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I did a quick search but all the discussion seemed to be about particular Saturdays. My question: which Utah SLC resort is best for crowds, etc on Saturday? (Snowbasin is not an option). I'm headed out to visit my daughter who is an instructor at PCMR next week and we have to ski on the weekend -- particularly on Sat when she will be otherwise occupied. I'm thinking PCMR or DV will be hammered by crowds (relatively speaking, of course, for an easterner). Is that right? Should I look Solitude/Brighton? Does it make a difference? I'm not really looking for that specific Saturday; I realize it's too far in the future. I'm just thinking about the generality. Thanks.
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Solitude.

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Originally Posted by tch View Post

I did a quick search but all the discussion seemed to be about particular Saturdays. My question: which Utah SLC resort is best for crowds, etc on Saturday? (Snowbasin is not an option). I'm headed out to visit my daughter who is an instructor at PCMR next week and we have to ski on the weekend -- particularly on Sat when she will be otherwise occupied. I'm thinking PCMR or DV will be hammered by crowds (relatively speaking, of course, for an easterner). Is that right? Should I look Solitude/Brighton? Does it make a difference? I'm not really looking for that specific Saturday; I realize it's too far in the future. I'm just thinking about the generality. Thanks.


Compared to the east, all the resorts will be empty. Unless its a powder day.

 

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OK, few responses.  I've been to Utah several times, so I'm aware that crowds will be less than East.  I'm also aware of where I'd go -- or not go -- on a powder day.

But...Looking for two specifics: Some have said that Brighton is full of Mormon families on Saturday.  True? 

And Alta -- being, well, Alta, is it relatively busier than other places on a Saturday?
Thank you.

post #5 of 12

All of the Park City resorts have a lot of lift capacity so the lines would not likely be that significant except at the most popular spots (i.e. Flagstaff at Deer Valley, Silverload at PC and around the Red Pine Lodge at Canyons).  Solitude is normally a good bet for lack of crowds.  I don't ski Brighton enough to know.  My friend (who has a season pass at Alta) said it has not been very busy on Saturdays this year.

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What SB77 said.  The lines are 5 minutes at most. King Con at PCMR is pretty clear all morning but gets crowded after lunch- your daughter will know. If you really want to ski right onto the lift, buy a fast tracks pass at PCMR and you'll never wait in line, not for more than a few seconds, anyway. Just haven't had any problems at the PC resorts except during MLK and Christmas.

 

I'd assume that your daughter would ski free at PCMR and have a buddy pass or two. It's an underrated resort, again, she'll know where the goods are. I ditched the LCC road line today and skied pow at PCMR all morning.

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You have nothing to worry about. Its march 3rd. The season is already "over" for most people. This has been a below average season in UT, I haven't seen a line all season long. Even on XMAS week, and the holiday weekends. I would just go ski where you want and forget about lines.


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You are worried about nothing. Its march 3rd. The season is already "over" for most people. This has been a below average season in UT, I haven't seen a line all season long. Even on XMAS week, and the holiday weekends. I would just go ski where you want and forget about lines.



Exactly right. The crowds have been minimal this season. Pick the resort you want to ski and don't worry about it.

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Thank you all.

May you have good skiing...

tch

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Went to Solitude last Saturday, skied to chair all day. Went to Alta the Friday before, bluebird powder day. Liftlines most of the day...longest was probably 10 minutes first thing in morning. 

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I'm not sure I'd say the season is over, the resorts have been getting a lot busier the last few weeks.  Today the Solitude lot filled up by 11am, if you weren't there by then you were parking on the road.  There weren't long lift lines but the hill definitely felt busier.

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OK, few responses.  I've been to Utah several times, so I'm aware that crowds will be less than East.  I'm also aware of where I'd go -- or not go -- on a powder day.

But...Looking for two specifics: Some have said that Brighton is full of Mormon families on Saturday.  True? 

And Alta -- being, well, Alta, is it relatively busier than other places on a Saturday?
Thank you.


Sounds like you're looking for the magic bullet. Good luck on that. Brighton being full of Mormons isn't a specific, it's an unverifiable generalization. Unless someone has stood outside lift lines and done a survey of every patron's religious affiliation, I don't think that'll ever be more than an urban legend.

 

Saturdays are Saturdays -  the most crowded day of the week at any given resort. You said you can't head north to Snowbasin (and presumably Powder, which would be your best option), so you take your chances. Even Snowbasin gets relatively busy on a Saturday, especially when there's snow (like yesterday).

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