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post #31 of 40
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The bathrooms are the main reason to visit, but the lodges are beautiful too.  The ski shop feels more like a country club pro shop and the food is very good and reasonably priced...so reasonable that our instructor/guide wouldn't even let us buy his lunch.  Maybe they just get paid a lot!

 

Ha ha!  If I ate lunch there everyday, I would be too fat to ski.  Oh, & did I show you the bathrooms ?  They have hands free flushing.

JF
post #32 of 40
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What that actually means is that you are required to have chains is the car during the winter season, not that you are required to have them on the wheels.

JF


I find it hard to believe tourist renting cars would have chains "just in case".  Do people get busted for this?
post #33 of 40
Tromano, that would be great getting snowed in at the 'Bird, unless you have to go to work the next morning.  This happened to me once, plus I got gouged bigtime by the Cliff Lodge for a room.  $300 bucks for 5 hours of sleep.

So, yeah, that's a valid concern, SkiSmiles.  But if they close the canyon, it doesn't matter what you're driving, you don't get through.

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What about the going down part?  Isn't there some concern about being up there and having restrictions put in place?  So, don't you really want 4WD or chains available if you go up, even if there are no restrictions at that time?

Smiles
 



 
post #34 of 40
This past March(2009) we made the trip (in a 2wd rental van) down from BCC (approx 6:00pm) and back up to BCC (approx 9:00pm) with the control lights flashing. Shortly after we got back up in the canyon the gates went down and no vehicles of any type was allowed through, but we did make it back to the chalet before the road was closed. I think (don't know), fines will only be imposed if you get stuck or are restricting traffic, without chains or 4wd, if the control lights are flashing. But something tells me tow trucks would be very expensive on that road. I am not recommending this type travel, but we made it without incident (road was bad).
post #35 of 40
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I find it hard to believe tourist renting cars would have chains "just in case".  Do people get busted for this?
 

I doubt you would get busted unless chains were required.  I think driving in a chain control area is a pretty hefty fine.  Most rental car agencies I know of do not provide chains, so your best bet is to rent AWD.  In Canada last year we were able to rent an AWD Tauraus, not bad & reasonably priced.  I think it was Budget.
JF 
post #36 of 40
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Originally Posted by skieast569 View Post

I'm heading to Utah in January and staying in Sandy with a few friends. Any advice on where the smallest lift lines are, ticket deals, etc? We're planning on doing Snowbird, Alta, Solitude, Park City and definitely Powder mountain since we have a rental car booked already. I heard some good things about a pass that goes to three or four of those places, wondering if it's a good deal or not.
The Salt Lake Super Pass is good at Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton. You purchase the pass for 3 to 6 days. You can use it anytime during the season, but it's only good for a 7 day period that kicks in the first time you use it.

In past seasons, it was a great deal because you would get an extra day free if purchased through Orbitz or Travelocity before December 1st. I believe when I did that last year, the price  worked out to $42 per day.

It doesn't appear that the same "last day free" promotion is in effect this year. There is a promotion going with certain hotels that if you book a 4 day ski package, the 4th day of both the room and the pass is free. But, since you'll be staying at a friend's place, that promotion won't do you much good.

Unfortunately, unless you're staying at a participating hotel,the Super Pass doesn't appear to be a particularly good deal anymore. You're probably better off buying your tickets at Canyon Sports.

It's too bad, because that "last day free" promotion offered in previous years was a definite factor in our decision to make an early commitment for a February trip to SLC. Without that incentive, we'll just wait and see who has the best deals and snow at the time before deciding.
post #37 of 40
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..... For that money, I can skip the car and stay at Snowbird instead.....

If you're looking at that option, you might also consider one of the lodges at Alta. I stayed at the Peruvian last year, and will definitely be returning.

All the lodges at Alta include meals. I can vouch that the food at the P-Dog is really good.

To me, the overall experience at a place like the P-Dog is more memorable than what you get at a suburban motel or even  modern slopeside hotel. The floors may be creaky, the carpet may be worn, the rooms may be tiny. Instead of the typical hotel disinfectant smell, the aroma is a more earthy blend of wood smoke, chocolate chip cookies, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and drying ski boot liners.

You wake up in the morning, and have a couple of cups of coffee by the fireplace in the lobby. Some people will be checking their laptops for the snow report. If you're lucky, you might find that an interlodge is in effect.

Then you head to the dining room for a breakfast buffet. You'll  eat at a table with guests who come from many different areas of the country and world. You'll  get to know a bunch of interesting people. And some really interesting...characters.

After breakfast you grab your skis from your locker and head out the door. If you're skiing Snowbird that day, you can hop on the shuttle that brings you over there.

You can return to the lodge for lunch and a midday break if you want. If you're like me, you'll have eaten so much at breakfast that you'll skip lunch. Maybe grab a snack or cup of hot soup around 2:00 somewhere on the mountain.

At the end of the day, you return to  the lodge to the smell of fresh baked cookies and cakes in the lobby. You grab a quick shower and some dry comfortable clothes. You might head for the bar for a couple of cold ones. Or relax in the lobby chatting with some (by now ) familiar faces. Or, you can change into your swimsuit, grab a  a plate of appetizers from the lobby and a couple of PBR tallboys from the shop, and head out to the pool and hot tubs.

By dinner time, you'll be totally relaxed and hungry. The conversation and the laughter will flow effortlessly among the people with whom you share a table. After dinner, you might check out the movie that is playing in the Alf Engen Room. (there are no TVs in your room). You probably will find yourself nodding off before the halfway point of the movie. You'll head to bed with the most mellow buzz imaginable, and be in a deep sleep within seconds of your head hitting the pillow,without a worry in the world.
post #38 of 40
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After breakfast you grab your skis from your locker and head out the door. If you're skiing Snowbird that day, you can hop on the shuttle that brings you over there.

 

Is there anything preventing you from skiing back to Alta at the end of the day?
JF

post #39 of 40
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Is there anything preventing you from skiing back to Alta at the end of the day?
JF



 
The 2 days I skied Snowbird, I took the shuttle back to the P-Dog. But after that, several people told me that they were allowed through the gate into the Baldy Shoulder area at the end of the day to make the last run down to the Peruvian.
Edited by DropKickMurphy - 10/3/09 at 9:49pm
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Edited by 4ster - 10/4/09 at 6:02pm
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