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Extra day at Alta or DV

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Heading to Park City March 13-17.  I am an intermediate from the east coast.  Skied PCMR 3 days and DV 1 day last year in my first trip west.  I stay on piste, mostly groomers, no bumps.  This year I will ski PCMR on travel days.  I am skiing Alta days 2 and 3 with lessons on first day there.  Question is day 4.  Do I stay with Alta for a 3rd day or do a day at DV?  Any input is appreciated. 

post #2 of 21

How can you go wrong skiing any of them?

post #3 of 21

Since your preference is to stay on piste with groomers and you will already be skiing Alta for 2 days, I would chose Deer Valley out of the two options.

post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 

I guess I am seeking guidance because I've never been to Alta.  Since I am more comfortable on piste and on groomers, I don't know if my open day is better spent at Alta for a 3rd day or a day at DV.  I was comfortable on blues at PCMR and DV last year, but had some problems with some double blues.  So my concern is if their is enough terrain for my skill level at Alta to justify a 3rd day.  Thanks again

post #5 of 21

I say DV.  Or Snowbasin.

 

Mike

post #6 of 21

If you are staying in Park City, why not a day at the Canyons?

 

Keep in mind that the Cottonwood canyon roads (esp. Little cottonwood) tend to get closed on big powder days (like this morning).  'Course you prefer groomers, but the road doesn't know that.

 

Alta has some awesome intermediate stuff off the Sugarloaf lift, but isn't particularly well known for their groomers.

post #7 of 21

Why anyone looking for groomers would go to Alta is beyond meth_dunno-1[1].gif

 

Of course they have groomers but why you would leave a groomers paradise (DV) for more than a token trip to say you skied Alta for a day is a mystery.  Now if you want to learn to ski off piste then Alta is definitely your choice.

post #8 of 21

I would do DV to mix it up

post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
Sorry, guess I should have been more clear. I am looking to learn more off piste which is why Alta and also the lessons. I am staying in PC, which is also part of my indecision. Do you think a single day in Alta is more realistic and 2 in DV?
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by Pizzamonkey View Post
 Do you think a single day in Alta is more realistic and 2 in DV?

I would consider Snowbasin.  See how you feel the morning of the 3rd full day.  That's what so great about Utah, lots of choices.  Decide over dinner.

 

post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post

I would consider Snowbasin.  See how you feel the morning of the 3rd full day.  That's what so great about Utah, lots of choices.  Decide over dinner.

 



 

 



Wouldn't Snowbasin be 3+ hours rt? No car either, relying on shuttle service
post #12 of 21

Go to the Dreamscape area of Canyons and get your jones for some off-piste satisfied close to you.. The people who complain about not knowing where to go at Canyons probably have to use a GPS to get to work everyday. 

post #13 of 21

Stick with the 2 days for learning and fun at Alta.  As an intermediate, I loved the place.  As an advanced skier, I love the place and meet friends there annually.  My daughter loves it now and is only starting to do easy groomed blacks there.  Sugarloaf is not the only lift with blues to explore.

 

Finishing off with a day at DV, avoiding another shuttle ride, seems like a nice way to end the trip.  Do you really need to decide beforehand?

post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

Go to the Dreamscape area of Canyons and get your jones for some off-piste satisfied close to you.. The people who complain about not knowing where to go at Canyons probably have to use a GPS to get to work everyday. 



I agree.  Especially because you don't have a car.  Tons of correct choices in Utah, but I reccomend removing loads of stress and staying local.  I love The Canyons and they have tons of great terrain.  If it is nice out, grab a burger & brew right at the base of Dreamscape.  Great place to peoplewatch.

 

post #15 of 21
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I agree.  Especially because you don't have a car.  Tons of correct choices in Utah, but I reccomend removing loads of stress and staying local.  I love The Canyons and they have tons of great terrain.  If it is nice out, grab a burger & brew right at the base of Dreamscape.  Great place to peoplewatch.

 


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post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post

Stick with the 2 days for learning and fun at Alta.  As an intermediate, I loved the place.  As an advanced skier, I love the place and meet friends there annually.  My daughter loves it now and is only starting to do easy groomed blacks there.  Sugarloaf is not the only lift with blues to explore.

 

Finishing off with a day at DV, avoiding another shuttle ride, seems like a nice way to end the trip.  Do you really need to decide beforehand?


Thanks for all the input.... Decided on

Tues - PCMR
Wed - Alta with 1/2 day lesson
Thur - Alta
Fri - DV
Sat - PCMR

Really looking forward to learning powder skills. Traveling alone this trip, so any locals who can stand an intermediate let me know... Thanks again
post #17 of 21

Have fun!  Certainly timing it pretty well in terms of snowstorms.  smile.gif

post #18 of 21
Thread Starter 
Got back late Saturday night. Thanks again for input. Heres a brief summary. Arrived Tuesday and was on mountain at PCMR by 11:15. Sloppy from mid mountain down, good fun from top to mid mountain.

Wed: Alta - took a 3 hr lesson in morning. The instructor Brian was amazing and instilled as much confidence as technique. Skied every blue off every lift and a coupla blacks. Some of favs: mambo, rock n roll, rollercoaster, ballroom and schuss gully.

Thur: Snowbird - following the advice of my instructor the day before, I headed straight to the mineral basin (and the sun) in the morning. I have never skied anything close to this before and had a blast. Dropping off the traverse into that massive bowl was incredible. With the seemingly endless options, I had to force myself to head to the other side. Glad I did. Besides the basin, i loved chips run, bassackwards and primrose path.

Fri: Alta/Snowbird - with the conditions in PC still mushy, and the last 2 days fresh in my mind, I sold my DV lift ticket and headed back to Alta/Snowbird. Skied the basin til 11 and then over to Alta til 3 and then a last hour on Snowbird.

Sat: PCMR - same conditions if not worse than tues. skied mostly mcconkeys and silverlode til around 1 and then headed back to catch shuttle back to airport.

Final thoughts: Alta and Snowbird are easily the best and most difficult mountains that I have ever skied. The steepness of Snowbird aweinspiring. I was joined on thur by 2 friends from home who are expert skiers. I loved the fact that we could ski together and at many junctures choose different diamonds but still end up together. A good lesson is priceless. Without my lesson from Brian, I would have never had the confidence to ski these mountains. It allowed me to ski runs that I would have never attempted in the past and opened up most of the mountain to me. Steep... I have to say it again. On friday I skied over 27,000 vert. ( thx ski trax). I have never been close to as tired as I was after skiing Alta and Snowbird. As my plane took off, the powder arrived. Still damn near perfect time.
post #19 of 21
Sounds like a good time! Score another one for having a lesson. Planning your next trip to SLC yet? wink.gif

Ballroom was the first place I skied in more than six inches of powder . . . long time ago. Never forgot the feeling. Probably why I never quite gave up on the idea of skiing even when it was hard to fit into the budget and the schedule.
post #20 of 21

Thanks for the report.

 

When it was really warm later in the week, how were the average cruisers doing at Alta?

post #21 of 21

I've skied at Alta in totally warm spring conditions.  The blue groomers are fine.  Just may need to wait a bit for the sun to soften things up.  Start on the Albion side (Supreme, Sugarloaf) and finish the day on the Collins lift.

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