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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hello !

 

Once again. The old question; where to go for ski holidays? We're beginning to think seriously by now and one of the places we're looking for is Salt Lake.

 

We're a group of 5 to 7 and we're heading up next Feb for one week.

 

Despite the informations we already get on the Web, many  question remains, as:

 

Salt lake are about 750m from SF and 430 from Vegas, but this time of the year is it common to find the roads closed? 

 

There are many places to ski Alta, Park,  Solitude, etc. What is our best bet? Is to get all mountains ticket, or focus on one place (we are intermediate skiers) ?

 

Stay at the city or at a resort (ski-in-out)?  (In some places the morning drive to the mountain should be a very slowly and stressed issue). 

 

Well, every hint will be very very welcomed???icon14.gif Thanks !

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And... think snow!!!

Eduardo

post #2 of 17

Hi,

 

  I will spend 4 days in PC next december along with a friend. Eager to know the so-called snow of Utah.

  Hope you can find your direction,

 

Best wishes,

Max

post #3 of 17

Hi Eduardo, are you coming from Brazil? Personally I find that one of the attractions of SLC is that you can ski a different resort each day.  Pick one of the 8 and you won't go wrong.  The basic places to stay are in the city of Salt Lake, in Park City or in the SLC suburb of Sandy/Midvale.  Each of the three has their advantages and disadvantages.  Park City is generally more expensive.  The suburbs are cheaper.  The city is closer to city attractions and centrally located about 45 minutes from all of the resorts.  I don't think you would be doing wrong with any of those choices. 

 

There really isn't an "all-mountain" ticket, the Super Pass, but that doesn't cover the 4 PC resorts.  You have to research the price ranges of the accommodations and the prices and see where your budget fits.  Also, you need to ask more specific questions. 

 

Feb is a great time to come.  Regarding the roads, no it is no "common" that the roads close.  Usually only the road to Alta/Snowbird closes.  If you stay in SLC or the suburbs the most it usually snows is a couple inches, likely the ground will be bare.  If you stay in Park City though, it often does snow in town, but not enough to close the road because avalanches are not a threat.  I wouldn't worry too much about the driving.  The snowfall dramatically varies depending on where you are.  If you are staying a week, you would be better to rent a 4WD SUV and that will get you where you need to go.  Unless, you decide to stay in ski in Park City, then you don't need a car at all. 

 

Driving to the resort in the am isn't usually a hassle, nor stress full.  You'll save money staying in Salt Lake City, but many like to enjoy staying in a resort atmosphere like the city of Park City, but it costs more.  Pluses, your close to the lifts in the am and will be surrounded by lots of other skiers, shopping and restaurants all catering to skiers. 

 

Snowbird is the toughest mountain there, so be careful of that.  Alta is tough too, but has a little more intermediate skiing and is easier to get around.  Don't miss Alta.  Also, don't miss Snowbasin - intermediate paradise, beautiful big resort. 

 

Read the WIki at the link below a couple times. 

post #4 of 17

Do at least a day at Alta... I skied there on my first SLC trip last winter and am excited to go back in January.  I'll spend at least a day back at Alta, but also want to do Solitude, a day at one of the Park City resorts and a day up north with a friend at either Snow Basin or Powder Mountain.
 

Because I want to see so many areas, I opted to stay in downtown SLC.  The drive was only tough one morning after a foot of overnight snow.  The drive up the canyon was shut down for an extra hour but that was no big deal.

post #5 of 17

Don't worry about traffic. Roads are well maintained & plowed...the only time ( well, usually) you have a road closure is Little Cottonwood Canyon for avalanche control. If that happens, it's great everywhere. There can be a wait to get into the canyon when this happens. Be sure to stop at the 7/11 to pee, or hold off on the coffee...

post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 

"Hi,

 

  I will spend 4 days in PC next december along with a friend. Eager to know the so-called snow of Utah.

  Hope you can find your direction,

 

Best wishes,

Max"

 

 

Great!!

 

Wish you 4 great ski days!!!  beercheer.gif

 

Eduardo

post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab View Post

Don't worry about traffic. Roads are well maintained & plowed...the only time ( well, usually) you have a road closure is Little Cottonwood Canyon for avalanche control. If that happens, it's great everywhere. There can be a wait to get into the canyon when this happens. Be sure to stop at the 7/11 to pee, or hold off on the coffee...


That's exacly the hint I'm looking for  "Be sure to stop at the 7/11 to pee, or hold off on the coffee..."  ROTF.gif
 

post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 

Snobird Devotee,

 

Thanks for the useful information !!!

 

Yes, we're coming from Brasil. 

 

The question was about how ease or boring(long) could be to drive AM to slopes?   We already been on places where we waste 1 to 1 1/2  precious hours of ski each morning on the jam!!frown.gif   For this places, no doubt is far better to stay close to the ski area. 

 

Since it's not the case, we'll probably stay at SLC suburb and save some $. Also, I think it will be better to get a different ski  resort each day.  

 

And, Alta and Snowbasin are on the wish list!

 

I will read the WIki, for sure!

 

Thanks again,

Eduardo

post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by edlam View Post

Snobird Devotee,

 

Thanks for the useful information !!!

 

Yes, we're coming from Brasil. 

 

The question was about how ease or boring(long) could be to drive AM to slopes?   We already been on places where we waste 1 to 1 1/2  precious hours of ski each morning on the jam!!frown.gif   For this places, no doubt is far better to stay close to the ski area. 

 

Since it's not the case, we'll probably stay at SLC suburb and save some $. Also, I think it will be better to get a different ski  resort each day.  

 

And, Alta and Snowbasin are on the wish list!

 

I will read the WIki, for sure!

 

Thanks again,

Eduardo

Eduardo,

 

No real traffic issues unless there's a pileup on the freeway heading toward Park City.  If staying in Sandy/Midvale (suburbs) your 30 minutes to Alta/Snowbir/Solitude/Brighton.  35 minutes to Canyons and 45 to Park City/Deer Valley.  Snowbasin is an hour in good traffic from the suburbs and an hour +20 in heavy traffic.  When I say heavy traffic from the suburbs to Snowbasin I'm only talking about the freeway portion from Sandy/Midvale to downtown Salt Lake.  Once past downtown the traffic goes away for the most part.

post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by edlam View Post

 

The question was about how ease or boring(long) could be to drive AM to slopes?   We already been on places where we waste 1 to 1 1/2  precious hours of ski each morning on the jam!!frown.gif  

 

I usually stay in Cottonwood Heights, which is right at the mouth of the two Cottonwood Canyons.  That makes it about a 20 minute drive to Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, or Solitude.  If there's a big dump, the roads up the canyon may close, or they may require 4WD or chains.  I bring chains, but your other options if the roads are closed/restricted is to either take the bus (bus stops with free parking are at the base of each canyon) or drive around to Park City or Snowbasin.

 

PC is about a 45 minute drive from Cottonwood Heights, and the road rarely closes (although it did the last time I was there)  3 resorts to choose from in PC.  Snowbasin is about an hour drive, and well worth it.  The road to Snowbasin rarely closes or has restrictions.

 

Buy your lift tickets before going up to the resort - you can save $5 to $20 a day.  Most sporting goods and grocery stores have the discount tickets.

post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 

Great!!!

 

With all those information. We are confident. That said, the chose on stay at SLC suburb or at a Mountain resort will be the $$$!

If at the city, we'll rent a 4wd and be able to drive safely up there! 

 

Next step: find a hotel/condo!

 

I'll keep in tune.

 

Thanks you all !!!

post #12 of 17

can start with

Crystal Inn in Sandy

Super 8 in Sandy

La Quinta - Midvale (that's where i usually stay) - $60/nt with breakfast

post #13 of 17

Is going to Salt Lake City for the first three weeks in March a crazy idea. Is this too late for good snow. I am looking for groomers as my knees can no longer cope with powder but any day in the mountains is a good day at my age. Just want to avoid skiing in porridge at all costs as my knees REALLY hate this.

post #14 of 17

good for porridge.  visit the sights the days it snows.
 

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by TQA View Post

Is going to Salt Lake City for the first three weeks in March a crazy idea. Is this too late for good snow. I am looking for groomers as my knees can no longer cope with powder but any day in the mountains is a good day at my age. Just want to avoid skiing in porridge at all costs as my knees REALLY hate this.

Snow conditions are fine around SLC in March.  For that matter, still usually quite good in LCC in early April.  Sometimes Snowbird stays open until late May.

post #16 of 17

I have been there in early April when it just never stopped snowing. It was the best powder experience of my life. Of course, you never know, but I really like March for skiing in Utah. Last year we were there in Feb (bad snow year) and it was great, but I think got even better after we left.
 

post #17 of 17

I hear deer valley is nice.

 

Just stay out of the cottonwoods, that place is a shit show.

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