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Park City - Beginner Snowboard - What is best resort for first day lesson, Park City or Canyons?

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We are heading to Park City for the first time in March and are bringing my daughters boyfriend.  He wants to try snowboarding.  Which mountain is the best for learning?

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Disclaimer: I am biased b/c my daughter is a snowboard instructor at PCMR.   But.... I would still say PCMR.  It has the most accessible beginner area with graduated difficulty runs right there.  He could move along easily at his own pace and not have to traverse around the mountain or move to a different area.  In addition, PCMR's ski school does more with beginners than Canyons, and they're more focused on that end of the lesson spectrum.  If he were looking for high level free-ride, perhaps Canyons, but not at his level.

My $0.02.

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Disclaimer: I am biased b/c my daughter is a snowboard instructor at PCMR.   But.... I would still say PCMR.  It has the most accessible beginner area with graduated difficulty runs right there.  He could move along easily at his own pace and not have to traverse around the mountain or move to a different area.  In addition, PCMR's ski school does more with beginners than Canyons, and they're more focused on that end of the lesson spectrum.  If he were looking for high level free-ride, perhaps Canyons, but not at his level.

My $0.02.

That is nonsense.  Either resort will work fine for a true beginner, and both ski schools are very well equipped to help beginners.  As the boyfriend starts to advance, PCMR will have more true beginner terrain to learn on.  In terms of intermediate terrain, both resorts have a huge amount of it.  At PCMR, beginners can be taught at the bottom and at Canyons they go up the gondola to reach the beginners area.

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Thanks for these postings...I agree with both points of view.  I figured the gondola ride got you to and from the base to the learning area.
 

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I just got back from Park City this afternoon. They didn't get the predicted 12"-24" powmageddon that the forecasters told of, but rather a measly 5" in 48 hours that pretty much got flattened out the second the snowflakes hit the ground.  Boooooo.

 

Anyway, I don't know a thing about the schools at either resort but I think either place would be fine for beginners as they won't really be covering much territory. Both have gentle enough slopes and beginner terrain so I'd go wherever the rest of your group want to ski/ride while you're there.

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pow mow :)

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Clarification & explanation.  I'm not sure what I said is "nonsense", but here are the comments correlated. 
Personally, I think having the beginner area right at the base and close to services and ski school offers advantages.

As I said, just my view.  Others are valid. 

 

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Originally Posted by quant2325 View Post

That is nonsense.  Either resort will work fine for a true beginner, and both ski schools are very well equipped to help beginners.  As the boyfriend starts to advance, PCMR will have more true beginner terrain to learn on.   tch:  "In addition, PCMR's ski school does more with beginners than Canyons"

 

   In terms of intermediate terrain, both resorts have a huge amount of it.  At PCMR, beginners can be taught at the bottom and at Canyons they go up the gondola to reach the beginners area.  tch: "It has the most accessible beginner area with graduated difficulty runs right there.  He could move along easily at his own pace and not have to traverse around the mountain or move to a different area."

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My wife took a first timers lesson at the Canyons about a month ago. It was $99 for a full day lesson, lift ticket, and rental. The first half of the day she was miserable...2 of the guys in her group had skied a good bit (lol they owned all of their ski equipment) and the instructor catered more towards them. She switched instructors at lunch time and had an awesome afternoon and was skiing blacks by the end of our trip. Moral of the story is that it probably depends a ton on which instructor you get and the dynamics of the group.
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