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Planning Park City Trip in Feb 2011

post #1 of 14
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We're trying to plan a trip to Park City, UT for next season:

  • Family of 4, kids 18 and 14
  • East Coast Intermediates
  • Traveling over President's Day week (yes, I'd rather go a different week but can't pull kids out of school)
  • Want something more than just a hotel room but don't want/need luxury accommodations; ski-in/ski-out not important
  • Max cost $300/night (would like closer to $250 if possible)

 

The problem is that we're getting into analysis paralysis on lodging.  We've been looking at VRBO and other sites and there are plenty of places out there that look like they should be nice, but in some cases we're seeing some pretty negative reviews on other travel sites.

 

Does anyone have advice on places to go to or avoid?  Would being based near the Canyons be of any benefit (there appear to be a lot of condos there)?  Which ski area would/should we most likely be going to the most?

 

Thanks for any advice.

post #2 of 14

You'll enjoy it. Presidents weekend is the busiest and most expensive (except for Sundance) and the Park City resorts are well-geared to east coast skiers. If you opt to ski at Deer Valley, bear in mind that they might hit the skier limit that week, so get your lift tickets early (I personally do not like DV but many do).

Your lodging budget is somewhat unrealistic, but keep searching VRBO. An alternative would be to stay in SLC and either drive up or use public transportation. 

Good luck.

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You'll enjoy it. Presidents weekend is the busiest and most expensive (except for Sundance) and the Park City resorts are well-geared to east coast skiers. If you opt to ski at Deer Valley, bear in mind that they might hit the skier limit that week, so get your lift tickets early (I personally do not like DV but many do).

Your lodging budget is somewhat unrealistic, but keep searching VRBO. An alternative would be to stay in SLC and either drive up or use public transportation. 

Good luck.

 

Thanks...what is a realistic price point?  Thought $300/night was high enough...

post #4 of 14

 

For your group this is a great destination. Sorry, don't have fresh info, but know from a past visit that there are a lot of older condos in Park City. They are not glamorous, but if near the free bus line they can be very convenient and affordable, providing short bus ride to the slopes and the town, which is a fun place to stroll, dine, and hang-out. Pulled this on a random quick search of vrbo as a possible example: http://www.vrbo.com/272042 , seems like well within your budget.

 

PCMR has good intermediate terrain. The Canyons is a little more removed from the town, but has lots of newer development/condos if updated accommodations are important to you. Deer Valley may be a budget buster for you, but definitely should be skied by your group if you buy a week long ticket good at multiple Park City resorts.

post #5 of 14

You may also consider Redstone rentals at Kimball Junction.  This newer area has many good restaurants, theater, shopping, grocery store, etc.  It's very close to the Canyons.  For Deer Valley, you can optionally hop onto 80, then 40 to the Jardonelle exit as well.  Free public transportation runs thru Redstone.  It's good way to get to Main Street, to avoid the parking hassle.  The bus ride should be around 20 minutes.  

 

http://www.vrbo.com/40536

 

post #6 of 14

Great plan. As for where to ski -- Try them all. Each has its own distinct flavor. I think your budget will be fine for a 1 bedroom condo. Also focus on bathrooms if you only have 1 it will be a big bottle neck getting everyone cleaned up at the end of the day. 

post #7 of 14

You might try the Snowflower condos at PCMR.  It's been a while but they might fit your budget.  From there, the free shuttle will get you to the 3 PC resorts.

However, just food for thought, consider staying down below in the foothills that gives you easy access to PC and the 2 canyons.  If you try the Residence Inn at the base of the Big cottonwood, you could easily meet your budget for a 2BR, 2BA and have free breakfasts, a kitchen, and other amenities. 

Please let us know what you decide.

post #8 of 14
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We're considering a place at Racquet Club in Park City...anyone had any experiences there?

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We're considering a place at Racquet Club in Park City...anyone had any experiences there?


We decided to go with this place...it's a 2BR townhouse with loft so it should be big enough.  Now to plan the ski days...

post #10 of 14
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We decided to go with this place...it's a 2BR townhouse with loft so it should be big enough.  Now to plan the ski days...


Perfect. Park City is a great ski town. You will enjoy all aspects of your trip.

 

Planning your ski days will be easy. You can't go wrong. If you get a bluebird day head to Snowbasin or Solitude. If it snows, ski local, ski Deer Valley or The Canyons.

 

Deer Valley is one of the prettiest ski areas I have skied. Love that place.

 

Utah in March of '07 was a dream come true. Great skiing, great people and great food. Park City evening strolls were very entertaining and a good way to keep the legs warm.

 

Have a good time and report back with pictures.
 

post #11 of 14

Hammer,

 

The Canyons (soon to be Canyons Resort) has made it easier to get up the mountain with their new heated bubble thing and the repositioning of the gondola. You will need two days there to get around their nine mountains.  The resort is so big you can go to either side (away from Red Pine) where it won't be crowded over the holiday.   Deer Valley is a groomers paradise, first class service all the way from the parking lot/drop-off to the top of the mountain. They don't allow boarders, and they will limit the number of tickets sold.  You can't go wrong with PCMR, where you can ski right into town.   Plan on two days there, too.  If you are renting, consider reserving skis before you arrive since the shops may sell out over the holiday.

 

You absolutely should check out the Utah Olympic Park.  The museum is worth a look, and you can also watch the bobsleding/luge, freestylers, and ski jumpers.  You can also take a $$$ bobsled ride, but be careful if your back is sore.  If you forget anything, Walmart and the factory outlet are nearby.

 

As long as you have a kitchen, there are at least two good large supermarkets nearby and COSTCO is a short drive away.  Like all resorts, the food is cheaper off the main street.  The best pizza we found is at Nick-n-Willy's, on (I think) Bonanza.   There is no shortage of fine dining in the area.

post #12 of 14

If you have not locked in the racquet club I may have a timeshare available.

 

I know it seems suspect as a first post but my family has had it for 30 years and I live in SLC now so dont use it unless family is coming. 

 

Details.

2br

2 ba

swimming pool and jacuzzi, sauna on facilities.

Walk to the chairs in about 5 minutes.

 

Let me know if you are still looking and I will check to see if it is still available.


Other than that hit me up for local info.

 

PB

post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 

Bump with additional questions...

 

We are looking to start skiing on Saturday, 19 Feb (we want to take the first day to get acclimated).  Any suggestions for the best place to start?

 

How have the conditions been recently?

 

Also, we will be renting skis at Park City.  We have a recommendation to go with See N Ski, any experiences?  Also, would it be worth it for East Coast Intermediates to go with the high level "Demo" packages?

post #14 of 14

I am heading there next Sunday and leaving PC day you arrive. I've been looking at weather pretty closely. Looks like a return to more typical Utah storms beginning around 2-17 and going for a while. Conditions should be great. January has been light on big dumps, but groomers are probably fine. By the time you get there, all will be good. Re rental, I would rent in PC as opposed to SLC just in case you have issue with skis or boots. 

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