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Had some buds bail on a trip to UT, but I just booked solo and am extremely excited.  I plan way too much, but would appreciate some trip ideas.  I am scheduled to fly in SLC Friday Morning, 2/5, leaving Monday afternoon.  I know its short, but I need a fix, have free airline ticket, and lodging and 2 day SSL pass was less than $300 total, so I couldn't resist.  Staying at National 9 in Midvale which seemed to get decent reviews here. 

I am going to attempt to take advantage of the Quick Start deal at Park City.  I think I will try Deer Valley for a half day if its not sold out.  Any thoughts on which PC resort to ski a half day, or a 3-4 hours, for free?  

I was hoping to leave a day or two earlier to try to miss crowds at Snowbird, but didn't work out.  Anyway, any thoughts on which day, Sat. or Sun. that Snowbird would be less crowded?  I would also like to try Alta on my other day, but let me know if I should just ski both at the Bird or try one of the BCC resorts.  The allure of a 12 hour day of skiing at Brighton is sort of interesting, but I would sure like to ski Alta.  

I have also gone back and forth about a rental car.  I am fairly certain I want to get one, but have been torn about shelling out the dough for an SUV(hopefully 4x4) or going with a cheap rental and just doing the park and ride thing (or catching near the hotel if feasible) if I have to due to road conditions.  Any thoughts on that would be appreciated.  I am still trying to get a read on driving in LCC.  I know that its snow tires or chains or 4x4 restricted in the winter, but from what I can tell from searching older posts, perhaps the chain rule is only really enforced when conditions are sketchy, and it might likely be closed or severly delayed if there is a big dump.  I have read about the perils of renting a cheap 2x4 car and just parking and riding UTA on big snow days, but shouldn't have a problem getting there early since I am sans wife and kids.  Any thoughts on this would be great, plus any good cheap suv rental deals or other options would be appreciated. 

This may be asking a bit much, but any thoughts on best place to park at SBird, Alta, others, and which lift to start on,  plan for skiing each in terms of must ski trails, areas, etc would be greatly appreciated.  I am somewhere between level 7-8. 

Very stoked.  Thanks in advance for any input. 
post #2 of 9
> Any thoughts on which PC resort to ski a half day, or a 3-4 hours, for free?  
PCMR, but any of them will do

>Anyway, any thoughts on which day, Sat. or Sun. that Snowbird would be less crowded? 
"people say" Sunday is less crowded because local Mormons are in church, but I am not so sure.   I doubt it will be crowded.

>I would also like to try Alta on my other day, but let me know if I should just ski both at the Bird or try one of the BCC resorts. 
I would ski one day at Alta and one day at Snowbird

>I have also gone back and forth about a rental car.
You seem to know what is going on.  Get a rental car, a cheapo.  If there is a big dump, catch the early bus up or drive to Park City, but that could be dicey in big storm, but it has to be real fairly large to cause I80 travel problems.

>This may be asking a bit much, but any thoughts on best place to park at SBird, Alta, others, and which lift to start on, 
That's a little anal.  For Alta park at 1st lot.  For Snowbird first trip, better to park at tram lot and walk a little farther or take shuttle and check out the main area to get a handle on the physical layout.  You could park at the Gad parking lot, which entails less walking. 

>plan for skiing each in terms of must ski trails, areas, etc would be greatly appreciated.  I am somewhere between level 7-8.
Just makes sure you ski every lift at each resort, quite doable.  The simple jewels of Snowbird at Mineral Basin and Little Cloud Bowl. Take at least a few runs at each, on different sides of the bowls.  Ride a couple of trams. For Alta, the better skiing is on Wildcat and Supreme.  But it would be nice if you could do a little traversing and climbing and ski some of the hidden stuff on Greeley. (esp East), following someone is helpful and not hard to do.

I just booked my short SLC trip yesterday, from Newark, 2 nts, (i know i'm a nut, but will ski 3 days and get my runs in)  Thank you Delta for another free trip. (except for luggage fee, how do you get out of that? credit card doesn't seem to do it)
post #3 of 9
Ditto on what snowbirddevotee recommends, except on the Alta Parking. Park in the Albion Lot (last lot) if you get there 3/4 hr before the lifts open, park as far to the end as you can (by maintenance bldg.) no walking. Take the first chairs on the Albion or Sunnyside lift to Cecret lift then up the Supreme lift, that lift accesses some nice terrain to work your way down to Sugarloaf Lift, take that up, and that will access trails to the Collins or Wildcat lifts, you should get there after the morning crowd thins. (There are always crowds at Collins and Wildcat first thing in the mornings)
But a full day at the Bird (don't miss mineral basin) and a full day at Alta is needed to ski them. You really don't need a SUV if staying in Midvale.
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post

I just booked my short SLC trip yesterday, from Newark, 2 nts, (i know i'm a nut, but will ski 3 days and get my runs in)  Thank you Delta for another free trip. (except for luggage fee, how do you get out of that? credit card doesn't seem to do it)

Acquire "Medallion" status (min = 25,000 miles year for silver status). Apart from that, fork over the cash.
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I am going to attempt to take advantage of the Quick Start deal at Park City.  I think I will try Deer Valley for a half day if its not sold out.  Any thoughts on which PC resort to ski a half day, or a 3-4 hours, for free?  


PCMR.  It's a better hill than DV - longer runs.  The layout at the Canyons is a bit puzzling, so it's not as good for a hit-and-run.

I was hoping to leave a day or two earlier to try to miss crowds at Snowbird, but didn't work out.  Anyway, any thoughts on which day, Sat. or Sun. that Snowbird would be less crowded?  I would also like to try Alta on my other day, but let me know if I should just ski both at the Bird or try one of the BCC resorts.  The allure of a 12 hour day of skiing at Brighton is sort of interesting, but I would sure like to ski Alta.  

Crowds appear on powder days. If there's no freshies, you should be fine, with the following exception: Don't go to Brighton on Saturday.  Kids ski free and every mormon family in the valley is there with their 17 kids.  If you're particularly crowd-averse, go to Solitude.


I have also gone back and forth about a rental car.  I am fairly certain I want to get one, but have been torn about shelling out the dough for an SUV



You don't need an SUV.  If the busses aren't running, you won't get there with an SUV either.  Follow these plans and spend your money on something more important:

Plan A: drive up to the resort in your cheap front-wheel drive car. This works ~80% of the time

Plan B: If the 4WD-only sign is flashing, take the bus.

Plan C: If the busses aren't running, drive over I-80 to PC.


This may be asking a bit much, but any thoughts on best place to park at SBird, Alta, others, and which lift to start on,  plan for skiing each in terms of must ski trails, areas, etc would be greatly appreciated.

Parking's not an issue.  You'll figure it out.
post #6 of 9
Very Good info above!  I would just like to make 1 comment.  I have never heard of DV selling out (20 years plus).  I could be wrong.  Slopes can be very crowded at DV since nobody skis offpiste.  I would go to PC.
post #7 of 9
I've never heard of them selling out either.  They say that they limit ticket sales, but I don't know that they actually do.

I have heard of Brighton selling out - or rather running out of parking.  I skied at Solitude one day with some Brighton season pass holders who couldn't get to their hill.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input.  How much of a hike is it from Supreme to the top of the peak to looker's left? 
post #9 of 9
I think this is the hike your asking about - it was just opened for the pow - no friends on that day.

Don't forget you are over 10,000 ft.
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