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post #31 of 43

All I know is that for my late season Alta trips in the last few years, Supreme was not open during the final week. I meet with with friends at Alta Lodge for an alumni reunion.  Some show up a few days early in order to be able to ski off Supreme before it closes.  Supreme also opened later than other lifts this season.  From My Alta on Facebook, Supreme opened on Dec. 24.  I assume it has to do with snow coverage and the direction that those slopes face.

post #32 of 43
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hmmm i think there was flights at 8pm to slc from odd not with SW.... was thinking of booking one of them - so i can ski the 7th... 

 



You arrive at 6pm, correct?  Is that where you first land in the US?  I wouldn't count on making a flight that leaves at 8pm.  International flights and domestic flights are not in the same terminal.  O'Hare airport is a big one.  I always allow at least 3 hours when having to deal with immigration, customs, and transfer to the right terminal for the next flight.  By that the time of day, flight delays are pretty common, especially in the winter.

 

Should be morning flights out of Chicago that are direct to SLC that let you ski in the afternoon.  I was on the slopes at Alta by 1:30pm last April.  Although that was super quick because we were taking the shuttle directly to Alta Lodge.  Our driver just made it before they closed the canyon road for avalanche work at 12:30.  Luckily our luggage came out quickly.

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You arrive at 6pm, correct?  Is that where you first land in the US?  I wouldn't count on making a flight that leaves at 8pm.  International flights and domestic flights are not in the same terminal.  O'Hare airport is a big one.  I always allow at least 3 hours when having to deal with immigration, customs, and transfer to the right terminal for the next flight.  By that the time of day, flight delays are pretty common, especially in the winter.

 

Should be morning flights out of Chicago that are direct to SLC that let you ski in the afternoon.  I was on the slopes at Alta by 1:30pm last April.  Although that was super quick because we were taking the shuttle directly to Alta Lodge.  Our driver just made it before they closed the canyon road for avalanche work at 12:30.  Luckily our luggage came out quickly.


i arrive direct from heathrow at 5 40 and the direct SLC flight is at 809 operated by United so would have to get t5 to t1... so i think i will just risk it and try and blag my way fast through customs - done it before in detroit airport as said had connection to catch travelled ally he way from the UK... 

 

from reading i can pass through immigration and baggage claim then there is a UA desk as you go through... you put your bags there they go to your flight... 

 

as far as queues at immigration - seems 40mins max from things i read there...

20mins bags max...

10 mins transfer by train terminals...

 

i should be OK...

 

post #34 of 43

Worth the risk for a direct flight to SLC.  O'Hare is bigger than Detroit airport with more international flights.  Baggage is not an issue.  Can be done in 2.5 hours.

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Worth the risk for a direct flight to SLC.  O'Hare is bigger than Detroit airport with more international flights.  Baggage is not an issue.  Can be done in 2.5 hours.



wow booking this odd to slc flight is far fiddler than i thought...

 

have to use same airline both ways or real expensive but then timing suck for going home... looking at 450 now for the flight... still investigating before i book tomorrow...

post #36 of 43

I'm looking at SLC flights for the week of March 26, it's a pain if you're trying to keep costs down

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well thats me booked the flight - i think it was 414 in the end without baggage as it won't allow me to do that until tomorrow...

 

anyway i now am getting to SLC... now what on earth do i do when i get there????

post #38 of 43
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well thats me booked the flight - i think it was 414 in the end without baggage as it won't allow me to do that until tomorrow...

 

anyway i now am getting to SLC... now what on earth do i do when i get there????



Sleep!  When are you arriving in SLC after all that flying?  Have you decided whether or not to stay in town?  Could book a basic airport motel with a free shuttle, get some rest, and start fresh in the morning.  Pick up a rental car and go ski.  Or get a shuttle to a lodge up a canyon if you decide to go that route.

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Sleep!  When are you arriving in SLC after all that flying?  Have you decided whether or not to stay in town?  Could book a basic airport motel with a free shuttle, get some rest, and start fresh in the morning.  Pick up a rental car and go ski.  Or get a shuttle to a lodge up a canyon if you decide to go that route.



i arrive at 1030pm which is really - 530am the next day after leaving my house at 9am the day before... so yes sleep but i will be skiing first thing the saturday morning... 

 

i will go cheap accommodation with car route i am thinking... especially being by myself... 

 

ideally i want to do 5 days skiing different resorts and then 3 days at park city - learning park...

 

i am thinking - 

 

Alta

Snowbird

Snowbasin

Solitude

an other but may go back to one above...

post #40 of 43

jesh - take it easy the first couple of days!! That is some trip.

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i arrive at 1030pm which is really - 530am the next day after leaving my house at 9am the day before... so yes sleep but i will be skiing first thing the saturday morning... 

 

i will go cheap accommodation with car route i am thinking... especially being by myself... 

 

ideally i want to do 5 days skiing different resorts and then 3 days at park city - learning park...

 

i am thinking - 

 

Alta

Snowbird

Snowbasin

Solitude

an other but may go back to one above...


The La Quinta in Midvale is a good base of operations when driving.  Looks like around $60/night.  Includes a good hot breakfast and has a hot tub next to the pool.  Can buy the SuperPass there for the number of days you want to be at Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude.  Close to the entrance of both LCC and BCC.  While Snowbasin is well worth checking out, whether or not it's worth the 1.5 drive will depend on conditions.  It's much lower than LCC/BCC.  Same issue for Park City.  For park, Brighton has a very good set up.  Closer to SLC and cheaper since can use the Superpass.  Plus Brighton has lots of fun trees if you know where to look.

 

 

http://www.visitsaltlake.com/ski/superpass/

 

http://www.brightonterrainparks.com/parks.php

 

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The La Quinta in Midvale is a good base of operations when driving.  Looks like around $60/night.  Includes a good hot breakfast and has a hot tub next to the pool.  Can buy the SuperPass there for the number of days you want to be at Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude.  Close to the entrance of both LCC and BCC.  While Snowbasin is well worth checking out, whether or not it's worth the 1.5 drive will depend on conditions.  It's much lower than LCC/BCC.  Same issue for Park City.  For park, Brighton has a very good set up.  Closer to SLC and cheaper since can use the Superpass.  Plus Brighton has lots of fun trees if you know where to look.

 

 

http://www.visitsaltlake.com/ski/superpass/

 

http://www.brightonterrainparks.com/parks.php

 



thanks but i really want to do park city... and want to experience the park etc... i won't book this stuff till i return from my first ski vacation to Cervinia on 19th Feb(that was supposed to be the expensive one)...

 

this is what i have in my head -

 

6th - arrive - get car - sleep at your La Quinta in Midvale

7th - ski Solitude - drive - sleep at your La Quinta in Midvale

8th - Ski Alta - drive - sleep at your La Quinta in Midvale

9th - Ski Snow bird - drive - sleep at your La Quinta in Midvale

10th - Ski Snowbasin - drive - sleep at your La Quinta in Midvale

11th - Ski a repeated resort - drive to return car at airport - shuttle to Park city sleep resort hotel

12th - Ski Park city - Sleep Park city hotel

13th - Ski Park city - Sleep Park city hotel

14th - Ski Park city - Sleep Park city hotel

15th - shuttle to airport morning and fly home

16th - Arrive home 120pm start work at 2pm and die!!!!

 

car just go standard size car for the 5 and a half days... 

ski places are flexible for first 5 days...

have friend who lives jackson and going to ski with me for 2 days(alta, snowbird) so have to make days round him...

want to learn park - never really done it as always raced... 

Try and befriend people to ski with!!!!

post #43 of 43

Aah, staying at Park City without a car makes more sense.  The only risk is that there may not be much snow there by mid-April.  Even last season when Alta was open until late April and Snowbird stayed open until July, Park City and Snowbasin were not worth the drive by mid-April.

 

You'll have fun in LCC/BCC.  How well does your friend from Jackson know AltaBird?

 

I trust you sleep on airplanes. wink.gif

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