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Where would you stay Park City area or Canyons?

post #1 of 8
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Hi All,

 

This is our first trip to Utah.  We are staying 8 days end of January (overlapping Sundance) and plan to ski DV, PC, Canyons and take a shuttle to Alta for a day trip.  So, ski-in/out will only benefit us for part of our trip.  We generally ski all day and everyday most trip. So, nightlife not important, just because we are sooo tired.  However, we do eat out or like to take in and go for an evening walk or stroll about town most nights. Sounds silly after all that skiing, but walking keeps our legs loose. 

 

I have narrowed it down to the following that fits our budget and priced in the following order highest to lowest - all have great views and seem decent properties:

 

 Snow Flower studio/full kitchen condo, true ski-in/out at Three Kings Lift area.

 

 Powder Pointe, one bedroom, not ski-in out, but walk to lifts, seems like location good for walking to some area restaurants, liquor store, etc.

 

Sundial one-bedroom, ski-in/out right by the New Gondola, but need shuttle to get around (which we've done on other vacas and never been a problem).

 

Silverado Studio/full kitchen condo - also Canyons, Also, need shuttle to get about anywhere including lifts but savings of $500 - 800 over all the above properties. 

 

Your thoughts? 

post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by Bayla View Post

Hi All,

 

This is our first trip to Utah.  We are staying 8 days end of January (overlapping Sundance) and plan to ski DV, PC, Canyons and take a shuttle to Alta for a day trip.  So, ski-in/out will only benefit us for part of our trip.  We generally ski all day and everyday most trip. So, nightlife not important, just because we are sooo tired.  However, we do eat out or like to take in and go for an evening walk or stroll about town most nights. Sounds silly after all that skiing, but walking keeps our legs loose. 

 

I have narrowed it down to the following that fits our budget and priced in the following order highest to lowest - all have great views and seem decent properties:

 

 Snow Flower studio/full kitchen condo, true ski-in/out at Three Kings Lift area.

 

 Powder Pointe, one bedroom, not ski-in out, but walk to lifts, seems like location good for walking to some area restaurants, liquor store, etc.

 

Sundial one-bedroom, ski-in/out right by the New Gondola, but need shuttle to get around (which we've done on other vacas and never been a problem).

 

Silverado Studio/full kitchen condo - also Canyons, Also, need shuttle to get about anywhere including lifts but savings of $500 - 800 over all the above properties. 

 

Your thoughts? 


Snow Flower. ski in/ out is so much better
 

 

post #3 of 8

Based on your trip objectives, you should stay in Park City as you can easily get shuttles to DV, PCMR or the Canyons.  PC has becone more boutique than before the Olympics, but still has an interesting town to stroll around to "loosen your legs", people watch or dine out.  The Canyons lacks the ski town vibe which is part of the PC experience.

 

Full disclosure: I've become jaded to PC and stay down in Sandy now to hop to LCC, BCC or over to Snow Basin.  The SLC/Sandy area has better restaurants, better value condos and discount lift tickets.  My bride usually asks for a day at DV so she can rip groomers.  That said every one should have a week or so in PC in winter.

post #4 of 8

If you like to eat out and stroll around, staying near Old town in PC would be better. Nice shops and restaurants all along main st. Not so much strolling to be had at Canyons. But if main purpose was to ski all day, eat out somewhere and head back to condo with less emphasis on strolling, then really anywhere is fine so long as ski in/out is not a priority. Personally, I really think renting a car is a good idea. Usually not any more than taking shuttles from airport and to LCC. and with way more flexibility. also, if you get condo that is not ski in/out, you generally get more for your money. Parking at the ski resorts is not a problem. also, i don't know if you've checked on condos yet, but it can be expensive during Sundance.

post #5 of 8
We stayed in Kimball Junction which was five minutes to the PC resorts. We stayed at the Newpark Resort and rented a great condo. Crestview Condos are another good choice. We rented a car which helped and like you did a day at Alta, one of my top three resorts in the US.
post #6 of 8

The lodging at the Canyons (Silverado, Grand Summit, Sundial, etc.) is luxurious and either ski in/out or darn close to it.  With the $500 - $800 savings at the Silverado, I'd stay there and rent a car (with the savings).  The roads are well plowed in storms so you really don't need a 4-wheel drive (much more money to rent than any other vehicle). 

 

The shuttle runs on a regular basis into Park City.  Staying in PC has the benefits of being able to avoid the shuttle when shopping and dining there.  If you intend to do the bulk of your skiing at the Canyons or will rent a car, stay there.  If the bulk of your skiing is going to be in at the PCMR--or split between PCMR and DV--it might be easier to stay in Park City particularly if you don't rent a car.  Either way you can't go wrong. 

 

Regardless of where you stay, be sure to visit the Olympic Park and the Alf Engen Ski Museum after skiing one day. 

post #7 of 8

The Snowflower is my favorite PC condo. Right next to the Three Kings, First Time and Eagle chairs, you literally step out to the lifts. It's also older (but well kept) and many of the condos are larger than in the newer buildings with balconies overlooking the racecourse. It's about three stories high and not large by today's standards. There is ample underground parking and it's on the bus route. It's a five min walk to Albertsons (now Fresh Market) and just a block further to the liquor store. It anchors the bottom edge (west} of charming old town. There are many restaurants in all price ranges within a five to ten minute walk. Main street is a brisk ten minutes by foot, nothing by car. It's kind of a choice. If you want to just step outside to eat & drink heavily, then stay on Main Street- there is the town lift on lower Main that's easy to get to, adjacent to the Caladonian and Marriott Summitt Watch plus there's a cluster of other condo choices right there next to the town lift. There's also High West Distillery right under the town lift, the only ski in ski out whisky still in Utar & all of Chrisendom.

  Still, the Snow Flower would be my choice- it's at the edge of the woods right at the base of the mountain but off by itself so it's quiet and peaceful. The old west graveyard is next door, by the woods. During daytime, the action is literally right outside with the superpipe and race course (formerly World Cup, now all sorts of college, masters and what have you- there's something going on every day...). You can hop the Eagle chair with the racers and get anywhere on the mountain fast from there.

 

Silverado is nice and new, but it's a big, impersonal building. there's not much in walking distance. You'd best get a car.  Canyons base area is all disneyland new high rise condos, convenient only to itself and it's expensive eateries...

 

Anything in Kimball Junction is convenient to all of the Wasatch as it's hard by the freeway, and a car is necessary. It has more charm than a new strip mall, but not much.

post #8 of 8

I edited this- I was going to recommend Snow Flower because of the dynamite location but then I looked at the studios on line...

 

If you can save $700 bucks staying at the brand new Silverado and rent a car, that's probably the choice right there. The Wasatch is skiers Disneyland and everything is close by car. Old Town PC is about four miles down the road with all the restaurants and bars you could ever want..and Canyons base has stuff close at hand too, for those early nights.

 

 


Edited by Mr. Crab - 9/22/11 at 9:24pm
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