Staying at Alta or Snowbird?

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    Staying at Alta or Snowbird?

    My brother and I are going to Utah the 3rd week of March on the Mtn Collective pass. I originally wanted to stay in Salt Lake to have the flexibility of the 3 mtns each day + see some of the city.
    My brother hated the idea and wants to be slopeside. I'm not going to try to convince him otherwise.

    My question is are we better staying at Alta (goldminers daughter?) or at Snowbird?
    I've skied both but it was 20 yrs ago before I was 21 so didnt partake in the social scene. We stayed at the Goldminers but dont remember much going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xwhaler View Post
    I originally wanted to stay in Salt Lake to have the flexibility of the 3 mtns each day + see some of the city.
    My brother hated the idea and wants to be slopeside. I'm not going to try to convince him otherwise.

    More like 7 mountains you can choose from if staying in SLC or SLC suburbs, plus infinitely more dining and recreation choices. I'd invest the time working on your brother.

    Or perhaps compromise and stay in Park City, where you can stay slopeside like he wants, but still have tons to do for fun and dining.
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    Well I agree but we have the Mtn Collective pass so Alta, Snowbasin, Snowbird are our options. 2 days at each

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    I stayed at GMD last year and it was excellent. Right at the bottom of Collins lift with a great view. The rate was pretty good, IMO and that's before you factor in that breakfast and dinner are included in the rate. The food is very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheArchitect View Post
    I stayed at GMD last year and it was excellent. Right at the bottom of Collins lift with a great view. The rate was pretty good, IMO and that's before you factor in that breakfast and dinner are included in the rate. The food is very good.
    I did notice that about the food included so when combined with the 10% off Mtn Collective deal makes for a pretty appealing option.
    I believe breakfast/dinner is included at all 4 of Alta's lodges....the GMD being the most affordable.
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    Did 4 nights at the Cliff Lodge last March and did both Bird and Alta. More pricey but more dining options and free shuttle that runs between all the lodges. All depends on budget and what vibe you are looking for. We liked getting on Peruvian and through the tunnel before many trams had gone up.

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    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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    How frequent and/or late does the shuttle run between both?

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    I'm going to suggest we stay up in LCC Sunday-Thurs then head back to SLC for a couple nights to see the city a bit and get a day or two at Snowbasin

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    I stayed at snowbird this weekend at the Cliffs, and could not work out breakfast. I think the breakfast buffet was really lacking and the only option was slow and really expensive. I feel like everything else was mediocre and expensive, even for a ski area.

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