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In Utah now...need help deciding where to ski last day.

post #1 of 23
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Hey guys. Tomorrow is the last day of my Utah vacation. I am a skier and hit Deer Valley on Saturday, Snowbasin on Sunday and Alta/Snowbird today. All four have been great and even with the locals telling me about low snow to this Easterner it has been NIRVANA! Sunday was interesting with fog for most of the day and today was a little slick in spots but with 40+ degree temps, no wind and bluebird skies it was spring skiing at its best! Alta was fantastic...soft snow everywhere. Mineral Basin was also great!

Anyway I need a mountain for my last day tomorrow. I was thinking Solitude as I have never skied Big Cottonwood Canyon and I am staying in Cottonwood Heights so the drive to Solitude is short. PCMR is also a possibility since I have never skied it either. With another warm day on tap for tomorrow any suggestions between the two? Or perhaps another?

Thanks,

Marc
post #2 of 23
Sundance could make for a nice last day. I hear the views are fantastic.

Then there is Solitude.
post #3 of 23
I would go to Brighton. A fun mountain.
post #4 of 23
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You know I did not think of Sundance. With the warm temps I wonder how conditions are and if they do a good job of grooming, etc.? I know its a smaller mountain than any of the Cottonwoods.

As for Brighton the locals tell me its a boarder haven. Nothing wrong with that but most skiers prefer Solitude I am told.
post #5 of 23
Let us know where you ended up going.

Also, I would love to hear all about Utah when you return as our first trip to Utah is right around the corner!!
post #6 of 23
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Let us know where you ended up going.

Also, I would love to hear all about Utah when you return as our first trip to Utah is right around the corner!!
You got it! I am going to head over to Solitude in about an hour and a half or so. Another warm one on tap for today. Funny I left the frigid weather back east...
post #7 of 23
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You got it! I am going to head over to Solitude in about an hour and a half or so.
I'd say that's a good call...
post #8 of 23
Very Good call.
post #9 of 23
Good to hear that you are having fun. Heading to Utah tomorrow. I have been a bit worried that it would be a bad time to leave Colorado.
post #10 of 23
small storms due in Wednesday evening into the weekend. Valley rain but mountain snow.
post #11 of 23
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small storms due in Wednesday evening into the weekend. Valley rain but mountain snow.
Good. Rain in Feb?????? Happy for the snow but I did have visions of hanging out with Muffy and Buffey on a sunny deck at Deer Valley.
post #12 of 23
Might just have to have coktails by the Firplace in the lodge with Muffy and Buffey
post #13 of 23
It won't rain up here. It's sunny and beautiful with snow clouds moving in from the south east. Whether they bring any measurable snow remains to be seen...
post #14 of 23
Just in time. NOAA shows 50% or more chance of snow for Friday-Sunday.
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Might just have to have coktails by the Firplace in the lodge with Muffy and Buffey
Look for me, I will be going by my country club name of Bunnie
post #16 of 23
Thread Starter 
Back home in the flatlands now. Had a great four days and Solitude on the last day was great. Seemed like myself and a few dozen "friends" were the only ones there all day! No lines to speak of. Nice place though doesn't have the "big" feel to hit that Alta/Bird and even Snowbasin had.

Mixed feelings about the spring skiing conditions I had all week. Nice to have lunch outside with the jacket off but one or two storms with fresh powder would have been nice. Interesting to fly out with temps in the 40's last night and JFK at 12 degrees this morning! Somethings not quite right?!?!?

On a side note I did not realize all the issues SLC and the surrounding valley towns were having with pollution. As as easterner you think of the Rockies as having crystal clear air conditions. In every local paper and newscast its a hot topic and looking down to the valley from the Cottonwoods you can really see the haze settle over the valley by the afternoon. Hope these storms coming through helps out!

All in all a fantastic trip and as Arnie says..."I'll be back!!!"
post #17 of 23
It's called inversion happens to the valley every winter. Some years worse then others.
post #18 of 23
Back from Utah. Interesting, never skied in the rain before :
post #19 of 23
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Back from Utah. Interesting, never skied in the rain before :
Where did you ski in the rain at? Has to be one of the lower elevation resorts at the bottom of the mountain.
post #20 of 23
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You know I did not think of Sundance. With the warm temps I wonder how conditions are and if they do a good job of grooming, etc.? I know its a smaller mountain than any of the Cottonwoods.

As for Brighton the locals tell me its a boarder haven. Nothing wrong with that but most skiers prefer Solitude I am told.
A lot of boarders do head to Brighton, but it is still an awesome mountain...much better than Solitude in my opinion. Great terrain, great trees, and great lifts. No lift lines. You should try it out on your next trip...it will blow Solitude away.
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Where did you ski in the rain at? Has to be one of the lower elevation resorts at the bottom of the mountain.

Park City Resort. Up high it was heavy wet snow. Lower it was mostly rain mixed with a bit of snow. Kinda fun. Not what I had hoped for but it was different.
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Park City Resort. Up high it was heavy wet snow. Lower it was mostly rain mixed with a bit of snow. Kinda fun. Not what I had hoped for but it was different.
Welcome to Utah, Date 2025....
post #23 of 23
For the 06/07 ski season guess we should change the license plate from " the Greatest Snow on Earth" To the "Biggest no show snow on earth"
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