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Help with first SLC trip 1/23-26

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hoping to get some suggestions.

  Making a trip to SLC on the 23-26, mid-week days. Solitude was recommended to me as a good place and friendly to patrol as they are volunteers as I am. Also considering Snowbird/Alta. I'd like to stay on site but, everyone says to stay in town and take the city bus up each day. 

post #2 of 12

It depends on what you're looking for.

 

The Park City resorts (PCMR, DV, Crayons) have a "destination resort" feel with lots of amenities, tourists, nightlife, and other non-skiing activities. The Cottonwood Canyons resorts (Alta, Brighton, Solitude, Snowbird)  and Snowbasin are more day-skier oriented with limited amenities, although Snowbird has some of the destination resort vibe.  I greatly prefer the more laid-back vibe of the cottonwoods. YMMV.

 

Accommodations will be far cheaper in the valley even after factoring in the cost of a rental car, and if you stay in Midvale or Sandy you're only a 20-30 minute drive to the CC resorts, 30-40 to PC, and about an hour to Snowbasin.  Take the bus if it's dumping snow, otherwise just drive up yourself.

 

For a three day trip, I'd say one day in big cottonwood, one day in little cottonwood and a day at Snowbasin.  Alta is a must-ski, then choose your big cc resort on whether you want easier cruising terrain (Brighton) or more steep stuff (Solitude).

 

If you're hankering to go to Park City, then PCMR is the best of the three resorts there. It's big, they've got terrain for everyone, and lots of high speed lifts to move you around. DV is ok, but overrated, and the Crayons is highly mediocre.

 

Crowds should not be a factor mid-week unless a big dump of snow brings the powderhounds out.  Little CC tends to be mobbed on powder days, so you might consider going elsewhere if it's dumping.

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Kinda leaning towards cc and maybe even 3 days at Solitude since you say it's steepest there. Maybe a day at alta. lodging recommendations in town for a short bus ride. I'm fine with busing it.

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hotel recomendations in SLC?

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by pdxammo View Post

Kinda leaning towards cc and maybe even 3 days at Solitude since you say it's steepest there. Maybe a day at alta. lodging recommendations in town for a short bus ride. I'm fine with busing it.

 

 

I didn't say Solitude was the steepest.  I said (or meant to say) that Solitude has steeper blue cruisers than Brighton.  I don't want to get into a pissing match on which resort has the steepest terrain, but if you're looking for steeps, you should be able to find them just about anywhere.   But knowing that you're looking for steeps and want to take the bus I'd say that a day at each of Alta  Solitude and Snowbird should do ya.

 

I usually stay with a group and rent a condo so I can't recommend a specific hotel; just find one on the bus line that offers a Superpass - $64/day includes lift ticket and bus fare. 

 

 

 

 

post #6 of 12

Pdxammo,

We work with many hotels in SLC and would be happy to help you with your travel plans.  Some of the hotels that we partner with offer free airport shuttle and are also on the bus line.  In addition, we sell the SLC Super Pass which is good at Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude.  Feel free to send me a PM with your requirements if you would like our assistance. Our services are complimentary. 

Arleta 

post #7 of 12

Keep in mind that the Sundance Film Festival is going on during those days which could allow for some good evening entertainment.  it also means, that if you are interested in skiing any of the Park City resorts, they will be virtually empty.  I go every year during Sundance and it is amazing how few people are skiing those 3 resorts during those 10 days.

post #8 of 12

Taking the bus will save you a heck of a lot of money.  However, the buses only go up to Snowbird, Alta, Solitude, and Brighton.  I believe you are on your own if you want to go to Deer Valley, Park City, or the Canyons, unless you take a shuttle from the resort itself, which will probably be really expensive.  The fare is $3.50 (I think now it's been raised to $4.00) to go one way to Alta, Snowbird, Solitude or Brighton.  If you have a season pass, the bus fare is included!  Email me, and I can give you more info, it it's not too late.

post #9 of 12

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Originally Posted by Walt View Post

DV is ok, but overrated

 

I see you've never skied Deer Valley.  Head up to Empire Canyon after a 24" dump and tell me how overrated it is.

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

Ended up staying at the Ironblosam at Snowbird the entire time, the skiing was awesome and the accomadations were great. In the end i decided I just didn't want to mess with transportation and just wanted to relax. 

post #11 of 12

I don't know your budget, but going into Park City should be a given provided you have the transportation.  It really doesn't matter if you ski any of the three resorts there (Yes, DV is over groomed). Visiting the Utah Olympic Park and Alf Engen Museum (exit just before the Canyons Resort) is worth the trip.  Riding the bobsled is a bit expensive, but everything else is close to free.

post #12 of 12

I don't know your budget, but going into Park City should be a given provided you have the transportation.  It really doesn't matter if you ski any of the three resorts there (Yes, DV is over groomed). Visiting the Utah Olympic Park and Alf Engen Museum (exit just before the Canyons Resort) is worth the trip.  Riding the bobsled is a bit expensive, but everything else is close to free.

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