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Just back from Skiing in Italy and Switzerland...

 

and after this thread - 

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/108287/april-3rd-late-season-trip-solo

 

I am going solo to SLC... i arrive 1130pm April 6th and fly out April 15th 11am so will get 8 days skiing - mostly solo skiing but hope to find folk to ski with and have a friend meeting me for a couple days... the Park city bit is so i can learn park, never really done that but skiing wise i can certainly ski very well... 

 

 

this is what i have in my head -

 

6th - arrive - get car - sleep at Cheap hotel

7th - Get fitted for boots at Powder house, ski Alta - drive - sleep at Cheap hotel

8th - Ski Snowbird - drive - sleep at your Cheap hotel

9th - Ski Solitude - drive - sleep at Cheap hotel

10th - Ski Snowbasin or repeated resort - drive - sleep at Cheap hotel

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!!!!

 

thinking Cheap hotel = The La Quinta in Midvale http://www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?propId=803 seems good enough but open to other ideas... as really never been that far west in America so have no idea where i am going!!!

 

resort hotels i have been looking at are coming at 110 ish http://www.parkcityreservations.com/lodging/property-p345722 for a night so happy with that but i am very open to suggestions... lack of WiFi in the room is the only let down!!!

 

Hire car is where haivng problems whats the cheapest or best value - since by self car has to be cheap and if snowing will just bus it to ski centres... http://www.kayak.co.uk/cars is the cheapest i can find...

 

Hope to get some more great advise as i have gotten before...

 

 

post #2 of 84

I've stayed at the La Quinta Midvale many times.  It's nice.

If you are stuck on Park City, then you might be better off staying in downtown SLC, that way you will be more in the middle of it and save a few bucks, with about a 45 minute drive to either the Cottonwood resorts or PC, if the weather is good. 

Crystal Inn I haven't stayed at, but that would be even a little closer to PC and also closer to the Cottonwood resorts, by about 10 minutes for each. 

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I've stayed at the La Quinta Midvale many times.  It's nice.

If you are stuck on Park City, then you might be better off staying in downtown SLC, that way you will be more in the middle of it and save a few bucks, with about a 45 minute drive to either the Cottonwood resorts or PC, if the weather is good. 

Crystal Inn I haven't stayed at, but that would be even a little closer to PC and also closer to the Cottonwood resorts, by about 10 minutes for each. 



thanks for the reply... 

 

ok so you think la quinta is good for the first 5 days... 

 

but rather stay in crystal inn for PC... i m doing PC as i really want to learn park and it seems to have the best one... doing all the mountain skiing first 5 days then mainly park the last 3...

 

i want to dump the car and not worry about driving for the end... From Scotland so used to skiing in the Alpes and used to being in village for the week... 

post #4 of 84

park city in mid april can be quite warm and perhaps not even skiiable? others may want to chim in

 

post #5 of 84

I'd keep the car. You won't save any money returning, then shuttling, unless you can find a freebie.

That will also allow you to change your plans based on snow conditions. 

 

  Orbitz has cheaper rates than the Euro sites. 

post #6 of 84

   My 2 cents; Airport shuttles are at least $39 each way. Compare that with keeping the car. The nice thing with the car is that you can choose resorts by conditions. Park City resorts can be slushy at the bases in April and snowfall up high can be heavy. It can also rain. But it can be great too. Generally, if we get a big snowstorm in April, the Cottonwoods are 1000' higher so conditions can be mid-winter. The cheap digs in Park City are Chateau Apres- it's old, but walking distance to the lifts.

     Deep Powder house is a great shop. Just for fun, call Snowbird and see what deals they have at the Cliff Lodge- they're running a $99 weekday special now that includes a lift ticket = nearly a free room. Also, the Peruvian and Rustler lodges at Alta have dorms that are convivial and cheap- I've been stuck up there when the road avalanched in a storm and nobody could get down. The upside is, of course, that nobody could get up the next day so we had the mountain to ourselves.

   See what packages you can get that include lift tickets as well, and stay flexible.

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   My 2 cents; Airport shuttles are at least $39 each way. Compare that with keeping the car. The nice thing with the car is that you can choose resorts by conditions. Park City resorts can be slushy at the bases in April and snowfall up high can be heavy. It can also rain. But it can be great too. Generally, if we get a big snowstorm in April, the Cottonwoods are 1000' higher so conditions can be mid-winter. The cheap digs in Park City are Chateau Apres- it's old, but walking distance to the lifts.

     Deep Powder house is a great shop. Just for fun, call Snowbird and see what deals they have at the Cliff Lodge- they're running a $99 weekday special now that includes a lift ticket = nearly a free room. Also, the Peruvian and Rustler lodges at Alta have dorms that are convivial and cheap- I've been stuck up there when the road avalanched in a storm and nobody could get down. The upside is, of course, that nobody could get up the next day so we had the mountain to ourselves.

   See what packages you can get that include lift tickets as well, and stay flexible.



thanks really appreciate that...

 

i am now leaning towards - 10 nights at the La Quinta in Midvale and a car... as you say stay very flexible...

 

can't call anywhere as in scotland but couldn't see any sign of the deal on the web for cliff lodge... so hence why your local knowledge is so invaluable to me... 

 

bumping before i book at the end of the week... with the new plan... 

post #8 of 84

If I could toss a monkey wrench into your plans... I waited until last-minute to book a room and got a fantastic condo on Craigslist for $100/night.  It is a little more than La Quinta but it had a full kitchen, jacuzzi, etc.  I was able to save a bundle by cooking my own breakfast/dinner, and the room was so much nicer than any hotel.

 

If you're interested, check out craigslist for the vacation rentals.  You may strike a great bargain.

post #9 of 84

Staying flexible is good- but everything's pretty close- if you stayed in a Park City condo from VRBO or Craigs list, you're still only 45 minutes from the Cottonwoods and 15 min of that is the Canyon road itself, that you'd have to drive regardless. PC is a pretty place too. Here's the Snowbird link. I don't think were talking kitchenettes here though, but the free lift ticket is attractive and you can split lodgings if you have a car.

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thanks for the reply... 

 

ok so you think la quinta is good for the first 5 days... 

 

but rather stay in crystal inn for PC... i m doing PC as i really want to learn park and it seems to have the best one... doing all the mountain skiing first 5 days then mainly park the last 3...

 

i want to dump the car and not worry about driving for the end... From Scotland so used to skiing in the Alpes and used to being in village for the week... 


Brighton has a pretty nice terrain park.  BCC generally has holds more snow than PC if there is warm weather.

 

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Brighton has a pretty nice terrain park.  BCC generally has holds more snow than PC if there is warm weather.

 



whets it like for beginner parks people??? i tried in zermatt a couple weeks back and the rails/boxes were a bit big for me!!!


 

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Staying flexible is good- but everything's pretty close- if you stayed in a Park City condo from VRBO or Craigs list, you're still only 45 minutes from the Cottonwoods and 15 min of that is the Canyon road itself, that you'd have to drive regardless. PC is a pretty place too. Here's the Snowbird link. I don't think were talking kitchenettes here though, but the free lift ticket is attractive and you can split lodgings if you have a car.



thanks for the link... i guess it would mean changing places rather than just plonking myself in one base so 99% sure i will go for the 10 days in the cheaper place!!!


 

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If I could toss a monkey wrench into your plans... I waited until last-minute to book a room and got a fantastic condo on Craigslist for $100/night.  It is a little more than La Quinta but it had a full kitchen, jacuzzi, etc.  I was able to save a bundle by cooking my own breakfast/dinner, and the room was so much nicer than any hotel.

 

If you're interested, check out craigslist for the vacation rentals.  You may strike a great bargain.



thanks see above... 

 

craigslist scares me having very little knowledge of the area!!!

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whets it like for beginner parks people??? i tried in zermatt a couple weeks back and the rails/boxes were a bit big for me!!!

 


Brighton has more than one park.  A couple are set up for all abilities levels according to the website.  Note that there is a separate website just for park.  Brighton has lights so a lot of local head there in the evenings just for park.  My impression is that Brighton is where a lot of the local kids learn.  They just get on the bus after school.

 

http://www.brightonterrainparks.com

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Alta recently announced their April deals and special events.  Something new are Spring Season Passes starting April 2.   $199 for adults and $99 for kids with no residency restrictions.  Demo Day is April 7.  Things will be hopping when you are doing your boot fitting.  Works out well for me since I'll be skiing Alta April 4-9.  Note that the last day for the the Supreme lift will be April 8.

 
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Did that trip same time last year.  The Cottonwoods were great but PC area was really disappointing because of the warm temperatures.  We alsways stay at the Crystal Inn in Murray.  Pretty cheap, I think $79 a night is what i paid last year.  I t was clean and they offer a pretty good breakfast buffet and light dinner every night (included in price).  The other great thing is you can be at Snowbird, Alta, Solitude, and Brigthon within 30 minutes (weather permitting).  Enjoy.

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Did that trip same time last year.  The Cottonwoods were great but PC area was really disappointing because of the warm temperatures.  We alsways stay at the Crystal Inn in Murray.  Pretty cheap, I think $79 a night is what i paid last year.  I t was clean and they offer a pretty good breakfast buffet and light dinner every night (included in price).  The other great thing is you can be at Snowbird, Alta, Solitude, and Brigthon within 30 minutes (weather permitting).  Enjoy.



thanks for that... with all the bad press for heat down in PC i still want to ski there - how many days will be the question!!!



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Alta recently announced their April deals and special events.  Something new are Spring Season Passes starting April 2.   $199 for adults and $99 for kids with no residency restrictions.  Demo Day is April 7.  Things will be hopping when you are doing your boot fitting.  Works out well for me since I'll be skiing Alta April 4-9.  Note that the last day for the the Supreme lift will be April 8.

 


but demoing stuff is dangerous... makes you want to spend money!!!

 

post #16 of 84

No sweat, we like staying in Murray b/c you're 15 minutes (tops) from downtown about 45 to 50 minutes from Snowbasin and PC (depending on how you drive) and $79 per night for 2 queen beds, pool, hot tub, breakfast and dinner at the Crystal Inn is a bargain any day.  Best of Luck!

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We planned on 2 to 3 days in PC last year but ended up staying for less than a whole day because of the conditions.  Went back to hit Brighton, Alta, and Snowbasin remaining days and couldn't have been happier.  Short of checking out the night life in PC I'd just as soon stay in the Cottonwoods to ski.  Good Luck,

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No sweat, we like staying in Murray b/c you're 15 minutes (tops) from downtown about 45 to 50 minutes from Snowbasin and PC (depending on how you drive) and $79 per night for 2 queen beds, pool, hot tub, breakfast and dinner at the Crystal Inn is a bargain any day.  Best of Luck!



The Crystal Inn looks a bit nicer than the La Quinta Midvale. Having a free airport shuttle is interesting if not going to get a rental car at all.  La Quinta is a few dollars less.  Are there many places to eat within a few blocks?  Adding to my list of lodging options for future trips to SLC.

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The Crystal Inn looks a bit nicer than the La Quinta Midvale. Having a free airport shuttle is interesting if not going to get a rental car at all.  La Quinta is a few dollars less.  Are there many places to eat within a few blocks?  Adding to my list of lodging options for future trips to SLC.



I just got back from the Crystal Inn Midvale... In the quasi-budget hotel market it can't be beat.  In addition to the airport shuttle, the local shuttle service they offer was really helpful.  They'd actually shuttle you to the area restaurants.

 

There are quite a few places to eat that are "just beyond" walking distance, so if you wanted to have a few drinks with dinner, you could leave the car at the hotel.  We tried the Bohemian Brewery which was pretty good, but there were few authentic European menu choices which was a little disappointing.  

 

As big BBQ fans, Famous Dave's hit the mark pretty well for us too (for the 2nd year in a row).  Though its a chain, and maybe average in terms of quality, its definitely a passable representation of Southern BBQ that you can only find in the US.  I think our friend from Scotland would be more than impressed! (If you're thinking BBQ... no matter what the locals say... stay away from Pat's... it's terrible... worst BBQ ever!!!) 

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The Crystal Inn looks a bit nicer than the La Quinta Midvale. Having a free airport shuttle is interesting if not going to get a rental car at all.  La Quinta is a few dollars less.  Are there many places to eat within a few blocks?  Adding to my list of lodging options for future trips to SLC.



la quinta is coming out at 430 for 10 nights vs 590 for crystal inn at mid vale... assuming that is the one... and for me by myself its not worth the extra cash!!!

 

just paid for 3 nights for 4th July in the new Octavious tower at Caesar's Palace in Vegas!!!!


 

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I just got back from the Crystal Inn Midvale... In the quasi-budget hotel market it can't be beat.  In addition to the airport shuttle, the local shuttle service they offer was really helpful.  They'd actually shuttle you to the area restaurants.

 

There are quite a few places to eat that are "just beyond" walking distance, so if you wanted to have a few drinks with dinner, you could leave the car at the hotel.  We tried the Bohemian Brewery which was pretty good, but there were few authentic European menu choices which was a little disappointing.  

 

As big BBQ fans, Famous Dave's hit the mark pretty well for us too (for the 2nd year in a row).  Though its a chain, and maybe average in terms of quality, its definitely a passable representation of Southern BBQ that you can only find in the US.  I think our friend from Scotland would be more than impressed! (If you're thinking BBQ... no matter what the locals say... stay away from Pat's... it's terrible... worst BBQ ever!!!) 



food wise... as long as it isn't pasta i am happy... a week in a 5 star hotel in Cervinia and 5 course evening meals with a pasta course and having pasta every day for lunch in Zermatt or Cervinia mountain i am still off pasta!!!

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can't edit it now... i meant 530 not 430 for la quinta...

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I stayed at the Crystal Inn in Murray which is closer to the Cottomwoods but it cost the same as the one in Midvale.  Within walking distance there was a Rockin Robin Burger joint, a great little pasta place in a strip mall, but about another 5 minutes up the road (their shuttle will transport free) is a Cheese Cake Factory, a great Brazialian Steakhouse called Braza, and a mall that has all the typical mall resturants surrounding it.  Initially had had booked reservations @ the Mid Valley hotel but changed because it was easier to get to the resorts and avoid downtown traffic bright and early.

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I stayed at the Crystal Inn in Murray which is closer to the Cottomwoods but it cost the same as the one in Midvale.  Within walking distance there was a Rockin Robin Burger joint, a great little pasta place in a strip mall, but about another 5 minutes up the road (their shuttle will transport free) is a Cheese Cake Factory, a great Brazialian Steakhouse called Braza, and a mall that has all the typical mall resturants surrounding it.  Initially had had booked reservations @ the Mid Valley hotel but changed because it was easier to get to the resorts and avoid downtown traffic bright and early.



that one - http://www.orbitz.com/shop/home?hotDA=true&hotel.keyword.dl=23856&hotel.couponCode=&hotel.hname=&hotel.chkin=4%2F6%2F12&hotel.rooms%5B0%5D.chlds=0&type=hotel&hotel.keyword.key=Crystal+Inn+in+Murray&hotel.rooms%5B0%5D.chldAge%5B3%5D=&hotel.type=keyword&hotel.rooms%5B0%5D.adlts=2&search=Search&hotel.chain=&hotel.rooms%5B0%5D.chldAge%5B1%5D=&hotel.chkout=4%2F15%2F12&hotel.rooms%5B0%5D.chldAge%5B0%5D=&hotel.coord=&hotel.rating=&hotel.rooms%5B0%5D.chldAge%5B2%5D=&hotel.rooms%5B0%5D.chldAge%5B4%5D=&search=Continue&hsv.showDetails=true&hotel.hid=262381&hotel.hkey=262381_null_null_null_A2:0

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I stayed at the Crystal Inn in Murray which is closer to the Cottomwoods but it cost the same as the one in Midvale.  Within walking distance there was a Rockin Robin Burger joint, a great little pasta place in a strip mall, but about another 5 minutes up the road (their shuttle will transport free) is a Cheese Cake Factory, a great Brazialian Steakhouse called Braza, and a mall that has all the typical mall resturants surrounding it.  Initially had had booked reservations @ the Mid Valley hotel but changed because it was easier to get to the resorts and avoid downtown traffic bright and early.

The midvale location is the murray location. The other location is dowwntown.

That's a good rate on the la quinta... Could be tough to beat. My thought though iss that the crystal inn was nice enough that it might be worth a call to see if they'd close the $100 gap. The fulll hot breakfast, light dinner, and area shuttle has to be worth something.
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The midvale location is the murray location. The other location is dowwntown.
That's a good rate on the la quinta... Could be tough to beat. My thought though iss that the crystal inn was nice enough that it might be worth a call to see if they'd close the $100 gap. The fulll hot breakfast, light dinner, and area shuttle has to be worth something.


For Scotty, the La Quinta Midvale should be fine since he'll have a car any way so the shuttle is not particularly needed.  Includes a hot breakfast with make-your-own waffles.  Planning from Scotland is a bit more complicated than from somewhere in the U.S.  The only reason I could see to consider the Crystal Inn is to get a microwave/frig.  Can also get that at La Quinta but I think it's $10/day so then pretty much the same price as Crystal.

post #26 of 84
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thanks guys... heading off to golf here since all the ski centres are closed but looking to book tonight when i get back... 

 

so

 

10 days La Quinta

10 days mid size car

ski randomly except for when i have folk to ski with!!!

 

long shot but looking to get a basketball ticket as never been to a NBA game... only college at UT when i lived there... are the purple tickets good - 

http://www.nba.com/jazz/tickets/single_game.html

 

thanks everyone i do appreciate the help!!! this will be the furthest west i have ever been in America so really looking forward to the trip now plus won't have skied for weeks after the crappy snow year in scotland!!!

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Other places for discounted lift tickets beyond the 4 covered by the SuperPass.  The Lift House has a store right at the base of BCC, just at the split where the LCC canyon road starts.  Canyon Sports only has the one store downtown since they closed the others. 

 

 

http://www.lifthousesports.com/lift-tickets.html

 

 

www.canyonsports.com—discountlifttickets

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10 days La Quinta

10 days mid size car

ski randomly except for when i have folk to ski with!!!

 



Why a mid-size car?

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Why a mid-size car?



to get all my stuff in... and cost works out best i think...

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