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    Quote Originally Posted by abc View Post
    I don't. But I have a local friend who ski Solitude often.
    Then he/she would tell you that business is up at Solitude.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    Then he/she would tell you that business is up at Solitude.
    Still, the point remains, "business is up" at Solitude is still BELOW other resorts!!!

    Why am I bothering talking to a stone wall?

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    Quote Originally Posted by abc View Post
    Still, the point remains, "business is up" at Solitude is still BELOW other resorts!!!

    Why am I bothering talking to a stone wall?
    That was not my point. Never has been. Solitude, year over year, is a lot busier than it has been historically. It's apples to oranges comparing Solitude to others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    That was not my point. Solitude, year over year, is a lot busier than it has been historically. That's been my point all along. It's apples to oranges comparing Solitude to others.
    You were advising people NOT to go to Solitude because it's "busier".... But they should go to Brighton!

    And yet, you're NOT comparing Solitude with Brighton? Just because Solitude is busier than itself...

    I give up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abc View Post
    You were advising people NOT to go to Solitude because it's "busier".... But they should go to Brighton!

    And yet, you're NOT comparing Solitude with Brighton? Just because Solitude is busier than itself...

    I give up.
    The OP way back when threw out some options for this weekend. I suggested against Solitude because it has been very busy this year. That's a fact. I did suggest Alta or Brighton based on the weather. Those resorts, that I ski often, are good options considering the weather that we had. Are both busier than they have been? Sure. But I hear a lot of grumbling from locals about Solitude and have firsthand seen the ungodly parking situation this season.

    Solitude is indeed a lot busier than it has historically been. Call it because of the snow or the Ikon Pass, it just is. Just calling it as it is. It's fine if you disagree.
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    Gotta agree with abc. Solitude is parking-constrained and for this reason operates under its true skier capacity. Get there early to avoid parking problems, or ride the bus, and you will have a pleasant day on the slopes.


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    Fwiw, I skied Alta, Solitude and Brighton with a week. Solitude was by far the least busy, even on a weekend day. Rarely rode with others on the lift. Brighton was way busier even though I skied there on a weekday.


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    Traffic in LCC is a growing issue, no denying, but at this point of the season it's not a problem for the most part. I've been living near the mouth of BCC since 1st of March and mostly skiing Snowbird, about 15 days in March. Saturday, March 9, 2019 was a special day - and not in a good way. I had skied the previous two days in great powder conditions. That morning there was more new snow, but this is not good for Saturday traffic. I decided to wait and go to the mtn around noon. They had closed the LCC access road from 6-8AM. My son got in traffic about 645AM and got to Snowbird about 930AM. When I heard this and other reports of folks taking even longer, I bagged skiing and went snowshoeing with my wife in Mill Creek Canyon. We went by the mouth of BCC at noon and saw a huge line of traffic on Wasatch BLVD trying to get up BCC. I later heard that they had closed BCC too because there was too many cars up there. They actually were turning cars around up near Sol/Bright and sending them back down. I also heard cars were parked along the BCC road for a mile or two below Soli that day - huge mess.

    Morale of story - beware of LCC and BCC on snowy weekends in prime ski season.

    There are a lot of IKON visitors here this winter and I've talked to many on the lifts, but these huge powder day crowds are mainly driven by locals coming out of the woodwork! I'm told there are people here in UT who own a season pass and only use it on powder days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimk View Post
    Traffic in LCC is a growing issue, no denying, but at this point of the season it's not a problem for the most part. I've been living near the mouth of BCC since 1st of March and mostly skiing Snowbird, about 15 days in March. Saturday, March 9, 2019 was a special day - and not in a good way. I had skied the previous two days in great powder conditions. That morning there was more new snow, but this is not good for Saturday traffic. I decided to wait and go to the mtn around noon. They had closed the LCC access road from 6-8AM. My son got in traffic about 645AM and got to Snowbird about 930AM. When I heard this and other reports of folks taking even longer, I bagged skiing and went snowshoeing with my wife in Mill Creek Canyon. We went by the mouth of BCC at noon and saw a huge line of traffic on Wasatch BLVD trying to get up BCC. I later heard that they had closed BCC too because there was too many cars up there. They actually were turning cars around up near Sol/Bright and sending them back down. I also heard cars were parked along the BCC road for a mile or two below Soli that day - huge mess.

    Morale of story - beware of LCC and BCC on snowy weekends in prime ski season.

    There are a lot of IKON visitors here this winter and I've talked to many on the lifts, but these huge powder day crowds are mainly driven by locals coming out of the woodwork! I'm told there are people here in UT who own a season pass and only use it on powder days.
    Perfect example where you cannot blame Ikon alone, especially in LCC as you get a Maximum 7 days combined in that Canyon on an Ikon. Too many weekends with too much traffic to blame Ikon exclusively, especially given the powder starved locals in Utah. My business brings me into SLC on the general aviiation side quite often. Last year when I asked how the skiing was with the rampies, most said they hadn't even boothered due to lack of snow/powder. If that is the wasatch local's mentality, there is the answer. While I hope this scenario does not play out, if next year were to be warmer and drier in the Wasatch, would be interesting to see the congestion or lack there of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimk View Post
    I'm told there are people here in UT who own a season pass and only use it on powder days.
    That is so bizarre. I would suggest those people don't even truly like skiing that much if you only go a handful of days/year, and refuse to ski in anything but the best conditions.
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