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Utah where to ski next few days lift tickets, 3 weeks in Utah for family of 5

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Family of 5 heading to Utah today for a dream 3 week trip (please send snow).  1st week in Park City area, 2nd week in Big Cottonwood, 3rd in Little Cottonwood.  We'll ski primarily in the canyon we are staying, however, when it snows, we may head straight to Alta.  Certainly when it dumps.  Skiing is primarily advanced to not quite expert, 9 year old isn't quite there but she's well past ski school.  Teenagers only looking for powder, off trail even though they're not quite ready for as much as they'd like.  

 

1st struggle is where to start.  I was assuming we'd stay in Park city area but since it's snowed a little and supposed to snow a little more, I'm tempted to just head over to Alta the first day since there is not much snow.  It would be easier to stay at Canyons (where we are staying) to let kids warm up, although (older ones will complain about snow).  

 

Any suggestions so I don't spend several k on lifts.  I'd like some flexibility but don't want to get killed.  Superpass appears to be the solution for the 2nd two weeks although no massive savings.  The days we know we'll ski Alta I ought to just buy in advance.  

 

It appears lift prices go up tomorrow at Canyons, so need to decide.

Anyone know of any places to get discounted Canyons/PC/DV tix in the park city area - that's probably where I will really get killed.

 

Aside from snow forecast, I would guess we will ski:

Mostly at Canyons week 1, with a day or two driving to other canyons if it snows or maybe to Deer Valley for a day. 

Week 2 split 1/2 and 1/2 between brighton and solitude

Week 3 mostly Alta with a day or 2 at the bird.

 

I'd rather not drive down to the base of the canyon every morning:)  Does costco have any good deals this year?

Snow sounds pretty lousy for super high prices.  Let's hope that changes soon.

 

I appreciate your help.

post #2 of 9
I've been buying my lift tickets using liftopia worked out that i didn't need to print them out just had to show id. Maybe, this latest dump opened up more of alta. Off of sugarloaf chair it was just a groomer run from top to bottom.
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Thanks Hoben2 - I did still think you had to print from Liftopia, that's really helpful.  I couldn't find much on liftopia, seems like I missed the boat for most. 

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I think I'd go back to Liftopia. Buy a Mountain Collective Pass and ski most of the time in LCC.

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Should have asked this question before booking :). Would have made more sense to do the opposite order - The CCs are the best bet for early season in UT, so I would start there and then maybe end in PC. I'd imagine PC is also fairly crowded during a holiday week. 

 

Three weeks in UT without going to Snowbasin is sheer tomfoolery. Powder would also be a good choice for saving a little money, and ...well...powder. Their multi-day ticket is $55/day or less, and, if I'm not mistaken, it doesn't have to be consecutive days. In other words, buy 2, 3, 5...days and use them whenever you want during the trip (like when the CCs are totally tracked out). If you do add those, I'd wait because they're pretty limited on terrain right now - should be more open during/after the holidays. 

 

Most importantly, have a great time! Sounds like an incredible trip! I'm almost jealous, and I live here :)Thumbs Up 

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I was just on liftopia looking for snowbird and alta tix for Jan 13 - 17 (my son and I are headed out)  I thought I was seeing tickets for both mountains for $53.  Way better deal then the SLC Superpass.  

 

I agree you should check out Pow Mow and Snowbasin of there for 3 weeks.  We are just shuttling up to little cottonwood and staying up there at the Iron Blosam.

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I was uh bribed/forced to go to park city for Xmas by wife.

53 sounds good for Jan 17 but we're gone by then.

We hope to hhits now basin and pow mountain when snow was right.

Thinking on mountain collective but only alta bird means we're driving 2/3 of trip. Hmmmm. Boarding plane now.
Really appreciate help.
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Should have asked this question before booking :). Would have made more sense to do the opposite order - The CCs are the best bet for early season in UT, so I would start there and then maybe end in PC. I'd imagine PC is also fairly crowded during a holiday week.  

+1  Snowbasin and Powder Mt. get more snow than the Park City group but less than the Cottonwoods.  They are still showing limited terrain open but perhaps that will change this weekend with the recent 18 inch storm.  Snowbasin is a commute no longer from Park City than from SLC, so if it opens up a lot this weekend I'd recommend skiing there for some of the time you're based in Park City.

 

Within the Park City group Canyons is usually the one most to avoid with low snowpack.  So no surprise today Canyons is 30% open while Deer Valley is 49% and Park City 54%.

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Costco has deals on PCMR , Canyons, and Sundance multiple day tics. Definitely head up to Powder Mountain & Snowbasin, especially Christmas week. From Park City take 80 east to 84 north, the back way. It's spectacular. They got the biggest snow totals from the last storm. PC resorts are in pretty good shape for warm up, LCC will need more snow to fill in the really good stuff. I think your timing is just right.
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