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post #31 of 35

I am not regular, but a local on a chairlift at alta told me that all the ski-resort buses (and probably a lot of other heavy vehicles in SLC) have an automatic chain system, which works like a flail/streetsweeper.

 

Here's a video of the onspot system, i can't say for sure this is they brand they use, but you can see the concept

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLJPz5BseQI


Edited by raytseng - 9/2/13 at 4:03pm
post #32 of 35

Honest answer? Every Wasatch resort has a different vibe. If this is your first year, spend your $$$ checking them all out. After a good dump, the long drive from Little Cottonwood to Powder Mountain waaaay above Ogden is totally worth it! Night skiing at Big Cottonwood's Brighton is probably the best night skiing of any resort on the planet. You can get the 'Little Cottonwood Pass' that serves as a season pass to both Alta and Snowbird. The Park City resorts are great for going fast on long cruisers. 

 

There are just so many options in the Wasatch, including the proximity of the resorts, that no one answer is possible. You might like the Ogden resorts so much that you move there. You might choose Canyons as your home resort. Check 'em all out, and you will find the one resort that provides the best fit for you. Next season, you'll be an old pro and know exactly where to purchase your pass!

post #33 of 35
Sure, but you'll still up in LCC in the end if you're any good.
post #34 of 35
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

Do they put chains on the bus for the 4wd/chain restriction days?

 

The ski buses have chains that can be deployed automatically as necessary, so yes, but they don't have to stop to do it.

 

Having driven up LCC/BCC numerous times, I would have no qualms about doing it in a 2WD with good snow tires.  Either the road is reasonably plowed, or there's an avalanche across it in which case nothing is getting through.  The thing is, they put the 4WD or chains restriction in place at the slightest hint of snow, so you'll need the chains for those days.   If I lived in a place where they had 4WD/chains laws I'd probably buy a 4WD, even though I don't think they do much for you vs good snow tires.

 

So, definitely carry the chains with you - you don't want to be stuck up the canyon.  Eventually, you'll probably get tired of putting them on and taking them off, so you'll probably want to trade in your car for a 4WD.  Of course, the bus is always an option.

post #35 of 35

One of the coolest things about Utah is the kindness of drivers to those hitching up from the bottom of the canyons. If it's a 'chain' day, park your car and hitch up. If the parking lot is full, go to the 7-11 and ask them if you can park there. If there's room that day, they will almost always let you park on the side of the store. Go to the side of the road, put out your thumb when you see a pickup truck or van (they're the ones most likely to stop). Guarantee you won't be waiting more than five minutes before you're on your way up the mountain.

 

And, if you're the one with the truck or van, you'll be amazed at the good karma you get from picking up a hitcher. I know, because I always do it---but I hitch on chain days.

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