KingFriday013
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Skiing In Utah (USA)

Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:08 am

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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RE: Skiing In Utah (USA)

Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:28 am

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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RE: Skiing In Utah (USA)

Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:15 am

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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RE: Skiing In Utah (USA)

Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:58 am

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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RE: Skiing In Utah (USA)

Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:05 pm

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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RE: Skiing In Utah (USA)

Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:25 pm

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.
 
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RE: Skiing In Utah (USA)

Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:03 pm

However, Snow Basin and Powder Mountain to the north are WELL worth the extra 30 minute drive.
 
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RE: Skiing In Utah (USA)

Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:01 am

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.

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RE: Skiing In Utah (USA)

Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:41 am

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.

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RE: Skiing In Utah (USA)

Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:20 am

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!   
 
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RE: Skiing In Utah (USA)

Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:24 pm

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.
 
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RE: Skiing In Utah (USA)

Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:06 pm

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.
 
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RE: Skiing In Utah (USA)

Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:39 am

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.
 
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RE: Skiing In Utah (USA)

Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:45 pm

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.
 
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RE: Skiing In Utah (USA)

Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:28 pm

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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RE: Skiing In Utah (USA)

Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:08 am

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.
 
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RE: Skiing In Utah (USA)

Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:17 am

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.
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