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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hello all:

 

I was wondering if anyone had personal experience with either of the above named lodges in Alta. My plan was to stay there for 4-5 days and was wondering which of the two you might recommend. I will be going with my fiancee.

 

I was looking at rates, and the difference in price between the two different rooms I was looking at was nearly $300/night, Alta Lodge being the more expensive of the two ($400/nt at Snowpine vs $700 at AL). My fiancee doesn't need the luxury (we think Alta Lodge would provide), but we are also cost conscious.

 

The few reviews I've seen on tripadvisor are all pretty consistent about Snowpine. I hear the rooms are quite small, and not as luxurious. But i hear the service/experience and friendly manner of all the guests are wonderful, with management often going above and beyond.

 

There are very few recent reviews on tripadvisor for Alta Lodge. And the recent ones all seem to come from very loyal, longtime guests.

 

At the price difference of $300/night the savings becomes quite substantial. So I know the obvious difference is the rooms are nicer (much much????) at AL. But will I get the same warm communal feeling I read about in Snowpine in the AL?

 

I know snowpine is really just a lodge for skiing. The rooms are quite small and quite rustic. Did anyone find that it was tough to stay in?

 

I guess I am wondering is if the $300 more per night I need to spend to stay at the AL is justified by the comfort of the room. I am staying in one of their nicest rooms. But what I do look forward to is the communal environment of Snowpine, which i'm not sure i'll get in AL.

 

Has anyone staying in both lodges?

 

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 14

I've been in it, but haven't stayed at the Snowpine. It's pretty rustic, but for the money, I am sure it will be just fine.

post #3 of 14

Alta Lodge is beautiful and I’ve never stayed at Snowpine. 

 

I love Goldminers Daughter.  It has a great bar and the perfect location.  The only problem with GMD is the lack of a pool.  I believe $$ of GMD is less than either listed above. 

No matter where you stay, I think you are in the right valley.

Alta Rocks!

post #4 of 14

Another vote for the GMD.

post #5 of 14

If your going to spend that kind of money I'd stay down valley about a 1/2 mile.

post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by cdw02 View Post

At the price difference of $300/night the savings becomes quite substantial. So I know the obvious difference is the rooms are nicer (much much????) at AL. But will I get the same warm communal feeling I read about in Snowpine in the AL?

 

We stayed at Alta Lodge last season, but I have not stayed at Snowpine, so I cannot compare "warm communal feelings"; however, you'll get them at AL, too. I can't imagine the rooms being "much much" (ie, $300) nicer than anything but a tent, though. And I say that with love. ;-) We loved staying there, will definitely return (we went with kids and they both announced later that working in the dining room was their dream job), but just nothing about it is luxurious. Bigger, probably, and I can imagine somewhat nicer, but probably not $300/night worth.I don't think you can go wrong either place, so might as well save the money? Pop into AL while you're there and see if it's better for the next trip.

 

(The irony ... we spent less than $300/night on an executive corner suite at the Four Seasons Whistler year before last ... it was about the size of our first apartment. Now that was luxurious. Soulless, too. We were with a big group of friends, though, so we made our own soul, lol.)
 

post #7 of 14

Another vote for the GMD.

post #8 of 14

I stayed at the Snowpine last year, in the men's dorm no less.  I was very apprehensive but they had a deal I just couldn't pass up, and it was no problem at all as everyone is a serious skier, bunk was comfy, shower hot, food good.  You'll get to know just about everyone in the lodge in 5 days as meals are communal, they have free after ski cookies with hot chocolate/coffee, movie night in the common room, etc.  A real home away from home.

 

Just a thought, if you and your fiancee are spending enough quality time together and you do not necessarily need the trip for romantic purposes, you could book the men's dorm, her the women's.  You would still spend most of your time together and cost would be about 100 a night for each of you (200 altogehter).  Since your lowest estimate is 400 this would save 200 a night, multiply by five = 1000.

 

You can of course do this with any lodge that has dorms (Peruvian, GD?, Cliff Lodge Snowbird, etc.)

 

Just a thought.

post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the thoughts Robert: I too came up with that idea of staying in separate rooms - but the truth is we do want to spend some quality time together - so I decided it is best to get a private room.

 

post #10 of 14



 

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We stayed at Alta Lodge last season, but I have not stayed at Snowpine, so I cannot compare "warm communal feelings"; however, you'll get them at AL, too. I can't imagine the rooms being "much much" (ie, $300) nicer than anything but a tent, though. And I say that with love. ;-) We loved staying there, will definitely return (we went with kids and they both announced later that working in the dining room was their dream job), but just nothing about it is luxurious. Bigger, probably, and I can imagine somewhat nicer, but probably not $300/night worth.I don't think you can go wrong either place, so might as well save the money? Pop into AL while you're there and see if it's better for the next trip.

 

(The irony ... we spent less than $300/night on an executive corner suite at the Four Seasons Whistler year before last ... it was about the size of our first apartment. Now that was luxurious. Soulless, too. We were with a big group of friends, though, so we made our own soul, lol.)
 



Stayed at AL many times over the years. Had to agree with SB regarding the luxurious accommodations at AL. 

You will find the locker room at the local Y a bit better appointed.

But that is not the reason one stays at AL. Very often it is a matter of tradition.

 

Out of the 4 lodges at the base, Rustler is the best appointed. GMD is the best bang for the buck. 

 

For the price of a room @ AL, try the Cliff @ 'bird. 

With a combo ticket - you can have your Kate and Edith, too.

 

Wives, generally not as hardy as we are. 

post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input guys. Just wanted to clarify of the accomodations you guys speak of at Alta Lodge. I am now getting the impression that the lodging at AL is not that nice at all. From the photos they actually look very nice. I'm not expecting a Westin/Four Seasons/St. Regis type hotels ... but I guess I am expecting nice accomodations.

 

When you guys speak of the Alta Lodge as being more well appointed than a tent - I guess I have quite low expectations that don't justify the extra $300 I'm planning on spending/night.

 

The rooom I've chosen has a nice fireplace - and full windows. The pictures give the impression the room is spacious and I asked it was about 400sq ft - which is comfortable.

 

I currently have reservations of 6 nights in Alta Lodge, then another 3 nights in the Cliff Lodge at snow bird - and then the rest of the trip in Salt Lake.

But now I am thinking of changing my 6 nights in AL so that I spend 2 nights in AL and then 4 nights at Snowpine.

 

The question is, on a scale of 1 - 5 (5 being the nicest) - is Alta Lodge atleast 1 star above the Snowpine in terms of comfort and nicety of accomodation? Kermitt says AL is beautiful. Is it?

 

In comparison to the room I'd be staying at Snowpine. It is a private room with king bed and private bath. When I asked for size of the room, reservations admitted the room to being quite small and quite rustic - which is why I've decided to stay at AL - in the hopes the rooms are nicer for the time when we want to spend quality time together.

 

King, what do you mean by Kate and Edith? Is that some slang term for being able to ski on both Alta/Snowbird?

post #12 of 14

Yes, I am sure  AL is a star up from Snowpine. You will have room (except all the bathrooms I've seen have been cramped, but I was only in two -- one in a very large room, one in a regular room), but the furnishings will be old, the hallways will be narrow and dark. The windows will be huge, the views will be great.

 

You'll just have to define "luxurious," I guess. :-) To me, 800 sq ft at the Four Seasons is luxurious. Stein Eriksen Lodge is luxurious. Heck, the Residence Inn in Phoenix has more luxurious rooms than Alta Lodge. But lots of other things about AL are luxurious. Food, location, vibe, etc. I would much much rather go back to AL than to Stein Eriksen.

 

You'll be fine either place, I'm sure. My take was that you were expecting a lot more from the actual room at AL ... it's still going to be very basic. Yes, 400 sq ft is a good size. But some people (not all) would get there and think, I paid another $300 for this?? But it just depends on what you're used to and/or expecting.

 

Does that make sense? I'm struggling.

post #13 of 14

Alta & Snowbird ski quite differently - completely different feel and vibe. Think fraternal twin, may even be a boy and a girl. Both are great.

All depends on your inclination. 

 

I stay with the boys @ AL. Wife - Cliff only.

 

SB is right about the vibe @ AL - I never use the room except for sleeping.

Furnishing is dated, but that adds to the charm and keeps one in the common areas. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Good thing about AL - All you have to concentrate on is skiing - they will take care of the rest. No thinking required once you get there and settled in.  

 

Don't know about the moving around thing - usually like to stay put. Too much pain to move constantly. I'm more into skiing than baggage handling. Maybe its just old age. 

post #14 of 14
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I stay with the boys @ AL. Wife - Cliff only.



And just so you know, cdw, I am "the wife" in our family ;-) so it isn't that I'm saying your fiancee won't like it ... not at all. There are definitely women there, but not ski-two-runs-and-spend-the-rest-of-the-day-in-the-spa women.

 

I wouldn't bother switching. Just stay at AL, and don't try to pencil it. That's where the trouble started in this thread, lol.

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