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post #1 of 8
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My wife and I am headed out tomorrow morning for our first trip to Utah.  We are staying at the Park City Peaks in Park City.  We don't mind an hour drive to the mountain and would like to stay in a "ski town".

We are both advanced and like powder, open bowls, semi-steep terrain, and the occasional mogul run.  We prefer Black to Double-Black in Colorado.  Below is our current plan, please share your knowledge so we can have a great trip!

Wednedsay
We arrive at noon and would like to get in a half day of skiing for cheap.
Drive to Powder Mountain
Night Ski at Powder Mountain for $15
Try to catch a lift/snowcat if we start at 3PM.  Does anyone know if this is possible with a night pass?


Thursday
Alta
Forecast calls for new snow
Heard Alta is the best all around, so why not when there is new snow!


Friday
Snowbird
Heard from friends that Snowbird is also a requirement


Saturday
Depending on conditions, we are up in the air.  Please reccomend
Powder Mountain, Canyons, or ???
If we don't catch a cat ride, would it be worth the trip back from Park City with now new snow?


Other Questions
  • I love to ski the trees, but my wife does not.  Are there any good spots where the glades run along an open run?
  • Any suggestions for dining/drinks in Park City or near Alta/Snowbird?
  • I was planning on picking up discount lift tickets in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.  How late are the stores open?  Should we get tickets from Canyon Sports or Costco?


Looking forward to hearing some advice!
post #2 of 8
Wednesday  - ski free at Park City with your airline receipts/boarding passes. You are staying right there so why not?

Saturday - Solitude or Snowbasin

Take your sunscreen!

Have fun!
post #3 of 8
wow, Deer Valley ski-free starts Mar 28! We arrive Mar 26 night for trip through DV, Solitude and Alta.
post #4 of 8

Not sure how costco's prices are, but we always get our passes at Canyon Sports. They're all open from 7a-9pm.
http://www.canyonsports.com/content/?page=LIft%20Ticket%20Pricing

I skied Canyons 10 years ago, and didn't like the setup--too much lift-hopping to get to the more fun spots. You'll have a great time at Alta, Powder, and Snowbird. I would love to try Deer Valley some day, but I am always stuck with snowboarders these days!
Snowbasin is well-setup, and has a nice lodge below and up top; however, I found that on a "powder day," conditions were pretty much windblow crust--may have to do with its direction into prevailing winds.
 

post #5 of 8
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wow, Deer Valley ski-free starts Mar 28! We arrive Mar 26 night for trip through DV, Solitude and Alta.

What do you mean by this?  Didn't DV always honor boarding passes for lift tickets?  Interested to know more about your statement since I will be there starting Mar 31.
post #6 of 8
"Try to catch a lift/snowcat if we start at 3PM.  Does anyone know if this is possible with a night pass?"


I don't think so and I doubt it would be any good.  It's really warm there today and with a front coming through tomorrow,  I don't see the late afternoon/night skiing being all that great. 
post #7 of 8
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"Try to catch a lift/snowcat if we start at 3PM.  Does anyone know if this is possible with a night pass?"


I don't think so and I doubt it would be any good.  It's really warm there today and with a front coming through tomorrow,  I don't see the late afternoon/night skiing being all that great. 
 
Agreed both as to the likely conditions and whether it is possible.  I believe the last ride up the snowcat is approximately 3 pm so they can clear the mountain. 

Your proposed schedule sounds like too much driving to me but you said you don't mind.  However, Powder Mountain is more than an hour from Park City. 

You will get in a lot more skiing just heading to Park City on Wednesday and using your boarding pass (Park City also offers night skiing). 

The storm is currently forecast to arrive during the day on Thursday so I would not count on a lot of accumulation until Thurs afternoon or Friday if at all.  To the extent you are not aware, you can by a joint pass for both Snowbird and Alta if you only end up that way for a day.  

The last time I was in Costco they had discount tickets to Park City (5 for $250), Snowbird, and The Canyons.  
post #8 of 8
Wow, with all that driving, why are you bothering to stay in Park City, if you aren't going to ski PCMR, The Canyons or Deer Valley and you're going to ski for only 3-1/2 days?  You could have gotten cheaper lodging in Sandy, which is a lot closer to Alta and Snowbird.  Or stay in Ogden and ski Snowbasin and Powder Mountain.  Or stay at the airport, almost everyplace is an hour or less from the airport.  We were in Park City for eight ski days and other than the PC resorts, we skied Alta and Snowbasin and that almost felt like too much driving!  Call me crazy, but if I only had 3-1/2 days I'd take advantage of the convenience of the three PC resorts and not waste my time driving 2 hours each day.  That's a lot of time that could be spent in the hot tub and the bars!

I think Costco now charges $260 or $265 for a five ticket coupon book.  And check when the ski-free-on-the-day-you arrive offer is valid, they usually stop doing that sometime in February.  You don't mention what altitude you're coming from.  Some flatlanders can't take the change in altitude without acclimating overnight.

For dining in Park City, there's several current threads discussing this, try a search.
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