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Old 06-25-2011, 10:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been reading the forums here for a while but this is my first post so i'll get straight to the point!

1 or 2 friends and I are looking to spend a winter season in the salt lake city area. None of us have ever been there before and need a bump in the right direction as to housing opportunities for rent in the area (salt lake/cottonwood heights/sandy/park city, etc). We pretty much don't know anything about the area so if anyone with some local knowledge/tips could give me some advice I would appreciate it. We are also interested in a season pass at either Snowbird, Solitude or Brighton, so advice on this is welcome as well. We are 23-24 years old and I think these mountains offer a young adult season pass in the range of $500-$700, which seems very reasonable. All 3 of us are advanced east coast riders seeking out some of that infamous Utah powder.

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Old 06-25-2011, 12:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This was my first season of many out here. Snowbird gets tracked out quick on a weekend so will you guys have jobs? If so plan on working at night to maximize your riding time. Brighton has night riding and a pretty decent park setup that changed on a regular basis. Snowbird and Solitude do not have much of a park, but they both are steeper than Brighton. Brighton has some sick steep slack country though. In order to partake in that though I would recommend some avi training.

I live in Cottonwood Heights and it takes like 15 minutes to get up to the bottom of the lift. There are a few decent bars and plenty of places eat around here. Look at KSL.com or craigslist for housing. KSL will probably be your best bet. If you have any other questions let me know.
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I heard that Snowbird tracks out quick but I doubt we'd be riding there on weekends anyway. Potentially looking for a night/weekend job if possible so I can ride mon-fri but I am working a lot now and saving up for the winter in case I ski bum it. If I spend the money on a season pass, which mountain do you think is the best bang for my buck of the three resorts? I heard Snowbird is the place for steep and deep, Brighton is very snowboard friendly with jibs and all that. I also heard that the lift system at Solitude is pretty bad and that doing laps on the best terrain takes a while. I rode about 65 days this past season in Vermont and my goal for this season is to hopefully get to 100 days.

As far as renting an apartment goes, we are only looking for a seasonal rental but it seems like this is harder to find. Everything I have come across so far has been a minimum year lease but I will keep looking. Thanks again for the advice.
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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When I moved out here I saw several 6 month leases. Keep watching KSL. You can get 100 days having a M-F I did this year.

I love Brighton but again the acreage isn't nearly as big as the other 2 cottonwood canyon resorts. The canyons is huge in Park City. Snowbird is pretty big too. What are you looking for in a mountain though?
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Well I figure anything out there will be exponentially better than the mountains i've been riding in Vermont, but I love riding trees, pow, and fast groomers but I also like to mess around in the park. I like to hit some decent sized jumps here and there, like 30' or so. But i'm really interested in the things I haven't been able to do in Vermont, like hucking cliffs and riding bowls, and actually having good snow on a regular basis. Season total this year at mount snow was like 165", so I definitely need to come out there and spoil myself.

I was thinking about a pass at The Canyons but i hear the snow in the cottonwood canyons is uncomparable so I don't want to move to Utah and miss all that great snow. I had a season pass at Mount Snow this year which is a 500 acre mountain so if the smallest mountain out there is double that I don't think i'll be too upset about the acreage, I just don't know much about any of the resorts there as I have never been so maybe you could give me a little run down of each place, or at least the one's you've been to so I can get a general idea of what i'm looking at season pass wise.
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skip the resort pass, get a splitboard/avy gear

I did a season in salt lake this winter, got a pass @ Snowbird when I got there, ended up only riding at the bird for may 30~ days, and 25 of those days were in November/December, the rest of my 50+ days were in the backcountry and it was worth it
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I get fresh lines all day, every powder day.

crowds and 30 minute mountain trackouts, been there done that.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Jeri - The Wasatch is already crowded don't you think?

ezstyle -
The cottonwood resorts are higher elevation and have steeper terrain than the Park City ones. That being said, they do receive more snow fall due to the higher elevation and a few other geographical reasons. All of the resorts have cliffs and bowls to ride. You can go as big or as small as you want. Brighton is the smallest I believe acreage wise at just a little over 1000 acres inbounds. Brighton has a park that you can ride top to bottom which the other 2 places do not have that much park. Solitude has it's steeps but also gets a lot of moguls on the front side of the mountain. The back side isn't as bad and fewer people go to Soli over all. Snowbird is the steepest and largest of the 3. It also has the huge crowds and the tram line can be stupid sometimes on a powder day.

They do have a Utah Gold and Silver pass if you are a rich kid that allows access to all of the resorts. I hope this helps.
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Big help thanks for the input! From what i'm hearing, Snowbird seems to be my #1 spot to get a pass at however I have just recently found out that I may have an apartment opportunity in park city through a friend of a friend so i've been pondering that for the past couple of days.

I don't think I could afford this Gold pass thing as I won't have much money for the season but I can afford a young adult pass to one mountain. If i live in park city would you recommend getting a pass at the canyons or PCMR or suck up the drive to one of the cottonwood canyon resorts? Is snowbird that much better than the 2 park city resorts?
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I came to SLC last fall. I live downtown and in my opinion, its a great place to be 24 . A bit farther to resorts but it makes up for that with lots to do when your not riding. I came with no housing setup and had no problem finding an apt within a day. Plenty of 6 month lease options. Other than DT SLC, Id say try to stick to Sandy/Cottonwood heights with the other ski bums. Anywhere else is going to basically be family-orientated suburbia. Nothing wrong with that but if you are just doing a season, why not live somewhere somewhat cool.

I had a pass to brighton and got 98 days there before the lifts stopped. I loved it and will do it agian. I got a M-F pass for $485 YA its smaller but its not tiny . I never got bored of the terrain or anything. The atmosphere makes up for its size. Its the anti alta being that its mostly used by the young and snowboarders. Way less corporatey(thanks team america) than the other places. They dont funnel you in like cattle through the automatic gates like other places and I only had to wait in lines a handful of times. None of the BS that everyone bitches about on these forums. Im pretty much speaking out of ignorance but PC always kinda turned me off. It seems way to touristy for me. Heated bubble lift? come on are we playing in snow or going to the opera?? Stuff will be more expensive there. Like the guys said, lower elevation and less now.(it all falls on SLCs side and PC just gets the scraps) That being said, alot of people say main street in PC is a fun place. If you are living in PC, ride there. It will suck driving through two canyons everyday especially when theres snow. Plus you have to drive like 40-50 miles to go like 5 miles as the bird flies. Seems like a waste to me.

Def work now and get a fat savings account. If you are used to working, youll prob get bored of not working and want a job after a while. Even If you ride everyday. I didnt think I would but I did. Come in the fall and do some hiking before the snow comes. Its amazing.

Dont listen to anything people tell you about Utah. unless youve experienced living here you dont know what its like. Ya, somethings are kinda weird/strange but people are people where ever you go.

The best advice I can give you is dont talk about being a ski bum, just do it.
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