Woo hoo! Got my Ikon pass today!

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Benny Profane wrote
Only problem with SLC is SLC. At least you leave Denver and hour behind in the rear view after landing there.
That’s why you fly in on the night flight and get the shuttle to Alta and never touch SLC. When I do stay in town I have a few favorite restaurants that make it all worthwhile.
Don't ski the trees, ski the spaces between the trees.
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Well, I'm no baller, so beds in town are in my budget range, and, yeah, the Mexican food is so much better than around here.
Plus, staying near the base of the canyons allows for versatility and choices in the morning. If one canyon road is down due to to plowing or avalanche, go to the other, or up to Deer Valley. Last thing I want is to get interlodged for 48 hours up at Alta.
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Well, I'm no baller, so beds in town are in my budget range, and, yeah, the Mexican food is so much better than around here.
Plus, staying near the base of the canyons allows for versatility and choices in the morning. If one canyon road is down due to to plowing or avalanche, go to the other, or up to Deer Valley. Last thing I want is to get interlodged for 48 hours up at Alta.
My mid-season trips to Utah involve sharing a house with friends in SLC.  With a little research, everyone gets their own bedroom (3-4 people) and it's cheaper than a motel room.  Favorite restaurant is Mom's Kitchen for Chinese/Taiwanese food.  No frills, just good food, especially if willing to get advice for ordering from the Chinese-only menu.

Must admit I'm totally spoiled with late season stays at Alta Lodge meeting up with friends, usually in April for the last couple weeks of the season.  Only full day I missed in the last 10 years was when the lifts never opened due to driving rain in the morning and threats of thunderstorms all day.  That was a trip with my daughter when she was a tween.  There plenty of other kids in the Lodge too.  They had so much fun together that it didn't matter at all.  Last April there was Interlodge 2-3 times.  Only from 6:30-8:30am because of powder storms.  I think the road opened at 9:00 or 9:30.  Needless to say, the skiing in the morning was fabulous. :-)
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Milo Maltbie wrote
Seven weeks to Killington.

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Got an Ikon email with "projected opening" dates for the east.  Ironically, the only date missing is for Killington since that depends so much on the weather in the next few weeks.  K'ton open on 10/19 last year and 11/9 in 2017.

2019 Projected Opening Dates as of 10/10/19
Nov 9: Sunday River
Nov 16: Loon
Nov 22: Sugarloaf
Nov 22: Snowshoe
Nov 23: Stratton
Nov 23: Sugarbush

Boyne Resorts has been doing a lot of snowmaking infrastructure improvements since buying back Loon, Sunday River, and Sugarloaf from OZ.  For SR, they recently added four 500-horsepower pumps to pull more water from the river, especially during pre- season and early season for building the base.
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Abasin/Summit County is so much better in April. A couple of my better pow days were early April weekdays at Loveland, not just because of the fresh, but, nobody was there. Denver people lose interest in skiing when it gets warm down there.
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Well, I'm no baller, so beds in town are in my budget range, and, yeah, the Mexican food is so much better than around here.
Plus, staying near the base of the canyons allows for versatility and choices in the morning. If one canyon road is down due to to plowing or avalanche, go to the other, or up to Deer Valley. Last thing I want is to get interlodged for 48 hours up at Alta.
Stayed in the condos at the base of BCC in the Canyon Racquet club many times and at the Marriott RI in Sandy (with points to go real cheap) but I have gotten to the point I just say F'it, I'd rather fly in, take the Alta shuttle and stay at GMD. Been doing that for almost 20 years now, only missed one or two years along the way. Yea - it's expensive but it's great to be able to just roll out of bed and have all your meals taken care of. Only been interlodged once for 48 hours and  maybe two times of a few hours in the AM over the years I've gone there.   Not bad for that span of time. However in the 90's I was forced to leave mid afternoon due to afternoon canyon road closure (when I stay in the valley)  while those staying in the lodges skied on in the falling afternoon snow.

But with regards to Mex - and we have mentioned it here before, I do miss going to the red iguana. Last time I was there was about 14 years ago.
Don't ski the trees, ski the spaces between the trees.
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Looks like renting a car at SLC over $500 for 2 weeks, maybe better to shuttle to a mountain, are the mountains out west 5 days only on the $749 Ikon? or if they are for more days maybe I commit to one mountain and try and stay near the slopes,  I have only skied Pergatory (now Durango) Vail, Beaver Creek & Targhee, none in the past 15 plus years.
I am trying to figure on getting an Ikon even tho I got a mid week pass at Kiilington, The info I am getting as I said is awesome I appreciate such cool people 😎
Wondering timing  to go, maybe I try for more then one trip, plenty of airports to fly out of around here
Thanks!
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PeeTex wrote
Benny Profane wrote
Well, I'm no baller, so beds in town are in my budget range, and, yeah, the Mexican food is so much better than around here.
Plus, staying near the base of the canyons allows for versatility and choices in the morning. If one canyon road is down due to to plowing or avalanche, go to the other, or up to Deer Valley. Last thing I want is to get interlodged for 48 hours up at Alta.
Stayed in the condos at the base of BCC in the Canyon Racquet club many times and at the Marriott RI in Sandy (with points to go real cheap) but I have gotten to the point I just say F'it, I'd rather fly in, take the Alta shuttle and stay at GMD. Been doing that for almost 20 years now, only missed one or two years along the way. Yea - it's expensive but it's great to be able to just roll out of bed and have all your meals taken care of. Only been interlodged once for 48 hours and  maybe two times of a few hours in the AM over the years I've gone there.   Not bad for that span of time. However in the 90's I was forced to leave mid afternoon due to afternoon canyon road closure (when I stay in the valley)  while those staying in the lodges skied on in the falling afternoon snow.

But with regards to Mex - and we have mentioned it here before, I do miss going to the red iguana. Last time I was there was about 14 years ago.
I can't afford it up there, especially since it could be a gamble on conditions, either bad or too good. Wouldn't want to be there on a Saturday or Sunday either. Ikon gives me a variety to choose from, and I like Deer Valley much more than PC or Canyons.
Air B&B has changed the market down in town a lot. I've never used one there, but, there's a lot, because, well, there's a lot of homes. The upside to being a big, nasty city. Air B&B saves you a lot in food if you have a kitchen. At least time and money for breakfast.
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I agree, air BnB has changed things a lot. I have used them several times now and not been disappointed. Have not used them for a ski vacation yet.
Don't ski the trees, ski the spaces between the trees.
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I've used five different ones in Europe. It's an awesome value, but, best advice is watch reviews closely and don't get too cheap - you still get what you pay for sometimes.
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