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Downtown SLC as base?

post #1 of 22
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Hello,
My group of 30-something guys are heading to Utah in February and splitting time between Snowbasin and Snowbird.  I'm thinking of staying downtown so we're sort of between the two, and that might give us some options for offhill activities.  Is this a good plan?  We're thinking a Jazz game might be in order (any leads on cheap seats?), and maybe drinking some of Utah's finest Mormon brewed beer.  Any other advice?
post #2 of 22
If you're staying at a hotel, I would consider moving to a place closer to Snowbasin if you're going to spend half your time there.  
post #3 of 22
Well, you're for one going to spend quite a bit of time on the road as these are about the furthest apart from point to point.  So downtown is probably SLC is probably a happy medium.  The resorts there are sort of geographically laid out like a triangle ... resorts up in Eden-Odgen at the top - LCC and BCC at the bottom and the Park City resorts to the east.  Sooo, if you're in Salt Lake - you're somewhere in the middle.

One thing you might consider is skiing Powder Mtn for a day too.  It's one of our favortie places to ski with small crowds, simple amenities and lots of snow.  The drive up the mountain is a bit dicey-worse coming down, but to it's well worth the trip.
post #4 of 22
It's not NY, but downtown SLC is ok.  How are you getting to and from the slopes?
post #5 of 22
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It's not NY, but downtown SLC is ok.  How are you getting to and from the slopes?

We're renting a car/SUV.  Maybe two if more sign up.

I can see it's a bit of a haul to Snowbasin.  Maps.bing.com puts it at about 52 minutes.  Is that about right?  I remember driving from Breckenridge to Vail and Beaver Creek and not minding, with the mapping software putting the driving times at about the same... maybe it was the mountain scenery.  Another option would be to stay in Ogden for the first few days... that takes the Bing time to just over 30min.  I'm not sure if Ogden would have much to offer off the hill though.  Does it?
post #6 of 22
Last year I stayed at La Quinta Inn West Salt Lake, It was right on I 215, took us around 20-30 minutes to get to any of the resorts in either BCC or LCC and around 11/4 -1 1/2 hr to get to Snowbasin, very easy to get around with the highway system and we seemed to be going against rush hour traffic from our location.We always left around 7:30 am for the day, definitely got to Alta a bit too early waited about 1hr for their 9:15-30 start time. But hey front row!
post #7 of 22
JOE ... Ogden is really much like SLC, as it's basically it's attached at the hip.  Odgen's downtown area has some good restaurants ... sushi, Red Rooster (or something of the kind) etc. and you don't get the traffic and there are plenty of the chain hotel-motel places to stay there.  On a trip there a couple of year ago we took the day off and went into Ogden for some sushi and drinks.  The downtown area had been somewhat cordoned off, as the area had been turned into a movie set ... some ABC family type show with Treat Williams.   I'm not big on apre' ski activities, but my kids had plenty to do there - so Ogden was fine for us. 

The big downside to this is it puts you farther away from the LCC - BCC resorts.
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We're renting a car/SUV.  Maybe two if more sign up.

Another option would be to stay in Ogden for the first few days... that takes the Bing time to just over 30min.  I'm not sure if Ogden would have much to offer off the hill though.  Does it?
post #8 of 22
Not a bad idea to stay in Ogden to go to Snowbasin- the hill is close, and the town is OK. I stayed in the Fairfield Inn, and the people were very accomodating (late check out), and the place was clean, and had a daily breakfast.

After Snowbasin, Powmow will be a real let-down - old, slow, flat etc. Do a search and you'll hear about it.

Sandy could be a good place for you to get to both LCC and BCC if you wanted to split up the trip (personally I hate changing hotels when I'm on a trip).

Staying downtown SLC is a viable alternative, but yes, every day you'll be schlepping at least 45 minutes (if there's snow in LCC or BCC a LOT more).

It might make morre sense to stay around LCC and BCC and enjoy the embarrasment of riches at Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton. You won't be bored for sure.
post #9 of 22
Depending on the length of your stay, and the seriousness of your skiing, you may want to VRBO a house rental in Eden, Huntsville.   I live in Cottonwood Heights, when my east coasters buds arrive every January we take off for a week in Eden.  Ski POMO and Snowbasin.  Booze down, eat well, hot tub, howl at the moon...back at it the next day.  Bookings are way down, cut your best deal with a private owner.

You really want to be on vacation, 30-something, go the the Alta Peruvian Lodge, 3 meals a day, basic lodging, heated pool, 2 hot tubs, rocking bar, and you walk to the lifts..or a shuttle if the parking lot walk is too much after breakfast, or shuttle to 'Da 'Bird".  Ditch the car, take a shuttle from the airport, and stay in the canyon when the Sandy motel visitors are in line because the canyon road is closed.

That's my $0.02.

 
post #10 of 22
 Snowbasin is quite a haul from downtown SLC, but if you're also looking for some things to do, places to eat, etc. after skiing, then downtown isn't such a bad idea. The hotels generally have free parking, and easy access to the freeways.

Also, you might consider renting a car just for the days you're going to Snowbasin. I typically avoid renting a car, take the bus from the airport to downtown SLC, and use the public transit to get up and down the canyons. Less convenient, but easier on the wallet and on the environment.
post #11 of 22
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Also, you might consider renting a car just for the days you're going to Snowbasin. I typically avoid renting a car, take the bus from the airport to downtown SLC, and use the public transit to get up and down the canyons. Less convenient, but easier on the wallet and on the environment.
 

Dddddude they're going on a ski trip not staging a protest at the g20, anyways his group's too big to ride teh publics transit.




Hey Joe





I understand why you want to stay in town, I think it's the best way to ski around, eat breakfast check snow report go somewhere to ski the hopefully tasty pow, but why are you only going to ski at Snwobasin and the Bird?
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 

I understand why you want to stay in town, I think it's the best way to ski around, eat breakfast check snow report go somewhere to ski the hopefully tasty pow, but why are you only going to ski at Snwobasin and the Bird?


We only have 4 days, and our group prefers long black runs and big vertical skiing.  Those offer the best for that (our favourites in the East are Le Massif and Whiteface).  If we're too spent by day 4, we may check out Solitude or Brighton.  As well, it takes a good half day or more to figure a mountain out.
post #13 of 22
If you want a central location to both LCC and Ogden Valley resorts, then downtown SLC is probably your best bet.  Snowbird is probably 35 - 45 minutes and Snowbasin is about 45 - 50 minutes.

I live about 30 minutes north of SLC at the mouth of Weber canyon @ I-84 (about 15 minutes from Snowbasin).  I commute to/from the Salt Lake valley almost daily.  The traffic has improved immensely since they have opened up Legacy Highway to offload much of the I-15 traffic north of SLC.  Plus, if you are heading north to Snowbasin or PowMow you will miss the rush hour traffic coming to SLC ... and going back in the evening will be the same.  If you are heading to Snowbasin from SLC, take I-15 to 89 to I-84 to Trappers Loop - you will avoid Ogden and save 20 - 30 minutes of travel time.
post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone!

How's the traffic from downtown to LCC? 
post #15 of 22
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Thanks everyone!

How's the traffic from downtown to LCC? 

Traffic should not be a problem to LCC.  However, snow could be a factor getting up the canyon.
post #16 of 22
4 days....Downtown is the place for you.  Watch the weather and the canyon restrictions and closures.  Frequently, the canyons, BCC and LCC are restricted to 4x4 or chains.  That means renting a SUV, driving to the canyon bus lots early, or taking the bus from downtown....or Park City, or Ogden...Bottom line, plenty of terrain everywhere, no crowds, easy access and of course snow....just don't come during the President's week holiday....Cheers!

...and leave your Whiteface ski's at home, you won't need them here!
post #17 of 22
If you're splitting between the two, perhaps a mid-stay move?  I think there's a fair amount of cheap lodging in the Sandy area for access to LCC, and it sounds like Ogden is a good bet otherwise.
post #18 of 22
It sounds like such a pain to stay in the city and drive to the resorts, especially because the road closes if they get dumped on. Why would you want to be stuck in the city during a huge dump rather than at the resort? Or dealing with horrendous traffic, buses, etc...That's kinda why our group is staying at the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird in late January.  Ski-in/out, rooftop pool and hot tubs. We're also there for 4 days, but with the size of Snowbird/Alta I doubt we'll get tired of those 2 in 4 days. Plus, you can just take the shuttle and forget about the car. It ends up being cheaper that way too since shuttle is like $30/pp each way.
post #19 of 22
I do this all the time on my 3 yearly trips to SLC. Always stay in downtown. East access to various resorts - depending on snow conditions, road closures etc. Tons of nice restaurants and bars in downtown to spend the evening.
I have never had problems with traffic.  Rent an SUV - and drive to either LCC, BCC, PC or snowbasin.
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks again everyone!  Does anyone have any advice on where to rent an SUV?  I'll probably go the priceline route, but if someone knows of any other deals that'd be cool.
post #21 of 22
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Thanks again everyone!  Does anyone have any advice on where to rent an SUV?  I'll probably go the priceline route, but if someone knows of any other deals that'd be cool.
Be careful where and what you rent. Last year I saw a "deal" on a SUV on one of the websites, Carentals.com It was for a intermediate SUV. It was from Fox rent a car. 1st this rental agency is not at the airport, they have a shuttle that takes you off site. 2nd When I went to get the SUV I found out it was a front wheel drive Jeep Compass, they don't have 4wd or did not have, but either way I was pissed. As far as I'm concerned an SUV is 4wd or awd everything else is just a car. There was nothing in the wording of the listing for this rental stating 2wd. My advice stick to an airport rental and 1 of the name companies. I ended up not needing 4wd because there was no real snow during the week of my stay, snowed couple days before and couple days after I left.
post #22 of 22
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While I was initially looking at downtown, I managed to find a deal through priceline.com at the Hyatt Place Airport for $30/night.  It looks like a really nice hotel, and the hotel website was charging upwards of $125/night.  

http://saltlakecityairport.place.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/place/index.jsp
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