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Utah trip planning - advice needed

post #1 of 10
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Having lost an opportunity to take a full month off from the real world to ski, am back to planning a regular trip in January. This time I'd like to try a newer option - that of staying somewhere in the SLC area and making day trips to the hills.

Which hotels or options would someone recommend? Any particular areas or parts of town better for skiers? Thanks for any tips, I've already stayed at Alta and Snowbird and want to try something different.
post #2 of 10
Why do you want to try something different? You could bunk in a Extended Stay America and commute to the hills - not a bad option for cost if you rent by the week - but didn't you enjoy the on-mountain stays?
post #3 of 10
Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City is nice if you're on a budget.
Stein Erickson's is nice if you're not...

Here's a link from research done for last year's gathering. All kidding aside, Park City rocks and is only 45 min or so from the Cottonwoods and Sundance, which is beautiful and overlooked..

post #4 of 10
Last year we stayed one night at the Residence Inn in Sandy until our house was ready. It was very nice- full breakfast and dinner daily (included), internet, pool, kitchen, everything you need. It is located at the base of the Cottonwoods, so it will be an easy drive up there. We might end up doing our trip in March this way this year.
post #5 of 10
What are your dates? That will affect things like Park City... if sundance is on, accommodation is crazy there, plus commuting doesn't work very well as all the roads in and out are clogged. If you are earlier than Sundance, then read Mr Crab's thread, as early January is quiet-as.
post #6 of 10
roads clogges in. out? Hmmm i never had any trouble when sundance was in town. Just avoid Main street, and you'll be fine. Lodging and places to eat are insane,
post #7 of 10
Even in normal times, the road to Kimball is a sea of light long after sundown. During Sundance, it can almost become a mobile parking area. Many people are living outside of PC now due to housing costs. Add them to the ski traffic, adn then add to that the Sundance traffic, and it's a zoo.
post #8 of 10
We always stay at the Crystal Inn downtown. Great breakfast, nice pool, large rooms. Less than 1 minute from highway to all the mountains. PC 30 min., same for Alta and Bird, 45 for Snowbasin.
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We've stayed in Homestead Studios Sugarhouse twice and we liked it. Nothing fancy but clean and has kitchenette. For week long stay we payed $50 a night for queen studio. Highway was 1.5 minutes away, 20-25 minutes to Alta/Snowbird/Solitude/Brighton, 30 minutes to Park City, 45 minutes to Snowbasin and Sundance.
The whole trip for 2 came to $1300 without ski tickets, $2000 with ski tickets. 2nd week of february.
I try hard to beat that deal and it is quite impossible.
post #10 of 10
Depending on how many people are in the group, a condo might be a really good deal ($50/night). I stayed in one in Cottonwood Heights a couple of times - close to bus or highway etc. Many have hottubs, full kitchens, laundry, offstreat parking etc. There are also condos in BCC.

Park City is nice if you can find a place but it's a little more money and you get less.
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