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US-based Brit seeks Utah advice for March '21 trip

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Not been skiing in Utah for 10 years. So need some info. please.
Flying into SLC. Looking for somewhere cheap to stay (i.e. not Park City).
And advice for where to ski for two full days in late March.
I know, I know, getting a little late - but hazard a guess please on where will have the shortest lines (probably) and OK snow.

I think I will have family with me - so needs to be ok for intermediates please.
Happy to drive etc.

I liked Pow Mtn before and Snowbasin, but was driving there from PC.
How is Ogden? Anyone stayed there recently please?
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For 2 days you could grab a cheap motel near Brighton and Solitude or perhaps the Silver fork lodge. Not stayed there myself but the resorts are brilliant and I think you can still get round to park city but probably not worth the journey for a short jolly.
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Given your criteria, go back to Snowbasin. Less crowded there, although by late March the crowds begin to shrink everywhere. Ogden is known for....absolutely nothing. But there will be plenty of affordable lodging there. Brighton/Solitude also work but will have more people because they are the obvious, convenient budget choice. Sounds like your dates are in flux, and if so keep in mind that compared to everywhere else, Sundays are not as busy around SLC because a noticeable fraction of locals is in church. Also, with family intermediates in tow, I recommend you go to the same area both days. On day two everyone's fuse is shorter, and knowing where to park, get stuff etc helps the day go better. If the day two viz sucks, at least you learned your way around a little bit the day before. FWIW I will be in Utah then, and my hotel room near the mouth of Big Cottonwood Cyn is $103/night. That positions me to go anywhere.
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I’ve stayed in Ogden recently. Preferred it way more than slc. Plenty of cheap places to stay and the main strip had some cool bars and places to eat
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+1 for Ogden and Powder Mountain and Snowbasin
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Mike Pow wrote:
+1 for Ogden and Powder Mountain and Snowbasin


This for only two days - much more low key, and terrain suited to you all.
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I was skiing Utah over Christmas.

SLC is probably your best bet. Loads of choices and are much cheaper than in the mountain. About an hour drive to Snowbasin.

I skied in Snowbasin and Park City. Snowbasin has a huge line going up the mountain with the Needles Gondola. Lines in PC were okay.
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Many thanks to you all for the advice/thoughts/beta - much appreciated.
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Am I missing something?
Alta/Snowbird for the best combination of lift served terrain and snow quality (particularly at the end of March) on the continent. And despite the reputation there are acres and acres of great intermediate terrain at both.
Stay at Sandy or Midvale at one of the many cheap motels.

PS - If it’s snowing (about one in six chance of getting a powder day) and it’s a weekend leave your lodging at 6am to avoid the traffic. Have a coffee while you wait for the lifts to start.
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I learned to ski at Snowbasin....a long, long, long time ago. Ogden has changed a lot since then! Might be easier to get lift tix at SB and Pow Mow over the PC and LCC resorts.

I don't think there should be any concerns about the conditions when you get there in March, where ever you decide to go. Other than you might get interlodged if you decide to stay at Alta or Snowbird. Or, you might not be able to get up 210. It's winter. Expect the unexpected!
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