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post #1 of 12
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I'm new to the site, so sorry if this has been covered somewhere else, but I have a couple questions.  I've got a group of four (two couples) heading to PC in March.  Two are fairly advanced intermediate skiers, one is straddling the beginner/low intermediate line and charging forward, and the fourth is pretty happy on the high end of the beginner stage.  We went to PC last year and did two days at DV and one at PCMR and one at Canyons.  I've read all the hype about Alta and have always wanted to go.  My hesitation though in pushing this group there is that the low end skier will have a rough go and end up miserable all day.  We generally split up and the two more advanced skiers go off and the other two stay somewhere where the beginner is comfortable. Is there terrain there that our whole group can enjoy? 

 

If not, is there somewhere else I should be pushing that would suit our group?  I'd like to try somewhere new and would appreciate any input you all have.

post #2 of 12

Alta has lots of intermediate runs. I go every year with my girlfriend

who is not the greatest skier. She loves Alta. You have to go to Alta.

Alta is a special place. I make special trips from California to Snowbird/Alta

every year. 

post #3 of 12

Agree any intermediate even a high end beginner can go down any of the lifts in Alta! As long as they were okay on blue/easy blacks in PC they will find a easy way down that they will enjoy!

 

Alta is nice because different skiers can ski the same lift and choose different runs down the mountain an meet at the base! You will have fun!

post #4 of 12

However, to play Devil's advocate, while it is true that there is a relatively easy way down from all the lifts at Alta, often times there is only one easy way down. And when I say easy, think blue groomers at the PC areas. Only one lift at Alta has much in the way of green runs. Depending on how long the trip is, there won't be as much variety for beginner/low intermediates as at PC areas. And forget about taking them to snowbird next door. Alta is great, and if the lower end skiers will be satisfied with a limited amount of runs that they can do, they'll be fine. But definitely not as much variety for that kind of skier as the 3 PC resorts.   

post #5 of 12

The intermediate runs from any of the Alta lifts are marked and well-traveled.  Just make sure that you group look at the maps and that they don't just dart down anywhere.  It well-worth it to take a day at Alta just for the high alpine scenery, it's a different world over there.  The ride up the canyon to the resort is worth the trip.  Snowbird is quite a bit more tricky (unless you stay on the lower half of the mtn) and not nearly as green/blue friendly as Alta, unless you are skiing with someone who knows the place. 

post #6 of 12
Everything above is right on. The scenery alone is worth the trip. Get into group lessons in the morning and your instructor will take you everywhere you're capable of going and some places you didn't think you were. Then spend the afternoon cruising and enjoying the beauty. It's church. :^)
post #7 of 12

Alta's nice and it's always fun to see new places but I'd opt for an extra day at Deer Valley. Only caveat would be snow situation in March.  Alta gets way more snow and is higher altitude so it retains it better also.   If the weather is such that PC/DV are a bit thin, then I'd head to Alta for the snow.

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Originally Posted by ejf25 View Post
 

I'm new to the site, so sorry if this has been covered somewhere else, but I have a couple questions.  I've got a group of four (two couples) heading to PC in March.  Two are fairly advanced intermediate skiers, one is straddling the beginner/low intermediate line and charging forward, and the fourth is pretty happy on the high end of the beginner stage.  We went to PC last year and did two days at DV and one at PCMR and one at Canyons.  I've read all the hype about Alta and have always wanted to go.  My hesitation though in pushing this group there is that the low end skier will have a rough go and end up miserable all day.  We generally split up and the two more advanced skiers go off and the other two stay somewhere where the beginner is comfortable. Is there terrain there that our whole group can enjoy? 

 

If not, is there somewhere else I should be pushing that would suit our group?  I'd like to try somewhere new and would appreciate any input you all have.

Have the least experienced skier take a lesson.  You will all have a good time at Alta.  At least I did as an intermediate returning to skiing after a 10 year hiatus back in the 1980s.  So did my daughter a few years ago when she was 7 and had only skied on small hills in the southeast about 10 days a year for a few years.  I have several adult friends who are intermediates who learned to ski after age 30.  They love Alta.

 

To make it easier for the less experienced skiers, park at the Albion base.

 

Supreme is a great lift for a mixed ability group.  The bonus is that it has conveyor loading now so quite easy even for a beginner.  Also tends to have less wind than Sugarloaf if that's an issue.

 

For a very relaxing lunch, consider heading up to Alta Lodge.  Take the rope tow from the Wildcat base.

post #9 of 12

One little tidbit: If you are staying at Alta (spending a week at The Goldminer's Daughter lodge is one of my most favorite things in the whole wide world) with an afternoon arrival, the Albion lift, serving almost exclusively green slopes, is free after 3 pm. It definitely is not the full-on Alta experience, but should be an introduction perfectly suited to the beginners in your group.

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One little tidbit: If you are staying at Alta (spending a week at The Goldminer's Daughter lodge is one of my most favorite things in the whole wide world) with an afternoon arrival, the Albion lift, serving almost exclusively green slopes, is free after 3 pm. It definitely is not the full-on Alta experience, but should be an introduction perfectly suited to the beginners in your group.

Albion after 3pm is not free anymore.  Changed for the 2012-13 season.  But still a bargain at $10 ($5 if have an Alta RFID card) since Sunnyside runs until 4:30.  There is also a Beginner day ticket for under $45, good on Sunnyside and Cecret.

 

http://www.alta.com/pages/tickets.php

 

Note that on powder days, ski school uses the blue and short black runs off Sunnyside and Cecret to teach kids to love powder, gullies, and trees.  So not all the skiing off Sunnyside is a tame green if you know where to go.  I learned a lot following my kid after she did Level 5/6 classes when we first started going annually during spring break several years ago.

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the responses.  Looks like we are going to hit Alta this year.  I can't wait.  Wish we were flying out tomorrow.

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Albion after 3pm is not free anymore. 

:(

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