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post #91 of 159

As many of the other posters said (and me before in many other Utah discussions), you do need to rent a car.  A key virtue of Utah is that the driving distances are relatively short and you have the flexibility to decide where to go each day.  With regard to the skiing Park City is very likely to be sloppy in early April, as are Snowbasin and Powder Mt.   The expectation the vast majority of April weeks is that most of the better skiing will be in the Cottonwood areas.

 

So in terms of overall convenience SnowbirdDevotee's advice to stay in SLC is correct.  You also can get discount lift tickets to all areas in SLC but not in Park City.  You can still drive up to Park City (less than half an hour) for dinners, apres-ski a couple of nights.   If being on-site in Park City for non-ski activities is more important, do that but be aware your daily commute to the better skiing in the Cottonwoods will be close to an hour vs. half an hour if you're in SLC.  

post #92 of 159
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Don't really understand what the hassle is. I just did this for three days....shuttle picked me up at my front door in PC at 8am, skied until 4pm and dropped me off at my front door before 5pm. Still plenty of time for apres, dinner, shopping, ect...


Fair enough then!! I guess that isn't as big a deal as I thought. How much is the shuttle?

post #93 of 159
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Fair enough then!! I guess that isn't as big a deal as I thought. How much is the shuttle?


$49 rt or $106 rt with lift ticket
post #94 of 159

sounds like that could be the solution for the OP then

post #95 of 159
Thread Starter 

Well, we have finally finalized our plans.  We're staying at the Cliff Lodge near Snowbird and will probably ski mostly Snowbird and Alta, but may rent a car (finally talked her into it) depending on the conditions and ski Snowbasin one day.  

 

Thanks everyone for all your help and advice.

 

Can't wait to get going.

post #96 of 159
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Well, we have finally finalized our plans.  We're staying at the Cliff Lodge near Snowbird and will probably ski mostly Snowbird and Alta, but may rent a car (finally talked her into it) depending on the conditions and ski Snowbasin one day.  

 

Thanks everyone for all your help and advice.

 

Can't wait to get going.


Congratulations!  It's been a tough year for late season trip planning.

 

What is your first ski day?  I'll be at Alta Lodge when you get to Snowbird.  Last ski day is April 9.  Maybe we can meet up for a few runs at Alta.  I'm taking advantage of the Spring Season Pass for $199.  Hard to beat that for six days of skiing.

 

Hate to tell you, but the Allen Peak tram is closing April 1.  So taking a run down the top of the Olympic GS runs is not going to happen this trip.

 

http://blog.snowbasin.com/2012/03/allen-peak-tram-closure-and-john-paul-restaurant-reduced-services/

 

 

 

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Congratulations!  It's been a tough year for late season trip planning.

 

What is your first ski day?  I'll be at Alta Lodge when you get to Snowbird.  Last ski day is April 9.  Maybe we can meet up for a few runs at Alta.  I'm taking advantage of the Spring Season Pass for $199.  Hard to beat that for six days of skiing.

 

Hate to tell you, but the Allen Peak tram is closing April 1.  So taking a run down the top of the Olympic GS runs is not going to happen this trip.

 

http://blog.snowbasin.com/2012/03/allen-peak-tram-closure-and-john-paul-restaurant-reduced-services/

 

 

 

Ah.  Yeah, I figured they would close it by the time we got out there.  Our first day of skiing is April 8 (Easter Sunday).  We're skiing from April 8 - 13.  I know it isn't perfect conditions, but it'll still be fun.

 


 

 

post #98 of 159

Ahhhh.... the Cliff Lodge.  Not really any shopping or nightlife there, but a great romantic getaway as I remember.  Take some time in the rooftop hot tub, then jump in the pool, drink in hand.  Look out at the mountain and enjoy......

post #99 of 159
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Ah.  Yeah, I figured they would close it by the time we got out there.  Our first day of skiing is April 8 (Easter Sunday).  We're skiing from April 8 - 13.  I know it isn't perfect conditions, but it'll still be fun.

 


 

 


I highly recommend skiing at Alta on April 8. That's the last day for the Supreme lift.

 

Did the lodging come with lift tickets?

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Ahhhh.... the Cliff Lodge.  Not really any shopping or nightlife there, but a great romantic getaway as I remember.  Take some time in the rooftop hot tub, then jump in the pool, drink in hand.  Look out at the mountain and enjoy......



Any places to eat around there that are highly recommended?  We may go into SLC one night and eat.  Thanks!

post #101 of 159
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I highly recommend skiing at Alta on April 8. That's the last day for the Supreme lift.

 

Did the lodging come with lift tickets?



Sounds like a plan, we'll probably do that then.  Yeah, it comes with lift tickets to Snowbird, but when I talked to them the guy said we could pay $15 or $20 extra and get an Alta/Snowbird lift ticket.  It was too good of a bargain to pass up though.

post #102 of 159

The Cliff is nice, you'll have a good time.

 

 

post #103 of 159
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Sounds like a plan, we'll probably do that then.  Yeah, it comes with lift tickets to Snowbird, but when I talked to them the guy said we could pay $15 or $20 extra and get an Alta/Snowbird lift ticket.  It was too good of a bargain to pass up though.


Can't remember . . . are you thinking about blue or black runs?  Groomers or off-trail?  To get from Snowbird to Alta by skiing, that is usually by Mineral Basin.  Not necessarily the best introduction to Utah skiing if not comfortable on a big mountain.  Can take the free bus from Snowbird to Alta.

 

I think Snowbird has a free mountain tour.  That would be on blue groomers.

post #104 of 159

On getting to Alta, if you go up Peruvian chair, and go through the tunnel to Mineral Basin, there is a green trail all the way to the chair that takes you to chair to access Alta. And when you come back into Snowbird from Alta, there are easy trails that will take you to chair to get out of Mineral. Easiest run from there to bottom is Chips run. As long as you and wife are comfortable on blue cruisers, you'll be fine. And Mineral is a beautiful area. 

post #105 of 159
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On getting to Alta, if you go up Peruvian chair, and go through the tunnel to Mineral Basin, there is a green trail all the way to the chair that takes you to chair to access Alta. And when you come back into Snowbird from Alta, there are easy trails that will take you to chair to get out of Mineral. Easiest run from there to bottom is Chips run. As long as you and wife are comfortable on blue cruisers, you'll be fine. And Mineral is a beautiful area. 


Good to know.  Last spring was the first time I ventured over to Mineral Basin from Alta.  Peruvian and the Tunnel were not open that day.  While the road trail from the top is a blue, I can imagine a cautious flatlander intermediate being a bit nervous if they had never seen a big bowl before.  Especially if they hadn't waited long enough for the snow to soften up.

 

post #106 of 159
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Can't remember . . . are you thinking about blue or black runs?  Groomers or off-trail?  To get from Snowbird to Alta by skiing, that is usually by Mineral Basin.  Not necessarily the best introduction to Utah skiing if not comfortable on a big mountain.  Can take the free bus from Snowbird to Alta.

 

I think Snowbird has a free mountain tour.  That would be on blue groomers.



When I'm skiing with my wife, it will be mostly blues and greens, but she's already said she doesn't mind if I venture off on my own to the blacks.  Maybe by the end of the week I can get her on some.  She skis on blacks with me on the East Coast, but she may stay away in Utah.  

 

I've heard Mineral Basin is a nice area to ski.  I definitely will go to Cirque Traverse, Pathway to Paradise, etc.  I assume they will all be open?  I've seen videos of those and talked to people who have been to Snowbird and they say they are a must for skiers.

post #107 of 159

I just returned from Utah. LCC will definitely be the place to ski by mid April. Mineral Basin has a green trail Lupine Loop which is a green trail in Mineral Basin. It starts at the exit of the tunnel and you can ski it from the Baldy Chair. At the top of the Baldy chair there is a gate to Alta on the skiers right. I believe this gate will allow you to enter Alta between the Collins and Sugarloaf chairs. I do not know if there is a green that will take you to the base but there are definitely easy blue trails.

 

When we skied Mineral Basin, they had received 4-5" of snow overnight and even then they had groomed a few black runs, Powder Paradise.

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post #108 of 159

If you are able to get to Snowbasin, and if conditions cooperate, I think your wife will like it quite a bit.  There will be plenty for her abilities, especially if Strawberry is open.  Plus rates are lower now which is always nice.  Have a great time!!

post #109 of 159

Check the Snowbasin website for lift closures.  Allen Peak Tram already closed.  JP chair closing soon.

post #110 of 159
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JP chair closing soon.



John Paul closed today.

post #111 of 159

For the day? or for the Season? That woud be tragic! Snowbasin is getting so much snow. Jim, i.e .4ster what is the scoop! 

post #112 of 159
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John Paul closed today.



 



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For the day? or for the Season? That woud be tragic! Snowbasin is getting so much snow. Jim, i.e .4ster what is the scoop! 



for the season... its now put me off going there next week... 

post #113 of 159

 

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For the day? or for the Season? That woud be tragic! Snowbasin is getting so much snow. Jim, i.e .4ster what is the scoop! 


Yup, yesterday was the last day for JP.  Decisions are being made by the day, so nothing is for sure.  Today may be the finale for Strawberry.  It is too bad, because yesterday was pretty ideal Spring conditions with softening snow on the sunniest aspects.  Today should be even better with slightly warmer highs!

 

We did lose tons of snow with the warm SW winds that have been prevalent as the past few wimpy storms were approaching.  Sundays storm only gave us a dusting.  I won't be surprised if Snowbasins' final day is Easter Sunday.

 

:(

JF

 

 

post #114 of 159

that sucks.

post #115 of 159

I honestly have no idea why anyone would plan a ski trip past the first week of April.  This isn't like anything new, it's April, the ski resorts are starting to shut down.  It always kills me to listen to people go on about how the spring is the best time for a ski trip, no, it isn't.  If you want the best conditions, the most terrain open, spring ain't it, go in the middle of winter.

 

If the conditions aren't perfect, spring skiing sucks.  The snowpack freezes every night and if the sun doesn't come out you'll be skiing coral reef, fun.  If it does happen to snow and the sun comes out the snow is toast within hours.

post #116 of 159
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I honestly have no idea why anyone would plan a ski trip past the first week of April.  This isn't like anything new, it's April, the ski resorts are starting to shut down.  It always kills me to listen to people go on about how the spring is the best time for a ski trip, no, it isn't.  If you want the best conditions, the most terrain open, spring ain't it, go in the middle of winter.

 

If the conditions aren't perfect, spring skiing sucks.  The snowpack freezes every night and if the sun doesn't come out you'll be skiing coral reef, fun.  If it does happen to snow and the sun comes out the snow is toast within hours.



but again people who go at this time of year... first time i have done it in 15 years or so... have to because of work... i work at a school and this is the easter holidays here so i am going skiing... 

 

i think everyone who does go at this time(well the educated ones) should know what the conditions will be like - hit or miss really... but whatever to me skiing is fun no matter the conditions - try skiing in scotland and you will see what i mean!!!

post #117 of 159

Spring skiing in LCC last week was incredible, BTW.

post #118 of 159
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I honestly have no idea why anyone would plan a ski trip past the first week of April.  This isn't like anything new, it's April, the ski resorts are starting to shut down.  It always kills me to listen to people go on about how the spring is the best time for a ski trip, no, it isn't.  If you want the best conditions, the most terrain open, spring ain't it, go in the middle of winter.

 

If the conditions aren't perfect, spring skiing sucks.  The snowpack freezes every night and if the sun doesn't come out you'll be skiing coral reef, fun.  If it does happen to snow and the sun comes out the snow is toast within hours.


      I've done an April trip for most of the past 20 years.  As well as December trips and 'peak season' trips.


       You want the best chance of light powder, 100% opening,  and NO corn snow then April is NOT your *best* bet.

 

       OTOH i have had big April powder days - along with little April crowds - at Steamboat, Canyons, Keystone, Whistler, Abasin, Solitude,.Snowmass

 

       And, you do get a very very good shot at:  

               lots of sunshine, discounted lift tickets, discounted hotels, bikini races, slush bumps!, pond skimming, deals on used/demo gear

               high speed corduroy carving,  drink specials, big air shows and all-around great vibe

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post #119 of 159
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Spring skiing in LCC last week was incredible, BTW.



i know... 3 days alta, 2 snowbird, 2 brighton and one PCMR for me weather permitted is my plan...

post #120 of 159
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i know... 3 days alta, 2 snowbird, 2 brighton and one PCMR for me weather permitted is my plan...

one observation from last week. We went to Alta and Brighton and Alta seemed to hold up better under warm conditions. Brighton has some exposed areas that seemed to get sticky/mushy by around lunch time. Could well have been the luck of the draw on which days we went, but it was noticeable.
 

 

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