Salt Lake City Journals

Salt Lake City – Headquarters for a Ski Weekend

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A February 2001 trip to Salt Lake City by jj2

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Quote: As you fly into Salt Lake City, you might think that all ski roads lead to it. Framed by the Wasatch Mountains, its location makes it an excellent hub for a variety of ski resorts and ski areas.

Salt Lake City – Headquarters for a Ski Weekend

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Overview

Salt Lake City Photo, Salt Lake City, Utah
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Arriving in Salt Lake City, if you are lucky enough to land during daylight, stirs up skiing fever as you see the city framed against the snow covered mountains. It is a beautiful sight. We arrived at night and had to wait until our departure for the sweeping views of the skyline and the Great Salt Lake. We lodged at the downtown Hilton. Its location is great for walking access to some of the best eating options in Salt Lake City…but be sure to get there early. Even on the Friday before a holiday weekend, the majority of places we tried were closed by ten o’clock. In fact, it almost felt like the city itself had closed shop with nearly deserted (but oddly secure feeling) streets in the heart of ...Read More

Hilton Salt Lake City Center

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Hotel

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The Hilton was our headquarters. It is located in the heart of downtown on SW. Temple, just a couple of blocks from the Temple itself and within walking distance of several major eating establishments. This high rise offers the standard amenities of a full service hotel, including a well appointed indoor pool and exercise suite complete with saunas. Parking is provided in a basement garage at a cost of $7.00 per day (use the room key to swipe through the entry/exit gates). Valet parking is also available. Our room was on the 16th floor with a view away from the center of the city. It was comfortable in all respects with adequate room for luggage and skis. There is a ski check at the Bell D...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2001

Hilton Salt Lake City Center
255 S W TEMPLE
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
801 328-2000

Market Street Oyster Bar

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Restaurant

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Twin high-end seafood restaurants occupy the New York building near the Hilton on Market Street, the Market Street Broiler and the Market Street Grill/Oyster Bar. They share a kitchen but offer decidedly different ambiance. The Oyster Bar is a "membership club" ($10.00 for one, and the rest of the party can be sponsored by the temporary member) that is crowded, dark and interesting. The companion restaurant is open, well lighted and more of a family establishment. We elected to cough up the ten dollars for the more atmospheric option. This "investment" provides a two week access this this and other Gastronomy, Inc. establishments including Café Pierpoint and Baci. This room features a centr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2001

Market Street Oyster Bar
54 West Market Street
Salt Lake City, Utah
(801) 531-6044

Baci Trattoria

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Restaurant

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Just steps from the Hilton, we found an elegant and delicious lunch at Baci Trattoria. Sharing the building with the Café Pierpoint, Bacci contrasts the informal Mexican cafe with a stylish high-end restaurant. The entry is striking. A long galley of vaulted arches runs from the front door to a staircase at the rear of the building surmounted by a large clock. These classical architectural lines are decorated in a contemporary style using patterned wood flooring, paneled walls and muted yellow and black paint. On the right is the kitchen, partially visible. On the left, openings in the arches lead to the bar and dining area. Also on the left, separating the main gallery from the back of the bar a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2001

Baci Trattoria
134 West Pierpont Ave
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
+1 801 328 1500

Wasatch Brew Pub

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Restaurant

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Conveniently located next to the public parking lot at the uphill end of Main Street, the Wasatch Brew Pub caught our eye for après ski food. You can eat without paying a "membership" fee in the airy post-and-beam dining room. Skylights and large windows gather the waning daylight and highlight the heavy beams, iron angles and wooden booths. Upstairs, a lounge area forms a loft over the downstairs bar. Here you will find pool tables and more seating. With a motto like "we drink our share and sell the rest," the brew pub is just what you would expect: casual, comfortable, friendly and upbeat. The menu was more varied than we expected, including dishes such as lamb stew, fish and chips, buff...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2001

Wasatch Brew Pub
250 Main St
Park City, Utah 84060
+1 435 649 0900

Alta Ski Area

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Attraction | "Alta"

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Ah, Alta. Budget skiing on a jewel of a mountain. It is no surprise why serious local skiers call this their favorite. Just forty minutes from downtown, Alta provides a great mix of terrain on three peaks. Its $35 all day lift ticket can’t be beat for value. The skill mix is 25% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced / expert. As a solid intermediate, I found plenty of cruising runs on well groomed snow. We established ourselves at the Albion Base that includes the children’s day care and ski school. Holiday skiers had filled the parking lot, but we unloaded the car first and used the lockers before making the trek from the car. On this late February day, the sky was clear, the sun pr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2001

Alta Ski Area
State Highway 210 (P.O. Box 8007)
Alta, Utah 84092
(801) 359-1078

Park City Mountain Resort

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Attraction | "Park City Ski Resort"

Park City Mountain Resort Photo, Park City, Utah
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If Alta is all about the skiing, then Park City is all about the vacation. As a full service resort, the ski area offers a variety of activities to skiers and non-skiers alike. The base area is replete with many restaurants, ice skating and shopping. My wife was able to find several distractions, including a tour of Marriott’s new timeshare condominiums. Prices reflect the tourist focus. An all day lift ticket (which also allows night skiing on selected intermediate runs) costs $61.00. Park City is huge. With 100 named trails (18 beginner, 44 intermediate and 38 advanced/expert) and 3300 acres, it caters to every skier and snow boarder whim. The young and/or adventurous can try the snow p...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 24, 2001

Park City Mountain Resort
1310 Lowell Ave
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 649-8111