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Salt Lake City for a Month--Help with skis, slopes etc.

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All, 
My company is having a "developers conference" in SLC this Feb. Plan is to work early, ski, work after. 3-4 of us--we are a small NLP software company. 
We are east coast skiers that manage expert terrain fine but not bombing down by any means. 

Some questions to anyone with the patience to answer... 

0) Our initial choice was to get a season pass to Alta but it occurred to me that Solitude might be mellower and less quickly skied out. Any other ideas? Powder Mountain got praise. I don't think we are up for side country or back country stuff. It would be a bunch of east coast newbies crusin' for a bruisin' me thinks. 

1) Is there a clear go-to tele ski for deep Utah powder? I currently have Scotty Bob Fat Bastards which I have liked at Alta--especially in trees. But those big rockered skis look pretty sweet. I have been reading reviews on things like Icelandic Keeper, BD Amperage or DPS Wailer 112RP. The reviews however classify them like all mountain skis extolling the virtues of performance on groomers, moguls etc...and I don't believe it. I am looking for a single purpose ski--powder in trees and shutes with open stuff as well. 

I am 190#, 6'1", Hammer Head abuser, Push boots, 49 years old, like to turn a lot, fear speed but can go pretty fast. Loved skis include Nordica Dobermans GS, Race Tiger SL, Palmer PO1, Dynastyar Twister Mogul Skis and Scotty Bob Fat Bastards. 

Alternatively I would love to demo some gear. Do any shops do the 
demo-costs-applied-to-purchase? That would be ideal.

Thanks in advance,
Kd.

post #2 of 4
Wow. Good deal. I've spent a lot of time both places. I ended up with a pass at Alta because I found the terrain more extensive and varied. Solitude has more grooming. I wouldn't focus too much on the skied out thing. All shops have the demo to purchase thing... Try Wasatch Touring on 7th East for all your tele needs...Also, Black Diamond is headquartered here... You see lots of Megawatts & Gigawatts & various other Watts around tele mounted.
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Welcome to EpicSki!  Tough job . . . who picked SLC? wink.gif

 

Where will you be staying?  If in the city, then makes more sense to stick with LCC/BCC.  Heading out to Ogden on a weekend to check out Powder Mountain and Snowbasin early on.  Then you'll know whether or not you want to go back when it snows.

 

Personally, Alta is my favorite.  Have had fun at Solitude and Brighton but wouldn't choose to go there on a regular basis.  I only get out for trips that last a week.

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Thread Starter 

Thank you for your replies.  Apologies for the delay in responding.
We're here in SLC now, will check out Wasatch Touring.

Thanks again,
Kd.
 

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