Salt Lake City Journals

Salt Lake City Ski Vacation

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A travel journal to Salt Lake City by mmhicks

Salt Lake City Skyline Photo, Salt Lake City, Utah More Photos
Quote: Salt Lake City offers some of the best skiing in the world, and the friendly, inexpensive lodging and dining in available there makes it a great family destination.

Salt Lake City Ski Vacation

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Overview

Salt Lake City Skyline Photo, Salt Lake City, Utah
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The ski resorts of Alta and Snowbird, just minutes away from downtown Salt Lake City, offer all levels of skiing from "I've never done this before" to "I hope my health insurace is good." Alta, designed for the skiing family, offers long, gently sloping runs that are perfect for the novice or infrequent skier. Their policy of banning snowboarding limits some, but offers a peaceful atmosphere for learning or enjoying gentle runs. For those who have the skills to make the steeper runs, Alta does have some challenging runs. Snowbird, adjacent to Alta, offers more challenging runs, including some very steep runs at the top of the mountain that should only be attempted by very experienc...Read More

Residence Inn by Marriott Cottonwood Fort Union

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Hotel | "Residence Inn Cottonwood"

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Located at the bottom of the mountain road going up to the ski slopes, the Residence Inn Cottonwood is convenient both to Salt Lake City center and to Alta and Snowbird. A relatively new hotel, it is a popular place for families during the ski season. The complimentary breakfast (including made-to-order omelets, pancakes, and waffles) helps those trying to control costs and eliminates the need to stop, unload, unzip, and stand in line for breakfast on the way to the slopes. A favorite of the kids is the outdoor heated pool. Even in the coldest weather, with snow lining the poolside, the heated pool offers a place to warm up and stretch out those sore muscles. Another popu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 27, 2001

Residence Inn by Marriott Cottonwood Fort Union
6425 SOUTH 3000 EAST
Salt Lake City, Utah 84121
801-453-0430

Rodizio Grill

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Restaurant

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Rodizio Grill was a very pleasant surprise while shopping at Trolley Square. Based on the Brazilian steakhouse format, it offers an excellent salad bar, a limited vegetable menu, and an unforgettable selection of grilled meats. After entering the restaurant, diners visit the salad bar and order some vegetables. Each place setting has a small wooden cylinder next to it, each with a red end and green end. When someone is ready to begin the meat courses of the meal, all he or she has to do is turn the wooden cylinder over so that the green end is on top, and sit back and wait for the meat to be delivered. The meat is cooked on large metal "swords" over an open fire. There are 6-7 type...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2001

Rodizio Grill
600 South 700 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
(801) 220-0500

Antelope Island State Park

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Attraction | "Antelope Island"

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Seven miles from shore in the middle of the Great Salt Lake sits Antelope Island. Home to various wildlife and a 600 head American bison herd, the park offers plenty of wildlife observation opportunities. In addition to the bison, the island also serves as home to antelope, bobcat, elk, and many varities of birds and waterfowl. Most popular is the herd of bison that often greet visitors as they drive off the causeway through the lake and onto the island. Visitors can stop their cars along the road, and carefully watch the bison, often less than ten feet away. While visitors should observe the warnings to not approach the bison, many capture memorable photographs and video clips through their...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2001

Antelope Island State Park
Great Salt Lake, west of Layton
Salt Lake City, Utah 84075
801 773 2941

Alta Peruvian Lodge

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Attraction | "Alta Snow"

Alta Peruvian Lodge Photo, Salt Lake City, Utah
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Alta is a great family-oriented ski resort. Long, winding, gently sloped runs are great for getting one's "ski legs" back after a few seasons off. Also a great place to learn.

As with all ski areas, arrive early. The best snow and the shortest lines are early in the morning. Spend a few minutes with a ski patrol member getting recommendations about ski levels on the runs. The green slopes vary widely, but there is something at Alta for skiers at all levels.

Check in with the ski school for "touch up" or advanced lessons. The school is highly recommended, and the senior level instructors that teach there make the skills behind the praises quite obvious.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2001

Alta Peruvian Lodge
Little Cottonwood Canyon Road (P. O. Box 8017)
Alta, Utah 84092
(801) 742-3000

Trolley Square

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Trolley Square - Salt Lake City Photo, Salt Lake City, Utah
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While in Salt Lake City, plan to spend a couple of hours at Trolley Square. The converted Trolley warehouse and repair depot is now a collection of unique local artisan shops and restaurants.

Designers and artists display their goods in shops inside the large shopping areas. Glassware, ceramics, and sculptures from the local artists make great souvenirs.

Plan to go around lunch time and sample some of the dining opportunities, including small cafes and a Brazilian style rotisserie buffet.

Trolley Square has ample free parking very close to the shops.