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New to the board...quick opinion Poll please on Location..Park City or Mammoth

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Hey there as it reads in the post I am brand new to this board. I am 33 live in Florida fell in love with skiing a few years ago and now winter can never come fast enough and honestly probably going to move out west in the next couple of years cause of it. Well I belong to the Tampa Bay Skiers and Boarders club and we have a bunch of trips but I am deciding between Park City and Mammoth Mtn...Mammoth is cheaper but I heard Park City is great. Just looking for opinions.

 

Btw Nightlife is very important for me. Not really looking to get bootie since I will be in a group but I want to be somewhere I can go to some local bars and have a good time. I went to Lake Tahoe last year and all it was to me was gambling gambling gambling but Mon-Thursday it was dead. 

 

Would love to hear your opinions and hope to talk to you all soon :)

 

thanks, Roger

post #2 of 22

Park City sounds more like what you're looking for. Mammoth is a fine mountain but like Tahoe tends to be more weekend oriented. Park City will certainly be easier to get to.

post #3 of 22
Park city
post #4 of 22

I am surprised that mammoth is cheaper for you in tampa.  from buffalo it is much more expensive to get to, therefore we are off to Park City for the 2nd time in 5 years.  Just the ability to fly to slc and have so many options to go to is great.

post #5 of 22

Park City.

 

No car necessary so have fun.  Good mountains, good town.

 

They don't have Polygamy Porter at Mammoth.

post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 

Yeah I will be Carless so everything has to be close to me in the town I heard Utah is a lot of fun but I just think Cali and babes of course :) and to Mtebor above its $1600 for a week to Park City and $1300 to Mammoth and that includes everything Airfare, Resort food etc etc just not lift tickets and that is approx 45 a day. 

 

So Still Park City everyone? Worth the extra $300?

post #7 of 22

Roger, if you want to ski, it is Mammoth hands down. I will be the first to admit that I lucked into 4 days of amazing powder skiing at PC, that had snow dump on the resort/town every night we were there, but the two mountains simply do not compare to each other. I would take Mammoth all week long over PC.  As far as nightlife, I am an early to bed, early to rise and ski all day kind of guy, but the people in my ski club have no shortage of fun at Mammoth. They are always going to Rafters for live music and dancing, some go to Whiskey Creek, if they want to start with a good dinner before dancing their night away.  There are places to party in that town, trust me.

O and I just saw the car-less comment, great free bus transport in Mammoth. It is very easy to get around for free, but you may want to all take a taxi home, depending on where you stay. I normally stay around Meridian and Old Mammoth Rd or off Main St.


Edited by liv2 ski - 9/18/13 at 3:54pm
post #8 of 22

Mammoth also has a great free shuttle/bus system that runs all over town.

post #9 of 22

Mammoth has better skiing, Park City has better nightlife, so your call which is most important.   If Mammoth is really cheaper from Florida, I'd be inclined to take that, as it might not always be that way.

post #10 of 22

park city definitely given nightlife is important to you, skiing too might be better as you get more consistent  conditions in the wasatch and rockies

post #11 of 22
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skiing too might be better as you get more consistent  conditions...

Being in the same state as Alta/Snowbird does not automatically mean great snow conditions.   Park City is lower than Mammoth, gets less snow and is more east vs. north exposed.  Thus Mammoth has more consistent snow conditions.

post #12 of 22
Park City has wide long easy runs, and has lots of area to ski; it is a good place if you are an average skier. I went there with my race team once, we won a trip for beating out 60 teams that year, and for us it was a bit flat so we went over to Snow Bird after one day at Park City. The town is nice, plenty to do. The snow is all most always good in Utah.
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
 

Being in the same state as Alta/Snowbird does not automatically mean great snow conditions.   Park City is lower than Mammoth, gets less snow and is more east vs. north exposed.  Thus Mammoth has more consistent snow conditions.

what i should have said is good snow quality remains longer in the interior than it does in the sierra and cascades

post #14 of 22

The important things is to find out if the group's hotel at either location has a jacuzzi-preferrably outdoors. Best way to meet women, although don't expect to meet a whole lot of unaccompanied women under the age of 40.

post #15 of 22

Park City. The town is fun plus you can easily tryout Deer Valley and the Canyons. You could also take a day trip to Alta/Snowbird.

post #16 of 22
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what i should have said is good snow quality remains longer in the interior than it does in the sierra and cascades

Not if it's lower and more sun exposed.  Usually Rockies resorts are higher than Sierra/Cascades resorts even adjusting for latitude.  Mammoth is a conspicuous exception to that generalization.  Sun exposure varies by resort.  Deer Valley is plurality but not majority north facing, about average for North American destinations.  Park City has sunnier than average exposure and Canyons much sunnier than average.   Mammoth is majority north facing, and particularly on its expert terrain where that factor is most important.  Park City vs. Mammoth for expected snow surfaces is not a close call; all the key factors (snowfall, altitude, exposure) favor Mammoth.  These issues are more important in shoulder seasons than in the mid-January to mid-March core.  If the OP's trip is mid-winter and the nightlife is key, he should go to Park City.

post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 

Hey there thanks everyone for replying so far......and yeah Nightlife is important to me...like I said I am 33 and not really looking to get trashed but a fun place to do things at. I want to go somewhere there is stuff to do. The trip is Saturday, February 22, 2014 - Saturday, March 1, 2014. So hopefully conditions will still be nice. We will be skiing PC, Deer Valley and a day in the Canons....and been skiing only a total of around 2 - one week trips so I am very much a newbie so honestly I don't know the differences between all of the conditions except Ice sucks lol 

 

This is the flyer if anyone even cares to look at it maybe you will know something about the area that I don't know... http://www.tampabaysnowskiers.com/12-park-city-1314.html 

post #18 of 22

I think you made the right choice. With 3 major resorts all adjacent to one another you guys will have plenty of terrain to enjoy. Although a lot of hard-core skiers may pooh-pooh Park City for being to intermediate-focused, I am betting that if your group is coming from Tampa Bay, Florida you will appreciate the skiing quite a bit. Going at the end of February sounds like ideal timing to me.

post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Roger Mallett View Post
 

Hey there thanks everyone for replying so far......and yeah Nightlife is important to me...like I said I am 33 and not really looking to get trashed but a fun place to do things at. I want to go somewhere there is stuff to do. The trip is Saturday, February 22, 2014 - Saturday, March 1, 2014. So hopefully conditions will still be nice. We will be skiing PC, Deer Valley and a day in the Canons....and been skiing only a total of around 2 - one week trips so I am very much a newbie so honestly I don't know the differences between all of the conditions except Ice sucks lol 

 

This is the flyer if anyone even cares to look at it maybe you will know something about the area that I don't know... http://www.tampabaysnowskiers.com/12-park-city-1314.html 

Looks like Park City is sold out.

post #20 of 22

A very good friend of mine has a place at Park Station. I've stayed there many times. For PCMR, you can walk to town lift. It's right at the base of Main Street so if you like hitting the bars, you're well located. Their hot tub gets pretty busy, but good complex. 

post #21 of 22
Thread Starter 

It is sold out...but I have a spot reserved already. Had one for both just had to put a downpayment down :)  and yeah I heard its all within walking distance which is nice..when I was at Tahoe I had a nice little trek in boots to the lift which was kinda a pain in the .... so Park City? Good Bars too?

post #22 of 22
The Spur and the Sidecar are popular with the ladies. No Name Saloon is good to get knee walking drunk with the bikers. At High West or the St. Regis you might meet a cougar who got the Deer Valley house in the divorce. You'll have fun. Park City was rated the best town in the US by Outside mag and the fittest too.
Sounds like a fun group and three resorts are right outside. There is expert terrain at PCMR - hike the peak and ski Hourglass Chute- but you have LLC 45 minutes away.
I have always wanted to visit Mammoth too. Why not do both? Maybe next year...
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