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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hi, if nothing goes wrong, I'll be landing on Salt Lake in the 2nd week of April to ski for 3 days, wondering where should I go ? I would love to try one day on a big mountain resort and spend the rest with some medium size areas(Like loveland), where the ticket price is cheaper.

 

Besides skiing where else should I check out, just want to add some photos for my personal archive.

post #2 of 21

I'd highly recommend Alta/Snowbird and Snowbasin.  Just made my first trip out there in Jan and loved Snowbird and Snowbasin.  Next trip I'll likely ski Alta and Snowbird for all but one day of the 4-5 I'm there and head up to Snowbasin or Powder Mountain for the other day.

 

I don't think that ticket prices vary that much from big to small resorts, so you should just ski whereever you want to.  There are a variety of discount tickets available for many of the resorts through Canyon Sports and other outlets.

 

Have fun!

post #3 of 21

I would head to Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC) and hit Snowbird and Alta.  From there, you can swing around and go to one of the smaler places in Big Cottonwood Canyon the third day.

post #4 of 21

 

3 days?  Alta, Snowbird, Solitude....done!  Snowbasin, if you want to make the trek over to the Ogden area.

post #5 of 21

depends what you're looking for

 

if it's snowed recently and you want deep powder, or if you want to demo skis--alta

 

if groomers, gondola--snowbasin

 

if luxurious lodge/food/ambiance, moguls, east coast feel--deer valley

 

if small, homey feel - solitude

 

Personally, I'd skip snowbird--if you went to alta, there's no need. Personally, I'm not a fan of snowbird.  There's too many flat parts--especially on a powder day--you get stuck and it's no fun.  Mineral basin is good tho.  But it was closed when I went.

post #6 of 21

You may want to try a search on the 4,376 other threads on this subject.

post #7 of 21

mrzinwin, Snowbird has some damn steep terrain.

 

 

and at Snowbird, almost every run you're skiing 3k vertical feet down to the base for the tram. And Alta has way shorter runs but better snow. So they're two resorts right next to each other that are amazing.

 

Must hits.

post #8 of 21

 Alta tickets are $52-55 depending on how many days you buy, so no need to hunt for deals -- you can get a good price and big mountain skiing in one place.

post #9 of 21

 

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Originally Posted by mrzinwin View Post

 

depends what you're looking for

 

if it's snowed recently and you want deep powder, or if you want to demo skis--alta

 

if groomers, gondola--snowbasin

 

if luxurious lodge/food/ambiance, moguls, east coast feel--deer valley

 

if small, homey feel - solitude

 

Personally, I'd skip snowbird--if you went to alta, there's no need. Personally, I'm not a fan of snowbird.  There's too many flat parts--especially on a powder day--you get stuck and it's no fun.  Mineral basin is good tho.  But it was closed when I went.

 

Old school small, possibly with tons of boarders that day: Brighton.

post #10 of 21

2nd week of April? Snowbird might be your one and only choice. Better check the closing dates of the Resorts. That is unless you are willing to work for your turns.

post #11 of 21

Alta should be open through third week of April. Though 3 days at Snowbird might give you enough time to explore half of it ;) Get your tickets down in the valley at any of the many ski shops or grocery markets that sell them to save $5-$10. 

post #12 of 21

 

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Originally Posted by mrzinwin View Post

 

depends what you're looking for

 

if it's snowed recently and you want deep powder, or if you want to demo skis--alta

 

if groomers, gondola--snowbasin

 

if luxurious lodge/food/ambiance, moguls, east coast feel--deer valley

 

if small, homey feel - solitude

 

Personally, I'd skip snowbird--if you went to alta, there's no need. Personally, I'm not a fan of snowbird.  There's too many flat parts--especially on a powder day--you get stuck and it's no fun.  Mineral basin is good tho.  But it was closed when I went.

 

typical tourist.

 

Mineral sucks and the flat spot you speak of at snowbird are way are shorter than the ones at Flatla.

 

Snowbird, Solitude, Snowbasin. The 3 best you can find in utah.

 

 

post #13 of 21

 

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Originally Posted by romerun View Post

 

 Salt Lake in the 2nd week of April to ski for 3 days, wondering where should I go ?

 

This late in the season, you want to go to the hills with the highest elevation.  Lower down, the snow will be in much worse shape and likely turn to mashed potatoes by noon.

 

The Cottonwood Canyons resorts (Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude) are nearly 2000 feet higher in elevation than the Park City resorts or Snowbasin.  That makes a *huge* difference this time of year.  I'd go there and forget the others this late in the season.

 

Don't go to Brighton on a Saturday.  Kids ski free at Brighton and every Mormon family in the area is there with their seventeen kids.  Sunday's ok 'cause they're in church.

 

post #14 of 21

 

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Originally Posted by skiking4 View Post

 

mrzinwin, Snowbird has some damn steep terrain.

 

 

and at Snowbird, almost every run you're skiing 3k vertical feet down to the base for the tram. And Alta has way shorter runs but better snow. So they're two resorts right next to each other that are amazing.

 

Must hits.

 

how, exactly, does alta have better snow?

post #15 of 21

 

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how, exactly, does alta have better snow?

 

They don't allow  snowboarding.  Yes, it makes a noticeable difference.

post #16 of 21

 More useless advice on the net.

  Alta has better snow then snowbird? They are right next to each other.  On a scale of 1 to 10 Alta being 10, Snowbird is 9.75. As to " (Almost every run you have to go to the tram.") Once more get real. You can ski Snowbird without ever taking the Tram.  They offer chair only passes.  

 Make sure you check the closing dates of the resorts before you arrive.

 Now back to more misinformation on the net.


Edited by Topper - 3/20/2009 at 05:16 pm
post #17 of 21

If I could only have one, I'd choose the 'bird over Alta.  Heresy to some, I know.  But for my lift ticket $, 'Bird has more interesting terrain.  Alta has the charm though, and it's terrain ain't bad.  For a good mix, Canyons is a nice option.  And Snowbasin is definitely worth the drive.

 

When I was there in the mid-to-late '90s they had ski jump training for the public at what was then called the Winter Sport Park, in the Park City area.  I did it several times on different trips.  One only needs to be a strong intermediate skier to do the training and get the full benefit.  Highly recommended!  At the time it was a two hour session. Don't know how they do it these days.  Graduated series of jumps beginning with very easy and ending with 30 meter.  You progress at your own pace.  Worth it!   If interested, the following link has a phone # for more info

http://www.utah.com/parkcity/olympic_park.htm 

 

Has anyone else done this?

 

 

post #18 of 21

as was previously mentioned, you can get tickets at a lot of ski shops (canyon sports) for around 50 bucks for pretty much any resort in the area. so cost isn't really a factor. for me, i'd go to the bird the first day and remember how awesome it is and never go anywhere else the rest of the week. but that's me.

post #19 of 21


 

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This late in the season, you want to go to the hills with the highest elevation.  Lower down, the snow will be in much worse shape and likely turn to mashed potatoes by noon.

 

The Cottonwood Canyons resorts (Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude) are nearly 2000 feet higher in elevation than the Park City resorts or Snowbasin.  That makes a *huge* difference this time of year.  I'd go there and forget the others this late in the season.

 

Don't go to Brighton on a Saturday.  Kids ski free at Brighton and every Mormon family in the area is there with their seventeen kids.  Sunday's ok 'cause they're in church.

 

 

Amen on the altitude - 3 days = Little Cottonwood Canyon  = Alta and Snowbird. Call The Canyons in Park City if there is a possibility of good snow at the lower elevations. That would be my 3 pick after Alta and the 'Bird. But I'm an old man and need a break after a full day at the 'bird. I still spend my time on the Little Cloud Lift and Mineral Basin areas. I never buy the tram ticket anymore.
 

Oh yeh, I will be in SLC 6 days starting tomorrow. I can walk to Brighton from the chalet where I'm staying and will drive right past Solitude on my way to Alta,  Snowbird, and The Canyons. It's not because Brighton and Solitude are bad, I like the others better!

post #20 of 21
Thread Starter 

O crap, I thought western season would last til May coz I just came back from Telluride and the snow was still in great shape. thanks for all great info, I will check those places out.

post #21 of 21

Check the websites of each resort for closing dates. Solitude is scheduled to close 4/12; Alta 4/19; Canyons 4/12.

 

Personally, I wouldn't even consider Canyons. Just stick to the Bird.

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