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You might want to take a look at the Interconnect Tour which is a mix of back country touring and resort lifts to get you from one end to the other. Do look at Ski Utah for more information and other options also. As far as I am concerned getting a taste of everything is the way to go. Deer Valley and Park City / Canyons... Alta / Snowbird....SnowBasin and Powdermountain  They each have their own character and are all reasonably close to each other. You just lose that ski in/out convenience and have to put up with the commuting. I go to Park City every year and split my time between DV and PC because I love parking the car and just walking or using the town shuttle to get around

post #32 of 45
Thread Starter 

Thank you, ALL, for your comments and thoughts!

 

I am really looking forward to next seasons highlite - UTAH!! :-)

 

I guess we will find a appartment in little cottonwood canyon OR one of the lodges, as it sounds very temting to have the easy contact with other skiers when staying in a lodge!

I would love to try out other resorts in the area and if not more than 5 houre drive to JH, DEFINATELY!! If we have the time. 7-10 days go fast when having fun!!! 

 

Here in Norway the resorts are closed for the season but we still have good snowconditions in the mountains so backcountry touring is still on for another month!

 

Have a great summer to all of you! :-)

post #33 of 45
Snowbasin is wonderful!
post #34 of 45
Hello forum
This is my first posting on this forum.
I would like to ask what is the best time to look for accomodation in LCC if we are planing to visit in Feb 2016. Should I look for and book right now or there is still enough time?
Thank you.
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Hello forum
This is my first posting on this forum.
I would like to ask what is the best time to look for accomodation in LCC if we are planing to visit in Feb 2016. Should I look for and book right now or there is still enough time?
Thank you.


Welcome to EpicSki!  Where do you usually ski?  Are you thinking of staying in LCC, meaning at one of the lodges in Alta or at Snowbird?

 

Note that there there an American holiday in the middle of February so that week is busier.  Presidents Day will be Feb. 15 in 2016.  That means Feb. 13-15 is a long weekend for many people, including students.  If your dates overlap with that weekend, making a reservation before September is a good idea.

post #36 of 45
marznc, thank you for detailed info!
Usually skiing in French, Swiss or Austrian Alps. In Feb 1-8, 2016 we have preliminary plans to ski 4 days in Alta/Snowbird and the rest of the time in Canyons/PC. The idea is to stay near the pists 4 in LCC and 4 days in Canyons or PC.
I asked my question because looking in internet sow many types of accomodation in PC, but very few in LCC. As I understand in LLC there is no a broad choice of accomodations, and it is better to make a reservation before September, isn't it?
Whether in Canyons/PC the situation is the same?
Thank you.
post #37 of 45
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marznc, thank you for detailed info!
Usually skiing in French, Swiss or Austrian Alps. In Feb 1-8, 2016 we have preliminary plans to ski 4 days in Alta/Snowbird and the rest of the time in Canyons/PC. The idea is to stay near the pists 4 in LCC and 4 days in Canyons or PC.
I asked my question because looking in internet sow many types of accomodation in PC, but very few in LCC. As I understand in LLC there is no a broad choice of accomodations, and it is better to make a reservation before September, isn't it?
Whether in Canyons/PC the situation is the same?
Thank you.


LCC has very little land available at the base.  It's a narrow canyon.  That is the reason there are relatively few choices for lodging.  But many people stay at the base of the canyon at the edge of SLC and have a car for the 30 minute drive.  Did you find the thread about the lodges at Alta?

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/125833/alta-lodges

 

Click on the tag link for SLC Travel to get a list of recent relevant threads.  Look under Topics Discussed in the right hand column.

 

Canyons/PCMR will soon be called just Park City.  That's in Parley's Canyon, which is much more developed because of the land available.  There are many more options for lodging.  For early Feb, I don't think you need to worry about making reservations yet.  The only advantage of making a decision sooner rather than later is if you want a condo with lots of single beds, as opposed to king/queen/double beds.

 

How many people in your group?  Are they all advanced skiers who like to ski off-piste a lot?

 

There is something to be said for staying in Park City first and then moving to LCC.  For me, adjusting to higher altitude takes a few days.  Park City is lower than Alta by perhaps 2000 feet.  Also would mean a few warm up days before heading to Alta/Snowbird.  Of course, if you want to enjoy the night life in Park City then being there at the end of the trip makes more sense.

post #38 of 45
Thank you! Super helpful link and info!
We are 2 skiers, rather intermediate than expert, but we like to ski off-piste.
I suppose that the fact we are 2 it is kind of standard and we will find the place to stay easily.
What you talked about begin first in Park City make more then sense, thanks.
Question. What was talked in the link regarding blocked road in the morning after snowy night, how often is this situation?
I am asking to realize how important is to live at pistes. If the situation with road blocking is something extremely rare so we could look for lodging in SLC as you said previously or near Kimball Junction in order to make the voyage more budget.
post #39 of 45
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Thank you! Super helpful link and info!
We are 2 skiers, rather intermediate than expert, but we like to ski off-piste.
I suppose that the fact we are 2 it is kind of standard and we will find the place to stay easily.
What you talked about begin first in Park City make more then sense, thanks.
Question. What was talked in the link regarding blocked road in the morning after snowy night, how often is this situation?
I am asking to realize how important is to live at pistes. If the situation with road blocking is something extremely rare so we could look for lodging in SLC as you said previously or near Kimball Junction in order to make the voyage more budget.


Yes, finding lodging for two people is relatively easy.

 

Although people like to talk about the times that the LCC road is closed, it does not really happen that often.  Plus the ski bus from SLC is a way to get up to Alta/Snowbird without having to drive if the road conditions are more complicated.  It's rare that the road is closed all day.  Of course, for those lucky enough to be staying at Alta or Snowbird when that happens, it's a magical day of skiing powder.

 

I have done trips that included skiing in LCC both ways, either staying in SLC or at Alta Lodge.  For me, staying in Alta is worth extra money.  Staying in the city is good for trips where I and my friends want to ski several places.

 

If you have not found them already, the Unofficial Guides to Alta and Snowbird are very good.

post #40 of 45
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Thank you! Super helpful link and info!
We are 2 skiers, rather intermediate than expert, but we like to ski off-piste.
I suppose that the fact we are 2 it is kind of standard and we will find the place to stay easily.
What you talked about begin first in Park City make more then sense, thanks.
Question. What was talked in the link regarding blocked road in the morning after snowy night, how often is this situation?
I am asking to realize how important is to live at pistes. If the situation with road blocking is something extremely rare so we could look for lodging in SLC as you said previously or near Kimball Junction in order to make the voyage more budget.

 

Everyone has given great advice so far but I'll add my perspective.

 

I think highly of the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird (Snowbird and Alta are connected) and the Cliff Lodge is getting renovated this summer.  However, if you are an intermediate skier, I recommend that you stay and ski at Alta the majority of the time because Snowbird is really an advanced/experts mountain.


At Alta, as others have said, the lodges are fantastic with dining inclusive for both breakfast and dinner.  The lodging high end is at Alta Rustler and it is very nice there.  The Snowpine lodge is also excellent and their renovation a couple years ago was very thoughtfully done and the place is beautiful.  The big difference between the two is that the Snowpine is much smaller so the atmosphere is more intimate.  The issue with these lodges is that unless you stay in the dorms, the cost is higher than the Cliff Lodge and quite a bit higher than staying down in Salt Lake City at a nice place like the Hyatt Place Cottonwoods.

 

In Park City, I recommend searching for an economical condo or hotel and staying in Old Town or Deer Valley.  The convenience is worth it, in my view.  VRBO and airbnb are good resources for both Old Town/Deer Valley and Salt Lake City valley if you are staying off the mountain.  I know someone who skied at Alta/Snowbird and paid only $25/night to sleep in Salt Lake City through airbnb.

 

In terms of lodging booking, you can certainly start now, but I would wait until Sept/Oct when there is more activity and people are more serious about gearing up for the winter.

post #41 of 45
Marathoner thank you very much for such detailed and helpful information!
I am going to check all these options!
BTW I ased a quotation for february from Alta Lodge and got an answer that there is no possibility to make reservation untill August sinse so early only the returning gests may do.
Edited by prutkof - 5/18/15 at 10:42am
post #42 of 45
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Marathoner thank you very much for such detailed and helpful information!
I am going to check all these options!
BTW I ased a quotation for february from Alta Lodge and got an answer that there is no possibility to make reservation untill August sinse so early only the returning gests may do.


FYI, Alta Lodge is in the process of confirming advance reservation dates for returning guests.  As I remember, deposits are requested in late June or July.  Did you ask if they would put you on a list to contact when they are ready for new guest reservations?

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FYI, Alta Lodge is in the process of confirming advance reservation dates for returning guests.  As I remember, deposits are requested in late June or July.  Did you ask if they would put you on a list to contact when they are ready for new guest reservations?
Thanks, yes I have got the explanation. It's ok, I just was surprised. Now I realize that unfortunately the demand is much bigger that supply in sphere of accomodation in LLC.
post #44 of 45
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FYI, Alta Lodge is in the process of confirming advance reservation dates for returning guests.  As I remember, deposits are requested in late June or July.  Did you ask if they would put you on a list to contact when they are ready for new guest reservations?
Thanks, yes I have got the explanation. It's ok, I just was surprised. Now I realize that unfortunately the demand is much bigger that supply in sphere of accomodation in LLC.


It all depends on the dates.  Feb includes a U.S. holiday and some families take their kids for a ski week.  There are also working adults who use the holiday for a 4-5 day ski trip.  When I was in Utah in early Feb, my ski buddy and I each got a room at Alta Lodge with no reservation when we decided to extend our stay in SLC instead of driving to JH.

post #45 of 45

Hi Aurjan,

 

I'm an Alta/Snowbird season pass holder and have had my way around most of the Utah and Wyoming ski resorts. Hope I can help!

 

As others have mentioned, if you're looking for the best snow and biggest slopes in Utah you'll need to head over to Snowbird and Alta. On a big powder day, stick with Snowbird as the steeper slopes are great for speed in deep snow and skiing a freshly powdered Mineral Basin is a truly unique experience. The High Traverse and the like at Alta tend to stay powdery a couple days after snowfall, whereas Mineral Basin is more susceptible to melting and then freezing overnight as it's a north facing slope. There will also be a little less traversing for you at Snowbird. Wildcat at Alta and Gad 2 at Snowbird lifts that aren't mentioned as much but are absolutely worth a half day of shredding.

 

As for the other ski resorts, if you make it up to Park City I would check out Park City Mountain Resort first, then the Canyons, and finally Deer Valley if you really want to go. Park City Resort will provide the best skiing (Jupiter's Bowl) without the heavy 'resort' atmosphere of the Canyons and Deer Valley. Other resorts outside of PC will include Powder Mountain and Snow Basin. While I've never been myself, I've heard great things about Powder Mountain's cat skiing from fellow skiers. I do NOT think it's a good idea to ski Brighton or Solitude if you think Alta or Snowbird are too packed. While both resorts have fine skiing (Brighton makes a great off powder day trip, as you can essentially ski it all in a day) it's not unlikely that lines there are going to be much better and you'll just run into a lot of young teenage snowboarders at Brighton who mess up the hill. The skiing at these two resorts are NOT at the caliber of their Little Cottonwood counterparts.

 

If you're planning on checking out Wyoming for a few days (which I think would be a great idea), Jackson Hole is an obvious choice, but over the past few years I've opted more towards Grand Targhee-- which is about 30-40 minutes out of JH. Targhee has very little lines, a ton of off track skiing, and offers cat rides up a beautiful ridge that I believe is in view of the Grand Tetons.  JH had a little too much of a 'resort' feel for me and the skiing on no-powder days was a little lackluster to be honest.

 

Now, to answer your other questions about lodging etc.:


===Where should we live? Affordable appartment with ski in/out is preffered but also short walk to lift is "ok"! (Areas to search for, or stay away from??)

 

As for Utah skiing, others have already given great advice. It's not very likely that you'll find an place up Little Cottonwood Canyon (alta/snowbird) that's not a resort hotel. However, staying in Salt Lake or finding a VRBO just out of the canyon are viable options. However, you'll definitely be able to find apartments/houses in Park City that are a short walk to the ski hill.

 

For Wyoming, apartments/houses (and mega cheap hotels) will be easy to find close to the resorts. The last time I went and skied there I found a great place in Driggs, a neighboring town, and drove in now problem each morning. There is also a pretty good bus service within JAckson too and from the resorts that I've used a couple times.


===WHEN is the best time to come? (We are thinking of end Febr/early March)

I've personally had my best days in late December and early January, but your time frame sounds fine. As you mentioned, it was a warm winter for us this year so you run the risk of coming during a dry spell or heat wave, but you should be ok. If snow conditions are bad, I'd advise against going up to Park City. Most of the hills there are quite a bit lower than Alta/Snowbird, so all your going to get is more ice and man made snow.

 

 

That's about it! I know I'm a little late to the game here but I hope you get a chance to read this. Any further questions let me know!

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