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Salt Lake City in April - Local input needed

post #1 of 10
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I am headed to SLC April 5 - 7 for work, & plan to stay & ski on the 8-9. I am planning on going to Powder & Snowbasin as I have not been to either. Wondering if there are any deals that time of year? I found a lodging, lift, b-fast & shuttle deal at the Comfort Suites Ogden for $139, but it does not run that late in the season. Anyone know of any other deals?

Also wondering if there are any shops out there that run  great end of the season specials? Would be very interested in buying a different pair of skis if I could find a place that was selling demos (or new) reasonable.

Lastly, if anyone is headed up there to ski at that time, I would be very grateful to have a ski partner while out there as it tends to get a little boring skiing alone. Thanks, Dan
post #2 of 10
We just got back from the gathering, although we are by no means local we did score skiis cheap at levelnine sports in SLC, they have a web page check it out. Snowbasin was a real treat as it was a "resort with a different attitude " you will like it for sure.
Hopefully some of the locals will get back to you with the other information ( car rental should be cheap, shouldnt need 4x4 I would think that time of year, really you should tell work you are hanging back until the monday to make sure everything is OK and then they will cover your car and room and meals and.....) Just dont tell work you are skiing , know anyone thast skis ,own a pair of skis, or that you are even aware it snows in UtahLOL
Good luck have fun
post #3 of 10
I don't know of any lodging deals at that time of year but rest assured you should be able to find them.  There are number of potential sources to monitor including the Hot Deals section of skiutah.com.

Virtually every ski shop will have a closeout sale at that time of year although not all sell their demos until the fall  A lot of ski shops are starting their end of season sales shortly after President's Day.

I think it pays to be flexible that time of year with your plans so I would not get locked into one area (particularly if it is a lower elevation ski resort).  You can get some of the best skiing of the year in early April as well as some of the worst.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys! Keep it coming....
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
"Just dont tell work you are skiing , know anyone thast skis ,own a pair of skis, or that you are even aware it snows in UtahLOL"

Unfortunately that won't work as I stayed extra days when I was out there last year to ski, & my boss skied at Brighton with me one night. ;-)
post #6 of 10
That's late in the season for either one of those resorts.  Both are lower and have worse exposure that the cotton wood canyon resorts.

I would decide which resorts,  based on current conditions,  a day or two in advance.   Then use priceline at the last minute. 
post #7 of 10
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Thanks Shredhead & SB77. I should have been a little more specific I guess. I do plan to watch the weather, etc & if possible try those 2. If the conditions aren't good there, likely will head to wherever has the best snow.

post #8 of 10
I have been in and out of shops alot lately because of boots.

REI has some great deals on skis, best prices for Line Prophets I have seen $4xx. Ski n See has pretty good prices aswell, all closeout. In Ogden there's alpine sports but they are more expensive still, have a sale coming.

If you like smartwool socks the best prices are at the alta ski shop in the goldminer's building.

As far as skiing in April, my family is coming late march/early april...I doubt park city is going to be any good...I'm going to try and drag them to Alta, so far as of today I think Alta has the best snow, even snowbird next door doesn't seem as good. Although at snowbird if you hike a bit and go towards the gad area its been pretty sweet.
post #9 of 10
I'm not that sure of deals, since I've never had to look for them, but Alpine Sports is a good place to go for late-season deals. It's located in Ogden, right off of Washington Blvd. (89). If nothing else, you can also save a few bucks and get discount lift tickets there ($49 for Powder, $57 for Snowbasin).

I'd agree with waiting before locking in a resort. That time of year is pretty tough to gauge and last year conditions weren't that great at either Basin or Powder by April.

I live in the area and would be happy to have an excuse to take off on a Thursday or Friday. Drop me a pm once you figure out your plans.
post #10 of 10
I just came from UT, with a great 5 days of skiing.  I'd have to say, Snowbasin is my favourite of all the places we skied, but I didn't really have a chance to embrace it because it was our last day and my legs were shot.  I will return there when my legs are fresh and really explore the mountain.
That being said, Shredhead has nailed it.  Everywhere needs snow out there, so I'd make a decision on where to ski based on snowfall between now and then.
Shoot 4ster a PM and ask him how the snow is holding up at Snowbasin as its his home mountain.  I really hope you get to enjoy Snowbasin!
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

That's late in the season for either one of those resorts.  Both are lower and have worse exposure that the cotton wood canyon resorts.

I would decide which resorts,  based on current conditions,  a day or two in advance.   Then use priceline at the last minute. 
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