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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi all-

new to the forum.  I have a question about Utah in April.  I will be arriving on April 15, and am wondering what should still be open.  I need to find a place to stay, and would like to be near the mountains (that are open) and will be flying into salt lake airport. 

 

My questions are:

 

1. What should still be open on April 15-19?  (essentially, what is the A-basin of Utah?)

2. Where should I stay (park city I was thinking, but specifically which area)

3. Any must see- must do things while in Utah?

 

Thanks,

 

Moose

post #2 of 11

Snowbird should be open. Staying in SLC has easier access to Snowbird. Park City more of a resort town.

post #3 of 11

Park City Resorts (and probably Snowbasin) close down the weekend before you're going, so not much point staying there.

 

I always go the week before closing and am rarely dissappointed at the snow conditions.

post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by Moose2121 View Post

 

Hi all-

new to the forum. I have a question about Utah in April. I will be arriving on April 15, and am wondering what should still be open. I need to find a place to stay, and would like to be near the mountains (that are open) and will be flying into salt lake airport.

 

My questions are:

 

1. What should still be open on April 15-19? (essentially, what is the A-basin of Utah?)

2. Where should I stay (park city I was thinking, but specifically which area)

3. Any must see- must do things while in Utah?

 

Thanks,

 

Moose

 

 

Keep an eye on http://www.skiutah.com/ for conditions at all the mountains in the area.

 

The resorts in Little Cottonwood Canyon (Alta, Snowbird) and Big Cottonwood Canyon (Solitude, Brighton) get much more snow than Park City, and therefore have longer seasons. Snowbird is the largest of these 4. Alta is a bit higher and therefore gets a bit more snow and is also a great place to ski (but no snowboarders allowed).

 

When we go to SLC, we have been staying at Extended Stay America in Midvale. MUCH cheaper than staying on any of the mountains. There are about 4 ski shops along Fort Union Blvd. between ESA and Wasatch Blvd., all of which sell discounted lift tickets. We usually go to the one across from the state liquor store. This is very convenient to get to either LCC or BCC, and also for easy access to I-80 to Park City.

 

If you end up with time on your hands, you could visit Temple Square in downtown SLC or the huge copper mine on the far western side of the valley. On the copper mine, check to be sure they are open for tours on the day you want to go. Or drive up to Park City and look around, even though ski season will be over for them.

 

John

post #5 of 11

snowbird will for sure be open, alta probably will too.  I would not stay in Park City as all of those resorts will be closed by then.  I would stay in Midvale or Sandy at the base of LCC and BCC.  I would recommend the Crystal Inn in Midvale.  Breakfast and dinner is provided. 

post #6 of 11

That late in the season,  there are much better deals at the top of the Canyon. 

 

http://www.snowbird.com/lodging/hotdeals.php?deal=11

 

This one end's on 4/2, but they have always had this late season and they don't have the restrictions on days of the week.  Just keep an eye on Snowbirds website or book one of the lodges at Alta.   You can wait until last minute, they always have some availability, though you may not get the Cliff.

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the advice- excellent insight!

 

I made a reservation (actually, the Crystal Inn! Thanks for the suggestion) and got a great deal. 

 

Lets hope the snow holds up- !!

 

Moose

post #8 of 11

Alta closes earlier than Snowbird just to let you know.

 

But Snowbird will have a 98% chance of being open IMO.

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

Well then question for you guys

 

I heard that there has not been as much snow as in past years.  Is this true?

 

Is April usually a snowy month?

 

Am I "wasting" a trip to UT?  Would I be better off in colorado?

 

Moose

post #10 of 11

If you are a bit flexible with the dates I'd recommend this:

1. Watch the weather and wait for a good storm to come to Utah.

2. Go to www.lastminute.com and get one of their weekend deals.

3. Enjoy!

 

I did that last year and paid $450 for flight+hotel+car for 3 days and two nights. Enough to ski 3 days as I flew in first thing in the morning and left on the last flight Sunday night. I went right after a 20'' storm and enjoyed great conditions in mid-april.

post #11 of 11

 

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Am I "wasting" a trip to UT?  Would I be better off in colorado?

 

Moose

 

Either one will have good skiing sometime in April.  But I am in total agreement with simonbda. Go when they have the best conditions.  IMHO there is never a reason to book SLC in advance. There are tons of rooms in the valley, fleets of cars at the airport and a plethora of flights. Why ski dust on crust when you could move your trip a couple of days either way and have either full blown spring or over the head blower?

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