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Please help with Alta/Snowbird area

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Our group has now increased to a total of 10 skiers, intermediate to expert, heading to Alta/Snowbird. I've done a ton of research to help us find a 5-BR condo/house and have come up with very few options close to the mountains (ie, the price is out of our budget).

We've found a house in our budget that's on the ski bus route, about 10-15 min to the mountains. Is it true that Alta/Snowbird frequently close the road to the slopes? We were told from friends who ski there a lot that we wouldn't want to stay anywhere outside of the gates. Any thoughts on this? We're having trouble finding somewhere for so many people.

Thank you!
post #2 of 21
Staying in Sandy is not that bad. The road does close for avalance control sometimes, but its not an all the time thing.

Staying at the resort is nice and has a much better Ski Vacation feel.

You should BREAK UP the 10 people so you can all stay in LCC meet for dinner hang out but sleep in multiple nice cozy affordable places.

ME: after a hard day on the slopes the last thing in the world I would want would be to share space with 9 other people.
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
We've thought about breaking up the group but it's just not going to work so we'll have to find a large condo or house. How is traffic on the road to the mountains? Our friends who told us about the avy control closings also tell us that we'll be stuck in bumper to bumper in the ski bus.
post #4 of 21
My experince is limited but yes if you stay in Sandy you can be shut out to late morning(happen to me twice in 2 months I skied everyday) but at the same time the Big Cottonwood Resorts dont get shut off as easily. So if you want to get freshies now you could drive down Wasatch Blvd and go there instead.
post #5 of 21
Staying below the canyon is cheaper but less convenient. What is unfortunate is the better the conditions, the worse the traffic, and if you are not up the canyon when they close the road, you will want to cry. Imagine, a huge dump, enough to close the road, and the people already there are having epic powder runs, and you can't be part of it.

So, under normal conditions, it is a hassle to stay in SLC but not too painful. If you have great snow conditions, you will reget staying below.

If you can afford it, stay at the Alta Peruvian. Great atmosphere.
post #6 of 21
They regularly close the Little Cottonwood Canyon for avi work at night during storm cycles but try to have it open first thing in the morning. If they bomb a big one it takes time to clear it and you can be shut out until late morning while the folks who stayed at the area have the place to themselves, but I don't think that happens often enough that you should plan your trip around it. Besides, on a powder day you are probably getting an early start so you can just hang a left at the bottom of the canyon, head to Big Cottonwood, and still make an early chair at Solitude or Brighton. If the storm is so big that both canyons are shut for hours then the ski areas are probably still bombing too, which means only limited runs will be open until the afternoon.

There is nothing sweeter than being "trapped" up canyon on a huge powder day, and nothing worse than being shut out, but I wouldn't plan my whole trip around it happening. If they close Little Cottonwood there are still 5 other areas within an hour drive. Get a very early start on powder days and you will be skiing untracked somewhere, it just may not be Alta/Snowbird.
post #7 of 21
great points mudfoot totally agree with your perspective, mine like your's from personal experiences
post #8 of 21
You can be stuck at the bottom of the Canyon or trapped at the top of the Canyon and innter-lodged for the nigh and part of the next morning. Nothing like shareing the floor of a dinning room for the night with a few 100 friends. You might wake to find your car has been moved to a new parking space by an Avalanche. Even if it is parked in the right spot digging it out of 3 to 5 is alot of fun. These things happen. It is all part of the Cottonwood Canyons. Keep an open mind and havea game plan for an epic dump.
Die hard Alta skiers would never admit to this but many have been seen skiing Deer Valley on those days when the Canyon road is closed. It is also well known that most of that great powder will be trashed by 1pm on a powder day.
post #9 of 21
This is what your car looks like after a storm in the LCC, this picture was taken at 4pm before interlodge sometime in april, other peoples car that day were humps you couldnt see the sheet metal at all. When storms get this bad chances are the slopes are closed too.

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post #10 of 21
We need more pics and clips of the Cottonwood dumps to scar the wantabes back to Colorado.
post #11 of 21
I had a tons from the big one in april but they were on my phone and my phone got destroyed so they are gone beside the one i sent to my Email before that.
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA
This is what your car looks like after a storm in the LCC, this picture was taken at 4pm before interlodge sometime in april, other peoples car that day were humps you couldnt see the sheet metal at all. When storms get this bad chances are the slopes are closed too.

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Doesn't look so bad, just like Winter Park at least once per week last season. (Now show us some pictures of the cars that were actually buried.)
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by icanseeformiles(andmiles)
Doesn't look so bad, just like Winter Park at least once per week last season. (Now show us some pictures of the cars that were actually buried.)
k. Oh, and that's Salt Lake. Imagine what Alta would be getting in this.

post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by Utah49
We need more pics and clips of the Cottonwood dumps to scar the wantabes back to Colorado.
Think its going to take a little more then that, We call that a dusting where I come from!
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post #15 of 21
Last January after Mammoth had 95 inches in 31 hours this guy excavated the sides but not the top of his car.
post #16 of 21
the road doesn't "frequently" close, but it does close periodically with heavy snow. Besides the cost there are a few more advantages staying down in Sandy. #1 the altitude - ski high and sleep low. You will get a much better rest in Sandy for a short trip. #2 - food, tons of regular restaraunts that the gang can go to each night down below.

(could someone help me with this very wide screen that I have to scroll across to read now)
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
(could someone help me with this very wide screen that I have to scroll across to read now)

I think it's due to the photos posted above. Nuisance, ain't it.
post #18 of 21
Yeah I remember one year at the Iron Blossam circa 1990. The front desk called and said I needed to move my car ('89 Dodge Colt) so they could plow..I really had a tough time finding my car...

There was a five foot hat on top of my little ski car econobox

what good times those were
post #19 of 21
It snows like crazy in the Cottonwood Canyons. We have stayed in Big Cottonwood canyon the past 2 years (Brighton/Solitude), but skiied several days at Alta/Snowbird too. I havn't found the roads to be bad. The past 2 years we headed to the airport at 5 a.m. and passed the snow plowels coming up the mountain.
post #20 of 21
If the Cottonwoods are closed, The Canyons is a good alternative. Another alternative is Snowbasin. Either one is a little over an hour from Midvale/SLC and both have access roads that are not too steep.
post #21 of 21

just take the bus

i take the bus 100 times a year . its cheaper, safer, and just as quick.if the road is closed, the lift operators cant get up either.
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