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trying to break a habit.... need advice

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
For the last 6 years we have skied at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise for our week long family ski vacation. We are looking to go to Alta/Snowbird (I think)

I am a blue / easier black skier and my wife is a green easier blue skier.

I have been reading and trying to find the best places to stay and how to work logistics.

This trip there will only be my wife & I so just need one room not a condo an efficency would be OK too...

in town or on Hill

rent a car or use bus service

is alta/bird a good choice -----we be skiing 5 of 7 days
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in Banff we stayed in Banff and drove to the hill each day

any helpful hints and reccomendations would be great

we will be going Feb 25th thru March 4th

thanks

Mikebike:
post #2 of 20
If you stayed in Banff and drove, a little bit of driving is what you are used to. Depends on whether you want inexpensive and citified or ski town and a bit more pricey.


If you are set on Bird/Alta which IS a great choice, then there are options galore. I will let the Utahans cover those. They are an insular lot and are totally convinced that the Wasatch IS the center of the skiing universe. Having been there and then moved on, I can tell you different. That in and of itself is another story.

And BTW, the Banff area is one of my favorites....

Anyway, utards.... begin the brainwash.
post #3 of 20

The driving in Utah is so easy.

I love the fact that it is so easy to drive to a variety of ski places within 30 minutes of Salt Lake city, so I vote to stay south of Salt Lake (I think the area is called Sandy), and I would sample one of the Big Cottonwood Canyon resorts as well as Alta or Snowbird. I would also go up to Snowbasin one day, and go to Park City one day (Pick from Deer Valley, PCMR, or Canyons).

You always run the risk that the Little Cottonwood Canyon road might get closed with a big snowfall, but you would still be able to go to Park City (probably).
post #4 of 20
You may also want to consider Beaver Creek in CO. The skiing is fantastic. We have terrain that suits both you and your wife extremely well. The great thing about BC is that the greens are at the summit with the best vistas and snow! Check out the website, I'll bet that you'll love it.
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by bunion
Anyway, utards.... begin the brainwash.
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post #6 of 20
Hey!!!! stop that!!!!!!! People will discover us in their own good time.
post #7 of 20
Alta, Solitude, Brighton are all good choices. Snowbird is probably too difficult. My wife is OK on bules and greens but will not go back to Snowbird because it is too difficult. It can also be crowded.
post #8 of 20
What about Vail? It truly is a great mountain for your expectations. And, the lift tkt is good at Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone if you fancy a little driving (10 minutes to BC, 30-45 Breck and KStone). Breck is a lovely ski-town, basically 1 Main Street lots of restaurants/shops. In Vail we stay at Tivoli Lodge.

Another possibility is Park City, for Canyons/PCMR/Deer Valley. It also is a very nice ski-town, shuttle buses take you everywhere, great skiing at 3 mountains (penchant for canyons here).
Enjoy!
post #9 of 20
If money is not an object, Aspen is hard to beat. 4 mountains, 3 within walking distance of town, 1 other (I'm going on memory here, haven't been pass there since last Summer) 10-15 minutes downvalley. Excellent bus system. Very romantic, 3 of the 4 mountains approaching 4,000 feet vertical.
post #10 of 20
Park City. Not crowded then (big school vacation was previous week and alot of people end up shopping at the outlet stores by the end of it anyway), 3 different mountains which have lots of groomers of mixed challenge, plus you can ski different routes to the same place. Good eating in town and you can always drive around to Alta for the day.
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by bunion
Utahans are an insular lot and are totally convinced that the Wasatch IS the center of the skiing universe. Having been there and then moved on, I can tell you different. That in and of itself is another story.
OK, let's hear the story.
post #12 of 20
Lots of places I have not skied, but of the ones I have been to I'll second both Aspen/Snowmass and Park City as places that seem to meet your stated goals nicely.

The long cruisers at Snowmass might be just the ticket for having big fun together.
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by drb
Park City. Not crowded then (big school vacation was previous week and alot of people end up shopping at the outlet stores by the end of it anyway), 3 different mountains which have lots of groomers of mixed challenge, plus you can ski different routes to the same place. Good eating in town and you can always drive around to Alta for the day.
I concur with drb's advice.
Personally, I'd take a week at Alta Peruvian lodge at Alta, but that would be a 100% ski oriented trip. I'm guessing that you'd like a little town/night life after your skiing. If that's the case then you might enjoy Park City with all its dining/shopping/entertainment options more than Alta/Bird, especially since wife is accompanying you. You can do a week in PC with or without a rental car via shuttle from airport and free town bus service. The bus served ski areas near Park City are Deer Valley, PCMR and the Canyons. They offer much intermediate level ski terrain (and advanced stuff too) for someone who is not an advanced skier. Your excellent late Feb/early March trip dates offer a high likelihood of great snow conditions and reasonable crowds. Typically there are a lot of reasonably priced small condos available in Park City that probably will not cost much more than a motel room. Plus, several operators offer daily bus trips (not free) to Alta/Bird from Park City to ski there one or more days if you like. Alta has more green terrain of those two.
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
Alta, Solitude, Brighton
I think this is where we are zeroing in on.... now for the decision on best place to stay. I am leaning toward SLC and driving in each day (or buses) any good ideas as to where to stay

since we will be skiing 5 of the 6 full days we are there I am leaning towards renting a vehicle -- do I need 4 wheel drive or not really

keep the info coming

thanks

Mike
post #15 of 20
As one who loves Alta/Bird and often critiques the Park City group. I have to agree with drb and Jamesj given the parameters of your trip. Snowbird is a steep mountain, and Alta is pretty small if you don't spend much time off the groomers. Park City, Deer Valley and the Canyons all have massive and varied intermediate terrain.

You're going mid-season when Park City conditions are at their best, not early or late when they can be marginal. Plus you have all the restaurant/apres ski amenities at Park City.
post #16 of 20
If you insist on Utah (good choice), then stay in Park City and just use the shuttles. Rent the cheapest car you can find (no need for 4-wheel drive), and park it for most of the time. Me, I'd stay inside PCMR, ski there 2 days, 2 days Canyons, 1 day Deer Valley.

Enjoy!
post #17 of 20
i concur - given the level of skier you are. PC is the place for you. plenty of intermediate skiing and quite a few challenging runs for you. if you decide to
stay in SLC - i would still ski - PCMR, Canyons, DV, and then round it off with
brighton and snowbasin.
post #18 of 20
If you are going to Utah, you have got to go to Alta/Bird for a couple days. They are magnificent and Alta definitely has enough for both of you for a day at least if not more.

If you are seriously considering staying in SLC or Sandy and commuting to the slopes, keep in mind that the experience will fall far short of that of Banff. Banff is a really cool town(as you know) and Sandy (suburb) and SLC are not. Park City might be for you if you want a similar western town experience and a cool place to hang out.

We are coming to Snowbird in Feb and are going to stay on the hill for a week and PC for a few days.

BTW, I also dig Banff: ( too bad it's less of a bargain these days.)
post #19 of 20
If you are a hard core skier and on a budget stay in Sandy The land of the endless strip mall and commute up the Canyons to any one of the fine resorts. Keep in mind that you may get stuck at the entrance to the Cottonwood Canyons while they do avalanche work. every once in a while They do what is called an inner lodge The Mountains are cleared of all skiers and locked down in the lodges untill Ski Patrol says its safe to venture out. You can be stuck there over night and into the next day.
While this may happen only a few times a year it does happen. Sleeping on the cold floor of the lodge with 10 of your new best friends all with smelly feet is a night to remember.
I do think for an over all vacation you and The wife would be happier in Park City. You can still ski Alta and get to any of The other resorts in less then an Hour. By the way do take a day to go to Snowbasin. IMHO It is the best all around Mountain in Utah.
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by Utah49
They do what is called an inner lodge
In some ways, Inner lodge makes more sense, but I'm pretty sure it's interlodge, meaning inter-lodge travel is restricted.

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