It's time for a contest!
When you land in Salt Lake and then arrive at your lodging destination (be it your buddy's couch or the Stein Eriksen Lodge) more often than not there is a strategy that comes with making the most of your week.
Putting myself in the shoes of a visiting skier, I came up with the
below strategy which I originally posted yesterday over on the Utah Vacation Homes blog.
Of course these are suggestions only but why leave things to chance when your dollar is time and your time is worth more than a dollar?
Monday: Since by the time you read this Monday’s decision has been made, I’ll leave this as an optional location. However, my buddy called me from Alta this morning and said it was empty. Odd.
Tuesday: “They” are predicting snow. I’ve got two suggestions for today. 1: Get yourself to ALTA, quickly. Don’t be late or the snow will be tracked up before you can buckle your boots. 2: Solitude is a good call for a powder day as it often lives up to its name. Chances are good you’ll find untracked powder all day long.
Wednesday: If it’s a storm day, or if it’s not, head to Snowbird. Tram lines mid week can be forgiving and the fact that the majority of Salt Lake skiers have the J-O-B to take care of, you could find a great deal of untracked powder and lift lines should be slim to nill.
Thursday: The sun is predicted to come out - head to Park City. It’s a toss up but I’d say a visit to Deer Valley would be good for today. Untracked powder will still linger in the trees and the groomed runs will be impeccable. Treat yourself to lunch - my choice is the Butternut Squash soup but many will steer you towards the famed Turkey Chili. Either way, you can’t go wrong. Finish off your day by catching dinner in town before heading back to your “home” away from home.
Friday: I’d head back to Park City for more miles of skiing than your legs will be able to handle. On a sunny day Park City Mountain Resort is a good call. Don’t mess around with the PayDay lift - head up Crescent to start your day free of the crowds.
Saturday: Time to get away. The lcoals will descend upon the usual haunts, so I’d recommend driving north to Snowbasin or better yet, Powder Mountain. The lift lines will be a thing of the past and you’ll maximize your time skiing. If you’re into a more refined skiing experience with food, gondolas and long groomed slopes, Snowbasin is your flavor. Feeling adventurous? Powder Mountain has more adventurous ways to ascend a ski slope than any resort. Don’t miss a ride on the Lightning Ridge Snow Cat - $11.
Sunday: If you have time to catch some turns before your flight home, head up to Brighton for a half day. Millicent gets early morning light and is often void of lift lines, especially on a Sunday.