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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I am planning my second trip to SLC to ski after this trip last February: http://www.epicski.com/t/108501/snowbird-too-much   Is there anything you would do differently?  I still do not feel "up" to Snowbird but can handle most blue runs without a problem.

 

Here is my tentative itinerary for Jan 16-20 - hoping to get feedback.

 

Day 1-2: Alta / lessons both days (anyone know if Sid is still working?)

Day 3: Deer Valley

Day 4: Snowbasin

Day 5: Deer Valley

 

I am staying at Hawthorn Suites in Ft. Union (the old Candlewood) and have a vehicle so commuting isn't a big deal.

 

Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 16

I would be tempted to trade one of the DV days for a BCC area.Especailly sine you're in SLC. 

post #3 of 16

Yeah, why do DV twice? I'd do Snowbasin twice or try a new PC/BCC area.

post #4 of 16

Did you make it to Brighton last year?  If not, worth checking out.  There is a free mountain tour mid-morning to help get oriented to all the possibilities.  Personally I like high speed lifts, which is not the case at Solitude.  If you have the energy, can ski into the lights for an extended day.

 

Snowbasin is worth the drive when there is good visibility.

 

As for any trip to SLC when staying in the city with a car, stay flexible about the later days.  Finish up where you had the most fun.

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Originally Posted by dprice72 View Post

I am planning my second trip to SLC to ski after this trip last February: http://www.epicski.com/t/108501/snowbird-too-much   Is there anything you would do differently?  I still do not feel "up" to Snowbird but can handle most blue runs without a problem.

 

Here is my tentative itinerary for Jan 16-20 - hoping to get feedback.

 

Day 1-2: Alta / lessons both days (anyone know if Sid is still working?)

Day 3: Deer Valley

Day 4: Snowbasin

Day 5: Deer Valley

 

I am staying at Hawthorn Suites in Ft. Union (the old Candlewood) and have a vehicle so commuting isn't a big deal.

 

Thanks in advance.

post #5 of 16
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Personally I like high speed lifts, which is not the case at Solitude.


 

 

I've seen you mention this several times.  You do realize Solitude has three high speed quads as compared to two at Alta, right?

post #6 of 16

I don't compare Solitude to Alta for lifts, but to Brighton for someone looking to head up to BCC for something different.  When Alta had the old slow lifts, it was and is my favorite for LCC/BCC.  But I'm certainly am happy that Collins was put in.  Solitude is fun and a great place to get away from the crowd.  Personally, I happen to like Brighton over Solitude.  Just as I like Beech over Sugar in NC because Sugar has slow lifts.  Different strokes for different folks.  The OP wanted ideas.  Tell him why he should check out Solitude.  He can make his own decision.

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Personally I like high speed lifts, which is not the case at Solitude.


 

 

I've seen you mention this several times.  You do realize Solitude has three high speed quads as compared to two at Alta, right?

post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feedback.  I put Deer Valley twice because I have lift tickets for two days (Christmas gift).  It wouldn't hurt my feelings at all to sell one of those days and do either Solitude or Brighton.

 

Who knows... weather could totally blow my plans.

post #8 of 16
There are worse things than 2 days at Deer Valley. Very nice place.
post #9 of 16

If you're stuck on Jan 16-20, I would probably stay away from Deer Valley and any other Park City resort. Sundance Film Festival starts January 17. I work for a company in Park City and work from home 60-80% of the time, but based on feedback from my co-workers who live in the area I steer clear of the area during Sundance.

post #10 of 16

Typically the slopes at the Park City area resorts are uncrowded around Sundance because the beds in town are occupied by a lot of people focussed on other things.  I don't really ski Deer Valley much anymore since getting season passes at Snowbasin so maybe it has changed in the last few years. 

 

If it does not snow a lot between now and then (and perhaps even if it does), Deer Valley would probably be a good choice for a second day.  The beauty of your situtation is that you don't really need to commit in advance.

post #11 of 16
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Typically the slopes at the Park City area resorts are uncrowded around Sundance because the beds in town are occupied by a lot of people focussed on other things. I don't really ski Deer Valley much anymore since getting season passes at Snowbasin so maybe it has changed in the last few years.
Good to know. I was just going based on what I'd heard about the area in general and what I would expect. But what you said makes sense too.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by jonskinny12 View Post

If you're stuck on Jan 16-20, I would probably stay away from Deer Valley and any other Park City resort. Sundance Film Festival starts January 17. I work for a company in Park City and work from home 60-80% of the time, but based on feedback from my co-workers who live in the area I steer clear of the area during Sundance.

 

Actually skiing during Sundance is fine.  Most of the people in town for Sundance do not ski so the slopes are actually less crowded than usual.  The town is another story. It is kind of a madhouse.

post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Maui Steve View Post

There are worse things than 2 days at Deer Valley. Very nice place.

Do the skiers buffet at the Montage by the Empire lift & order ala carte. Less $ than you'd think. Peel me a grape. Fagedaboudit. 

post #14 of 16

Another good place for lunch is Goldner Hirsh in village by Silver Lake. And of course, the regular lodge food is quite good. 

post #15 of 16
How is Park City after sundance? Say jan. 31st
post #16 of 16

A very good time. After holidays, before spring breaks. Been there dring that time many times. Of course, it helps if they get some fresh snow the, but you never know about that.

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