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post #61 of 86

The link at the bottom to the SLC guide works.

I recommend you stick to your plan and stay in PC.  Ski two full and one half day in PC but get over to Alta or Snowbird for a full day, spend the dough.  It is a whole nother world over there.

If it is a cold, snowy weather pattern the skiing in PC will be great, but you might be surprised how warm and sloppy it can be at that time of the year, esp on the bottom half of the mountain. 

As mentioned, the expert skiing is much better at Alta/Bird and so is the snow quality, but there is PLENTY of good skiing in PC for a first SLC trip. 

Get a cheap 2 wheel rental car, no matter what you do. 

I'll be out there for my annual President week trip, which is just before the warmth can start rolling in.

post #62 of 86

A full maze on Collins is 10-15 minutes.  30 usually means lining up before the lift opens.  It can be better to take a Wildcat lap first in that scenario.

post #63 of 86

macvangelist, thanks for starting this thread, I'm planning a trip out there the week before you. Has anyone talked about food? The one time I was there I really liked the Red Iguana in SLC, great Mexican (TONS better than what I've found in  Detroit's Mexican Town).

 

I'm looking at the Camelot Hostel in SLC - does anyone have an opinion on it?

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1 or 2 twin beds?

Definitely two separate beds but may be more than the rate I quoted for a stay les than a week.

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Don't forget Studio 6 in SLC $38.20 a night for a twin bed efficiency apt.

 

40 mins to Alta.

 

 

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1 or 2 twin beds?

Definitely two separate beds but may be more than the rate I quoted for a stay les than a week.

One more question since you've stayed there.  How is the performance of the WiFi?  The rate is definitely higher for only a few nights, but still pretty reasonable for an efficiency.

 

I may be looking for a place for a couple nights mid-season.  Have stayed at the LaQuinta in Midvale but I'm always interested in adding to the list of good cheap lodging options.  Already have a VRBO place for the ski week with friends but I'm staying a few extra days after they leave.

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One more question since you've stayed there.  How is the performance of the WiFi?  The rate is definitely higher for only a few nights, but still pretty reasonable for an efficiency.

 

I may be looking for a place for a couple nights mid-season.  Have stayed at the LaQuinta in Midvale but I'm always interested in adding to the list of good cheap lodging options.  Already have a VRBO place for the ski week with friends but I'm staying a few extra days after they leave.

 

Wifi is good at least by my East Caribbean boat standard. It is worth mentioning WIFI at check in as I think the coverage is better in some parts of the complex. You also get a one time payment of $3?

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One more question since you've stayed there.  How is the performance of the WiFi?  The rate is definitely higher for only a few nights, but still pretty reasonable for an efficiency.

 

I may be looking for a place for a couple nights mid-season.  Have stayed at the LaQuinta in Midvale but I'm always interested in adding to the list of good cheap lodging options.  Already have a VRBO place for the ski week with friends but I'm staying a few extra days after they leave.

 

Wifi is good at least by my East Caribbean boat standard. It is worth mentioning WIFI at check in as I think the coverage is better in some parts of the complex. You also get a one time payment of $3?

Yeah, there is a separate daily charge for WiFi at Studio 6.  Same as Motel 6.  But that's balanced by being about to get a AARP discount.  Motel 6 doesn't have a discount for AAA, which is what I usually use.

post #68 of 86
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Has anyone talked about food? The one time I was there I really liked the Red Iguana in SLC, great Mexican (TONS better than what I've found in  Detroit's Mexican Town).

 

 

 

You don't really go to SLC for the food, but since it's a big city it does have some nice destination restaurants.  Martines and Bambara  are high on my recommendation list.

 

 

Red Iguana tends to be a mob scene, so I've never been. 

post #69 of 86
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My thoughts exactly.  After a long hard day of skiing with driving, the last thing I want to do is spend 45 minutes of my evening standing outside on some ugly city street so I can "eat Mexican", so I can say how good it was. 

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My thoughts exactly.  After a long hard day of skiing with driving, the last thing I want to do is spend 45 minutes of my evening standing outside on some ugly city street so I can "eat Mexican", so I can say how good it was. 


I was taught by someone who used to fly to SLC regularly to arrive at Red Iguana by 5:30.  Then the wait is 15-20 min.  If we are not skiing the day of arrival, it's a favorite for sure.  Food is very good and authentic.  And I'm not someone who looks for Mexican food often outside Mexico.

post #71 of 86
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I underestimated the value/quantity of information I would receive by starting this thread. I'm going to have to refer back to it as the trip approaches so I can make sure to apply as much of it as possible.

 

I didn't even think to about about food--good call!

post #72 of 86

Favorites as of late are:

 

Copper Onion--consistently good

Takashi--who knew seafood could be great in the mountains

Handle (in PC)--some growing pains but overall good, prices rising to PC style lately though

Tacos El Toro--2 for $1.50 tacos from the carts in the Sears parking lot on State

Park Cafe--best breakfast in town

Mazza--Good middle eastern food 9th & 9th

Eva--Small plates in downtown SLC

Mom's Kitchen--Taiwanese with huge menu.  Pretty authentic.  Some dishes hit and miss.  Don't miss the dumplings.

post #73 of 86

Aristos for Greek is good. And although I've never been, i hear good things about Himalayan Kitchen. I think that's the name. In downtown area. As for Red Iguana, timing is key, but I do think it's worth it. Really good and there are some Mole dishes on the menu that you usually don't see. Also, for very creative food, Pago is good. 

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My thoughts exactly.  After a long hard day of skiing with driving, the last thing I want to do is spend 45 minutes of my evening standing outside on some ugly city street so I can "eat Mexican", so I can say how good it was. 

I love the Red Iguana… it's legit. But if there is more than a 10 minute wait I'm heading to the Chipotle in Sugar House.

The most important advice I can give is there is no decent Japanese food in Utah. That there is a broad statement but completely true. Some will tell you there is…
post #75 of 86

Try the new Alberto's in Park City right across the street from the High School.  My cousin just opened it last week and it's great food and very affordable.  It's also the only food available in PC 24/7 if you get the late night munchies!

post #76 of 86
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The most important advice I can give is there is no decent Japanese food in Utah.

http://www.dininginutah.com/japanese.htm

Suehiro in Cottonwood Heights is the last of the 5 restaurants on the above list and a weekly spot for my local SLC friends.   It's not quite what we have here in SoCal but certainly worthwhile.

post #77 of 86

If you like Indian food be sure to visit the Bombay House. Two Locations.

 

They have by far the best Indian food I have found in the USA. Best to make a reservation especially at weekends.

 

They also do mango lassi which is good for me as I am not a great beer drinker.

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I love the Red Iguana… it's legit. But if there is more than a 10 minute wait I'm heading to the Chipotle in Sugar House.

The most important advice I can give is there is no decent Japanese food in Utah. That there is a broad statement but completely true. Some will tell you there is…

 

Takashi

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If you like Indian food be sure to visit the Bombay House. Two Locations.

 

They have by far the best Indian food I have found in the USA. Best to make a reservation especially at weekends.

 

They also do mango lassi which is good for me as I am not a great beer drinker.

Bombay House is very good. Not sure about best in USA, but consistently good. 

post #80 of 86
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You don't really go to SLC for the food, but since it's a big city it does have some nice destination restaurants.  Martines and Bambara  are high on my recommendation list.


Red Iguana tends to be a mob scene, so I've never been. 
I'd have thought that there'd be a wide variety of good food there, being as it's Mormon Jerusalem and all. I did find a pretty good Thai place near city hall.

We got to the Iguana early and were seated right away. You should try it some time, the food was excellent, the only Mexican joint I know that's better is the Frontera Grill in Chicago. Be sure to try the mole' sampler.

Thanks everyone for the other recommendations.
post #81 of 86
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I'd have thought that there'd be a wide variety of good food there, being as it's Mormon Jerusalem and all.

 

There is a wide variety of good food here. I'd say overall the cuisine is better than in most similarly-sized cities in the U.S... but if your expectations are that every meal will be the best one of your life up until then, you'll probably be disappointed.

 

For Mexican without the wait, Taqueria 27 is surprisingly good. They have a few locations, including one in Holladay close to the roads to the Cottonwood Canyons. Also, the adobada at the cart outside The Gateway is phenomenal.

 

Del Mar al Lago has hands-down the best Peruvian food I've found outside of Peru. It's well worth a visit.

 

Greek Souvlaki is a surprisingly good Greek fast food chain--and their baklava shake (although I'm sure blashpemous to many Greeks) is incredible.

 

There is decent Japanese food to be found, but so far I have not been anywhere particularly great--if you're visiting from California, at least, best to just wait 'til you get back home.

post #82 of 86

 I'll cast my vote with the stay in PC people. I've lived in Utah for twenty years and had season passes to PC, Alta and Snowbird. PC is a place apart from the rest of Utah. It's a lovely ski town with great nightlife and zero smog. Use the Epic pass, there's plenty of expert skiing at PC-Canyons if you know where to go, and we're talking lean & cheap, no?. I'd rent a condo near the PCMR base or Old Town just because it's a charming nineteenth century town, walkable, and close to the bars/restaurants and lifts.

 

Do rent a car, for sure. The high price of the airport shuttles nearly covers it, and you'll want to ski at least one day at Alta or Snowbird. A trip up to Snowbasin or Powder mountain can also be a good option, but, really, the Park City resorts have great terrain and great snow. We check storm totals and go where the snow is- If Alta has 12" and the PC resorts have 10"- well, it is the same snow- the resorts are only about 6 miles apart as the crow flies. There are those who feel that the feeding frenzy at the LCC resorts are a bit much. I wouldn't know about that, I'm guilty as charged. That extra 2" brings out the crowds from SLC, especially if it hasn't snowed lately. If the storm totals are lopsided, follow the snow. If not, it can be just fine in Park City, thank you. 

 

 Another dirty little secret about Utah is- we don't have two feet of untracked blower every day- sometimes it doesn't snow for a couple weeks! Then the LCC resorts can become vast bumpfields with a few tight groomers and drainpipes. That's the time to blast wide, corduroy groomers at the Park City resorts in the high desert sunshine. 

post #83 of 86

The OP doesn't seem to be that interested in super challenging terrain or deep powder so I don't see why he would travel outside of PC.  He can ski Jupiter, McConkey's, 9990, Condor, Peak 5, etc and get plenty of steep.  I agree with Mr. Crab that for groomer skiing, the Wasatch back is probably as good as you'll find.  The grooming at PC and DV is world class.  The Canyons groomers are mostly too narrow and crowded for my liking.   If he wants to try the "no boarders" experience, Deer Valley is close by for his extra day but PCMR and Canyons are big enough that he won't miss out if he skis one of them twice.   Many a skier has used up most of his day traversing and riding lifts trying to ski all of the Canyons in one day without really "skiing" it.  The airport shuttles are too expensive so if he can rent a car cheap or get a ride he will be fine staying in PC for the entire 3 days.

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The OP doesn't seem to be that interested in super challenging terrain or deep powder so I don't see why he would travel outside of PC.  He can ski Jupiter, McConkey's, 9990, Condor, Peak 5, etc and get plenty of steep.  I agree with Mr. Crab that for groomer skiing, the Wasatch back is probably as good as you'll find.  The grooming at PC and DV is world class.  The Canyons groomers are mostly too narrow and crowded for my liking.   If he wants to try the "no boarders" experience, Deer Valley is close by for his extra day but PCMR and Canyons are big enough that he won't miss out if he skis one of them twice.   Many a skier has used up most of his day traversing and riding lifts trying to ski all of the Canyons in one day without really "skiing" it.  The airport shuttles are too expensive so if he can rent a car cheap or get a ride he will be fine staying in PC for the entire 3 days.


OP is from the flatlands.  Been flying to Colorado 2-3 times a season but has never skied in Utah.  Clearly plans to ski for years to come.  Not going with family and willing to rent a car to explore the area.  Sounds like he wants to learn as much as practical for future reference.  Same reason I (live in North Carolina) wanted to ski for a day at Grand Targhee while driving to Big Sky from SLC.  There is no substitute for spending a day at a mountain in person.  After an introduction, comments about a ski area make a lot more sense.

post #85 of 86

Forgotten about the smog.

 

It is worth knowing that in winter SLC has some worst air quality in the USA.

 

PC does not have the problem.

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OP is from the flatlands.  Been flying to Colorado 2-3 times a season but has never skied in Utah.  Clearly plans to ski for years to come.  Not going with family and willing to rent a car to explore the area.  Sounds like he wants to learn as much as practical for future reference.  Same reason I (live in North Carolina) wanted to ski for a day at Grand Targhee while driving to Big Sky from SLC.  There is no substitute for spending a day at a mountain in person.  After an introduction, comments about a ski area make a lot more sense.

 ^^^^ True statement.

 

PC + a car sounds like the plan thus far.

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