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post #1 of 17
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I am in charge of setting up a trip for 6-8 (advanced beginner/intermediate) skiers (adults) in Feb. '08. We have skied Breckenridge/Keystone the past two years and enjoyed it, but we have several who are affected a fair amount by altitude, and (even with medication) usually have the first few days shot with headache/dysequilibrium, etc. We have extended our trips in the past to acclimate slowly, but have a limited number of days this year, so thought we would try Park City. Our thoughts are much lower altitude, less acclimation needed, and just a change of scenery. My problem, however, has been finding lodging at a similar price in Utah. In the past we have found excellent deals in Steamboat, Breck, and Keystone usually with packages directly through the resort, discounting the lodging and lifts by a percentage or even stay/ski 4 nights, get the 5th free sort of thing. However, in looking extensively at Park City/Deer Valley, I find none of those kind of specials. I can find cheaper lodging in Salt Lake City and drive in, but Park City, for example, seems pretty retail. Am I just looking too early?? : Is this kind of discounting not found in Utah? Just for comparison I priced out lodging in Steamboat/Keystone/Breckenridge for this year and it's at least 20%+ less. It's going to be a hard sell to the other folks if expenses are that much higher. I guess I have expected high pricing in Aspen, Beaver Creek and Snowmass (love that resort, though) but didn't know what to expect in UT. Any help or suggestions re UT lodging would be appreciated, or should I wait and see if package deals come later? The people in the group don't demand ski-in, ski-out, but are used to "nice" lodging (let's say equivalent to Gold rating, if one uses the Resortquest rating system). Thanks in advance for any help.
post #2 of 17
Go to Steamboat.....much lower elevation than Summit County and much better snow. Better snow than PC and a very good mountain for intermediates to build confidence
post #3 of 17
We've found some good deals through www.vrbo.com if you're looking for condos.
post #4 of 17
If you are set on PCMR area I would recommend staying in SLC, Sandy, Midvale or Cottonwood Heights. PC is notoriously expensive and you can find nice, clean and inexpensive lodging in the ouskirts. I stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn in Cottonwood Heights and while it is not a Ritz it was great. Altitude is not an issue (elevation 6000' or so) but you would definitely need a car.

Check out Canyon Sports for discounted lift tix. I bought them while I was there.

http://www.canyonsports.com/tickets.html
post #5 of 17
I would find a place to stay in Park City using vrbo.com. You don't have to get a car if you don't want, even though I get one to go to other resorts. Park City has a nightlife. After you back from skiing you can walk to many restaurants and bars.
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the vrbo.com suggestion. I will check into it. Does anyone have experience staying in/near the Jordanelle Reservoir and taking the Jordanelle Express Gondola to access the mountains? Is it a scenic area to stay? We aren't huge into night life, so staying right next door to Park City clubs isn't a huge priority; we will be mainly skiing, eating and sleeping, but it's nice to wake up to a view...
post #7 of 17
Check out Crestview Condominiums in Kimball Junction, just outside of Park City, right next to Olympic Park.

We found this to be a perfect base to ski all the Utah resorts.
You will want a car.....it gives you a lot of choices and a true sense of mountain freedom.
post #8 of 17
I should have added that Crestview offers a package that includes a 4x4 SUV. We took advantage of this through Enterprise Rentals.

$1,600 for 6 nights lodging (nice place with mountain views) and the 4x4 SUV.....a Toyota Highlander.
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Is Crestview relatively new or remodeled? Is it on the shuttle route, or did you drive to each of the mountains? How difficult is it to get to Solitude/Brighton? What were your favorites?
post #10 of 17
Sugaree, how big was the condo? That seems like a sweet deal.
post #11 of 17
Crestview Condominiums are in Kimball Junction just outside of Park City. It is part of a big complex of what was Olympic housing.

Our digs at Crestview were great! It was a one bedroom with a large full bathroom and a half bathroom.....toilet and sink. Full kitchen with everything you would need to eat all your meals at the condo. Just buy food. We ate out each night 5 minutes up the road in Park City. I slept in the bedroom and my buddy slept on a sleeper sofa......and he bragged about the pullout bed saying it didn't have any "seems or joints" and that it slept just like a real bed. There were 2 sofas in the living room, one being the sleeper.
Very comfortable digs with a mountain view off the deck. Hot tub that we had to go outside to get to. Indoor parking with great security or outside parking if you prefer.
It's owned by All Season Resorts. I didn't like dealing them, but, everything went off without a hitch. Difficult to get them on the phone and when you did you got a 20 year old kid as laid back as they come with very little to say other than we will be here to give you a key when you arrive. I did have a package shipped direct to them and it was at the desk when I arrived.
Clean, although there was no maid at all for the 6 nights. Plenty of towels and linens.
I found it on the net and it was a paperless transaction which was odd to me but everything worked out great. Search them on the net and dig around and you will find various packages including the free SUV package.
I don't know if they are on the shuttle route. We drove to all the mountains we skied. Which brings me to this.......

From Kimaball Junction to ...........
Snowbasin....1 hour. Nice drive.
Deer Valley.....10 minutes.....Nice skiing.
Alta......50 minutes.....Nice snow.
Solitude......45 minutes.....Nice place!!
Snowbird.....50 minutes......Everything is nice. Wow!!!!

Traveling around the Salt Lake area was a breeze. Going up into Snowbird we hit a bit of a traffic jam, but no biggie.

My favorite's were all of the above.
Snowbasin's terrain was incredible in 20+" of white out conditions. The lodges were some of the most beautiful buildings I've ever been in.
Deer Valley to me was all about the skiing. I can't explain it. The skiing was just gorgeous. Fresh snow all morning and nothing but sunshine all afternoon. Great tree skiing.
Alta was my first BIG MOUNTAIN experience. East Greeley was the balls and the scenery endless. Lots of snow!!
Solitude may have been my favorite if not for......
Snowbird!!! The bird was a skiing experience with great steeps and terrain that will stare you down!! Gets the heart rate up. Just awesome.

Phew, I'm winded. Getting in shape for the season ahead. Look up my trip report titled "5 Utah Resorts" in the trip report section. It's on page 3 or 4.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by philsbert View Post
Thanks for the vrbo.com suggestion. I will check into it. Does anyone have experience staying in/near the Jordanelle Reservoir and taking the Jordanelle Express Gondola to access the mountains? Is it a scenic area to stay? We aren't huge into night life, so staying right next door to Park City clubs isn't a huge priority; we will be mainly skiing, eating and sleeping, but it's nice to wake up to a view...
We've stayed near the Jordanelle reservoir each time we've done Deer Valley or Park City.

It's a perfect solution! The gondola is fast and line-free. Also, this area of the mountain is beautiful, and wide-open - great for cruising and high-speed hauling.

Condo's near the reservoir are reasonably priced, and comfy. VRBO always has numerous listings. It's the best way to do DV and PCMR.
post #13 of 17
We stayed in the Powderwood condos which (I think) are right next to Crestview. It was a nice solid (not deluxe) 2 BR condo. Forget what it cost, though.

The condo market seems to be pretty fragmented -- when we were web shopping, we saw the same condos handled by different agencies. We were travelling a school vaca week, so no real chance to negotiate, tho...
post #14 of 17
mdf.....Yes, Powderwood is right next door to Crestview.
post #15 of 17
PC snow>Colorado snow. Sorry!
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by Bustang View Post
PC snow>Colorado snow. Sorry!
I think you may have a hard time proving that.
post #17 of 17
Park City's snowfall is roughly equal to the majority of Colorado areas, 250-300 inches in most skiable terrain. Park City's snow preservation is worse due to lower altitude, warmer temperatures and somewhat less north exposure.

With regard to altitude, get a Diamox prescription ahead of time for people with a known track record of altitude sensitivity if you're going to a 9,000 foot resort.
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