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First trip to Utah- Be grateful for your advice!

post #1 of 20
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My son and I hope to spend a week skiing together and thought we might enjoy exploring what Utah has to offer.  We are intermediate level skiers with the desire to advance our abilities.  Not really inclined to ski off-piste (likely beyond our present skill level).

We thought of Utah as a destination as it would be new territory for us and given the host of resort options in close proximity to SLC.

Our preliminary sleuthing would suggest Park City might be a good home base with outings to Alta and Deer Valley- but would be open to and appreciative of any alternate recommendations. 

We would be grateful for resort, lodging and ski package option recommendations.  Our budget would likely preclude staying at a 5 star ski in/out ultra luxury lodge, but a 3-4 star option would certainly be within reach.  Travel dates are very flexible with a preliminary lean toward any week in March. We both have angels at home so nightlife options are not an attraction or priority. Thanks for lending your time and insight! 

 

post #2 of 20
Search this forum... This question has been asked many times especially as of late.

If offhill activities and off-piste aren't important you're going to want to go to snowbasin. It is the best groomer mountain in Utah bar-none. That's why they had the Olympic ski events there. If you did want to dabble in something off the main trail there's lots of spots where you can experiment.

Accommodations-wise snowbasin has a lot of condos nearby at very economical prices. A lot of people have been recommending lakeside properties. Hit up vrbo.com and search under snowbasin / Huntsville / Eden. Note there's no ski-in ski-out but it sounds like that's not what you're after.
post #3 of 20
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Thanks for the input.  Snowbasin seems a logical destination for our profile.  My hope would be to explore at least two resorts during the week we are in Utah.  Thanks again!

post #4 of 20
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Thanks for the input.  Snowbasin seems a logical destination for our profile.  My hope would be to explore at least two resorts during the week we are in Utah.  Thanks again!

post #5 of 20

Where do you ski most often?  How old is your son?  How long do you plan to stay?

 

If you are willing to do a little driving every day, there is something to be said for staying in SLC and exploring a variety of places.  Can go to a different one the first three days, then go back to the ones you like best.  For Saturday, Snowbasin, Deer Valley, or Solitude are places to get away from the crowd.  During a one week trip last season, my ski buddy and I did the free skiing at Park City the day of arrival, two days at Alta (my favorite, his first time) for warm up, Brighton, Snowbasin (Sat), Solitude (Sun), Alta (first time for another friend who came later).  Except for Alta, the choice of where to go was flexible up to the day before.

post #6 of 20

If you want to save some money and get a feel for Utah there is nothing wrong with staying in the valley.  Check out some hotels in Midvale and take the bus up to the 4 resorts that serve the super pass.  Ski a different one each day.  You will not be dissapointed with your trip and will have transportation taken care of for your entire trip. 

post #7 of 20

Is this your son?

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/109891/please-help-design-a-7-day-ski-trip

 

Sounds remarkably similar.

post #8 of 20
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Is this your son?

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/109891/please-help-design-a-7-day-ski-trip

 

Sounds remarkably similar.



that's what I was thinking!!

post #9 of 20

 

Yes, I am his son.  It's his first time using a forum - ever - I think he's still trying to get a hang of the navigation and how this all works.  Sorry for the duplicate question.  

 

Thank you all for your advice, though.  It has been invaluable to us and we were discussing it last night on the phone.

post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thank you for your time and input! Sounds like a reasonable strategy.

My son is 31, I'm 58.  Recently I've skied the midwest at the intermediated level as Peoria, Illinois is home.  He will just be reengaging so we will spend most of our time on the intermediate/modest advanced hills.  Liiking forward to new landscapes!  Thanks again.

post #11 of 20
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Thanks!  I'll explore the superpass, shuttle service, and Midvale lodging.  All the best!

post #12 of 20
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Yes.  I'm on the learning curve for the forum (first trial) and I guess it's fair to say he and I are on the same page and mission:)  I appreciate the input to date from the forum- some excellent ideas!

post #13 of 20

snowbasin is certaintly a great spot to go, gonys from bottom to top easy terrain, and some fun stuff to dabble in.  if your staying in bcc go to brighton, if your in lcc go to alta.   theres alot of groomers and whatnot to  hit. 

 

and most importnat, have Fun!

 

think snow.

 

pce

post #14 of 20

deer valley is by far the ritziest place........    good mellow terrain, and if y aknow the spots and have a sled...........

post #15 of 20

MY son and I did this very trip last year.  57 and 26.  We're perhaps a bit more advanced in our skiing, but not significantly.  We'd already been to Deer Valley and PCMR, so we stayed in SLC for four nights and skied Brighton, Solitude, and Alta -- in that order.  We skipped Park City (I don't really like PCMR that much), which might have cost us a bit in the "vacation" end of things, but saved a lot of money.  Then we moved up to Ogden area and skied at Snowbasin for 3 days.  We rented a car (it was inexpensive) and that afforded us a lot of mobility.  We stayed in nice-ish motels and spent under $100/night.  We drank beer with our dinners and went back to the room and slept cuz we were tired from skiing hard all day.

 

Brighton/Solitude are a nice, low-key, uncrowded introduction; Alta is, well, Alta; and Snowbasin is the best mountain for a mix of scenery, terrain, conditions, ski infrastructure, and size for someone like you.

 

I'm glad I did all of these... and if I were to do it again, I might do the same thing.  You have to go to Snowbasin and Alta.  I might pick up Deer Valley if I were more interested in fast and gorgeous groomers.  I like the others, but only Snowbird is another must -- and only if you're an advanced skier. 

post #16 of 20
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Great advice and I sincerely thank you for your time and input!  This forum is a real asset.  All the best.

post #17 of 20

Rent a car, even a cheap 2wd. 

Stay in Sandy/Midvale.  Super 8, Crystal Inn, or La Quinta are all fine.

Like said above, Ski Alta/Deer Valley or PCMR and Snowbasin. 

Don't spend the extra money on staying in Park City for your trip.  Ski, drive home, wash up, eat dinner, chill, crash and do it again.

post #18 of 20

Buy discount tickets at the Lift House behind the 7-11 at the entrance to BCC (don't worry, you won't miss it).

post #19 of 20
Thread Starter 

Great advice..you made me laugh aloud:)  Thanks for you input!

post #20 of 20
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Thanks for the advice!

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