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Suggestions for lodging at Alta

post #1 of 14
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Peruvian and others are booked up for 2/3 thru 2/7. There are some more expensive rooms but looking for some around 100 to 200 a night for 2-4 guys. Any suggestions for in the canyon other then the lodges? What about staying down in Sandy or other area? Will we have trouble getting to the slopes in the morning?
post #2 of 14
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What about staying down in Sandy or other area? Will we have trouble getting to the slopes in the morning?
That's hard to say, depending on what you're driving and if there's a storm or not. They do every so often completely close the road, but typically they only do that really early in the morning. And, the road can be limited to 4WD or chains only.

IMHO, if you aren't familiar with driving up the canyon, stay at a motel close to where you can get on the UTA bus, like 94th south 20th east, or 66th south 950 E, etc and take the bus. It only takes about 20 minutes to get to snowbird on the bus.
post #3 of 14
I still say some of the best vacation money I spent was at the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird. I prefer the lodging at The Bird.

- KK
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I still say some of the best vacation money I spent was at the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird. I prefer the lodging at The Bird.
That's most likely good advice. Be advised on huge pow days, it might be just as hard to get to Alta from the bird as from sandy. But then again, you can always just ski the bird on those days.
post #5 of 14
I have only been to Alta once, and we stayed at the GoldMiner's Daugther. I don't know if you tried there. I liked it enough that I am going back the first weekend of February. The rooms are in your price range and include breakfast and dinner.
post #6 of 14

Alta

I've skied at Alta/ Snowbird 5 times, all with good experiences. The first two I was on an expense paid business trip and we staid at the Rustler. Excellent food, bar (with $1 club membership fee) and accomodations.

Since then I've skied with my two sons at my expense and stayed in the valley, mostly in Sandy. There are some motels fopr under $70 per night, but you get what you pay for. We stayed at Best Western or some equivalent hotel for $85 to $90 / night with two queens beds and a small kitchen to cook B-fast. I'll look up the exact hotels and post tomorrow.

From Sandy you can get to Alta or Snowbird in about 40 mins; 50 to 55 imns in 5 inches of snoe during the week. If on the weekend and if the snowfall is more than 5 or 6 inches you can always take the bus that others have mentioned. There are several bus stops with free parking near the Little Cottonwood entrance if conditions are bad and require 4 wheel drive/ snow chains.

If you stay in Sandy you have more choisces for reasonable or more expensive restaurants or you can buy food and prepare your own meals id so inclined. Not much of an inconvenience to save major $$$.

Bluebear
post #7 of 14
For what it's worth, I like the GMD too. You're gonna be in their bar anyway...
post #8 of 14
Look into the Snowpine. Small, good food (most seasons), and it has a dorm if you want.
post #9 of 14
+1 for the Goldminer's Daughter. Stayed there in 1978 and I doubt it has changed much. Basic, clean, can't get closer to the lifts....
post #10 of 14
I am also planning a trip to Utah some time in January/February, first time for me. Is there any reason I really shouldn't consider staying in SLC and drive to one of the mountains every day (google says 45 minutes)? I don't mind the drive, but I'd mind not being able to ski because of snow!
post #11 of 14
When I was at the Rustler I was severely underwhelmed at the price for the place vs. the quality of the accommodations. We had a very small room and the food wasn't all that great. When I compare it to other places we stayed in Park City or anywhere in Colorado (I've stayed at the Little Nell, which is pricey) or Lake Louise (the Post Hotel) I didn't see comparable value.
post #12 of 14
too bad you could score a room at the Pdog - great bar and I loved the vibe there. GMD is right at the lifts though. See if they have openings in a dorm room maybe - think they have those.

If you can't find anything PM me and I'll send you to my buddy who rents places out. We got a condo with a lot of nice stuff in it (laundry, hottub etc) down in Cottonwood Heights for the price of some of the cheaper notell motels when you split it up.
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When I was at the Rustler I was severely underwhelmed at the price for the place vs. the quality of the accommodations.
What years were you referencing?

I've stayed at the Rustler a few times ... and was VERY pleased with the quality and quantity of the food ... and I thought the room size was just fine. (Heck! All we did was sleep there. How big did it need to be...?)

I do know they had a different Chef from like '99-'05 ... then they brought Chef Ed back for the 2006 season. Also, the owner (Jeff, I'm pretty sure) has seriously upgraded the place over the last several years....

If you want to go First Class, I think the Rustler will make you very happy.

- KK
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Kaptain Karl View Post
What years were you referencing?

I've stayed at the Rustler a few times ... and was VERY pleased with the quality and quantity of the food ... and I thought the room size was just fine. (Heck! All we did was sleep there. How big did it need to be...?)

I do know they had a different Chef from like '99-'05 ... then they brought Chef Ed back for the 2006 season. Also, the owner (Jeff, I'm pretty sure) has seriously upgraded the place over the last several years....

If you want to go First Class, I think the Rustler will make you very happy.

- KK
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