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How has the Olympics effected/going to effect your skiing in Utah?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Just wondering about how the Olympics has effected your ski season, or how it is going to during and after. Good or bad? I haven't really read anything about it. Usually they build a lot of stuff, spending millions and obviously they don't tear it down when they leave. Have they built anything or made any improvements that you consider a plus for your skiing in Utah. Have they screwed with anything that was already okay in the first place? Also, how is it going to effect your skiing during the Olympics? Are you just going to be able to avoid most of it? Is security an issue? Do tell.
post #2 of 21
I would've planned a ski trip to Utah this season if it wasn't for the Olympics and the resulting year-long crowds. Instead, Colorado or Tahoe gets my money this year.
post #3 of 21
The traffic rerouting, temporary buildings in parking lots, etc. are starting to be trouble. We live and work near the U, where the athletes will be housed and much activity is planned. We plan to hunker in the bunker to avoid the crowds. Alta and Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton should be easy to get to and uncrowded; the expectation is that the normal ski visitors will stay away, so incentives are being offered. Deer Vally and Park City are stressing that only a small % of the mountain will be used for events and it'll be sking as usual, but unless you're slopeside. I doubt it; parking is a couple miles away, so it's a bus fleet and traffic up Parley's canyon is expected to take a couple hours. This won't effect the Cottonwood canyons, we hope. It will affect The Canyons resort however,which although they host no events, are right on the traffic corridor in Park City. We expect to brave it at least once just to go skiing amid the hoopla. My rich corporate sponsers failed to come through with tickets to anything but my inlaws are going to several events.Otherwise it's avoiding the crowds by skiing at Alta, for us.
The best news is Snowbasin; often rumored to be the absolute best ticket in Utah, along with neighboring Powder Mountain on a powder day, They've added lots of terrain due to a pre-olympic land swap- Earl Holding of Sun Vally owns it- and upgraded the lodge from "county rec department" to pretty nice. Families still eat lunch on their tailgates and the mountains around have almost zero development.You can see peaks to the horizon and no houses. It's so uncrowded that a powder day becomes a powder week. The skiing part's all second hand though. I was up there a couple of weeks ago with kid and dogs for some snowshoeing and have yet to skiit.{Altaholism}
post #4 of 21
I generally ski SLC once or twice a year.
Usually last minute, big storms a coming type of trips. While I won't make a trip during the events, I may make three this year. Flights are less expensive and more available this year.
Snowbasin is a great ski area. The only problem is when they have the DH course set up they close the best terrain off of John Paul and the Tram.
post #5 of 21
I hear that a lot of people are avoiding SLC this year due to the Olympics. If you come to ski, and actually ski, you will not see a problem. Sure traffic is getting heavier, but compared to what? If your from Chicago, LA, New York, or any large city, heavy traffic in SLC is a Sunday drive, its just not that bad (I'm origionally from the Detroit area). I skied on and off the lifts all day on Saturday (1/12) at Alta, never a line. Most ski areas are offering pretty good deals due to people just not coming due to the Olympics, they are 3 weeks of a 5+ month season.

I'm actually moving my work hours during the games to 6am - 2pm to get a little slope time before the partys. The couldron is up, looks great from the valley, this place is gonna be a great time!

I'm glad that I moved here. Feel free to give Colorado your money, we're still keeping their snow.
post #6 of 21
There will be no crowds at Beaver Mountain! Come on up.

As Rubob mentioned, Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons will be unscathed. Get a room in a Sandy or West Jordan Comfort Inn and you're ready for some Olympic skiing without the Olympics.

While Snowbasin has shown the biggest Olympic change by far, it's a two edged sword for me. I love the new lifts. I will not love the new Olympic pass price. I used to love skiing Snowbasin without the crowds, but I think those days may be over.

The Olympic Park with the ski jumps and bobseld tracks is cool and will continue to be used year round. The olympic housing at the U will go back to student housing. The ice sheets and arenas will go back to hockey, Jazz basketball, and regular skating. Much of what is being used for Olympic venues was already in place and being used anyway.
post #7 of 21
I'd love to come out to ski and maybe poach a ticket to an event here or there but my concern is finding a place to stay without being gouged. I'll head to SLC after the world goes home I think.

Anyone know if skiing events are accessible without a ticket? Can you ski down to a section of the DH course for example and just pull up to the edge of the run and watch? Can one walk out to find a spot on the nordic courses and watch the racers scoot by?

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 18, 2002 11:52 AM: Message edited 2 times, by astrochimp ]</font>
post #8 of 21
I don't know about the nordic, but the DH will be off limits. No luck skiing up to the course. That would be cool though ehh?
post #9 of 21
yes. it would be great to combine a day of skiing with being able to see a few events up close. for the price of a lift ticket.
post #10 of 21
Already took my week in Utah and took advantage of the $20.02. Great snow in mid December and my borther & I had a blast. This has encouraged one of my gal friends to arrange to ski up their next weekend. My brothers oldest son is getting married in April so I guess I'll have to go again.

Has it impaced my skiing, ya, and glad for it. What's neat is all the infrastructre changes we will be able to take advantange of after the Februray rush is all over.

Wonder if real estate will be going down after the Olympics? All those speculators who didn't make a killing my be willing to deal to cut their losses.
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
I saw ads for rentals of houses for up to $65,000 for the week of the Olympics. Like to know if anyone actually rented these places.
post #12 of 21
Just got back from 2 1/2 weeks. No crowds. Soltidue was deserted, even more than usual. Come and stay and help these guys out. Only PC and SLC (and Snowbasin) will be effected -- you do _not_ want to be driving up I-80 during the Olympics, but if you stay closer to the base of Big and Little I would think you'd be all good even during the Olympics. Just use your head and you can get some great deals and uncrowded skiing.
post #13 of 21
i do my park city skiing mid- to late-december. this year's trip was right around christmas and was SUBLIME. NO crowds at all.
shuttle driver back to the airport, though, was talking about 2.5 to 3 hours for the, what, five or six miles from 80 to park city. i would NOT wanna be a part of that.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 18, 2002 03:11 PM: Message edited 1 time, by ryan ]</font>
post #14 of 21
I'll be hanging up at Snowbasin "inside" the fences during the Olympics!
I just picked up my Mtn Shadow blue 2002 volunteer outfit - yeah they're a little funny looking, but better than I expected. I actually get to slip during the Women's speed events and am looking forward to seeing Ms. Street kick some butt!
post #15 of 21
The games are less then 3 weeks away Now. all the staging and Grand Stands for the ski and snowboard events are in place. There are tents, trailers, and constrution equipment everywhere.It's really getting to be pretty exciting to watch.For the most part my skiing has not ben effected at all.For those of you out there that have decided not to come to Utah becuse of the crowds this year,What crowds? So far this season skier visits are down! I skied Deer Valley last tuesday. According to a friend that works in ticket sales at Deer Valley, there was only about 700 lift tickets sold all day tuesday.The long dry spell we had is over. Others here have reported on new snow amounts of 3 to 5 inches and more due tonight. They are calling for from 5 in to a foot of new snow in the next 24 hours. Over all ski conditions are pretty good.As the Games get closer I will be parking my car at home and riding the bus to go skiing.less then 5% of Park City or Deer Valley will be Used for the events.The rest of the Mountain is open for skiing.By The way there is now a military radar screen at the top of Deer Valley and I was told secert Anti Aircraft Missile sites hidden deep in parts of the Wasatch.It was funny to see 8 Army guys dressed in OD green cammies get off the lift put on snow shoes and hike up to the top of the moutain.They would have blended in better at Deer Valley if the army had issued Bogner ski wear.
As for the $65,000 a week rentals? Some Homes in Deer Valley ski in and ski out Starter Castles as they call them, may have rented for that much. TV executives and other Corperations rented a lot of property in Deer Valley for the whole month of Feb.Now they are not your average 3 bed room 2 bath family home.A lot of people put thier average family home in the rental pool and are still waiting to make the big bucks.If you had a condo or home next to an event site like the Winter Sports Park or with in walking distance of Park City Mountain resort or ski in ski out at Deer Valley.You had a good chance to make some money.I have been told that for most of the ski and snowboard events should be avalible at the gate at face value.Many Corperations buy large blocks of tickets and don't use them all so they turn them back into the box office.It's going to be one hell of a party Here in Park City I'm looking forward to it with just a touch of fear.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 19, 2002 12:54 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Utah49 ]</font>
post #16 of 21
I think the Cottonwood canyons are gonna be busy because so many locals think the Cottonwoods will be "unscathed". The University is on vacation so there will be lots of students skiing. A lot of downtown business' will be on limited hours because of the need for Olympic parking. So... more locals in the Cottonwoods.

The other hot spot will be the liquor stores. Stock up now! :
post #17 of 21
I'll be skiing to my heart's content during the Olympics, and the crowds at DV and PCMR should be minimal. The drive will suck, but I plan on staying in PC close to the resort.

Anyway, the parking lots at PCMR are pretty much non-existent now and will be until after the Olympics.
post #18 of 21
I was just checking out the Snowbasin web site Snowbasin.com and it sounds like if you can deal with all the crap, that the skiing up there should rip and you may be able to ski up to, at least the women's course, and have a better view than the folks paying the big $s! :
Glad I'm one the silly people volunteering to help out for nothing. :
post #19 of 21
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by astrochimp:
I'd love to come out to ski and maybe poach a ticket to an event here or there but my concern is finding a place to stay without being gouged. I'll head to SLC after the world goes home I think.

Anyone know if skiing events are accessible without a ticket? Can you ski down to a section of the DH course for example and just pull up to the edge of the run and watch? Can one walk out to find a spot on the nordic courses and watch the racers scoot by?
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Snowbasin is the only Olympic Venue where you don't need an Olympic Ticket to stand alongside the course. You do need a lift ticket, and you need to go through a security checkpoint - This if from the website - check it out for details www.snowbasin.com

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post #20 of 21
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by AltaSkier:
I don't know about the nordic, but the DH will be off limits. No luck skiing up to the course. That would be cool though ehh?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
New info on the www.snowbasin.com website says you can ski up to the women's DH course, and the Midbowl gondola has a great view of the mens and womens DH, and goes over the womens DH twice.
post #21 of 21
Hey, I've been wrong before! That info was from my old boss who was a patroller at the 'basin. Also, got that from him last year, so things change?
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