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Aspen to Salt Lake - how to do it?

post #1 of 13
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What would you recommend as the best way to get from Aspen to Salt Lake City? I was planning to go to Utah after the ESA in January.
post #2 of 13
Hitch a ride with someone going that way after ESA. I imagine we'll have a few from SLC in attendance.
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Hitch a ride with someone going that way after ESA. I imagine we'll have a few from SLC in attendance.
There'll be two of us, but that could be a solution!
post #4 of 13
Stewart -- I,too, will be going to SLC right after ESA Aspen (the annual Alta Kackers 'conference' will be occurring at Alta from Friday to Wednesday)(you are welcome to join us, and therefore become an Alta Kacker -- our motto: "it's inevitable!").

As the winter approaches, I will be checking for direct flights from Aspen or Eagle, but right now the only direct flights are from Denver and are relatively inexpensive -- shuttles run regularly from Aspen to Denver as well. If you can wrangle a ride from Aspen to SLC, so much the better.

Bob
post #5 of 13
Delta has three ASE-SLC flights a day during that period.
post #6 of 13
Fly.
post #7 of 13
Or share a rental car?

I haven't got the ok for vacation yet. But if I can swing it, I'm also considering doing both events.
post #8 of 13
I drove from SLC to Aspen to Beaver Creek to Denver over a 10 day period last year. Talk about windshield time.

The trip from SLC to Aspen took 7 hours in good weather, this included a 45 minute dinner and two "service stops".

I'm glad I did it once, not sure I'd do it again.

Michael
post #9 of 13
If you are doing the drive from Aspen to SLC a trick to make it easier is to stay in Provo rather than drive over Soldier's Summit in the dark at the end of the trip. In the morning it is only about 2 hours to Alta/Snowbird and you can drive the pass in the light when you are fresh. If you leave the motel at 7:00 you can just about make first chair. If you have at least 2 people in the car, once you hit the Interstate on the other side get in the communter lane and haul ass. Everyone drives at least 70 mph.

I do this drive several times a winter from SW Colorado (6 hrs.) and found that it works much better than pushing to drive the last 2 hrs. in the dark over the worst part of the drive and then getting to SLC late and wiped out. We can still make the 9:15 first chair at Alta with no problem. There is a Super 8 and a couple other motels in Helper on the bypass highway right before you start up the Pass. It is an easy drive on good roads the whole way unless it is storming on the pass.
post #10 of 13
Did you mean Price? Provo is on the West side of Soldier Summit, Price is on the East side.

If you meant Price I completely agree, that stretch between Helper and Provo is probably one of the most dangerous stretches of road in Utah.
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Did you mean Price? Provo is on the West side of Soldier Summit, Price is on the East side.

If you meant Price I completely agree, that stretch between Helper and Provo is probably one of the most dangerous stretches of road in Utah.
Yeah, sorry! That was a boneheaded mistake. You get off the interstate by Green River and go north about an hour to Price and stay there. In the morning you can drive over Soilders' Summit where you end up back on another interestate highway by Provo. The Price to Alta drive time should be just over 2 hrs.

Sorry about the misinformation.
post #12 of 13
http://www.helperartsfestival.com/gallery.html

I would stay in Helper instead of Price, it is a little further up the canyon but is a pretty cool little town that has a growing arts community. They have (had?) a brewpub at one point. More of a funky experience.
post #13 of 13
I occasionally drive from SF-> Salt Lake -> Telluride.

Aspen/Telluride are about the same distance to SLC. Easy drive on fast roads. Easy 6 hours or so.

You only get a half day to do whatever before driving....but it's not a full day.
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