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Utah Snowboard Vacation trip Planning advice!

post #1 of 8
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After years of wishing to go riding in utah i finnally have the money to do it!

 

My plan is to go the first week in february from monday to sat (thinking thats the peak of the season)

 

I plan to spend the begging of the week near the airport and i wanna hit park city and close mountains for the first 2 days of the trip, hit up some more remote mountains during the middle of the week and finish up back near park city/ salt lake city air port for convenience factor.

 

What I'm Wondering:

 

Is there public transportation and is it worth it to take it or should i rent an a vehicle with 4 wheel drive to get around?

 

Favorite Mountains? I snowboard only and am at an advanced level, i want to try park city but also want to try some more remote mountains with less crowds and more pow?

 

Is there any night skiing?

 

Good affordable lodging? I don't need anything fancy

 

Night life?

 

any advice would be appreciated as I am a utah noob. lol

post #2 of 8
There is public transportation, but it's not executed very well. You'll be better off renting the cheapest car available if you want to sample several areas.
I would just book your hotels last minute on Hotwire/Priceline. That way you can move around based on conditions.
I wouldn't be hung up on riding PC, unless you have an Epic Pass. The snow and terrain are inferior.
post #3 of 8

Yep, rent a car.  It's possible to get around on only public transportation but will be MUCH easier with a car.

 

Snowbird, Brighton, Snowbasin, Solitude.  These are the places you want to focus on as an advanced boarder, although PCMR does have a great terrain park if that's your thing.

post #4 of 8

Just to many good resorts in Utah so rent a car and follow the conditions (like stated above), I learned that after my first trip out there. Discounted lift tickets can be bought in Salt Lake at some of the ski shops. When conditions are good I actually prefer Canyons to PCMR but that's just my humble likes and dislikes. Alta is my favorite but that is no help to you!!

post #5 of 8

In terms of remote mountains, Brighton, Solitude, and Snowbird are closer than the Park City areas.

 

For inexpensive lodging, look for a motel in the Midvale/Sandy/Ft Union area. Lately, I have been staying at Studio 6 in ft Ft Union; it is convenient to LCC and BCC and you can cook your own meals if you like tro save a few bucks.

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Yep, rent a car.  It's possible to get around on only public transportation but will be MUCH easier with a car.

 

Snowbird, Brighton, Snowbasin, Solitude.  These are the places you want to focus on as an advanced boarder, although PCMR does have a great terrain park if that's your thing.


+1  Absolutely rent a car in Salt Lake for convenience and day-to-day flexibility.  I agree with the resort priorities in this post also, though at stated ability level Snowbird is far and away #1, with Snowbasin a distant second and other places a notch below.   PCMR does have the best park.  The long flat runouts from many runs at Canyons are not ideal for snowboarders.

post #7 of 8

I agree with all the comments above with 1 exception. If this is your first big trip out west, you may want to rent a car and stay in Park City.  

 

It is a great ski town, you can have several great days at Park City & Canyons and also take a day or two and hit Snowbird and Snowbasin.  

 

I've had great times in Utah doing it both ways;  Park City is a great place to spend your non skiing time.

post #8 of 8

As others have said, rent a car.  No need for 4WD or AWD unless you have your heart set on riding Powder Mountain.  The other resorts either have easy driving access (Park City & Snowbasin) or a bus you can take from the usually snowless base of the canyon to the lifts (Alta/Snowbird/Solitude/Brighton).   PoMo and to some degree Sundance can be interesting drives, but you can wait to hit those on another trip.

 

Brighton has night skiing.  I think they're the only one.
 

Remote?  PoMo is probably the farthest of the bunch, but even it's not much more than an hour.  I guess there's Beaver Mt and Eagle Point, but I've never heard of anyone ever going to either of those places. Brian Head is a loooong drive.

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