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UTAH!!! please help if you know anything.

Poll Results: BEST UTAH RESORT, based on terrain and snow conditions?

 
  • 85% (29)
    Snowbird/Alta
  • 8% (3)
    Solitude
  • 2% (1)
    Brighton
  • 2% (1)
    Park City
34 Total Votes  
post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Outside of skiing I don’t know any thing about Utah and the Salt Lake area. I basically just have general questions:

What’s the best ski resort as far as terrain and snow conditions? I’m thinking of working for Snowbird or Alta.

What are the chill areas to live, that are affordable?

Jobs? I’m a ski tech at a shop here where I live so I’m figuring I could score a job at a shop there, but I’m doubting that would give me the hours I ideally would want. Obviously, a gig that aloud me to work in the evenings would be best. You of anything?

What is Salt Lake City like? Is there a night life there, such as bars? Is it hard to meet people, particularly other skiers?

If there is anything else that you think a 23 year old right out college should know about Salt Lake, please don't hesitate to include.

That’s what I’ve got so far… I'll definitely have more questions.

Thanks
post #2 of 22
Can't go wrong with 'Bird/Alta. Assuming you are going to be starting this thing next year? It's a little late for this plan now. Finding affordable places to live should be easy enough. Aside from living up at the resorts, Sandy is the closest community to 'Bird/Alta. I had a friend of mine check out Craigslist to find a place to live while he looks for a house and he ended up renting a room for less than $300 a month, the two other people who live there are avid skiers and it's under 30 minutes to skiing. So there's craigslist and you could also look up places for rent in the Tribune. There are tons of ski shops in the area so hopefully your experience will allow you to get a job doing what you can. For any other info do a search. I can't tell you how many threads there are on SLC and associated topics. Good luck man!
post #3 of 22

Slc

Bars in Utah? LOL

Utah is a strange state. The skiing is great but I'd suggest you visit because the church state culture might be a bit much if you're not LDS.
post #4 of 22
Salt Lake has decent night life considering what / who runs the state.
Port O' Call downtown is a hot spot,for music, women, and booze.
Just ask for a sponser at the door,and your in.
There are stranger drinking laws in other states. Some states wont let you buy beer on Sunday,,, some counties in Utah you can, as welll as the bars are open on Sundays.
post #5 of 22
Tahoetr, I am sad to report that They will no longer allow you to sponsor someone. Your guest must come in with you. Just more BS.
Just becuse you are tech in some shop does not mean you will get a job in a shop at Alta or The Bird. Many of The guys who work in the shops in the Cottonwood Canyons have worked many seasons up there. Some have been techs for the US Ski Team. and or have some other impressive credentials. Bar and Restaurant gigs are your best bet to make some money and have some ski time. For that type of work Park City is best. Plus The social scene is far better then SLC. Affordable housing is another story. You can always drive over to Alta/Bird for the goods. Also Jackson Hole is only a 5 hour drive.
post #6 of 22
Aside from the greatest skiing on earth, there is the same look-alike Mormon church every three blocks and something called "members only" bars. Lots of folks seem to walk around with a "stepford-like" glazed look. Of course, this doesn't hold true for Park City, where there are lots of transplants-but we found it in the suburbs of SLC. You really need to visit before you make any commitment to settle there. Park City is very pricey to live in, I've heard.

Utahans, please don't get mad at me-this is just my opinion-coming from a cynical Jersey girl.
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by Shwaggin
If there is anything else that you think a 23 year old right out college should know about Salt Lake, please don't hesitate to include.
I"m just a SLC 20 yr tourist, but I heartily agree with all of the above and something tells me, schwaggin, in general SLC does not have the overall package you are looking for. great place to ski though. try tahoe??
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by hobojo
Utahans, please don't get mad at me-this is just my opinion-coming from a cynical Jersey girl.
That's all right. We think the same thing about the Joisy burbs.

Powdr
post #9 of 22
I would defer to the poster above about jobs as a ski tech.

But if you are willing to work in food service, the parking lot or something like that, the ski areas are almost always hiring.

Salt Lake City has its own "college ghetto" on the northeast side near the University of Utah. And like the previous poster mentioned, there are lots of nightspots downtown. There are also nightspots for those that practice Alternative Lifestyles, not that there's anything wrong with that.

Yeah, lots of people do have that Stepford Wives look in Sandy, Draper, etc. But in my old neighborhood in Rose Park or in the Glendale neighborhood, you'd have to explain what a "Esposa de Stepford" is. And over in Kearns & West Valley City, there are Polynesian communities.

One other thing that not too many tourists are aware of is that during the summer, we have pretty much the same weather as Las Vegas; but with 10 to 15 degrees (Fahrenheit) knocked off the top. Something to think about if you are going to stay the summer.
post #10 of 22
Looks like the standard stereotypes continue to be perpetuated.

As someone who has lived their entire post-college life in Utah (and who been to all the states in the US), listen not to people that have not lived here. Anywhere you go after college, will be tough to measure up to the social scene that was available in those years.

First - it is easier to get a beer in UT, then my home state of PA. Although there is no central entertainment district in SLC, there are plenty of places where you have to wait in a line to get in. The club thing is not a big deal either - worst case scenario you have to pay a $4 cover charge to get in any bar/club.

The common denominator that I have seen who have lived here and went home with a negative opinion, are those who really did not make an effort to meet like minded people. I would suggest you work at restaurant at Snowbird (night hours). It is a great place to meet people and ski alot. After doing that for a year, unless you are socially inept, you should have made plenty of friends.

As far as the expert tourists - they generally need to feel good about their home states, so they like to keep the myths going. Skiing challenging terrain in good conditions on a consistent basis, really cannot to matched in the US.
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by Thimby
Although there is no central entertainment district in SLC, .
Maybe we have different definitions of "Central Entertainment District". If so, I would defer to yours, because these days; my idea of Night Life is a Wiggles concert at the E Center.

But Iggy's, Port O Call, Red Rock, Squatters and The Gateway are a cheap cab ride or a free bus ride or Trax ride away from each other downtown. There's live theater there, too and the University of Utah has all kinds of fun things to do or at least young people who know where to find the fun.

I'm pretty sure that Salt Lake City had brewpubs before Las Vegas did.
post #12 of 22
Shwaggin, what is Park City doing on the poll?

And is anybody going to make a comment on the skiing? That was what the poll was on. I'm going to do my own thread comparing Alta, Solitude, and Brighton. Hopefully, it will be a good source of information from all points of view after some other people put in feedback as well.
post #13 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shwaggin

If there is anything else that you think a 23 year old right out college should know about Salt Lake, please don't hesitate to include.
The beer is all 3.2% alcohol, even the malt liquor.:
post #14 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by RSLFan
There are also nightspots for those that practice Alternative Lifestyles, not that there's anything wrong with that.
When I was 20, I lived briefly in SLC. Walking around town one day when I first arrived, my friend and I had to whizz, so we walked into this dark bar at mid-afternoon.

Radio City Lounge, I think it was called.

Most memorable quote in the 'ladies' restroom: "Don't worry, we're ALL girls here!":
post #15 of 22
That is the easy part. You will figure it out very quickly after one short season.
Alta/Bird - As a season pass holder - I am biased.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by Shwaggin
What’s the best ski resort as far as terrain and snow conditions? I’m thinking of working for Snowbird or Alta.
For recreation, it's all a matter of personal taste. Each resort has its own idiosyncracies. For work, the Park City resorts are a flatter but slightly longer from cheap places to live drive while the Cottonwood resorts are a slightly closer but more avalanche prone commute.
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What are the chill areas to live, that are affordable?
Look in Sandy or Murray.
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Jobs?
There are tons of jobs. My little bro drove in to visit a girlfriend and never left. He's worked jobs from fire extinguisher tech, to automated laundry service guy to Olympic construction. It's my understanding that the city shops hire ski techs, but that those jobs are no better than anything else.
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What is Salt Lake City like? Is there a night life there, such as bars? Is it hard to meet people, particularly other skiers?
It's a real city. There are bars, strip joints and church socials aplenty. If you have trouble meeting people in SLC you are socially challenged. Something like 8% of the population skis. You can meet barking bears to get you started. I'd turn you on to my little bro, but he's a bad influence.:

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If there is anything else that you think a 23 year old right out college should know about Salt Lake, please don't hesitate to include.
1) Before you go backcountry skiing, get educated and beg, borrow or ... [no, don't steal] the proper gear.
2) Import REAL beer from out of state
post #17 of 22
I don't mean any harm, but how come people so often lump Alta and Snowbird, but don't link Solitude and Brighton, PC with The Canyons and DV, etc... ? It's already a loaded poll... Alta or Bird, by themselves, deserve the vote, they don't need to share in the domination!

Really, shouldn't the poll should ask:

Little Cottonwood Canyons
Big Cottonwood Canyons
Park City
North of SLC

I mean, really, take what you can get! Its ALLLLLLL Good dude! You'll be smiling every day, regardless!
post #18 of 22

Flawed...

Geeze, I can't believe nobody has said this already, but Alta and Snowbird need to be split. No wonder they are running away with the vote totals...

L
post #19 of 22
I thought the beer sold in the liquor stores and the brew pubs (where food is served) was real beer, not 3.2.
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by volantaddict
The beer is all 3.2% alcohol, even the malt liquor.:
Not entirely true. You can get full strength bottled beers at state retail stores. At bars/restaurants its all 3.2.
post #21 of 22
The bartender at the Wasatch Brew pub told me all their beers comply with "Tavern" laws and do not exceed 4% by volume, 3.2% by weight. Darn good beer as far as I was concerned. You can buy what they call heavy beer at State liquor stores and at full service liquor license restaruants. I brought a couple cases with me on the last vist, but that can apparently put you in jail, so keep that one quiet. :

Utah liquor laws are summarized at this link. Since that is not YOUR question, I have nothing more to say about it. Oh, good luck in the job hunt. You might want to try some of the Salt Lake sporting goods stores, but it will limit your skiing to work during the day.
post #22 of 22
Flawwed!
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