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Group Of 5 Brits, And Our Utah Trip Feb 20th!

post #1 of 28
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Hi guys, We finally get the chance to ski Utah (or part of it!) this year and are basing ourselves in PC, 200yds from the top of Main and same distance from the trolley stop. We have 9 days skiing, and have got a great deal on the 3 resort pass (6 out of 10). 3 of us are skiing, myself, the wife, and a mate. We are solid intermediates and are interested in trying out a few areas not covered by our passes on our spare days. I guess Snowbird and Alta would be most people's choices, but how do other areas ie Brighton compare. I believe there are bus + ticket deals available for most resorts? We will tackle most things groomers, trees, small bumps, but nothing above a single black!
We haven't a car, so will be relying on the shuttle/ bus system. Also, we have decided to rent our skis for the first time due to the rising costs of transportation across the pond, so any reccomendations for rentals would be appreciated.
We went to Aspen/Snowmass around the same time last year, loved it, and had great conditions (snowed solidly for 4-5 days) my fingers are crossed for this time round!

Cheers guys.
post #2 of 28

If a shuttle or bus is available check out Snowbasin, it's probably about the same time wise as getting over to LCC or BCC. Big place with great lift system. Good variety of terrain.Enjoy Utah

post #3 of 28

Sounds like a fun vacation!  Where else have you skied out west?

 

Here are links for the shuttles that do day trips from Park City to LCC/BCC.

 

http://www.canyonhop.com/

 

http://www.parkcityshuttle.com/ski-shuttle-from-park-city-to-snowbird-and-alta.html

 

Have you looked at the EpicSki resort pages for Utah?  Can use the Tags (right of Post #1) to start learning more.  Scroll down to find What People Are Saying for links to relevant threads.

post #4 of 28

We are a group of 4 Brits off to Utah on the 23rd Feb for 14 days so also hoping for great snow. You'll have a great time. This will be our 5th trip there, but we stay in SLC at the base of the canyons, which makes it much easier to get to the various resorts without having to come down one canyon and up another, plus gives us access to the city and its way cheaper than staying in resort. We always hire a 4x4 as the resorts are spread a fair distance apart and  although there is public transport it's a slow and long journey between resorts. We tried that from Park City to Snowbird the first year, never again! From Park city you'll be close to The Canyons and Deer Valley though but I'd still recommend getting a 4x4, they are quite cheap to hire and make life so much easier. I'd recommend Alta and Snowbird and a trip up to Powder Mountain or Snowbasin on a powder day. Brighton and Solitude are also good and have some challenging areas but are a bit smaller. To be honest I'm not a fan of Park City, for me it's busy, boring and lacks character. This year we are planning on a drive up to Jackson Hole and spending a few days there as well. We have never been charged for taking our skis, we normally go on Delta as the connections are good from the UK and they include skis in your luggage allowance. 

post #5 of 28

Rent a car. With all the money you'll be paying for shuttles, you could rent a car. A 4 wheel drive is not really necessary in PC. It is if it's snowing and you want to go to one of the resorts away from PC.

post #6 of 28

I paid $62 for 4 days this week in SLC for a car, including taxes.

post #7 of 28
Thread Starter 
Some useful info there guys, I will certainly look into a 4x4 rental then. Marznc...we have skied, Steamboat, Winter Park & Copper, Tahoe & Squaw, Banff, Big White & Silver Star, Fernie and a long time ago Killington in the east. Colled...I see the sense in staying at the Canyons, it was one of our options, but we have a non skier with us and she likes to cook and fancied the look of the house we have rented. $62 rental car wow!!!
post #8 of 28
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Interesting about the ski carriage, we are going with United this trip. Over the years sometimes we have been charged, sometimes not and we have flown with all the U.S carriers inc Delta. Also thought it would be fun to demo some newer models.
post #9 of 28

given your situation and wanting to get out of PC, it does seem a car would make sense.

 

My advice would be put Alta and Snowbasin as your two top stops. Snowbasin has MUCH longer runs than any of the PC resorts, so that will be nice. And Alta is incredibly beautiful with the best snow in the SLC area. As long as you're careful at Alta, to not stray to far from the lifts, you'll be fine at your level.

 

Snowbird might not be worth it at your level, given all the other options. We didn't ski it (not good enough!), but were told by many others at our hotel that it is considerably steeper (on your average run) than Alta.

post #10 of 28

All good advice above, for sure. The roads are well plowed around the three PC resorts, even when it snows.  The worst part about driving around Park City is the PCMR parking lot, but staying so close to the lifts means you won't have to contend with that.  So rent (hire) a car and only get the 4-wheel drive if you can afford it or if the snow is going to puke nonstop for a few straight days (highly unusual).   While you are in the PC area skiing the three resorts, be sure to visit the Olympic Park and the Alf Engen Ski Museum.  It is easy to find.  You will see the ski jumping hill on the right when your car/bus gets off I80 and goes onto SR224.  If you have a car, plan an evening trip to SLC.  A quick Interenet seach will discovery what is going on while you are there.  There are many micro-brewries that are producing quality products worth trying.  There are several ski manufacturers in the area that you also may want to visit.  Canyons, Deer Valey and PCMR all have a HUGE amount of intermediate and advanced terrain.  The scenery around Alta and /Snowbird is wonderful.

post #11 of 28
Thread Starter 
Cheers guys, plenty of food for thought.....
post #12 of 28

Depending on your mix of characters be aware that Alta and Deer Valley do not allow snowboarders.  If you have boarders they are not going there.  

 

Another vote for Snowbasin.  May be the most european terrain.  Also would vote the other way on lodging in the Park City area.  The town has an old west meets tourist character, and you are within walking distance of lots of good grub and grog.  

post #13 of 28

Good point about DV and Alta!! Can't overlook that!

post #14 of 28
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Hey Colled, Enjoy your trip man, not long now.....!!
post #15 of 28

Sounds like there will be a lot of Brits in Utah next week.  Me and the family (wife and two boys 12 and 9 - all advanced intermediates) are also staying in downtown SLC for the week commencing 19th.  Looking forward to skiing my dream resort of Alta, amongst others.   Have a strange desire to go to Solitude - which isnt mentioned here - and also to try some of the PowMow stuff that people are waxing lyrical about.

 

We are based in Boston, so have had the pleasure of skiing the East Coast resorts this winter (Bretton, Loon, Cannon, Jay Peak etc) but have to say I cant wait to get on that plane on Tuesday!

post #16 of 28

Reading over the thread, I thought I'd toss in that I found a great 4x4 rental for my 3 - 10 March Utah trip via an outfit not found in Orbitz and Expedia, etc., Rugged Rental.  Google them.  We're renting a six-passenger AWD Journey with a ski rack for just over $400 for the week.  Maybe better deals have come along since I booked that, but at the time that was a good bit cheaper than I found anywhere else.

post #17 of 28
Thread Starter 
What a fantastic day in DV today, difficult conditions/visibility at times, but great powder!
post #18 of 28

Thanks for the initial feedback -- what did your group decide on,itinerary-wise?

post #19 of 28
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Skied PC again today for convenience, gonna probably try the Canyons tomorrow, then a couple of days out at Alta and Snowbasin, with an eye on the weather. I am told by the girls that we have to have a day out at Kimball Junction retail outlet ( groan) so the conditions will guide us to when that happens! Loving Main St though!
post #20 of 28

What a great time to be there. Enjoy!!!

post #21 of 28
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What a great time to be there. Enjoy!!!

 

i am hoping its like that in 4 weeks time!!!

post #22 of 28
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The Canyons today was epic, snowed all day, great fun!
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The Canyons today was epic, snowed all day, great fun!

Nice! Alta was great; the snow just wouldn't quit. Nobody there = freshies all day.

post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by Sutts View Post

Skied PC again today for convenience, gonna probably try the Canyons tomorrow, then a couple of days out at Alta and Snowbasin, with an eye on the weather. I am told by the girls that we have to have a day out at Kimball Junction retail outlet ( groan) so the conditions will guide us to when that happens! Loving Main St though!


Have the liquor laws annoyed u yet, all the draft beer is watered down 3.2% crap.. I learned on day 1 last week stick to the bottles they are legit, try a wasatch devastator, 8% very tasty if u like beer.

post #25 of 28
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Yeah, I get where you are coming from. Very weak pitchers at the bars after ski day. However, we have a house up top of Main, and most of our drinking has been done in front of our log fire! 2 trips to local liquor store so far mainly wine & spirits. I love real beer, is that Devastator in a bottle, and can you get it in the Wasatch brewery bar? I am ashamed to say it is only about 200yds away and we haven't visited it yet!
post #26 of 28

yes they make it so im sure u can, their seasonal winter brew was kinda like a sam adams winter if u have had that.. The devastator is great u will like it
 

post #27 of 28

I'm so jealous of you right now......

post #28 of 28

This thread is worthless without pics! biggrin.gif

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