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post #1 of 21
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I am looking to take a trip out to utah in Feb or March. I have never been out there and I am looking to stay at a budget hotel or condo. From what I understand, staying downtown rather than at the moutain will save me some bucks. Does anyone have any suggestions of a relatively cheap place in good location to ski areas?

 

I would also appreciate some suggestions on where to ski. I am planning on skiing 3-4 days. Where should I go Alta? Snowbird? Deervalley. Any input would be greatly appreciated. My schedule is also fairly open so input on when to go in march or Feb is needed as well. My criteria is to avoid crowds and to save some bucks. Thanks for the help!

post #2 of 21

I would recommend staying at the Pavilion Inn or Crystal Inn Midvale.  Both of these motels are cheap, have full breakfast, and are very close to the base of the Cottonwood Canyons.  Depending on what you want in your skiing, Alta and Snowbird are more geared for advanced skiiers with a good mix of steeps, open bowls, and narrow chutes.  Alta is more friendly to the intermediate skiier than Snowbird.  Brighton and Solitude are in Big Cottonwood Canyon and have a different feel than the Little Cottonwood Canyon resorts (Alta, Snowbird).  Brighton is good for intermediates, has some decent tree runs, and is a good family resort.  Solitude has low crowds and steep tree shots.  The Park City resorts are more crowded, cater to all skiier levels, and are more expensive.  Good skiing and a variety of terrain can be found at all. Park City is my favorite of the 3 with fast cruisers, trees, and bowls.

post #3 of 21

Just priceline a hotel at the last minute.  If you have to drive, does it really matter if it's 30 or 35 minutes?

 

Use better bidding to get an idea on bids.

 

http://www.betterbidding.com/index.php?showforum=147&

post #4 of 21

Many/Most Gathering attendees last year stayed at the Extended Stay America in Midvale-- I think I averaged under $40 per night for a week.

 

Note that the beds are very hard and they only make up your room weekly. Cleanliness is passable, not awesome, but you get a kitchen, which is a great cash saver. I'd use them again.

 

If you don't want to drive, the dorms at The Peruvian at Alta are a good deal. You get 3 great meals a day with a shared room (without private bath) for about a hundred bucks. They're slopeside and you can easily get over to Snowbird and you can skate right over to the Alta base. That way, you can save on a car rental by getting a shuttle to/from the airport for about 50 bucks.

 

As for where to ski -- I'd look at Alta/Bird as a base. If you could only ski at these two places, you'd definitely be fine for a 4 day trip. If you're going to be there on a Saturday, you can avoid the crowds by heading on over to solitude in Big Cottonwood.

 

Despite all the disdain from internet heroes, there's also a lot of good skiing in Park City, and the night life is decidedly better. If you decided on Deer Valley/Park City/Canyons, you'll have a great time, and if you're a beginner or intermediate skier, I'd even recommend heading up there over the canyons.

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I would recommend staying at the Pavilion Inn or Crystal Inn Midvale.  Both of these motels are cheap, have full breakfast, and are very close to the base of the Cottonwood Canyons.  Depending on what you want in your skiing, Alta and Snowbird are more geared for advanced skiiers with a good mix of steeps, open bowls, and narrow chutes.  Alta is more friendly to the intermediate skiier than Snowbird.  Brighton and Solitude are in Big Cottonwood Canyon and have a different feel than the Little Cottonwood Canyon resorts (Alta, Snowbird).  Brighton is good for intermediates, has some decent tree runs, and is a good family resort.  Solitude has low crowds and steep tree shots.  The Park City resorts are more crowded, cater to all skiier levels, and are more expensive.  Good skiing and a variety of terrain can be found at all. Park City is my favorite of the 3 with fast cruisers, trees, and bowls.


 

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Many/Most Gathering attendees last year stayed at the Extended Stay America in Midvale-- I think I averaged under $40 per night for a week.

 

Note that the beds are very hard and they only make up your room weekly. Cleanliness is passable, not awesome, but you get a kitchen, which is a great cash saver. I'd use them again.

 

If you don't want to drive, the dorms at The Peruvian at Alta are a good deal. You get 3 great meals a day with a shared room (without private bath) for about a hundred bucks. They're slopeside and you can easily get over to Snowbird and you can skate right over to the Alta base. That way, you can save on a car rental by getting a shuttle to/from the airport for about 50 bucks.

 

As for where to ski -- I'd look at Alta/Bird as a base. If you could only ski at these two places, you'd definitely be fine for a 4 day trip. If you're going to be there on a Saturday, you can avoid the crowds by heading on over to solitude in Big Cottonwood.

 

Despite all the disdain from internet heroes, there's also a lot of good skiing in Park City, and the night life is decidedly better. If you decided on Deer Valley/Park City/Canyons, you'll have a great time, and if you're a beginner or intermediate skier, I'd even recommend heading up there over the canyons.

 

SLC hotels are cheap over all and if you are in the valley distance form the cottonwoods is basicly a nonfactor. You can get a 4* in downtown for like $100ish per night. Pavillion and Crystal are pretty nice hotels and have good breakfast and amenities, pool, hot tub, cleaning, decent breakfast and cofee, free cookies, etc... 60-70 per night. Thats where I would go. If you want the least cost, then ESA.


What levels are you?

 

The best ski area for experts is Snowbird with an honerale mention for snowbasin.

 

Everywhere is good for advanced with Snowbasin being the best option.

 

Ditto intermediates everywhere is good, but focus on the Park city areas. And avoid the bird -- seriously.  

 

For true beinners staying in SLC, Deer Valley, PCMR, and Alta, maybe solitude. Also the local ski hill in Logan -- Beaver Mt is probably the best for true beginners, but its a hike. 

 

For mixed groups, Alta is probabbly the best bet. E.G. Experts, and advanced, and intermeidates, and a beginner.  

post #6 of 21

Best Western Sandy has always served us proud..... Clean, Breakfast, Good pool/tub, super easy to LCC/BCC with Canyon sports and good coffee on the way!..... Texas Roadhouse walking distance away.

post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 

I would consider myself a level 8 skier. I like to ski trees, bumps and steeps here in the east. The person I am going with is probably a level 6-7 skier. I am looking to hit up bowls, glades and chutes on my trip out west

post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 

So if I bring my buddy who is about a level six snowbird is a no go? I am planning on going for 4 days and I want to hit 2 moutains

post #9 of 21

For an experienced skier Snowbird is fine.  There is plenty of mountain to ski and advanced intermediate terrain from every lift.  Plus he can lift his game up a bit if he wants to on some interesting terrain.  Why not hit 4 different mountains, ski Snowbird, Solitude, a Park City resort and then either Snowbasin or Alta.  You can't beat that trip. That's what we usually do.


 

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So if I bring my buddy who is about a level six snowbird is a no go? I am planning on going for 4 days and I want to hit 2 moutains

post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 

I could hit 4, but i always feel like it takes me atleast a day to learn a moutain and there is so much terrain to hit at each, and then I can plan my following day accordingly

post #11 of 21

 If its your first trip out west the bird will be a bit of a shocker I think. I think UGA ski dawg said it well on the other thread discussing the bird. You should find his post and take it to heart. 

 

I finally feel like I am able to ski the good stuff at the bird with confidence not getting intimidated. And its been 3 seasons since I moved out west. Lvl 8 is a long step below level 9.The good stuff at the bird starts at like 33 degrees. And those are the easy blacks. Most of the expert stuf there is alot more like 40+. Unless you are comfortable sking ungroomed 33-43 degree slopes -- I am not talking surviving but comfortable -- you are better off going someplace else.

 

I would go to snowbasin and pow mow. Plenty of great skiing above 35 degreees if thats what you want. Cheap lodging, great on moutnin food also cheap, empty slopes, just as good snow most of the time, lots to challenge you -- not alot of bumps not enough skiers to let them build up most of the time -- and lots of fun more mellow terrain to learn on.  22nd st in ogden is a nice down town area to chill apres. 

 

Or go to LCC and ski the bird your first day and see how you like it. Alta is 1 mile up the canyon. And probably a lot more suitable for a level 8 and 6 skiing together. And lots there to challenge you.

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Originally Posted by wasatchskier View Post

I would recommend staying at the Pavilion Inn or Crystal Inn Midvale.  Both of these motels are cheap, have full breakfast, and are very close to the base of the Cottonwood Canyons.  Depending on what you want in your skiing, Alta and Snowbird are more geared for advanced skiiers with a good mix of steeps, open bowls, and narrow chutes.  Alta is more friendly to the intermediate skiier than Snowbird.  Brighton and Solitude are in Big Cottonwood Canyon and have a different feel than the Little Cottonwood Canyon resorts (Alta, Snowbird).  Brighton is good for intermediates, has some decent tree runs, and is a good family resort.  Solitude has low crowds and steep tree shots.  The Park City resorts are more crowded, cater to all skiier levels, and are more expensive.  Good skiing and a variety of terrain can be found at all. Park City is my favorite of the 3 with fast cruisers, trees, and bowls.


If you book through a participating hotel before December 15, you get 4 nights and a 4 day Superpass for the price of 3

 

Crystal Inn Midvalley is $97 per night for a room with 2 Queen beds. So you'd be paying $291 for 4 nights. With tax, around $330.

 

The 4 day SuperPass would be $180.

 

So, with 2 people you'd be talking about  $345 each for 4 nights lodging and 4 days of skiing.

 

The SuperPass would give you 4 days at Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton. It also gives you free use of the UTA ski buses that stop close to the hotel and bring you to all 4 of those areas. Crystal Inn has a free airport shuttle, so you don't need to rent a car.  They also have a free breakfast buffet as well as what they call a light dinner.

 

My friend and I recently booked the Crystal Inn with the Superpass deal for the first week in March. We haven't stayed there before, our previous 2 trips we've stayed at the Alta Peruvian. I'll miss the Peruvian this year, but with kids in college, we decided to make it a low budget trip this year.

 

Just remember you need to book before December 15 in order to get the 4th day free deal.

 

http://www.visitsaltlake.com/ski/ski_deals_1/

 

 

post #14 of 21
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...If you don't want to drive, the dorms at The Peruvian at Alta are a good deal. You get 3 great meals a day with a shared room (without private bath) for about a hundred bucks....

Not exactly true. The Peruvian posts their midseason rate for a dorm bed as $127 per night. When they add in the service fees and taxes it comes out to $162 per person  per night. That does not include lift tickets, but does include 3 meals per day. And the food is very good. Also, you would need to factor in $60 per person for round trip airport transportation (whereas, many of the budget hotels in the valley have free airport shuttles).

 

Not that I wouldn't recommend the Peruvian. I've stayed in the dorms there the last 2 years, and it is a great experience.

 

Outside Magazine's 2010 Editor's Choice Awards listed 51  "awesome things about the world outside we've come to love over the past 33 years"

 

Room 99 at the Peruvian (which is the male dorm) made the list .

 

34. Room 99
There's nothing particularly remarkable about the Alta Peruvian Lodge's Room 99. It's a dorm room with six double bunks, a shower down the hall, the air foggy with the funk of 60 years' worth of wet ski boots. There are assuredly nicer places to stay in Alta, Utah—hell, even on the same hallway—although you'd be hard-pressed to find a cheaper one. But if you love skiing, I mean really love it, you must stay in Room 99 once in your life. There's the low-wattage thrill of slumming it in the crappiest room at Alta's scruffiest lodge (a yellow-pine palace whose employee housing is known as the Slave Ship), but it's more than that. When you walk into Room 99 after a day of hucking mineshaft drops into talcum drifts of the Greatest Snow on Earth to find 40-year-old investment bankers sitting in long underwear around a 12-pack of Bud and a bottle of Jameson, you understand that Room 99 is a time machine, spinning you back to an era, not so long ago, when you could still shrink the world down until you had no cares except the pure feeling of cold snow under your skis, the startling sound of your own laughter in the trees, and the taste of cold beer afterwards. A place like that is a treasure, no matter how bad it smells. 

 

http://outsideonline.com/outside/culture/201003/editors-choice-51-46.html

 


 

post #15 of 21
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So if I bring my buddy who is about a level six snowbird is a no go? I am planning on going for 4 days and I want to hit 2 moutains


If you did the 4 day SuperPass, I would say 2 days Alta, a day at Solitude, and a day at the Snowbird.

 

Even though most of Snowbird is beyond your friend's ability, there would be more than enough moderate terrain to keep him happy for a full day. Especially in Mineral Basin and off the Gadzoom and Gad2 lifts. In the Peruvian area, Chip's is a long winding groomed trail all the way from the top of Hidden Peak down to the base.  There's such a WOW factor being at the Bird...even when you're sticking to the moderate terrain. You guys don't want to miss out on that experience.

 

 

 

 

 

post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 

This sounds like a sick deal. My one concern is car rental. I know there is bus service, but many people have told me it can be a pain waiting around for them especially if it snows. What has your experience been like?

post #17 of 21
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This sounds like a sick deal. My one concern is car rental. I know there is bus service, but many people have told me it can be a pain waiting around for them especially if it snows. What has your experience been like?

I'll let you know. I've never taken it before. My previous trips I've stayed at the Peruvian (at the base of Alta)

 

If it snows heavily, the LCC road can be closed while they do avy control work. In that case, a rental car ain't gonna get you up there any faster than the bus. If LCC is closed, we'll probably take the other bus up BCC to Solitude for the day.

 

Almost decided not to go out west this winter, with 2 kids' college tuition to worry about. Then my buddy and I started looking into the possibilities of a low budget trip. Southwest Airlines "wanna get away" fares; inexpensive valley hotel with "last day free" on the room and Superpass; skip the car rental and take the bus.

RT air fare  from Providence, 6 nights hotel (which includes breakfast buffet and airport shuttle) all taxes and fees on hotel and flight, 5 day superpass, and tickets to the Celts/Jazz game came out to around $870 apiece.

 

Maybe the bus will end up being a PIA. But it does make it possible to do this trip within my budget.
 

post #18 of 21
Thread Starter 

Yea it does make it much more sense financially. Its just love having the freedom of a care. Another question for you. I have not heard much aboutr deer Valley on this site. I know that it wins resort of the year every year, but is that more because of apres ski, ammenities and other bs that i could care less about? I get the feeling it is not a skiers mtn

post #19 of 21

Deer Valley is a fine place to ski, for any level skier.  There is plenty of black terrain, but it doesn't have the double blacks and bowls that Alta/Snowbird has.  One thing I didn't like about it is there are houses strung about the mtn and you can smell the wood fires going, it takes a bit away from the adventure of being in the high mountains like in the cottonwood canyons. 

 

The Park City resorts don't match the snowfall/powder that the cc resorts have.  For many skiers that doesn't matter, because they ski on the groomed runs or cruise anyway.  Another thing that the PC resorts don't have and that is the spectacular high alpine scenery found and conifers found in the cc resorts.  Esp lower down the slopes have aspens and other scraggly deciduous trees that just don't give it the same look. 

 

Also, w/o looking I am fairly sure that pc is at a lower elevation than the cc's.  Even during our trips in late Feb, the sun and temp is beginning to take its' toll and we have often found slush at the lower elevations of pc, while the cc's are still cold with crisp snow.  Again, that may not matter to everyone.


Edited by SnowbirdDevotee - 12/3/10 at 5:46pm
post #20 of 21

Make it simple-stay at the cotton tree at the auto mall-breakfast is kinda crappy, eat at the roadhouse -short walk-good red meat also eat good mexican food at la frontera-good and cheap-good thai at "simply thai" next to the battery depot-ski at alta, snowbird,solitude,brighton is great and if you can make it powder mtn-nough said

post #21 of 21

I have stayed in several places in the Sandy area because we usually ski the big (Solitude) and little (Snowbird/Alta) cottonwood canyons. Our favorite is the Cotton Tree for nice rooms, pool and hot tub, good breakfast, proximity to lots of restaurants, and right next to a Canyon Sports for discount tickets for all areas.

 

If you are looking of something cheaper, try the National 9 below. It is sparse but clean, the breakfast is OK, free Internet in the lobby, and good location.  It is a straight shot up to BCC, or Foothills Drive to LCC, and right off the interstate for easy access to the other areas.  If you go up to the Cottonwood Canyon areas you drive past both Ski'n See and a Canyon Sports for discount tickets, and the motel sells Super Pass tickets.

 

Regardless of where you stay, be sure and hit the Sweet Tomatoe on State Street for the cheapeast and greatest soup and salad bar.  $10 for all you can eat of good (mostly) healthy food.

 

 http://www.hotels-world.com/tp.hotels.in/midvale-utah-/hotel.227129/utah.salt-lake-city.southern-area/national-9-discovery-inn.htm 

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