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Old 02-25-2020, 05:12 PM   #85
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The good, bad and ugly side of things.

With some of the travel restrictions in place right now, there should be far fewer Chinese visitors hitting Yellowstone and other NPs. At least until those restrictions are lifted. I'm not picking on any group of people or passing any other judgement, just there are a lots Chinese at some of the NPs in tour groups. I also see smaller number of many other Nationalities at the NPs.

The bad, you might want to plan on having some protective gear (masks) with you when in the big crowds. Visitors are from everywhere. Also have portable hand cleanser with you. At least IMO. Of course by then then all of this virus stuff might be cleared up or we could be in a real mess. Who knows.
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WOW! Took a look at your itinerary. Lots of long driving days.

I am dotting the i's & crossing the t's for our trip. We have 105 days. We start & return to the Eastern Shore, Chesapeake Bay. We won't even cross the Mississippi & the trip is 6000 miles & looking rather full with things to do & see.
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I actually thought about the possibility of lesser crowds due to travel restrictions. We should be well protected as my better half is a FNP.
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The good, bad and ugly side of things.

With some of the travel restrictions in place right now, there should be far fewer Chinese visitors hitting Yellowstone and other NPs. At least until those restrictions are lifted. I'm not picking on any group of people or passing any other judgement, just there are a lots Chinese at some of the NPs in tour groups. I also see smaller number of many other Nationalities at the NPs.

The bad, you might want to plan on having some protective gear (masks) with you when in the big crowds. Visitors are from everywhere. Also have portable hand cleanser with you. At least IMO. Of course by then then all of this virus stuff might be cleared up or we could be in a real mess. Who knows.
A very good point you bring up. 2 Years years ago, when we did the GC and utah, we saw bus loads from China. They were all over, sometimes making me feel like O was in a foreign country. I didn't mind, as I know how amazing this country is, but at times it was scary. I was hiking at Bryce and there was a Chinese lady, hiking down the trail (very scary trail) in high heeled shoes. I tried to tell her that she needed to wear better safer shoes, or she might kill herself. She just looked, smiled, and kept going. It was very unnerving.
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The good, bad and ugly side of things.

With some of the travel restrictions in place right now, there should be far fewer Chinese visitors hitting Yellowstone and other NPs. At least until those restrictions are lifted. I'm not picking on any group of people or passing any other judgement, just there are a lots Chinese at some of the NPs in tour groups. I also see smaller number of many other Nationalities at the NPs.

The bad, you might want to plan on having some protective gear (masks) with you when in the big crowds. Visitors are from everywhere. Also have portable hand cleanser with you. At least IMO. Of course by then then all of this virus stuff might be cleared up or we could be in a real mess. Who knows.
I have been thinking the same thing. While at Niagara Falls last October the tour buses from China were everywhere. There is a good article from CNN about how to prevent getting this. It is basically the same things to do if there were a bad year for the flu. We leave in 6 weeks for our 3 1/2 month long trip.
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Fireside in the Valley was about the only RV options available around the Tetons now unless I stayed right in Jackson. Iíll keep looking around and see if I can find some BD options or even some cancelations. So, At least we have a place to stay with hookups, etc.


Yeah, Iím an extreme skier. Odd for someone that lives in eastern NC but I grew up in the mountains and would use my season pass to ski nearly every day after school. Carry my skis with me to school and head straight to the mountain once the last bell rang (and sometimes earlier when I could sneak out!). And I love the backcountry skiing and guided cat or heli skiing. So Jackson is right up my alley. Done my share of it, just not at Jackson, mostly because itís so expensive to get there and stay. And now with a family, we stick to mostly Copper or Keystone that is easy to get to and affordable and great for families.

I do love me some Alta. Great place.
Tahoe is probably one of my All around favorites followed by Heavenly. Itís just so expensive itís hard to go there a lot.
Kids sent this today!

First Light and the Backside of Snowbird;

They both had Christmas and Spring Break there for 10 years - think you would enjoy a Day with them.
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Kids sent this today!

First Light and the Backside of Snowbird;

They both had Christmas and Spring Break there for 10 years - think you would enjoy a Day with them.
Iím jealous. We didnít do a ski trip this year because we are doing a 6 week trip this summer. So Iím missing out on the snow this year. But we are currently planning a 10 day Christmas ski trip out west somewhere. We like Copper and Keystone because itís good for families (not so good for me, but great for the kiddos) but I think itís time to try something new.
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I’m jealous. We didn’t do a ski trip this year because we are doing a 6 week trip this summer. So I’m missing out on the snow this year. But we are currently planning a 10 day Christmas ski trip out west somewhere. We like Copper and Keystone because it’s good for families (not so good for me, but great for the kiddos) but I think it’s time to try something new.
Not to Hijack your thread - when the kids were young, some 30 years ago, we did SLC - Embassy Suites - every year for Christmas (10 days) - this allowed us to ski all of Utah - https://www.skicentral.com/utah-map.html - we skied them all in the 20-30 + trips to Utah - Alta and Snowbird being the Favorites and Deer Valley the Thursday Fish Fry was one of the Favorite Meals.

Anyway the point was we flew in on Christmas day early - rented a car - checked in the Hotel and skied till the 3rd of January before coming home, going to all the resorts at one time or another. as far as Value and Fun - we have stories - Like the time Robert Redford almost knocked my wife over, got the Picture - Embassy suites - Breakfast for 6 in the morning (we always took two older cousins) ski all day return for Open Bar and dinner only to hit the repeat the next day - with a Pool - a Gym - and close to all the Christmas fun in SLC - just like Camping without the RV - I'd suggest you at least look into it as a Possibility - always had better early snow in Utah than in Colorado - Greatest Snow on Earth is not just a slogan it's TRUE.

The 6 weeks this summer will be Great - Get out to the Rockies a fast as Possible - then really Study each area to see the Little things so often Missed.

It's going to be More than Great - it's going to be an Epic Memory, you will remember forever! - -

Take three pictures every time you think One will Do.

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Ah, I nearly forgot about Alta and Deer Valley. I’d say Deer Valley is one of my favorites. Alta is good too.

We have quite a few memories from our crazy trips. Ha. The stories are the best and what really drives us. My parents brought me out west every year starting at 11 years old and I loved it. Aside from this year, I’m doing the same with my girls. They are 9 now, been doing it with them since they were 3. I think in a year or two they will be able to hit the backcountry with me.

I haven’t been out west in the summer, so it’s going to be great to see many of the places we ski but in the summer and get to enjoy the summer beauty of the mountains. It’s going to be awesome.
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Ah, I nearly forgot about Alta and Deer Valley. Iíd say Deer Valley is one of my favorites. Alta is good too.

We have quite a few memories from our crazy trips. Ha. The stories are the best and what really drives us. My parents brought me out west every year starting at 11 years old and I loved it. Aside from this year, Iím doing the same with my girls. They are 9 now, been doing it with them since they were 3. I think in a year or two they will be able to hit the backcountry with me.

I havenít been out west in the summer, so itís going to be great to see many of the places we ski but in the summer and get to enjoy the summer beauty of the mountains. Itís going to be awesome.
So much to see we even love the ski resorts in the Summer - always have a lot going on.

Keep working on the trip - many on the forum do know many of the secretes that just make it better.

If I can help feel free to pm me.

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Thanks! We are still working on it but slowed down this week to do some maintenance on the RV before I boondock next weekend in Shenandoah NP for a couple days.
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Moab has the best in off road trails bar none--Been there 5 times with side x sides !!!!6-8 days each time--AWESOME
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Oh.... the Moab 4-wheeling pics bring back such good memories. Been there; done that. Awesome experiences!
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