Would luv do 4-5 days......anywhere with snow over the boot-tops..
Ragged 12/16, 12/24
Magic 12/29, 3/10
Whaleback 12/30, 1/6, 2/10
Gunstock 1/5, 2/16
Waterville Valley 1/13
Mad River Glen 3/22
Smugglers Notch 3/23
2011-2012 Days: 25
2010-2011 Days: 24
2009-2010 Days: 47
Well, it looks like we have a good core of interest. Let's see where we can take this. Stay tuned.
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Might not be a bad idea to try to get a group rate at one of the hotels around the Mid Valley area. I've stayed at the Crystal Inn in Murray and it was a decent place. Reasonably priced and convenient to LCC and BCC.
If everyone was staying at the same place, I'd recommend pitching in to rent a van (or vans). It's well worth the convenience of not having to take the UTA ski buses, especially with a group.
In my prior trips to SLC, I did most of my days at Alta and Snowbird. If I'm planning to ski any weekend days (such as flying out Saturday and skiing on Sunday) I've found Solitude to be a great option to avoid the weekend crowds. It's also a nice "first day" spot to get acclimated, as the terrain is a tad mellower than I also like ti spend a day at Snowbasin. I get a kick out of the Utah locals acting like it's in the middle of nowhere. It's maybe an hour from SLC. It's probably easier to get to than Wachusett from Boston. To me, this is a world class ski area in every way; well worth the grueling one hour drive. A stop at the legenday Shooting Star Saloon on the way back is a must.
My strategy is usually to get a Superpass for one day fewer than the total number of days I plan to ski. That covers the LCC/BCC areas. I'll play it by ear, and hit Snowbasin on the first bluebird day...most of it is so wide open, visibility can be a problem on flat light days.
No question there's more than enough great terrain between Alta and Snowbird to keep anyone happy for many days. But, for me, one of the advantages of SLC is the ability to sample multiple areas during the trip. They each have their own distinct personality.
Alta closed this year with 392" total snowfall. That qualifies as a terrible year for them, as they've averaged well over 600" for the last 7 or 8 seasons.
Their "terrible" season would be an above average season for the vast majority of ski areas in the Rockies, the East, or the Alps.
I'm in, but I live in Utah now, so I'll definitely meet up with you guys, but don't count me in for any group discounts
I'm in, but won't be spending any time at Alta.
I'm thinking of becoming a truck driver because of my driving habits.You're actually in a league of your own when it comes to day trips. No idea how you manage to stay awake!
Same. Brighton is on the hit list. I hear the sidecountry is amazing.Me. I plan on hitting up Brighton as I've heard it rivals Mt Baker in a number of departments.
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