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Typically what's the busier day on the slopes...Saturday or Sunday?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
All things being equal....same weather conditions and non-holiday weekend, what day is usually busier? I started to think Sundays are less crowded because travelers getting out of dodge, but aren't many condo rentals Saturday to Saturday meaning people arriving and leaving on that day (not skiing whether arriving or leaving)?

Could impact where I ski on my Feb trip to SLC but just curious what the locals all over felt!

Thanks.
post #2 of 14
In Utah, Saturday is a much more crowded day on the mountain compared to Sunday... When the local "faithful" are at church.
post #3 of 14

Sunshine experience

Saturday is usually a bigger day than Sunday at Sunshine, and the crowds arrive earlier (arriving at 9:00 on a Saturday would put me a couple of hundred yards farther back in the parking lot as opposed to Sunday). A possible exception to this is Easter weekend, when I believe the Friday and Sunday crowds outpace the Saturday crowd (based on a half-remembered conversation with one of the Ski-Host coordinators).

I suspect there will be some variation on this, depending on where the major market is for the resort. I suspect the Saturday/Sunday imbalance might be greater at resorts that are within a relatively easy commute of a major population center. Ones that are four or five hours distant will probably get a lot of Friday night to Sunday close action, rather than choosing just one of the weekend days to drive out.
post #4 of 14
I used to do a lot of day skiing in New England, and always found Saturday far more crowded. Why is that? People going to church on Sunday? Want to catch the games? I could never figure it out. Lift tickets used to cost less on Sundays too...

Over here, where Saturday is traditionally a work day, Sunday is traditionally more crowded, and gapers are known as sciatori della domenica, or "Sunday skiers". However, over the last 4-5 years the Saturday crowds have caught up. Pretty hard to see the difference now.
post #5 of 14
Saturday, no doubt.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys! I will be skiing in SLC four days first week of Feb...Sat-Tues and was deciding on a first day mountain. Staying in Sandy/Midvale so I know its a bit of a drive but I think I am going to trek to Snowbasin on the first day since crowds are at a minumum there. Also had Alta or DV in mind for day one. I have a rental car so no big deal either way.

Sounds like a plan, no?
post #7 of 14
It's close but i think saturday is a bit more crowded.
post #8 of 14
I don't think it's close. Saturdays are more crowded.
post #9 of 14
gores95,
Checkout rquicks thread intitled "Snowbasin no longer a secret", I have no first hand experience, but based on that thread it sounds like you might be a little disappointed if you make the long trek to Snowbasin specifically for lack of crowds. From what I've read here on Epicski, maybe Solitude would be less crowded and a little closer to Sandy too.
post #10 of 14
I'd suggest either Canyons or Deer Valley for that Saturday, crowd-wise. Leave Snowbasin for a GOOD weather day, you really must see it all, c'est magnifique!

Alta may be good for Sunday, as they still don't allow boarders (unlees you board...).
post #11 of 14
Satirday is more busy cause it gives sunday to recoup..
post #12 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ben Lomond View Post
In Utah, Saturday is a much more crowded day on the mountain compared to Sunday... When the local "faithful" are at church.
Nailed it.
post #13 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ben Lomond View Post
In Utah, Saturday is a much more crowded day on the mountain compared to Sunday... When the local "faithful" are at church.
Or want people to think they're at church!
post #14 of 14
All else being equal, Saturday is always busier unless Monday is a major, major holiday (e.g., Xmas). Sunday afternoon particularly so.
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