With the season being so awful in the Northeast, I'm half thinking planning an “emergency” trip to Utah in early March for 3 days of skiing. I’m thinking Solitude or Powder Mountain, to avoid the more crowded resorts. I can ski most of the mountain around here, with the exception of really tight or steep glades and icy moguls. Not that great at skiing fresh powder, we just don’t get enough of it here. I’m about upper level 7 or lower level 8. I'm try to make this trip more or less inexpensive.
I’m planning on bringing my boots in a regular carry-on suitcase, and renting/demoing skis, poles, and helmet when I get there. Is it best to do this daily, or do it once and keep the equipment for the trip? Do this at the mountain or another store? I don’t care too much about the extra time this would take if I do it daily.
I have found out about the Super Pass for Solitude and a few more mountains, which seems like a decent deal. But I’m wondering about transportation. Is it worth renting a car, or do I rely on some ski bus? Doesn’t seem to be a bus to Solitude from near the airport. So how would I get from the airport to where the bus leaves? Is there a bus to Powder Mountain?
I’m wondering what new terrain I can safely ski at my level, and not require avalanche training or equipment. Powder Mountain has cat skiing, which looks interesting, but is probably beyond my level. I would like to find out what skiing bowls is all about, and some sort of powder would be good, but I know it’s not guaranteed. Are both of those available within bounds at Solitude and Powder Mountain?
Oh, and where should I sleep? Rooms near the mountain look ridiculously expensive.