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post #1 of 17
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Hi all.

Staying at Cottonwood Heights.  We already skied Snowbird and Alta for 7 days this year week before xmas.  We have skied Deer Valley, Snowbird and Alta the past 3 years. Its my wife and I and we ski most everything do a little hiking for stash as well.  We both love to skiing trees. We live on the East Coast and Ski Stowe, Smuggs, Sugarbush, and Stratton mainly.  Been to all 4 this year.   

Here is the order we are planning but we havent skied any of these mountains(except Alta) so opinions would be appreciated.  Would like to avoid crowds if we can. We are flexible and will have a car.  

4th(Thursday)  land 10:30am, drive to the Canyons for free skiing and to get a taste for future.
5th(Friday) Brighton-thinking this would be a good day to try.
6th (Saturday) Snowbasin- a little worried it might be crowded that day.
7th (Sunday) Solitude-looking forward to it based posts
8th (Monday) Alta-cant imagine a trip to Utah with out hitting up Alta.   
9th flying home.

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 17
I'd like to get to Sundance.
post #3 of 17
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I'd like to get to Sundance.

Hope to ski it all.  Sundance sounds good
post #4 of 17
All nice spots.

FYI is you are thinking quick start for "ski free" its a no go. Not valid 2/13-4/27. I wanted to do it on 2/15 when I got here. Gong!!!!! If there is another free ski deal you are referencing then disregard.

Alta does have ski for free after 3 off the Sunnyside lift. Valid everyday its open!
post #5 of 17
If I were you, I'd ski Solitude on the Saturday and save Snowbasin for Sunday- the drive up to Ogden will be much less crowded on I-15 while all our LDS friends are in church that morning!
post #6 of 17
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All nice spots.

FYI is you are thinking quick start for "ski free" its a no go. Not valid 2/13-4/27. I wanted to do it on 2/15 when I got here. Gong!!!!! If there is another free ski deal you are referencing then disregard.

Alta does have ski for free after 3 off the Sunnyside lift. Valid everyday its open!

Yup.  thats what i was thinking of.  Thanks for the heads up.


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If I were you, I'd ski Solitude on the Saturday and save Snowbasin for Sunday- the drive up to Ogden will be much less crowded on I-15 while all our LDS friends are in church that morning!

 

Perfect.  I didnt think about that and it makes total sense.  Thanks for the opinion.  I will definitely follow the advice.
post #7 of 17
Does Snowbasin get crowded on Saturdays?  Headed out for an extended weekend, staying in Huntsville (Lakeside Resort) -- I suppose we could divert to Powder on Saturday, but we've never been to either and had been leaning toward Snowbasin on the 6th, as well.

Aaron
Wilmington, DE


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6th (Saturday) Snowbasin- a little worried it might be crowded that day.


 
post #8 of 17
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Not sure.  but if it did I'm guessing that would be the day.  living on the EC we alway worry about crowds.  still working out the finally details of our trip.  

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Does Snowbasin get crowded on Saturdays?  Headed out for an extended weekend, staying in Huntsville (Lakeside Resort) -- I suppose we could divert to Powder on Saturday, but we've never been to either and had been leaning toward Snowbasin on the 6th, as well.

Aaron
Wilmington, DE

 


 
post #9 of 17

Snowbasin will only be crowded down at the main lodge.  Other than that area, you shouldn't expect a lift line.  I was there over President's/Valentines Day weekend and that was the case.

Also nice is that they have trucks that ride around (like Deer Valley) and take you to and from your vehicle to the base lodge, so it's pretty comfortable, especially for those of you with kids.

post #10 of 17
One thing to consider is Alta on the weekend only because they don't allow snowboarders.  Some Utah resorts can be crowded on the weekend with a larger percentage of snowboarders.  When we ski Utah we try and do Alta and Deer Valley for that reason.  Nothing against snowboarders in general, but I prefer not to ski around a lot of the younger, more aggressive, less in control snowboarders and that's what I've seen on the weekends.
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One thing to consider is Alta on the weekend only because they don't allow snowboarders.  Some Utah resorts can be crowded on the weekend with a larger percentage of snowboarders.  When we ski Utah we try and do Alta and Deer Valley for that reason.  Nothing against snowboarders in general, but I prefer not to ski around a lot of the younger, more aggressive, less in control snowboarders and that's what I've seen on the weekends.
I agree.  My wife gets uncomfortable when there are to many snowboarders around.  The past 3 years we always skied Alta over the weekends.  Good point and might be the most appropriate thing to do. 
post #12 of 17
Even without snowboarders Alta will be very busy on the weekend. And if it snows.....forget it!

Solitude or Snowbasin are your best bets for Sunday. Or PowMow.

I really want to go back to Snowbasin. The day I skied it was foggy but the terrain offering looked very nice, not to mention the amenities, especially the bathrooms!!!!! Nice little gondola to the top too. Very nice.

You will find Solitude empty for the most part compared to the other Cottonwood areas. I spent this past Sunday there and I continue to be amazed how there is never a line or a crowd. Okay, I did have to wait about 5 minutes as there were about 10 people waiting for the first run at Moonbeam and one of the electronic gates failed.
post #13 of 17
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Even without snowboarders Alta will be very busy on the weekend. And if it snows.....forget it!

Solitude or Snowbasin are your best bets for Sunday. Or PowMow.

I really want to go back to Snowbasin. The day I skied it was foggy but the terrain offering looked very nice, not to mention the amenities, especially the bathrooms!!!!! Nice little gondola to the top too. Very nice.

You will find Solitude empty for the most part compared to the other Cottonwood areas. I spent this past Sunday there and I continue to be amazed how there is never a line or a crowd. Okay, I did have to wait about 5 minutes as there were about 10 people waiting for the first run at Moonbeam and one of the electronic gates failed.

especially supreme lift.  been our experience the past 3 trips but nothing close to EC.  Monday is our 8 year anniversary so we want to spend it at Alta.  Of course we want to take advantage of powder if its around while we are there.  We decided to cut the Canyons and ski PowMow the first day.  Just picked up 2010 line Pandora's for the wife.  definitely want to go were the snow is.  Read there is good stash there even a couple of days after it snows.    definitely keeping an eye on the weather.
post #14 of 17
Congrats on your anniversary! And it looks like mother nature is gonna drop you a little anniversary gift as well!

Enjoy........
post #15 of 17
On Thursday,  Brighton has skiing 9am - 9 PM,  if you have your own equipment you could make the twilight ski 12-9. 

If you need to rent,  there is a place on Wasatch Blvd, just north of the Big Cottonwood Canyon, Union, Wasatch BLVD intersection.  Its by some type of gravel pit on the east side of the road
post #16 of 17
The Ski Connection. Also Lifthouse right on Ft Union and Wasatch next to 7-11, Canyon Sports down Ft Union a little bit on left, See and Ski down a little more on right, and some golf and ski place between them on Ft Union too. Probably other place but I stay in Midvale so I know these.
post #17 of 17
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On Thursday,  Brighton has skiing 9am - 9 PM,  if you have your own equipment you could make the twilight ski 12-9. 

If you need to rent,  there is a place on Wasatch Blvd, just north of the Big Cottonwood Canyon, Union, Wasatch BLVD intersection.  Its by some type of gravel pit on the east side of the road

Yes we bring out own.  will keep that in mind.  never night skied in Utah.  but not a bad idea.  


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Congrats on your anniversary! And it looks like mother nature is gonna drop you a little anniversary gift as well!

Enjoy........

Thanks.  


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The Ski Connection. Also Lifthouse right on Ft Union and Wasatch next to 7-11, Canyon Sports down Ft Union a little bit on left, See and Ski down a little more on right, and some golf and ski place between them on Ft Union too. Probably other place but I stay in Midvale so I know these.

Actually staying in Midvale as well from Friday to Tuesday.  We dont have reservations for Thursday yet because they did not have a room for that night.  So was actually thinking of changing things up and getting a place to stay in Huntsville or Ogden for that night an hitting up PowMow and Snowbasin on Thursday and Friday.  Not sure keeping and eye on the weather to really make the final call.  Looks like Park City is getting some snow so may even hit that up Thursday and hit Snowbasin the next day.  Now that I know Brighton has night skiing on Thursday that could be a great day to hit that as well.  Decision decisions but the kind I like to make  
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