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post #31 of 43

How many ski days?  Is your priority nightlife?  If really looking forward to some partying and just 3 ski days, you might pick Kimball Junc and ski at PCMR, Canyons, DV.  If you are more interested in deepest snow, gnarliest terrain, or looking for lowest crowds then the LCC or BCC ski areas near Sandy would be the place to base yourself.  There are brewpubs, restaurants and such around Sandy, just not the "resortsy/ski town" vibe.

 

Drive from Kimball Junc to Alta is not bad on clear day, about 40-60 mins.  The difficult part if weather was snowy would be last 10 miles to Alta, which you would also have to deal with from closer Sandy.

post #32 of 43

What days are you talking about?  If your not committed, you might bail on Xmas?

post #33 of 43
Thread Starter 

Shredhead, this would be over new years. Why do you ask, because of current conditions or crowds? 

 

James: priority is skiing.  I was thinking the same about the drive...  but we would have to deal with that if we were in Sandy too. 

 

We aren't really looking for a resort type vibe.  We just want to ski, hopefully get away from crowds (yes, I understand its new years, and their will be crowds), and have some decent places to eat/drink at after the slopes.  Sounds like maybe I should re-think our location and go back to the Sandy/Murray area. 

post #34 of 43

Just to ease your mind, the beauty of Salt Lake/Park City is that no matter where you stay, getting anywhere else is "easy" provided you don't mind a 30-45 minute drive. We typically stay in Sandy, but if we want to have dinner in Park City, we hop in the car and go. No big deal. 

 

To my knowledge, the only way into LCC is from the West, so Google is correct there. 

 

If you plan to ski mostly BCC and LCC and nightlife isn't of prime importance, then yes... you're probably better off in Sandy. If you want to hang out in PC for the apres, then Kimball Jct should work fine. 

 

And again, don't stress out too much. You'll have a blast either way. Save your stress for deciding where to ski :)

 

One last thing. Gonna disagree with shoal above re: Snowbird. Read this review:

http://www.epicski.com/products/snowbird/reviews/1285

First time I took my fiancee to Utah she had been on skis roughly a dozen times, and through athletic ability was probably a low intermediate. Turns out Snowbird was by far her favorite mountain. She loved the beauty of Mineral Basin and the long blues in Gad Valley. I don't buy the argument that Snowbird is experts-only.

post #35 of 43

Shred's worried about current low snow levels, but chances are things will have improved a good bit by NYs.

Sounds like Sandy would work for you.  I'm not Utah expert, but suspect Solitude would be least crowded of Soli, Bright, Alta, or Bird at NYs timeframe.  Next least crowded Brighton except for Saturdays.  No doubt, however, Alta and Snowbird are so cool you might want to check them out crowds or no crowds.

Search this site for "Sandy restaurants" for info on that topic.

 

post #36 of 43
Thread Starter 

You are all very helpful, thank you.

 

Since we are more interested in Brighton, Solitude, Alta and Snowbird, I will probably be changing my reservation.  Is anyone familiar with the Hampton Inn in Murray right off of 15?  There is also a Hampton Inn that I could stay it in Sandy, right off 15.  Which is the preferable place? 

post #37 of 43

Yep, it's low tide right now.  You start putting a lot of people on the limited terrain and my enjoyment factor goes way down!

 

Yes, I would probably prefer the BCC resorts right now.  Everbody's going to be in trouble if we don't get snow by Xmas!

post #38 of 43

I would recommend staying at the Hampton in Sandy.  You can get to either LCC/BCC without using the freeway if you take 9400/9600 south, just went that way yesterday on my way to Alta : )...There is also a bunch of restaurants in the area of 10600 S. and State.

 

post #39 of 43
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Originally Posted by zeppman View Post

You are all very helpful, thank you.

 

Since we are more interested in Brighton, Solitude, Alta and Snowbird, I will probably be changing my reservation.  Is anyone familiar with the Hampton Inn in Murray right off of 15?  There is also a Hampton Inn that I could stay it in Sandy, right off 15.  Which is the preferable place? 



It's a 5 minute difference on 15. I've stayed in a hotel next to the Hampton in Sandy and the location is fine. There's a mall there and a Ski 'n See nearby that sells discount tickets. Lots of chain restaurants and strip malls... not exactly quaint, but it is convenient. 

 

Never stayed on Murray so I can't comment on that. My guess is that the one in Sandy will be newer, as everything in that area seems relatively new. 

post #40 of 43
Thread Starter 

Well I switched our hotel to the Sandy area.  Lets just hope for snow. 

 

We get in around 11am on our first day.  Is it worth it to try and get to one of the resorts and ski a half day?  Or should we just pick up our discounted lift tix and get ready for the our first full day?  I looked into the "show your plane ticket and ski free the day you arrive" but that is unavailable due to us traveling during the holiday season.  Anything else we should do or see while there? 

 

Is a compact (rental) car a bad idea to get?  I figured if the roads got bad we would just take the bus.  I'm used to driving in snow (from chicago) but not mountains :) 

 

 

post #41 of 43
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Well I switched our hotel to the Sandy area.  Lets just hope for snow. 

 

We get in around 11am on our first day.  Is it worth it to try and get to one of the resorts and ski a half day?  Or should we just pick up our discounted lift tix and get ready for the our first full day?  I looked into the "show your plane ticket and ski free the day you arrive" but that is unavailable due to us traveling during the holiday season.  Anything else we should do or see while there? 

 

Is a compact (rental) car a bad idea to get?  I figured if the roads got bad we would just take the bus.  I'm used to driving in snow (from chicago) but not mountains :) 

 

 


Depends how gung-ho you are and length of stay.  If airport arrival goes smoothly you might be able to hit LCC/BCC slopes by 1:30ish or Brighton has night skiing 4-9pm, M-Sat.

You will hear different opinions on car rental, I'd go with cheapy compact, then if forecast the day before your trip calls for heavy snow, maybe switch to 4wd.
 

 

post #42 of 43
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Originally Posted by zeppman View Post

Well I switched our hotel to the Sandy area.  Lets just hope for snow. 

 

We get in around 11am on our first day.  Is it worth it to try and get to one of the resorts and ski a half day?  Or should we just pick up our discounted lift tix and get ready for the our first full day? 

 

Is a compact (rental) car a bad idea to get?  I figured if the roads got bad we would just take the bus.  I'm used to driving in snow (from chicago) but not mountains :) 

 

 


Alta's got a late afternoon pass (2:30 to 4:30) for 30 bucks.  You could easily make that.  Give you a chance to drive up the canyon with very little traffic (drive down might be another story). 

 

Start at Albion Basin ticket office, ride Sunnyside lift,  ski down to Cecret lift. Then a couple of runs off Supreme lift (it closes at 3:30)  Then a run off Sugarloaf lift (it closes at 4:00) . Then ride Sugarloaf up and take the Collins Return (cat track)  to the other side.  Ride the Collins lift till it closes at 4:30, with maybe a ride on Wildcat lift too.  Last ride up Collins ski down the Sugarloaf side back to your car.  Usually by that time in the afternoon the lift lines are gone and you will be skiing right on.  Good way to get a feel for the place without wearing yourself out.

 

The bus can be really crowded on a stormy day.  If you're OK driving in snow, go for the 4x4 if it looks like it might snow.


 

 

post #43 of 43
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hey everyone,

 

Plans have changed a bit as I was able to use up some rewards points on a hotel chain and will now be staying in Kimball junction.  Again, since I have never been, is it easy to drive from Kimball Junction to the alta area?  Google maps takes me west out of the mountains and back up on 210.  The same with brighton and solitude, but instead, taking 190 up from SLC. 

 

Or, would it just be wiser to stay in the Sandy area...  as I could also stay there with my points. I know UT is not known for its night life, but I figured staying closer to Park City may be better in that respect... but again, I do not know, and that is why I'm asking all of you. 

 

Thanks. 

 

Yup. That is how you get from Kimball Junction to Alta or Brighton. 35 miles or 50 plus minutes.

Park City to Alta.png

 

Sandy to Alta. 13 miles or 30 plus minutes.

Sandy to Alta.png

 

Option 3. 35 miles or 50 plus minutes 4x4 shuttle from SLC International to Solitude. Once.

Solitude.png

 

Is your car rental budget more or less $171?

www.wcshuttle.com

 

There are privately owned condos in the Solitude Village that have kitchens and rent for less than the slopeside hotels.

www.canyonvacationrentals.com

 

This way you and your girl can relax, ski, and relax some more...

 

Solitude also has a $75 ten ride pass. That is $7.50 per lift. So the day you arrive you can ski as fast or slow as you like until 4:00.

 

If you ski 5 laps today you can ski 5 laps tomorrow and then figure it out from there.

 

Morning Resort Conditions Report - 3" of powder on groomers.

 

It is still snowing. Video is from this morning 12.13.2011.

Mr. Vertical - Do you like the music?

 

This has to be worth $35, I mean it isn't even noon yet.

 

Down the canyon to work. Later.


Edited by Powderhorn - 12/13/11 at 12:59pm
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