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SLC or Taho for first week in March?

post #1 of 17
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Where to spend a solid week out west. Never been and decided to take a real vacation this year. Looking at SLC and Taho areas because of reasonable flights, lots of lodging and plenty of places to ski. Would love to stay slope side at Alta, Snowbird, Squaw or Heavanly but not sure I can swing the $$$ for that, even with the "deals" (which I am not seeing btw) that are supposed to be out there.

 

Idea's, thoughts, comments and experiences welcome and wanted. Thanks!

post #2 of 17

Can't compare, I've not been to Tahoe.  I do think the North lake Tahoe area looks very interesting and I'd like to give it a try.  SLC gives you a lot of easily reachable options.  We stayed near the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon last year and skied Alta, Solitude, Snowbird, Deer Valley, and folks I was with went up to Power Mountain for a day.  The SLC airport is about as convenient to great skiing as it gets.  And they seem to have had another good snow year.  There are many posts on this forum discussing lodging options in the Sandy, and Midvalley areas, which are convenient to skiing.  Staying in SLC is not like staying in a ski resort.  There is often no snow in the valley.  SLC impresses me as an urban/suburban area with all the +s and -s that go with that.  Out near the entrances to big and little Cottonwoods Canyons there are lots of strip malls, car dealerships, chain restaurants, etc.  Not bad, but sort of boring suburbia, IMO.  While I don't love SLC as a place to stay I would give it high marks for value and convenient access to amazing skiing.  When I try to price trips I usually find SLC, Summit County CO, and Tahoe among the least expensive options.

post #3 of 17

Not sure where you're located or if one location has direct flights vs. the other.  I have been to both and would recommend for your first trip go to SLC.  Easy airport and cheap lodging at the base of Cottonwood Canyons.  See NUMEROUS threads on this by searching for Midvale or Sandy or Cottonwood Heights.  These hotels are probably 15 minutes or so from the resorts.  Or you could stay in the Park City area (more $) for quick access to the three PC resorts.  You could also stay slopeside at Alta/Snowbird (again more $) or SLC proper for that matter.

 

Again if all things are equal I would start with SLC.

post #4 of 17
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Will do the Midvale Sandy search in this forum as the slopeside stuff looks crazy. Is there a public or private ski shuttle that runs from those areas. I thought I read there was one. Would prefer not to deal with a rental car hassle.

 

Thanks guys!

post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by theconz View Post

 

Will do the Midvale Sandy search in this forum as the slopeside stuff looks crazy. Is there a public or private ski shuttle that runs from those areas. I thought I read there was one. Would prefer not to deal with a rental car hassle.

 

Thanks guys!

 

 

 Yes there is a shuttle although I am not sure the details.  I rented a car for my trip there.

post #6 of 17
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Would prefer not to deal with a rental car hassle.

 

 If you don't want to deal with rental cars, Tahoe isn't for you.

 

Yes, there's a ski shuttle from some part of SLC up the Cottonwood Canyons. I've not taken one but the motel I stayed (forgot names now) was only a minute or two from the bus stop...

post #7 of 17
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 If you don't want to deal with rental cars, Tahoe isn't for you.

 

I stayed in North Tahoe a couple of years ago at the Granlibakken...

http://www.granlibakken.com/

There was a bus service from there to Homewood/Squaw/Alpine Meadows. So you could get good skiing in without the need for a car.

post #8 of 17

go where they have the greatest snow on plane earth.  SLC also happens to be the easiest place to get to and it is also the cheapest place to ski.  Only thing that SLC doesn't have is a big turqoise lake.  If you are an expert skier, Snowbird is #1.

post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

This is good stuff, thanks Bears! I may get a car its really no big deal to through into the mix and if I am staying off slope it is probably going to up the enjoyment factor just becuase I can go where I want when I want. Plus since I am going during the week hopefully the traffic won't be bad.

 

I am 90% sure I am going to hit SLC. I will do the search on here for the lodging threads. Of course unless the Tahoe travel bureau folks aho keep e-mailing me get me slopeside at Squaw then I may have to reconsider.

post #10 of 17

Traffic is never a problem, renting is easy (cars are in the airport) and you want to be mobile in SLC - lots of places to ski.

post #11 of 17

A buddy and I skied Utah the first week of March '07. The first 2 ski days we had white out powder days at Snowbasin and Deer Valley, 2 fabulous mountains to ski.

 

The next 3 ski days were bluebird warm and out of this world skiing at Alta, Solitude and Snowbird.

 

Rent a car or small SUV and enjoy all that Utah has to offer on the graetest snow on earth. In other words, ski around to the different mountains.

 

Have a great trip.

post #12 of 17

Might as well make it 100% that you're going to SLC.  I've skied Tahoe for the past 12 years and while I love it there, it doesn't compare to SLC for quality of snow (a skier's #1 priority).  Do a trip or two to SLC before you hit Tahoe, you'll know you made the right decision.

post #13 of 17
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I am set! Thanks guys. SLC for 7 days 2/28-3/7. Staying at the National 9 got the weekly rate and the ski shuttle is right across the street. Got the hotel and air for $500 by booking myself.

 

Where is a good place to get quality demo skis? With airline fees for bags its not worth hiking the skis plus who knows what conditions will be like. My boots I'm bringin. I know Canyon Sports is big out there haven't called them yet to see what they have. Is it worthwhile to get some demo's at the mountains in the am when I get there instead of a place like Canyon?

 

I am 51 level 5-6 skier any suggestion on runs to take onparticular mountains. Any chance I can find some powder runs that are down to my level? Any tips on a good instructor? Want to take some lessons, need to take some lessons.

 

I looked at the Super Pass but maybe I am missing something cause if I buy discounted lift tickets at Canyon it works out the same even a little cheaper. What am I missing?

 

Just any tips at all would be greatly appreciated. I am so excited. Should I worry about the altitude? SLC resorts don't seem to be as high as Colorado and other places and I have no problems at 4K where I ski now.

 

Thanks!

post #14 of 17
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ignore this was double post

post #15 of 17

Alta has groomed blues off every lift, an intermediate can ski of every lift.  The groomed blues off Sugarloaf are easy intermediate cruisers.  If you're the type of person who wants to stay on groomers and doesn't want to do the same run twice you'll probably get bored with Alta after a day or two.  You can ski most or all of the groomers in a day.  But there is good intermediate terrain.  The layout at Alta makes it pretty easy to venture off piste without getting too far from groomed terrain and over your head.  I'd call the blues off the Sugarloaf lift fairly easy intermediate.  You might take a look at Ballroom if you want to try venturing into some powder.  You might also look at the group lessons at Alta.  They offer lessons that cater to blue skiers, blue to black skiers, etc.  I'm much less familiar with Solitude but it had lots of intermediate friendly terrain.  I'd expect Brighton does but have not skied there.  I think Snowbird is better suited to strong intermediates and above.  If you have a car, all of the PC area resorts have tons of blue cruisers, as does Snowbasin.  And Powder Mountain has terrific terrain in which an intermediate can start venturing off piste.  Don't know about lift tickets but the lift tickets purchased at Canyon Sports or one of the other SLC outlets may not include a bus pass?

post #16 of 17
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Thanks for sharing RISkier. That's stuff I would never know. Now I have the beginning of a plan! Two weeks and counting.

post #17 of 17
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I decided to get a rental car after reading the advice of folks on here about haviong more flexbility with traveling. Plus I am wanting to go to Pow Mow and do the guide led group thing they have for intermediates.

Any tips on where to pick up good demo skis in SLC?

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