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post #1 of 9
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I'm considering spending a week in Park City during Sundance in January. (I work in film exhibition, and it was all the time spent in Park City and Telluride for work that pushed me into skiing.) I would be on a budget, but a week of skiing in the morning, seeing a film or two in the evening, and hanging out with friends at night sounds pretty lovely.

 

I was hoping for some advice on lift ticket deals and general resort advice.

 

I've got Southwest points for the flight, and can stay with friends who are attending the festival, so that's all taken care of.

 

I've only ever skied the Sundance resort (my first time skiing as an adult five years ago), and I'd really like to ski Alta for two days. I might consider a Mountain Collective pass since I'd use the Mammoth and Squawlpine tickets, or I see that Liftopia has two-day tickets for ~$120.

 

I have a Tahoe Local Pass which gets me half-priced tickets to Canyons, so I'd probably ski there a day or two.

 

In the past I've had friends-of-friends who were lifties or who otherwise had tickets to spare for PCMR or the Sundance Resort, so that's a possibility. Sounds like I've got the makings of a good week for not too much money already, but is there a mountain I'm not mentioning that I should really check out? Any discounts that I should be aware of?

 

I'm sure I sound cheap, but I'm not working for the next couple of months so I need to be frugal!

post #2 of 9
Alta's a great hill, but how would you get there on the cheap?
Since you already have the half price Canyon's option, I would just wait until you arrive. PCMR might even be on the same ticket by then.
At evens like Sundance, there are always lots of comp tickets floating around, that the VIP PIB's don't use.
post #3 of 9

There are great deals out there, you just have to look for them. Last year I was able to ski Park City, Deer Valley, The Canyons and Snowbasin for a total of $65.00 during the Sundance film Festival. And during that time, no one is on the slopes!

 

Here is how I did it, however, some luck came into the equation. I was able to use the ski free at Park City by showing a boarding pass from the airlines, I skied from 11:00am - 7:00 pm, (the free ticket includes the night skiing), while I was walking through the rental car area at the airport, a random guy offered me a free lift ticket at Deer Valley, which I used the next day, My third day was the Canyons, knowing I was going there, I went and seen last years Warren Miller movie for $15 here in Michigan and they gaveout a free Lift Ticket at the Canyons, so I used that, and my last day at Snowbasin I was able to buy a lift ticket on E-Bay for $50.00 about two weeks prior to heading out.

 

My point is, watch e-bay, look for coupons, find out if this years Warren Miller film is doing the same promotion, See if the mountian is doing the free skiing the day of arrival, another option is to purchase them from the utah avalanche center, they offer good deals on them as well.

 

Brian

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys.

 

SHREDHEAD, you're right about the expense of getting to and from Alta for two days. I've just heard too much of the legend of Alta not to check it out. Hopefully I'll catch it with powder. I can use a corporate discount code to get a discount on a rental car for a couple of days and then go without a car the rest of the week.

 

szokr1, that's some great resourcefulness! Too bad they are no longer doing the ski-free-your-first-day promotion.

 

Also, the Warren Miller promotion here gets you a 2-for-1 coupon to Squawlpine out here rather than any UT resorts, logically enough.

post #5 of 9

Sundance is the best time to ski in Utah. Since all the rooms are booked by festival-goers, the number of skiers is oddly low.

 

Concerning the rental car - here are a couple things to keep in mind:

 

- If you ski only Park City, you probably won't need one.

 

- Consider booking one earlier than you normally would. All the cars in Northern Utah tend to be rented during Sundance.

 

- If you ski at any of the other area mountains, a rental car makes life infinitely easier. A few shuttle services exist (Canyon Hop, Canyon Transport, etc.) but if you go with another skier, it's cheaper to share the cost of a rental.

 

- Renting a car for only a day or two is a great idea.

 

- Make sure your buddy's place has an extra parking spot. Parking during Sundance is a nightmare.

 

*****

 

We (Park City Four Wheel Drive Rental) are the only Park City vehicle rental company based in Park City. A couple of the national brands have satellite offices in town, but they are terribly restricted in supply and service (example: closed on weekends). Our service delivers vehicles the night before and picks them up when you are done. If a couple of you are making the trip to Alta, consider giving us a call. The cost split between a group makes it a pretty affordable option.

post #6 of 9

JesseD,

 

There are 3 resorts IN Park City.  You might want to try all three as they have different...personalities...

 

If you want the "ski in the morning" and do other stuff in the afternoon, you should stay in PC and get to know the resorts there.  I think it takes more than a day to get to know any one of them.  Why not try DV for two days, PCMR for two and Canyons for two?

 

If you have a car, there are another 6 major resorts within an hour or so drive and a couple of smaller ones like Sundance and Wolf Mt.  They too all offer different experiences.  Alta is great but so are the others.  I like to follow the snow.

post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by nwjg View Post
 

JesseD,

 

There are 3 resorts IN Park City.  You might want to try all three as they have different...personalities...

 

If you want the "ski in the morning" and do other stuff in the afternoon, you should stay in PC and get to know the resorts there.  I think it takes more than a day to get to know any one of them.  Why not try DV for two days, PCMR for two and Canyons for two?

 

If you have a car, there are another 6 major resorts within an hour or so drive and a couple of smaller ones like Sundance and Wolf Mt.  They too all offer different experiences.  Alta is great but so are the others.  I like to follow the snow.


Agreed. The Park City resorts are great by most standards, however relative to what you'll find less than an hour away they usually aren't considered the absolute best skiing.

 

If it were my money and free time, I'd base myself in Park City and keep an eye on the weather. Don't commit to a schedule. Despite being geographically very close, sometimes the difference in snowfall between the Park City mountains and BCC or LCC is substantial. Likewise, at times Snowbasin and Powder Mountain will catch the storms that hit Jackson but never reach south of I-80.

 

If it hasn't snowed in a while, give the PC mountains a whirl. The difference between old snow at DV and old snow at Alta won't be much. However, if a storm rolls in and dumps a foot in Park City, it's a reasonable bet (4 times out of 5) there will be measurably more in BCC or LCC. A couple days after a storm, head up to Snowbasin or PowMow to search for remaining stashes.

 

It's a strange paradox - since so many great ski mountains are in Utah, sometimes it's easy to forgot how convenient a powderchasing ski trip can be here. People get locked into a schedule or a specific mountain and fail to see all of Utah as an option.

post #8 of 9
What 4 said. Stay flexible. Southern storms favor the PC resorts, and they have infinitely more grooming than LCC if it hasn't snowed in a while. Solitude is pretty well manicured too.The Cottonwoods get hit first by storms from the North and West + lake effect and can have twice the snowfall in those storm cycles. Utah is such a beautiful state, just the road trip to the Cottonwoods or up to Snowbasin or Pow Mow via US 84 is worth having a car.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab View Post

What 4 said. Stay flexible. Southern storms favor the PC resorts, and they have infinitely more grooming than LCC if it hasn't snowed in a while. Solitude is pretty well manicured too.The Cottonwoods get hit first by storms from the North and West + lake effect and can have twice the snowfall in those storm cycles. Utah is such a beautiful state, just the road trip to the Cottonwoods or up to Snowbasin or Pow Mow via US 84 is worth having a car.


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