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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

My family and I are going to the Salt Lake City/Park City this weekend.  My wife and son are beginners, and I like to stay on greens and blues to keep my aging knees safe.  What are the best ski resorts for beginners in the SLC and Park City area?

Thanks.

post #2 of 19
Park City, Brighton and Alta. Powder Mountain works if you are further north.
post #3 of 19

Need more info. Where are you staying? Do you have a car, etc? SB77 is right though, Park City, Brighton and Alta are probably the best, with Deer Valley next.

post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 

We're staying in Salt Lake City, and we'll have a rental SUV.  We plan to ski Sunday and Monday.  We've thought about Deer Valley on Sunday and Brighton on Monday, but we don't know much about the various resorts.  I hope that we won't need tire chains.

Thanks.

post #5 of 19

Chains are not needed this weekend.  Deer Valley is great for beginners.

post #6 of 19

You won't need chains. I assume the SUV has 4WD.

 

My personal opinion is that you should do ALTA if you can. It's really stunning in terms of scenery, the greens are very gentle and some of the blues are fine too (especially on the Albion side).

 

I would probably do either Park City or Deer Valley as the other.  It's a toss up really.

 

In all honestly though, you will have a blast at any of these (Brighton too).

post #7 of 19

Park City and Deer Valley bar none.

 

Nothing beats these two for beginners.

 

The one place I would never suggest is Snowbird, followed very closely by Powder Mountain and Alta.

post #8 of 19

So OP, where did you end up going, and did you have a blast??

post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 

We flew back from SLC last night after a great weekend of skiing.  First, I want to thank Govnor, SB77, Whitestar 77, and Michigander for all of the great suggestions.

 

It was a blast.  We skied at Deer Valley.  I've skied at most of the resorts in the Lake Tahoe area and elsewhere in the Sierra, but the size of Deer Valley is like nothing that I've ever seen.  It would take more than one weekend to really explore a mountain with such an extensive array of trails.  The snow was good, the sun was shining, and the lift lines were short.  Also, Deer Valley may be the only resort that does not allow snowboards.  It was phenomenal.

 

I had hoped to visit more than one resort during our relatively short trip, but we'll have to do that another time.  Next time, we'll have to stay longer and visit Alta, Brighton, and Park City.  I definitely want to go back to Deer Valley too.

 

Thanks again for the help.

post #10 of 19

There are currently 3 resorts that don't allow snowboards.  Deer Valley, Alta, and Mad River Glen (Vermont).

 

 

Michigander is correct that Snowbird is unsuitable for beginners, but he's wrong about Alta.  Alta has some of the easiest green trails I've encountered anywhere, and the blues are pretty mellow for the most part.  Of course, there's plenty of high-pucker-factor terrain at Alta too, but it's easy to avoid if that's not your thing.

 

Definitely think about Alta next trip.

post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 

I've been looking at the pdf of the Alta trail map and salivating.  I can't wait to ski there.

 

We will steer clear of Snowbird.  It sounds like that's more appropriate for advanced skiers.

 

One of the great things about Utah is the vast skiable acreage.  We can be selective and still have plenty to explore.

post #12 of 19

Edit - someone already told you about no boarders at Alta!!

 

Oh and Glad to hear you had a great day at Deer Valley!! I only visited there one day, but it was good.

post #13 of 19

I'm going to piggy back on to this thread.

 

My wife and I are going to be in Ogden house hunting this weekend.  My wife has only skied three days in her life (this season at Breck).

 

We're going to pick up our season passes for Snowbasin 2013-2014 while we're out there so we'll have free passes there for this weekend.  However, priority #1 this trip is making sure that the wife has a good time and doesn't get overwhelmed.  I've not yet been to Snowbasin but I've heard that the beginner stuff there isn't great.  Would we be better off foregoing the free passes and heading to Powder Mountain/Wolf Mountain or even making the drive over to Alta/PC?

post #14 of 19

Do you mean April 13-14?  Not sure exactly what's going on in terms of weather near Ogden, but Alta might be the better bet for good snow.  With all the new snow this week, conditions will be quite good.  The Sunnyside area is great for beginners.  Unfortunately, Cecret and Supreme are closed for the season.

 

With good snow, I don't see why Snowbasin wouldn't be good for a beginner.  A good instructor is probably more important than terrain.  You might send a PM to 4ster.  He's an instructor at Snowbasin.

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I'm going to piggy back on to this thread.

 

My wife and I are going to be in Ogden house hunting this weekend.  My wife has only skied three days in her life (this season at Breck).

 

We're going to pick up our season passes for Snowbasin 2013-2014 while we're out there so we'll have free passes there for this weekend.  However, priority #1 this trip is making sure that the wife has a good time and doesn't get overwhelmed.  I've not yet been to Snowbasin but I've heard that the beginner stuff there isn't great.  Would we be better off foregoing the free passes and heading to Powder Mountain/Wolf Mountain or even making the drive over to Alta/PC?

post #15 of 19

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With good snow, I don't see why Snowbasin wouldn't be good for a beginner.  A good instructor is probably more important than terrain.  You might send a PM to 4ster.  He's an instructor at Snowbasin.

 

Thanks, but I don't think we'll be doing a lesson on this one.  Just want to enjoy the last day of the season.  She had a beginner lesson in Breck and I'm sure anything she learned on the last day of the season she'd forget by next season without having a chance to really use it.

post #16 of 19
Powder Mountain closed on Sunday. Snowbasin is fine for beginners, but conditions have been variable. Wait and see the weather. SB has an end of season party this weekend, fwiw
post #17 of 19
Wolf mountain is closed, too... More dirt than snow there.
post #18 of 19
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SB has an end of season party this weekend, fwiw

 

Is that a good thing or a bad thing?  I mean, some music sounds fun, but is it going to bring a large crowd?

post #19 of 19

1. Deer Valley

2. Park City

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11. Canyons

12. Snowbird

 

In order listed. Last two not receommended for beginers.

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