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Utah on the dirt dirt cheap

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
hey me and my friend are going to utah jan 29th to feb 6th. we always go to utah and stay at the best western, but we need something even cheaper this year for the two of us. all we need is two single beds, and a close proximity to the ski bus. also any suggestions on how to get/swindle cheap lift tickets to alta, snowbasin, and deer valley? please help we are poor poor sad students
post #2 of 25
Two words: snow cave
post #3 of 25
If you are flying in to SLC look into the PC quick start program for free half day at DV on your day of arrival.
post #4 of 25
You can purchase discount tickets through canyon sports. Search them and you can find the website.
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
haha i love the idea of a snow cave....but whats the next step up?
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
yeah i been to canyon.....their discount (and the hotels discount) seemed way better last year
post #7 of 25
In my experience, SLC hotels are preety cheap. Bet you could do pretty well on Priceline.com
post #8 of 25
"Extended Stay" hotel in Sandy UT. http://www.extendedstayamerica.com/ and pretty sure the ski bus is close enough.
post #9 of 25
Extended Stay in Midvale is better for catching buses than Sandy, more frequent and they start earlier (it was better in 2004 but it may have changed). Midvale is better located for both Canyons and you are also that little bit closer if you decide to go to Park City.
post #10 of 25
simple answer: dont drink out there
post #11 of 25
I stayed at the Extended Stay America in Midvale. Great location, marginal amenities. If you stay a week, the prices are very reasonable and you can get a room with 2 doubles. Had a car so I don't know about the buses or the schedule. I doubt if there are many buses that go to Snowbasin from there.

FYI, Ski N. See is just about 1/2 mi. away from the ESA and they have discount tickets to everywhere but powder mt. Great shop.

If you have no money, why are you planning on going to Deer Valley? Brighton, Alta and Solitude are much cheaper. If you really want to save more money, drink only water at the resorts. Drink beer other places.
post #12 of 25
Try site 59.com
post #13 of 25
The 3-day Super Pass, good at Solitude, Alta, Snowbird and Brighton at $45 a day is really great deal if used at Snowbird, because it will get you on the tram.
post #14 of 25
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The 3-day Super Pass, good at Solitude, Alta, Snowbird and Brighton at $45 a day is really great deal if used at Snowbird, because it will get you on the tram.
Does Canyon Sports offer the 3 day super pass? I used to go to The lift house before Canyon Sports took them over. Great deal on lift tickets. I too am looking to book a quick last minute trip out the end of this month. This will be my first time staying in SLC. In the past I stayed in PC or up at Snowbird.
post #15 of 25
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Does Canyon Sports offer the 3 day super pass? I used to go to The lift house before Canyon Sports took them over. Great deal on lift tickets. I too am looking to book a quick last minute trip out the end of this month. This will be my first time staying in SLC. In the past I stayed in PC or up at Snowbird.
Yes. We always get our tickets at Canyon or at Ski'n See. I think they also had a version of the Super Pass we could have purchased at our motel that included the shuttle to and from the areas, but I'm not sure of the specifics. If you stay in town ask at the motel desk. If you just get reqular tickets at Canyon then Solidtude, Brighton, Alta and the Snowbird chair were all the same price, and you don't have to go to the ticket window at the area like with the Super Pass. We were suprised this year when we got the Super Pass and guy at the ticket window at the Bird told us it was good for the Tram, which is something like a $20/day savings, although with the new high speed Pervian lift and the Bass Hole conveyor the Tram is not as attactive as before.

You need to check out the specifics of the Super Pass. I am certianly no expert on the subject, having blundered into it before X-mas this year for the one and only time. http://www.visitsaltlake.com/ski_sal...uper_pass.html

I have always checked out Lift House and have bought many skis there over the years. They usually have an end of season sale (starting before the acutal end of the season) when they have 1/2 off on all the skis in the place. Don't know if you can get tickets there.
post #16 of 25
I've also used Lift House, Canyon sports, Sea n' ski -all
good for 2 to 15 bucks off lifts.

Don't forget to check Smith's Groceries. Their Snowbird tix
(Tram or Chair) sometimes are less than all the above.

Intown Suites in Midvale near Trax and on bus routes to
LCC and BCC can be cheaper but a bit more plain than the
other Midvale extended stay places.
post #17 of 25
Get a good sleeping bag rent a mini van and sleep in the back. Use the dollar menu at your favorite gage in bag restaurant. Learn to use AT gear and earn your turns. Who needs lift tickets? hang out at local bars in Park City. Wait for a Cougar to hit on you and pay for everything,while you get to hang out in her ex husbands Deer valley ski house.
post #18 of 25
There are a ton of places to stay in SLC and the Sandy area for cheap. I assume you already have your plane tickets? We booked last week the flight and hotel together and saved a bunch of money.

Canyon sports has several locations with discount lift tickets. Like someone else mentioned, if you fly in early, use your boarding pass to ski for free.
post #19 of 25
Priceline for hotels in SLC.
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by Utah49 View Post
Get a good sleeping bag rent a mini van and sleep in the back. Use the dollar menu at your favorite gage in bag restaurant. Learn to use AT gear and earn your turns. Who needs lift tickets? hang out at local bars in Park City. Wait for a Cougar to hit on you and pay for everything,while you get to hang out in her ex husbands Deer valley ski house.
Thats the best suggestion yet
post #21 of 25
Agree on skinning up. Really ski like a local - get up at 5, earn your turns with a 2 hour hike and 20 minute ride down, then go to work .

If you must ski at a resort, bring a water container (camelback if you got it) and fill it at the bubbler (that's a water fountain for you non-New Englanders
post #22 of 25
Is it just dumb luck that you booked your trip for the day after Sundance ends, or was it planned that way? Either way, lucky for you. I'm staying in a house with 4 other people during the last week of Sundance and I'm still paying close to $300 a night. When I was a poor student and made the mistake of hitting UT during Sundance (twice), it was a Quality Inn at SLC airport, as nothing was available any closer at any price.
post #23 of 25
Thread Starter 
btw my flight was 150$ plus taxes from new york hmmm the minivan idea is interesting.....
post #24 of 25
doesn't get much cheaper than this...

http://saltlakecity.craigslist.org/vac/262556578.html

nice grab on the tickets by the way. i paid 350 round trip from new york...
post #25 of 25
somebody delete this thread
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