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I need some opinions on what the best options are for either staying in Salt Lake or staying at a ski resort hotel. Any advice on how the UTA is from downtown and how long that takes to get to the ski resorts? Would it be cheaper and easier in the long run to stay in like Park City?

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The best and cheapest way to do Utah is to stay in Sandy and rent a car, and ski the Cottonwood Canyons.  That's what I do, but my friends are old and we don't go out much.  If you want the ski town experience, you need to stay in Park City, but the skiing there is a little less intense, unless a local shows you the goods, which they won't. 

Some day I'm going to stay up at Alta, if I can get the Budget Committee to approve it.

 

BK

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It all depends on which resorts you want to ski at.  If you are considering LCC or BCC then staying in Sandy or Midvalley are your best options.  Plus, if you buy the SLC Super Pass, you will receive free transportation to the LCC and BCC resorts.  You should expect at least a 45 minute commute to the resort.  If you want to ski PC, DV and the Canyons stay in Park City and stay in Ogden to ski Snowbasin and Powder.  If you want to send us a PM, email or call us with you specific travel dates, we would be happy to give you some lodging recommendations and pricing for your trip.  We also sell the SLC Super Pass.  Our services are complimentary to you. 

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I did three trips to Park City with my skiing buddies before doing two trips to SLC with my family.  On the SLC trips we stayed in Sandy the first year and at the Residence Inn Cottonwoods the 2nd year.  Both locations offer easy access to BCC and LCC.  Check out the location of this Residence Inn:

 

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/slctt-residence-inn-salt-lake-city-cottonwood/

 

From a skiing perspective, I think I prefer the four Cottonwood resorts to the Park City resorts.  Then again, on the family trips, the need for ski town atmosphere was not needed.  We were on the mtn all day, came down, showered, went out for dinner and then went to bed.  Repeat for 6 days, get on a plane a fly home tired.  Smiles on everyone's faces. 

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Renting a car and a condo in Sandy/Midvale/Cottonwood Heights gives the best bang for the buck. So that's what I always do. You'll pay twice as much or more to stay slopeside.

 

From that location you can be at any of the CC resorts in about half an hour when the weather is good.  It's maybe another ten minutes to drive over to Park City and slightly over an hour to Snowbasin.  If it's dumping snow, you can catch the bus up either CC or drive over to PC since I 80 rarely closes.

 

UTA bus info is here: http://www.rideuta.com/mc/?page=RidingUTA-SkiService

 

It takes as little as 15 minutes  (e.g. from the Park and Ride to Snowbird) or up to an hour and a half (eg downtown to Alta) depending on where you're staying and where you're skiing.

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Some day I'm going to stay up at Alta, if I can get the Budget Committee to approve it.

 

BK

 

 

Snowbird currently has the best spring deal, but keep an eye on the Snowpine's website. 

 

http://www.snowbird.com/lodging/hotdeals.php?deal=33

 

 

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I need some opinions on what the best options are for either staying in Salt Lake or staying at a ski resort hotel. Any advice on how the UTA is from downtown and how long that takes to get to the ski resorts? Would it be cheaper and easier in the long run to stay in like Park City?



My opinion is to stay in Park City.  Never risk travel when it comes to skiing.  Stay where you can ski.

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Originally Posted by stomparound85 View Post

I need some opinions on what the best options are for either staying in Salt Lake or staying at a ski resort hotel. Any advice on how the UTA is from downtown and how long that takes to get to the ski resorts? Would it be cheaper and easier in the long run to stay in like Park City?



My opinion is to stay in Park City.  Never risk travel when it comes to skiing.  Stay where you can ski.



Park City is way more expensive though. Down in Midvale/Sandy you can be staying for $50-70 a night, whereas I've never found much cheaper than $150/night in Park City (granted I haven't searched that much, but Park City is definitely the most expensive ski area to stay in Utah). 

 

You make a valid point about travel, but with the Cottonwood bus system, it really shouldn't be an issue. And since he's looking specifically for the cheapest, I'd say Midvale/Sandy fits the bill.

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