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    New question here. Best lift-assisted ski resort for MTB'ing near SLC?

    Good afternoon ---

    I'll be in SLC June 3rd - 5th for the USMNT v Costa Rica game.

    I'm hoping to do some MTB'ing at one or two of the ski resorts in the area. So far I've looked at both Park City and Sundance and both look promising, but I wanna get the local's recommendations.

    I'm gonna be riding my hardtail with front suspension OR my hardtail SS with front suspension...still haven't made up my mind yet.

    Also...I need the CLOSEST resort to Rice-Eccles since the game starts at 5:30pm on Saturday and I wanna be at the stadium at 4:30pm at the latest.

    Thanks!

    Nick

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    I was going to direct you to a similar post below, but that post was yours also! That was all I had to offer.

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    You'll still need your skis at the ski resorts the first week in June. Deer Valley - your closest option - doesn't open 'til at least the 2nd week in June, for Nationals. Park City Mtn Resort is in the same boat as DV in terms of snowpack. Sundance might be open, I don't know. It's a bit of a drive, though. And Brian Head has enough snow to last though August.

    Your best bet is to bring either of you bikes - as neither is really a traditional lift-served DH ride, at least as it applies here in Utah - and hit the Bonneville Shorline Trail, Millcreek Pipeline Trail, or the Glenwild Loop (by Park City). Lost Prospector/Round Valley in PC is also probably good to go (haven't ridden 'em yet), and in another week the Mormon Pioneer Trail might be dry enough to ride. The Flats section, as of a few days ago, was flooded at the beaver ponds....

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    You refer to Little Emigration Canyon, I assume (re: being flooded)? Mormon Pioneer Trail from Little Dell to Big Mt. Pass is in decent shape. Only 3-4 short water crossings. As long as you don't ride around them, it should be OK. On Sunday it was better than Glenwild had been the week before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgginslc
    You refer to Little Emigration Canyon, I assume (re: being flooded)? Mormon Pioneer Trail from Little Dell to Big Mt. Pass is in decent shape. Only 3-4 short water crossings. As long as you don't ride around them, it should be OK. On Sunday it was better than Glenwild had been the week before.
    Nope. The other side. Jeremy Ranch to Big Mtn.

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    I can't even think of where that would be - you mean up at the top, past the radio towers on your way to Big Mt. - that's what is flooded? I guess I've never been on that part early in the season, so the thought of it being flooded really surprises me.

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    The Mormon Flats area is accessed via the Jeremy Ranch exit off I80. Exit, cross back under the interstate, left at the gas station, then an immediate right. Past the golf course, 'til the road turns to dirt. Continue on for about 3-4 miles, and the trailhead is on the left. The trail heads up towards the Big Mtn. parking lot, gradually for most of the way, and then clutching-chest-in-pain steep at the very end. Very fun.

    The trail has one of the oldest wooden stunts in the area on it (mellow), as well as a couple of fun ramp jumps over logs. Some nice rock gardens, too. The beaver ponds are about 1/2 way up, in a meadow. The little buggers are generally pretty gung-ho about their work. With all the moisture, their engineering accomplishments are working as advertised.

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    Thanks. Now I understand. That's the same part that I was referring to as Little Emigration Canyon. (That's what the topo maps call it.)

    Yeah - that's a great trail (when it drys out). There was still a big snowfield at the top when I looked down at it from Big Mt. Pass 10 days ago. Probably more snow on the trail once you get down into the trees. I imagine it's very wet.

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    Just to add that Sundance has been open for a couple of weeks now. Pretty fun stuff il you like twisties. If you want full on DH at this time your best bet is Bountiful (the "B") where people shuttle on a regular basis.

    Later

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mani_UT
    Just to add that Sundance has been open for a couple of weeks now. Pretty fun stuff il you like twisties.
    I was at Sundance this past Saturday.....

    I finally got those damn pics from Sundance uploaded!!! I really wished I had taken alot more pics, but when you're ripping down the trail it's kinda hard to just stop and whip out the camera and take a pic.

    Here are several from the chairlift ride up...
    https://www.fototime.com/3F1652116AA6A13/standard.jpg
    https://www.fototime.com/9FBE7996A6674EA/standard.jpg
    https://www.fototime.com/12756F1CA91ABA0/standard.jpg

    At the top of the chairlift...
    https://www.fototime.com/2DEC97E705CB971/standard.jpg

    Uhhh...I'm not sure exactly where I'm at, but I know this is part of Archie's Loop...
    https://www.fototime.com/656E1EBA9C1516C/standard.jpg

    I ignored the posted sign..
    https://www.fototime.com/0C4273057518E7F/standard.jpg

    Singletrack in Switchback Alley I believe...
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    At Scott's Pond...
    https://www.fototime.com/420D3B40D233955/standard.jpg

    On Archie's Loop...
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    https://www.fototime.com/AA9BEC55516CEC1/standard.jpg
    https://www.fototime.com/4645B55FE2D679C/standard.jpg
    https://www.fototime.com/0BB8C4CDC7500EB/standard.jpg
    https://www.fototime.com/6C57BF96B7058B3/standard.jpg

    Going down Bobsled...
    https://www.fototime.com/71F8D944E7DE107/standard.jpg

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