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post #61 of 70
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Great stuff here.  Snowbasin, though not quite as close to SLC as the other resorts, definitely has the goods compared to what you are used to.

 

I think Snowbasin would be prefect given the OP's description.  You can go off John Paul lift for lots of Snowbird-lite options to see if you're ready for that mountain.  And if you're not, instead of being stuck on it you've still got the entire rest of the mountain (which is massive) full of awesome intermediate terrain.

post #62 of 70
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  Ok..

Well maybe somebody can also recommend what is the best time of year to get there

for best possible snow conditions..

Maybe shortest wait times as well..

 

Thanks

 

Kyle


#1 Best Snow: Winter

#2 Shortest Wait Times: Any time other than Winter

post #63 of 70
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  I never even considered skiing anything other than alta/snowbird..

But am totally for it now that I have been educated..

 

I do agree its hard to comment on ones own ability.

But according to what I have read..  I should be easily a level 7 considering I don't turn with a wedge at all even on the steeps, Although a lot of my form has gone out the window at the real steep/Icy stuff..  I also believe the wife's prefer the groomers to our offpiste skiing which is either icy or usually in a tight trail hardwoods bush.. 

but given what I have seen for off groomer stuff in Utah

 

I would prefer to ski Utah , but the nightlife of Whistler is certainly better..

I do enjoy a few drinks after skiing.

 

 

If you want to stay right by the lifts, then your choices are LCC (Alta/snowbird), BCC (Brighton/solitude), or Park City (PCMR, DV, the Crayons).

 

If you stay in town, you can easily do day trips to all of the above, plus Snowbasin & PoMo.  In town, you'll find much cheaper accommodations, discount lift tickets, and lots of restaurants and bars to choose from. ( Note that Utah's liquor laws have relaxed considerably in the past decade - finding an adult beverage is not a problem around SLC anymore.)

 

If you stay slopeside, there's nothing much to do at night in either LCC or BCC. PC is a true ski town with lots of nightlife.

 

I recommend staying in town and hitting several resorts.  If you find one you truly love, you can always come back and ski just that one.  My experience is that I like almost all of them and want to hit several when I go.

 

Regarding crowds, the SLC area has over 2 million people, and it seem like most of them are powder hounds who only come out on powder days.  So, if it snows, expect it to be a mob scene, and if there's no new snow you'll have the place to yourself.

post #64 of 70
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  To bring this back to life.

We decided to wait another year and up our skill set before going..

After all IMO what's the point of skiing groomers when we have plenty of that here in the east..

We have been skiing Mont Bromont this year and while its not the most challenging there are some honest double blacks and over 100 trails and the price is right.. So we are able to ski ALOT more to up our skill set..

In the end I have been told my skills are better than i'm giving myself credit for. Now just trying to up my wife's confidence and have her understand she does better skiing aggressive than not.

 

Now its just a matter of deciding Utah area or whistler..  

I am ALL for utah.   But on vacation its more than just about the hill..  Would be nice to chill in a Hot tub at nights with some cold ones !

post #65 of 70

My wife (Level 5) and I (Level 7) just got back from our Utah trip.  We stayed in Salt Lake City and visited a number of the resorts.  My favorite was Snowbird even though I mostly stuck to the groomers.  It has plenty to offer a confident Level 7 skier.  My wife's favorite was Alta.  We also skied Snowbasin (great!), Solitude (great!), Deer Valley (okay) and Brighton (okay...but definitely overrun by boarders).

post #66 of 70
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Originally Posted by Lofcaudio View Post
 

My wife (Level 5) and I (Level 7) just got back from our Utah trip.  We stayed in Salt Lake City and visited a number of the resorts.  My favorite was Snowbird even though I mostly stuck to the groomers.  It has plenty to offer a confident Level 7 skier.  My wife's favorite was Alta.  We also skied Snowbasin (great!), Solitude (great!), Deer Valley (okay) and Brighton (okay...but definitely overrun by boarders).

  Thanks for the feedback..

I just realized I could youtube the varies runs at Snowbird and would enjoy many of the double blacks..

Go pro footage gives a good idea of what to expect.. when you check run by run..

 

I'm hoping to ski Alta / Snowbird..  But we will see

 

Kyle

post #67 of 70

^^ Just be aware that GoPro footage makes slopes look significantly less steep than they are in reality...

post #68 of 70
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^^ Just be aware that GoPro footage makes slopes look significantly less steep than they are in reality...

 

This is absolutely true.  Regulator Johnson (Snowbird) and the Downhills at Snowbasin (Wildflower and Grizzly) are VERY steep and they look pretty tame on YouTube.  Other steep groomers in the area are Challenger and Serenity at Solitude and Stein's Way, Tycoon and Perseverance at Deer Valley, all of which I had seen on YouTube prior to my trip but definitely seem a lot steeper in reality.

post #69 of 70
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Originally Posted by Lofcaudio View Post

This is absolutely true.  Regulator Johnson (Snowbird) and the Downhills at Snowbasin (Wildflower and Grizzly) are VERY steep and they look pretty tame on YouTube.  Other steep groomers in the area are Challenger and Serenity at Solitude and Stein's Way, Tycoon and Perseverance at Deer Valley, all of which I had seen on YouTube prior to my trip but definitely seem a lot steeper in reality.

Yup, a buddy and me both run go pros and am well aware of this. Glad to have the advice though.
I was more concerned with how people handled the runs rather than actual slope grade.
What I have learned over the last couple of years is not everybody is a rock star like my good ski pal and it took me skiing with others more often to understand that my vision of western skiers simple wasnt true.

Kyle
post #70 of 70

 I thought I'd chime in, then saw this ran three pages and OP is staying home.. But here's from a local who skis Snowbird, Alta, PCMR & DV regularly :

     General note to intermediates; Snowbird's blues are few and very crowded. Every kid in SLC was up there last weekend and sorta in control. Heavy traffic. Off piste- it was deserted and great skiing. True that everything is marked double black, but if you can make a clean short turn on a steep slope & control speed, you should be alright. No powder left, really, but what we used to call "skier compacted"- not yet bumps, but skied down to a chalky, styrofoam consistancy and loose snow that you could sink an edge into. There are lots of rocks, cliffs and chutes pretty much all over, so it's important to know your way around.

  Alta's been skiing great- much less crowded, perhaps due to no boarders, there aren't a whole lot of groomers, Mambo & Mainstreet and a couple off Sugerloaf & Supreme, so it gets repetitive- but why not venture off piste into Ballroom or West Rustler? It's good to ski this stuff in all conditions, and Alta has a lot less "suprises" than Snowbird.

  PCMR has been really nice the last few days, especially in the a.m. when "untracked corduroy" has been no joke and really tasty. Pinecone Ridge opened Thursday and there were (are) lots of freshies up there. The warm weather will probably kill that but were hoping for a refresher soon. No crowds, the groomers are a hundred feet wide, and with Sundance in town, it's very glamorous!

  I haven't been to DV yet this year, but conditions are good- I'll head up this weekend. It really is groomer paradise and a blast to ski, especially if you have a date. The wife qualifies. She will love it.

 

From what I've read, Snowbasin is a real contender. Not my backyard, so I haven't skied it much, but cruiser city and can't beat the bathrooms.

 

P.S. I used to ski Vermont, Mass, etc. Utah is different. In every way, even if you're just carving groomers. 

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