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Ok I am arriving on the 11th Feb. for 3 weeks skiing and it is Presidents Weekend which being a Brit and living in the Caribbean had escaped me.

 

I am staying in Salt Lake City and have a car. How crowded will it be at Alta Sat Sun Mon?

 

In a normal year I would just go to Snowbasin but I am frightened I am going to find it is slushy at the bottom. My aged knees HATE heavy conditions AKA porridge.

 

Will it be better at Brighton. Better conditions and quieter pistes.

 

The weather looks much of a muchness Sat Sun Mon so is there a day that is traditionally busy? I usually ski 2 or 3 days than have a day off, so would have a rest day on the busy day.

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Ok I am arriving on the 11th Feb. for 3 weeks skiing and it is Presidents Weekend which being a Brit and living in the Caribbean had escaped me.

 

I am staying in Salt Lake City and have a car. How crowded will it be at Alta Sat Sun Mon?

 

In a normal year I would just go to Snowbasin but I am frightened I am going to find it is slushy at the bottom. My aged knees HATE heavy conditions AKA porridge.

 

Will it be better at Brighton. Better conditions and quieter pistes.

 

The weather looks much of a muchness Sat Sun Mon so is there a day that is traditionally busy? I usually ski 2 or 3 days than have a day off, so would have a rest day on the busy day.


For emptier slopes, Solitude is usually the best choice in LCC/BCC on a weekend.  I was at Alta in late Jan and early Feb.  Lift lines got a bit long on Supreme and Sugarloaf by mid-morning on Sundays.

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I'm sure at Alta or any resort in Utah, there are sure to be less lines on a Sunday, with everybody being religious and all. I am going to Alta on Saturday and Monday. I know that Snowbasin has 1 skier per 6 acres, so its usually empty. I know that lots of kids at my school go skiing at Brighton.

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I'm sure at Alta or any resort in Utah, there are sure to be less lines on a Sunday, with everybody being religious and all. I am going to Alta on Saturday and Monday. I know that Snowbasin has 1 skier per 6 acres, so its usually empty. I know that lots of kids at my school go skiing at Brighton.
Mmmm...IME not so much. Utah may be mostly LDS, but most LDS are about as observant as your average American, so this Sunday will be at least busy. Anyhow, I was with marznc on that Sunday, and she's right, there were significant lines. Not monstrous, but quite a few people, and this coming warm and sunny Sunday and Monday will be busier than that. Personally I'd go with Monday rather than Sunday because a lot of out of town visitors will leave earlier in the day.

I've been puzzling over which day to ski Alta because I usually avoid President's day weekend (or any holiday weekend, for that matter) at Alta unless foul weather will knock down the crowds. This weekend I'm meeting up with someone, though, so I'm gambling on Saturday, figuring that there'll be a fair number of out-of-towners getting their ski legs back but that locals might be shopping holiday sales or having family time, leaving some room to move. We'll see how that pans out. smile.gif

Others have confirmed that Solitude is a good choice when the other LCC/BCC resorts are busy; Snowbasin and PowMow are also supposed to be less busy than the SLC/PC resorts, and they'll have more solidly spring conditions.
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I will be arriving in SLC in a truck camper on Sunday or Monday but I will tourist about and probably drive to Park City to look around and have lunch and walk my dog as I have never been there. But I will be skiing Tue-Friday at Alta/Snowbird on a MCP.

 

So my recommendation for President's Weekend is to take the weekend off from skiing and go shopping, become a tourist etc. There is no point buying lift tickets and then spending the weekend waiting in lift lines if you are in Utah for 3 weeks.

 

Of course all of the above is out the window if it starts to dump.:D

post #6 of 8

 Nobody goes skiing on Presidents weekend, too crowded. :)

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Looking for good snow? Best snow in North America right now is in... 


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