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going to conference at Snowbird in February, taking 11 yo son, have MCP, stay Cliff Lodge or Alta Lodge?

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Conference at Cliff Lodge at Snowbird, is built around ski day (meetings early and 4-7pm), early February, 4 days out there, plan on attending conference few hours a day. Conference right at Cliff Lodge. Should I stay there? Have wanted to visit Alta and stay at a lodge there. How hard to travel between? Alta lodge a reasonable choice with son? Or Peruvian? Do not need car, correct? We both decent but not expert skiers (son level 6, me 8). Do not need nightlife or non-ski activities. Possibly do some lessons or ski school

Thanks for any advice

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Conference at Cliff Lodge at Snowbird, is built around ski day (meetings early and 4-7pm), early February, 4 days out there, plan on attending conference few hours a day. Conference right at Cliff Lodge. Should I stay there? Have wanted to visit Alta and stay at a lodge there. How hard to travel between? Alta lodge a reasonable choice with son? Or Peruvian? Do not need car, correct? We both decent but not expert skiers (son level 6, me 8). Do not need nightlife or non-ski activities. Possibly do some lessons or ski school

Thanks for any advice


So this is your first trip to LCC, correct?  How old is your son?  It's probably a lot easier to simply stay at Snowbird.  Easiest way to go between is to get a combo pass and ski between, assuming Mineral Basin is open.  However, if you want to check out a lodge at Alta, read this thread:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/125833/alta-lodges

 

Definitely do not need a car staying at Snowbird or Alta.  Can get a free shuttle or take the Ski Bus for free between the bases.  Note that both Snowbird and Alta have two bases.  Biggest difference between Snowbird and Alta lodging is that Alta lodges includes meals, usually breakfast and dinner.  Really good food no matter which lodge.

 

Where do you usually ski?

post #3 of 11
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Son is 11. Four younger kids will stay home this one. Ski 20-25 days a year last few years, half Michigan, half out west. Just moved to Connecticut this year. Have been to Aspen past two winters, prior to that Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper.

 

First trip to Utah.

 

I'm sure staying at Snowbird will be easier, probably end up doing that but have talked to people who love staying at the Alta lodges

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Son is 11. Four younger kids will stay home this one. Ski 20-25 days a year last few years, half Michigan, half out west. Just moved to Connecticut this year. Have been to Aspen past two winters, prior to that Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper.

 

First trip to Utah.

 

I'm sure staying at Snowbird will be easier, probably end up doing that but have talked to people who love staying at the Alta lodges

Did you stay slope side for the other trips out west?

 

I'm a regular at Alta Lodge.  Started taking my daughter there when she was 7 for spring break meeting up with friends.  Became an annual trip.  Helped that kids are free in April until they are 12.  For kids who make new friends easily, the free kid program at Alta Lodge makes for a very relaxing vacation for a parent.  There is supervised play and dinner from 4:30 to 8:15.  Older kids who want to eat in the dining room with their family are welcome.  We made friends with a family at Alta Lodge when the kids were 8 or 9 and met up with them every year after that until the kids turned 12.  Have also heard good things from family who stay at the Peruvian or Goldminer's but I don't know if there are special activities for kids.

 

Note that Alta Lodge does not have TVs in the room.  People watch the big screen TV together, mostly sports or a movie.

 

If there is a lodge at Alta of interest, I suggest you call and talk to them about getting a shuttle to Snowbird for your meetings.

 

Note that one oddity about the Alta Ski School is that they do not take reservations.  Although I would guess if you wanted to sign up your son the afternoon before, it might be possible.  Ski school opens around 8:45 and classes start at 9:30.  Snowbird takes reservations.  The advantage of not having reservations for Alta is that parent's can make the decision the morning of.  So if a kid isn't feeling up for a lesson, there is no need to force them to go.

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The only one I have stayed at is Goldminer's Daughter. It is something special (they all are, I think, but that is the only one I can testify about). When we were meeting people at the start of the day at Snowbird the Inn van took us over, and one day when I wound up at Snowbird at the end of the day they came over and got me.

The food was wonderful, too. It was a Gathering, so ate with other Bears, but I understand they will group people if you ask. At 11 your son might be just old enough to enjoy meeting weird ski-obsessed adults.

Unfortunately, special doesn't come cheap, but it was worth it.
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If you'd be leaving an Alta lodge early every morning and not returning until after 7 pm, seems like you'd miss out on some of what makes it special. Cliff Lodge seems like the way to go this trip, and maybe a lodge at Alta for a future trip. For your son, it seems like a much better setup for those evening meetings... he can do night skiing right outside of Cliff Lodge as much or as little as he'd like, then go right to the room when he's finished, not wait around in some hallway.

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First, nice work if you can get it!  When I used to go to work conferences they were all in Florida and built around golf, not my thing.   Second, welcome to CT.

 

If I were in your shoes I would just stay at Cliff Lodge and save one of the Alta lodges for another trip.  You have meeting early and at 4 - 7. It will be somewhat of a hassle getting back and forth for all that. - why?

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thanks for replies. I agree the ease of staying at Snowbird wins out. I get a discount on cliff lodge as well so $150/night cheaper this trip (understanding the meals changes the math some). will try to get back to an Alta lodge another time

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thanks for replies. I agree the ease of staying at Snowbird wins out. I get a discount on cliff lodge as well so $150/night cheaper this trip (understanding the meals changes the math some). will try to get back to an Alta lodge another time


Yep, Snowbird is the sensible choice.  Note that anyone can have lunch at Alta Lodge without staying there.  Can be cheaper than on the mountain.  Definitely more relaxing.  If you ask, they will be happy to show you a room and the place in general.  Lunch at Rustler's is fun too.  Different view.

 

Remember, kids age 12 and under are free in April at Alta Lodge.  Maybe bring the whole family for a late season trip.  I'll be at there in March during my daughter's spring break.  But be back in April for a school reunion.  I'm totally spoiled.  :)

post #10 of 11

Don't give it a moments thought.  Stay at the Cliff.  Nothing like eating breakfast while staring out 2-3 story windows at the steeply rising mountain.  You can easily shuttle to Alta or ski there if you get the combo pass.  Conditions should be very good for you. 

post #11 of 11

OP mentioned having the MCP...so that means combo...should have a great time.

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