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I have 3 days and am on my own. My plan is to do the SuperPass/SLC motel/Ski bus thing for as cheap a trip as possible. I am a strong eastern intermediate in my mid-fifties. I've skied powder, but not much. Never out West. My questions are:

 

Which of the Cottonwood areas to ski? From forum posts it seems wise to skip Snowbird in favor of Alta, Solitude and Brighton. Or should I stick to a single resort.

 

Rent in SLC or at the resorts? Any particular demo model a deep snow newbie should look for?

 

Does the ski bus really get you to the resorts in time to rent before the lifts open?

 

Is it practical to ski the day you fly out and still make an early evening, late afternoon flight?

 

 

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Originally Posted by Dnewhall View Post

I have 3 days and am on my own. My plan is to do the SuperPass/SLC motel/Ski bus thing for as cheap a trip as possible. I am a strong eastern intermediate in my mid-fifties. I've skied powder, but not much. Never out West. My questions are:

 

Which of the Cottonwood areas to ski? From forum posts it seems wise to skip Snowbird in favor of Alta, Solitude and Brighton. Or should I stick to a single resort.

 

Rent in SLC or at the resorts? Any particular demo model a deep snow newbie should look for?

 

Does the ski bus really get you to the resorts in time to rent before the lifts open?

 

Is it practical to ski the day you fly out and still make an early evening, late afternoon flight?

 

 


#1 Alta and Solitude.

 

#2 Rent at the resorts. That way you don't have to lug it up on the bus.

 

As far as what skis, the deeper the snow, the wider and more rockered the ski you should ask for. Blizzard the one is a perfect every day ski for UT. Something like a JJ or S7 is good if it s a powder day.

 

post #3 of 4

I would just rent a car anyway. It shouldn't be more than $70 for three days and then you have more options, in terms of getting food, getting around, renting at canyon sports or the like. The only time I would say not to is if you will only be in park city where the public transportation can get you whatever you need. Most of the motels in the midvale/sandy area are in semi isolated office parks

 

The bus can be your backup if you rent a sedan and there are 4wd restrictions.

 

Also, with a car you have more control over getting back to the airport for a flight. If it is not snowing heavily you should be able to leave any of the LCC or BCC resorts at 3 for a 5:30 flight without too much worry.

post #4 of 4

The Brighton Lodge is an option you should consider.  It's a glorified hostel.  Go on the Brighton site for contact info.  It does look like prices have gone up a bit, but still a good deal and you are right on the mountain.  You can hit the lift with a baseball.  Solitude is down the street.  Also try for a room at the Silverfork Lodge.  A little bit more expensive but very comfortable.  Definitely dine here if you stay at Brighton.

 

Snowbird is my favorite resort in all of North America. You can definitely ski most of it on a powder day.  I'm from Ohio in my mid-40s and ski Holiday Valley most weekends.  If you are a strong intermediate on eastern crud, you'll be fine in Utah. 

 

The bus is an option but it's soooo inconvenient.  It does run regularly but it can be crowded and you don't want to find yourself stuck on a bus for two hours on a powder morning because you decided to stay down below.

 

The nice part about the Brighton Lodge is you will be sure to meet people sitting around the fireplace who you can ski with the next day.  It's always great to have local knowledge.  Good luck.

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