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Which resort, generally speaking, has higher quality snow....Park City or Breck?

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Don't know anything about Park City (only skied at Snowbird, Alta, Brighton and Solitude in UT), but outside of Keystone, Breck has the worst snow quality of any area I've skied at.  They they average only 300" a season and get a lot of wind.  On top of that they have 1.5+ million skiers/boarder a season scraping away at their base.  The skier visits makes a BIG difference...Aspen which also averages around 300", has excellent snow quality.  All 4 Aspen ski areas combined get about 1.3 million visitors.  That said, if you don't mind hiking at Breck you can get lucky.  

 

Looked it up...Park City averages 365" year.

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I have been to both resorts and the snow was excellent each of the weeks I was there.  However Utah tends to have slightly dryer snow than Colorado, but the real determing factor will be which resort had the last big dump?  If you are trying to decide now which resort to book, don't worry about the snow as much as the other things you are looking for in a ski vacation.  However if you are in the postion to wait and book at the last minute, you can just look to see who has been getting the goods and just go there.

 

Good Luck,

 

Rick G

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Originally Posted by rickg View Post

I have been to both resorts and the snow was excellent each of the weeks I was there.  However Utah tends to have slightly dryer snow than Colorado.

 

 

Utah will win on quantity, but I don’t believe your right in regards to it getting the lightest snow.  

 

It’s been statistically proven that CO and NM have the driest powder, especially places like Taos and Steamboat. I believe Utah’s about 8-9%, Steamboat /Taos are near 6%) . See BestSnows’ feature on water content.

 

I think the Utah “Greatest Snow on Earth” claim is based around the perfect mix of quality and quantity, but lucky us for us, anything under 10% comes down as cold smoke, not mashed potatoes. 

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this should really be combined with http://www.epicski.com/t/114255/snow-quality#post_1494083

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Don't know anything about Park City (only skied at Snowbird, Alta, Brighton and Solitude in UT), but outside of Keystone, Breck has the worst snow quality of any area I've skied at.  They they average only 300" a season and get a lot of wind.  On top of that they have 1.5+ million skiers/boarder a season scraping away at their base.  The skier visits makes a BIG difference...Aspen which also averages around 300", has excellent snow quality.  All 4 Aspen ski areas combined get about 1.3 million visitors.  That said, if you don't mind hiking at Breck you can get lucky.  

 

Looked it up...Park City averages 365" year.

 

I agree about skier traffic in terms of powder, but the flat blues that the OP said he likes normally have nice groomed snow at Breck.  I find that the wind you are referring to often blows in more snow to the upper bowls, if you know which lines to ski.

 

According to Tony Crocker PC averages 150" near the base, 309" near the top and 394" back in Jupiter bowl which is closer to the Cottonwood Canyons as the crow flies.  Breck averages 294" at about mid-mountain and I can say from experience that the upper bowls get more.  Reading between the lines, I think that Breck gets more than PC in the areas of the mountain where the OP is most likely to ski.

 

The OP may like PC more, but I don`t think it will be because of a drastic difference in average snow quality. 

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I think the Utah “Greatest Snow on Earth” claim is based around the perfect mix of quality and quantity, but lucky us for us, anything under 10% comes down as cold smoke, not mashed potatoes. 

Exactly, if you can`t ski typical Utah powder, its not the snows fault.

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When you're looking at snowfall amounts keep in mind that the drier Rocky Mountain snow compacts a lot more than Sierra cement. Base will give you a better idea of coverage and how much precipitation there's been than snowfall totals. A foot of Sierra snow will ski bottomless (with the right skis)--the Rockies need more. (I skied a couple of feet of fresh at Alta one time when it was 40 below (Fahrenheit) --the snow might as well not have been there--I was skiing on the frozen crud below--for about one run.)

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