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Old 12-09-2011, 01:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default SLC Trip (Some Advice Needed)

Hey everyone, so I have been reading up on all the threads talking about SLC and appreciate seeing everyone's input on the highs and lows of each resort.

I'm hoping for a little advice from you all as I am planning a trip for myself and two of my buddies for either a 2 or 3 days around SLC from January 2nd to the 5th or 6th.

I've checked out pretty much everywhere but it's hard to tell by a trail map what would give us the best experience. So a little background we are from IL/IN/MI so we have been to a lot of the hills around here. Last Spring we took a trip to MT and were at Red Lodge for four days in March and got fresh snow 3 of the 4 days, needless to say it was an incredible trip (plus lodging was free thanks to family I had out there). Here is the trail map and stats for RL ( Red Lodge Mountain Resort & Golf Course in Montana ). We rode pretty much all of the trails save for a few of the double blacks. There were a few we ended up having a run at and enjoying on the last day, we did have someone more experienced on that trip to ride with us though so that helped out when we tried some of the tougher terrain. I was hoping to get some input on where to go around SLC for those few days seeing as it's just the three of us.

Right now I was looking at Snowbasin but I wanted to make sure, based on our experience so far, if that would be a good choice for a few days or if we would have more fun at a Brighton/Solitude type place or maybe just even just stay at PCMR. Regardless of where we go it will be the best days of the year for us, just trying to make it the best it can possibly be.

Thanks for reading and giving some input, much appreciated.
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Old 12-09-2011, 02:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First off pray that this weird ass weather system\pattern moves out soon and the storms start lining up like normal.

Brighton is smaller\cheap but normally has some of if not THE best snow in Utah and a ton of fun terrain.

Solitude also has great terrain, snow and never crowded, if HoneyComb("In bounds backcountry") Canyon is open it's a MUST GO.

Snowbird is pretty awesome great snow EPIC gnarly terrain(only behind J-Hole\Squaw) but gets crowded and tracked out quick on the weekend also can be expensive and is VERY steep.

Powder Mountain is a must go if your going to be around Ogden where Snowbasin is at, personally my favorite resort in the nation.

I'm not a fan of Park City resorts not as much snow and generally more crowded(crowded and rich people) but Park City is a super cool place to hang out and party.


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Stay in Sandy and get a three day pass for the Bird at Canyon Sports.
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Stay in Sandy and get a three day pass for the Bird at Canyon Sports.
Boom Done!
Yep you can get a salt lake super pass and hit all 3 and go to your favorite one twice

If your buying separate lift ticket get them a "The Lift House" which is at the mouth of Big Cotton Woood Canyon next to 7-11 WAY WAY cheaper than the windows at the resorts.

Yea I second staying Sandy or CottonWood heights find a cheap hotel down in the valley and call it a day, free buses will take you anywhere you need to go
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Snowbird is pretty awesome great snow EPIC gnarly terrain(only behind J-Hole\Squaw) but gets crowded and tracked out quick on the weekend also can be expensive and is VERY steep.

Powder Mountain is a must go if your going to be around Ogden where Snowbasin is at, personally my favorite resort in the nation.

I'm not a fan of Park City resorts not as much snow and generally more crowded(crowded and rich people) but Park City is a super cool place to hang out and party.


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as a fellow midwesterner who's gone to Utah 3 times in the last few years, I'll vouch for everything these guys are telling you.
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Thanks everyone for all the very helpful replies, unfortunately I jumped the gun a little bit on the trip planning and realized there are a number of things stopping it. Holiday blackout dates ruining the original dates of the trip, to the only available week we could fly working for me and not the others in my group. And while I really wanted to go I can't justify going on the trip by myself and paying for a room and car solo.

From the looks of it I may be stuck in the Midwest this season for now unless some other plans pan out.
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Don't give up? There are other destinations you can try that might work out. Does Southwest Airlines fly where you live? They have ticket sales 3 or 4 times a year. Denver is one of their typical destinations that go on sale.
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Yes, SWA does fly from where I am from (Chicago Area), but I forgot to add the trip was going to be made possible because of Rewards Points so the flight would have been free (except for the Holidays which threw a wrench into everything). There is still hope for maybe a weekend trip sometime next semester (graduating college next May) where I maybe take a Friday afternoon off and get a solid two days in and return on a Monday afternoon.
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