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I am from the northeast (Pa) and am planning on heading to SLC over Xmas and New Years and checking out Alta, Snowbird and Solitude and whatever anyone else tells me is good or have time for.  I have skied Jay, Killington, Stowe and such here in the east but this will be my first trip out west.  Just a few question if I may.  I know nobody does a better job predicting the weather than the next guy but what does anyone think about conditions around SLC over Xmas?  Secondly I was planning on just renting a condo in SLC and traveling to the different mountains daily.  I love the ski-in-ski-out but have heard that not too much nite life at specific mountains, plus I dont want to ski one mountain exclusively.  Is this a good idea or better to stay at a resort and hop around from there.  I guess any heads up or pointers from anyone that lives there or has gone that may make it a bit smoother would be appreciated.

Thanks

RAR

post #2 of 11

I was in SLC in the spring. I would suggest that you find a place in or around Sandy which is near the entrance to both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. It sounds like you want to ski both canyons. 

 

The only problem with this is you do leave the possibility that one or both roads are closed due to a storm or avalanche precautions.

 

There are lots of threads on here that discuss this choice.

 

Hope this helps.

post #3 of 11

Just my opinion:

- Nightlife is slow in the Cottonwoods but great in Park CIty.

- It snows more in the Cottonwoods than anywhere else in UT (even through PC is a few miles away as the crow flys) due to the lake effect (microclimate).

- The three PC resorts also offer great skiing.

- Conditions? Who knows.  Last year not so good...the year before was epic.  Not all resorts have great snowmaking, but if you are flexible you will find snow.  Usually, good coverage is not an issue but anything can happen.

- If you stay in SLC and don't mind driving you will have more resorts within a relatively short driving distance than you can ski during your one week vacation.  I grew up skiing the NE hills, but skiing UT mountains can be absolutely heaven for you if there is some powder.  It can take you 4 or 5 days to get through all of PC (Canyons, Deer Valley, PCMR) and an equal amount of time skiing all of Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton.

- Christmas is the day you want to ski the resort that you expect to be the most crowded.  A lot of locals are religious and will not be on the hill making Christmas the least crowed day on the hills.  The next day brings out the locals and the hills will get a bit crazy.  Start early and head for the lifts that get the fewest skiers.  The resort ambassadors here can help you. 

- Some resorts have a deal where you ski for free if you fly in the same day.  Consider hopping on the earliest flight if you can make it work.

- Roads aren't going to close around PC, and they rarely close in the Cottonwoods.  If they do close for blasting, just head over to one of the three PC resorts since there will be plenty of powder there.  If a road is closed, it usually means a few feet of snow or more just dumped.  I don't quibble over who has more powder if it is over two or three feet deep.

post #4 of 11
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Thanks for the input.  I know my eight days will not due these mountains justice but would like to just get a taste of them.  I think we have decided to stay in SLC and drive to the resorts.  I have been doing somemore searching on forums and it has been a great help.  Thanks again for the help.

 

RAR

post #5 of 11

I think having the option to drive where you want every day can't be beat. Don't forget Snowbasin up north too. An hours drive (probably) from where you'll be staying.

post #6 of 11
I am going to Utah the same time, more or less (dec 21-28).

We have family near Logan and have a condo to stay in Eden. We'll probably do most our skiing at Snowbasin and Powder mt., maybe a day with family at Beaver Mt. I figure if I want a day or two at BCC or LCC or PC it's still a shorter drive than my usual ski commute. Not really interested in nightlife.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by RARski View Post

I am from the northeast (Pa) and am planning on heading to SLC over Xmas and New Years and checking out Alta, Snowbird and Solitude and whatever anyone else tells me is good or have time for.  I have skied Jay, Killington, Stowe and such here in the east but this will be my first trip out west.  Just a few question if I may.  I know nobody does a better job predicting the weather than the next guy but what does anyone think about conditions around SLC over Xmas?  Secondly I was planning on just renting a condo in SLC and traveling to the different mountains daily.  I love the ski-in-ski-out but have heard that not too much nite life at specific mountains, plus I dont want to ski one mountain exclusively.  Is this a good idea or better to stay at a resort and hop around from there.  I guess any heads up or pointers from anyone that lives there or has gone that may make it a bit smoother would be appreciated.

Thanks

RAR

 

The week of Xmas is typically when the base is thickened up by numerous big storms, coverage gets good and the  "big mountain" lines start opening up. 

 

Alta is the most sure thing of any of the resorts for great conditions that time of year.

 

Start counting storms on Nov 1. If there have only been 1 big storms with maybe a few smaller ones, early season focus on Alta. 

 

But if UT has seen 2-3 big honking storms then it will be game on for big mountain lines at basically all resorts. 

post #8 of 11

Tromano, are you going to be in the area the week I'm there?  Dec 21-28.   Be fun to ski with you again, whether at Beaver or somepelacfe else.

post #9 of 11

You probably already know this, but the in-town ski shops have discount tickets for the ski areas.  We stopped on the way home each evening and got tickets for the next day.  (You can get them ahead, but it became a bit of a ritual.)

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Originally Posted by RARski View Post

I am from the northeast (Pa) and am planning on heading to SLC over Xmas and New Years and checking out Alta, Snowbird and Solitude and whatever anyone else tells me is good or have time for.  I have skied Jay, Killington, Stowe and such here in the east but this will be my first trip out west.  Just a few question if I may.  I know nobody does a better job predicting the weather than the next guy but what does anyone think about conditions around SLC over Xmas?  Secondly I was planning on just renting a condo in SLC and traveling to the different mountains daily.  I love the ski-in-ski-out but have heard that not too much nite life at specific mountains, plus I dont want to ski one mountain exclusively.  Is this a good idea or better to stay at a resort and hop around from there.  I guess any heads up or pointers from anyone that lives there or has gone that may make it a bit smoother would be appreciated.

Thanks

RAR

Are you going with others?  If so, how many?  Are you planning to bring skis or rent?

 

For a group of experienced skiers, staying in the city and driving around to various places is a great idea.  Did that a couple seasons ago.  We found a neat little house north of downtown relatively near the airport.  Made it easier for the guys who came in for a just a long weekend.  LCC and BCC were about 30 min away, Park City perhaps 45 min, Snowbasin under 1.5 hours.  Send a PM if you want details about the house.

 

If you have extra energy after traveling, Park City does a Quick Start free lift ticket with boarding pass on the day of arrival.  If arrive by noon, can get in a few hours if willing to ski into the lights on the few blue runs that stay open.  But not sure if it applies during the holiday season.

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Tromano, are you going to be in the area the week I'm there?  Dec 21-28.   Be fun to ski with you again, whether at Beaver or somepelacfe else.

 

I am around that week. I am skiing snowbasin this winter. Shoot me a PM when you are in town. 

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