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I am hoping that you guys can give me some advice. I am trying to put together a trip to Salt Lake City and I am a bit torn about what approach to take.

It looks like I am going to get approval from my boss to work remotely for a month. I am targeting February and would plan on working 2-3 days a week and skiing the remainder. Originally, I was going to try to get a place in Sandy or thereabouts and sample different the resorts around Salt Lake based on where the snow was falling. I figured driving 30 minutes to an hour plus (depending on where I skied) wouldn’t be that big of a deal. Plus being in SLC proper would be convenient for my wife, who is a non-skier, as she could do stuff around the city and not have to worry about driving in really bad snow conditions. On the negative side, paying for daily tickets for myself and my kids would get expensive really quick, and the resorts that would be most convenient (Alta and Snowbird) don’t have that much terrain for intermediate cruisers, which is where my kids would end up skiing the most.

Recently, I started thinking that if I am going to go out there to ski, I should stay as close to a mountain as I can. That would make it easy to get the kids home if they are done for the day and I want to keep going, or if I want to ski after work. The two options I am thinking about for this approach would be staying in the Park City area or out close to Snowbasin.

I have skied Snowbasin and like the fact that there would be good terrain for the kids and it seems relatively uncrowded. The season ticket prices look reasonable and we could ski Powder Mtn if we wanted to do something different or take the longer drive to the resorts in LCC/BCC.

I haven’t skied any of the Park City resorts and I am afraid it would end up being like blue on the weekends with massive crowds. I see they have a fast-pass type option and, based on the amount of lodging close by, I am I would need it. It looks like PC and the Canyons would have good terrain for the kids and it would be nice to be able to be on the lifts within 15 minutes of leaving the front door. Plus the PC season pace prices look cheap.

Does anyone have experience skiing PC or the Canyons on the weekends? Is it a nightmare? What do you think, where would be the best place to call home and why?
 

post #2 of 21

 


Does anyone have experience skiing PC or the Canyons on the weekends? Is it a nightmare? What do you think, where would be the best place to call home and why?
 



Christmas to New Years is a nightmare, but most weekends are relatively tame at either resort (or anywhere else in Utah)  I spend more time at The Canyons where the challenge had always been getting on the mountains from the base area.  That problem was resolved last winter when Talikster, the new owner, put gobs of $ into the resort.  Part of the improvements included moving the gondola opposite the Cabriolet lift (the Cabriolet takes skiers from the parking lot) and adding a high speed quad bubble chair at the base of the former gondola loading area. 

 

Both resorts are big at around 4000 skiable acres and will offer your family a good value with seasons passes. There is room for everyone on weekends, except for that Christmas to New Years period when the crazies come out of the woodwork.

 

Regardless of where you ski or live in Utah, do visit the Olympic Park and the Alf Engen Museum just down from The Canyons.  The whole family will love watching the future and current athletes (freestyle, luge, bobsled, jumping, etc.) and seeing the museum.

 

I can't help you with the best place to call home since I don't know your budget

post #3 of 21

I've only been there a couple of times, but my impression of Park City is that it takes a long time (multiple chairs) to get to the good stuff at the top of them mountain.  I was there over Pres Day week and there were big lines getting on the mountain, no real problem after that.  But doesnt seem well suited to a few quick runs on a day with other committments.

 

Driving up LCC or BCC (and back down -- often slower than up) isn't a big deal in a vacation context, but might be for a few quick runs.  But once there its quicker to get on the mountain (well, Solitudes weird layout would slow you down a little).  

 

Of course, anywhere you go if you start late in the day you won't find many lines (except driving back down the hill).

 

And big powder days change all the traffic considerations.. haven't been there in enough ones to know exactly how.

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for seet baby jeebus sake please learn how to search on the intertubes it is an important life skill

much like making hash

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mmmm making hash, means the corned beef and cabbage didn't sell so well?

 

Only place i've skied in Utah on the weekend is Snowbasin, is snowbasin ever crowded?

post #6 of 21

Havent been a lot or recently no its never been lcc crowded.

It does have a ton of boo and only enter here gates and in the past their patrol wasnt relly fast at opening them.

I have also been twice when the John Paul area was closed due to the need for skiers going vey fast wearing condom suit to practice that act. having good lfts terrai not open tends to make things crowded.

It turns Solitude into Multitude in a hurry when patrol decides to not run routes or open hcc, hwy2heav, Egp or fantasy gates

Got any good Hash?

BRO

post #7 of 21
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Only place i've skied in Utah on the weekend is Snowbasin, is snowbasin ever crowded?


Yes, when the CC's are closed.  On those days the whole vibe changes & it can be a shitshow, powder frenzie!  Our patrollers get hasseled & people just seem to get rude nonono2.gif.

 

My Mantra on those days is "Save our Basin from the Canyons".

 

Once all the fresh snow gets raped & pillaged in a few runs, they usually leave & things get back to normal.

JF

 

 

post #8 of 21

My $0.02: 

It sounds like your skiing desires might best fit Snowbasin -- but there's really no "there" there.  Plus, if you really ski 4/5 days a week, you might run out of variety.  Ogden is nice enough for what it is... but it is what it is.

 

Park City will be more fun as a place to live for your kids and wife -- and there's more other stuff (xc skiing, movies, restaurants, etc.) to do.  If you get familiar with PC and Canyons and DV, you'll find places to hide out and ski on the weekends.

It sounds like a good "problem" to have.

 

post #9 of 21
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Yes, when the CC's are closed.  On those days the whole vibe changes & it can be a shitshow, powder frenzie!  Our patrollers get hasseled & people just seem to get rude nonono2.gif.

 

My Mantra on those days is "Save our Basin from the Canyons".

 

Once all the fresh snow gets raped & pillaged in a few runs, they usually leave & things get back to normal.

JF

 

 



I can tell if the lcc open yet on pow days by the # of ocers with their sporty bird & alta stickers in the bcc lift lines

Is it just me or is there a shitload of boo weener rope and gates compared to other areas pow mow for sure and sillytude

Earl dead?

when are the condos coming? Will they all have deluxe shitters? my skibum bum feels out of place there.

+$2k for queer valley this season? BWWWAAAAAHHHHHH

hope to ski ya around there this season I like it its a fun resort ganjolas ftw

BRO

 

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I can tell if the lcc open yet on pow days by the # of ocers with their sporty bird & alta stickers in the bcc lift line

Yup, & like I said the tension level just rises a bit.

 

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Is it just me or is there a shitload of boo weener rope and gates compared to other areas pow mow for sure and sillytude

Yes, lots of "Avalanche Control Areas" but it is pretty sweet when you can time the rope drops to perfection, Karma, dumb luck or skill wink.gif.

 

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Earl dead?

Still rockin' & even visits occasionally.

 

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when are the condos coming? Will they all have deluxe shitters? my skibum bum feels out of place there.

Just waiting for the economy to turn around I believe, much of a masterplan has been approved.  Who knows when...  I am in no hurry.

 

Yes, I am sure the facilities will be top notch.

 

I rarely enter the lodges.

 

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hope to ski ya around there this season I like it its a fun resort ganjolas ftw

Same here, PM me when you can make it!

The Jamaica car in Strawberry will be awaiting your arrival.

 

JF

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Why is it Skifishbum's posts make me feel like Margaret Mead?

post #12 of 21
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hope to ski ya around there this season I like it its a fun resort ganjolas ftw

BRO

 



The ride up is ok i guess, specially on a windy day, ride up up up ski down go here go there it's all good

then you get to the bottom, take skis off, shuffle & bump thru the line, i like chairlifts

 

post #13 of 21
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The ride up is ok i guess, specially on a windy day, ride up up up ski down go here go there it's all good

then you get to the bottom, take skis off, shuffle & bump thru the line, i like chairlifts

 

I agree that Chairlifts are better for pure skiing & walking on those abrasive pavers wear my boot soles out faster than anything.  On a cold, wet, windy or stormy day the gondolas sure are nice to relax in & the social atmosphere is usually much better as well.

JF
 

 

 

post #14 of 21

Ya if I had a month like quickturns I'm sure I'd learn to make the best of it smile.gif might take that long to find the Jamaica car, is it just on the strawberry?

post #15 of 21

It's been years and years since I lived in the area, but if it were me (with family) I'd be tempted to make my home in Park City and live with the limitations (and many pluses too) of its three ski areas. I lived in Sandy and it was not to my taste; I've never been to Ogden.

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Yes, when the CC's are closed.  On those days the whole vibe changes & it can be a shitshow, powder frenzie!  Our patrollers get hasseled & people just seem to get rude nonono2.gif.

 

My Mantra on those days is "Save our Basin from the Canyons".

 

Once all the fresh snow gets raped & pillaged in a few runs, they usually leave & things get back to normal.

JF

 

 

I feel lucky that in three trips in the last two years I have not experienced that.  The laid back atmosphere at Snowbasin and especially Pow Mow is what I really like about both of them.  The skiing at Alta and Snowbird is awesome but everything feels like its a competition.there.

 

Back to the original topic though I think Snowbasin probably fits best. While there isn't much in the way of housing right there I think its one easier places to get in and out of as well as to get around the mountain.  Park City has some decent skiing but the runs are relatively short and I find it kind of hard to get around there.  My friends and I found that the best approach for skiing Park City was to find a part of the mountain we liked and stick to it.  That meant doing laps on the Jupiter chair for the most part.
 

 

post #17 of 21

Your best bet is to stay in SLC or Sandy.  Your wife will probably like that better, esp if she is a non-skier.   Access to entertainment, shopping and stuff. The novelty of walking down Main St and dealing with the traffic in PC will wear off soon.  The skiing and scenery in LCC is much better and you can still access PC and Snowbasin with no trouble.  I would plan on skiing half days in LCC and the other half elsewhere.  Even in February, the chance that the snow and powder conditions are better in the CC's is at least a 75% bet.  It's only a short 30-40 minute drive from SLC to PC or the CC's and 1-1:20 to Snowbasin.  Now if you are going to live out there and work your way into a community, that is a different story, PC could be the ticket, but your circumstances are different, you'll just be a ski tourist. 

Don't stay in Ogden.  Snowbasin is my second favorite resort but.  After about 5 days skiing there, when it snows twice as much in the CC's, you'll be chomping to be elsewhere.  And it's over an hour drive to the other resorts. 

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 Now if you are going to live out there and work your way into a community, that is a different story, PC could be the ticket, but your circumstances are different, you'll just be a ski tourist. 

 


Good point.

 

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Your best bet is to stay in SLC or Sandy.  Your wife will probably like that better, esp if she is a non-skier.   Access to entertainment, shopping and stuff. The novelty of walking down Main St and dealing with the traffic in PC will wear off soon.  The skiing and scenery in LCC is much better and you can still access PC and Snowbasin with no trouble.  I would plan on skiing half days in LCC and the other half elsewhere.  Even in February, the chance that the snow and powder conditions are better in the CC's is at least a 75% bet.  It's only a short 30-40 minute drive from SLC to PC or the CC's and 1-1:20 to Snowbasin.  Now if you are going to live out there and work your way into a community, that is a different story, PC could be the ticket, but your circumstances are different, you'll just be a ski tourist. 

Don't stay in Ogden.  Snowbasin is my second favorite resort but.  After about 5 days skiing there, when it snows twice as much in the CC's, you'll be chomping to be elsewhere.  And it's over an hour drive to the other resorts.

+1 If you're out there for any length of time the superiority in ski quality (both terrain and conditions) of the Cottonwood Canyons becomes more and more evident.   You'll be skiing the other places just for occasional variety or to avoid the most crowded days or delayed road openings.

post #20 of 21

Bro, looking forward to do a recon trip to look for a place to stay. Good thinking, putting this up here to get others input, there is a lot of good advice in here and some of the other Salt Lake threads. 

 

My company has an office in Salt Lake, just a block away from where we stayed last time, maybe I should look into changing offices?

 

post #21 of 21

I would think about the season pass issue and then make up my mind. PCMR has a cheap pass, solitude and pow mow too.


Edited by tromano - 9/23/11 at 9:22pm
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