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post #31 of 35

Actually the OP's plan sounds a lot like what I'm thinking about now (flying in, renting car, living cheap).


If you're skiing the SLC resorts, then Midvale/Sandy/Cottonwood area is the go. Lots of lodging options, plus the UTA ski bus services all 4 resorts via Fort Union area. Importantly, the ski bus runs on Sundays. Most UTA town buses do not run on Sundays!


Sundance is a wonderful resort but it's a bit of a drive, around in the canyon up from Provo. I skiied 2 days there, driving each day from Park City via Heber. First day I went back via Provo and SLC as the car had a flat tyre (space-saver spare!) and I had to return it to the airport. That was quite a hike.  If you like ungroomed snow and a lack of glitz, it's probably worth staying somewhere a bit closer.


Snowbasin and Powder Mountain are also fantastic, but again a bit of a hike, out in the opposite direction (and not particularly near to each other, unfortunately).  I always really enjoy Powder Mountain, and Snowbasin is quite an eye-opener since they tarted it up for the Olympics. Again, might be worth locating in a cheap motel a bit closer.


I'm still in the thinking-before-planning stage, and will probably be going mid January or thereabouts.

post #32 of 35

With food, flight, super pass, and hotel (La Quinta), i paid $950 per person last year for 5 days of riding all booked through Southwest flying from DC

post #33 of 35

I'm a Marriott points whore, so I've made good use of my points on utah ski trips.


This hotel is in a GREAT location:

Residence Inn Salt Lake City Cottonwood

6425 South 3000 East · Salt Lake City, Utah 84121 USA


It's right at the base of the BCC.  Access to BCC (Solitude/Brighton) and LCC (Alta/Snowbird) is really good.  If you don't want to drive up to the resorts, there are two bus stops across the street where you can get the buses to the resort.  The hotel shuttle will drive you across the streat with your gear if you want. 


The drive from the hotel to PC is a short one and is all interstate.  The last time I drove it, it took maybe 35 mins at the most.  If the weather is good you could be in the parking lot of PCMR in 40 mins or less from there. 


Each room has a fridge and kitchen so you can stock with food and save some $$.  They do a full breakfast each morning too.  That's nice to hit on the way out the door.


I've stayed at the Residence Inn in Sandy too.  It's nice, but further from the slopes.   

post #34 of 35

Kimball Junction is a pretty reasonable place to stay- It's about 25 minutes down to SLC and about 40 to the Cottonwoods. South, it's 40 minutes to Sundance and North, about an hour to Snowbasin and Pow Mow. by the scenic route, I-84, which is amazing. You're 5 minutes from Canyons and ten to Deer Valley and PCMR and on the PC free bus route. Early January (or Feb.,March or April) is always a good bet for snow and no crowds.

 Canyons has some really nice (looking)  new terrain on Iron Mountain- I haven't skied it yet, but it's a lot of territory , North facing with glades and long scenic groomers. The snow is great everywhere now and should only get better as we get into the heavy snow months.


Now- which bindings should I buy?

post #35 of 35

Hey, they've opened up Iron Mountain?! Wow. That's new.  Canyons will be looking pretty worthwhile now.

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