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2 weeks in Utah - how to do it?

post #1 of 9
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Finally decided to go to Utah for our first trip out West and arranged to be off work for two weeks. Leaving next Thursday, and coming back new year's night. It is all about skiing.

LCC and BCC lodging seems to be quite expensive. We don't mind driving 45 minutes to skiing, but don't want to do it for 2 weeks. So, looking for alternatives. Maybe PC? They don't seem to have a lot open right now, but getting a lot of snow until we get there.

We don't need killer terrain since we have one first timer and two upper intermediates.

Currently my thinking is to ski Alta through Christmas, and then move to PC (or Powder/Snowbasin) for lesser crowds. Solitude would also be good for us, but not much is available there either.

Any advice would be very much appreciated.
post #2 of 9
I would think of going to Snowbasin/PowMow for 26-1-1. Just for crowd control that week.
post #3 of 9
Seriously, I'd just stay in SLC and drive to the LCC and BCC places. You get used to the short drive every day - it's really not bad at all.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. Do they ever close the LCC/BCC roads under heavy snow?

Founds out about the Quick Start program, will ski PC on the first day. Still trying to figure out the rest.
post #5 of 9
The drive is not bad, but LCC is subject to canyon closures that can put a kink in your schedule (you'd either have to beat the closure by driving up very early in the AM, or wait until afterwards). On those days, a good option would be the BCC or PC resorts. There are a lot of options in the SLC area.
post #6 of 9
I know there are some problems with road closures in lcc. Do any of the buses go up before normal road closures in the morning?
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by jclay2 View Post
Do any of the buses go up before normal road closures in the morning?
No. They usually close the road pretty early (like 6 am). If it's snowed a considerable amount overnight, I try to make it to the readerboard by 5:30. You can always sit in the GMD and read. It beats sitting in your idling car for hours. Plus - there's always the chance that the poor bastards waiting in their cars will have to sit until 11 am or maybe won't get up at all.

Although it doesn't happen nearly as often, BCC road can close too.

Basically - if it snows, it really pays to be an early bird.
post #8 of 9
We're doing the same in February/March, staying in Park City for the first week to warm up at PCMR, DV and Canyons, then staying in Sandy with a rental car for the second week to ski everywhere else we can.
post #9 of 9
Think about reserving a room for your first 4-5 nights. In SLC there are plenty of rooms and even during the holidays I don't think you will get "sold out". Then you could likely make up your mind to change. The economy has put a damper on reservations this year. The four main areas would be Park City, SLC center city, Sandy/Midvale at base of Cottonwoods and then up in the BCC or LCC.

Each has it's advantages and disadvantages. Staying at Alta for a few days can't be beat if it is your budget(but sleeping at altitude might affect some members of your group). $70 hotel rooms for two with breakfast in Sandy/Midvale are probably the cheapest option, but you have to drive 25 minutes every morning and evening and weather can be a problem. Center city is a centralized location for both the LCC/BCC and Park City and Snowbasin, restaraunts etc, but it is a city. However your hotel will be full of skiers to give it some skiers ambience. Park City is more expensive and congested and likely more crowded during the holidays, but it is a Ski Resort town with all the amenities and atmosphere. There is tons of terrain, but if it doesn't snow the snow will be poorer for experts than in LCC/BCC.
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