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Sandy accommodations for three Alta-bound guys

post #1 of 16
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Headed to Utah the last week of February for 4 1/2 days of dad's-only, budget-minded skiing. 

 

I've run some searches and found some good advice on varying Sandy hotels and motels, etc., but the gist of my question is, what would you recommend for some sort of suite, since we're three guys hoping to divide up the cost of accommodations.  I assume the traditional configuration to a room would be maybe a set of queen beds.  Do some of the accommodations in Sandy (or Midvale) have some sort of suite configuration in which there's a sofabed in the second room (sitting room, or whatever they call it)?   Or even two-bedroom accommodations?  The pull-out sofa for the third guy is fine, regardless, but it'd be nice to have the sofabed in a room other than the room with the two beds, if for only some elbow room.

 

The next part of my research is figuring out if it's cost-effective to stay up in LCC in one of the more rustic (read: less expensive) lodges, which as a cost-offset would presumably eliminate the need to rent a car (would an airport shuttle negate that savings somewhat?) and the need to buy dinner every day, 

 

Aaron

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Headed to Utah the last week of February for 4 1/2 days of dad's-only, budget-minded skiing. 

 

I've run some searches and found some good advice on varying Sandy hotels and motels, etc., but the gist of my question is, what would you recommend for some sort of suite, since we're three guys hoping to divide up the cost of accommodations.  I assume the traditional configuration to a room would be maybe a set of queen beds.  Do some of the accommodations in Sandy (or Midvale) have some sort of suite configuration in which there's a sofabed in the second room (sitting room, or whatever they call it)?   Or even two-bedroom accommodations?  The pull-out sofa for the third guy is fine, regardless, but it'd be nice to have the sofabed in a room other than the room with the two beds, if for only some elbow room.

 

The next part of my research is figuring out if it's cost-effective to stay up in LCC in one of the more rustic (read: less expensive) lodges, which as a cost-offset would presumably eliminate the need to rent a car (would an airport shuttle negate that savings somewhat?) and the need to buy dinner every day, 

 

Aaron

 

I worked this out last season, and for two of us, it was about the same cost to stay at the Peruvian for 3 nights and shuttle as it was to stay down the hill and rent a car and eat out. Don't know how your numbers will run, and we were using the Mountain Collective Pass lodging discount (about 20% I think), but that was my experience.

post #3 of 16

I often stay at the Residence Inn Cottonwood. Close to BCC entrance You can get a two bedroom that has a pull out in the common area, and they have a full kitchen as well as breakfast and (snacks / dinner) at night.

post #4 of 16

You could price the dorm rooms at the lodges in Alta.  I know Alta Lodge has one that sleeps three.  Although hard to say if that room is still empty at this point for late Feb.

 

Have seen people say good things about the Crystal Inn and Suites in SLC.

 

I found a VRBO 2BR/2BA house in SLC a few years ago that was affordable for 3-4 people.  Great kitchen.  Right off the Interstate and relatively close to the airport.  Good for a day trip to the Ogden Valley as well as LCC/BCC.  Send a PM if you want to know more.

post #5 of 16

I would also google "Skiers Accomodations". The owner has a number of houses with various size units. Affordable.

post #6 of 16

Last year I stayed at the Residence Inn Sandy, might be just like the Cottonwood one. Nice and new rooms, with fuuly equipped kitchens, I got one very close to a side entrance which was really nice coming back from the resort... they have a heated indoor pool and hot tub, free breakfast and you also can cook.

 

Also a variety of room configurations... 

post #7 of 16

Three round trip shuttles will probably cost more than a rental car and reduce your flexibility, especially on your 1/2 day.   The Peruvian has Nordic rooms with bunks that are small, but provide a better vacation experience than staying in the valley IMHO.  The foods good and they feed you 3x a day. 

 

Nothing like being up there on an interlodge day!

post #8 of 16

I am heading that way with my son and nephew  for 5 days in January and have been finding some smaller places on VBRO that seem to fit the bill at similar prices or less than the Residence Inn and Homewood Suites.  Unfortunately my nephew is a boarder so that rules out Alta.  The Snowbird lodges are fairly pricey and I prefer the flexibility of having a vehicle as we are likely to head up to Pow Mow or Snowbasin.  Also, I want to hit a great little Mexican joint in we ate at last year in SLC, The Blue Iguana. 

 

I did a search on the "skiers accommodations", thank you Maui Steve, and they seem pretty good and reasonably priced as well.

post #9 of 16

Super 8 in Midvale.   They have nice skier packages, too.  Talk to Kori. 

post #10 of 16

The Alta (quickie) Lodge

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The Alta (quickie) Lodge


Is that were you got "Mr. Crab"?

post #12 of 16
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LOL -- fortunately, while saving is the order of the day on the heels of a big family trip to the islands, I think I can stay one step ahead of the Alta motel on this foray.

 

BTW, an academic question -- any of the valley hotel accommodations (aka non-condo) feature an outdoor hot tub (instead of the ubiquitous indoor hot tub most have)?

post #13 of 16

Scratch....Scratch...

post #14 of 16
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Have seen people say good things about the Crystal Inn and Suites in SLC.

 

We did Crystal Inn (Murray/Sandy) last season. Were quite happy with the place. Nice, comfortable rooms, nice staff, better than many places I've stayed.

BUT, it seemed like I spent most of my day doing the bus shuttle to get into and back down from LCC. Good thing I was close... The shuttles are great and better than drivin, but FOREVER!

 

From now on I will try to stay in LCC...  I did finally get to SnowBasin, good Intermed mtn, and one day was enough... forever.

Did PCR many years ago, so no need to go there.

SO LCC is it when I go back.

post #15 of 16
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Thanks.  We went ahead and reserved a mid-sized SUV for the 5 days we'll be out there -- $350.  When you go, look up Rugged Rentals.  They're just a mile or two from the airport (and will pick you up promptly 7 days a week).  They're a good bit less than the standard-fare expedia.com providers.  I used them last year for a pair of suburbans (two family trip unlike this low-calorie trip) and saved a bundle.

post #16 of 16
Alta opens tomorrow, snowstorm today. Looks like a good start to the season. smile.gif
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