Originally Posted by nocebo
Thanks! I ended up changing Alta to Solitude though. Big part of that was one of the reasons I chose big sky - seems a bit more laid back and not as crowded.
I've already got accommodation in Big Sky. How easy is it to get there without a car?
Heh.. its a skiing holiday but I'm not sure how much I will actually like skiing or how taxing it will be. So I just needed something to do in between. I have since added a couple of days to Utah to wont have time to do LA to Seattle anymore. Going to spend a week in NY instead.
Only spending one night in SLC then 9 at Solitude. Would like to head over to Alta for a day or two if possible but it seems the shuttles only go to the airport > resort and vice versa.
Yeah I'll be getting lessons at both places. Can you recommend anyone at solitude?
You should be able to take the public transit ski bus from Solitude to Alta. The two canyons, LCC and BCC, have pretty good service during the ski season with buses that go fairly often. Definitely recommend going to Alta for a day to check it out. No need to bother with Snowbird because there are relatively few runs for a beginner. You can actually ski from Solitude to Brighton. Ask about that after you get the basics figured out.
Can obviously also take the bus from Solitude into SLC for sightseeing or dinner. Brighton has night skiing so pretty sure the buses run in the evening. Not too many options for food in BCC. The bus schedule won't be available until Dec.
Depending on the weather, you might want to consider renting a 2WD car in SLC. Meaning, if it's clear and snow on the road is a non-issue. That would give you the option of driving up to Snowbasin for day. That's a great place for beginners on a day with good visibility. Wonderful views. Quite different from LCC and BCC.
Look on the Big Sky resort website for links to the shuttle from the airport. Takes about an hour for the drive in good weather. Most of the drive is in the valley so usually not a big deal if snowing on the mountain.
The Big Sky area is served by a free bus. So getting over to Moonlight Basin should be pretty easy. Note that there is a combined lift ticket but it's probably easier to ride the bus. Takes a lot of skiing to get from one ski area to another. Lone Mountain is big and the two are on opposite sides.
Are you going to do a day trip to Yellowstone while at Big Sky?