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post #1 of 12
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Ok so my girlfriend starts school January 20, 2015. 

 

I was thinking i could save some money (NJ to slc) if i book flights now. our goal is to hopefully get some powder so i figured our best chance would be to book the week right before she goes back jan 12-19th. I was thinking of doing slc and staying in SLC and we could just drive to whatever resort may have gotten good snow the day before (and there seems to be like 7 places within an hour and a half). Any reason to wait, im thinking no ?

 

 

Also she has monday feb 16th and tuesday feb 17th off. I was thinking of maybe trying to do a 4 day low key place then (because lines at the big resorts would be crazy for presidents day no?). We stopped at bridger bowl in MT during our big sky trip last year and that was alot of fun. any suggestions for resorts that have a high powder upside but may avoid the presidents day weekend lines for this time also?

 

 

thanks.  

 
post #2 of 12

Don't know that you need to book this far in advance to get the best prices. SLC is certainly cheaper than staying on the hill, but as far as snow goes there's not going to be much difference between resorts--you'd do just as well to stay in one of the canyons (I like Little Cottonwood).

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Ok so my girlfriend starts school January 20, 2015. 

 

I was thinking i could save some money (NJ to slc) if i book flights now. our goal is to hopefully get some powder so i figured our best chance would be to book the week right before she goes back jan 12-19th. I was thinking of doing slc and staying in SLC and we could just drive to whatever resort may have gotten good snow the day before (and there seems to be like 7 places within an hour and a half). Any reason to wait, im thinking no ?

 

 

Also she has monday feb 16th and tuesday feb 17th off. I was thinking of maybe trying to do a 4 day low key place then (because lines at the big resorts would be crazy for presidents day no?). We stopped at bridger bowl in MT during our big sky trip last year and that was alot of fun. any suggestions for resorts that have a high powder upside but may avoid the presidents day weekend lines for this time also?

 

 

thanks.  

 

Well, the first Southwest fare sale ended August 28.  There is usually another sale in early October.  What airline are you thinking of using?

 

Where have you skied the most?  It sounds like you haven't been to SLC before.  Have you looked at any of the Unofficial Guides for the areas around SLC?

 

Snowbasin and Solitude are good places to avoid lift lines on weekends in general.  Driving to Snowbasin is well worth it on a day with good visibility in any case.

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Don't know that you need to book this far in advance to get the best prices. SLC is certainly cheaper than staying on the hill, but as far as snow goes there's not going to be much difference between resorts--you'd do just as well to stay in one of the canyons (I like Little Cottonwood).

after looking at a map your right. I was thinking to stay in SLC so we could hit as many resorts as possible with ease. however it seems that they are all to the east so if i stayed at 

 

Brighton, UT 84121 I would be right in the center of all the resorts. I wanted to try as many as possible for the reasons below (see the other response in this post). 

 

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Well, the first Southwest fare sale ended August 28.  There is usually another sale in early October.  What airline are you thinking of using?

 

Where have you skied the most?  It sounds like you haven't been to SLC before.  Have you looked at any of the Unofficial Guides for the areas around SLC?

 

Snowbasin and Solitude are good places to avoid lift lines on weekends in general.  Driving to Snowbasin is well worth it on a day with good visibility in any case.

Yes it is. I need to start checking jetblue and southwest i normally just check kayak.com or orbitz. 

 

We decided to do slc because we could try 6 places and then figure out where we really like for next year. After booking trips based on specs (looking at true verticle , and acreage from onthesnow, and trail maps) i realized specs arnt all that. Ie i would have never expected bridger bowl MT to be as enjoyable as it was compared to Big Sky MT. Also we did revelstoke to say we did the highest verticle , and after experiencing their nasty freeze thaw cycle during spring break (1/3 of the vertical was pretty much useless and dangerous) we realized Lake Louis was more enjoyable (but thats not something we could have figured out based on looking at trail maps and true vertical stats). 

 

Last year we had 13 days out west (Big Sky , Revelstoke, Lake Louis , and Bridger)

and 24 days on the east coast (Whiteface NY, Gore NY, Smugglers Notch, Stowe and Mont Tremblant CA). 

 

I figured just try and hit everywhere in SLC to know our preferences for next week. Maybe we will book the first 4 days near brighton and the last 2/3 up north near Snowbasin. (we did that at revelstoke with some success , 3 revelstoke, 3 lake louis and kicking horse, 1 in calagary before the flight home).  

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Umm, no lodging at Brighton to speak of.  There is lodging at Solitude.  But for what you want to do, staying in SLC makes the most sense.  I did a similar "ski safari" a few years ago with a ski buddy.  We skied at Alta, Solitude, Brighton, and Snowbasin.  We were hoping for a good day at PowMow but didn't get it so had a good time seeing the views at Snowbasin instead.  I found a nice little house on the north side of the city on VRBO.  30 min to LCC/BCC and just over an hour to Snowbasin.

 

By the way, Brighton has night skiing but only on limited trails.  Same for PCMR.

 

I haven't skied near Banff, but have been to all the places you hit last winter.  I love to spend a few days at Bridger in combination with Big Sky.  Note that once you've been to LCC/BCC, it will be harder to justify driving all over the northeast. :) 

post #6 of 12

Checkout Studio 6 as a place to stay.

 

Been there the last two years.

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Don't know that you need to book this far in advance to get the best prices. SLC is certainly cheaper than staying on the hill, but as far as snow goes there's not going to be much difference between resorts--you'd do just as well to stay in one of the canyons (I like Little Cottonwood).

after looking at a map your right. I was thinking to stay in SLC so we could hit as many resorts as possible with ease. however it seems that they are all to the east so if i stayed at 

 

Brighton, UT 84121 I would be right in the center of all the resorts. I wanted to try as many as possible for the reasons below (see the other response in this post). 

 

 

If you stay in Big Cottonwood, you have to drive back to SLC to hit AltaBird, Park City (if it exists) Deer Valley and other farther-away resorts. Wastes time and and can be tough if it's snowing or been snowing (avy control in the canyons can be a problem).  If you're chasing pow stay in Little Cottonwood (AltaBird)--plenty to do there for a week. If you're chasing variety then SLC makes the most sense. 

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I wouldn't stay at Solitude.  It's not a wrong choice, but I don't see the benefit if you want to ski a different resort each day. 

BCC has worthwhile resorts, but the LCC has the real fruit. 

Stay down in Midvale/Sandy.  Staying in SLC is fine, but a little longer drive.

There is no reason to wait re:snow coverage, only if a change in travel plans could happen. 

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I wouldn't stay at Solitude.  It's not a wrong choice, but I don't see the benefit if you want to ski a different resort each day. 
BCC has worthwhile resorts, but the LCC has the real fruit. 
Stay down in Midvale/Sandy.  Staying in SLC is fine, but a little longer drive.
There is no reason to wait re:snow coverage, only if a change in travel plans could happen. 

Thanks a lot what's LCC and BCC mean ?


Also like that region if it snows they all get hit the same or not really ? Like should I liftopia my lift tickets ahead of time or I could even do 3 days in the north section to start and then 3 days on the west side ?

Like when I did revelstoke I started the trip there did 3 days then went to lake Louis for 3 (different hotel ) then flew home . But I mean all of that was booked ahead .

Is there a powder difference where I wouldn't want my tickets to be locked in ahead of time ?
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post

I wouldn't stay at Solitude.  It's not a wrong choice, but I don't see the benefit if you want to ski a different resort each day. 
BCC has worthwhile resorts, but the LCC has the real fruit. 
Stay down in Midvale/Sandy.  Staying in SLC is fine, but a little longer drive.
There is no reason to wait re:snow coverage, only if a change in travel plans could happen. 

Thanks a lot what's LCC and BCC mean ?


Also like that region if it snows they all get hit the same or not really ? Like should I liftopia my lift tickets ahead of time or I could even do 3 days in the north section to start and then 3 days on the west side ?

Like when I did revelstoke I started the trip there did 3 days then went to lake Louis for 3 (different hotel ) then flew home . But I mean all of that was booked ahead .

Is there a powder difference where I wouldn't want my tickets to be locked in ahead of time ?

LCC=Little Cottonwood Canyon, where you go for Alta, Snowbird

BCC=Big Cottonwood Canyon, where you go for Brighton, Solitude

 

Use the link to SLC Travel (right hand column) to find relevant threads.

post #11 of 12
My suggestion would be to avoid getting locked into specific dates at a resort, especially this far in advance.

As a broad generalization, LCC tends to get a little more than BCC in any particular storm, and both get more than the Park City resorts--although not always. Snowbasin and Powder Mountain are far enough from SLC and PC that the snow in one area can be several inches more than the other. So flexibility is nice.
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Also like that region if it snows they all get hit the same or not really ? Like should I liftopia my lift tickets ahead of time or I could even do 3 days in the north section to start and then 3 days on the west side ?


Is there a powder difference where I wouldn't want my tickets to be locked in ahead of time ?

I wouldn't book tickets ahead of time as it reduces your flexibility once you get there.  Snow totals can vary there and so can crowds (weekday vs weekend vs powder day) between each area and at each area (powder day - vs no new snow day)  For example Snowbird is usually jammed on a big snow day while Solitude generally isn't.

 

There are all sorts of ticket outlets in SLC (Canyon sports  -  Ski and See to name two)  that sell discount tickets.  Look them up online to get ideas on prices vs Liftopia.  I'll bet they are competitive and all over SLC

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