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UTA Bus to Brighton Solitude?

post #1 of 20
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So, I am planning a trip to SLC at the end of December. I have found hotels that are right on the way to the alta/bird bus route, but don't know where or if there is a solitude/brighton route. When I go to rideuta, they only have alta/snowbird. In the end I would like to end up at a hotel that is walking distance for bus routes to both canyons. Anyone have any idea?
post #2 of 20
That's because the buses aren't running their regular winter ski schedules yet. Check out this link with the changes to routes starting on 14 December:
http://www.utabus.com/ridingUTA/changeDayRoutes.aspx
post #3 of 20
Another question - is it tough getting a spot on the bus over the xmas/new year's week? I will be driving from seattle so I would have a car, but if I can hop the bus with our family of 4 for free (with that utah alta/snow/brighton/sol ski pass thing), that sounds easier. It just seems like the ski bus would be jammed pack that time of year.
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by lonepeak View Post
Another question - is it tough getting a spot on the bus over the xmas/new year's week? I will be driving from seattle so I would have a car, but if I can hop the bus with our family of 4 for free (with that utah alta/snow/brighton/sol ski pass thing), that sounds easier. It just seems like the ski bus would be jammed pack that time of year.
if you plan on driving up the canyon, make sure you have chains in your car, they won't let you up without them. for the bus, if you catch an early one, (say 5am) you won't have a problem. if it is snowing, that may be the only way you stand a chance of making it up before the road closes anyway. same with driving up, if you aren't on the road bright and early, you will wait at the bottom of the lcc for a couple of hours. if you're catching a later bus, the best thing to do would be to drive to the first park and ride it stops at, which is the UTA station on 7200S for one of the lines. if you try to catch it at the lcc park and ride, you will have problems.
post #5 of 20
Getting a seat generally isn't an issue if you catch one of the earlier buses. If and when the canyons are 4WD/Chains only, then it is an issue with people driving 2WDs at the mouth of both canyons trying to jump on...especially around the peak 8am-10am hours.

Buses to Brighton (Big Cottonwood Canyon: BCC) do tend to be more crowded on weekends as it is so easy from Mom's to drop groms off at a bus stop to go up to the mountain, versus driving.

As far as points where the two bus routes (Little Cottonwood Canyon: LCC & BCC) converge, the best two are: 7200 Trax Station & 6200 Wasatch Blvd.
post #6 of 20
There is a few lodging possibilities walking distance close to 7200 Trax Station... I have had friends stay at both and reviews were pretty positive:

Best Western Executive Inn. 280 West 7200 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84047
http://www.bestwesternutah.com/hotel...executive-inn/

National 9 Inn 380 West 7200 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84047
Toll Free Number: 1-800-380-1415
Phone 801-561-2256
http://www.national9saltlake.com/

The cool part is that you could stay at either and pretty much park your car. The 7200 Trax station has light rail headed to downtown every 30 minutes.
post #7 of 20
Another tip that almost makes sense, having the Sheriff's department text updates regarding the LCC closures:

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_10982575

But as anyone witnessed the past couple seasons, it is a crapshoot regarding the relay of correct info regarding the canyons opening times.
post #8 of 20
lonepeak. I have ridden the bus a number of times and if you have a car I don't know why you would hassle yourself with the bus. It is truly a schlep routine for an out of state visitor. They line up like cattle at snowbird ot board it. not my idea of a vacation. Unless it is snowing or threat of snow, then busing would be necessary if you didn't have 4 wheel drive. Parking is Free and it is a short ride from Sandy/Midvale.
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
lonepeak. I have ridden the bus a number of times and if you have a car I don't know why you would hassle yourself with the bus. It is truly a schlep routine for an out of state visitor.
That's classic. Sums it up for most of us that live here. Why not jump on the bus at the base of the canyon andcarbon into the air, emit less save gas, wear and tear on you car, and most importantly, fend off the tourist that rented a car and is determined to drive up in inclement weather?

Nothing beats sitting on a warm bus, feet up on the ski racks, reading a newspaper with a coffee between your legs, while peering out at rental cars full of tourists sliding around like rhinos on rollerskates.

Stash a toddy in the snow and pick it up (along with the remainder of your unread newspaper, or pick up a City Weekly in the lodge) and enjoy it on the way down while someone else does the driving.
post #10 of 20
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Nothing beats sitting on a warm bus, feet up on the ski racks, reading a newspaper with a coffee between your legs, while peering out at rental cars full of tourists sliding around like rhinos on rollerskates.
except when it snows, then you spend 3 hours at the bottom of the canyon waiting for the road to open, standing in the isle crammed between aussie snowboarders.
post #11 of 20
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except when it snows, then you spend 3 hours at the bottom of the canyon waiting for the road to open, standing in the isle crammed between aussie snowboarders.
But then again, I'd rather hang out at the bus stop then at the side of the road with my vehicle.

And in more than one dump last year, the Sheriffs let the buses up first.

Will be interesting to see if the text messaging system works to let people be aware of the canyons status.

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_10982575
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by dyingwondering View Post
Nothing beats sitting on a warm bus, feet up on the ski racks, reading a newspaper with a coffee between your legs, while peering out at rental cars full of tourists sliding around like rhinos on rollerskates.
You forgot the best part - the look of sheer terror on the faces of the rental car drivers. Why anybody would put themselves through that amount of stress is beyond me. Personally I don't like the buses, but there are lots of people who should really be riding them for their own saftey/sanity and the safety of others.
post #13 of 20
This seems to be a never ending argument.....Do I take the bus or get some wheels????????

I see it this way.....IF you live in a region that snow falls AND you are experienced in driving in the snow.....Get some wheels. We found it easy to get around Utah.

IF you happen to be from a region that does not recieve a lot of snow and you are not experienced driving in snow....Take the bus.

To me, it's that simple.
post #14 of 20

My 2 cents - Ride the bus

Maybe, I'm just used to riding buses since I live in
Boston and ride public transportation all the time but I found the buses to be not only quick and easy to ride but on time for the most part. I usually like to get to the mountain early so I have avoided the dreaded crowds that I hear so much about even on powder days. Hang out for a beer afterwards and take a later bus to avoid the afternoon rush. I always met cool people - many locals - that loved to talk skiing.

asland
post #15 of 20

BUMP!

 

Quick question... In the morning, do the buses ever fill up such that you have to wait 15-30 minutes or more for the next bus with empty seats?  Do they call in a spare bus when they know they're filling up?

 

I just booked a condo thats a "3-minute walk" to the 8200 S Wasatch Swamp Lot, and would like to use the bus option as an alternative to driving to Snowbird on powder days.  I don't mind waiting a bit in the afternoon, as it's usually happy hour around then!!!!!  However, I don't want to stand around waiting all morning long, when I could be on the mountain.

 

 

 

post #16 of 20

I've only ridden them a few times when the canyon was closed and they definitely filled up.  When it opened, they let the buses up first and they were packed at the intercept lot at the bottom of LCC.  Probably depends on were you get on?

 

Yes, it's an alternative, but I would still rent a car.  Cars are really cheap in SLC, like $14-15day. 

post #17 of 20

dunno where u rented cars from, but they easily go into the 30-40$/day if not more if you add tax etc.

 

As for the bus, I've had to personally wait 2 buses before getting on because of line jumpers and this was at the 7200 station, not at the mouth of the canyons. Overall the bus is a crapshoot, if there is snow, bus it if you are in a rental. Otherwise drive up.

post #18 of 20

Of course they're not always that cheap and you could spend big$ if your not careful.  But most weekends you can pickup an economy cheap in SLC.  I usually end up at Advantage. This was a quick Orbitz search for 12/10-12.

 

Review car rental cost

Base rate $32.22  
2 weekend days @ $16.11/weekend day
Taxes and fees $12.38  
Total car rental estimate $44.60 USD  
Amount due now $0.00 USD
Amount due at pick-up
Base rate and taxes and fees .
$44.60 USD  
 
Mileage and rates
unlimited mileage
Weekend daily rate: $16.11 USD
Extra hour: $8.06 USD
Extra day: $21.77 USD
Minimum rental: 1 days
Maximum rental: 4 days
post #19 of 20

As I said, we WILL be renting a car, but likely will cheap out and not get the 4X4.  Last year a full-size was under $20/day and the 4X4's were $75.  We would only take the bus if the 4X4 or chain restriction is in effect.

 

So, what are the chances not getting on a bus at the Swamp Lot at 8200 when the restrictions are on (as I said, the lot is walking distance from the condo)?  

 

Ideally, we'd be aiming to be at Snowbird before the resort opens to get a crack at the fresh stuff, so we'll take an early bus.  

 

If we didn't get on the first bus, do they increase the number of buses, or do we have to take our chances that the next scheduled bus will have empty seats?

post #20 of 20

Forgot to mention... if it's common to not get on the first bus, we'd likely just trek it up to Snowbasin.

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