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May have made the wrong choice but were off to park city in December

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Had to choose between a two bedroom ski in ski out at the Marriott Mountainside in park city from December 15-22nd. Our other option was a one bedroom Marriott non ski in ski out about two miles from the resort in vail in the middle of January. We probably should have taken the guaranteed good snow route but we went with the ski in ski out. Crossing our fingers now that they get dumped on early this year to hopefully have a bunch of runs open by the week of the 15th.
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If you're saying Vail is guaranteed that early and Park City is not, I don't believe that's the case. Someone like Tony Crocker can weigh in with more expertise, but I think the odds of either having decent snow that early are about equal. And of course, the odds are better at the Cottonwood Canyon resorts. Which you could drive to in a pinch. 

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I thought vail might have the better snow being its January, but your right its all a crap shoot. will check out the canyons thanks for the advice
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Originally Posted by kyle2227 View Post

I thought vail might have the better snow being its January, but your right its all a crap shoot. will check out the canyons thanks for the advice

The canyons isn't the Cottonwood Canyons.  Big and Little Cottonwood canyons are the geographical features where Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton ski resorts are... they're maybe 45min from Park City south east of SLC,  The base elevations at these resorts are higher (colder), and collect more snow as Park City unfortunately is on the leeward side of the Wasatch range.

 

I love this video... a fast tracked drive from Salt Lake City to Brighton... it starts in a spring-like SLC and ends in a winter wonderland at Brighton.  They do it in 4 minutes, but in reality its 15-20min.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0K2nlDP4oY

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Sorry, didn't notice the later date for Vail. Cross your fingers for a good early season in PC.

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If PC has a good early season you will have a great time, if not you can ski PC on the odd days and drive to Alta the other days and still have a great time. It's all good! smile.gif
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Thanks for the info guys. Look forward to seeing the Olympic stuff also.
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So we stayed at the Marriott Summit Watch in PC the first week of December 2012.  We could have stayed in either Marriott PC property but chose Summit Watch as there wouldn't really be enough snow to enjoy the ski in/out.  Also we knew that we would not be skiing that much in PC and Summit Watch was a little closer to Route 80 and the Cottonwood Canyons.  There was little snow anywhere and while PC and Canyons was opened the skiing was VERY limited.

 

So for our four days of skiing we skied Alta three times and Deer Valley once (opening day 2012 which actually snowed).  Its amazing the lack of snow in SLC and even in PC and then you drive an hour and then head up the Little Cottonwood Canyon and a couple of miles from Alta/Snowbird it was like mid-winter outside our window. 

 

Hopefully 2013 will be better in PC in December.

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If you're saying Vail is guaranteed that early and Park City is not, I don't believe that's the case. Someone like Tony Crocker can weigh in with more expertise, but I think the odds of either having decent snow that early are about equal.

Nobody is guaranteed in mid-December but Vail is a better bet than Park City.  Vail in January vs. Park City in December..... I really don't understand how people make these decisions unless there's a massive price difference.

 

Yes you'll probably be driving around to the Cottonwood Canyons multiple days on this trip, minimum one hour each way, for better snow.   And the reason for the Park City decision was that it was ski-in-ski-out?????

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These are timeshare properties are they not...

 

This sounds like another classic case of why I'll never buy a timeshare... its almost impossible to plan a good vacation, because you can never get the right week at the right place.

post #11 of 13
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My dad has a Marriott timeshare. It is a one bedroom in vail over Christmas week. Because it is a highly sought after holiday week Marriott tries to get him to give up his week every year. If he gives it up he gets to go two weeks elsewhere. one of the weeks we are using is what I mentioned above. The other week we are going to Aruba in September. we have to search for availability when we give up our timeshare from other people who gave up there's. The good weeks get swooped up almost as soon as there posted. we chose the two bedroom in December for the ski in ski out taking a chance on the snow. Thanks for all your feedback
post #12 of 13

With any luck, it will be  great time.If you get good early snow, it could be epic. 

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cool I will keep my fingers crossed
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