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    Salt Lake City Lodging Info

    I am staying in SLC for two weeks with a trip up to Big Ski over the weekend in the middle. I was planning on hitting up all the ikon mountains at least once and then going to the ones I like more so want maximum flexibility with where I stay. Is it better to stay close to the canyons in sandy or cottonwood heights or does the extra distance from downtown not really make much of a difference? Also should I spend a couple days in park city or can I see plenty of it just visiting and staying in the SLC?

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    Just going off personal experience, I've always stayed at the Super 8 in Midvale. It's way too nice to actually be a Super 8 and it's been $68 a night every time I've stayed, no matter the day of the week or time of the season. It's in the middle of every chain restaurant you could imagine so you can eat pretty cheap. Under 30 minutes to the Cottonwood ski areas (and very easy access to the bus which can be better than driving up, especially on powder days). About 40 minutes to Park City. Also about 15 minutes from downtown if there's anything there you want to do.

    If you want more of a ski town experience, it's worth actually staying in Park City for a few days as pretty much everywhere else in the SLC metro is just that, suburbia.

    I've heard it's one of those checklist items to stay at the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird and get "stuck" up there during an interlodge, then have the mountain to yourself for a couple hours until the roads open. Of course, that's luck of the draw (except for last year when it happened seemingly once every 3 days).

    SLC is an awesome trip to make. Sure the area is very bland and basic compared to some other mountain cities, but there's nowhere that's easier to get around while having so much so close, and so cheap. Also, not sure if you're driving up to Big Sky but if you do I'd recommend also stopping in Jackson (especially with an Ikon Pass). You won't regret it.
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    I am driving on this trip. Will probably use the bus a few times to see how it is for possible future trips by plane with the hopes of not having to rent a car. I already have a 8 days in Jackson booked for another trip where I will be flying. I’ll use my 5 days then and also try and ski GT or SK while I’m there. I heard the buses around Jackson are easy to use.

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    It's definitely worth staying a few days in Park City given you've never been.

    As for your stay on the Wasatch Front, there are so many AirBNB & VRBO places in this area that you will find much better accommodations that way than by staying at a hotel or motel, and for the same price or cheaper. I wouldn't even think of staying in a hotel or motel in SLC given the variety of private offerings, many of which even cater to the ski market & include niceties like hot tubs.
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    Any reason you want to stay downtown SLC? It’s not like Chicago or New York. There isn’t much downtown.

    That said, I don’t think the extra distance make much a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abc View Post
    Any reason you want to stay downtown SLC? It’s not like Chicago or New York. There isn’t much downtown.

    That said, I don’t think the extra distance make much a difference.
    No but as I’m looking at available places I’m not sure I should rule out the downtown area. There are a lot of very reasonably priced places there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abc View Post
    Any reason you want to stay downtown SLC? It’s not like Chicago or New York. There isn’t much downtown.

    That said, I don’t think the extra distance make much a difference.
    I agree there's no reason to stay in downtown SLC, were I to stay on the Front I'd go with Sandy or Cottonwood Heights. But I think there's quite a bit to do in SLC from the science center to the artsy area outside the science center to the big mall & stores, a few museums, and lots of nice restaurants & bars. Especially for someone who's never been there before you could certainly fill-up some non-ski fun time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpilot View Post
    I am staying in SLC for two weeks with a trip up to Big Ski over the weekend in the middle. I was planning on hitting up all the ikon mountains at least once and then going to the ones I like more so want maximum flexibility with where I stay. Is it better to stay close to the canyons in sandy or cottonwood heights or does the extra distance from downtown not really make much of a difference? Also should I spend a couple days in park city or can I see plenty of it just visiting and staying in the SLC?
    Depends upon what kind of experience you want. If you are interested in saving some coin, don't care about nightlife or fancy restaurants, then sure, staying in Sandy or Cottonwood Heights is a good idea. If you are interested in (something like) nightlife, bars, etc., then stay downtown at like the Little America or Marriott.

    As to Park City, depends again on if you want to spend significant time downtown. It can be done in a day or a few. PC is pretty pricy though and has only gotten worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpilot View Post
    I am driving on this trip. Will probably use the bus a few times to see how it is for possible future trips by plane with the hopes of not having to rent a car. I already have a 8 days in Jackson booked for another trip where I will be flying. I’ll use my 5 days then and also try and ski GT or SK while I’m there. I heard the buses around Jackson are easy to use.
    It is not a bad drive from SLC to Jackson. The only issue in winter can be the weather.

    Grand Targhee is well worth the trip. Great snow and no crowds at all. Very laid back.
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    When I went to Utah������ it snowed like 100 inches 1 week
    I went several times in 20009-2011
    I did the economical cheap and stayed at Motel 6 Suite with kitchen so I didn't have to go for to eat.
    The motel was in Midvale and ski bus pick me up across the street
    The motel 6 for 10 days was like 400
    I need to back to SlC soon memories

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