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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone

I posted a query earlier this week about where to do a season, and I've pretty much settled on the Utah option, but just wanted to ask some follow up questions to get a better idea. Apologies for the length...

Housing

I've been looking on craigslist and it seems possible to sort reasonably priced housing around Sandy/LCC/BCC in salt lake city.

Assuming i have NO ACCESS TO A CAR (even if I do have a car, I don't know if i can legally drive if im sticking around for 3 months), how difficult is it to secure a place within walking distance to the buses? Am I going to pay a huge premium? and is public transport good enough that I don't really have to worry about it?

Ideally I'd like the choice of being able to ski the BCC and LCC resorts depending on what i feel like on each particular day. Is this possible without a car?

Also, if I don't have accomodation sorted before i leave, how difficult is it to turn up and find a place within a week or two?

Resorts

I'm looking at which resort to get a pass for. Since I'm 23 and can get young persons rates my budget probably runs to 2 passes. But I'm really looking for the right resort. And I realise that this choice might also be made for me depending on where I'm living and who I'm living with.

My ability
I'd describe myself as a high intermediate or low advanced. I am comfortable on anything groomed regardless of steepness. On the ungroomed I can probably ski anything, but on some of the steeper runs with moguls I struggle to link turns and take it very slow - and still have the occasional fall. Having learned to ski in Australia, I'm fine in rubbish conditions (ice, slush etc...). I have skid a bit of powder before in Niseko and Furano in Japan but would still describe myself as a novice in that regard.

What I want to get out of the season (in no particular order)
- i want to really improve my skiing. to be able to ski steeper terrain more confidently and comfortably, and hopefully by the end of the season to really be able to ski everything apart from the harder double blacks
- i want to be able to ski confidently in powder, and want plenty of practice in it
- i still enjoy the groomers, and wouldn't mind an occasional blast down a nice blue run
- i also want to spend a bit of time in the park and pipe, to learn a few jumps and tricks

My thoughts are to go with a Snowbird + Brighton pass, with occasional upgrades to Alta when the budget runs to it.

Brighton seems like a good option to be skiing good powder consistently, but its a bit small and i might get bored over a whole season

The sort of feel im getting on snowbird/alta is that im maybe not good enough to really get the most out of it. but ill still progress a lot and the huge area is a bonus

am i on the right track here?? has anyone got other suggestions??


Thanks!

Dave
post #2 of 12
This is a little off topic, and may be a little obvious, but make sure your boots and skis are sorted out. My skiing improved a ton last year when I finally got some good fitting boots, some skis that worked well for me and a lot of days in. You're motivated and are going to get a lot of skiing in, so I think you'll have a lot of fun and be a very strong skier by the end of the season, wherever you end up getting a pass. good luck!
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
i was going to ask about that - now that you mention it i may as well

i've got my own boots i bought a few years ago, but im probably going to buy a new pair now that i'm a bit more educated about what i need for the long term

re skis: i saw there are various places around SLC that will rent for about $200. has anybody got any experience with this? do they have decent skis for local conditions or would i do better buying my own?? obviously transporting them back here could be a bit of a hassle though
post #4 of 12
If you can rent some GOOD skis for three months for $200, that's pretty reasonable. Most folks would buy something fat from last year though (tons of threads on this...). You could easily spend a grand on boots and skis, which would be worth it i think. Is this in your budget? You could sell the skis at the end of the season...
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by david_oz View Post
My thoughts are to go with a Snowbird + Brighton pass, with occasional upgrades to Alta when the budget runs to it.

Brighton seems like a good option to be skiing good powder consistently, but its a bit small and i might get bored over a whole season

IMHO, forget Brighton, unless for some reason you need to night ski. Sorry, but I've had a pass at Brighton ( the year before getting my first pass at Snowbird, due to cost issues and wanting to be able to ski at night because of my schedule ) and it IMHO it's nothing compared to Snowbird. Nothing! And, in my opinion, if you have a Snowbird pass, there's no point in "upgrading" to alta if money is any kind of issue. Sure if money doesn't matter then fine go ski Alta too, but IMHo the grass isn't greener over there. Save your money, get a snowbird chair pass ( ie not the one you can upgrade to alta too ). You won't be disappointed.

If you ever want to ski with me at snowbird, PM me.
post #6 of 12
One pass is plenty. Get the Alta/Bird if you can afford it, if not either one could keep you busy for years.

If you can't find any housing on line, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Up at the resorts there are always fliers on the bulletin boards with people looking for roommates.
post #7 of 12
Snowbird tram pass dont get chairs.

the brighton haters dont understand that it has the best lift serviced terrain in utah. You just have to go out of bounds(almost always open) to ski it. throw in decent powder skiing at night especailly if you have a bike HID and its worth IMO.

Housing should be extremely easy to find dont pay more than 500 a month in fact some of my friends payed much less than that.

I dont know what the rates at snowbird are now but 25 and under was 620 for a tram pass.
post #8 of 12
I've been here for a few weeks with a very similar story so I'll share what I've done so far.

Housing - Craig's List. I'm staying in Cottonwood Heights in a shared house. There's a ton of stuff in the $400-$500 range last time I looked. Where I'm at actually is within walking distance to the ski busses and is $500 including utilities and hot tub (sorry no vacancies at the moment though). Some of the guys I live with actually get to the mouth of the canyon and bus it or even thumb it up to the ski area. Finding these places is really easy, as SLC isn't just a ski town so there's a lot of locals renting places with extra space. Craig's List is the way to go. I was amazed how much housing is available out here compared to the big coastal city where I'm from. Everyone is pretty much renting for RIGHT NOW as opposed to for weeks/months from now.

Gear - I picked up a pair of 2005/2006 head Mojo 90s for about $300. Check out levelninesports.com or their shop in SLC. They have pretty good prices on older model gear. I got custom fit boots from The Sport Loft for $550. I picked them since they were a couple hundred dollars cheaper than Daleboot and was very happy with the service and result. You can check CL and some other listings if you want to find other used gear.

Ski area - I got an all Utah pass that I PMed you about. It's not cheap, but it's everything. I've skiied Snowbird twice and Brighton on opening day. Will hit up Solitude tomorrow. I'm not sure I have more insight than the other guys on which pass to pick if you don't get the pass like mine.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Neuronix View Post
I've been here for a few weeks with a very similar story so I'll share what I've done so far.

Housing - Craig's List. I'm staying in Cottonwood Heights in a shared house. There's a ton of stuff in the $400-$500 range last time I looked. Where I'm at actually is within walking distance to the ski busses and is $500 including utilities and hot tub (sorry no vacancies at the moment though). Some of the guys I live with actually get to the mouth of the canyon and bus it or even thumb it up to the ski area. Finding these places is really easy, as SLC isn't just a ski town so there's a lot of locals renting places with extra space. Craig's List is the way to go. I was amazed how much housing is available out here compared to the big coastal city where I'm from. Everyone is pretty much renting for RIGHT NOW as opposed to for weeks/months from now.

Gear - I picked up a pair of 2005/2006 head Mojo 90s for about $300. Check out levelninesports.com or their shop in SLC. They have pretty good prices on older model gear. I got custom fit boots from The Sport Loft for $550. I picked them since they were a couple hundred dollars cheaper than Daleboot and was very happy with the service and result. You can check CL and some other listings if you want to find other used gear.

Ski area - I got an all Utah pass that I PMed you about. It's not cheap, but it's everything. I've skiied Snowbird twice and Brighton on opening day. Will hit up Solitude tomorrow. I'm not sure I have more insight than the other guys on which pass to pick if you don't get the pass like mine.
do you happen to have a climbing wall in your basement?
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
do you happen to have a climbing wall in your basement?
Nah, just another apartment and a dude that skis 70 days/year.
post #11 of 12
Man That is the First time I have been on Craig's list, but man do they have some deals on there. After looking at some of those people accepting monthly renters, I might think about going out there next december.
post #12 of 12
I think that you find the place to live first. I don't think you'll go wrong with any of the resorts around here. If one of your housemates has a car and a pass, then get the same pass. If not, invest and spend a day at each and pick your pass based upon where you think you'll fit in best--the skiing isn't really that different at any of them, but the crowds are distinctive and one of them will hit home with you. Spend money on getting well-fitted boots before looking at skis. I second the opinion on Sports Loft for boot fitting. Buy some older model skis. Lots of places online have some good deals.
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