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post #1 of 16
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http://www.powdercondo.com/

At that place. Seems like a good deal. Opinions of Snowbasin and Powder mountain? Better than alta/snowbird (thats where we went last year)? Different?

Also, check out powdercondo.com, any opinions of the place/the deal?

i mean, no matter where we stay we plan on spending at least one or two days at Alta, because we loved the place last year, but wanted to get some insight on powder and snowbasin, and this powder condo.

thanks!
post #2 of 16
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Originally Posted by NonstopSki View Post
Opinions of Snowbasin and Powder mountain? Better than alta/snowbird (thats where we went last year)? Different?
Better than, no. Different, yes. Snowbasin is a very nice ski area. But low elevation, poor exposure and wind can really mess with the snow there. It's just not as consistent as LCC.


That web site has some questionable statements. I am not sure how much I would trust what they say. Ie. Powder Mtn. is bigger that Vail, Aspen and Telluride combined? Aspen's snowfall is 200"/year. Somebody's is a little loose with their stats.

$300/night would be a deal at Christmas, but not so much on November 20th.
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
Better than, no. Different, yes. Snowbasin is a very nice ski area. But low elevation, poor exposure and wind can really mess with the snow there. It's just not as consistent as LCC.
I second that.

I took the family there 2 years ago on Pres. week. We stayed in Eden at the very nice Moose Ridge condos. From there it was 6 miles up the access road to Pow Mow. PM was a lot of fun especially since crowds did not exist even during a holiday week. It was ski right onto every chair and plenty of unskied lines after a powder day.

We his some very good powder one day but on another it was like dense salt, Very heavy and very hard to ski. Thankfully, I had some very fat skis and was able to make the best of it but it was tough especially because there aren't many long steep lines.

There are a good number of short spots which are pretty steep and the longer steeper lines they do have are pretty low elevation so it can get heavy at times. If you get some light snow you'll have a great time but it's not like Alta. We got a dump or two when we were there but at the same time Alta was getting huge light dumps which we missed out on.

Unfortunately it was a low snow year two years ago for PM and Snowbasin. Nevertheless, I'd go back again. I never got a chance to get into the "powder country" runs down to the bus route. We did take a snowcat run up and over the back one time and there was some very good terrain back there but at an extra $20 per run for a family of 4, I wasn't going to allow the kids to get hooked on that.

I give PM an overall big thumbs up though for lack of crowds, low prices and great ambiance.

As far as Snowbasin goes, we went ther just one day and the wind was howling like a hurricaine. It scoured the entire mountain almost down to hardpack. It was pretty rotten. We found a few well protected very steep areas in the trees that were real good though. It looked like there was some excellent terrain though and the place is huge. I'd love to go back when the snow is better.

The Snowbasin base lodge, etc. must be seen to be believed. Such opulence that I almost want to puke now when I think about it. But at the time, on a rotten windy day, we enjoyed having lunch there.

I much prefer the laid back ambiance of PM though even if it did take the freaks behind the lunch counter 25 minutes to make me a burger. I customer at a time -cook burger for 25 minutes - next - Burger? Yes. Throw one on wait 25 minutes - serve, next customer! Unreal. Lunchtime on the cafeteria line but don't have anything ready until it's ordered! Its laid back that I can swear to. PACK A LUNCH!

Lunch issues aside, I'd absolutely recommend both places for a good week of skiing but only if the conditions were right. If they are then you'll love it. But Alta/Bird is probably a much safer bet if long term planning is needed.
post #4 of 16
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thanks for the insight. Also, I just stupidly realized Alta and Snowbasin are an hour and a half from eachother... this guy we talked to about the condo said 45 minutes to an hour.... which is completely wrong.
post #5 of 16
Snowbasin, simply put, is out of this world.

Nonstop.....That's why I recommended staying in Kimball Junction. Alta is 45 minutes away, Snowbird 50 minutes, Snowbasin 50 minutes, Solitude 45 minutes.....Well, you get it. Centrally located.

And, if it dumps in Park City you've got Deer Valley, PCMR AND The Canyon's basically at your doorstep.

Ya, Alta has gotta be about an hour and a half from Snowbasin.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by Loafer '81 View Post
Snowbasin, simply put, is out of this world.

Nonstop.....That's why I recommended staying in Kimball Junction. Alta is 45 minutes away, Snowbird 50 minutes, Snowbasin 50 minutes, Solitude 45 minutes.....Well, you get it. Centrally located.

And, if it dumps in Park City you've got Deer Valley, PCMR AND The Canyon's basically at your doorstep.

Ya, Alta has gotta be about an hour and a half from Snowbasin.

Out of this world how? Haha, give me some details, compare it to Alta, because right now Alta is my favorite place to ski. Kimball Junction does sound like a decent place to stay, however, I'd like to be a tad bit closer to Alta .

Any other insight here - especially on Snowbasin and Powder mountain?
post #7 of 16
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Such opulence that I almost want to puke now when I think about it
Ha! That is some FAS (funny-ass sh**)!
post #8 of 16
i ski utah the last week in February and it is amazing how high the sun feels already at Powder Mtn, the snow goes to crap so quick at powder mtn, during that time of the year. Personally, I think you should plan on spending 2 out of 3 days in the cottonwood canyons and should stay closer. It has to be 1:45 minutes from Alta to Snowbasin and another 15-20 to powder mtn.
post #9 of 16
I generally agree with most of the input so far. Snowbasin and Powder are both lower in elevation that LCC or BCC resorts, but can offer a great ski experience when the conditions are good. Last year was better than average with seemingly endless storms dropping fresh powder from December thru March. As for skiing at Powder and Snowbasin, I won't go into details since there is lots of information if you use the search function.

The condo you are looking at is in Moose Hollow, which is part of the Wolf Creek resort. From there, it is about 10 minutes to Powder Mountain, 20 - 25 minutes to Snowbasin, and maybe 1.5 hours to the LCC, BCC, and PC resorts. I have not stayed in these condo's, but have toured several when looking for a place for visitors. They are fairly new and seem nice. However, there is not much in the way of nightlife in the towns of Eden or Huntsville. There are a few restaurants, bars, etc., but you would need to drive to Ogden for more options.
post #10 of 16
If you really want to spend two days at PowMt, book a condo at the Colombine Inn -- very nice, just don't forget to bring all your food/bevs because there's nothing at the area.
post #11 of 16
SLC is probably the most central location. 30 minutes to SB and ALTA, 30 minutes from Solitude and Brighton, 30 minutes to all the PC resorts, pretty much, 40 minutes from Snowbasin. Powder is about another 15 minutes from SB.

Plus you have plenty of good restaurants, beautiful women, grocery stores, decent public transportation for the evening when you are drunk, lots of friendly hippie types, decent amount if homeless, some good movie theaters, one good art museum, one good family history center, temple square, and multiple Great Clips.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by NonstopSki View Post
Out of this world how? Haha, give me some details, compare it to Alta, because right now Alta is my favorite place to ski. Kimball Junction does sound like a decent place to stay, however, I'd like to be a tad bit closer to Alta .

Any other insight here - especially on Snowbasin and Powder mountain?
This has got to be the longest that any Snow Basin discussion has gone without someone talking about the bathrooms....
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by NonstopSki View Post
Out of this world how? Haha, give me some details, compare it to Alta, because right now Alta is my favorite place to ski. Kimball Junction does sound like a decent place to stay, however, I'd like to be a tad bit closer to Alta .

Any other insight here - especially on Snowbasin and Powder mountain?
We stayed in Eden year before last. Pretty much spit our time between PM and Snowbasin with a one day trip to Alta. I'd say it's 1.5 hours and you need to go through pretty heavy SLC traffic to get from Eden to the Cottonwood Canyons. Really enjoyed both though they are very different. PM is retro with mostly slow lifts, no crowds, rustic lodges, etc. But everyone is friendly and it's really fun. Great terrain for an intermediate to start playing off piste. Lodges at Snowbasin are, as noted, simply unbelievable. And the food is, IMO, a very good value. We had a great time but were not thrilled with staying in Eden. There just isn't anything there. So if your staying in the condo and you don't care about finding restaurants, bars, etc. then it would be fine. But we thought it was very isolated. That said, we like both PM and Snowbasin. I'd also agree that conditions are likely to be more consistent in the Cottonwood Canyons resorts. We went back to UT last year and stayed on the outskirts of SLC near the entrance to Big Cottonwood Canyon. Alta and Solitude are my personal favorites. The drive from PC or Kimbell Junction to the Cottonwood Canyons is easier than from Eden, and you don't have to go right though the heart of SLC. Park City is a very nice resort town with lots to do off the slope.
post #14 of 16

Snowbasin on the weekend

After 2 mediocre days skiing windblown at Alta/Bird (which I ordinarily love), we spent two perfect weekend days blasting through thigh deep pow at Snowbasin. No crowds. No joke. The kicker -- Alta and Snowbird declared "interlodge" and were closed 1/2 the day. Unlike Alta, which gets schralped in nothing flat, these places keep filling on pwder days due to much lower skier traffic and, honestly, far fewer hot skiers. A superb choice if you want to ski freshies all day.

We stayed at the condos along the lake about 5-6 miles down the access road toward Ogden. (http://www.lakesidevillage.com/). Very nice and a great value.

BTW, don't miss the Shooting Star bar in Hunstville.

These links have good info.


http://forums.alpinezone.com/14400-powder-mountain-revisited-03-02-07-a.html

http://forums.alpinezone.com/14204-snowbasin-02-25-07-a.html
post #15 of 16
If you've got 8 people, $37.50 pp per night sounds like a great deal to me. Go for it. If the snow is bad at Snowbasin and Powder Mtn, pile into the cars and take a drive. It's hard to go wrong with this if there is snow.
post #16 of 16
I had a similar experience the BestSkiingWeekOfMyLife (tm) last year late Jan. Alta/Bird were closed due to avvie control or whatever on the road so we hit Snowbasin - it was absolutely awesome!

I can imagine they get less snow than LCC/BCC generally, but when they have it - wow. One of the best days ever, hip to chest deep snow. Not crowded - vis was bad actually, but a great time nonetheless. Yes lodges are ridiculously great. They got those little high speed gondie lifts too that protect you from the elements, except for one side (which is the most interesting admittedly).

But I guess as most people suggest it's kind of a nice option to have vs planning on staying there a week - can't beat LCC/BCC for consistency. Never been to Powmow but when there's snow folks have absolutely gush over it as a relatively undiscovered gem.
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