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Utah on the Cheap

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I know I've read the answers to my questions in previous threads but searching is not doing me much good, so please bear with me (pun intended).

I'm planning a trip for two to Utah over Presidents Day week. I know it's not the best time but it's the time we have.

We are not flush, but should be able to do this if we really watch our pennies. Where is the best place to stay in the area for cheap? I know that it is inexpensive to stay in the SLC area but where within the city or surrounding area is best, meaning closest to skiing and public transportation? We would like to get to Alta at least once. We like challenging runs and are not impressed by great grooming.

If you know of a thread that has answered these questions adequately, please let me know the link.

Thanks,
Phil
post #2 of 13
these should give you something to chew on.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=24777

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=37082

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=36859

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=32463

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=24777

make sure you thoroughly analyze whether you are really saving money by taking the bus rather than the car! the bus is a hassle if you are not a townie. it might be just a few bucks extra to split the cheapest car, plus is good for dinner, etc.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Perfect! Thanks so much. I must be an idiot when it comes to using the search function. This is great info.
post #4 of 13
i checked that out too and you can take utah's bus or train system from slc airport to downtown SLC and then take the bus or train from downtown to alta/snowbird. dont think you can stay too late on the mountain and may have to get up earlier than you want, but thats pretty cheap.

search for uta or utah transit. should be able to get schedules and maps easy enough.
post #5 of 13
If there are two pocketbooks I would look into renting a small car. Also staying in the Sandy area cuts off a few minutes on the commute. Look at skiing at Brighton and Solitiude for the cheapest lift tickets. You can buy discount tickets at local ski shops. (or even at the hotel you stay at)
post #6 of 13
Howdy Phil-

Utah's a great value. I went there twice last year. The first time I stayed at Sleep Inn in South Jordan, but that UTA bus line sucks. The other time was with buddies at the Cliff Lodge at the 'Bird.

The UTA bus is OK for the South Towne Mall hotels(other side of the bridge from Sleep Inn), but the line, itself, runs infrequently. This Year I'm staying on the UTA #98 route, which is the best. I'm staying on 7200/Fort Union blvd. I'm going super cheap - Inn Town Suites, Midvale....but there's also La Quintana, Quality Inn, Best Western, Super 8, Motel 6, Days Inn, etc. My experience is that the #98 runs the most frequently. This area of mid SLC is Midvale. The 98 goes to Alta, 'Bird, but also allows for transfers to the Soli/Brighton line. Wherever you're looking to stay ask them how far to the UTA bus stop.

The bus is $3 I think, but you can buy a Super Pass(from a participating hotel, even if you're not styaing there) that includes bus fare and a pass at Alt/Brd?Soli/Bri for the day. The pass saves you a good bit of dough if you're gonna ski the tram at the 'Bird.

I skied at Alta and 'Bird. My home Mtn. is Mad River Glen, so I WAY prefer Alta.

Happy Trails,

-jkm
post #7 of 13
Stay in Sandy, UT. 15 min. ish away from SLC...at mouth of Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. If you search, there are loads of motels/hotels and condos right there. Then, you can drive right up the canyons to 4 premier resorts. All 4, especially Alta and Snowbird are super challening with little grooming and great snow.

This is the cheapest way to go in the whole country I think. If you don't mind being without the resort atmosphere, Sandy is the perfect place with everything you need and cheap. Great skiing right up the canyons.
post #8 of 13
>so I WAY prefer Alta
must be the snowflake sweaters at alta that make you feel at home.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm interested in Alta because of its legendary status and the fact that it isn't a big resort. It has the most snowfall of any resort except my home base of Mt. Baker, but the snow is a whole lot better on average I'm told. I get to Whistler fairly often since it's right up the road and I'm sick of the resort scene there so Alta feels more like home to me, at least from a distance.

It looks like I need to get reservations for President's Day fast. One place I liked was already booked up. Does anyone have recommendations for a less expensive place with kitchens in Sandy?
post #10 of 13
"...must be the snowflake sweaters at alta that make you feel at home."

Oh, a wise guy, huh?

I love the 'Bird. I had one of my best days ever in the Basin last March in waist-deep powder. Alta and the 'Bird are like Batgirl and Wonder Woman in that they're both super-duper, spectacular, heads and shoulders above the crowd. Just Alta's sexy and the 'Bird is...not!
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
I'm interested in Alta because of its legendary status and the fact that it isn't a big resort. It has the most snowfall of any resort except my home base of Mt. Baker, but the snow is a whole lot better on average I'm told. I get to Whistler fairly often since it's right up the road and I'm sick of the resort scene there so Alta feels more like home to me, at least from a distance.

It looks like I need to get reservations for President's Day fast. One place I liked was already booked up. Does anyone have recommendations for a less expensive place with kitchens in Sandy?

Extended Stay America in Midvale or Sandy. Decent accomodations with kitchen and great weekly rates. I prefer the Midvale location, but either works well.
post #12 of 13
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Extended Stay America in Midvale or Sandy. Decent accomodations with kitchen and great weekly rates. I prefer the Midvale location, but either works well.
Argh! They're the ones who were booked up!
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by skugrud View Post
If there are two pocketbooks I would look into renting a small car. Also staying in the Sandy area cuts off a few minutes on the commute.
I agree with renting a car, they are pretty cheap in SLC. It gives you much more flexability and the bus can be a zoo. Ski Alta and Snowbird first, then decide if you really need to go anywhere else.
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