I know Westfest is still a little ways away, although the Cottonwoods did get two feet of powder this week. It's not too early to think about booking your hotel and getting an early discount. This is the week of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, so hotels go fast for this time period and the prices go up the closer we get.
As usual we shall be based around the Town Southe area of Sandy. It is convenient for hotels, shops, restaurants, the light rail, the ski bus and the mall.
I just booked a King room at the Extended Stay America for $303 for four nights. That includes all the taxes and comes out to a reasonable $75 per night. Queen rooms go for a little less. There are many other choices in the area, but the Extended Stay in the least expensive by far.
Here is the link to the Extended Stay on Booking.com.
And here is a link to the other hotels in Sandy currently being offered by Booking .com
Were in Brian Head this weekend. We got a dusting but you can see the white tops up North.
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I do know that we have held Westfest at the same time for three years now and have never encountered any impossible lines at the Cottonwood resorts. Even on the powder days, the lift lines rarely get over ten minutes. We do plan our resort rotation to ski the busier AltaBird resorts on the Monday and Friday to avoid the weekend crowds.
I kind of worry about switching Snowbird to Friday this year. We could be in store for a crowded day there. It probably doesn't matter where we go though. Fridays are crowded because a lot of people take that day off to have a long weekend, or they have Friday off because they work a 4-day work week.
I just booked all the things for Westfest!
- Flight (Arrive 1/25, Depart 1/31)
- Mid-size SUV
- Hotel (Extended Stay)
- 4 day pass
I plan to ride Park City on Thursday, January 26, then join the group for the regularly scheduled Westfest.
I found the mid-size SUV for just over $300 through Priceline (7 days). I think I started at Kayak and found it that way. It wasn't all that much more than a compact car, so I figured it wouldn't hurt. Everyone was nice enough to cart me around last time, so I'm up for giving rides to anyone who needs one
We took the ski bus one day, but it was kind of intense. Even getting on in Sandy, the bus was packed and we found ourselves standing. The bus gets warm quickly, so it wasn't an ideal way to start the day. Even on the snowy days, roads were reasonable despite some slow traffic.
We just booked Saturday and Sunday night at Extended stay. We will stay Friday night before and Monday night after at our Utah house. Thanks for finding that spot Bad Wolf!
Tracey and I used to take the ski on our previous visits to SLC. It is really easy to use on a regular day, the problems happen when it dumps and they only let chains up the hill. If you don't have a 4X4, and you want to ski, your only option is the bus. The terminal for the bus is very close to the Extended Stay, so if we have to use it we can at least be the first ones on and get a seat. The traffic will be backed up on snow days regardless, but at least we have a secure ride.
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