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post #1 of 14
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I researching a last minute trip to Park City with my family of four- two children aged 5 and 10. How will conditions be in late March early April this year? Is it worth the trip out from the east coast? Whave a free place to stay so that is why I am contemplating the trip, but airfare and other expenses will still be significant.   I've only been to Beaver Creek out west in the past. The pathetic snowfall in the northeast this winter has me looking west!  My kids are beginner skiers and my husband and I are advanced. Any advice would be appreciated.

post #2 of 14
If you dont have an epicpass already dont go to parkcity.

You will be better off going to the other bcc/ lcc resorts. Even if you had free lodging you would breakeven with lodging with lift ticket savings.
post #3 of 14
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Raytseng- did I mention I've never been to UT before? :) Are you saying that the lift ticket and lodging deals are so much better at other resorts that it may be better to just go to one of them? I thought about Snowbird, but it seems like it is really a place people go just for skiing and there are not many other "family" type activities. Plus, my kids are beginners and Snowbird seems advanced for them.  where would you recommend?

post #4 of 14

bellagirl, you may be able to find deals at other resorts but I'm not sure the savings would offset the availability of "family" type activities in Park City. As far as ticket prices go a quick web search shows PCMR tickets priced at $465 for a 5 day adult ticket and $300 for a 5 day child ticket. Snowbird prices are $495 for adult 5 day and $320 for 5 day child.

Lodging is somewhat limited at all the other resorts compared to PC unless you plan on staying in Salt Lake City. There would certainly be a lot of activity options in SLC but where is the fun in staying in a big city when you want a ski vacation. Park City is a quintessential ski town.

post #5 of 14
brighton or solitude are good for families and known as the SLC family mountains.

But in general I think all the Vail tickets are more expensive then what they're worth if you're paying without a pass, so don't feel you need to go there just because you have lodging.


RCC your math is not quite right, because you're comparing PCMR discounted ticket to Snowbird full price tickets so it's apples to oranges.

If you are skiing multiple days then take a look into the SLC superpass for more realistic ticket prices it's $395 for a 5day adult superpass.
OR if you want to be flexible, you can pick up daily discounted tickets each day at pretty much any ski rental shop and get a snowbird ticket for $80 day (no bus ticket).

If you want to stay slopeside on mountain, then you can also look for ski-and-stay packages but yes you need to think about what you want to do on the trip.
Part of the equation is if your kids are old enough that you can pack them up each morning and commute the 30min or so from SLC to the mountains, or if that sounds like a huge headache for you. Also, check the age of your kids, as some mountains will include the children as part of the ski-and stay package, others will not.

I'm sure there's a breakdown of the mountains, but if you want a quick summary go to powderhounds.com and read up for a basic rundown of the area and resorts.
BCC=Solitude and Brighton. LCC=Alta and Snowbird.
Edited by raytseng - 3/4/16 at 4:14pm
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by bellagirl View Post
 

I researching a last minute trip to Park City with my family of four- two children aged 5 and 10. How will conditions be in late March early April this year? Is it worth the trip out from the east coast? Whave a free place to stay so that is why I am contemplating the trip, but airfare and other expenses will still be significant.   I've only been to Beaver Creek out west in the past. The pathetic snowfall in the northeast this winter has me looking west!  My kids are beginner skiers and my husband and I are advanced. Any advice would be appreciated.


Welcome to EpicSki!  When you say your children are beginners, was this their first season?  Are they only skiing greens in the northeast?  Where?

 

I've been skiing in late March and early April at Alta for several years.  Started with an April trip with my daughter when she was 7.  She started at age 4 with a few ski weekends in the southeast and ski school.  She had a great time on Alta blue groomers after the first day of ski school.

 

The reality is that Park City gets less snow than LCC/BCC and is at a lower elevation.  So if there is warm weather in mid-March then conditions will not be as good as at Alta/Snowbird or Solitude/Brighton.

 

Would you be willing to drive an hour to get to better snow?  The idea would be to take advantage of the free lodging but not feel limited to Park City slopes.  You and your husband would enjoy Alta, as would your kids.  You are correct that Snowbird is probably not the best idea for your kids.  Take a look at Alta lift tickets on Liftopia to compare with what you find for Park City.  Take a look at Solitude too.  Although if you are driving from Park City, I'd say Alta is more worth the drive for your family.

post #7 of 14
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Thanks to everyone for all of the info! My daughter skied Beaver Creek and Northeast NY and VT mountains- solid green skier. My son is a true beginner- although we did take him last year- I had him on a "leash". I find that by skiing just a couple of days each year- the kids are not really improving at all- so a longer stay really would be helpful. We actually already took 2 short ski trips in VT and upstate NY this winter and they were both busts. The first trip was at Christmas and it was 65 degrees- the second trip it was 5 below during the day at the base of the mountain! Crazy winter.

 

The prospect of driving an hour to another ski resort with both kids doesn't really excite me (I'm more of a ski in / ski out type), but I am interested in seeing the other mountains. I'm finding the prospect of free lodging in a new ski town is almost too good to pass up- but its still a very expensive vacation after airfare and lift tix. 

post #8 of 14
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Thanks to everyone for all of the info! My daughter skied Beaver Creek and Northeast NY and VT mountains- solid green skier. My son is a true beginner- although we did take him last year- I had him on a "leash". I find that by skiing just a couple of days each year- the kids are not really improving at all- so a longer stay really would be helpful. We actually already took 2 short ski trips in VT and upstate NY this winter and they were both busts. The first trip was at Christmas and it was 65 degrees- the second trip it was 5 below during the day at the base of the mountain! Crazy winter.

 

The prospect of driving an hour to another ski resort with both kids doesn't really excite me (I'm more of a ski in / ski out type), but I am interested in seeing the other mountains. I'm finding the prospect of free lodging in a new ski town is almost too good to pass up- but its still a very expensive vacation after airfare and lift tix. 


Yep, taking a family of 4 out west is an expensive vacation.  But better to do it when your daughter qualifies for junior lift tickets.  Note that if you opt for Park City and don't rent a car, it's possible to get a shuttle for a day trip to Alta.

 

If you can fly Southwest, you can cancel or change dates with no penalty.  So could book the flight but make a last minute decision to cancel.  Although most families who go to Park City for a spring break trip have a good time regardless of whether or not the skiing is ideal.  All a matter of attitude.

 

Are you teaching the kids yourselves?

post #9 of 14
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I am teaching the kids the basics, but am a huge fan of ski school. (I just wish they were bigger fans of ski school.) So the plan would be to put them in lessons for at least part of each day. I skied from 5 yrs old to 24 yrs, then switched to snow boarding - until about 5 years ago when I put the skis back on to help the kids. You can't really teach a kid to ski on a snowboard. Truth be told, I would love to brush up a bit on my skiing as I could do with some lessons to get back to where I was years ago.

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by bellagirl View Post
 

I am teaching the kids the basics, but am a huge fan of ski school. (I just wish they were bigger fans of ski school.) So the plan would be to put them in lessons for at least part of each day. I skied from 5 yrs old to 24 yrs, then switched to snow boarding - until about 5 years ago when I put the skis back on to help the kids. You can't really teach a kid to ski on a snowboard. Truth be told, I would love to brush up a bit on my skiing as I could do with some lessons to get back to where I was years ago.


The only ski school around SLC that I know about from first hand experience is Alta.  An unusual feature is that Alta Ski School does not take reservations, even for kids.  So can make a last minute decision based on snow conditions and how kids are feeling on a given day.  My daughter and my friends kids have loved every Alta ski instructor they ever had during spring break trips.  Friends who have taken group lessons midweek during late season have often had private or only one other student with a very experienced instructor.

 

Have read reports from parents happy with Park City ski school for kids.  Solitude prices are probably lower but makes more sense for families who stay at Solitude.

 

I was lucky.  My daughter is very social.  She always loved ski school whether at Alta or at Massanutten.

post #11 of 14

If you are looking to save some money on lift tickets, both of your kids would qualify for free lift tickets at Brighton.  Kids 10 and under are free with a paying adult.

 

If you go to Snowbasin, your 5 year old would qualify for a free lift ticket (6 and under is free).  As long as the conditions are still good, it is well worth a visit, even though it is a bit of a drive from Park City.

 

Also, if your 10 year old is a 5th grader, you could get the Ski Utah 5th Grade Passport for $45 that would include 3 lift tickets for each ski resort in Utah.  Just go to the Ski Utah website for details.

 

 

P.S. I am also contemplating a late March trip to Utah with my 10 year old daughter.  The airfare prices are what is making me hesitate, so I don't know if we will go or not.

post #12 of 14
Park City is a great place for a family ski trip. The city bus system makes getting around town very easy. There's a lot to do there.

I've taken my family to Park City in late March however and encountered warm (too warm) weather. The daily highs were in the mid 60s and while everyone else was wearing shorts and t-shirts we were clomping around with our dumb ski stuff.

I'd wait until the very latest moment to buy plane tickets while checking the ten day forecast regularly.
post #13 of 14

I hope it'll be worth it since our family will be there last week of March!

 

I look at it this way, it's late season, odds are, conditions will be less than optimal and lots of the mountain will be closed, but it's a family vacation, which is time to cherish, and a less than optimal half closed PC is still bigger than anything I can drive to from MD.  

 

In 2014, I took this attitude to Copper Mtn and skied 12+ inches of powder on day 1 (which was like April 14), and since the only people there were our family and mountain employees, I skied untracked snow the next 3 days.  Last year we were at Beaver Creek and had one day with about 3 inches of new snow, but it was mostly slush skiing.  We'll see what this year brings, but even if the skiing is suboptimal, we'll have fun!  

post #14 of 14
End of March there's no predicting the snow. Feb. had some very cold weather, then the last couple weeks were feeling like spring. So far March has been very spring conditions.....highs in mid 50's to 60. But we can also get good snow in March. No telling how it'll be.
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