My wife and I are moving to Utah(from Colorado) and we are having a hard time deciding where to live, Park City or near the base of the Cottonwood canyons. I have skied in Park City before, but not the Cottonwoods. Snowbird and Alta sound like my kind of skiing from what I have read. I enjoy steeps and they seem to get a good bit more snow than Park City.
I work from home and can often get out and ski for awhile on weekdays, as long as I am not gone for too long. Typically I just ski in the morning, but from time to time the afternoon works better. How long I have any given day varies a lot, but I need to be confident that when I need to be home by a certain time I can easily plan for what time I need to leave by. Also, I don't want to ski for 2 hours and spend longer sitting in traffic to get up there and back.
I came across information that makes me concerned about the traffic in the Cottonwood canyons, and that it may be an issue sometimes(or even often?) on weekdays. I am thinking that even though the skiing might be more enjoyable in the Cottonwoods I might not be able to ski very often or on good snow days because of the traffic. So, perhaps living in Park City would make more sense, or maybe just skiing BCC instead of LCC.
There is obviously a more that goes into choosing where we live than just skiing, but this is something that has been hanging over me as we try to decide on what area to live in, and I have not had much luck finding solid information about traffic in the canyons. I am hoping that locals might be able to share their experience with how often and how much of an issue traffic can be.
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