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Weekend skiing in Utah (March 8 - 15)

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Several of us are headed to Utah next week and, thanks to the very generous offer of some friends, will have the use of nice condo in Park City for our stay. We will have a car and will arrive SLC on Tues the 8th and leave the following Tues. While I've skied the SLC & PC resorts in the past, I've always arrived on the weekend and began the ski week on Mon. I’ve heard that the PC and LCC/BCC areas tend to get quite crowded on Sat & Sun, so my thought was to head to Snowbasin or Powder Mountain then. Good idea?  Are there other alternatives that would be better? Or are my fears of long lift lines and crowded slopes on the weekend unfounded?

 

A related couple of questions. I know it's been fairly warm over the past couple of weeks with little new snow but from what I read here on Epic, it seems like the slopes in the Cottonwoods and even in PC have held up reasonably well. Is that still the case? What about places like Snowbasin and Pow Mow that are at lower elevation? The forecast seems to indicate a reasonable potential for a change to the Feb ridging pattern which could mean some storms for the second week of March, so I'm crossing my fingers.

 

 

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You are correct that lift lines are longer in LCC and Park City on weekends.  Driving out to the Ogden Valley can be a good idea, assuming good visibility.  Solitude is another option on weekends.

 

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Snowbasin is NOT quiet on Saturdays and Sundays anymore. Especially if it snows again, which hopefully it will that week. We are WAY overdue.
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Snowbasin is NOT quiet on Saturdays and Sundays anymore. Especially if it snows again, which hopefully it will that week. We are WAY overdue.


If Snowbasin is now getting crowded on Sat/Sun, is Pow Mtn a better option?

 

As far as new snow in the Wastach, the NAEFS shows all the weather models calling for a change Sun-Mon next week and the possibility for some significant snow. Fingers crossed!

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If Snowbasin is now getting crowded on Sat/Sun, is Pow Mtn a better option?

 

As far as new snow in the Wastach, the NAEFS shows all the weather models calling for a change Sun-Mon next week and the possibility for some significant snow. Fingers crossed!


Yes, generally PowMow is quiet AND it spreads people out better. And yes, the forecast is looking better and better. We are due. Today, conditions were pretty crappy at Basin.

post #6 of 9
Weekend crowds at PC are bad. The main lifts can have huge lines. Weekend parking is worse than horrible, you won't believe what a mess the traffic can be. If you can get there without driving, do it. Otherwise be at the parking by 8:30 or even before. We usually don't ski Saturdays, but if on Sat. or Sun. it'll be from 9 until 10:30 or 11 when the crowds get too bad. On the mountain and Silverload lift is clogged, just scoot over to the gondola and go ski the Canyons....less crowd there. Going to Snowbasin isn't a bad idea either, and it's a better mountain than PC.
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Thanks to all for the replies. The tentative plan is to do PCMR/Canyons Weds, then LCC/BCC (probably Bird on Thurs and Solitude Fri) and then Pow Mow on Sat/Sun (or maybe Snowbasin on Sun, in the hope that crowds are light). Monday the 14th will be a "pick-em."  If we do get a nice dump at some point, DV could be an option. It's close to where we're staying and though my experience there is not extensive, I've been told that DV skiing is often great when there is a lot of loose snow around since the usual crowd tends to stay home and wait for the grooming to finish. The downside is the $120 ticket price . . .

 

On a related note, it's looking more and more likely that we'll have some new snow for our trip. The latest from WSF indicates a good chance for a decent amount of snow Sun-Mon as the first wave of storms moves east from the Sierras and for more of the same later in the week - maybe even a bigger storm. Those who can ski Tahoe seem to be in line for a real treat in the coming week or so but the Wasatch is also looking good.

 

Fingers crossed.

post #8 of 9

We skied PCMR on a Saturday and then a Friday recently.  Mainly just the 6pack express lifts had big lines, but they moved people quickly.  Many other lifts had short lines. 

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Thanks to all for the replies. The tentative plan is to do PCMR/Canyons Weds, then LCC/BCC (probably Bird on Thurs and Solitude Fri) and then Pow Mow on Sat/Sun (or maybe Snowbasin on Sun, in the hope that crowds are light). 

If the storm ends up coming through Sunday, it could be an especially bad day to be at Snowbasin--they seem to have more fog and wind closures than the other mountains, and compressing all the weekend crowds into just a couple open lifts that are fog-bound at the top means big lines at the bottom and lots of people skiing blind at the top. Of course, it might end up being a great day... but I'd hesitate to recommend gambling on it.

 

Another caution, you'll run into weekday rush hour traffic if you do LCC/BCC on weekdays. It probably won't be awful, but some extra brake lights on I-80 and the 215. The roads between Park City and Snowbasin/PowMow shouldn't be bad at all. My experience has been that Snowbird is pretty uncrowded on non-powder days, so it might be a good choice for Saturday.

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