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User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1294 posts, RR: 10
Posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 931 times:

I've been going to school out here in SLC since August and one of the things I was looking forward to the most was going skiing at one of the world-renowned mountains we have nearby. This weekend I'll finally go!   But now I'm wondering... where?

My choices are Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, and Solitude (dictated by my budget). I know very little about them so I'm wondering if anyone here can tell me more. I'm not the type who does jumps and flips and other crazy tricks like those -- I just like nice, long trails and good scenery. The four of them are approximately the same distance from my location and are all in my price range. FWIW I think of myself as an expert skier (but that's based on trails in... I guess Vermont; NY trails are even easier, i.e. I can do double-blacks on mountains in New York)

Hopefully y'all will have some good suggestions   Be as specific as you want -- if there are exceptionally good trails I want to know about them!

-J.


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User currently offlinebristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 871 times:

I have been to Alta several times, it's awesome. They have a tunnel that connects it to Snowbird I believe. Skiing only, no snowboarding. Deer Valley is good as well, but quite expensive and very upscale. Park City is good, it's huge and a big place for young people as it has some gnarly terrain parks.


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User currently offlineBEG2IAH From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 898 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 862 times:
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Quoting bristolflyer (Reply 1):
Skiing only, no snowboarding. Deer Valley is good as well, but quite expensive and very upscale.

Just was there on a company trip and not seeing one boarder was great.



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User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1294 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 826 times:

Thanks for the tips so far! I was really leaning towards Alta or Snowbird to begin with since I've heard more about them. Are they both skiing-only? Is one better than the other? FWIW Snowbird is only $4 more than Alta -- I'm going to get the lift ticket from a local ski rental shop since they have a nice discount and I have a coupon for day-rentals that I got from my Hertz Local Edition.

I wasn't really going to consider Deer Valley because of the price, and Park City since it isn't exactly cheap and I don't need the terrain parks. Will I really be missing out?

-J.



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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6125 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 817 times:

World renown, well not here, but not surprising since we have enough ski venues of our own ! Isn't Utah a little annoying with their alcohol laws ?


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User currently offlineslider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6672 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 791 times:

Quoting KingFriday013 (Thread starter):
My choices are Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, and Solitude (dictated by my budget).

Alta is absolutely fantastic and remains one of my favorite places to ski. Easy to get to, you can be from SLC to clamping into your bindings in a flash. It's probably the most affordable of the 4, and I think getting to Little Cottonwood Canyon is easier logistically.

Deer Valley and Park City are my other favorites, but both are more spendy and the latter certainly is a longer drive out.

Enjoy! It's one of my favorite places on earth.

Quoting Aesma (Reply 4):
World renown, well not here, but not surprising since we have enough ski venues of our own ! Isn't Utah a little annoying with their alcohol laws ?

Best powder on earth, bar none, IMHO. The meteorological conditions make it just awesome.

And the liquor laws have changed dramatically. Utah and SLC now have some of the better craft brews around and there are brewpubs in the city that are outstanding.


User currently offlineSaturnV From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 763 times:

However, Snow Basin and Powder Mountain to the north are WELL worth the extra 30 minute drive.

User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 2993 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 734 times:

I, too, went to college in Salt Lake City, despite growing up and living in both Moscow and San Francisco. While I was only there for 4 years, I had some incredible memories forged there from being able to ski so often. The proximity and accessibility of the resorts is incredible.

I've checked out almost all the resorts up there and hands down Alta and Snowbird are my favorite (prefer Alta since it doesn't have snowboarders). I never went out of my way to venture towards the Park City area in order to get some rides in.

Also, as far as costs go... not sure what school you go to, but might want to check in with them. I had season passes for cheap change because of Westminster College's subsidies and great student rates. Even if it's a few hundred bucks, being able to ski any day you want really pays off.

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1294 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 724 times:

Thanks everyone so much for your input! I'm really leaning towards going to Alta since it just seems so great and there aren't any snowboarders. It's in the middle of my price range which is fine with me.

Aeroflot777 they do offer some great season pass rates over in Shaw (I'm a Westminster student!), but since I don't own skis or a car I can't go as often as I'd like to and it just didn't make sense to get a season pass. Hoping the ski-ownership situation changes next year, especially since we do get the buses for free and I could theoretically take that.

Aesma, yes the liquor laws are a bit archaic, although they do have some great local brews here. But the reason I chose this weekend is because Hertz brought back their $14.99/weekend day sale again, and in needing to get my 10 days in one way or another for Five Star, it gives me the opportunity to make a quick run over to Evanston 

-J.

[Edited 2013-02-11 23:43:17]


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User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1837 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 719 times:

Quoting slider (Reply 5):
And the liquor laws have changed dramatically. Utah and SLC now have some of the better craft brews around and there are brewpubs in the city that are outstanding.

You still can't have a beer before you order your food at a restaurant!   


User currently offlineslider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6672 posts, RR: 35
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 701 times:

Quoting USAIRWAYS321 (Reply 9):
You still can't have a beer before you order your food at a restaurant!

Sure you can. I just did recently at Squatter's.


User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1837 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 691 times:

Quoting slider (Reply 10):
Sure you can. I just did recently at Squatter's.

Some places will do it, sure, but it's against the law. I read an article recently about increased emphasis on enforcing the law, but I can't find the link now.


User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 2993 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 677 times:

Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 8):
Hoping the ski-ownership situation changes next year, especially since we do get the buses for free and I could theoretically take that.

Make sure you take advantage of some great deals for skis at the end of the season. SLC has plenty of stores that discount inventory as much as 60% off brand new equipment. As far as not having a car, I didn't have one either. Tons of students drive up to the mountains daily and carpooling is super easy. Sometimes we'd all meet at Gore in the mornings and just take a few cars.

Enjoy it up there. Didn't really like living in Utah and ended up escaping to SFO almost every weekend, but I will say that the skiing up there is unsurpassed.


User currently offlineslider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6672 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 652 times:

Quoting USAIRWAYS321 (Reply 11):
Some places will do it, sure, but it's against the law. I read an article recently about increased emphasis on enforcing the law, but I can't find the link now.

It's become immensely liberalized. The brewing laws alone have been unshackled quite a bit. Enforcement will be a trick, but the tide is already moving in the right direction.


User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4775 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 643 times:

All of them are great. Brighton seems to be a fave with locals. Snowbird is the biggest and whilst it is great it is for the tourists. Alta is the best for skiers (only) but once you know what you are doing. Solitude is great with some nice wide slopes plus a big bowl for expert skiers. So I'd suggest you start off with Brighton and Solitude (they're the cheapest too IIRC). Once you know what you are doing check out Snowbird and Alta (they're a longer drive to get to too from SLC).
Have fun! They're all looking a little bare so far this season but this is the time of year that the snow comes in. Enjoy!



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User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1837 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 634 times:

Quoting slider (Reply 13):
It's become immensely liberalized. The brewing laws alone have been unshackled quite a bit. Enforcement will be a trick, but the tide is already moving in the right direction.

That's good to hear.


User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1294 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 625 times:

I'm hearing lots of different things but so far I'm still leaning towards going to Alta. Alta is actually closer to here (by a few minutes) than Brighton and everyone is just raving about it. I've also heard good things about Brighton though. I'm also going to ask around at the ski shop on Saturday morning and see what they suggest.

Supermarkets still have 3.2% stuff (learned that the hard way in September  ) and the liquor store, although priced somewhat fairly I suppose, doesn't have a great variety.

Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 12):
Make sure you take advantage of some great deals for skis at the end of the season. SLC has plenty of stores that discount inventory as much as 60% off brand new equipment. As far as not having a car, I didn't have one either. Tons of students drive up to the mountains daily and carpooling is super easy. Sometimes we'd all meet at Gore in the mornings and just take a few cars.

Enjoy it up there. Didn't really like living in Utah and ended up escaping to SFO almost every weekend, but I will say that the skiing up there is unsurpassed.

That's my plan... during May Term (or maybe between finals and then) I'm going to head over to Ski Truck (I think that's what it's called... my dad was telling me about it when he was here on business 10 years ago and I pass it every other day on the way back to school from my internship at SLC) and see what kind of deals they have. Once I have a pair of my own skis I might try carpooling next year, but for now since I go so seldom and am under the time constraints of ski rentals, it's just easier for me to go on my own.

-J.



Tho' I've belted you an' flayed you, By the livin' Gawd that made you, You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
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