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post #1 of 17
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hey,

In two weeks we're making our maiden voyage to Utah (I know, I know why were we wasting our time skiing other states??) and we're looking for some input from people with local knowledge.

We know that big and little cottonwood canyon are amazing places to ski but the cost of lodging (multi-bedroom condo) was considerably more expensive, so we opted to make The Canyons our home base.

Where should we ski? We're at the base of The Canyons which makes us close to PCR and DV. Day trips over to cottonwood canyons seem reasonable ... any tips? Any mountain secrets? Three of us are all-mountain skiers and want to really see/ski the mountains.

Where's the fun at night? We love apres ski and also nice meals. The occaisional fun bar at night is also welcome. Which places should we see, which should we avoid?

Anything else?

Thanks in advance!!
kiersten
post #2 of 17
Hi! Staying in Park City was a good idea ,I assume you have a 4x4 rental between you all cause you probably will need it for little or big cottonwood canyons .For skiing Snowbird is a must,and Alta is the holy grail(no snowboards),you can get a combo pass and do both but you would need somebody to show you how to play to get the most out of it. If you go to Snowbird go to the second parking acces and go past everthing right up to the tram building and valet park you car ($12) definetly worth it. A another option and less crowded is Solitude/Brigthon go to Solitude and get the Solbright pass and ski both areas it a great day . Start by sking the front side of Solitude and work your way left toward the back higher terrian towards Honeycomb canyo do a few lapses ant then head to the Brighton access trail and you will come out in Millecent Bowl area and work your way left to each lift and after lunch work your way back to the Solitude access trail. Another Mountain that will impress you is to drive out to Snowbasin (great hill)North of Park city near Odgen(all of these rides are about 45min to an hour).Any of the Park city mounatins are nice for cruising Deer Valley is very nice and woth the extra $ (you on Vacation
Good eats on Main Street:Steak:Prime or Butchers,Ribs,BBQ:Bandits.Pub food etc: Wasatch Brew Pub,lots of others
Best Bar:No Name Saloon(great buffolo Burger)Cisero's downstairs
Some late night fun :Harry O's,331 Main Street upstairs top floor
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by klkaye View Post
Day trips over to cottonwood canyons seem reasonable ... any tips? Any mountain secrets? Three of us are all-mountain skiers and want to really see/ski the mountains.
It's not really a secret, but if you ski at alta or snowbird, and it's more than a day after the storm, you'll need to ski with somebody who knows were to go to still get untracked snow. ( But that's just my opinion )

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Where's the fun at night? We love apres ski and also nice meals. The occaisional fun bar at night is also welcome. Which places should we see, which should we avoid?
This is Utah. There are plenty of places to get a nice meal, but there will be no fun at night, OK. LOL.
post #4 of 17
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If you go to Snowbird go to the second parking acces and go past everthing right up to the tram building and valet park you car ($12) definetly worth it.
To each his own, but I've always kind of wondered why people would do this. I almost always park in the first lot and 90% of the time I end up walking less than 20 yards. You can also usually park up the street from the cliffs lodge and basically your parking spot can be ski out/ski in.

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A another option and less crowded is Solitude/Brigthon go to Solitude and get the Solbright pass and ski both areas it a great day.
Brighton is NOT less crowded than Snowbird. There are times when EVERY parking space at both Brighton and Solitude is taken and the police will send you back down the canyon to take the bus back up the canyon. In addition, Brighton doesn't have nearly the terrain that Snowbird or Alta does ( but thats just my opinion ).
post #5 of 17
I am usually on first tram or fiirst chair so I never get to see crowded parking lots and if you don't know the bird I think your first shot should be the tram center so you can get your bearing rather than start by the gadzoom chairs.
Brighton does get crowded thats why i start early at Solitude I still think is a great day.
I had fun at Harry O's just ask Paris ,Lindsay and the Vivid Girls !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by klkaye View Post
hey,

In two weeks we're making our maiden voyage to Utah (I know, I know why were we wasting our time skiing other states??) and we're looking for some input from people with local knowledge.

We know that big and little cottonwood canyon are amazing places to ski but the cost of lodging (multi-bedroom condo) was considerably more expensive, so we opted to make The Canyons our home base.

Where should we ski? We're at the base of The Canyons which makes us close to PCR and DV. Day trips over to cottonwood canyons seem reasonable ... any tips? Any mountain secrets? Three of us are all-mountain skiers and want to really see/ski the mountains.

Where's the fun at night? We love apres ski and also nice meals. The occaisional fun bar at night is also welcome. Which places should we see, which should we avoid?

Anything else?

Thanks in advance!!
kiersten
2 weeks? You're going to miss the Gathering?

This is sub-optimal.
post #7 of 17
Hasn't "he" been there before?
post #8 of 17
Getting around in Park City is as simple as looking at a bus schedule and hopping on the bus. For apres ski, I love the Wasatch Brew Pub at the top of Main Street. I actually like their beer better than the atmosphere itself, but you can buy a growler and take it back night after night for discounted refills. For dinner, there are tons of great restaurants. It really just depends on the type of food and atmosphere you are looking for.

Day trips to the LCC are quite simple, especially if you have your own vehicle. But if you don't, renting a vehicle for a day or two is also no big hassle. The Canyons is a good area to use as a base.

Have BIG fun! I miss PC. I haven't been in 3 seasons. :
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
hey comprex,

I'm travelling with three friends who don't like to do the whole "ski in a group" thing.

Yes, we rented a SUV. Thanks for the thoughts around parking and which lifts to head to. This is the kind of game plan we need.

Please keep the ideas coming.

thanks all,
kiersten
post #10 of 17
A few drinks in the upstairs bar at the end of the day at Alta is interesting. Lot's of stories and interesting characters.

There's plenty to do in Park City though. I second the vote for the Buffalo Burgers. Great after a long day...
post #11 of 17
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I am usually on first tram or fiirst chair so I never get to see crowded parking lots
That's quite the statement. I'm usually an early riser, especially if there's new snow up in the mountains, and I live only a 10 minute drive from the mountain, but to claim to consistently be on the first tram or chair usually turns out to be *quite* a challenge ( unless there's no new powder to track up ) even if you're staying up on the hill. Congratulations to you, you're the master!

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and if you don't know the bird I think your first shot should be the tram center so you can get your bearing rather than start by the gadzoom chairs.
Depends on what you're looking for. IMHO, if you're from out of town and want to ski the most possible, it's a waste of time "getting your bearings", doing the valet parking thing ( for what purpose? I'm not sure ), walking around snowbird center, especially in the morning if there's powder to track up. Explore the snowbird center during lunch, if you're so inclined ( there's really not much there ). But keep in mind that nobody walking around the snowbird center is tracking up the powder ( but I guess that's a good thing for me, so go for it! )
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by klkaye View Post
hey comprex,

I'm travelling with three friends who don't like to do the whole "ski in a group" thing.

Yes, we rented a SUV. Thanks for the thoughts around parking and which lifts to head to. This is the kind of game plan we need.

Please keep the ideas coming.

thanks all,
kiersten
If you want to ski with a local at snowbird, PM me.
post #13 of 17
I tought of two other dining options for you in the Park City area(not on Main St), one real nice resturant is the Blind Dog $$$ in Prospecter Square area (sidewinder drive or road) or try the seafood buffet at Deer Valley at the Snow lodge.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
thanks for all of the advice and ideas. please keep them coming. we arrive in town on the 27th (a week) ... yahoo!
post #15 of 17
There is an Italian restaurant in downtown Park City that is really good. I can't remember the name though.
post #16 of 17
Im actually at Solitude right now, sitting in my room and posting this. This is my first time here in Utah so I cant really add much in the way of comparison, but so far Im loving this place. Solitude has a whole area called the Honeycomb Canyon where you can hike out and hit some big mountain stuff. And Brighton is right around the corner and you can actually ski to brighton from Solitude and vice versa which gives you alot more variety. Brighton also has an area called the Milly bowl which is some nice out of boundsish terrain. And apparently Solitude gets way more snow than most other places its even snowing right now! As I said, I cant add any comparisons but from what Ive seen Solitude gives alot for all mountain skiiers.
post #17 of 17
no such thing as out of boundish ifs its in bounds like milly bowl its in bounds off piste terrain.

I just hate seeing people getting out of bounds and off piste avy gated(and controlled) confused for safety reasons.

Solitude will be sick tomorrow I hope you have some big skis(mostly to keep speed in soli's flats) for the impending dump.
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