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SLC to Slopes - Landing at 1230 is it possible?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I'll be flying out to SLC on Thursday and land at 1230PM. Is it possible to rent the car and get to a resort for a two or three hours? I have my own skis and boots and will be flying with them. 

 

My ski buddies won't be out there until about 1030PM... too bad for them maybe I'll get in a few extra hours of skiing.

 

Any suggestions on resorts and where to get tickets?

 

Thanks,
Steve

post #2 of 9

Yes, I think you can be skiing by 2:00.  Brighton and Park City have night skiing options to extend your day, if you're so inclined.  If you do the Park City Quick Start, you can ski for free at PC, DV or the Canyons - assuming, it's not a blacked out day.

 

http://www.parkcityinfo.com/quickstart/

post #3 of 9

You are really pushing it.  Land at 12:30pm, by the time you get off the plane and get your luggage it could be almost 1pm, then rental car is 15 minutes, but you could be stuck in line for an extra 15 minutes or even more, sometimes the lines are long.  15 minutes to change, 45 minutes to Park City.  At the Canyons you likely have to take the parking tram from lot to mtn, at PC finding a parking spot could be difficult but last week we parked only 100yds from the lower lift. 

 

In line by 2pm would be awful lucky, 2:30pm is more like it. If you are staying in PC it's definitely worth it, cause your already there and its' free.  Not worth it, except for free Quick Start, not sure if that covers PCMR night skiing.  I did the QuickStart last week, we landed at 10:30 and were in the lift line at 1pm. But it could be 12:30pm moving a little faster.

post #4 of 9

You're probably right - 2:30 is more likely.

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Sounds promising. I'll look into the quick start at PCMR and some night skiing. 

 

FWIW we are staying at the Canyons but I have to go back and get my buddies from the airport.

 

Thanks for the info!

post #6 of 9


 

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You are really pushing it.  Land at 12:30pm, by the time you get off the plane and get your luggage it could be almost 1pm, then rental car is 15 minutes, but you could be stuck in line for an extra 15 minutes or even more, sometimes the lines are long.  15 minutes to change, 45 minutes to Park City.  At the Canyons you likely have to take the parking tram from lot to mtn, at PC finding a parking spot could be difficult but last week we parked only 100yds from the lower lift. 

 

In line by 2pm would be awful lucky, 2:30pm is more like it. If you are staying in PC it's definitely worth it, cause your already there and its' free.  Not worth it, except for free Quick Start, not sure if that covers PCMR night skiing.  I did the QuickStart last week, we landed at 10:30 and were in the lift line at 1pm. But it could be 12:30pm moving a little faster.


QuickStart does cover night skiing at PCMR. That goes until 9 pm. Just did it last weekend with my brothers--and they landed at around 1:00. Definitely worth it--we took our time, spent an hour eating lunch and still got two runs in for day skiing and five hours worth of night skiing. And it's free.

post #7 of 9

I probably got lucky but last February, I left Lex, KY by 6:15 am,  I touched down at 11:14 a.m., got my skis in less than 5 minutes, car was a breeze, 5 or so minutes more, was parked within 100 yards of lift at PCMR 40 or so minutes later, got the QuickStart, was on the lift around 12:15 or 12:20, skied 4 hours, called it a day.     

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

I made it!

 

Thanks for the suggestion on quick start for free skiing.

 

Got my Hertz car... they actually upgraded me to a 4x4 Yukon!  Drove to PCMR parked about 20 yards from the snow and clicked in at 2:30 and skied till about 6:00. Not bad at all.

post #9 of 9

Nice! Good to hear it worked out. I consider QuickStart a must hit anytime someone flies out to visit me. Even though it's out of my way and costs me more money than other resorts, free skiing on the day of arrival is a great way to start a trip. 

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