The auto rental agency gave us discount coupons for these stores. I rented my equipment for a 25% discount with this coupon. The ski lift tickets for local ski areas can also be purchased a for a $5 discount rather than buying the ski lift ticket at the ski area itself.
Salt Lake City is packed with places to ski and snowboard, give each resort a try while you're here.
From Downtown you can access 7 major resorts via public transportation. If you're headed to Park City Resort, The Canyons, or Deer Valley Resort, then take a UTA bus headed for Park City. If you are driving, you will head up Parley's Canyon by way of I-80 East. Park City is a very popular resort for skiers and snowboarders, they have a number of terrain parks and a halfpipe. Deer Valley caters only to skiers, snowboarding is not allowed.
The less-expensive resorts can be found in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. Brighton and Solitude are located up Big Cottonwood, prices in the mid $50's for an all-day pass. Brighton also offers night skiing and snowboarding at $30 from 4-9 pm Monday thru Saturday. Brighton is a strong resort with the locals, they cater to snowboarders with a number of terrain parks around the mountain. Short lift lines and affordable pricing makes this a popular and enjoyable resort. They just added a new high-speed lift to the Millicent side of the mountain, opening up the best powder terrain of the resort. This is where the film "Johnny Tsunami" was filmed ;)
Brighton and Solitude are located on public land, which makes for an awesome "open bounds" policy. If you are feelin up to treading out of bounds it's perfectly legal. Be aware that there is no ski patrol beyond the bounds of the resort, so if you hurt yourself you are on your own. But, there are some very mellow hikes off the top of Great Western, Crest, and Millicent in Brighton that access some sweet pow pow, and drop you back into the bottom of the resort. Find some locals at the top and see if you can tag along.
Alta and Snowbird are located up Little Cottonwood Canyon, again really close to Downtown SLC. These resorts are a bit more expensive than the Big Cottonwood resorts, but they have great terrain. As mentioned before, Alta is a skiers-only resort, no snowboards allowed. They are able to have these restrictions because the resort is on private property. Snowbird caters to the tourist, they have all ranges of accomodations and restaurants. The terrain is great, they also have a ski/snowboard park full of rails and jumps. Snowbirds biggest attraction is probably the tram which takes you all the way to the top and accesses some fantastic terrain. Most of the trails from the top are intermediate/expert runs, so ride accordingly.
Enjoy your trip to Salt Lake!
Equipment: Bring your own, or there are PLENTY of places to rent around town. Most resorts have rental equipment on site, at triple the price.
This was an extremely nice ski area. I haven't been to many but I talk with a lot of people. From Florida, Michigan and some locals. They say Alta is one of the better ski areas. Better than Park City is what a local family said. Park City would have 40% less snow than Alta. Alta does not allow snowboarders. So, this makes the ski resort even more appealing to skiers. They don't really have a "bunny slope" to speak of like in Big Bear. They have what they call "Easy Way" runs. Luckily, I've done a little bit of skiing to not be intimidated by the "Easy Way" runs. Had this been my first experience, I doubt I would ever ski again. The surroundings were just gorgeous!
Two major areas for Alta - Wildcat Base (intermediate and advanced) and Albion Base (for beginners and intermediate). Hint: You can purchase your ski lift tickets for a $5 discount at Ski-N-See store in Downtown SLC.
Equipment: In 17 degree F weather, snowing and some wind, you will need hand warmers, face protectors, an alligator (goes around your neck and can cover your mouth and nose), hat, ski goggles, ski socks, mittens (gloves don't cut it) besides the ski clothing and undergarments.
I've been to the Salt Lake Area many times on a Ski Trip! Brighton Ski area is one of my favorite areas.
You can even take a bus here from downtown straight to the ski areas!
Equipment: If you rent your equipment in downtown Salt Lake, you'll find some better deals.
When I arrived in Salt Lake, another traveler commented to me that the airport was going to be a giant mega-bottleneck during the Olympics because it was so inefficiently managed. They couldn't even tell us which carousel our luggage would arrive on.
We only got to see the 2002 Winter Olympics on TV, so that didn't worry me too much. Bob was recovering from his heart attack, and it was an interesting thing to watch at that time.
Equipment: KEY FACTS
08 February 2002 (the day that Bob had his angioplasty)
24 February 2002
Country of the host city:
United States of America (USA)
Östersund (SWE), Quebec (CAN) and Sion (SUI)
Summary of the games from the Olympics website:
The Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games saw the expansion of the Olympic programme to 78 events, including the return of skeleton and the introduction of women's bobsleigh. Athletes from a record 18 nations earned gold medals. Canadian teams won both the men's and women's ice hockey tournaments. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen earned gold medals in all four biathlon events and Samppa Lajunen in all three Nordic combined competitions. Alpine skier Janica Kostelic won three gold medals and one silver. Simon Ammann scored unexpected victories in both individual ski jump events. Speedskater Claudia Pechstein earned her third straight gold medal in the 5,000m race and also won at 3,000m. By taking the silver medal in singles luge, Georg Hackl became the first person in Olympic history to earn a medal in the same individual event five times in a row. Short track speedskater Yang Yang (A) became the first Chinese athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Games. Competing in the women’s bobsleigh, Vonetta Flowers became the first black athlete to earn winter gold, while ice hockey player Jarome Iginla followed as the first black male winner.
77 National Olympic Committees (Nations)
2,399 athletes (886 women, 1,513 men)
8,730 media (2,661 written press, 6,069 broadcasters)
Snowboarding at Brighton is the best!! This resort has plenty of trails from easy to hard and accessible off course routes as well. Pick up some hitchers at the bottom of the hill to show you the ropes. This is perhaps a less glamorous resort but cheaper and friendlier too.
They say that SLC has the best snow because the salt water evaporating from the lake comes back down in drier and fluffier snowflakes. I think it must be true because i think it's the only place where you can actually see the crystalline structure of the snowflakes when they land on your clothes.
We didn't ski here but we went to check it out. Alta looked more appealing to us because they don't allow snowboarders. This looked like a pretty nice place to ski.
Alta is only for Skiing, no Snowboarding is allowed.
You can get there from Salt Lake City with public buses (see www.rideuta.com)
Excellent place, with a lot of affordables lift passes and good places for shopping and dining.
You can get there from Salt Lake City with public buses (see www.rideuta.com)
Why not? Try it!
In Park City you can do it even if you have no idea about it, it´s possible to "rent " the "driver".
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