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post #31 of 39
Originally Posted by Marty
I have followed Utah49's advice given above many times - especially on days when i cannot afford to miss my 7pm flight out of SLC. saved my butt.

another occasion when I drove to PC - instead of LCC on a powder day - it was because - Alta had too much of it and was closed. (This was the famous 100 inches in 100 hours storm during thanksgiving weekend - couple of years back). PC was open with tons of powder.
That's part of the cool part of skiing the SLC area resorts - there are so many of them and it's reasonable getting to all of them. If the road IS closed down just go someplace else.

I'm all about cheap. I'll do a Hotwire search for 2-2.5 stars in Midvale. Do an Expedia search first - if the hotel has a ski shuttle it'll often turn up in their marketing. You can compare the prices and amenities, and buy using either based on what you see.

I've never had a problem finding a cheap SLC room any time during the year. I'd go for Jan/Feb, too, just to have a better shot at freshies.
post #32 of 39
Originally Posted by northeasterner
What is the name of the dorms at Snowbird. I consider myself and advanced intermediate and I like to be challenged. I'll hit up any black diamond and the less hairy doubles at Killington. Is the terrain at Snowbird in that range or is it mostly expert?
More comparisons between Killington and Snowbird: If you ski Needles Eye and Killington single blacks like East Fall, Superstar or Wildfire you will do fine on many runs off either side of Snowbird Tram summit. Chips Run is a nice, long moderate descent to try on your first run from the Summit. Unlike the Skyeship gondi line at Killington, there isn't a whole lot of run-out at Snowbird and the fall-line is pretty continuous to the base. There is some breathtakingly steep terrain directly beneath the tram like Great Scott, but you'll have the good sense to leave that to the extreme skiers... or at least until your third day ;-)
In this shot manageable stuff is to left or right, big drop occurs straight ahead:

I did a quick search of the Snowbird website and it doesn't appear that they offer "dorm" accommodations any longer. Most of the Alta lodges still do, but they won't be as cheap as the Sandy or Midvale options.
post #33 of 39
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tips. I like Superstar and Wildfire and will hit Outer Limits in the morning before it gets cut up. I'm checking out the pics on the Alta web-site and after reading some of the posts here I'd like to try some off-piste skiing. I haven't tried it here in the northeast, but then again we don't have 10' of powder off the trails. It seems that out west there are much bigger bowls which could be attempted and gradually move up in challenge. Is that true?
post #34 of 39
Snowbird is NOTHING like Killington. Yes, there are some moderate lines to be had, but that is not what people ski there for. If you want Killington, go to Park City.

post #35 of 39
Here's a shot of single black diamond "bowl type" terrain on Gad Valley side of Snowbird. Good stuff.
Powdr's right. First place I ever went to in Utah was Park City Mtn Resort back in the '80s. Had a good time, great snow, but I kept mumbling to myself "geez this place reminds me of Killington", layout and even the scenery was reminiscent. Then I got over to Snowbird/Alta which has a lot more alpine feel, pretty amazing because the flat brown desert floor is within sight just a few miles away.
post #36 of 39
Originally Posted by northeasterner
I think I'll be going in late January/early February instead of early December.
A much better choice...I've never been disapointed at this time of the year...NEVER!!
post #37 of 39
I strongly agree with the schedule change also. If your ration is one western trip per season, it certainly should not be in December.

First time out, rent a car for max flexibility. As other posters note, you may change your mind each day where you want to ski based on weather/conditions.
post #38 of 39
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by Powdr
Snowbird is NOTHING like Killington. Yes, there are some moderate lines to be had, but that is not what people ski there for. If you want Killington, go to Park City.

Thanks for the tip. I was just pointing out the level of difficulty that I am accustomed to and that I would like to move up a notch. If I want Killington, I'll save some bucks/time and go to Killington. I want powder and a chance to do some off-piste skiing without skiing down an ice covered steep or through the woods with trees 3 feet apart. I think I should be able to do that at Alta or Snowbird.
post #39 of 39
I am new to this site, and am not quite sure what I am doing. My 18 year old daughter, who competed on a high school ski team in WY for 3 years, got a job as a liftie in Alta this year. She is staying in a dorm called "The Mine." Anyone know anything about it? By the way, my profile is actually that of her ski-crazy stepfather who lived and skied in Jackson, WY for years before we moved to CO.
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