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Now, I keep reading all over the forum that Snowbird is not for beginners and can be very intimidating. If it is in fact intimidating and not for beginners then why does it have the most Beginner runs?

 


Because the green/blue/black designation only applies within a resort i.e. to compare trails at the same resort to one another.  It is entirely useless for comparing a trail at resort X to a trail at resort Y.  What rates green at one ski area can be black at another, and vice versa.

 

So, I gave up on looking at those stats a long time ago - it's completely useless information.

 

Good advice from others upthread.  Not to pile on, but avoid Snowbird - the green trails are all unpleasant cat-tracks, and the blues would be rated black at most other resorts. Plus, you can easily take a wrong turn and find yourself way over your head - at most resorts you have to work to get to the real gnarly stuff, at Snowbird it's right there.

 

Brighton has the most easy cruisers, so I'd argue for it.  PCMR is another good choice - lots of blue cruisers and high speed lifts to move you around the mountain. There's certainly more nightlife in PC, but both lift tickets and lodging are significantly cheaper at Brighton, especially if you stay in town (Sandy, Midvale, Cottonwood Heights) and drive up each day.

 

If you like skiing flat cat-tracks through real estate developments, the Crayons is your place.  Otherwise it's pretty much a real-estate development in search of a ski resort and imminently skippable.

 

Solitude is known for truth-in-advertising - it's rarely crowded.  But the blues at Solitude are generally steeper than anywhere in SLC except Snowbird, so it may not be your best choice. You'll certainly find some terrain you like, but you may find that the top-to-bottom trails are a bit challenging.  Perhaps go there on Saturday to avoid the crowds elsewhere.

 

Nobody has mentioned Snowbasin yet; I'd say put that on your short list. There's lot's of area and several easy ways down from the top (and more challenging ways too).  There's no lodging at Snowbasin, so you'll be commuting.

 

You don't say how long you're going for, but if you're going to be there for more than a few days I'd say sample a couple of resorts and then go back to the ones you like.  Brighton, PCMR, Snowbasin would be my short list based on what you've said about yourself. If you stay in Cottonwood Heights, it's about ~20 minutes to Brighton, ~30 minutes to PCMR and ~50 minutes to Snowbasin, depending on traffic and weather, of course.

 

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If you stayed at PC, did you rent a vehicle or do the hotels offer shuttle services to the further away ski resorts? I would like to have that option w/o having to rent a vehicle.


 

Hotel shuttles vary by property, but like others have said, the free bus system is pretty efficient for getting around town, including the 3 area resorts.  Check out canyonhop.com for shuttles between Park City and the cottonwoods and/or snowbasin.

post #33 of 34

I continue to be mystified that people rely on trail map ratings for terrain distribution.   It even says on most maps: trails markings are relative within this ski area.  As noted in esumsea's thread, Snowbird has minimal true beginner terrain.  And most beginners do not like catwalks being passed by and crossed over by hotshots moving at warp speed.

 

Brighton and Solitude have some beginner terrain, but PCMR (and the The Canyons) have much more.  Throw in the apres-ski issue and this question is a no-brainer.

 

With regard to snow conditions the superiority of the Cottonwood resorts is relevant to low-end skiers/riders in only one respect.  The lower mountain terrain at the Park City group gets very sloppy in warm weather.  So I would avoid any later than March 15.  January is a good time, just be aware that lodging might be tight during Sundance Film Festival.

 

 

post #34 of 34
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Now, I keep reading all over the forum that Snowbird is not for beginners and can be very intimidating. If it is in fact intimidating and not for beginners then why does it have the most Beginner runs?

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I continue to be mystified that people rely on trail map ratings for terrain distribution.   It even says on most maps: trails markings are relative within this ski area.  As noted in esumsea's thread, Snowbird has minimal true beginner terrain.  And most beginners do not like catwalks being passed by and crossed over by hotshots moving at warp speed.

 

Brighton and Solitude have some beginner terrain, but PCMR (and the The Canyons) have much more.  Throw in the apres-ski issue and this question is a no-brainer.

 

With regard to snow conditions the superiority of the Cottonwood resorts is relevant to low-end skiers/riders in only one respect.  The lower mountain terrain at the Park City group gets very sloppy in warm weather.  So I would avoid any later than March 15.  January is a good time, just be aware that lodging might be tight during Sundance Film Festival.

 

 

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