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May 10, 2008

Holiday destination Question

Any thoughts from folks - either from personal experience, or even by reputation?

Skiing holiday - Denver Colorado, or Salt Lake City, Utah?

One constraint is it needs to be a major city, rather than a resort like Aspen - so good/great skiing within an hour by road. Both these locations fit the bill it would seem. So, where would you recommend and why?
Similar cities that are worth a thought?

Thanks in advance

John

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Utah. From the Salt Lake City, you can reach a wide variety of terrain within your hour, with better attention to beginner and intermediate runs than the Colorado mountains. And the snow is consistently good. Colorado has great snow and great resorts, but not as consistent as Utah. And the terrain is on average harder and less forgiving for intermediate skiiers/snowboarders. To really enjoy all-mountain resorts like Breckenridge, you gotta stay in the resort towns overnight. Denver is much further away than it seems for an hours worth of driving.

By way of the cities, Denver is more interesting than SLC, but SLC (by virtue of large mormon family culture) is more kid-friendly. Both have lots of good hotels and places to eat, and both are very spread out. The core downtown area is focused into a few blocks.

I have family in both cities/areas for the last couple decades (my parents are patrollers at Park City Mountain), so I know them both well. E-mail me if you'd like more information; happy to be of help.

Posted by: Tiff | May 10, 2008 12:53:06 PM

Isn't Salt Lake a dry city? For that reason alone I'd choose Denver. Or what about Albuquerque, NM? That would be more interesting than either of the others.

Posted by: Deb | May 10, 2008 7:24:15 PM

Hey Deb,

no, Salt Lake is not dry, in fact, no county in Utah is dry. There are some little foibles - some places can only sell beer and wine, and the only places that can sell spirits are private clubs (which cost a few dollars to join, and then you can invite several people as a member).

So, that's not a biggie.

The skiing in Colorado and Utah is definitely better than New Mexico (as far as I know - stand to be corrected)

j

Posted by: john Allsopp | May 10, 2008 8:07:57 PM

I still remember Salt Lake as about the bleakest, least interesting place I've ever been. Also, the airport is built in one of the foggiest places in the US, so be prepared for long delays at the airport.

Posted by: Deb | May 10, 2008 8:58:59 PM

You are selling it Deb!

john

Posted by: john Allsopp | May 10, 2008 9:54:27 PM

I try my best...

Posted by: Deb | May 10, 2008 9:59:58 PM

Tiff just begs for me to disagree with her. I'll admit, I've never been to SLC or skied in Utah at all. But as a person who fell in love with Denver and moved here to call it home, I have to pitch for it.

The options from Denver are great. Winter Park and Copper Mountain co-op as partner resorts while the five mountains of Keystone, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Vail and Beaver Creek is where my season pass resides each year. Vail and BC are an extra hour from Denver beyond the others, but well worth the excursion. Vail is simple enormous.

Denver has some great food, a lot of great local brews, and a great collection of music venues.

Plus, to Deb's point, even in the Winter time, Denver can be 65 degrees and gorgeous while its mountains are piling up snow by the foot!

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