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Haven’t skied Utah in fifteen years and want to get out of the Canadian Rockies while US funds are reasonable! Have a group of seven adult, advanced or better ability, with four having beacons and back country equipment and experience. Sure could use some ideas and info on a good plan of attack to cover as much as possible without getting stupid! Definitely want to ski Alta but what else makes sense from a driving standpoint? Will be going for six days in Feb. A clean, reasonably priced, (no frills required) condo or efficiency, centrally located would be our accommodations goal. Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
post #2 of 15
I did a Utah trip last year. 2 of us stayed in Kimball Junction, which I thought was a very good base. An hour to Snowbasin, 40 minutes or so to Alta and Snowbird, 40 minutes to Solitude and 10 minutes to Deer Valley. Our condo unit was very nice, though we had to walk outside to get to the hot tub. $1620 ($810 each) for 6 nights and that included a 4 wheel drive rental, a Toyota Highlander. Dinner at night was rarely over $20 each. Good food everywhere in Park City which was 5 minutes up the road. We flew Delta out of Portland, Maine...roundtrip $430.

As for the skiing.....out of sight and fantastic!! We were there the first week of March and had 2 powder days, at Snowbasin and Deer Valley. IMO, Alta is a gorgeous mountain but the crowd was unbearable. It took away from the vibe. Snowbird to me was UNREAL!!! Loved it. Solitude was probably my best day on ski's.... ever! Deer Valley, something about it that I loved. It was pretty and the tree skiing was what I had dreamed about. Awesome. Snowbasin was face shots all day!!

I have no back-country experience so I can't help you there. I will say in-bounds at all these area's were more than enough for this Eastern skier.

May you have a far out and groovey trip, as we did!!
post #3 of 15
I would stay somewhere in the Sandy area. The Residence Inn has 2 locations nearby and both offer a great full breakfast and dinner I believe. Plus it's nice, clean, and reasonable. It is at the base of Big & Little Cottonwood Canyons. This is where I would spend 4 of the 6 days.

Alta and Snowbird are both excellent areas with loads of expert terrain and the best snow of them all. Snowbasin is about an hour away, which if you make the drive, it is very nice. No crowds, great facilities, and good terrain. Park City is 45 min. or so.

You will be happy in Utah. You can pick from many places and I think the Sandy area or south Salt Lake will be the quickest place to the best skiing in LCC and BCC.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the good information. You guys rock! I looked at a Salt Lake Map after reading your threads and have a better understanding of the logistics of getting around. One last question. Where to the locals ski, and is Alta always crowded?

Thanks Dudes
post #5 of 15
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Where do the locals ski, and is Alta always crowded?
The locals usually ski in the powder.

It's not that Alta is crowded, but there is a large population of skiers that have thier routes wired and will track out everything long before you get there. If there's fresh snow and you're unfamiliar with the LCC resorts, it's best to go to the BCC resorts or the Ogden area.
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Thanks for all the good information. You guys rock! I looked at a Salt Lake Map after reading your threads and have a better understanding of the logistics of getting around. One last question. Where to the locals ski, and is Alta always crowded?

Thanks Dudes
I have been to Alta just once, so I am NOT in the know. But, 2,500 acres serviced by 4 lifts. I would say yes, Alta is always crowded. Lift lines!!

I would ski there one day. IMO, Snowbird kicks butt to Alta.

Jer has good info on Alta. Jer, step up to the plate. Then maybe we could hear from SnowbirdDevotee. :

Seriously, we skied 5 Utah resorts in 5 days. You really can't go wrong.
post #7 of 15
Alta can be very crowded cause everyone is delusion there

Snowbird is too steep you best go to BCC.....or wait dont go to BCC in fact dont come to utah we cant even drink beer here.

Serious answer now

Snowbird should be on your list, alta should be on your list yes it can be crowded a a private from a snowbird or alta instructor can keep you ahead of the lines at both places till your legs cant handle it anymore.(plus guiding around ...)

Solitude has the most untracked(inbounds) in the wasatch and brighton has the best side country there is, and it almost never closes.

PM me if you heading up to alta/bird or brighton if I got a day off you I promise you a great day.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
Snowbird should be on your list, alta should be on your list yes it can be crowded a a private from a snowbird or alta instructor can keep you ahead of the lines at both places till your legs cant handle it anymore.(plus guiding around ...)
I have been to Alta and Snowbird a few times but don't recall seeing a guide service. If someone had masochistic tendencies and wanted to torture their legs how would they arrange for a guide?
post #9 of 15
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I have been to Alta and Snowbird a few times but don't recall seeing a guide service. If someone had masochistic tendencies and wanted to torture their legs how would they arrange for a guide?
instructor = line cutting guide
post #10 of 15
The most I've ever waited in a lift line at Alta was maybe 5 min. Snowbird was 15 min. in Mineral Basin last year. I believe that was an exception though b/c the snow was awful and really icy on the front, and Mineral Basin got the sun first so everyone was back there. 2 fantastic resorts though, give both a try.
post #11 of 15
IMO - Snowbird is usually quite a bit more crowded than Alta, although aside from the tram the lines are about the same. When you pull up to Alta on a powder day, there will be a huge line on the Collins lift, but as soon as the lifts start running it dissapates pretty quickly. It always blows my mind that more people don't hit Wildcat first, but then again I'm always one of the shlubs waiting in the Collins line. I just can't resist the pull of Rustler Ridge. But yeah - on average the lift lines are 5 minutes tops. The exceptions are holiday weekends and the Supreme lift when Supreme Bowl opens. I should add that I'm almost always in the singles line, tho.

I'm pretty sure Alta has some kind of non-instructional "black diamond/powder" guide type thing where an instructor will show you around and cut in line. Alta also has snowcat skiing, but paying to ski south facing lines in Grizzly Gultch is kinda silly.
post #12 of 15
Heading to Utah for the first time at Christmas. The problem is that I'm sure everyone else is. I could only get the dates off for a trip from 24-29. I have a feeling that most hills will be busy for the whole trip. Any suggestions for where and when.... Staying in Mid Valley, with rental 4x4 willing to drive, looking for POW!!!!
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Heading to Utah for the first time at Christmas. The problem is that I'm sure everyone else is. I could only get the dates off for a trip from 24-29. I have a feeling that most hills will be busy for the whole trip. Any suggestions for where and when.... Staying in Mid Valley, with rental 4x4 willing to drive, looking for POW!!!!
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christmas day is dead at snowbird.

after that is picks up

solitude/brighton wont be crowded compared to lcc
post #14 of 15
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Heading to Utah for the first time at Christmas. The problem is that I'm sure everyone else is. I could only get the dates off for a trip from 24-29. I have a feeling that most hills will be busy for the whole trip. Any suggestions for where and when.... Staying in Mid Valley, with rental 4x4 willing to drive, looking for POW!!!!
Just a Tip: I have found that if you fly on Christmas Day and New Year's Day that it is considerably cheaper because no on wants to fly those days. I suggest running some flight options through Expedia, etc. to see if moving your flights to those days saves you some money. I have been planning our X-mas ski trips that way for the last few years and have saved quite a bit of $$ that is better used for lift tickets.
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Just a Tip: I have found that if you fly on Christmas Day and New Year's Day that it is considerably cheaper because no on wants to fly those days. I suggest running some flight options through Expedia, etc. to see if moving your flights to those days saves you some money. I have been planning our X-mas ski trips that way for the last few years and have saved quite a bit of $$ that is better used for lift tickets.

Thanks for the tip, already bought the tix... I got a good deal $350 from Detroit.

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