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where to stay at Snowbird for a solo skier, which skis to bring

post #1 of 17
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I am thinking about a trip out to Utah in late March or early April. I have gotten great skiing in Utah around that time before, and am hoping to repeat. This time I'd like to try Snowbird. I would be going by myself since my wife is recovering from ACL surgery and my usual skiing buddies can't swing the time off from work. I'm thinking 3-4 days of skiing mid-week.

I'd like to get some good tips on where to stay from folks who have been there before. Ideally, I'd like to shuttle to and from the airport and stay within a short walk of the slopes, but that's flexible. My focus would be on all-day skiing, and the lodging is less important to me -- nothing fancy required.

Also, between Elan M666 and Volkl Karma, which ski would you bring on the trip? I like the all-mtn confidence of the M666 and it's much better on hard snow, but the Karma is a lot lighter, and a more energetic bomber ski that would be better in powder.

thanks,
Craig
post #2 of 17
I'm going from April 10-15th and have the same question. At least, as to where to stay. I'm taking my only skis--Volkl AC3s.
post #3 of 17
Well if you want to walk to the slopes, I'd have to say the Cliff lodge.

Check their deals...
Snowbird Hot Deals
post #4 of 17
We stayed at the Cliff Lodge for ESA and it was spectacular.
Walk out the door to the snow. No road closure issues.
If you want the most skiing and the least hassle, I vote Cliff Lodge.
post #5 of 17
id take the karmas. I heard they're not bad on hardpack and great in powder. You should have tons of snow when you go.
post #6 of 17
As the others have said, it's the Cliff for max covenience. If you use the free ski check, then the other lodges are a reasonable walk and you don't have to carry your ski's. I stayed at The Inn at Snowbird during ESA and it was very nice while also being the least expensive.
post #7 of 17

also...dorm accomodations at Alta

You may want to think about the dorm accomodations at the Alta Peruvian lodge. I think all up, with taxes, they run about $120/day, all meals included. Their shuttle will run you to Snowbird if you ask. You can also buy the combined ticket if you want and start from Alta.

The Peruvian is about as much of a polar opposite as you can get from the city-like Cliff lodge. It is old-fashioned, relaxed, and set up to encourage their guests to interact with each other.
post #8 of 17
My wife and I really enjoyed the Inn at Snowbird. Good pool and tub, no frills. Get a room on the higher floor and slope side. Nice. Short walk to the tram and eateries.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by mkevenson
My wife and I really enjoyed the Inn at Snowbird. Good pool and tub, no frills. Get a room on the higher floor and slope side. Nice. Short walk to the tram and eateries.
I also like (The Inn)
Its a bit cheaper but still very nice. But the prices @ Snow Bird are High this year. This last Trip I stayed @ Super 8 in West Jorden for 50 Dollars a night, 20 min drive to and from the resorts in LCC. @ some point you have to let them know they are getting out of hand.

SO renting Car and staying in Sandy area is much less $$ than staying on mountain.
(That is if you care about $$
post #10 of 17
The Residence Marriot Inn is where we have stayed and are going to stay in a few weeks. Shuttle to the bus, lift tix included. We never rent a car when skiing the Canyon, the bus is fine.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by MTT
I also like (The Inn)
Its a bit cheaper but still very nice. But the prices @ Snow Bird are High this year. This last Trip I stayed @ Super 8 in West Jorden for 50 Dollars a night, 20 min drive to and from the resorts in LCC. @ some point you have to let them know they are getting out of hand.

SO renting Car and staying in Sandy area is much less $$ than staying on mountain.
(That is if you care about $$

Yeah, I have been pricing up the Snowbird accomodations, and they are a little too expensive for just one person. As usual, the resorts ding you for double occupancy. So I am looking at staying in Sandy or Midvale for $54 a night and getting a rental car. I'm looking at a Mon-Fri trip, with air travel on Mon and Fri and skiing three days in the middle. I will need to seriously pace myself so that I can ski all three days in a row at the Bird, since I have only been lapping 1000-1500ft vertical runs here in the mid-atlantic this season!

We'll see, still debating the options.... It's going to cost me $900-1000 for the trip, and I am starting to think it would make more sense to wait until next season when I can go with my wife and a few other people to make it more cost effective.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by skier219
Yeah, I have been pricing up the Snowbird accomodations, and they are a little too expensive for just one person. As usual, the resorts ding you for double occupancy. So I am looking at staying in Sandy or Midvale for $54 a night and getting a rental car. I'm looking at a Mon-Fri trip, with air travel on Mon and Fri and skiing three days in the middle. I will need to seriously pace myself so that I can ski all three days in a row at the Bird, since I have only been lapping 1000-1500ft vertical runs here in the mid-atlantic this season!

We'll see, still debating the options.... It's going to cost me $900-1000 for the trip, and I am starting to think it would make more sense to wait until next season when I can go with my wife and a few other people to make it more cost effective.
Have you though about moving your days around a bit? Or cutting a day off?
What happens to Air Fare if you Depart Sunday, Return Thursday?
I would say cut out the car and take public transport, But I just see HASSLE! I want to stop @ Star Bucks in the morning, I don't want to walk aroing Sany with Ski stuff (Not a ski town) And @ the end of the day you just want to get back to the Hotel (NOW) to change clothes and stuff.

Anyway if you get the Airfare nailed the rest is pretty easy. Do it.
Eat meals @ dennys Wendy's to save, Get 45 dollar Lift vouchers for Alta.

Cut out the Car?

Do what you gotta do to get the trip down around 650$
BUT DAM DO IT!!!!!
post #13 of 17
skier219:

MTT has the right idea. For some reason, out of Cincinnati, a Sunday to Thursday SLC trip is by far the cheapest option.

I'm looking at being out there 4/2-4/6 with my 10 YO son. We are planning on staying in Midvale, and renting a car. Also, for what it is worth, don't discount paying a bit extra for a non-stop flight. Both Cinci and SLC are hubs for Delta, and paying about $75 extra, has me skiing on both inbound and outbound days. We are going to try the free Deer Valley ticket, on day of arrival, if all works out.

Can't say I've ever been able to put together a 5 day, long distance trip, with 5 days of skiing.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Yeah, the two travel days are a pain, and I am trying to see if I can compact that down. If I could fly home on the evening of the last ski day, that would work great. The best airfare costs (Norfolk - SLC) are in the $315-325 range no matter how I work it. Mon-Fri or Tues-Fri are cheapest.
post #15 of 17
simple thing but it took me a few years to figure it out - when skiing a half day on the way home, drop of the luggage with the bellcaps in the island, if no line just get your tickets then leisurely drop off your car, if line, then one person with luggage in line, other drives around and drops off. For our 5:00pm flight, we took off our skis at our car exactly at 2:30 and took about 30min.'s to change and pack up, just about right. Park in the Gad Parking lot(Snowbird last day of course!), at the top, if you are ontime at 9a, and you can just about ski to your car.

Of course on the way in, do the same, one guy gets car, other gets skis and schleps the gear to the island and waits for car.

Gas up at the convenient at the bottom of the Big Cottonwood. Smiles all around,every time for this group! Always a great trip, Always great snow,even if not powder in the Cottonwoods, 3rd weekend of Feb. I've also caught quite a few flights leaving at 2:30p, stop skiing at noon.
post #16 of 17
cheap and comfy and convenient to rent a car and stay in Sandy at someplace like Extended Stay America, where you have a mini-kitchen and can cook meals at home instead of ramping up the expense by eating and staying on the hill.

the drive up the canyon is easy and not at all a pain or hassle.
post #17 of 17
Just bit the bullet, and booked my SLC trip.

Flight in arrives 10:33AM local, flight out at 5:10PM local. Five days total, with 3 full and 2 partial days of skiing, as long as Delta doesn't screw anything up.

SnowbirdDevotee:

Thanks for the tip.
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