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Utah....questions....

post #1 of 8
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Hello all,
I've pulled up many threads on Utah, but have not seen the answers to the following (please help!):

1. How convenient would it be to stay in Sandy....I will be taking a group of about 10 skiers....is there much to do there on non-skiing days?
If not Sandy, any suggestions??

2. I've checked on www.vrbo.com for rental homes....what areas would you recommend I look at, other than the obvious?

3. How busy does Park City/Deer Valley get Jan 18-28 ...Sundance Film Festival time? Does the town get busy, and the ski areas stay fairly quiet?

4. Drive time from Sandy to various ski areas?

5. Any online maps showing Utah ski areas on one map? www.skiutah.com has maps, but they're virtually useless.

Thanks much! Any other thoughts you might have will be much appreciated!
post #2 of 8
1. Sandy is very convient to stay in. You are close enough to 7 major resorts- hard to beat. On non-skiing days, I'm not sure what you are looking for, but there are plenty of shops, or you can go in to SLC which is 10 min. away.

2. check www.mountmajestic.com for rental homes in the Sandy/Cottonwood Canyon area, we used them last year.

3. Not sure about the times you have there- never been during that time.

4. From Sandy you are pretty close to a lot of places. Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, and Solitude are about a 30 min. drive up the canyons. PC, DV are about 45 min. away, but mostly interstate.

5. Don't know about showing all ski areas on one map, but take a look at each ski areas website.
post #3 of 8

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1. Sandy is very convenient for Big or Little Cottonwood (Solitude.Brighton, Alta/Snowbird). It is right by the base of the canyons. Salt Lake would be your main nightlife option.
2. Not sure about other housing options
3. Park City is absolutely nuts during Sundance...unless you want to wait in lines for food, skiing and driving this time is to be avoided. Good skiing can still be had at Snowbasin, Powder Mountain or the Cottonwood Canyons but, then why would you stay in Park City?
4. Little and Big Cottonwood areas are roughly 15 minutes from Sandy. Park City/Deer Valley areas are 45-55 depending on weather.
5. Not sure about maps
If you want nightlife and skiing with a minimum of driving stay in Park City (as long as you avoid Sundance). Plenty of good skiing can be had at PC/DV and the Canyons.
Staying in Sandy will give you quick access to the best terrain and snow that Utah offers (the Cottonwood areas get a minimum of 100 inches more per year than the PC/Deer Valley areas) but, the local nightlife is limited so a short (15ish) drive to Salt Lake is necessary.
post #4 of 8
The thing we didn't like about staying in Sandy was that we didn't feel like we were on a "ski vacation" we basicly were staying in the suburb's. Granted it was close we the Little & Big Cottonwoods, but it didn't feel like a vacation.
post #5 of 8
1. >is there much to do there on non-skiing days?
it is suburbia, not a place for non-skiing days..go somewhere else if you want that

>2. I've checked on www.vrbo.com for rental homes....what areas would you recommend I look at, other than the obvious?
i stayed in rental homes, and i am actually happier in a hotel, split up, cleaner, shinier.

4. Drive time from Sandy to various ski areas?
all doable.

5. Any online maps showing Utah ski areas on one map?
order the utah ski travel guide for there or somewhere else.
post #6 of 8
non skiing days?
post #7 of 8
My experience is that the Park City area resorts are not very crowded during the Sundance Festival. A lot of the bed base during this time is occupied by non-skiers.
post #8 of 8
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My experience is that the Park City area resorts are not very crowded during the Sundance Festival. A lot of the bed base during this time is occupied by non-skiers.
I have to agree, most people in town for Sundance are trying to sell thier films, not get all the skiing they can. Yes maybe the resorts resturants at lunch will be more packed with non skiers, the the runs, the lifts, they wont be all that busy. ya sure resorts might see a little increase, but nothing to worry about.
Park City offers a great varity of night life. As for Sandy, not really, it's more of a bedroom community, i have a uncle who lives there, and thats his major complaint. NO NIGHT LIFE. every one heads into downtown slc for the evening. Catch a Jazz game, a hocky game, college ball, sight see. Rent a car drive out the the UT/ NV for gambling.Shop til ya drop. BTW theres a couple of mom n pop ski stores near the cottonwoods. Lift house i think is the name.
Have fun, and don't let the Utah driver's habits scare ya
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