Woo hoo! Got my Ikon pass today!

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Benny Profane Benny Profane
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Also Abasin in Colorado.
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Benny Profane wrote
Also Abasin in Colorado.
Good catch.  Thanks!  I knew that but obviously forgot to update my personal list.  Updated the post.
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Abasin sent me over the edge and convinced me to buy, even though I have a Killington pass and Sugarbush Boomer pass. April can be awesome there, and Copper ain't too bad, either.

So many options. I have the luxury of waiting until February to make a decision. Play the conditions. A few years ago, SLC was awful, but Big Sky was awesome. Drove down to Jackson, and suddenly SLC gets a dump. If the east is good, stay here.
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Moglmike wrote
I have not been out west in long time, how is it taking skis on a plane, thanks for the info this is a cool place I stumbled into,
Skis are not considered oversized.  Need some sort of bag, soft or hard.  The catch if you don't fly Southwest is the baggage fees.  Also should figure out how to carry boots on the plane.  Start a new thread about packing if you want to learn more.
I bought this bag a year or so ago to use as an overnight or short weekend bag, and was pleasantly surprised at how well it adapted to being a boot bag for air travel. Fits the boots on the bottom and plenty of stuff on top. Great overhead size. Backpack straps free your hands to drag another bag through airports.

https://www.patagonia.com/product/black-hole-duffel-bag-55-liters/49342.html

Also, I like my Burton snowboard bag for skis. I pack my ski clothes and stuff in there to protect them. Just be sure it's long enough for your longest skis. Now, if they only could make a bag that is immune to baggage handling damage. I swear there are people back there with box cutters just waiting to slice my stuff.
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This is great info, I guess I really don't fly much because of not being used to booking and logistics so I end up driving.
The Ikon is making me think of trying to do a couple weeks out west rent a car and cruise to where ever I can, is Denver best place to fly into to start from?  Thanks!
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With the Ikon, SLC is a better in and out. Almost the same distance, lots of direct flights, and the ski hills are closer to the airport.

Or, you could fly into SLC, ski there, and drive to Denver, doing the Aspen mountains and Summit County along the way.
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Also, I like my Burton snowboard bag for skis. I pack my ski clothes and stuff in there to protect them. Just be sure it's long enough for your longest skis. Now, if they only could make a bag that is immune to baggage handling damage. I swear there are people back there with box cutters just waiting to slice my stuff.
I have been using a sportube for years, great way to take your skis although packing them in there is a little funky. No worries about the bag getting ripped.
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I also got a Sportube.  Went for the version the holds 2 pairs of skis, even though most of the time I only take one.  Leaves room for other bulky stuff or my daughter's skis if she flies with me.  Or a new pair of skis if I find a deal on demo skis. ;-)

Only downside to a hardcase is that it takes up more room in the car after arrival.  I also have a DB Slim Jim that's a single soft bag with wheels.  It rolls up for storage.  Had soft bags without wheels back in the 1990s and won't use those flying any more.
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Moglmike wrote
This is great info, I guess I really don't fly much because of not being used to booking and logistics so I end up driving.
The Ikon is making me think of trying to do a couple weeks out west rent a car and cruise to where ever I can, is Denver best place to fly into to start from?  Thanks!
I agree that SLC is better for skiing unless someone has an Epic pass or really likes to ski in Colorado.  Plane tickets are cheaper to Denver but rental car rates are quite steep.  Need to look at all the transportation costs and time spent driving.  Then decide on your priorities.

From SLC, I've done trips that involved driving to Sun Valley, Grand Targhee on the way to Bozeman and Big Sky, or Jackson Hole.  This winter, my friends and I will drive to Steamboat after skiing in SLC for a few days.  Then I'll fly east from Denver, as will another friend who lives in the midwest.

Don't have to worry about the SLC airport shutting down due to snowstorms.  Doesn't happen that often in Denver but definitely can be delays due to winter storms.
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Only problem with SLC is SLC. At least you leave Denver and hour behind in the rear view after landing there.
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