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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hi All,

I've been lurking here on and off for a while - it seems like a great set of forums.

I rarely get out, have crappy techniqe, but I absolutely love skiiing:

Resumé:
1980s Treblant 3 days (2 lessons)
1980s Local hill 1 day
1999 Local hiill 1 day
2000 Courchevel 3 days
2000 Val Throrens 3 days (1 lesson)
2001 Whistler 3 days
2005 Whistler 5 days (mostly in the rain)

I judge myself to be about level 5 - pushing for 6.

I'm trying (trying) to set up 3 full days, probably solo, in Utah, week of the 19th. Flying on points, could rent 4WD on points. Need to spend minimal cash.

I want a great skiing experience, all else (nightlife etc.) is unimportant. I'm thinking 2 days Alta and maybe one at Snowbird but I sure would like some guidance from someone in the know.
post #2 of 19
Good plan. I'd do one day at each, then third at the one you liked best. There plenty of cheap hotels and you can get discount tix (not much tho) at http://www.lifthousesports.com/index.asp.

Alternatively skip the 4WD and just stay up at Snowbird/Alta somewhere.
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
Good idea and yes I'd prefer to ditch (not literally) the SUV as I believe there is a shuttle Snowbird. So those two terrains sound like the best bets then?
post #4 of 19
For 3 days for an ambitious skier, yes. Best and most snow (highest), tons of challenge, shouldn't be crowded. You won't be bored.
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by Cubist View Post
Hi All,

I've been lurking here on and off for a while - it seems like a great set of forums.

I rarely get out, have crappy techniqe, but I absolutely love skiiing:

Resumé:
1980s Treblant 3 days (2 lessons)
1980s Local hill 1 day
1999 Local hiill 1 day
2000 Courchevel 3 days
2000 Val Throrens 3 days (1 lesson)
2001 Whistler 3 days
2005 Whistler 5 days (mostly in the rain)

I judge myself to be about level 5 - pushing for 6.

I'm trying (trying) to set up 3 full days, probably solo, in Utah, week of the 19th. Flying on points, could rent 4WD on points. Need to spend minimal cash.

I want a great skiing experience, all else (nightlife etc.) is unimportant. I'm thinking 2 days Alta and maybe one at Snowbird but I sure would like some guidance from someone in the know.
as a level 5 I would go anywhere but snowbird, you ll pretty much be limited to a couple routes down each of the 3 sides of the mountain.

IMO the 3 best areas for you would be solitude, alta, and snowbasin.

powder mountain would be great if you want powder skiing with out the competions.

and all the Park City area resort would be great for you as well.
post #6 of 19
That week might be Sundance so PC may be nuts (altho not on the actual slopes).
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot drb, BWIPA just what I needed - now I gotta see when I can get those flights.
post #8 of 19
Don't go for the car if funds are limited. Get a hotel around Fort Union, the ski buses go to the 4 SLC resorts from there (look them up on the Utah Transit website, there's maps). Then do Alta and Soli, and then choose for your 3rd day (you might do Alta again).
post #9 of 19
if you're looking for someplace cheap to stay, there's intown suites in midvale on fort union. not what i'd call "nice" (the manager felt it necessary to explain that clothing was required in common areas) but the rooms have a refrigerator and a cooktop and it only cost me around $250/ week and they only rent by the week. it's right next to the trax station where the ski bus stops and you can even get to it from the airport by taking one bus and one train. most of the other chain hotels in the area are around twice the price.
http://www.intownsuites.com/detail_hotel.asp?id=3974
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks Ant, epl,

It looks like my Jan flight is gone. :-< Next window is March 30th. Are these resorts likely to be worth the trip that late? IF yes, can I expect the UTA ski buses to still be in operation?
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Atualy guys, I just noticed the thread below - seem Alta is a good call for late season. Any idea about the ski bus at that time of year?
post #12 of 19
we are talking the 19th of what month?
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
Lonnie, that flight is gone. I'm looking now at March 30th, trying to decide if the conditions will merit the journey and if the ski bus will be running.
post #14 of 19
The ski buses still run, but they are much less numerous and don't run as early/late. Not sure of the date they change that. The UTA bus site will have all that info for you, it's excellent.

Fort union is the street you want to reside on, and near Trax is good as you'll get a seat on the bus. It fills up! Resort staff use the bus a LOT. Trax is useful too, it'll get you up to downtown fast and cheap, it runs later than buses and runs on Sunday too (which is a problem, most town buses do not run on Sunday, but the ski bus does).
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks, ant,

I can't find any info on the site about ski bus service reductions later in the season, but I'll give them a call. It looks like I can stay on points at the Best Western Executive Inn, 280 West 7200 South. Do you know it?
post #16 of 19
7200s is fort union, that best western is right by the trax station so it will be convenient to the bus. there's also a mcdonald's, denny's and some other restaurants right there. other than that it's not really a happening part of town, unless payday loan joints are your thing. the trax station is the first place the ski bus stops, so you will be guaranteed a seat.
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
Sweet intell! - Thanks Doug. (by the way I'm orginially from south of Hamilton - I still remember Irv Weinstein on Channel 7!)
post #18 of 19
Doug's right, the Trax end of fort union is a bit quiet apart from weird joints offering expensive loans, BUT you'll get on the ski bus. Now, where I used to get on, there was stuff but often the bus was full. This was where 900e crossed fort union.. 1300e was the other. This area has more eateries and shops, but it's a steady walk up from Trax and there's also several UTA buses that run ( except sunday). Fort Union is your street for skiing, and being close to Trax is useful. On Sundays, one uses the ski buses to get up to the supermarkets around 900e/1300e!
post #19 of 19
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