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Where to go in Utah this weekend?

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I'll be staying solo in downtown SLC this weekend and want to get in 2 days of skiing but I'm not sure where to go.  I've never been to Utah before, but will be skiing the Park City area resorts later this year with family.  I'm a level 7/8 skiier but this will be my first time on the slopes this season.  The weather looks like bluebird days for about the next week, so powder doesn't look likely wherever I go.

 

To minimize crowds and ramp up for the start of the season, I'm thinking of going to Solitude on Saturday and Alta on Sunday.  What do you think of this plan?  Should I definitely hit up Snowbird instead of Solitude?  How will the conditions at Snowbasin be?

 

Thanks in advance!

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Snowbasin has all the lifts open(except short tram at top), but is behind on snow and none is coming this week (at the moment).  But it will be cold and what is there should stay.  If you love cruising long fall lines SB is the best for that.   It also has the nicest lodges and the two gondolas go bottom to top.  It's about an hr ride from SLC.

http://www.snowbasin.com/mountain/mountain-report/

 

If you have never been to Alta and Snowbird, you won't go wrong with that.  Solitude is a nice resort, but smaller with less to explore for the day, though it get the same snow as AltaBird.   With no new snow the snow will be in better condition at AltaBird than Snowbasin.   If you are a good skier, I would skip Solitude on your first trip to SLC if you only have 2 days.

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I'll be staying solo in downtown SLC this weekend and want to get in 2 days of skiing but I'm not sure where to go.  I've never been to Utah before, but will be skiing the Park City area resorts later this year with family.  I'm a level 7/8 skiier but this will be my first time on the slopes this season.  The weather looks like bluebird days for about the next week, so powder doesn't look likely wherever I go.

 

To minimize crowds and ramp up for the start of the season, I'm thinking of going to Solitude on Saturday and Alta on Sunday.  What do you think of this plan?  Should I definitely hit up Snowbird instead of Solitude?  How will the conditions at Snowbasin be?

 

Thanks in advance!

On a bluebird day, the views and long runs at Snowbasin are worth the drive.  Plus then you'll know the place a bit better when the opportunity to go back for powder but perhaps less visibility.  Or at least some of it.  The place is huge, bigger than Alta.  Solitude is fun, but the lifts are relatively slow.  Neither Solitude nor Snowbasin would be my first choice for Day 1 of a season.

 

I'm biased.  Alta is my favorite when flying into SLC.

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If it's as cold as here currently, the gondi's at Snowbasin might be nice.

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I was up at Snowbasin yesterday and it was nice to be able to go up the gondolas on a cold day.  However, a lot of the best skiing was off the chairs.  Strawberry is still pretty bony off trail.  Getting over to Strawberry Main Street has good coverage but the snow was pretty hard at the bottom (probably better early in the day).  We hit quite a few rocks on an upper Main Street, Elk Ridge to Carnehans loop--enough that we returned to the other side of the mountain. John Paul is skiing a lot better but there quite a few rocks over there as well (but we were able to avoid virtually all of them).  No snow in the forecast through the weekend.

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