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SLC This weekend, need advice.

post #1 of 10
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I'm flying into SLC Thursday morning and staying till Sunday. I was planning on skiing Alta/Snowbird, but may take a trip to Park City or the Canyons on Thursday since they give a free ticket on your arrival day.

Anyone have suggestions on which resort Park City, or the Canyons would be better for Thursday? I enjoy skiing glades, moguls and bowls? Will the park city resorts get as much snow as Alta/Snowbird from this weeks storms? Will they be fully open?

Also, I made reservations for a mid-size rental car. I know that they put restrictions on the roads up to the ski resorts when there is snow. Should I try and upgrade to an SUV? I've seen talk about the road to Alta/Snowbird having restrictions alot, but what about park city? Will the roads to alta/snowbird be cleared by Friday morning?

I'm staying in SLC so I will need to go up the canyon each morning. I just checked, and it will cost about $100-125 more for an SUV.

Thanks,

Mike
post #2 of 10
I would keep the mid-size car. You shouldn't have any trouble getting up to Park City as the road up there is interstate and usually well plowed. Just park your car at the mouth of the canyon and take the bus to Alta/Bird. It's only $5 round-trip and it will get you there as quickly and with much less stress than if you drove yourself.
post #3 of 10
I would suggest you try Solitude or Brighton instead of PC or Canyons. I've been here almost a week now and skied (Solitude, Brighton, Solitude, Alta and Solitude) and all are 100% open with lots of the terrain you mention. There are ZERO lift lines at Solitude weekday or weekend right now.
As far as the car, we have a midsize rental also, and until today there have been no issues. (we're staying at Solitude) There are 4wd/chains restrictions in effect now in both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons but roads have been fine for a week.
The bus from the parking lot and the bottom of Big Cottonwood is a great option. Save the cash for beer!
Have a blast......just be sure to tell your friends to stay away, Utah sux.... ;-)
post #4 of 10
Since Deer Valley is the most expensive lift ticket I would go there for you first day of skiing. It has been snowing all day and looks like it should be snowing off and on the rest of the week. All the bowls at PCMR are open. There is some good tree skiing in the Black Forest.
post #5 of 10
Try Alamo for a Subaru 4WD, much cheaper than SUV and works just fine getting up "the hill".

Any of those places, PC, Canyons, DV, are fine for the free 1/2 day. I do exactly the same. But when you're paying real green, i'd stick with the slopes on the other side of the mtns at snowbird and alta, full days at alta and snowbird and last halfday at either solitude or brighton.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by glenncz
Try Alamo for a Subaru 4WD, much cheaper than SUV and works just fine getting up "the hill".

Any of those places, PC, Canyons, DV, are fine for the free 1/2 day. I do exactly the same. But when you're paying real green, i'd stick with the slopes on the other side of the mtns at snowbird and alta, full days at alta and snowbird and last halfday at either solitude or brighton.
Which car class should I reserve with Alamo to try and get a Subaru? Midsize? Fullsize?

Is it worth it to go to The Canyons for a half day, or should I pay for a half day at Snobird or Solitude? I don't get many oportunities to ski deep fresh powder. It doesn't look like Park City gets as much snow as the other areas.

Which resort is most likely to have powder left on Saturday?

Thansk for the advice,

Mike
post #7 of 10
Get a four wheel drive if you want to go to the Cottonwoods. It's just dumping- we skied DV this morning with 9" fresh and then it really started to snow- hasn't stopped. Expect another foot tonight in Park City(you can get here with (2- wheel drive). God knows what Alta's getting. But the troopers may turn you away tomorrow without 4x4 or chains. :
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab
Get a four wheel drive if you want to go to the Cottonwoods. It's just dumping- we skied DV this morning with 9" fresh and then it really started to snow- hasn't stopped. Expect another foot tonight in Park City(you can get here with (2- wheel drive). God knows what Alta's getting. But the troopers may turn you away tomorrow without 4x4 or chains. :
Does the bus still run when the road is restricted to 4x4?
post #9 of 10
The bus may run. ButThey like everyone else will have to wait in line untill they get the Avalanch work done. In the last 4 or 5 years this hasn't been a problem but They have been low snow years. Take a sleeping bag and change of clothe if you go skiing in a storm cycle You never know if they will call for an interlodge. You will notice that many of the buildings at snowbird look like concrete WWII bunkers there is a reason for that. They will hold up in case an avalanch hits them.
post #10 of 10
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I tried to get a subaru from Alamo, but the lady at the counter said that she has been working there for 3 years and doesn't remember ever having subarus. So I got a midsize from Avis and drove to the Canyons. After getting all my gear on and walking to the lodge, the ticket person told me that they were closing down all the lifts. I then took my boots back off and drove over to PCMR. Got my free ticket with my same day plane ticket and skied for most of the day. Conditions were OK, the snow was heavy and required alot of work for my first day of the season!

I'll be heading up to Alta Friday morning, should be some good snow since they had alot of terrain closed Thurs due to Avalanche warnings.
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