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post #1 of 29
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We (a family of 4) are planning our first trip out West. Have done a lot of research and decided on Solitude/Brighton (hoping to stay in Solitude Village). It would be nice to avoid driving and just take the shuttle to/from SLC. In general logistics seems easy, but one question remains -- WHERE DO YOU GET FOOD? I thought there must be a grocery store in the village, but looking closely, it's more like a convenience store... Renting a car for the sole purpose of a grocery trip seems silly. Is there perhaps a grocery delivery service that would deliver to Solitude condos? I can't find anything online and would be grateful for any tips.

post #2 of 29

How old are the kids?  Since parking is free at Solitude, could be that a cheap 2WD car rental is a reasonable choice compared to taking a shuttle.  Driving in the SLC area is much, much easier than in the NYC metro area.

 

Check out this trip report by a father who took his family to Solitude last season.  You might try sending a PM for specific questions.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/121323/family-of-five-february-trip-solitude-snowmass-steamboat-etc#post_1701923

 

I've heard of people who found a shuttle that was willing to stop in a grocery store and/or a place to get discounted lift tickets on the way to their lodging.  Usually that's been people going to Park City.

post #3 of 29


There is no food store at Solitude or Brighton.  You can take the shuttle bus straight down Fort Union Blvd (7200 South) to Dan's or City Market for groceries and they pick up a return shuttle an hour later. The town shuttle drops/picks up at the ski area lodge, or you can take it from Brighton.  There is also a free van shuttle between the Solitude base area and the Village.  I believe the bus is $4 each way, or free if you have an Super Pass Soli/Brighton/Bird/Alta multi-day ticket.  I suggest using Dan's at Highland Drive and then walk a block an pick up a couple Papa Murphy's pizzas to take back and cook at the condo.


Edited by mudfoot - 9/20/14 at 7:07am
post #4 of 29
Thread Starter 

Kids are 6 and 8. Concerns are not the traffic of course, but what if there's a lot of snow? (We are thinking mid-March.) Going up a mountain road in the snow, without experience, in a 2WD, perhaps also in darkness (cheaper flights all have 10-11pm arrival) -- could be an experience that's best to avoid. (It would be our first time there, so we won't quite know where we are going.)

Even a 4WD - what if there's A LOT of snow?

post #5 of 29
Thread Starter 

Mudfoot - is that the shuttle bus where you pay a lot, or do you mean those UTA buses? If there's an inexpensive bus, this looks like an option. Do the buses run in the evening (when the skiing crowd is gone)?

post #6 of 29


UTA ski bus.  I think the last bus back up the canyon is around 4:30 or 5:00 but they only run during ski season and the schedule might be a little different this year.  You can also use it to go from Soli to Alta or Snowbird and back.  When it snows they restrict both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons to 4WD or chains.

 

The UTA us will also connect you to the train that runs downtown.


Edited by mudfoot - 9/20/14 at 7:14am
post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by hamster on skis View Post
 

Kids are 6 and 8. Concerns are not the traffic of course, but what if there's a lot of snow? (We are thinking mid-March.) Going up a mountain road in the snow, without experience, in a 2WD, perhaps also in darkness (cheaper flights all have 10-11pm arrival) -- could be an experience that's best to avoid. (It would be our first time there, so we won't quite know where we are going.)

Even a 4WD - what if there's A LOT of snow?

The road that is the bigger issue during a major snowstorm is in LCC for Alta/Snowbird.  The BCC road is a 2-lane mountain road but not particularly difficult or super steep.  While folks around EpicSki talk a lot about powder days and road closings, it doesn't happen that often.  But I can understand not wanting to drive after a late arrival.

 

One option would be to reserve a 2WD car that can be cancelled.  Then make a decision at a later date about how you want to handle getting around after getting to SLC.

 

The multi-day ticket sounds like the SLC Superpass to me.  That serves as a bus pass.

 

Assuming your family is already pretty interested in skiing, being able to go ski elsewhere for a day trip might be fun.  Or take a day off skiing and do something like go see the Olympic museum in Park City.  It's fair to say that once you ski in Utah, you will want to go back again.

post #8 of 29

Have you asked your lodging, or the resort office, about grocery delivery? I'd be surprised if there wasn't a service.

 

Grocery shopping has made me rent a car in places where I otherwise didn't think I'd need it. If there's door to door bus/shuttle service and plowed sidewalks, that's one thing. But in places where it's not so straightforward, and you have a family to feed, it might be a lot easier to get a car.

post #9 of 29

http://smithsskiandshop.com/

 

Have your shuttle driver stop there on the way.

post #10 of 29
4 rt shuttles will probably cost more than a rental.
But if your uncomfortable with driving in late, Bobmc's idea is the way to go.
post #11 of 29
Are you OK driving on icy or snowy roads in southern NY? If you are, it isn't likely to be that big a deal; the LCC road isn't a goat trail, and the hardest thing to get used to for some are dropoffs without a guard rail on one side of the road in some sections that can freak some people out. That means that a New England driver who's confident on nasty roads will have no trouble driving a 2WD vehicle up the canyon when there are no 4WD restrictions in place. But during a dump and in cold periods lasting several days after or between storms, the LCC road will be snowpacked up high and slush over ice lower down, and thus not friendly to a 2WD rental car without snows.

The best solution would be calling whatever shuttle you're using to make sure they'll stop for supplies on the way to the resort. Also consider calling wherever you're staying to ask the same question, because you're certainly not the first to wonder.
post #12 of 29
Thread Starter 

Thanks everybody, this helps. We are still in the planning stage (trying to pin down small details) - hoping to stay in the Solitude village, but it would be silly to stay in a nice place with no access to food.  :D

 

It's usually my husband who does the driving in our family, and he really prefers not to deal with late night+mountain road+rental car situation. (We've driven in Northern Vermont and sometimes it was a nightmare. But your own car is always easier/safer than a rental...) It looks like a cab/private shuttle might be even cheaper than either a rental car or shared shuttle x 4 people. Would like to avoid renting a car solely for the grocery shopping purpose....

 

We'll see - having a stop at Smith's might not work out if the flight is delayed (looks like late arrivals is the only budget option), but it's now clear that one way or the other, getting groceries is feasible. (Husband open to the idea of going for groceries by bus...)

 

BTW, it seems that a grocery delivery service in BCC/LCC does not exist. (Although there is one called Grocery Girls that delivers to Park City resorts.)

post #13 of 29
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BTW, it seems that a grocery delivery service in BCC/LCC does not exist. (Although there is one called Grocery Girls that delivers to Park City resorts.)

There are relatively few condos in LCC/BCC so not too surprising that no one is delivering groceries.

 

Have you considered Snowbasin?  Not sure how the total cost would compare.  Would need to rent a car but not the same issues with mountain roads in the Ogden Valley.  Very nice condos are less expensive.    Could stay in Eden or at Lakeside Resort closer to Snowbasin.  But definitely not ski in/out.  A lot of acres of skiing out there though.  The ski school is quite good and very reasonable.

post #14 of 29

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post #15 of 29
Park city is very no-car friendly. But the mountains aren't as good of course.

I agree about the winter driving in utah being easy relatively speaking.

U could save lots by staying in slc near lcc/bcc. And have the freedom of having a rental car. This doesn't sound like what u want, but if u did you'd probably end up liking this route.
post #16 of 29
Hamster on skis, I came across your post and wanted to see how you ended up handling car rental vs shuttle and groceries in Solitude. We are going this March and I don't really want to book a car. We will also be arriving late from the airport. Thanks for any help.
post #17 of 29

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post #18 of 29
Thread Starter 

Hamster is here.  Hdseward, welcome to Epicski!

 

Unless things changed since Mar 2015, there is no grocery delivery service for Solitude. There is a small convenience store in Solitude Village but it has few groceries (pasta, pasta sauce, eggs, maybe canned beans, but mostly stuff like chips and salsa. You can get enough for an emergency meal but definitely cannot stock up for a week). There are a few options for eating out (maybe more/better now that Solitude is part of Deer Valley group?) but if you are a family staying in a condo, cooking your own meals is both much cheaper and more practical. Also, keep in mind that Solitude Village is very small (smaller than it appears from maps/photos), so don't expect a ton of options.

 

We had ended up renting a car -- the cost was about the same as shuttle for 4 people. As everyone says in this thread, driving in the area is a lot easier than you imagine (Mar 2105 was a low snow month... but even in a lot of snow -- we were there again in Dec 2015 with a lot of storms -- the roads are very manageable. If you are a Northeast skier, you never get anything half as bad as rural New England roads). 

 

Having a car gave us some flexibility that we enjoyed, not only groceries-wise, but for return trip to airport and for checking out other SLC resorts. We had gone to Brighton (very close & you can take a bus, but car was quicker/easier). We also went to Alta for a day, and that was amazing (coming from Solitude, it takes closer to an hour even in low snow/no traffic; would take forever with fresh snow, though). Alta was an important reconnaissance trip for us -- having checked things out on the first trip to Utah, we were a lot more confident on our next trip (Dec 2015, when we just stayed in the city and drove to different resorts). Staying in the city is what many people recommend on this thread  (definitely more flexibility/variety) -- I would go this route for subsequent trips, but if you are new, the logistics isn't easy, and Solitude is a fantastic "easy" vacation option.

 

As for Solitude vacation value - we are (even the kids) hard core skiers, we usually stay off-mountain, someplace cheap, and spend our entire days skiing bell-to-bell (so never care for anything else the resort has to offer).  At Solitude, we rented a very nice & spacious condo for very reasonable money, could walk to lifts and ski empty slopes. Solitude Club has an outdoor pool & hot tub, again with very few people and amazing mountain views... I normally shudder at the thought of sharing a hot tub with strangers, so never use it -- at Solitude, I could have a big hot tub to myself and my kids! So we definitely felt very pampered :) 

 

Alta is a lot bigger of course, but Solitude is as large as the biggest Northeast resorts and has a lot of great terrain of various levels. Honeycomb canyon is amazing. You will enjoy your trip!

post #19 of 29
Thank you!
post #20 of 29
@hamster_on_skis, this is all great info! Did you arrive on the late flight and driving was still fine? We are coming in from FL, so our flight gets in pretty late. We are all pretty good skiers. We try and ski every year. Have skied in NM the last few years as we have a place to stay there, but have skied CO and Park City without kids. Our sons are 11 and 14, so we tend to ski full days and then go chill at the condo. Not looking for a lot of nightlife or other activity. Can't ski Alta as our 14 year old is a hard core snowboarder:(. I would love to visit there at some point though. How far is the closest grocery? Found one place online that says they deliver, it need to call. Thanks for all the info. We are reluctantly going over our spring break, so praying it is still not crowded! We usually pull our kids out of school in Feb to ski when no one is out, but with a son in High school classes that becomes a bigger challenge. Thanks again! We can't wait!
post #21 of 29
Thread Starter 

I think Solitude won't be crowded, spring break or not.

 

Yes, we arrived on a late flight, and although we worried a lot ahead of time, driving to the canyon was not a problem at all (definitely no more of a problem than finding your way in any other unfamiliar area -- and there is enough signage on the roads, and the GPS typically works fine). Probably a bit harder if it's snowing (but typically the roads are well plowed). Maybe if it's a big storm and the canyon is closed for avalanche control (shouldn't happen too often...), you won't be able to get to your condo and will have to stay in some motel in town. But in this case shuttle won't make a difference. It's a pretty small risk, anyway.

 

For the nearest grocery store, you have to get out of the canyon and drive to the city/suburbs - not too far, maybe 20 mins total or less (depending on your supermarket preferences... just check out google maps).

 

With a snowboarder, definitely check out Brighton - it's a snowboarding place with a local vibe, and for skiers, there are some wonderful trees. We were there in a low snow situation, but even then the snow in the conifers was very well preserved (the aspen areas were too icy to ski, and the Milly bowl was closed -- but even so there was enough terrain for us to enjoy the day).

 

If the conditions are good, there are connecting trails between Brighton/Solitude, so if you pay for the combined tickets, you can ski both resorts on the same day (and won't need the car to get to Brighton). Keep in mind, though, that those Brighton-Solitude connectors will be closed in less-than-ideal conditions. 

post #22 of 29

I know this forum has a certain degree of maturity and decorum... and that's part of the reason why I come on here year after year.  But sooner or later we need to have some sort of "pie in the face" response to the posters looking to shuttle vs rent a car. 

 

The equation is so stacked in favour of renting (cost, convenience, flexibility) that it puzzles me that it comes up so often. Yes, driving in the snow is not ideal... but come on... its not that bad.  When it is, they close the roads anyways.  

 

post #23 of 29
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I know this forum has a certain degree of maturity and decorum... and that's part of the reason why I come on here year after year.  But sooner or later we need to have some sort of "pie in the face" response to the posters looking to shuttle vs rent a car. 

 

The equation is so stacked in favour of renting (cost, convenience, flexibility) that it puzzles me that it comes up so often. Yes, driving in the snow is not ideal... but come on... its not that bad.  When it is, they close the roads anyways.  

 


People differ radically on renting, mainly because people differ. Some find driving in snow so stressful, and/or the cost of renting and parking so high, that any inconvenience of a shuttle seems minor.  Others prefer the flexibility and independence of a car.  I've done both, and it's obvious only that both have an appeal.

 

In any case, on a question so subjective, a "you idiot" response (e.g. a pie in the face) makes zero sense. 

post #24 of 29
They really only make sense if your solo and staying for a long time. I stopped using them when Canyon transport charged me 3X because my flight was late and I was the only one going to the bird after 10.
I should have told them to pound sand, but I''d already paid.

On a separate note, 15 passenger vans are really dangerous.
post #25 of 29

I guess my point is that if you find driving in snow SO stressful you need a shuttle, a cyber-pie in the face may be warranted.  Especially given the benefits of a car, and the low chance snow will be an issue.

post #26 of 29
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I guess my point is that if you find driving in snow SO stressful you need a shuttle, a cyber-pie in the face may be warranted.  Especially given the benefits of a car, and the low chance snow will be an issue.

Point taken.  Any skier who drives should be skilled at driving in the snow.  

post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

They really only make sense if your solo and staying for a long time. I stopped using them when Canyon transport charged me 3X because my flight was late and I was the only one going to the bird after 10.
I should have told them to pound sand, but I''d already paid.

On a separate note, 15 passenger vans are really dangerous.


Hmm, maybe go with Alta Shuttle next time.  Never heard of any issues.  It's the service that Alta Lodge uses.

post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by Hdseward View Post

@hamster_on_skis, this is all great info! Did you arrive on the late flight and driving was still fine? We are coming in from FL, so our flight gets in pretty late. We are all pretty good skiers. We try and ski every year. Have skied in NM the last few years as we have a place to stay there, but have skied CO and Park City without kids. Our sons are 11 and 14, so we tend to ski full days and then go chill at the condo. Not looking for a lot of nightlife or other activity. Can't ski Alta as our 14 year old is a hard core snowboarder:(. I would love to visit there at some point though. How far is the closest grocery? Found one place online that says they deliver, it need to call. Thanks for all the info. We are reluctantly going over our spring break, so praying it is still not crowded! We usually pull our kids out of school in Feb to ski when no one is out, but with a son in High school classes that becomes a bigger challenge. Thanks again! We can't wait!


It's fair to say that Big Cottonwood Canyon and Little Cottonwood Canyon are quite different when it comes to major avalanche work that requires closing the road for several hours.  BCC is very rarely closed. 

 

Would suggest renting AWD.   I've driven in LCC during the start of a snowstorm more than once.  Since I live in NC, it does cause a bit of stress.  However, also possible to reserve both AWD and 2WD and then cancel the one you don't need when the weather forecast for your trip is more obvious.

 

Have you even flown into SLC?  Even though it's a major airport, it's a lot easier to navigate than most.

post #29 of 29

Car rental in SLC is actually quite reasonable, even with pickup at the airport and would certainly be my top suggestion. I wouldn't bother with a 4WD. I've skiing out of SLC or PC for the last four years running and have not really had a need for a 4WD rental. I no longer bother paying the premium for AWD/4WD and believe it's not a huge gamble. In fact, I'll be there again this year (number 5 in a row), and will be driving the cheapest intermediate size car I can find. In your case, you're only really at risk for getting stopped by a snowfall on the way from the airport to Solitude, and for the return. In my opinion and experience, the odds are overwhelmingly in your favor.

 

Once you're at Solitude, if the weather is bad, you won't want to be driving and you would be foolish not to simply ski in the fresh powder there (if the lifts are running). If you are really lucky and it's a huge dump, LCC Road will get closed, and neither Alta nor Bird will see many skiers (only those relatively few lucky enough to be staying slopeside - and maybe not even them if it's a really big dump, since they'll be on avalanche lockdown. You would then have a shot at fresh powder the next day at Alta/Bird on top of your initial Solitude powder day - a twofer from the same storm.

 

If you really don't want to bother with a car, an alternative would be to hire one of the local shuttle services that offer larger vehicles with rook racks (like Suburbans) to pick your family up at the airport and simply have the driver swing by a supermarket in SLC when you head out. There are at least two Trader Joe's and and a large Whole Paycheck, err Foods, in SLC that won't take you far out of your way to BCC. You should easily be able to load a week's worth of groceries into the vehicle. I frankly don't know what the services charge for trip to BCC, but to PC in one of them is about $130 for two with gratuity. Uber would be another alternative and they offer AWD/4WD vehicles. You may want to check WasatchSnowForecast.com which is a great resource for Utah weather and often has links for Uber discount coupons (not affiliated with the site, but I find it so useful, I usually make a small donation). Of course, if you book the car service for your return trip as well, you probably wind up paying about the same as renting a smaller 2WD car for the week . . .

 

PS: I heartily second those who've already pointed out what a great place Solitude is. While it's smaller than most of its Wasatch brethren, at over 1,200 acres, it's certainly not tiny. The place gets great snow, has a very nice mix of terrain and is less crowded than most of it's neighbors. As others have pointed out, the Honeycomb Canyon area there is terrific - some nicely challenging terrain and usually very uncrowded, often with nice snow stashes to be found. I make an effort to ski at least a day at Solitude every time I visit the SLC area.

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