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  1. #41
    Any preference on which Alta lodge is the best to stay at? Snowpine is closed for the next 18 mos I read as they undergo a renovation

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    They are all supposed to be pretty nice, but they are not cheap. However, if you have the coin there are a quintessential America ski experience. I've only stayed at GMD. It's nice, but in a very rustic way. Rooms are actually sort of Spartan, but there is some neat décor and photos hanging in the hallways, almost like walking around a ski museum. Scenic dining room with good food, lots of parking, and excellent access to Collins and Wildcat lifts. I've been inside Alta Lodge, it seemed smaller and also quite Spartan with communal gathering taking place in dining/lounge area. Believe the Snowpine is nominally the most affordable, but also the smallest. The dorms in the various Alta lodges can be a fine option for solo skiers. The communal sleeping and dining set-up along with the remote, exclusive location aids in meeting ski buddies for good times in good snow. The Cliff Lodge at Snowbird has a nice outdoor, rooftop pool and hot tub that can be quite popular. I used it a couple times last year as a day visitor.

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    Hey have been out of the loop these last few days and just saw this. Feel free to PM me. It all depends on what you want. With Snowbasin also in the mix, staying in SLC may be a good idea.

    IMHO it depends on what kind of experience you want and your budget. Goldminer's is pretty old and rustic for the price, but IIRC you do get some meals. The Cliff was just redone and is nice. More options at Snowbird, but the food is meh.
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  4. #44
    Quote Originally Posted by heiusa View Post
    An important reason to stay slope side; if there is a big dump you can get first tracks, plus if there is to much snow they will close access to the canyon. I was there a few years ago and the canyon was closed for three days due to avalanche danger. We had the place to ourselves.

    I would stay at snowbird, there is more to do there.
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    this was my reason
    if it gets dumped and you are not at the base, you may not even be able to get there
    I stay at the cliff lodge as well
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