Utah Ski Lodging


This is the Powder Blog, where I discuss all things related to staying at a Perfect Powder Homes. Anything that I learn that will help you out on your vacation I'll post here. Feel free to email us with any questions at info@perfectpowderhomes.com. Thanks and Happy Skiing!
  • 21 Mar 2008 3:04 PM | Anonymous

    I wanted to let you know we had a great time and we really appreciated having the bar-b-que. Both us and our friends really enjoy cooking (and eating). My son is just starting writing and he enjoyed writing in the house journal. Also, I wanted to let you know your property manager was extremely responsive.

    Thanks again,

    Adam B.
  • 21 Mar 2008 2:54 PM | Anonymous
    Had a great time and enjoyed our stay. The home is very clean and could easily accommodate 10 people, although our group was only 5. I utilized the SLC bus service to Alta/Snowbird every morning to reach a meeting at 7 AM and it was awesome; on time and reasonable.
    Plus, it is only a 2-3 minute walk from the town home. Overall, a very positive experience.

    Ed Tipton, Lexington, KY
  • 21 Feb 2008 3:56 PM | Anonymous
    Hi Au-Co,
    thanks for your house you offered us for that stay for our 1st visit in an Utah ski resort!
    Attached you will find some pictures impressing the feelings we got during our week in Utah!!

    We all really did enjoy your lovely house as well as the phantastic "champagne powder" we got to know!

    Especial Julius was very exciting about his contact with snow...

    Of course, we did leave a guest comment in your book, which was more positive than the 1st one in it
    Hope, we might get a chance for another stay in Salt Lake City, thanks for all the support as we got like remote control for the garage, the key cards for Smith's, the baby crib and the chair!!!!
    Attached there are some impressions of our visit!!
    Best regards and looking forward for our next stay!!

    Alex & Anke


  • 21 Feb 2008 3:51 PM | Anonymous
    Hey Au-Co

    Yes, we had a blast! The skiing was fabulous, the location of the house great, and most importantly, everyone got along! We discovered Squatter's in the city our last night. We tried, but we couldn't find anything wrong with that place, and they never ran out of beer, so we had THAT going for us. Overall we skied Alta once, The Canyons once and Snowbird three times. Had to take a day off to catch our breath.

    Glad to hear everything was in order and the check is on its way. We looked things over thoroughly and, other than the couple things we talked about, we left it in tip top condition.

    Thanks a lot for everything you did and we hope to get out there again next year.

    guest name: Dirk S.
    guest city-state/province: Fairport, NY
  • 16 Feb 2008 5:35 PM | Anonymous
    Salt Lake City Waiter.com

    Hungry? Too tired to cook after a long day of skiing?  Check out Saltlakecitywaiter.com They deliver food from over 40 local restaurants seven days a week!


    How much do you charge for delivery? [back to top]
    We charge $10.95 to deliver from any one of our restaurants. Drivers gratuity is not included in this price and would be greatly appreciated. SLC Waiter adds 15% gratuity for all orders over $100.00.
  • 03 Feb 2008 1:06 PM | Anonymous
    This last trip I took the tunnel Peruvian Tunnel for the first time to get access to Mineral Basin.  It was really cool, check it out if you go there:


    Peruvian Tunnel Details

    The first of its kind in North America, Snowbird’s new nearly 600-foot tunnel houses a conveyor lift that will transport skiers and riders from Peruvian Gulch into Mineral Basin. Located at the top of the new Peruvian Express high-speed quad, the 12-foot high, 10-foot wide tunnel provides a four-minute ride to intermediate terrain in Mineral Basin. The new tunnel and lift makes intermediate terrain more accessible to skiers and riders by eliminating many switchbacks and the steepest pitch of Chip’s Run. It also provides an efficient way to reach Hidden Peak without the use of the Tram.


    • Final approval granted August 10, 2005
    • Work began August 17, 2005
    • Mining contractor: Small Mine Development, LLC
    • Cost: Approximately $1.4 Million
    • Dimensions: Approximately 600 feet long, 12 feet high and 10 feet wide
    • 570-foot conveyor lift
    • 1800 riders per hour
    • Max speed of 160 feet/minute
    • 7 percent grade
    • One-way access into Mineral Basin
    • 325 feet below Gorilla Pass
    • ADA compliant


    Many people have asked why Snowbird chose to construct a chair and tunnel rather than a chair that reached the top of the ridge. Here are the answers.

    • We minimize visual impact by avoiding a ridgetop lift terminal.
    • The tunnel significantly reduces the size and number of required retaining walls.
    • No ridgetop grading.
    • A lift that is not impacted by ridgetop winds can operate more often.
    • Provides easier access to intermediate terrain by eliminating many switchbacks and the steepest pitch of Chip’s Run.

  • 10 Jan 2008 8:26 PM | Anonymous

    Bus Route Schedule

    Be sure to check the Detours page for up to date information. You can also use UTA My Way for customized schedules and route listings that include change/detour information and email notifications.
    NOTE: Some maps require the use of Adobe® Reader®. This is a free download on the Adobe.com website.
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  • 10 Jan 2008 8:14 PM | Anonymous
    UTA Unveils New Ski Buses for 07-08 Season
    Ride To the Resorts in Style and Comfort

    Utah Transit Authority is pleased to announce the beginning of regular ski bus service with the unveiling of nine new top-of-the-line ski buses.

    This ski and snowboarding season marks UTA's 31st year of ski bus service. The new buses will comfortably seat 23 passengers and store their gear inside the bus. The new buses have a more powerful engine to get them up and down the canyon more efficiently, and unlike the old ski buses, the engine, transmission, doors, lights and anti-lock break traction control are all controlled electronically. The new buses use self deploying tire chains, and feature a new kind of seating design, that will comfort weary skiers and snowboarders. These features will improve gas mileage and emissions and make for a more enjoyable ride. UTA' operates 32 ski buses. UTA will also be continuing "contactless" service, where a passenger can use a contactless debit, credit card, or a resort-issued season pass to pay for their fare.

    Official full-time ski bus service begins Sunday, December 16, 2007. For ski bus schedules, click here, or call RIDE-UTA (743-3882).
  • 10 Jan 2008 2:27 AM | Anonymous

    A client just sent me a list of great questions that I wanted to post in case they were relevant to any of you.


    Where is the best place to rent skis/snowboards? 



    Toll Free:1-800 -722-3685

    Fax: (801) 571-7198 

    Corporate Address:

    772 East 9400 South

    Sandy, UT 84094 



    Canyon Sports


    (800) 736-8754

    1844 East Ft. Union Blvd

    (7000 South),

    Salt Lake City, UT 84121

    Open Daily 7AM-9PM




    Who has better snow boarding lessons - Brighton or Solitude?

    Brighton because it’s a family focused mountain and they do snow boarding.


    Best place to get discounted lift tickets? 

    Get the Salt Lake SuperPass, it’s a discounted lift ticket pass valid at Alta, Snowbird, Brighton and Solitude. This super pass is an interchangeable lift voucher redeemable for 1 all-day lift ticket to four different skiing properties in the Salt Lake area and includes round-trip travel on UTA ski buses, city buses, and light-rail.  You can load the pass with up to 6 days of skiing.  The more days you buy the cheaper the pass gets.  Perfect Powder Homes offers this at discounted rates if you book with us.  Click her for more details and pricing.  


    Closest grocery store? 

            Smith’s Food & Drug Grocery Store

              3470 Bengal Blvd.

              Salt Lake City, UT 84121

              Google Map Driving Directions 0.6 miles away or 2 minutes



    How far of a walk is bus service to slopes? 

            It’s about a 5 min walk, it’s super close.  Click here to see a map.


    Is there a scheduled time that they pick up at each stop? 

    Utah Transit Authority (UTA) city buses, ski buses and TRAX.  The ski buses provide service to Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude.  For route information call 888-RIDE-UTA (783-3882).  http://www.rideuta.com/


    Any nearby restaurants that you recommend?

            Thai Spice Restaurant

    (801) 255-1550

    854 Fort Union Blvd, Midvale, UT 84047 Map it | Get directions Cross Streets: Between S 9th E and Well Wood Rd



    18 W Market St

    Salt Lake City, UT 84101

    Phone: (801) 519-9595


    Porcupine Grill

    3698 East Fort Union Blvd (7200 South)

    Salt Lake City, UT, 84121

    801.942.5555 Main line


    PF Changs Restaurant

    174 W Broadway

    Salt Lake City, UT 84101

    (801) 539-0500

    Open HoursSu-Th 11am-11pm, F-Sa 11am-Mid



    If there is still plenty of snow, is there anywhere close by that the kids can go sledding?

    There is a park you can walk to in the neighborhood where the house is located I would try there.  You can also take them to the resort.  I have also seen children sledding at the local elementary school off of Fort Union Blvd., but that’s about a 10 min drive from the house.


  • 25 Dec 2007 5:23 PM | Anonymous
    So on this utah vacation ski trip we ate at 4 different places for dinner that I would like to recommend:

    Day 1: Thai Spice - Our ritual.
    This small Thai restaurant located right off of Fort Union Blvd. is our top favorite eatery that we ALWAYS go to when we are in town.  Hubby overheard some ski bums on the ski shuttle raving about it so we had to try it out.  The first two time we went there they were closed, but we finally got to try it out and it is super deelish!   Favorite dishes are:

    -papaya salad (order as mild as possible, it is sooooo spicey!)
    -tom yum soup
    -all the curries are great

    They don't serve alcohol but they let you bring our own booze in.   Beer, wine, whatever, no corkage fee at all.  They have great service, and very very affordable.  No reservations required, totally casual, and great portions.  Enjoy!!!

    Thai Spice Restaurant

    (801) 255-1550
    854 Fort Union Blvd, Midvale, UT 84047 Map it | Get directions Cross Streets: Between S 9th E and Well Wood Rd


    Day 2: Takashi on Market Street.

    Favorite Sushi Restaurant located in downtown Salt Lake City.
    Their sushi is very good.  We prefer to sit at the sushi bar so that we can talk with the sushi chef and  get the scoop on the new fish inventory.  He will make suggestions, plus it's fun to watch them make it!

    -Sable sushi is lightly seared with the hand torch, so it has that smokey flavor.  It's super creamy and yummy.

    -Agashi Tofu as an appetizer is super yummy, great to share.

    -Wild Alaskan Salmon Sushi

    -Fresh Scallops when they are in season.

    18 W Market St
    Salt Lake City, UT 84101
    Phone: (801) 519-9595
    Day 3: Porcupine Grill

    This was our first time trying this restaurant.  I like that it super close to the house, only a 5 minute drive from the ski house.  The food and ambiance is totally casual and very very skier and snowboarderesque.  A great place to bring the ski group and meet people.  They have a bar that only serves beer, but you can order wine at the dinner table.   It's family friendly, I saw little kids and babies around.  Servers were all super friendly and clearly die hard skiers and snowboarders. 

    Food was pretty darn good too.  We ordered their spicey chicken alfredo, the house salad with salmon, and their chicken enchiladas.  Portions are very generous.  Our server recommended the shrimp popcorn appetizer which is not something that we normally ordered but it was tasty.  Probably because they used real rock shrimp versus the tiny shrimpies.


    3698 East Fort Union Blvd (7200 South)
    Salt Lake City, UT, 84121
    801.942.5555 Main line


    Day 4:  PF Changs Restaurant

    So you may be asking why eat there, nothing new or different?  Why an upscale Chinese chain?  Well it's because it was Christmas Eve, and the city of Salt Lake totally shuts down.   There is very little open on or around the holidays, so if you are in town, your best bet is to head down town Salt lake city for more options.

    The place is always a good and safe option. 

    174 W Broadway
    Salt Lake City, UT 84101
    (801) 539-0500
    Open HoursSu-Th 11am-11pm, F-Sa 11am-Mid

    Hope this helps you if you are looking for ideas.
    Feel free to send suggestions of where to eat to info@perfectpowderhomes.com


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