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Avoiding crowds on a stormy Sunday in SLC

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I'm referring to next Sunday, Feb 10, so non-holiday.  The stormy part is wishful thinking, but the long range does mention some weather next weekend.  

 

We're considering Alta, Snowbird, and the Canyons. We've been lucky enough to do lots of midweek skiing inn Utah in recent years, but we have no idea what kind of crowds to expect on a Sunday, especially if it snows.  We're familiar with each hill, and will be skiing Snowbasin, Powder Mtn, Alta and Snowbird the following 4 weekdays.

 

So if it snows, wha'ts the best bet?  I figure Alta would be tracked out in minutes.  Not sure about Snowbird or the Canyons.  The group wasn't thrilled with Solitude last year, seemed like the lift system made it real hard to get around efficiently.  And Brighton looks a little flat.  Has to be in SLC area because we're picking up a friend at airport after skiing.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 7

If it snows people will definitely hit Snowbird and Alta. The Canyons is big enough to spread out but has the Park City tourist weekend crowd.

No one around Ogden wants to share this, and many in the city aren't even aware of it, but the northern ski areas are always the best to avoid a crowd. I usually avoid holidays but I even skied Snowbasin last year on Sunday of Presidents weekend, the lines were laughable (and that was with better snow, for last year). One time in the gondola line it took longer in the singles than the regular line (moves fast). If you Google the drives Snowbasin is only 7 minutes longer to the airport than the Cottonwoods. And if there is any weather or traffic the Cottonwoods can take you longer.

As for Brighton, don't let the numbers fool you, it seems a lot larger than the acreage and a lot of people like it for the tree skiing. As for steep, I'm sure you can find some but will it be as much as you are looking for?

Seeing where you are coming from, will anything out here seem crowded compared to the east coast?

Good luck and enjoy!

post #3 of 7

Sunday tends not to be as crowded on Saturday around SLC, assuming there isn't a powder dump.  Locals don't head out in the mornings.  Some travelers are . . . well . . . traveling home on Sunday.

 

Brighton has some tree areas that are definitely not flat.  If you are willing to take the time for the free mountain tour mid-morning, you might learn about some secrets.

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Has to be in SLC area because we're picking up a friend at airport after skiing.

 

 

I skied Snowbasin today (a busy Saturday for Snowbasin after the powder dumps earlier in the week).  Although there was congestion throughout the day around the Needles Express Gondola (in front of Earl's base lodge), there were no long lines for me at the John Paul lift or the Strawberry Gondola.   I think all of the parking lots were full by mid-day---but the crowds spread out nicely across Snowbasin, particularly if you are skiingin the bowls on the far left or far right.

 

About 45 minutes this afternoon by car from Snowbasin to the SLC airport turnoff, without pushing it at all.  Sunday should be faster.

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Rethink Solitude.  Yes, it's a little inconvenient to get around.  But there's great terrain and it doesn't get tracked out 1/4 as fast as AltaBird.  Head out to Honeycomb and beyond and you can find clean lines days or weeks after the last dump. Ditto everything on the left side of the area, can't recall what it's called.

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Rethink Solitude.  Yes, it's a little inconvenient to get around.  But there's great terrain and it doesn't get tracked out 1/4 as fast as AltaBird.  Head out to Honeycomb and beyond and you can find clean lines days or weeks after the last dump. Ditto everything on the left side of the area, can't recall what it's called.

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I passed on Solitude on my visit last year because of the lifts and layout, but all the locals say go there at the weekend if you don't want crowds. So it's a matter of what is most important to you, I think.

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