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Recommendation for a ski/boarding trip in Utah?

post #1 of 11
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Hey guys, me and a few college buds from Atlanta are looking to take a trip mid/late March. We decided on Utah since it seems the resorts are closer to the airport than in Colorado, plus, none of us have been to Utah so new experiences are great. We have a mixed group of 3-4 boarders and 1-2 skiers (couple undecided). Where would be a good resort? Any first hand experiences welcome. Of course we are looking for a good deal but we don't want to cheap out if it's going to kill the experience. Let me know what you think? We have varying skill level too. A couple of beginners but a few of us know our way around a hill.
post #2 of 11

You realize there are probably a hundred thousand threads about UT ski trips, some of which are right on the front page of the forum?

 

In fact, one of them is your thread about skiing CO v UT, and people already gave you a bunch of suggestions for resorts to ski. Just pick one and pull the trigger.

post #3 of 11

There are indeed a lot of threads on this!!

 

Need more information though. Do you all need to stick together everyday? Or could you break up and go to different areas?

 

This will have a pretty big impact on where would be best, considering you have beginners and mixed skiers/boarders.

post #4 of 11

But probably the easy answer here is Park City

post #5 of 11

I disagree with the Park City comment.  It is expensive and not the layout causes you to be funneled to green terrain quite often if you want to ski anything fun. 

 

Powder Mountain is way cheaper and has something like 7000 acres of terrain.  It is mellow from a people's attitude perspective and you can find powder three days after a storm.  Great time for sure. 

 

Snow Basin is a crown jewel of skiing in America IMHO.  Has stunning views, lots of space, and some just darn fun areas to ski.  There are lots of opportunities to go off trail if you want it and some fun steeps.  The lift service is second only to Mammoth in number and availability of high speed lifts.  If you care about this sort of thing, the food is world class and the lodges are the most beautiful I have ever been to.  Hand cut stone, HUGE beams and glass.  Just the coolest things ever. 
 

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I disagree with the Park City comment.  It is expensive and not the layout causes you to be funneled to green terrain quite often if you want to ski anything fun. 

 

Powder Mountain is way cheaper and has something like 7000 acres of terrain.  It is mellow from a people's attitude perspective and you can find powder three days after a storm.  Great time for sure. 

 

Snow Basin is a crown jewel of skiing in America IMHO.  Has stunning views, lots of space, and some just darn fun areas to ski.  There are lots of opportunities to go off trail if you want it and some fun steeps.  The lift service is second only to Mammoth in number and availability of high speed lifts.  If you care about this sort of thing, the food is world class and the lodges are the most beautiful I have ever been to.  Hand cut stone, HUGE beams and glass.  Just the coolest things ever. 
 

Huh? Snowbasin is great but second only to Mammoth in number and availability of lifts?  Mammoth has 28 lifts compared to Snowbasin's 9.

post #7 of 11

I think the usual advice would be to rent a condo at the base of the Cottonwood Canyons and try a bunch of different areas.  Alta, Brighton, Snowbasin, and Solitude are all within a 20 minute drive (or slightly longer bus ride)  Park City, with it's three big destination resorts, is about 40 minutes.  Snowbasin and Powder Mountain are an hour and change.

 

I can't tell you what your group will like, so sample them yourself and see what you think.  The only big mistakes to avoid are: don't try to snowboard at Alta or Deer Valley, don't take anyone below solid intermediate to Snowbird, and don't go to Brighton on a Saturday. Other than that, your group should enjoy whatever area they go to as long as the weather cooperates.

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Originally Posted by Mondak View Post

I disagree with the Park City comment.  It is expensive and not the layout causes you to be funneled to green terrain quite often if you want to ski anything fun. 

 

Powder Mountain is way cheaper and has something like 7000 acres of terrain.  It is mellow from a people's attitude perspective and you can find powder three days after a storm.  Great time for sure. 

 

Snow Basin is a crown jewel of skiing in America IMHO.  Has stunning views, lots of space, and some just darn fun areas to ski.  There are lots of opportunities to go off trail if you want it and some fun steeps.  The lift service is second only to Mammoth in number and availability of high speed lifts.  If you care about this sort of thing, the food is world class and the lodges are the most beautiful I have ever been to.  Hand cut stone, HUGE beams and glass.  Just the coolest things ever. 

 

 

 

It's the OP's fault for starting multiply threads.  They can't or won't rent a car so both Powder and Snowbasin are out.  Might want to check your lift stats too!

post #9 of 11

the town of park city is the easiest option.  lots of places for those vacationing, like grocery stores & restaurants and such.  the roads feel easier, you can see where the mtns are.  just easy is how it feels.  shuttle system.

 

but u only have 3 resorts there, and one, deer valley, doesn't allow snow boarding.

 

and even though these 3 resorts have 3000 vertical feet, you can't ski that at deer valley and the canyons.  only like 1200 or 1500 i feel at a time.

 

but the area with snowbird, alta, brighton, and solitude--not as easy roads, u have to drive to the resorts on little curvy roads, unless your staying there. but if you're staying in the city near the resorts, it problably wouldn't feel very vacationy. but  they're like big scary mtns compared to the park city resorts.  which your advanced skiers would love.  and u can ski the total vertical mostly.

post #10 of 11
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Huh? Snowbasin is great but second only to Mammoth in number and availability of lifts?  Mammoth has 28 lifts compared to Snowbasin's 9.

 


I wasn't really going for the number of lifts but I can see now I wrote it out wrong.  I was referring to how the lefts are layed out as much as the high speed lifts.  The places you want to go, are serviced by high speed lifts.  The placement of said lifts is such that you can lap good terrain without having to tag team say three lifts to repeat a great run.  If you look at how places like say Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin or even Snowbird to some extent are set up for lift service, it is tough to lap the really great terrain since the lift for the terrain is in a different "watershed" than the terrain itself.   It can be annoying to have to go through the flats and wade through people just to get back to the really great stuff. 
 

post #11 of 11

My daughter chose to be a snowboard instructor at PCMR, so I bet you can find great boarding there. 

 

But I gotta say, if I were to focus on optimizing skiing/boarding, with no other heavy requirements, I'd aim at Snowbasin/PowMo for this kind of trip.  In fact, my nephew has done a boarding trip to PowMo every year for the past five years.  Snowbasin has a great mix of terrain and difficulty, with lots of lift capacity and not too much catwalking, etc.  Some can do green runs, other diamonds, and all can work up their own ladder of challenge.

 

Canyons and Snowbird, while each great, will require a lot more traversing/catwalking, which gets tiresome for boarders.  As already observed, Alta and Deer Valley won't allow boarders.  And Brighton and Solitude, while great in their own way, are just too small for a longer trip. 

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