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Quietest SLC area resort at the weekend?

post #1 of 8
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Which of the ski resorts around SLC is likely to be the quietest this weekend?

 

I skied Deer Valley today and am feeling grumpy and bruised as I was hit TWICE by out of control skiers. This after 10 days of sking at other SLC resorts where the behaviour was excellent and that included the boarders.

 

Thinking about Snowbasin or maybe Brighton.

 

BTW can only ski groomers nowadays due to age and a knee that is held together with spit and string.

post #2 of 8

Brighton is considered the snowboard resort, while Solitude has no snowboard park, pipe or rails. If you are going up Big Cottonwood Canyon I would choose Solitude.  It really lives up to its name, even on the weekends.

post #3 of 8

Sorry to hear that you had two collisions.  Just curious which runs were you on when that happened.

 

Also agree on Solitude.  I'd think Sundance is usually quiet, but you're probably thinking about the larger resorts.

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Sorry to hear that you had two collisions.  Just curious which runs were you on when that happened.

 

 

The first was close to the main base and was not too serious, the second one was on Empire and I think the slang for it was a ' yard sale'.

 

I think there is no lasting injury, I hope the ibuprofen will work it's magic for tomorrow. However the good news is a patroller saw him hit me and was on the scene quickly helping me recover my gear and reminding the other guy that he had to stay until I got his details.

post #5 of 8

+1 on Solitude.  Several years ago I was there on a weekend with my daughter and some friends and it lived up to its name.

 

One of the reasons I believe Solitude gets overlooked is that it is over shadowed by its big name neighbors Alta and Snowbird plus when you look at the stats, Solitude is under 2000 vert and everyone gets caught up with the vert without considering terrain and Solitude has the terrain!  There is very good steeps, trees and off piste skiing at Solitude.  You won't be dissapointed!

 

Rick G

 

PS  As for your incidents at Deer Valley, at least you can't blame it on Snowboarders which seems to be the favorite scapegoat when someone is involved in a collision.

post #6 of 8

I'm sure the person who hit you at DV was well dressed and was skiing on high end gear :)!

 

My wife and I were at Solitude the day after Christmas and it was absolutely uncrowded-no lines to speak of. Conditions were good then-I'm sure it's a lot better now.

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I'm sure the person who hit you at DV was well dressed and was skiing on high end gear :)!

 

My wife and I were at Solitude the day after Christmas and it was absolutely uncrowded-no lines to speak of. Conditions were good then-I'm sure it's a lot better now.

Indeed he was well dressed with helmet helmet cam, [ not running he said ] designer shades and very fat skis. All the gear and no idea.

 

Re the resort Solitude it is!

post #8 of 8

Solitude for sure, Sundance can be great. it's small, but it's a jewel. PCMR has a bottleneck on Homerun, but it's so vast that skiers spread out. I ski Alta a lot and post pictures. I wonder if anyone notices that there are hardly any other skiers in them? It depends on where you go, those pics are all off-piste. The groomers off of Sugerloaf can get populated and the run out at the bottom (Corkscrew) has been called "Alta bowling"

 

But, Deer Valley... Holy #$%@ man, I'm glad you didn't get hurt. It's the most dangerous place west of Killington. The "skier limit" they tout is pure fiction. It's crowded, full of bottlenecks, and has a great many type A people on the latest, most expensive expert gear that don't know how to ski and don't know how to stop. The confluence of four lifts on top of Flagstaff mountain is like Grand Central and the steep, polished pitch of Bald Mountain is an emergency doc's worst nightmare. I had a near death experience a few years back halfway down Baldy when I was stopped at the edge of a trail. A captain of industry doing an 11 from the top ran over my skis just in front of the toepieces. Go to someplace like Alta or Snowbird and watch the skiers from the lift. An entirely different league.

 

 So, having had my rant, I'm heading over to DV tomorrow! With the wife & kids!  It's beautiful, a hoot with all the poshy nonsense, and some of the best skiing in the state, especially when there's new snow. Most of the crowds are on low angle stuff going relatively slowly, and you just have to be extra watchful on the steep, buffed groomers. I always thought they should let more of those go to bumps, but that's not the DV way... so, heal up and have a latte! See the cougers in their Bogners!

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