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Lodging near Deer Valley for trip with young children, and possibly splitting time at Solitude

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My family and I are planning to head out to Utah for spring break (Mar 19-26). My wife really wants to do Deer Valley after hearing about guys trips I have done out there. Unfortunately, when I went I stayed in old condos in Park City and shuttled to the resort, whereas on our past trips with the kids (2 and 5), we have stayed right next to the lifts (at Steamboat and Snowmass) to make for easy ski school/daycare drop off. I don't think I have the money for $1500 a night at Deer Valley to do that.

 

I have seen places like the Comstock lodge which seem relatively close to the Snow Park Lodge. However, I doubt there is a direct route to the ski school or daycare from there, and assume we would still need to shuttle (unless we could take the kids on the lifts somehow).

 

Long setup for my question: Do you know have any recommended lodging near Deer Valley that is convenient for taking kids to ski school and daycare? I obviously see a lot of different offerings on VRBO but can never tell which ones are actually convenient to the mountain. Do all options I look at require taking the shuttle, or is there anything within reasonable walking distance? Or is it just better to stay in Park City, use the shuttle, and not bother getting close to Deer Valley? In terms of price, I'd love to spend less than $800 per night, but may be able to do slightly more pending my next question...

 

One thought I had was to split the week between Deer Valley and Solitude. I'm reluctant to stay at Solitude all week as I worry about there not being much there other than skiing (particularly because my two year old may not ski at all). Is that a valid concern? And would you recommend splitting time or just not bothering? If I split time, I thought I could afford a little more at deer valley.

 

Sorry for the ramble. Any recommendations/suggestions appreciated?

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My family and I are planning to head out to Utah for spring break (Mar 19-26). My wife really wants to do Deer Valley after hearing about guys trips I have done out there. Unfortunately, when I went I stayed in old condos in Park City and shuttled to the resort, whereas on our past trips with the kids (2 and 5), we have stayed right next to the lifts (at Steamboat and Snowmass) to make for easy ski school/daycare drop off. I don't think I have the money for $1500 a night at Deer Valley to do that.

 

I have seen places like the Comstock lodge which seem relatively close to the Snow Park Lodge. However, I doubt there is a direct route to the ski school or daycare from there, and assume we would still need to shuttle (unless we could take the kids on the lifts somehow).

 

Long setup for my question: Do you know have any recommended lodging near Deer Valley that is convenient for taking kids to ski school and daycare? I obviously see a lot of different offerings on VRBO but can never tell which ones are actually convenient to the mountain. Do all options I look at require taking the shuttle, or is there anything within reasonable walking distance? Or is it just better to stay in Park City, use the shuttle, and not bother getting close to Deer Valley? In terms of price, I'd love to spend less than $800 per night, but may be able to do slightly more pending my next question...

 

One thought I had was to split the week between Deer Valley and Solitude. I'm reluctant to stay at Solitude all week as I worry about there not being much there other than skiing (particularly because my two year old may not ski at all). Is that a valid concern? And would you recommend splitting time or just not bothering? If I split time, I thought I could afford a little more at deer valley.

 

Sorry for the ramble. Any recommendations/suggestions appreciated?


Welcome to EpicSki!  Would help to know how much your wife is hoping to ski in general.  What is it about Deer Valley that she thinks would make for a great ski vacation?  Taking a 2yo on a ski vacation definitely means you want to be close to daycare when you are on the slopes.

 

Where else have you skied around SLC?

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We will ski probably 4-5 out of 6 days. Will put my daughter in ski school 3 days or so, and ski with her any remaining days. My son will be one week away from being 3, so probably put him in daycare any time we are up on the mountain unless we can sneak him into some program that gets him on the snow a little. Days off will be doing whatever kids activities are available.

 

Wife wants to go to Deer Valley mainly because she has heard the ski school is great and service is very helpful. Plus, she is a lifetime skier who has never been there, and I have told her how nice it was.

 

Last year, we went to Steamboat, stayed right in Gondola Square, and basically followed the same itinerary we want to this year. Was a great trip. Did a similar trip at Snowmass the year before that but stayed in a big house with extended family.

 

Before we had kids, we spent about five days in the Cottonwood Canyons skiing Alta, Brighton, and Solitude. I have skied out at Deer Valley and PMCR without my family.

 

Thought Solitude would be a great option to do a similar trip to what we did last year. Staying at village and having everything close sounded nice. But wife is a little concerned that there will be enough to do on down days or when kids aren't skiing.

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My sense is that families who have younger kids have had a good time staying at Solitude.  Especially if they rent a car so that going out for a non-skiing day trip is easy.  Most likely in March, a 2WD would be fine for BCC.

 

Here are some recent family threads that include Solitude.  If you have a specific question, might be useful to PM a parent who has experience staying for a week at Solitude.  Or just ask in this thread.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/119804/tr-solitude-3-31-4-4

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/103327/which-is-better-for-beginners-solitude-brighton-snowbird-or-pcmr

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/123784/very-green-skiers-for-family-trip-to-slc-or-somewhere-else-in-the-west-that-delta-flies-from-fl

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/121323/family-of-five-february-trip-solitude-snowmass-steamboat-etc

 

Would you consider staying at a lodge in the town of Alta?  Certainly more expensive than a condo in Solitude, but I guarantee it's a great way to be completely spoiled as a skiing parent.  I took my daughter to Alta Lodge for spring break in April for the first time when she was 7 (kids are free in April).  The free kids program and the fact that meals were included meant I could relax pretty much the entire time.  For confident older kids, Alta Lodge can even pick them up in the afternoon from ski school so that a hard charging parent can ski until closing time on a powder day.

 

The Alta Ski School is one of the best in my opinion for kids and adults.  One unusual feature is that no reservations are required or taken.  That means you can make a decision the night before, or even first thing in the morning whether to do ski school or not.  So can easily adjust for weather and how a kid happens to be feeling.  Took a little getting used to, but after the first ski vacation I really appreciated the flexibility.  My daughter really liked every ski instructor she ever had in the children's program.  For myself, the fact that Alta is for skiers only is a plus.

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@uvaskier : just realized "UVA" is in your username.  Are you in Virginia?

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Yes, live in Northern Virginia outside of DC. Thanks so much for the info and links to other threads.

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Never thought about Alta but looking at their offerings, it seems like it could be a great family option. Particularly staying at the Alta Lodge. Even seems that the daycare has a program to get my almost three year old introduced to skiing. Any recommendations you have would be appreciated. Thanks again.

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Never thought about Alta but looking at their offerings, it seems like it could be a great family option. Particularly staying at the Alta Lodge. Even seems that the daycare has a program to get my almost three year old introduced to skiing. Any recommendations you have would be appreciated. Thanks again.


I'm completely biased when it comes to Alta Lodge because I've had such a good time there.  Especially good for families with young kids.  I know families who have enjoyed staying at Goldminer's Daughter but they had tweens/teens.  

 

When I took my daughter, there was no need for a car.  She never lacked for other kids to play with.  There was no reason to go anywhere else for a day trip.  One year, we made friends with a family from DC who had a couple kids about her age.  Did several spring breaks matching up with their schedule after that.  Those kids only skied at Alta because they play competitive ice hockey.  They were both Level 7 by age 11 with time spent having fun with Alta Ski School instructors.

 

Look for a PM (envelop icon in top right corner).

 

Do you ski locally at all?  My home mountain is Massanutten.  Another place that is very good for families.  Check out my Unofficial Guide if you want to learn more.

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