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2 Utah Questions

post #1 of 11
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I am planning a trip with my wife for late March. Either the week of March 14-21 or March 21-28.

1. Will the conditions already be warming up towards spring or will they still be in the heart of winter?

2. This is our first trip to Utah and we are trying to hit as many resorts as possible. We want a home base location that has plenty of restaurants and shopping but we can still easily get around. Is staying in Park City our best bet? We are both level 7/8 skiers so I definitely want to get to Alta & Snowbird, but from what I can tell the area immediately around the mountains isn't the most lively. My thinking is that staying in Park City will get us close to PC, DV, and the Canyons, but we can also drive from there to Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude, etc...

Any help is much appreciated. Thanks!!
post #2 of 11
1) It will probably be warming up nicely, and you'll probably get decent dumps (March and April are big snow months). I always try to go the week before the PC resorts close, and haven;t been disappointed yet

2) For what you want in term of activities, PC is probably your best bet to stay at. No doubt Altabird are must-stop-at's, but don't discount Solitude and Brighton as good areas (hit The Canyons if you're staying in PC).

Also, do a search on anything related to Utah / SLC / PC / Alta etc., and you'll probably find all the answers you're looking for.
post #3 of 11
I have had great luck with Utah in March and April. In fact, my early-April trip to Alta last year brought more powder than my other trips combined! Also went in early/mid March with my wife, and it was great. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
post #4 of 11
if it is snowing, it will be in the heart of winter, and at that time your odds of snow are as good as any other time of winter. sure it is getting into springtime and there is the possibility of spring conditions, esp with lack of recent snowfall. staying in Sandy/Midvale will be cheaper and I can almost guarantee that conditions will be rapidly deteriorating in PC resorts if it is snowing during your week.
post #5 of 11
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I can almost guarantee that conditions will be rapidly deteriorating in PC resorts if it is snowing during your week.
Can I get some clarification on this last statement? I'm not sure what you mean.
post #6 of 11
I mean the PC resorts get much warmer quicker than the cottonwood resorts. it can get slushy quick in late march in pc.
post #7 of 11
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I mean the PC resorts get much warmer quicker than the cottonwood resorts. it can get slushy quick in late march in pc.
Or it can be outstanding, as it was in early April last year with daily dumps just the week before the lifts stopped spinning.

I usually go out to SLC in late March, early April, and am rarely disappointed in either the PC or LCC/BCC areas (unlike last week).
post #8 of 11
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I mean the PC resorts get much warmer quicker than the cottonwood resorts. it can get slushy quick in late march in pc.
No worries, we'll be in PC area last week in Feb, then moving to Cottonwood area for the first week of March, fingers crossed.
post #9 of 11
A good central location is Kimball Junction.

Check out either Crestview Condo's or Powderwood Condo's.

IMO.....You must check out Alta, Snowbird and Snowbasin.

Utah is really a geat ski get-away. Ya can't go wrong.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
It looks like our travel companions can't go until the week of April 5th-12th, is that too late? I'm getting a little worried about the timing. I don't need to book the trip for another month or 6 weeks, but based upon past history should we have fairly good conditions?

Also, thank you to everyone for their helpful suggestions and contributions. It is much appreciated!
post #11 of 11
Not sure about the conditions, but we were just in Park City for a couple of weeks - skied Deer Valley, Alta, Snowbird, Park City and did not make it to Canyons due to an unfortunate rain!!!
But you can definitely stay in PC and drive to the Cottonwood Canyons, then when you decide to ski PC and Canyons its just around the corner.

BTW - for the Canyons checkout the 'pairpass' online for a good deal on lift tickets - $109 for two lift tickets + 2 burger + 2 beers.

And enjoy Alta and Snowbird for us - great skiing!
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