I'm back at work today after four days of skiing the best snow on earth. When researching this trip I found very little current information on using the ski bus from SLC to LCC/BCC. Also since UberSki was so new there weren't too many posts about that. I will try to share some advice and information for those planning a similar trip. Skiing can be an expensive sport so I try to keep my expenses down whenever possible.
SkiBus - UTA:
My group of three stayed at the Hyatt Place/Cottonwood and rode the skibus Sun, Mon, Tues, and Wed roundtrip into LCC. The nice thing about this hotel is that is prior to all the Park and Rides on the route. The bus stop is a four minute walk from the hotel front door. Our experience is the park and rides only added a handful of skiers. Sunday we caught the 990 bus to Alta/Bird at 7:45A and it was standing room only with employees and some skiers. We arrived at Alta - Albion Center no later than 8:30A. The rest of the days we caught an 8:15A bus that got us to either Alta/Bird prior to rope drop. This later bus was less crowded.
Our return trips were usually around 4:15 to - 5P and depending on the cycle we could be the only three on the bus or it was standing room only. The 990 and 960 routes run two buses about 15 minutes apart and then there is a 35-40 minute gap. So if you caught the second bus you usually got a seat. We did our Apres ski in SLC so as not to miss the late bus.
-Buses drop you as close to the lifts as you could get. We used Albion Center at Alta and Creekside at Snowbird.
-Your paper Superpass voucher gets you on the bus on day one and then you can use you RFID card going forward
-You can text UTA your station ID and it will tell you the estimated time of the bus arrival for the next 90 minutes. I found this helpful in the AM. At the resort stops it didn't work.
-The iRideUTA and Transit Apps were helpful. The iRideUTA shows you were your bus is in real time. This was helpful when the 990 bus broke down on Wednesday. The 960 bus picked us up and the UTA had a replacement bus waiting for us at the next park and ride.
-There are racks for your equipment on the buses.
-I always brought a change of shoes because standing on a bus in boots for 40 minutes is not fun.
We used a UberXL for our trip back to the airport. The fare was $97. There were no UberSkiX available and a normal UberSki would not have handled our big rolling ski-bags. A normal UberSki up to LCC from cottonwood was $33-41 dollars but I expect at peak times that could be more.
-Ride the bus to LCC/BCC
-Shop ahead of time for an airport shuttle. There are cheaper options.
We booked five nights at the Hyatt Place-Cottonwood. We paid for four nights and got the fifth night free. We got 10 super pass vouchers which was 10 lift tickets. The deal included two lift tickets per night for up to two people. Our room was big enough for three men and everyone got their own bed. Great hot and free breakfast from 7-9AM. We redeemed the paper vouchers each day for lift tickets.
-Redeeming the vouchers is quick and painless. You do it at any ticket window. Only give the cashier the vouchers you want to redeem. I think I inadvertently gave them one too many on Sunday. She then passed back one that had been redeemed and I had to call the SuperPass office to get the number of the voucher that had not been used yet. I received great customer service from them.
-You get discounted ski rental at the resorts but we used the Powder House in the Hyatt parking lot.
We had a great trip. I got a 1/2 day private lesson from at Alta with a referral from EpicSki. It easily brought my ability up two levels and opened up so much more of the mountain to me.
In short the three of us got lodging, breakfast, lift tickets, and transportation to and from LCC for $550 per person for five nights and four days of skiing. A great value in my mind.