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First Time in Utah! (advice requested)

post #1 of 7
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Hi everyone!

 

I'm planning a trip to Utah in the middle of Feb. I'll be staying in the Canyons for about 3 days.  The gf and I are advanced beginners looking for greens and maybe some easy blues.  We'll be bringing boots and renting ski's once we get there. I've only really skied on southern California mountains so i'm looking forward to seeing what real snow is like. 

 

Any recommendations as to which resorts we should check out during our stay? Or any advice in general for Utah first timers? We won't have a car so transportation will be a factor.  I was looking at possibly  Deer Valley and Canyons Resort.

 

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 7

You're all set.  In your situation you could probably spend all three ski days at The Canyons and be happily entertained.  A short excursion via the local bus system to nearby Deer Valley (swank) and/or Park City Mtn (closest to The Canyons) would also provide lots of enjoyable groomed ski terrain. Be sure to allow an evening or two to stroll/dine/shop along the main drag in Park City.

 

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You're all set.  In your situation you could probably spend all three ski days at The Canyons and be happily entertained.  A short excursion via the local bus system to nearby Deer Valley (swank) and/or Park City Mtn (closest to The Canyons) would also provide lots of enjoyable groomed ski terrain. Be sure to allow an evening or two to stroll/dine/shop along the main drag in Park City.

 

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post #4 of 7

No need to go beyond where the free buses in the Park City area go for a three day trip.

 

You might find these threads in the Beginner Zone helpful:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/117239/need-a-recipe-for-success-for-a-never-ever-wife-at-deer-valley

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/65105/beginners-tip-bible-share-yours

 

Have fun!

post #5 of 7

I've got a trail recommendation for you.  I've taken advanced beginners to The Canyons before- one very long trail that really stood out to people was to take the Saddleback Express up and hit "kokopelli" and then swing around to "echo" and down into the Sun Peak Express area.  Follow that right on down to the Super Condor and take that express lift up and do that ridge trail right on down the spine next- It is now called "Apex Ridge" but I believe it had been called Super Condor or Condor Ridge before.

 

Another "must do" run for the intermediate- and this one can be slightly tough when the snow is less abundant, is all three- Upper, Middle, and Lower Crowning Glory runs off of the Peak 5 lift right on down to the bottom of Tombstone Express.  One idea would be to do this long long run right before a lunch break to have a nice one to talk about.  It's an absolutely fantastic set of blues.

 

I love The Canyons.  Can't go wrong.  If you come out of lunch wanting to up your game a bit, go up the Tombstone Express lift and hit "Cloud 9".  My wife loves that run.  I generally do the black on the other side called Diamond Ridge, but either way, they both offer fantastic views and great skiing with lots of options off of them.  

 

Good stuff.  I like the Canyons enough that I'd leave at 6am and fly out there and ski and come back the same night.  Haven't tried it yet, but I might someday.

post #6 of 7

i'd find out where to catch the free shuttle, and go to deer valley 1 day for sure!!!

 

the canyons and deer valley are both fine resorts, but i know you'll prefer deer valley.  so give it one day at least. 

 

my friend stayed at the canyons, and she ended up skiing almost entirely at deer valley, on her 1st trip to utah.

 

the shuttle system is very easy to use.   and it's also my favorite word--free!  :)

 

deer valley is sooooooooo much easier to get arond & not waste time figuring out where u are. 

 

having said that, i do like the canyons  :) 

 

experts likely prefer the canyons also

post #7 of 7

i went to the canyons last month for the first time and i consider myself a intermediate skier and had a blast. I skied it for 4 days and its so large i didn't really run into to much of the same stuff. got dumped on towards the end of the third day and it completely changed the mountain for me at least. the bus system is pretty good. I stayed in the tombstone lodge and the bus picked us up right out front. 

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