I'm in the early stages of planning a December Snowbird trip, I'm going to claim my trip for winning the Snowbird Wiki contest(see wiki link below). I have a free room at the Cliff, but need another room and see that the snowbird.com rate for the Cliff is a whopping $960 for 3 nts over Dec 17th weekend, that's ridiculous when I usually pay $65/nt to stay at MidVale La Quinta. I'm looking for a hotel room closer to the Bird than La Quinta, I know Crystal Inn is closer than La Q, is anything else even closer?
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I would just wait for the Early Bird Special? $115/PP DO with lift tickets at the Cliff is a really good deal and if you already have a room there, then that's were you want to be!
IMHO, there is absolutely no reason to ever book the valley early!
Use http://www.betterbidding.com/ and Priceline the day before. You won't get to choose the exact location, but you'll probably stay in a nicer property for less. What's a couple of minutes matter, if your already driving?
Last week I had a bunch of clients in town and I got the 4 Star Hyatt Regency O'hare for $48/night, rack was $199.
Double Occupancy. I paid $159 at the Cliff, for a single w/lifts this spring. The early bird special isn't on the website now, but they've had it every year for as long as I can remember.
The Lodge and the Iron Blossom are usually $10-20 PP cheaper.
Oh, I'm so excited. I'm taking my two daughters and was taking two boys their age, but I am going to ditch one, and since we will be a group of four, hopefully Snowbird will let me upgrade my Free Cliff room to a Deluxe Bedroom, rack rate it's only $50 more and that gives us room, because we'll need a cot.
I haven't stayed at the Cliff for well over 20 years. Somehow I used to swing it when I was young, but it just doesn't seem to make sense with $60/nt rooms down in the valley. But I guess it would with that early bird special.
Now I have to think whether I want to take a chance and go the week before Christmas for after Jan 1st. I lucked out before in December. Two years ago it snowed a ton when i was getting into Aspen and in 2007 it snowed almost 6ft as I was arriving in SLC. Nothing like a good December trip to start the year our right.
I'm kind of surprised it's not on their site now, but I am confident that they will offer it at some point. It's only good early and late season. Some of the Alta lodges, like the Snowpine or the Peruvian also have decent early season deals.
SBD: It's been a while since I stayed in one, but the Cliff used to have rooms with 4 singles?
Early and late season, I always stay up the canyon. Only time I stay in the valley is when I fly in late and high season.
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I stayed at the Hampton Inn at 106 South on I-15 when I did a Snowbird ski camp back in 2003. It was easy to get up the hill in the mornings, and with the Southtown mall right there, lots of dining and entertainment options. I didn't have to battle traffic on State street or I-15 in the mornings.
I'm surprised you even need to ask, seeing how you know the hill so well. Alas, I finished 3rd in the Snowbird contest (a distant 3rd).
I know it was kind of a dumb question, and it is a little early to be planning a trip, but this Saturday I found out that my new step nephew is a very good skier, chomping at the bit to take his first trip out west. There were some overcrowding complications in claiming the Cliff nights I won in the wiki contest and one option was to put the two boys(freeloaders) down in the valley, and I always pass the Crystal Inn on 215 but was wondering if there is someplace closer that i didn't know about, to make it easier to meet for dinner. But in the meantime I decided to ditch the one kid and the four of us can stay at the Cliff, so I have it figured out.
Edited by SnowbirdDevotee - 7/23/10 at 6:01pm