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Rustler Lodge vs. The Goldminers Daughter?

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I am trying to make a decision for a trip to Alta.  Is it worth the extra money for the Rustler?  I will be getting a single room, traveling alone for about 4 nights midweek in January.  I have the MCP discount factored in.  I stayed at the Peruvian once back in the 90's.  I have also stayed at Snowbird alot but would like to try a new lodge.  I have narrowed it down to these two. It appears that the Goldminers Daughter is pretty decent for the price.

Any past experiences or advice or suggestions would be very helpful.

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My guess is that you are unlikely to find many active members around here who stay at the Rustler, especially solo travelers.  There are plenty who have posted positive comments about GMD.  Personally, I stay at Alta Lodge.  Have talked to folks who changed from the Rustler to Alta Lodge for assorted reasons.  If you want to make new friends to ski with, I'd say GMD or Alta Lodge or Peruvian would be better than Rustler.

 

Have you come across this thread about the lodges at Alta?

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

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Originally Posted by Rubberduck View Post
 

I am trying to make a decision for a trip to Alta.  Is it worth the extra money for the Rustler?  I will be getting a single room, traveling alone for about 4 nights midweek in January.  I have the MCP discount factored in.  I stayed at the Peruvian once back in the 90's.  I have also stayed at Snowbird alot but would like to try a new lodge.  I have narrowed it down to these two. It appears that the Goldminers Daughter is pretty decent for the price.

Any past experiences or advice or suggestions would be very helpful.


When was the last time you skied Alta/Snowbird?

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The GMD is where I have always stayed. I picked it first for its proximity to the Collins and Wildcat lifts, and have found no reason to change. Food is great. I mean GREAT. Staff is friendly. The bar attracts a good Apres Ski crowd, since it is right there at the bottom. They re-did the hot tub a couple of years back. Rooms are good, not fancy, but good. They do have several dorm rooms to accommodate a single skier for a decent cost savings. You don't know who your room mates might be, but you might actually have the room to yourself, as I did one mid-week stay a couple of years ago.

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Just remembered . . . @Brad J stayed at the Rustler in early April with his wife a couple years ago.  He skis hard for pretty much all day but she does not.  My friends and I skied with him for a few runs.  Same morning a couple other Bears drove over from Park City.

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When was the last time you skied Alta/Snowbird?

Last year.  Stayed at The Lodge at Snowbird.

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Looks like the GMD is too good of a deal to pass up.  Thanks for the recommendations.  I will be there in January.

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Looks like the GMD is too good of a deal to pass up.  Thanks for the recommendations.  I will be there in January.


I think you'll be quite happy at GMD.  I'll be at Alta Lodge in late Jan with a few friends.  We're warming up at Alta for a few days before heading to the EpicSki Aspen Gathering.  Will be checking the weather for LCC and the Utah regional thread daily after the New Year. :)

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I stayed at the Snowpine not the Rustler, snowpine was great, good food smaller than the other lodges. I also stayed in the dorm at the Alta lodge and had a great time, food was unbeatable. I also stay at the Cliff lodge one week in January , it's also nice but the lodge experience at Alta IMO is unmatched.
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I stayed at the Snowpine not the Rustler, snowpine was great, good food smaller than the other lodges. I also stayed in the dorm at the Alta lodge and had a great time, food was unbeatable. I also stay at the Cliff lodge one week in January , it's also nice but the lodge experience at Alta IMO is unmatched.


Ah . . . I knew it was one of the lodges over by Albion base.

 

I stayed in a dorm room at Alta Lodge for the first time during a mid-season trip last winter.  The price for that even at regular season rates is pretty reasonable given the location, food, and the ability to meet other like-minded skiers.  During April, late season rates at any of the lodges at Alta are well worth it.

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