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Where to stay to ski Snowbasin

post #1 of 20
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Did a quick search and did not turn up much info on this subject.

 

The story is that a buddy and I are headed to JH in early Feb and want to expand that one week trip. We're actually meeting up with members of our local ski club at Jackson and the club has made the arrangements for that week. The thought was that instead of traveling with the club, we'd fly to SLC instead a few days before. In SLC, we'd pick up a rental car and head north for the short ride to the Ogden area for a day or two of skiing at ski Snowbasin before driving up to JH. On the trip back, we plan to stay and ski in PC for a few days before heading home (got the PC area lodging covered though).

 

Given the above, what are the recommendations/options for lodging in the Snowbasin area?

post #2 of 20

Just priceline a room in Bountiful or Ogden.

post #3 of 20

I stayed in the Marriott Ogden once when skiing Snowbasin.  VERY nice hotel, quiet and low key, but near a bunch of restaurants in the historic 25th Street district and not much more than a half hour to Snowbasin.  This was a few years ago, but rates over New Year's weekend 2011 were $69 per night!

post #4 of 20

Lakeside Resorts is the closest place to the mountain(in Huntsville next to Eden). They have a shuttle which will take you there in the morning and bring you back in the evening. Nice , comfortable and convenient, probably best place to stay in the area too.

post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
 

Just priceline a room in Bountiful or Ogden.

Makes the most sense for just two guys who have a car only staying for a night or two.

 

The cheaper VRBO options are in Eden at Wolf Creek.  But that's only marginally closer to Snowbasin compared to Ogden.  More options for eating out in Ogden.

post #6 of 20

Last season, my ski buddies and I met in SLC, drove to JH for a few days, then stayed in Eden for gatherings. Finishing up with a few days skiing LCC.  Worked out pretty nicely.

 

Have you driven from SLC to JH before?

post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
 

Just priceline a room in Bountiful or Ogden.

Bountiful is a ways out.  Ogden & Layton are the closest towns or like Dustyfog said Lakeside if you want to be in a condo out of town & closer to the mountain.

post #8 of 20

Definitely Ogden. 

post #9 of 20

Ogden/Riverdale. For cheap cheap  If it's still there there's a Motel 6 (converted from another motel/hotel so a bit more spacious) really handy for he highway at Riverdale with the usual chain dining options just up the road. They were very good to me when I'd broken my leg (undiagnosed).

post #10 of 20

I'll repeat just in case it was missed, but Ogden.  And if you've any desire for a lesson or tour seek out 4ster who posted above. 

post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Last season, my ski buddies and I met in SLC, drove to JH for a few days, then stayed in Eden for gatherings. Finishing up with a few days skiing LCC.  Worked out pretty nicely.

 

Have you driven from SLC to JH before?

 

Looks like you did pretty much what we plan to do. Snowbasin before JH, then back to SLC to meet up with our spouses, both of whom want to in PC on the way back. I don't mind skiing PCMR, but hope to also get over to the other side of the range and do a day each in both BCC and LCC.

 

As far as the SLC-JH drive, I have not made it before. I'm sure that I-15 will be OK but of course, you have to get off the interstate at some point. GoogleMap suggested getting off on US 30 and then some smaller roads through the mountains that I'd guess might be tough, or even closed, in winter. The alternative looks to be to continue on 15 to Idaho Falls and then 26 on to JH. Suggestions on the best route would certain be appreciated

post #12 of 20
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Thanks to all for the suggestions.

post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Last season, my ski buddies and I met in SLC, drove to JH for a few days, then stayed in Eden for gatherings. Finishing up with a few days skiing LCC.  Worked out pretty nicely.

 

Have you driven from SLC to JH before?

 

Looks like you did pretty much what we plan to do. Snowbasin before JH, then back to SLC to meet up with our spouses, both of whom want to in PC on the way back. I don't mind skiing PCMR, but hope to also get over to the other side of the range and do a day each in both BCC and LCC.

 

As far as the SLC-JH drive, I have not made it before. I'm sure that I-15 will be OK but of course, you have to get off the interstate at some point. GoogleMap suggested getting off on US 30 and then some smaller roads through the mountains that I'd guess might be tough, or even closed, in winter. The alternative looks to be to continue on 15 to Idaho Falls and then 26 on to JH. Suggestions on the best route would certain be appreciated

Realized I never got back to answer the question.

 

We went to JH from near the SLC airport getting off I-15 onto US30 and going through Soda Springs.  It's a pretty drive.  There was snow on the edges of the 2-lane highway closer to the mountains.  There were places in the mountains where we were on packed snow, not dry payment.

 

On the way back, we took US189 to I-80.  That was much easier driving.  Meaning essentially no mountain driving at all.

 

When there is wind and blowing snow on I-15, it's a pain.  Ran into that going to Driggs a couple years ago.  Luckily only lasted for a little while around Pocatello.  In a snowstorm or in the dark, I would go with US189. Sort of hoping for a snowstorm a day or two before I get to SLC in late Jan.  My friends and I are going to head up to JH only if the snow conditions make it worth the drive.  We are being flexible for the first few days of a ski week that finishes up with us staying in a VRBO house in SLC.  Not quite storm chasing but as close as we can get with folks who are having to take vacation time for ski trips out west.

post #14 of 20

What kind of driving time was that -- did you do that in a one-day trip?

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What's the drive like from Park City to Snowbasin? We are going to be in PC the end of February and plan to ski LCC and BCC but were considering a day at Snowbasin instead. 

post #17 of 20

It's a bit of a hike..relatively speaking..an hour drive?  Hour and fifteen?  It's worth a drive if the conditions are good.  It's a lovely resort.

post #18 of 20
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We stayed at the Best Western Canyon Pines..quick drive, easy highways, not expensive, hot tub.

 

http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/UT/Uintah-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-PLUS-Canyon-Pines/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=45083&cm_mmc=GooglePlaces-_-BW-_-UT-_-45083

This is where I'm going to tell people to stay when they come to visit. We are building a house nearby. Sucks! ;) Anyway, there's not much in the way of food and amenities right next to that Best Western, but literally 5 minutes up the hill from there are restaurants and shopping, and 10 minutes +- away is 25th Street in Ogden with lots of decent dining options.

 

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What's the drive like from Park City to Snowbasin? We are going to be in PC the end of February and plan to ski LCC and BCC but were considering a day at Snowbasin instead. 

Scott43 is correct, it's a bit over an hour, all freeway driving for the most part. Depends on the weather, of course.

post #19 of 20
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What kind of driving time was that -- did you do that in a one-day trip?


Are you asking about SLC to JH?  Best to allow 6 hours but can be done in 5.0-5.5 depending on the route and driving conditions.  From SLC airpot to Driggs for Grand Targhee is about 300 miles, mostly Interstate highway so under 5 hours.  All depends on how fast you drive. :rolleyes

post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by NESkiBum View Post
 

What's the drive like from Park City to Snowbasin? We are going to be in PC the end of February and plan to ski LCC and BCC but were considering a day at Snowbasin instead. 


Well worth the drive if you've never been.  Assuming good visibility.  Plan on lunch up at the John Paul Lodge.

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