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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I am flying into SLC on Friday night and staying in Park City.  Forecast is calling for another heavy storm Friday night into Saturday morning.  I have never been to Utah before, but I have read a lot about all of the resorts and about them from this board.  We ski everything, so I am thinking either Snowbird or the Canyons. My question is, where do we ski on Saturday?  Some things to consider:

 

1. We have a snowboarder with us so Alta and Deer Valley are out of the question.

2. Can we expect it to be crowded?

3. If they get a foot of snow, will the canyon roads be closed?

 

Thanks in advance for any suggestions/advice.

post #2 of 14

Snowbird would be my first choice for a boarder and skier, although it will be more crowded than Solitude, but probably not bad considering how sick the skiing will be.  If there is a tram line there is still plenty of good skiing off the chairs.  You can ski the Bird on a powder day without a tram pass and still hit everything.

 

They have had several feet of snow in the last week and are expected to get a few more from now through the weekend. If it snows they usually close the Little Cottonwood Canyon (Alta/Bird) early each morning for avi blasting and then open it at 8:00. If they have large slides this can change, with the next opening time usually being around 10:30, although nothing is certain and it can stay closed until the afternoon.  If there is delay I would recommend not waiting and going to another area.

 

Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons often get a lot more snow than the back side of Canyons and Park City.  I suggest checking the snow phone line that gives you all the areas to see who has the goods, then check the Alta phone for LCC closure specifics.

 

You have picked what looks to be an epic time for your first SLC visit.  I will be driving their myself for skiing starting Friday behind the next big dump.  If you go to the Alta website you can hit the link to weather forecasts and get the 24 hr LLC prediction.

 

 

post #3 of 14

I find Snowbirds weather report to be more informative over Alta's.

 

I wouldn't mess with the traffic issues getting up into LCC.

 

I would head for Solitude in a heartbeat.

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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post

 

I find Snowbirds weather report to be more informative over Alta's.

 

I wouldn't mess with the traffic issues getting up into LCC.

 

I would head for Solitude in a heartbeat.


 

I agree that Snowbird's weather report is better, but I have always felt that the Alta line has better info on road closing and opening.  Either one will probably tell you what you need to know.  As for Solitude, I will be skiing there myself this weekend for a day, but as a first timer to SLC you really can't pass up the Bird, especially on what is looking to be a massibe powder weekend.

 

P.S. Since Sunday 3/22 they've had over 100" of new snow.

post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 

I forgot to add that we will be there until Tuesday night, so we have 4 days worth of skiing to get in.  I would like to go for the most legendary experience possible on Saturday.  I guess that means Snowbird.

 

Also, from the trail map, it looks like Solitude has such a weird and slow Lift setup.  Is that true?

post #6 of 14

What about just skiing Park City, since you're staying there anyway?  Skip the Parley's Canyon slip'n'slide, then the LCC parking lot jams.  The Canyons usually seems less crowded, but even on a big day Park City is only crowded at the bottom around the Payday lift.  You'll end up with 2 extra hours in the day for something fun rather than sitting in your car.

 

I skied Snowbird on March 27, and it took me an hour to get from the 7-11 to the parking lot.  That's not even on a weekend.  I've been stuck up at the 'Bird in the evening when the road closed, and it really sucks to be paying for 2 hotel rooms on the same night.

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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post

 

 

I would head for Solitude in a heartbeat.


 

Solitude is the best place to beat the crowds on a weekend. There's good stuff off most of the lifts. Sunrise lift takes you to Summit check the gate at the top of Sunrise, good trees down to Solbright run some laps there, go up to Summit, headwall forest trees, honeycomb canyon be sure to take the first lift out. After lunch go back to Summit maybe take Solbright its a blue flat in places but backs up to Brighton and that's fun to see then when you get almost back to sunrise lift drop off to your right into more trees. Once you get tired you might want to ski the trees under and around the Eagle express lift.

 

 

 

Or you could go to Snowbird on Saturday and stand in line  .

post #8 of 14

I think you should wait to see how much snow the resorts are reporting and road conditions on Saturday morning. It isn't worth it to drive around and possibly put up with a long line into LCC for a few more inchesor even a half a foot of powder. The Canyons has some great terrain and as long as they 6 inches to a foot of powder, I'd just stay there. One thing that you also have to consider, many of the PC resorts keep their powder longer than on the front side because not everyone at these resorts is going all out to put down fresh tracks.

If the front side has so much more powder that you feel compelled to drive around, then I'd go to Solitude over waiting in line for LCC to open. Yes, the layout can be a pain, but there are ways around it. Try the Powderhorn lift and the gates into Parachute, Black Forest and Here Be Dragons, or down below the lift into the Cirque.

post #9 of 14

I am not giving you any advice because I am too damn jealous. Friends in PC have been sending little messages about their face shots. Another 1-2' expected into Fri/Sat.

 

Go on weather reports and road closures. Their is another chance of snow into early next week as well.

 

Have a blast.

post #10 of 14

We're heading to Snowbird for the first time May 2 and 3rd.  It's late in the season but..well...we're running out of snow here in Montana.  Just wondering what the spring skiing is like this late in the season?  Also I know that Alta will be closed by then but is there a way to jump over to that side, ski some freshies and still get back to the lifts on the Snowbird side?

post #11 of 14

Welcome to Epicski.  You may have better luck posting an entirely new thread than tacking on a question to an older thread.

 

I heard from a Snowbird instructor today that they might be closing early this year (compared to previous years), mainly due to not making any money.  Hopefully I'll get their internal memo soon which deals with how they'll gradually close the lifts.  Spring skiing can be a crapshoot, but on a sunny day spring skiing in Mineral Basin is superb. 

 

Only sure way to get back from Alta would be to drive; there is a bowl between the two that is labeled "impassable".  However, others may have better info on this.

post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 

To Everyone - Many thanks for all of the helpful advice.  We caught the tail end of the storms last week and had 4 great days of skiing.  We were at The Canyons on Saturday for when they opened up the Ninety Nine 90 gate to access the backcountry and we were at Snowbird on Sunday when the opened the gates off of Gad2.  We hit 12-20" of fresh snow in both places.

 

It was awesome and we will definitely be back to Utah soon.  Thanks again!

post #13 of 14

 

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We were at The Canyons on Saturday for when they opened up the Ninety Nine 90 gate to access the backcountry and we were at Snowbird on Sunday when the opened the gates off of Gad2. 

Me too - same days, same places - rather excellent, yes?

 

And oh, yesterday at the Canyons were pretty amazing. Yes the pow was a bit damp, but it was also deep - I can just about walk normally today, but stairs are a challenge.

 

post #14 of 14

 

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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post

I find Snowbirds weather report to be more informative over Alta's.

 

I wouldn't mess with the traffic issues getting up into LCC.

 

I would head for Solitude in a heartbeat.


shhhhhhh, i don't think anyone knows about Solitude....
 

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