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Am I using my time in UT properly?

post #1 of 21
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I just booked my first trip to UT for March 9-14 which gives me 4 1/2 days of skiing and I'm hoping that the helpful folks here can comment on my agenda. I've been out to Jackson Hole, Whistler and all of the Tahoe mountains so while I would never call myself a good or expert skier I am comfortable with almost everything those mountains could throw at me and I prefer off-piste, ungroomed terrain and really enjoy woods and glades.

 

I haven't yet settled my lodging situation but thats next on the agenda. Park City is too expensive at this particular time so I was thinking maybe Midvale or Downtown SLC if I want a little more nightlife.

 

So we land early enough in the day(10:17am) where I think I can grab my rental car and shoot over to Park City for an afternoon of free skiing - was thinking PCMR or the Canyons. I'm guessing I can't go wrong with either.

 

For the subsequent 4 days I was thinking of 2 days at Snowbird followed by 2 days at Snowbasin. I can't visit Alta as my brother snowboards and I figure Snowbird has plenty of terrain to keep me busy for 2 days. From what I have read on these boards I figure the drive to Snowbasin for a couple days would also be worth it over hitting up Solitude and Brighton for a day each.

 

Does this make sense?

post #2 of 21

Makes sense to me. I'd vote Canyons as its closer to the airport and just as good as PCMR (actually more fun IMO if you know the mt). I'd probably do a day at Solitude instead of 2 at Snowbasin just to save the driving. Plenty of off-piste at Solitude to keep you entertained.

post #3 of 21

Snowbird will definitely keep you busy for 2 days.  Too bad you can't ski Alta, it is a legend for a reason.  I would second drb's comment about Solitude, it is a great mountain with plenty of terrain to keep you and your buddy busy.  Not usually crowded so you can get alot of runs in.  Make sure you do Honeycomb canyon if your ability allows.

 

BTW, night life is one thing Salt Lake does not have much of, at least that I have been able to find.  I am usually to worn out from skiing to do anything other than dinner and a few brews.  Plus hangovers can ruin a good day of skiing.  You will find some of the best snow and most challenging terrain in and around SLC so have fun and let us know what you think. 

post #4 of 21

I don't think they have the free PC pass when you are there.  I would ski Solitude that first half day.  Then Snowbird, Snowbasin(it's a drive(1:30) but always worth it for me), Snowbird and figure the last day out for yourself.

post #5 of 21

Sounds like a reasonable plan.  I'd definitely steer you to PCMR over the Crayons.  PCMR may take ten more minutes to get to, but you'll gain it back in the time you save not having to find your way around the Crayons.  Seriously, it a terribly laid out hill and you'll waste a lot of time figuring out how to get around and traversing from one place to another.

 

Think about doing a day at Solitude or Brighton - BCC is a different feel than LCC and worth seeing.

 

I'd suggest the following itinerary:  PCMR on the first day 'cause it's free, then a day each at Snowbird Solitude and Snowbasin in no particular order.  For the final day, go back to the one you liked best.

post #6 of 21

If you are planning to ski at Snowbasin why not spend a day at Powder Mountain since it is in that same area?  We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with your lodging and can offer discounted lift tickets to some of the areas you are interested in skiing/riding at during your trip.  Feel free to send us a PM, email or call us for more information. 

post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by cosbytravelpro View Post

If you are planning to ski at Snowbasin why not spend a day at Powder Mountain since it is in that same area? 



Why not? Because PowMow's flat with lots of old slow lifts, whereas Snowbasin has lots of speedy new lift, no liftlines, great terrain, great lodges (and food) etc. Yes, yes, the powder stays there longer, but that's because it's in (far) last place of the areas to ski in SLC.

 

Also - The Crayons does have a sorta wacky layout, but it sounds like you're a decent skier, so go either a) to the Dreamscape area and play in the trees, or b) to the Condor lift. Staying in the middle is just a waste. Far better than PMCR in my opinion.

post #8 of 21

 

Why not? Because PowMow's flat with lots of old slow lifts, whereas Snowbasin has lots of speedy new lift, no liftlines, great terrain, great lodges (and food) etc. Yes, yes, the powder stays there longer, but that's because it's in (far) last place of the areas to ski in SLC."

 

Thank you for posting this and please keep it up. That just helps keep the pow in Pow Mow.

 

As for the question: PCMR over Canyons if you want to keep skiing into the night. It's nice to have that extra time.

 

Not sure why anyone would recommend Solitude over Snowbasin--outside of the fact that it's closer (but it doesn't seem like you mind the driving, anyway). Snowbasin has better lifts/less hiking, way more vertical, must-see shitters, and is just a better mountain overall. Solitude gets more snow, so might be a better choice if it snows more during your trip, but overall Snowbasin is superior and worth the trip.

post #9 of 21

I agree Pow Mow sucks... stay awayBSmeter.gif

post #10 of 21

My list is:

Alta

Solitude

Snowbasin

Brighton

Sundance

Snowbird (I don't like tunnels, or conveyor belts, and especially tunnels with conveyor belts)

I've never been to Canyons, DV or Powder Mountain, and I never land in time for the free first day.

 

It's hard to go wrong in Utah.

 

BK

post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post

I don't think they have the free PC pass when you are there.

 

This is correct. The Quick Start end Feb 18th, then start again March 27th.

 

Anyway, the pow in Powmow's great - build up your arms so you can poles through it (on the downhill parts!).

post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by JoeUT View Post


Not sure why anyone would recommend Solitude over Snowbasin--outside of the fact that it's closer (but it doesn't seem like you mind the driving, anyway). Snowbasin has better lifts/less hiking, way more vertical, must-see shitters, and is just a better mountain overall. Solitude gets more snow, so might be a better choice if it snows more during your trip, but overall Snowbasin is superior and worth the trip.


No real argument here, other than to observe that nobody is suggesting that the OP skip Snowbasin to ski Solitude.  The advice seems to be a day at each rather than two days at Snobasin for variety's sake.

 

BTW, Solitude has improved their lift system considerably in the last two or three years.  Snowbasin still has the edge, but it's not as clear cut as it once was.

 

post #13 of 21



 

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Originally Posted by jp4266 View Post

I just booked my first trip to UT for March 9-14 which gives me 4 1/2 days of skiing and I'm hoping that the helpful folks here can comment on my agenda. I've been out to Jackson Hole, Whistler and all of the Tahoe mountains so while I would never call myself a good or expert skier I am comfortable with almost everything those mountains could throw at me and I prefer off-piste, ungroomed terrain and really enjoy woods and glades.

Above statement made me think immediately of Honeycomb Canyon at Solitude.  It's super scenic http://www.dcski.com/ubbthreads33/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=61449&page=4 , not groomed, and parts of it are not too tough, although nearby are challenging glades. It is served by old double chair so if you went there first day the slow ride might be appreciated by your lungs if you live at sea level.

 

Snowbasin is nice and because relatively low altitude, might be good for your second day as you continue elevation adjustment.  Then two days at Snowbird sounds good.  Then use last day to return to a favorite or check out Brighton which your brother might enjoy because he'll see so many snowboarders there.


 

post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all of the advice so far!

 

Thats a bummer that I won't be able to exchange my boarding pass for a free lift ticket - sounds like I may not be visiting Park City this year unless I decide to make a trip for a nice dinner out.

 

So Solitude, Snowbird, Snowbasin are definite. I figured I could do 2 days at Snowbird easily as it seems like its big enough to have me exploring for days.

 

So another question regarding Downtown Salt Lake vs Midvale or Sandy: When I say I'm looking for nightlife I more refer to a dinner out and some drinks than partying all night. From my searches on this board staying in SLC would be the better option for that? Is parking difficult there?

post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post

 

BTW, Solitude has improved their lift system considerably in the last two or three years.  Snowbasin still has the edge, but it's not as clear cut as it once was.

 

 

The only thing I saw them regarding lift improvement at Solitude was put a new high-speed RIGHT BESIDE the existing fixed grip in the middle of the hill. ? I never could figure out the logic of that.

 

Where they need the lifts, off to the left to get up to the bowl, is still old and slow. Shame too as there's some great skiing there, it just takes so darn long to get to.

 

I really can't see how the two are even in the same league. That being said, Solitude's a place I always enjoy going to.
 

post #16 of 21

Depends what type of food you're looking for, I guess. Salt Lake will have more options, but there are restaurants/bars in Midvale/Sandy. Bohemian Brewery is one that comes to mind--never ate there, but their beer is good and their menu looks just as good. Basically weigh the proximity against the food selection and make the call.

post #17 of 21
Originally Posted by jp4266 View Post

So another question regarding Downtown Salt Lake vs Midvale or Sandy: When I say I'm looking for nightlife I more refer to a dinner out and some drinks than partying all night. From my searches on this board staying in SLC would be the better option for that? Is parking difficult there?

I never stayed downtown, but it's not tight and I would think there is easy free? parking at the hotels.(not like the $42, plus valet tip, they wanted in Wash DC last nt)  But, the big hotels would have elevators so more trouble hauling gear around. Downtown, I've eaten there plenty of times, would have a better choice and more a notch up from S/M.  More metro like choices.  Downtown is closer to PC and Snowbasin and has nicer hotels. 

 

Sandy/Midvale has family type restaurants, lots of families, some big families.  You're 25 minutes closer to the BCC/LCC from S/M, cuts down on the commute. Sandy/Midvale would in most cases be cheaper, but nightlife is limited, very limited.   The bar next to the LiftHouse, The Canyon Inn, is a den of iniquity.  La Quinta & Super 8 Midvale fit the bill for a ski trip with the guys.
 

post #18 of 21
Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

I really can't see how the two are even in the same league. That being said, Solitude's a place I always enjoy going to.
 

 

This sums it up pretty well for me. Snowbasin (for everyone) and the Bird (for advanced and experts) are the class of UT skiing. Solitude is fun and a nice place to ski but not any better than anything else. So I think the OP;s original plan is good. Also staying down town is alot nicer than sandy / midvale.

 

If you want to take a detour I would say he would be just as well to explore other resorts on the PC side as opposed to BCC. The canyons is huge, half a day will not even scratch the surface.
 

post #19 of 21
Thread Starter 

Great info thanks all! Excited for my trip and the hoping for some big dumps!

post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by jp4266 View Post
So another question regarding Downtown Salt Lake vs Midvale or Sandy: When I say I'm looking for nightlife I more refer to a dinner out and some drinks than partying all night. From my searches on this board staying in SLC would be the better option for that? Is parking difficult there?


We stay in Cottonwood Heights (near Sandy/Midvale) and when we want a nice dinner we just drive downtown and go to Martine or Bambara - it's only 20 minutes or so and finding street parking in the evening is never a problem.  Basically we take the money we save on accommodations and spend it on food.  (c:

 

So, you can stay in Sandy/Midvale and eat downtown if you want.  The amount of driving is about the same - 20 min to the slopes and 20 min to dinner, or 40 min to the slopes and dinner (maybe) close by. 

post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 

I'm pumped to be leaving tomorrow morning for my first visit to UT. Looks like some nice snowfall totals over the last few days, hopefully we get some more before I leave next Mon.

 

Looking at the weather I will stick with the mid-size car I rented and plan on just bringing my Mantra's to ski, no need for anything narrower on this trip.

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