Hi everyone, I'm planning a ski trip for 7 guys the first week of February 2016. I've never skied Utah, and I think I need some advice some people more experienced than me.
Flying into SLC on Wednesday, skiing Thursday/Friday/Saturday, and flying out Sunday.
I have reserved a condo in the Red Pine lodge in Park City, which I'm told is walking distance to one of the Canyons Gondolas.
The main group consists of 3 intermediate, blue/black skiers. For reference, our trip last year was to Steamboat in ICY conditions, but we had a blast cruising all the blue groomers, taking on some "steep" (for us) blacks, going over some occasional bumps, and especially trying out some of the tree runs by Sunshine lift. This year we have 4 new skiers also with us. I am unsure of their exact ability level, but I'm told most haven't skied in years and some prefer to stick to greens.
We aren't huge on the "skiing night life" but do enjoy the ski town atmosphere. Our ideal night is probably a casual dinner somewhere, followed by some beer at the condo and a hot tub.
My original plans were to ski Thursday at Park City, Friday at Alta, and Saturday at Park City, but I'm starting to wonder if we should just stick to Park City all three days?
Mostly, I'm a little unsure about the LCC drive. I have reserved a minivan, but I doubt it has AWD and who knows what kind of tires the rental car agency uses. While I lived in Denver for 2 ski seasons, I can't say I ever enjoyed driving I-70 on during weather. I won't lie, the thought of transporting 7 people in potentially sketchy conditions makes me nervous. The idea of paying for a shuttle was met with minimal enthusiasm from my group. And I feel like I need to make the decision now so we can hurry up and buy our lift tickets.
Pros & Cons:
Pros of 3 days at Park City:
-Convenience. Could walk to the lift every day. Eliminate the early wake up and a potential 50+ minute mountain drive each way.
-Park City terrain may be more conducive to the intermediate/beginner ski group we have.
-Even the main group of guys likes getting lots of runs in and despises poling. Not sure what the group will think of Another Long Traverse Again.
-We stayed very busy for 3 days with Steamboat's 3,000 acres last year... 7,000 at Park City should be plenty.
-Could even look into ditching the rental car entirely? Not sure if this is worth the only $80 per person savings.
-3 day pass to one mountain may be cheaper? I'm an epic passholder so it definitely would for me.
Cons of 3 days at Park City:
-Miss what I'm told is one of the best mountains in the world. (Alta)
-May be kicking myself if there's bad conditions at Park City while Alta is getting a foot of snow.
-Could get bored?
So I threw a lot of details around there in an attempt to make this a little more interesting than the stereotypical LCC vs. Park City thread. If you're still with me, I greatly appreciate it and would love to hear your thoughts.