepped off the set of Little House On The Prairie. And I literally mean THOUSANDS of them. Wound up parking on the street somewhere & was lucky to find a spot because the garages were all full. It was crazy.
    I left SLC on April 2nd last year and will be arriving on April 7th this year. Guess I lucked out with missing this by a couple days two years in a row without even knowing about it.
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    Stratton: 11/26; Mt. Snow: 12/3; Killington: 12/8, 3/2
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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    From what I saw when we visited in October, it felt like a bigger version of Sunday River (a lot of terrain spread across a mountain range offering like 1,500 vert runs) with like the Matterhorn dropped right in the middle of the area. From what I could see I agree with your assessment--only Lone Peak really made it look badass, the other terrain, while a lot of it, was not really too impressive and only offered maybe like 1,500 foot vertical or so continuously. They of course advertise the vert from the top of Lone Peak to whatever lowest base they had--nobody is going to lap that per se.
    Bigger version of Sunday River! This is so spot on for Big Sky (minus lone tree/head water of course). Haha. I heard the best way to get vert in one run is to go from lone peak to north summit field to great falls all the way to madison base, which seems to be a good option when things are open.


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