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post #31 of 41

A 3-day ticket at Snowbird is about the same price as a single day ticket at the ski shops in SLC.  I would be surprised if your GMD package does not include 3 days of Alta lift tickets. One of the 3 days you should pay the $32 upgrade for Snowbird.  Choose a nice weather day so you can ski over and back at the top of Sugarloaf/Baldy, not necessary to use a bus shuttle in that scenario. 

post #32 of 41
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GMD definitely doesnt include lift tickets at least not the room i booked. i did jump on a 3 out 4 day lift ticket for 185 for the days im there.

 

depending on conditions ill either extend my stay or go elsewhere after the 3 days.

 

Tom

post #33 of 41

GMD: Thumbs UpThumbs Up The experience will spoil you. When you make your dinner reservation, ask to be seated at a community table. One evening about 5 years ago, a friend and I staying up there spotted a guy sitting at a four top alone, and we asked to sit with him. Turns out he had worked at the GMD for two seasons in an earlier life and knew Alta like the back of his hand. We were set up for the rest of the week. Ran into him at lunch at Collins Shelter the following year and he introduced me to a bunch from the Northeast who I have been scheduling a trip back to LCC with every year since. Alta is just like that.

 

For tickets, if you have a car, stop at the Lift House Ski Shop at the bottom of Big Cottonwood Canyon, at the stop light, behind the 7-Eleven. You can check them out on the web. They sell discounted tickets for all the SLC/Ogden ski areas and you can load up there when you know where you want to go. If you don't have a car and know what you want to get, you might be able to talk your shuttle driver into stopping there. Rarely, they run out of LCC tickets, particularly if you get there late on a powder day, but that would be a good reason to go up and check out BCC!

post #34 of 41

My recommendation is to spend the entire week at Alta and Snowbird and stay on one of the on-site lodges.  There is so much terrain variety .and so much snow coverage that there is no reason to go anywhere else in SLC when you only have a week to spend.

 

Alta has the $79 mountain off-trail daily workshop in the afternoons (1:30 - 4pm) and the guides can really show you all parts of the mountain with comparable advanced skiiers.  You should do this every day if you are an advanced/expert skiier.

 

In the mornings at 9:30am and 10:30am, Snowbird has the free mountain hosts that can guide you across the entire mountain as well.  However, they will only take you on the intermediate runs themselves.  They will point out the black and double black runs that you can take and will meet you at the designated intersection point.

 

Don't stay in SLC if you are not financially constrained.  The morning and afternoon drive up & down the mountain is really busy and inconvenient.  Both the Cliff Lodge and Alta lodges are fun and nice in different ways.

post #35 of 41
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My recommendation is to spend the entire week at Alta and Snowbird and stay on one of the on-site lodges.  There is so much terrain variety .and so much snow coverage that there is no reason to go anywhere else in SLC when you only have a week to spend.

 

Alta has the $79 mountain off-trail daily workshop in the afternoons (1:30 - 4pm) and the guides can really show you all parts of the mountain with comparable advanced skiiers.  You should do this every day if you are an advanced/expert skiier.

 

In the mornings at 9:30am and 10:30am, Snowbird has the free mountain hosts that can guide you across the entire mountain as well.  However, they will only take you on the intermediate runs themselves.  They will point out the black and double black runs that you can take and will meet you at the designated intersection point.

 

Don't stay in SLC if you are not financially constrained.  The morning and afternoon drive up & down the mountain is really busy and inconvenient.  Both the Cliff Lodge and Alta lodges are fun and nice in different ways.

 

 

Nice first post Marathoner and thanks for adding to the discussion.  I knew nothing about the Alta performance workshop even though I thought I had perused every nook and cranny of their website until you mentioned it.  I will be looking into that for sureThumbs Up 

 

 

Tom it looks like the only overlap of our ski days is 20 Feb, PM me regarding your plans that day and hopefully we can hook up.

post #36 of 41
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Thanks everyone

 

im booking my flghts today. i convinced my better half to permit me to go 7 nights so at least ill have 6 full days of skiing.

 

ill let the thread know the exact dates and hopefully they overlap so we can meet up and buy drinks.

 

i read the lodge thread and at this point 3nights at GMD seems the best value @ ~250 a night. the other 3-4 nights ill probably play it by ear and go explore some other mountains.

 

one last question: is it worth booking a 3 hour private lesson to get a "guided tour" of the mountain. 

 

Thanks again for all the help this has been great.

 

Tom

Take a look at the Alta afternoon Adult Mountain Workshop.  That's a much more economical way to have a guide for off-piste terrain without paying for a private lesson (under $100 for 2.5 hours).  They break up into 2-3 groups based on ability.  The experts take off to who knows where.  The middle group can end up on the High T even with no visibility.  The group with relatively little off-piste experience gets to learn about all sorts of fun places that are relatively near groomers.  My ski buddy and I did the workshop during his first time at Alta.  Although it's led by an experienced instructor, it's not a lesson.  Can get a few basics tips, but that's about it.

 

That said, if you want to up your game off-piste, Arthur Haskell is a Level 3 instructor who is very good.  Can book for 2 hours and extend to 3 if seems worth it.

post #37 of 41
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Nice first post Marathoner and thanks for adding to the discussion.  I knew nothing about the Alta performance workshop even though I thought I had perused every nook and cranny of their website until you mentioned it.  I will be looking into that for sureThumbs Up 

 

It's under Alta/Ski School/Adult/Advanced on the Alta website.

 

http://www.alta.com/pages/adultadvanced.php

post #38 of 41
Hey, I didn't know about that either. Next time!
post #39 of 41
Thread Starter 

thanks for the tip . ill try that out the first day instead of the lesson.

 

now im just crossing my fingers for lots of snow in the next 6 weeks. :)

post #40 of 41
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Take a look at the Alta afternoon Adult Mountain Workshop.  That's a much more economical way to have a guide for off-piste terrain without paying for a private lesson (under $100 for 2.5 hours).  They break up into 2-3 groups based on ability.  The experts take off to who knows where.  The middle group can end up on the High T even with no visibility.  The group with relatively little off-piste experience gets to learn about all sorts of fun places that are relatively near groomers.  My ski buddy and I did the workshop during his first time at Alta.  Although it's led by an experienced instructor, it's not a lesson.  Can get a few basics tips, but that's about it.

 

That said, if you want to up your game off-piste, Arthur Haskell is a Level 3 instructor who is very good.  Can book for 2 hours and extend to 3 if seems worth it.

 

The main difference between experts and non-expert breakout groups is that the expert groups ski much faster and make more of an effort to find powder.  As a result, the expert group will do more traverses to reach trails with more powder (e.g. Gunsight, High Greeley) as well as do some easy bookpacking up to areas such as Catherine's Area.  Two and a half hours is not a huge amount of time so the expert group is not going to spend extended amount of time bootpacking to out of the way parts of the mountain when they are trying to really maximize their time skiing.  So, the experts and non-experts can generally ski the same runs during the day but the experts are skiing alot more trails and will not be resting to catch their breath during their runs. 

 

On the second point, the workshops are led by the Alta ski school instructors.  Hence, while I agree that the workshops are not a lesson, they can give you alot of technical instruction if you ask for feedback.  It all depends on the instructor and how you approach them with your questions.  My experience has been that there is little/no difference between the feedback which I received during the Mountain workshop vs a group lesson.  And the Alta ski school instructors are quite good.

post #41 of 41
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just a reminder ill be out @ alta next thursday.. im not sure if anyone wants to get some laps in or a drink afterwards at the lodges 2/19-2/22.  i still have 4 nights to figure out where to go but at this point it seems Alta might be the best spot to stay with the lack of snow.

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