20695
Utah
Ski Salt Lake County: Alta, Brighton, Snowbird & Solitude
Experience the world-class powder above Salt Lake City as you perfect your turns at the four-top-rated ski of Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude.
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Program No. 20695RJ
Length
7 days
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7 days
6 nights
10 meals
6 B 0 L 4 D
DAY
1
Arrival, Orientation, Introductions.
Holladay, UT
D
Hampton Inn Salt Lake City Cottonwood

Afternoon: 3:00 - 5:30 Arrive to the hotel and check into room. (Please Note: Rooms may not be ready for check in until 3:00 PM.) 5:45 - 6:00 PM: Road Scholar Registration in assigned conference room. See front desk for assigned Road Scholar Conference room when you check in. In the conference room we'll meet our group leaders, pick up your name badge, participant list and detailed itinerary.

Dinner: 6:00-7:30 P.M. Dinner in the hotel conference room.

Evening: After dinner we'll do introductions and have a brief overview of Solitude, Brighton, Alta and Snowbird ski resorts where we'll spend our week.

DAY
2
Ski at Solitude Resort
Holladay, UT
B,D
Hampton Inn Salt Lake City Cottonwood

Activity note: Solitude offers 65 named runs and three bowls spread over 1,200 acres and features terrain for every ability level. 20% Beginner 50% Intermediate 30% Advanced/Expert Average Snowfall: Over 500 inches Top Elevation: 10,035 ft. Base Elevation: 7,988 ft. Vertical Drop: 2,047 ft. Total Acreage: 1,200 acres Snow making: Coverage of 5 lifts/21 runs/150 acres Lifts: 3 High-speed Quads, 2 Quads, 1 Triple, 2 Doubles.

Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast buffet in restaurant at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast we'll board the UTA Ski Bus and depart for an exciting day of skiing at Solitude Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon. After arriving at Solitude, we'll divide into two groups for our morning's activities. For those participants who signed up for skiing lessons when registering for the program, we'll meet with our Professional Ski Instructors of American (PSIA) to work on skiing techniques and improve our skills. Our PSIA instructors will work with these participants individually to help correct any poor habits and make improvements to stance and balance that can help with skiing safe and longer in preparation for our week ahead. For those participants who chose to exclude the cost of skiing lessons, we'll explore some of the slopes with our group leaders.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the various restaurants on the ski slopes.

Afternoon: Enjoy more skiing on the slopes of Solitude this afternoon. Again, this is a resort with a rich history. In the early 1900s, tenacious silver miners gave the name Solitude to the mountain because of their feelings being alone on the mountain for weeks and months at a time. The development of Solitude as a ski area is a rich anecdote. Robert M. Barrett became a millionaire as a Moab uranium miner during the early 1950's. He moved to Salt Lake City and took up skiing. While pursuing his passion at Alta, he was denied restroom access because he walked up the mountain to ski down to save $5 for a lift pass. Barrett was told the restrooms were only for the paying guests. This agitated him a great deal. He declared he would open his own ski area and let any guest use the restroom! Barrett went about purchasing every piece of land available in the canyon adjacent to Alta, started construction in 1956, built nice restrooms and the rest is history. The ski area opened in the fall of 1957.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the hotel conference room.

Evening: Following dinner, enjoy a thought-provoking expert-led presentation.

DAY
3
Ski at Brighton Ski Resort
Holladay, UT
B,D
Hampton Inn Salt Lake City Cottonwood

Activity note: Vertical, lift-serviced drop: 1,745'; Base elevation: 8,755'; Top elevation: 10,500'; Lifts: 5 quads, 1 triple, 1 Magic Carpet; Skiable acres: 1,050; Number of runs: 66

Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast buffet in restaurant at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast we'll board the UTA Ski Bus and depart for an exciting day of skiing at Brighton Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon. After arriving at the Brighton Ski Resort, we'll divide into two groups for our morning's activities. For those participants who signed up for skiing lessons when registering for the program, we'll meet with our Professional Ski Instructors of American (PSIA) to continue building upon the improvements we began yesterday to our skiing techniques and skills. Our PSIA instructors will work with these participants individually to help correct any poor habits and make improvements to stance and balance that can help with skiing safe and longer in preparation for our week ahead. For those participants who chose to exclude the cost of skiing lessons, we'll explore some of the slopes with our group leaders.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the various restaurants on the ski slopes.

Afternoon: Enjoy more skiing on the slopes of Brighton this afternoon. At the end of the day take the bus back to the hotel.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the hotel conference room.

Evening: Following dinner, enjoy a thought-provoking expert-led presentation.

DAY
4
Ski at Alta Ski Resort, Free Evening
Holladay, UT
B
Hampton Inn Salt Lake City Cottonwood

Activity note: Ski Base Elevation: 8,530 feet; Peak Elevation: 10,550 feet; Lifts: 1 high-speed quad, 1 high-speed triple, 2 triple, 4 double chairlifts, 4 surface lifts; Ability: 25% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced

Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast buffet in restaurant at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast we'll board the UTA Ski Bus and depart for an exciting day of skiing at Alta Ski Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon. In 1935 the U.S. Forest Service retained the noted skier Alf Engen to hike into the area and determine its potential as a future ski area. Alta opened to skiers for the first time on January 15, 1939, offering a single ride on the chair for 25 cents. Alta is one of three remaining ski resorts in America that prohibits snowboarders. Participants can choose to ski the mountain as a group, individuals or (at their own cost) take a morning ski lesson.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the various restaurants on the ski slopes.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll continue skiing on the slopes of Alta.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own at a local restaurant near the hotel.

Evening: Free evening to explore around the hotel or rest up for another day of skiing tomorrow.

DAY
5
Ski at Snowbird Ski Resort, Free Evening
Holladay, UT
B
Hampton Inn Salt Lake City Cottonwood

Activity note: Terrain: 27% Beginner, 38% Intermediate, 35% Advanced; Number of Runs: 85; Lifts: 1 tram, 4 quads, 6 doubles; Elevation: Top of resort is 11,000-foot Hidden Peak, lowest point on the mountain is bottom of Baby Thunder chairlift at 7,760 feet; The 125-person Tram covers 2,900 vertical feet in approximately seven minutes

Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast buffet in restaurant at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast we'll board the UTA Ski Bus and depart for an exciting day of skiing at Snowbird Ski Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon. At Snowbird, we'll find ourselves among elite skiers and enjoy an exploration of the mountain with an expert guide who will point out some of the best places to ski and recount the history of the resort.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the various restaurants on the ski slopes.

Afternoon: After lunch, continue skiing "The Greatest Snow on Earth" at Snowbird. Snowbird opened for skiing in 1971 but the resort has a storied history including being completely wiped out at one point by a series of avalanches. A unique aspect of the modern resort is The Peruvian Express Chairlift and Tunnel opened in December of 2005, allowing easier access to Mineral Basin through a 600-foot, one-of-a-kind original (the only ski tunnel in North America). At the end of the day take the bus back to the hotel.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own at a local Restaurant near the hotel.

Evening: Free evening. Explore and experience near or surrounding area of the hotel.

DAY
6
Ski the Resort of Your Choice, Farewell Dinner
Holladay, UT
B,D
Hampton Inn Salt Lake City Cottonwood

Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast buffet in restaurant at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast board the UTA Ski Bus and depart for an exciting day of skiing at the resort of your choice. Choose to return to any of the four resorts we've visited this week Solitude, Brighton, Alta or Snowbird for a wonderful last day of skiing.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the various restaurants on the ski slopes.

Afternoon: Continue to enjoy skiing at the ski resort of your choice. At the end of the day take the UTA Ski Bus back to the hotel.

Dinner: Farewell dinner

Evening: After dinner, we'll pass out Passport Stickers, chat among ourselves and say our goodbyes.

DAY
7
Independent Departures
Holladay, UT
B

Activity note: Checkout by 12 PM

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet available in the hotel anytime.

Morning: Independent departures following breakfast. Hotel checkout is by 12 noon. We hope you've enjoyed your week skiing "The Greatest Snow on Earth" and that we'll see you again soon!






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