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  1. #11
    I'm getting a "feast or famine" kinda vibe from all the replies. If I go through with this trip it would be on Ikon pass so plenty of options and I will have a car. I have a buddy's apartment in Denver lined up and plenty of AirBnB's under $40/night in SLC/Sandy. So while my early season dates are firm I'm not committing to any specific mountain.

    Actually I'm planning on driving out there cross country and going to as many different resorts as I can in preparation for...drum roll please...me moving out there Summer/Fall 2021.
    2019-2020 59 days and holding...
    Thunder Ridge: 12/7, 12/8, 12/21, 12/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29, 12/31, 1/4, 1/5, 1/11, 1/17, 1/18, 1/19, 1/26, 2/1, 2/2, 2/8, 2/9, 2/15, 2/16, 2/20, 2/21, 2/22, 2/23, 3/7, 3/8
    Killington: 11/15, 12/16, 12/17, 12/18, 12/19, 12/20, 12/23, 1/3, 1/30, 1/31, 2/13, 2/27, 3/12
    Mount Snow: 11/27, 12/2, 12/24 Sunday River: 1/8, 1/9, 1/10 Greek Peak: 1/13, 1/14 Jiminy Peak: 12/6 Catamount: 12/13, 3/5 Pico: 12/19, 2/28 Mohawk: 12/27 Burke: 1/1 Ragged: 1/2 Wildcat: 1/6 Cannon: 1/7 Jay Peak: 1/23 Mad River Glen: 1/24 Magic: 2/14
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  2. #12
    Personally I wouldn't plan a trip to any ski resort for that time-frame this far in advance even in a normal year. Early season is way too risky no matter where you go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ss20 View Post
    I'm getting a "feast or famine" kinda vibe from all the replies. If I go through with this trip it would be on Ikon pass so plenty of options and I will have a car. I have a buddy's apartment in Denver lined up and plenty of AirBnB's under $40/night in SLC/Sandy. So while my early season dates are firm I'm not committing to any specific mountain.

    Actually I'm planning on driving out there cross country and going to as many different resorts as I can in preparation for...drum roll please...me moving out there Summer/Fall 2021.
    Colorado may have more options. When I went to Steamboat this past November I had a great time but terrain was quite limited.

    In a "normal" year, Thanksgiving usually features just Gadzoom at Snowbird and Collins/Albion/Sugarloaf at Alta (all snowmaking runs). Solitude and Brighton (same).

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  4. #14
    If you are driving just and can move around maybe bring a bike or hiking gear and split activities. There's alot of other great things out there than just skiing. Go hang out in western colorado, moab or Sedona for some of your time.

    Lots and lots of early December I've been out there and wish I was skiing the variety killington had to offer. It truly is 50/50 but if you have a plan b then who cares

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by ss20 View Post
    I'm getting a "feast or famine" kinda vibe from all the replies. If I go through with this trip it would be on Ikon pass so plenty of options and I will have a car. I have a buddy's apartment in Denver lined up and plenty of AirBnB's under $40/night in SLC/Sandy. So while my early season dates are firm I'm not committing to any specific mountain.

    Actually I'm planning on driving out there cross country and going to as many different resorts as I can in preparation for...drum roll please...me moving out there Summer/Fall 2021.
    Denver or SLC?
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  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    Denver or SLC?
    Strongly leaning towards SLC/Sandy. Main factors being cost of living and location. Cost of living- SLC/Utah suburbs cheaper than Denver and suburbs. Location- From SLC you can get to Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, Aspen, Vail, Big Sky heck even Tahoe and Vegas all within a day's drive.

    Also a strong contributing factor is that I would like to be a ski instructor out there as a part-time weekend gig (done it here for 6 seasons and enjoy it greatly). If you want to live within 30 minutes of skiing in CO you're going to pay and arm and a leg for it...in Utah it's tough not to live within 30 minutes of several resorts (and with a minimal cost of living still).
    2019-2020 59 days and holding...
    Thunder Ridge: 12/7, 12/8, 12/21, 12/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29, 12/31, 1/4, 1/5, 1/11, 1/17, 1/18, 1/19, 1/26, 2/1, 2/2, 2/8, 2/9, 2/15, 2/16, 2/20, 2/21, 2/22, 2/23, 3/7, 3/8
    Killington: 11/15, 12/16, 12/17, 12/18, 12/19, 12/20, 12/23, 1/3, 1/30, 1/31, 2/13, 2/27, 3/12
    Mount Snow: 11/27, 12/2, 12/24 Sunday River: 1/8, 1/9, 1/10 Greek Peak: 1/13, 1/14 Jiminy Peak: 12/6 Catamount: 12/13, 3/5 Pico: 12/19, 2/28 Mohawk: 12/27 Burke: 1/1 Ragged: 1/2 Wildcat: 1/6 Cannon: 1/7 Jay Peak: 1/23 Mad River Glen: 1/24 Magic: 2/14
    "Skiing is the closest you'll get to flying without leaving the ground." -snowmonster

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  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by ss20 View Post
    Strongly leaning towards SLC/Sandy. Main factors being cost of living and location. Cost of living- SLC/Utah suburbs cheaper than Denver and suburbs. Location- From SLC you can get to Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, Aspen, Vail, Big Sky heck even Tahoe and Vegas all within a day's drive.

    Also a strong contributing factor is that I would like to be a ski instructor out there as a part-time weekend gig (done it here for 6 seasons and enjoy it greatly). If you want to live within 30 minutes of skiing in CO you're going to pay and arm and a leg for it...in Utah it's tough not to live within 30 minutes of several resorts (and with a minimal cost of living still).
    I generally would concur with some of the other posters that a western trip is not worth the trouble/risk/expense for late Nov/early Dec, but I think I understand your situation. You probably have a couple weeks of use or lose type vacation time and want to come out and explore for a possible relocation. Because you plan to visit both CO and UT and that you have IKON to access many mtns, you should be able to find some decent to possibly fine skiing for your visit. I have made many east-to-rockies road trips with 10-14 day itineraries and they can be great. Do you have a travel/driving companion? that helps.

    My son has done something similar to what you are considering. (I have been visiting his house 20 mins from Alta/Bird since Feb 5.) He picked SLC about five years ago because that's where he got hired for a good job before moving. He got a part time instructor job in LCC. And because he was an L-3 he was hired quickly, but some places can be pretty selective and demanding of your time/hours even with that level of instructor qualifications.

    I could add that my son loves it in UT. And so do I He was a good skier before relocating, but now his big mtn skills are through the roof. Instructing actually helped him connect with a ready made community of friends/associates so he's never really felt isolated or lonely.

    PS: for the last couple years I've been documenting some of my western/Utah activities with photos on the northeast mountain sports website.
    Last edited by jimk; Jun 3, 2020 at 10:50 AM.

  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by ss20 View Post
    Strongly leaning towards SLC/Sandy. Main factors being cost of living and location. Cost of living- SLC/Utah suburbs cheaper than Denver and suburbs. Location- From SLC you can get to Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, Aspen, Vail, Big Sky heck even Tahoe and Vegas all within a day's drive.
    This is one of our finalists as well. On that side I think Holladay to Cottonwood Heights to Sandy is particularly nice, but if we do choose Utah we'd 100% move to the Back instead. We still need to explore Idaho though. Montana is out. Denver to Vail is out.

    Our timeline is late 2021 to late 2022, so a bit behind you. We agree SLC does benefit from proximal 3-day weekend trip location to a plethora of amazing places. Not just skiing either, but Yellowstone, Moab, Grand Canyon, Grant Tetons, yada, yada, yada.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ss20 View Post
    Strongly leaning towards SLC/Sandy. Main factors being cost of living and location. Cost of living- SLC/Utah suburbs cheaper than Denver and suburbs. Location- From SLC you can get to Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, Aspen, Vail, Big Sky heck even Tahoe and Vegas all within a day's drive.

    Also a strong contributing factor is that I would like to be a ski instructor out there as a part-time weekend gig (done it here for 6 seasons and enjoy it greatly). If you want to live within 30 minutes of skiing in CO you're going to pay and arm and a leg for it...in Utah it's tough not to live within 30 minutes of several resorts (and with a minimal cost of living still).
    It is hard to beat SLC for location. And it is getting discovered.
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