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Skiing In Utah

Wed Feb 25, 2004 3:15 am

Sticking with the fun in the snow theme....

I am headed to ski in Utah next week and have not been there before. Anyone who has been there let me know the best. Based on the snow reports I think I am going to hit Alta, Snowbird, and Solitude. All over 100 inches! I have always heard Park City is awesome, but it only has around 75 inches right now. Would you take it above any of the others given the conditions?
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RE: Skiing In Utah

Wed Feb 25, 2004 8:01 am

I've never skiied anywhere else other than utah for over 20 years.. here's the info:

Snowbird & Alta have the best snow.. even though they're simply located on the other side of the mountain of Park City, Deer Valley, and The Canyons(used to be called ParkWest).

Snowbird is definitely more for the advanced skiier.. there are far less green/blue runs and the runs are intentionally groomed less. They have a big-ass gondola that takes you directly to the top rapidly and the lift lines are lighter than Park City or Deer Valley.

Alta is right next door to Snowbird.... an old resort. Complete with a rope-tow to bring you to from one side of the base of the resort to the other. The runs are mostly naturally created throughout the landscape.. they're not really defined and all kinda run into eachother. The theme at this resort is "european".

Park City is huge & has a crapload of runs for all levels of skiiers... Jupiter bowl is kickass if you're an expert. Very difficult and dangerous.. hard to find anything close to it in the US I hear. Park City is definitely the largest and most diverse resort in Utah.

Deer Valley which is 5 mins from Park City is Utah's answer to Vail. Very high-end.. well groomed runs.. gourmet dining on the slopes. An awesome, albeit expensive way to ski.

Never Skiied solitude or sundance.
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RE: Skiing In Utah

Wed Feb 25, 2004 8:04 am

Ski Alta - and spend some time in Temple Square.

RE: Skiing In Utah

Wed Feb 25, 2004 8:28 am

Ahh, finally a thread that I can devote my whole soul to...

Ok, here's the local's guide to Utah skiing. I grew up there, and I still have the accent, so I know whereof I speak.

Don't waste your time in Park City. Sure, the skiing is good, but not as good as the Cottonwood Canyons (Snowbird, Alta, Solitude), and it's overpriced and touristy.

Solitude is where I learned how to ski. It's a good mountain. It's changed a bit though, quite a while since I've skied there. Also, next to Solitude is Brighton. It's also a good mountain, but not really challenging, and it's full of punk snowboarders.

Alta is great. Go there. They've got quads now. It's a great place to ski. Personally, even when I lived within a half-hour drive of any resort, I'd just save myself the trouble and go to Alta. Snowbird is has awesome terrain, but Alta has the same terrain minus the crowds, snowboarders, and expense. To coin a local phrase: Alta Rocks! And Alta always has the most snow. Plus, you can see my old mountain-bike stomping grounds off the backside of Alta (American Fork Canyon).

I'd skip Sundance if I were you. Sure, it's cool to go to Bob Redford's place, but they never have snow. Funny thing though, I've flown by Sundance many times. In order to get from Heber City (36U) to Provo (KPVU), you have to fly through Provo canyon. It's kind of fun to look over and see the top of the ski lift. You can almost see Sundance in this picture. I've actually hiked to the top of that mountain four times. It's a fun hike.

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Well, I hope you enjoy your trip.

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RE: Skiing In Utah

Wed Feb 25, 2004 8:52 am

I've skied Utah for the past 4 years and stayed at Deer Valley and Park City.

Here's my take on most resorts:

Deer Valley - NO SNOWBOARDERS. Huge plus for me because I feel snowboarding is a safety hazard for most skiers, only because most snowboarders are young teens who don't know nor care about their limits. Deer Valley is pretty big and has one of the larger verticals in Utah. They maintain the slopes very well, mostly high speed quads, all chairs have footrests.

Park City - Very difficult to get to the top of the mountain, takes 3 lifts. Same price as Deer Valley. Lots of kids and snowboarders. Jupiter bowl is rather small liftwise, you'd need to hike to get to some different areas, most don't care enough to do so.

Alta - Best of all. Don't need to say much more. No snowboarders.

Snowbird - Alta with crowds, thin trails connecting areas. These narrow trails get "icy" in the pm. If you go stay near the top of the mountain.

Brighton - Extreme amount of snowboarders, mostly local.

Solitude - never been

Canyons - Confusing, narrow trails, hard to get around. A lot of kids on snowboards, parking is a pain, you made need to take a lift from the lot to the second gondola that takes you up the mountain.

Snowbasin - I love this place. Not crowded and their gondolas service the best vertical in Utah. One of the only places in Utah you can ski top to bottom over 2500 ft. Out of the way, but very scenic.

So heres how i rate the resorts I've been to:

1. Alta
2. Deer Valley
3. Snowbasin
4. Snowbird (back side makes it worth it)
5. Park City
6. Canyons
7. Brighton

Just my opinions!

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RE: Skiing In Utah

Wed Feb 25, 2004 11:17 pm

Thanks for all the great info

- let it snow, let it snow....even more
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RE: Skiing In Utah

Mon Mar 01, 2004 1:00 am

deer valley all the way. very exspensive. but, worth it. pc is overrated, but nonetheless not bad.
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RE: Skiing In Utah

Mon Mar 01, 2004 1:13 am

Don't have much details (because I normally ski in California), but I sat next to a guy on the plane yesterday who was going back home from a weeklong ski trip in Utah, and he said the skiing was incredible. It was also pouring snow yesterday, so it's probably even better today.


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