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Attempting to find powder over Christmas by staying 3 weeks in Cottonwoods

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My family of 5 (wife, 14/12 boys, 9 girl)  have stayed at one of the Park City resorts over Christmas with hit or miss snow the past 4 years and last year decided not to go at all after the dismal 2012 lack of snow.  

 

After reading many weather sites, powderchasing posts, etc. we have decided to take the approach of just trying to ski more in hopes of finding that perfect 2 feet of dry powder we hit in 2011. 

 

My plan is to stay for 3 weeks over the holidays (best shot with kids/school) and to stay someplace in the cottonwoods.  There appears to be a # of houses with decent pricing in Big Cottomwood with very little in Little Cottonwood.  We are looking for a house to have a bit of space for that period of time and to invite friends/family for parts of the trip.  So we are considering staying there although we certainly prefer to ski Alta.  Over 3 weeks, I'm guessing we'll probably driving to a few other locations eventually anyway so if the snow is similar at Solitude/Brighton vs. Alta/Bird, we'll go where the loding is easist or if there is significantly better snow in Colorado or Jackson Hole, we could do a short trip for a couple of days.  

 

My questions:

1.  Thoughts, seem crazy, any better places to try?   I can't wait for last minute weather plans for Christmas trip.

2.  I'm having a hard time finding info on staying in big cottonwood.  I'm hoping there are enough restaurants, etc. to keep non-skiing wife not overly bored.  I understand it's no Park City, but I just want to make sure there's enough of a resort to do the basics.

3.  Any great sources for houses besides typical VRBO/Majestic Properties, general searches?    

 

The only other option we haven't considered is to stay for a week in each canyon.  

 

FYI We're skiing together in general (8 year old may do a little ski school), the rest can handle reasonably challenging runs.  Skiers will want to ski as much as possible, not sure when our legs will fall off.  I'm not as interested in staying at the base of the Canyon, not much of a snowy vacation setting.  We do this for the spring break trips,  Chrimas trying to do a little unique.

 

Thanks

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I think you are right about better chance for a house rental in BCC than LCC.  The skiing and snow is pretty great in BCC, especially if you plan to ski both Solitude and Brighton.  Could be a fine location to avert big Holiday crowds on the slopes.  In good conditions the two of them could entertain for weeks.  The village at Solitude is cute, but small.  Maybe three or four restaurants, couple of shops and small cluster of condos and an inn or two.  See here for more info:   http://www.skisolitude.com/village/

If you choose to stay for several weeks in BCC the non-skier may want to go down to SLC periodically for something to do.  You could bring the non-skier along on day trips to Park City, or relocate for final week to Park City for more non-ski diversions? 

Often Summit County, CO can have good Holiday conditions due to high elevation and you could use the epicpass for lifts at numerous resorts.  Frisco, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, even Keystone all considerably larger than Solitude village for exploration by non-skier, but slopes likely more crowded over the Holidays, then pretty empty in early Jan.

post #3 of 7

Is your wife willing to drive herself to find something to do?  Meaning if you were in a condo or house in SLC, could the skiers take the ski bus to LCC or BCC while she stays in town?

 

Except for the little village at the Solitude base, there is very little in BCC in the way of lodging options.  I would not expect a non-skier to enjoy being in either LCC or BCC for more than 3-4 days.

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I would not expect a non-skier to enjoy being in either LCC or BCC for more than 3-4 days. 

+1 You should stay in Salt Lake.  Cheaper, shortens the commute when you're skiing in LCC as an offset to the ski days in BCC.  Also easier to ski the other Utah areas if you get lucky and it's a fast start to the season.

post #5 of 7

What Tony said.

 

You MUST ski Snowbasin.

 

Another possibility within a 4 hour drive is Jackson Hole or Sun Valley.  Or both, just a loop.

 

Best!

post #6 of 7

I agree with gpaulski. Snowbasin is a great mountain, especially after a good snow. Powder Mountain is another gem not far from Snowbasin.

post #7 of 7

My own experience would say definitely stay at the base of the canyons, especially if you have a non-skier (or occasional only skier) on board.

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