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Utah Trip next Saturday through Thursday, staying in SLC, Need 4X4?

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I'm skiing Utah next week and will be staying in Downtown SLC.  Looking to ski Park City, Snowbasin, and possibly some of the Cottonwoods  (Groups is mostly intermediates).  I have rented a midsize sedan and am mildly concerned given the forecast that I may have trouble getting to the resorts if it dumps.  Any advice here on how the roads generally are to Snowbasin and Park City and if I can make it in a 2wd sedan?  I'm not even asking about the Cottonwoods roads bc I've heard they are treacherous.  I'm hoping to avoid taking UTA, but is that a likely necessity if we get a foot or so of powder on any given day?

 

Thanks

 

 

post #2 of 11

That'll be a nice problem to have!

 

Unless it absolutely hammers it down, I think you'll be fine for PC, the roads that lead there are flat and wide. I think Snowbasin is a lot better than the Cottonwoods, but I'll wait for the locals to fill in the gap there.

post #3 of 11

I wouldn't expect much trouble getting to to PC or Snowbasin w/out 4WD.  I probably wouldn't try LCC if there is much snow and I definitely wouldn't attempt the road to Pow Mow without it if there is much snow.  I've never been up BCC so I can't offer any advice there.

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I'm not even asking about the Cottonwoods roads bc I've heard they are treacherous.  I'm hoping to avoid taking UTA, but is that a likely necessity if we get a foot or so of powder on any given day?"

 

 

Trying to figure out how you made those two sentences back to back? Sounds like you answered your own question.

 

Also why are you staying in Salt Lake if you're planning on skiing everywhere but and worried about driving? It seems like you'd be much better off staying in Park City or Ogden area, if the CCs are last on your list.

 

The route to Park City is not really flat. Wide yes (interstate highway), but it does climb over a mountain pass and can get pretty hairy in the snow.

 

Snowbasin is a wide county road that usually gets cleared quickly. On Sundays and holidays, though, they don't seem to get it cleared very effectively. It's not super steep, but it's steeper than anything you'll find in a lot of states. I believe it's a 7 or 8 percent grade on the Huntsville side, not sure about the other side, but it's also hilly.

 

Another option would be to drive to Eden through Ogden and take the shuttle to Powder. That would be your flattest option, mostly interstate highway. The shuttle is like $3 and takes you up the nasty stuff.

 

Outside of that, it really depends on your comfort level. If you're not used to driving around on steep, hilly terrain in the snow, get chains or get a 4WD and rest a little easier. Personally, I'd say if you have to ask, you'd be better off in a 4WD. I've seen people get stuck in their small 2WD on the little hill right outside of Snowbasin. Driving 2WD in the snow seems like an unnecessary adventure, particularly if you have a group (i.e. split the cost of an upgrade).

 

The likelihood that it will be bad is pretty low. If it snows overnight, they tend to get things cleared pretty quickly. If it's bad or you're worried it will be, hop on the UTA up the CCs and avoid driving. Then drive up to Snowbasin or Powder the day after - they should still have plenty of snow.

 

Also don't get too excited for that storm - forecasted storms have been disappearing into thin air all winter. Way too early to rely on that one.

post #5 of 11

I hope that storm hits, otherwise these temps aren't going to be kind to anyone.

post #6 of 11
No kidding...Snowbasin was reporting temps in the 50's and the forecast has highs in the 20's this weekend. That's just
Iike Midwestern skiing.
post #7 of 11

Yep, went from storm of the year to 50 and slushy in a week. I don't mind spring skiing...just wish it would wait until spring.

post #8 of 11

I just posted this in another thread.

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Ye of little faith :( .   I had great Spring skiing all over the mountain yesterday, skied till I couldn't walk, & enjoyed every minute of it!

 

Winter will be back!!!

 

JF

 

Lifts were on windhold this morning, turned around without getting out of the car & ran errands instead :(

 

JF

post #9 of 11
I've enjoyed 3 months a spring skiing so far. I'm just hoping a week of full blown winter next week before return home summer.
post #10 of 11
I will also say I hope it cools down because my skis have cold weather wax on them and they are already half way to the Rockies. smile.gif
post #11 of 11
If it's not too much extra, spring for a 4x4. There used to be a co. That rented Subaru outbacks but any suv will do. It was grabby mashed potatoes today at Park City lower down and refrozen at the top. Alta, when I was there Friday, had great, if not new, snow. The Cottonwoods get to 11000"- PC resorts 10k and Snowbasin is lower. We might get some decent snowfall, but the temperatures are expected to be high and, if we get lucky, roads will be sloppy. Even interstate 80 gets pretty bad, especially with wet snow at Parleys Summit. With 4x4 you're covered.
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