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Suggestions for alternative activiites in SLC area for trip Dec. 9-13?

post #1 of 26
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I have to be in Park City during that time for some business I have to attend to. will fly all night and arrive on Dec. 9. I will use Quick Start to ski free in PC. It will be free and I'll be tired after flying all night, so i don't need a lot. A few groomers will be fine. Dec. 10, I'm busy doing my business all day. After that I'm free until i leave on Wednesday Dec. 14. That gives me 3 days on which i was intending to ski, but given not much snow or open terrain, and an extremely dismal forecast for snow for next 2 weeks, I was trying to think of alternative activiites. Is there enough snow to cross country ski or snowshoe? I've never done either, but this might be a good time to try it out. Is going to Antelope Island worth it? is there hiking there that time of year? I will have a rent car so can travel any reasonable distance. I've already done most of the indoor activities there are to do either in PC or SLC. Thanks for any suggestions.  

post #2 of 26

Steve, I can't believe you are "giving up" so soon about skiing 9 days from now.  The Tram is open, it can't be that bad.  And it looks like it's going to stay nice and cold.  So if there are a couple movements of energy going through, likely the cottonwood resorts will be at least decent for skiing, even though not great.  And who knows one nice storm can brew up out of nowhere and change everything, as long as it stays cold. 

Snowshoeing vs skiing in Utah??  Good God No!!

Did you see these pictures?

http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=9853

post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by Maui Steve View Post

I have to be in Park City during that time for some business I have to attend to. will fly all night and arrive on Dec. 9. I will use Quick Start to ski free in PC. It will be free and I'll be tired after flying all night, so i don't need a lot. A few groomers will be fine. Dec. 10, I'm busy doing my business all day. After that I'm free until i leave on Wednesday Dec. 14. That gives me 3 days on which i was intending to ski, but given not much snow or open terrain, and an extremely dismal forecast for snow for next 2 weeks, I was trying to think of alternative activiites. Is there enough snow to cross country ski or snowshoe? I've never done either, but this might be a good time to try it out. Is going to Antelope Island worth it? is there hiking there that time of year? I will have a rent car so can travel any reasonable distance. I've already done most of the indoor activities there are to do either in PC or SLC. Thanks for any suggestions.  


I wouldn't give up on skiing yet though. XC skiing should be good in LCC no matter what.  If it turns out the snow is not worth it, I would suggest a few days in S. UT.

 

 

 

post #4 of 26

We have a wave machine up here in Ogden!!!  Or how about a draft Molson while watching the Grizzlies Hockey club.

post #5 of 26
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I haven't given up, but am hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. That said, the GFS weather models show a whole lot of not very much for next 2 weeks. while I know that can change, it does not look ideal for significant sking. But if it snows, I'll be ready. And good ideas on wave machine and hockey. My son who goes to the U could probably stand a little wave action. I suspect he's missed the waves a bit which are in shorter supply in utah than in maui.  

post #6 of 26

If there still isn't enough snow to keep you occupied, drive the 4.5 hours to Moab and spend the time in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

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If there still isn't enough snow to keep you occupied, drive the 4.5 hours to Moab and spend the time in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.



ya do this ^^.

I was going to suggest this as well. well worth it.

post #8 of 26
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Will defintely do that. On one trip last year with no new snow, and bored at prospect of groomers for 9 days,my buddy and I drove to Zion and then Bryce. Was well worth it. Went hiking in Bryce and Zion this last May. The Bryce hike was unbelievable. Now need to check out Moab and Arches. So definitely a possibility. If nothing else, I'll be out of office. so, not too bummed. It won't be the last trip to utah for season.   

post #9 of 26
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Photo from BryceDSCN0105.JPGDSCN0139.JPG

post #10 of 26
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Text didn't come out, but posted above a couple of photos from Bryce and Zion from last May.

post #11 of 26

Yeah I agree with southern Utah. That's what's great about Utah--if it's warm and poor snow, you can always head south to see the other side. Can't go wrong with Moab.

 

Antelope Island is nice hiking right on the lake. I've never done it in December, but it's always been fine in November when I've been there. Assuming there isn't a lot of precipitation/mud, I'd imagine it'd be an option if you can't get down south.

 

Not sure what exactly is going on with the NBA season, but if they're playing, a Jazz game is always worth going to. Great energy in that stadium.

post #12 of 26
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We have a wave machine up here in Ogden!!!  Or how about a draft Molson while watching the Grizzlies Hockey club.



And there's also an indoor skydiving place in the same facility.

 

Bryce is great, and this time of year it's not infested with tourons, so it's prime time if you're (really - REALLY?) not going to ski.

 

And, don't forget, they now have IN-AND-OUT burgers in Utah, so hunt them down for a decent burger.

post #13 of 26
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I can see sking for free day I arrive and maybe one other day. But if there's only a few groomers available, my experience is that it can get old after a while. also, I'm solo and although there are a few Epic members I've skied with over the years in utah, not too sure I'll be able to get any of them out there in marginal limited conditions.As the terminator said, I'll be back! Like a bad penny. 

post #14 of 26

If you're at all into architecture then Temple Square is very much worth visiting. Beautiful grounds, beautiful buildings, and if it's like the day I visited about a dozen bridal parties getting pictures taken. I was told that an average day sees 30 or 40 weddings.

post #15 of 26

To answer one of your specific questions, I enjoyed Antelope Island but we did not have much time so we just drove around for a while seeing buffalo. At least for me that was nice but not much different than seeing other buffalo.

post #16 of 26

Steve,

 

I just spent 3 days skiing at Alta and I agree with you, I'd look for other activities.  Alta was the only place that had a ton of stuff open - but it was only because they just let you ski at your own risk over rocks, trees, etc.  It seemed to me that Utah needs a base of at least 4' to cover all the rocks. 

 

We're from the East Coast so the skiing was still far better but unless you just like to ride groomers, I think you'll be bored quickly.  Even the groomers turned to solid ice if the sun didn't come out to soften the snow. 

 

My kids (12 and 11) have never been bored skiing in their lives until this trip.  Given the forecast, I'm going to start searching for a new Xmas location trip - because we've never ventured outside of Utah out West but I think December isn't looking good at the time.

 

Best of luck,

 

Conrad

post #17 of 26

Skied PCMR and The Canyons last week.  If it is all groomer zooming consider The Canyons, they had more and more varied terrain open. 

If you have not been down to Temple Square it is well worth seeing.  I am not LDS (or even real religious) but this is the Mormon version of The Vatican; very impressive, and interesting.

post #18 of 26

Antelope Islnad is not the greatest. You can get some ok MTB riding in early spring, but in december its pretty dreary. Also when its big high pressure, inverted, and no new snow in the mountains the weather in the valley and on Antelope island is about as bad as it can possibly be. I would head south if the snow stinks. Its only 4 hours to Moab form SLC.

 

The season has hardly even begun yet. Alot will change between now and XMAS. Good coverage off piste is only 1 decent storm away... And even if no big storms come through these they mountains are still getting about 12" a week form these dribs and drabs and its adding up and there will almost certainly be good coverage before much longer.


Edited by tromano - 12/3/11 at 11:29am
post #19 of 26

I just got back from four days staying in Solitude. The best skiing by far was at Alta, where a fair amount of terrain is open. Thin snowpack, but open.

 

Solitude had it's Nordic center open, but only a couple trails that they had not groomed in a while. So the trails were very icy, and they made you pay for the pleasure.

 

You could actually rent xc skis at Alta and putt around there. No trails groomed, but better snow that at Solitude.

 

We saw trails set at the Olympic Park, but I'm not sure those are open to the public. They're in the sun all day, so likely to be super-icy, and don't really look suitable for a beginner anyway.

 

If you're there anyway, I'd say it's worth to ski a day each at Solitude, Brighton and Alta. The nordic skiing isn't good enough anywhere at the moment to give that a try.

 

Other things? I found Salt Lake City to be the dullest city I've seen in a very long time. But maybe I was doing it wrong.

post #20 of 26
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Thanks for the info on nordic sking. Was really planning on doing that, but ami's comments have me reconsidering. Thinking more and more about a jaunt down to southern utah. Perhaps Brian Head (which has gotten some recent snow) and checking out the sights. 

post #21 of 26

Max ski terrain at low tide is always Alta and Brighton, try one of those first. Snowbird is a minefield with base depths less than 4 feet.  I got my first shot at the southern Utah parks last spring.  Most adventurous was the Egypt3 slot canyon in Escalante, about 2 hours drive SE from Bryce: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=9700

 

This was another year you should have gone to Whistler instead of Utah.  I was out of the country all of November, so not sure how early that call could have been made.

post #22 of 26
Thread Starter 

Usually, I have no good excuse for the mistake. But this year, I have a reason I have to be there at this time. Of course, my business only takes one day and was hoping to ski. But weather definitely not cooperating. So alternative activities it is. Not quite as stupid as I look. Although some would disagree.

post #23 of 26

I will echo the Moab/Arches option.

Snowbasin has good coverage with mostly machine made snow on the 2 main runs from both sides of Needles Gondola (2300').  I would say that skiing is great considering.  If you can get there on a week day you will have it to yourself.  The weather is staying cold, so even though there are a few slick spots later in the day, it is fresh corduroy every morning.

JF

post #24 of 26

 

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How's your vintage gear shopping technique?

 

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post #25 of 26

If you haven't done it before, you could head over to the Olympic Park (between PC and Kimball Junction) and do the skeleton or bobsled down their track.

post #26 of 26
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Just got back yesterday. thanks for all the suggestions. I ended up not going south, but still managed to stay pretty busy between doing stuff for condo, sking, taking a lesson at Snowbasin, dinner with the boy who goes to the U and the usual eating/drinking activities. Given limited snowfall, I thought the resorts I skied did a great job with snow making. DV, PCMR and Snowbasin. The slopes that were open were in fine cruising shape. Never even saw a rock. The problem was the limited amount of terrain available. This early with no real crowds, it was reasonably entertaining. But Xmas could be an issue. Hard to see what it will be like on limited terrain with Xmas crowds. However, you could tell that resorts were blowing snow like crazy in an effort to open up as many chairs as possible. Of course, there were a limited no. of trails to be accessed off each chair. However, it sort of gave you the illusion of sking most of the resort. They did get about 5 inches right before I left. There was actually a little bit of powder my last day. I'm not talking boot deep, but it was enough to feel like it was powder and pile up. Beggars can't be choosers. Don't see anything in weather forecasts until end of year. But hope springs eternal. The forecasters weren't forecasting the 5 inches that fell either. Was supposed to be an inch at best.  

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