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post #1 of 6
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Hello all,
I am a very green skier as well as my wife, we are still working on pizza and French fries skills , last season we did spend a day on the High Meadow (Green) run at The Canyons in Park City, Utah but hopefully this season we could try more.
I have heard Deer Valley and Park City are good but we need ski school for our 8-yo (she was skiing blues at The Canyons) and day care for our 2-yo.
Any suggestions?
Looking to ski during February or March 2014
Thank you
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Hello all,
I am a very green skier as well as my wife, we are still working on pizza and French fries skills , last season we did spend a day on the High Meadow (Green) run at The Canyons in Park City, Utah but hopefully this season we could try more.
I have heard Deer Valley and Park City are good but we need ski school for our 8-yo (she was skiing blues at The Canyons) and day care for our 2-yo.
Any suggestions?
Looking to ski during February or March 2014
Thank you


1) All three resorts have great all day ski schools for the kids.  All three limit class sizes, give the kids hot chocolate breaks when they need them, have the specialized kid programs, etc.

2) The only thing Canyons lacks (IMHO) is more beginner area. With a total of 4000 skiable acres, there is enough intermediate terrain to keep you busy for an entire week.   They make up for the lack of novice area by getting beginners ready for intermediate terrain as fast as any resort we have visited.

3) PCMR has w i d e   o p e n groomers, perfect for beginners.  Deer Vally, the smallest of the three resorts (but still plenty big by almost any domestic standard) will ultra-groom beginner terrain.

4) Day care at the Canyons is inside the Grand Summit, just steps from the Orange Bubble lift.  I am not sure about the other two resorts, but imagine it is also convenient.  When our younger son was little, Canyons had a day care program where he would spend an hour a day on the magic carpet.  He skied High Meadow before his 4th birthday.

5) If you are in reasonably good shape, there is no reason why your wife and you can't be on intermediate terrain relatively soon (i.e., within a few days with instruction).  Look for posts here on preseason training/exercising and also check out the Skier's Edge training device.  I know it sounds silly, but once you have the nominal strength and balance skiing a lot of the smoother intermediate terrain is quickly feasible.  This will open up the mountains to the point where you can really expand your experience and enjoyment.  Shelling out $ for lessons at this stage of your skiing is necessary to improve quickly, so just do it.  Again, get in skiing shape before your vacation and you will improve much faster.

6) West of the Cntinental Divide, "blue" runs vary greatly and many are equal to east coast "black" runs.  Regardless, Deer Vally over grooms and is proud of it, PCMR has many wide open groomers, and Canyons has plenty of smooth groomers thanks to the biggest fleet of  Prinoth "Beasts" in this country.   So, get those "French fries" going so you can ski with your 8-year old.  And remember not to "French fry" when you should "pizza", or whatever they figured out in this South Park episode:

 

 


Edited by quant2325 - 11/30/13 at 12:13pm
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Quant2325,

Lasy year you gave me some great advice, which it mostly threw out a window as we went to Solitude and Brighton.  Solitude was great for our now 9-yo as she was doing all blues with the ski school and our 2-1/2-yo loved the day care.  But the Green Run off Moonbeam was too steep to my wife's liking.  Then we moved on to Brighton and very much enjoyed the Easy Way Down off the Majestic lift.  So this coming February we are returning to Park City and am looking at PCMR one of your previous recommendations.  If you are familiar with the runs mention above could you give you opinion to the steepness at PCMR?

 

Thank you again,

B25Pilot

post #4 of 6

Homerun at PCMR is  a very long and mostly very wide green run. Hard to say whether it's less steep than green run off Moonbeam, but certainly  easy and very wide open for the most part.  Deer Valley also has very nice green runs. Definitely recommend lessons to get you guys comfortable with blue groomers. Would open a lot of terrain at all the ski areas. 

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Quant2325,

Lasy year you gave me some great advice, which it mostly threw out a window as we went to Solitude and Brighton.  Solitude was great for our now 9-yo as she was doing all blues with the ski school and our 2-1/2-yo loved the day care.  But the Green Run off Moonbeam was too steep to my wife's liking.  Then we moved on to Brighton and very much enjoyed the Easy Way Down off the Majestic lift.  So this coming February we are returning to Park City and am looking at PCMR one of your previous recommendations.  If you are familiar with the runs mention above could you give you opinion to the steepness at PCMR?

 

Thank you again,

B25Pilot


What Maui Steve says above. 

 

Kindly note that PCMR and Canyons are now both operated by Vail Resorts and will combine with a gondola for the 2015-2016 season (Canyons will eventually be called "Canyons at PCMR").  I think it is too late to get a season pass for this year, but it could make a difference when determining the best price for ticket options in future years. 

post #6 of 6
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Gentlemen,
Thank you for the advice, we are planning to take at least one or two lessons this year as it helped us quite a bit last year. This is only our fourth year skiing and we have less than two weeks on the slopes, living in Florida makes it tough to practice.
Thank you,
B25Pilot
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