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08-10-2011 10:51 PM
hunterxaz Just poppin in to chat with some folks who come and ride in Utah. If you guys hit up SLC again, I'm always down to ride. Have a season pass at Brighton, but love Snowbird.
04-25-2011 03:47 PM
david_z Brighton has a nice park setup. Snowbird has literally a small kicker and 2 box rails. I don't know why they even wasted the time to set those features up because nobody uses them.

If you're there for the boarding, then the lack of nightlife won't be a big deal.

I think the SLC ski buses stop running on or about the 1st of April.

A lot of the people who list their properties on VRBO.com offer reduced rates for extended stays (2 weeks or more). There are lots of places for rent there you might find a good bargain if you make some phone calls.

Cheers & enjoy your trip!
04-25-2011 03:33 PM
schmoz
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The location is prime if you want to split your time among the two canyons. Also, Park City and PowMow/Snobasin are within a reasonable drive. If you plan on focusing your stay at a single resort, I'd consider something more slopeside, there are some cabins available for reasonable prices in both canyons, which we considered, but then you are kind of stuck in the canyons with no restaurants, bars, stores, etc., nearby and you have to drive a long way to go anywhere else.

We stayed in this condo basically 5 minutes from access to either canyon and got his last-minute rates 50% off so we only payed $145/night, but even at full price it was a good bargain, 4 bedrooms, very comfortable beds which you usually don't find in rental units, fireplace, small hot tub, 3.5 baths, game room and lots of seating space.

I confess we didn't do much in the "night life" department this year, but since we were there mid-week late in the season, I would not expect much in the way of night life even in Park City proper. When we were there last year February in PC, the bars were all empty on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday anyways.

We didn't do much exploring of the Cottonwood Heights area. There was a 7/11 right down the road and we were about 1 mile from a grocery store. We basically drove to the mountains every morning, and home from the mountain in the afternoon. We stocked up on groceries pretty much the first day so we didn't go out to eat except for our last night at a place called "Porcupine" which is right nearby the 7/11. Everything there was very pretty much excellent & we saw Louie Vito and Stevie Bell and a few other people across the restaurant, which was interesting experience for a bunch of us midwesterners.
Hey! Cheers david_z for the detailed response! You about answered it all!

I did not consider Snowbird until I started checking statistics re. snowfall and after doing so was impressed. Greatly so.

I will not be driving which means I'll make use of transit in Utah - since there's a sweet deal on bus passes from SLC direct to Alta Resorts per month.

Prices appear to be reasonable and distance manageable re. lodging per month - guess I'll finalise a few things closer to the date!

I've heard that the night life in Utah in general isn't anything to be marveled at... then again, I'm going to board so that particular piece of information doesn't bother me @ all. I just want POW!!! POW! POW! POW! O' and a bit of park, pipe if it's not too much to ask for - Snowbird doesn't appear to have... one, but Brighton I think does...

= )

Thanks again!
04-22-2011 06:20 PM
david_z The location is prime if you want to split your time among the two canyons. Also, Park City and PowMow/Snobasin are within a reasonable drive. If you plan on focusing your stay at a single resort, I'd consider something more slopeside, there are some cabins available for reasonable prices in both canyons, which we considered, but then you are kind of stuck in the canyons with no restaurants, bars, stores, etc., nearby and you have to drive a long way to go anywhere else.

We stayed in this condo basically 5 minutes from access to either canyon and got his last-minute rates 50% off so we only payed $145/night, but even at full price it was a good bargain, 4 bedrooms, very comfortable beds which you usually don't find in rental units, fireplace, small hot tub, 3.5 baths, game room and lots of seating space.

I confess we didn't do much in the "night life" department this year, but since we were there mid-week late in the season, I would not expect much in the way of night life even in Park City proper. When we were there last year February in PC, the bars were all empty on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday anyways.

We didn't do much exploring of the Cottonwood Heights area. There was a 7/11 right down the road and we were about 1 mile from a grocery store. We basically drove to the mountains every morning, and home from the mountain in the afternoon. We stocked up on groceries pretty much the first day so we didn't go out to eat except for our last night at a place called "Porcupine" which is right nearby the 7/11. Everything there was very pretty much excellent & we saw Louie Vito and Stevie Bell and a few other people across the restaurant, which was interesting experience for a bunch of us midwesterners.
04-22-2011 05:14 PM
schmoz
How was it?!?!?!!

@ david_z and or anyone who hit up Snowbird 10.11:

I am curious as to how you found Snowbird/Brighton (and or any other Alta resorts in the area)? Also, as you were located in Cottonwood Heights, how was this area (the community)?

I'm hearing mixed reviews, re. 'atmosphere'/'environment' in Utah, so first-hand feedback would be epic.

Since I'm making Utah my snow destination 11/12 I'm keen to know!

= )
03-30-2011 10:34 PM
david_z sm0ke take a cab from the airport I think there is a UTA bus stop right across the street from the condo. Send PM for details.
03-30-2011 04:52 PM
sm0ke id be down, flights arent that expensive and id be willing to give whoever can take me to/from the airport a full tank of gas and a few cases of beer!
03-30-2011 04:13 PM
tekniq33 Shoot, I will be arriving just as you are leaving. I am arriving to SLC on the night of the 7th and will be riding the 8-10th. I am staying at a friends place in Deer Valley but obviously will not be riding there. Will most likely hit up some combo of the Bird, Brighton and Canyons depending on conditions.

you guys should get a nice storm to start out and then some mellow spring conditions. I have my fingers crossed for another storm arriving late next week so I can get some fresh.
03-30-2011 03:20 PM
snowvols David I was going to go over my beacon and also give you my skin bag so you could do some pinpointing before you guys go out. We would make sure you knew how to use it before you were out of bounds. FYI West face of Milli slid yesterday. We normally don't go over there but slides do happen back there. We have had an incredibly stable snowpack though all things considering
03-30-2011 01:45 PM
david_z needsnow: nope, you have a good point. crash course in avy gear coming my way apparently I will have to read up & make sure burritos knows what he's volunteering for. I think he was just planning on a little sidecountry hikes but yes I know those can be plenty dangerous depending on conditions, too. If he's not comfortable with the situation or whatever, I am fine staying inside the gates.
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