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Utah 2 Weeks Trips Is Good Idea

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
HELLO !

I´m Spanish and I would like travel to Utah next season.

my dates will be:

26-27- 28 of december arrival (around this dates)

9-10 of jaunary deaprture.

4 days in slc ski areas and then rent car (suv)to go park city , snowbasin and powder montain.

I will travel alone


Is it good idea?

Do you recommend me rent car all days?

I never stayed in USA so I have a lot of questions.

thank you for your request
post #2 of 17
Solo Utah trip suggestion assuming you are not on a very low budget:
First go to Alta. Ski and stay on the mountain in a slopeside lodge for about 5 straight days. This will be your best chance for the famous Utah powder and it could be a religious experience as a ski-monk. Spend one or two of these days skiing the terrain of adjacent Snowbird ski area.
Then take a day off to recover and relocate to Park City, it's only about one hour away by car. Stay here for the rest of your visit, ski the three areas PCMR, Deer Valley and Canyons. Enjoy the restaurants, bars, and nightlife of the town of Park City. Use your rental car to drive for a day of skiing each at Snowbasin and Powder Mountain (both about 1 to 1.5 hours from Park City).
There are ways to avoid the rental car for the first week of the above suggested trip, then get it for second part, but it may be simpler and not much more expensive to just rent a small car for two weeks.
Have fun. Your timeframe is a little early for the best snow, but the rental car will give you flexibility to go where the snow is best (usually Alta). Almost all of the northern Utah ski areas can be reached within an hour or two of Salt Lake City.
PS: I liked the pictures of the Alps you provided in another post.
post #3 of 17
That's not a bad plan in the last post.

People can inform you/argue with Snowbird over Alta etc. Also check out Solitude/BCC as well if you get a chance. For that matter you might want to try a backcountry tour during that time. For two weeks I'd think you get a good chance at fresh snow, which the quality is hard to beat anywhere.

I would also suggest you won't get full coverage at that time usually. This year was awesome but I think it still wasn't completely open til later in the year. Late Jan/Feb/March you would have a better chance, although for the light snow earlier in that time frame might be better. For that matter you might want to meet up at next year's gathering - do a search. It could be worth it to ski with a bunch of people from here, although I think it will be combined with Jackson Hole from what I heard so as long as you're up for that ....
post #4 of 17
I think OP snowboards so Alta is off-limits for him.

Yo solo he estado en Utah una vez hace un mes, pero si quieres informacion en espanol escribeme un mensaje.
post #5 of 17
another option would be to rent a suv the whole time.

when youre skiing alta/snowbird, you can take the UTA bus up and down to avoid the parking hassle and you might be able to save enough if you stay in slc for your alta/snowbird days that you can rent an suv the whole time as snowbird/alta are very limited in what you can get a hotel at on/near mountain and its whatever price they say. you could potentially save a lot with staying in slc.
then, you could probably get somewhere to stay in park city cheaper than alta as its much more of a town than resort.

or you can just stay in slc the whole time(i recommend the hampton downtown) and drive to all as theyre so close; but you miss any real mountain time.
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
my idea will be stay in SLC all days, I have a good offer in dowtown hotel and another one in midvalley motel.

Will you recommend me rent car or ski bus to go snowbird and solicitude?

alta will be posible because no permit in there snowboard.


There isn´t enough snow at the end of december in utah resorts?

thank you for ideas
post #7 of 17
There will be snow in late December, I was just thinking about ideal conditions if your dates were flexible. So if that's a time period you can't change then don't worry you will have snow most likely!

You can certainly save money staying down in the valley. It depends on where you stay to completely use the bus and get rid of the car. You might be better off staying in PC if you don't want to use a car or staying on the mountain someplace.

For snowboarding do Snowbird, also Brighton, Canyons and PCMR. Snowbasin is a great side trip but you would have to arrange transportation.
post #8 of 17
I would strongly recommend staying in downtown. very central - to alta/bird/solitu/brighton/park city/snowbasin.

Yes - rent an SUV. more flexibility. you can head whichever direction you choose to depending on snow and road conditions.

don't worry - there will be plenty of snow late dec/early January.

If SLC doesn't have enough snow by then - it will most likley suck everywhere else also.

Who says snowboarders are not allowed in Alta? You can definitely cut in from snowbird. You just can't take the lifts back up - (hee, hee)


Marty
post #9 of 17
I don't want to hijack this thread, but I am also trying to plan a 2 week trip to Utah next February-March.

What exactly is a low-budget Alta slopeside lodge? All of the Alta lodges I have found (not many of them) can be upwards of $400 per night.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by crystal View Post
I don't want to hijack this thread, but I am also trying to plan a 2 week trip to Utah next February-March.

What exactly is a low-budget Alta slopeside lodge? All of the Alta lodges I have found (not many of them) can be upwards of $400 per night.
the peruvian lodge has dorm accommodations for $99 / night. that is probably the cheapest slopeside you'll find. there are cheap places in the valley, if you don't mind a 45 min drive or bus ride up the canyon. i stayed at a dump that was $270/week and a 2 minute walk from the ski bus stop.
post #11 of 17
I think the dorm rooms at the Peruvian aren't usually $99 during the winter unless it's early or late or you get some kind of special deal. But you can still get one for say $150 including meals.

Plan on $150-200/night I think realistically. When you consider lack of car, convenience and food included it's not bad. And you can relax and enjoy your whole time there, not worry about closures (other than interlodge but then when it's over you'll have the best skiing of your life .
post #12 of 17
crystal, look at the Alta website under the lodging section, and follow the links to the various lodges -- each one lists their rates and the discount seasons. There are many options in the $150-250 range.

This year I stayed at the GMD on three trips to Alta. It was about $190-200 a night for single occupancy in a private room with king bed and bathroom, including meals (great meals BTW). Well worth it for all the reasons ct55 mentions. I really like the place. For the small savings, I wouldn't bother with a dorm/shared room unless I was with a group of buddies.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by ct55 View Post
I think the dorm rooms at the Peruvian aren't usually $99 during the winter unless it's early or late or you get some kind of special deal.
yeah, the website says $122/night for regular season and $127 for peak. sorry, i could swear someone told me they were staying there for $99. that does include 3 meals a day though. even if you are planning on skiing only at alta, you may want to check out the lodging at snowbird, it's right down the road, there is free shuttle bus service to alta, and they have more amenities than the lodges at alta. lodging at alta seems to be kind of an afterthought.
post #14 of 17
if you are on a budget, just stay down in the valley at midvale or sandy. rent a car, don't take the bus(esp not on your first trip!) if you are not a local.
post #15 of 17
just an aside - you might get a room on a given night for less money if you call up and ask them. But I wouldn't plan on it necessarily.
post #16 of 17
I think you should be in SLC with the car the whole time. The first half of your trip is the Christmas vacation week, and lodging in the resorts will be premium price and need to be booked ahead. Holiday crowd issues also argue for the flexibility that a car will give you.

Snow coverage risk in that time frame is never zero, but at Alta and Brighton it is probably as low as anywhere, no more than 5%. Probably 10% at Snowbird/Solitude due to lower base elevation and rockier terrain at Snowbird.

The Park City areas are only average in snowfall be western standards, so some of the steep natural terrain won't be open in below average years.

I'd estimate Powder Mt. in between Cottonwoods and Park City for snow cover and Snowbasin just a little better than Park City.
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
motorhome tour will be good idea.
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