Originally Posted by lookingforinput
Hi all and thanks in advance for the insights and advice- some great recommendations here led me to terrific skiing at Gore in February over my typical Vt choices.
to the topic at hand: my 14 yr old son (advanced intermediate) and I (advanced) are looking to go to Snowbird /Alta during the mid-april school break. Sounds like the snow pack's in good shape and between the price for flight to SLC and the mountains' height and n'rn exposure, a good bet for at least decent skiing. My question- after browsing some of the threads, I'm just a bit concerned that Snowbird might kick the asses of two eastern-only skiers, new to powder/accustomed to digging those edges in on the ice/hardpack. Should we be aiming to stay in Alta, as it sounds more intermediate-oriented, or is it easy enough to get to Alta from Snowbird via the lifts/mountain (not driving)? Other factor is we'd like to stay near friends, who will be at Snowbird.
So, whaddya think?
I'll be there April 8-13 at Alta Lodge and have friends who will be there until April 19 because of their kid's spring break. We've been meeting up in April for several years. Have always had a good time. Twice I've extended the trip because of a powder storm.
Assuming your son is somewhat adventurous, you should be fine at Snowbird as long as you start on the easier blues and move to the harder stuff from there. You can both have a ball at Alta. I started skiing there as an intermediate, as did my daughter. She was 7 and learned in the southeast. No problem skiing blues with the guidance of ski school that first trip out. We were there the day after a powder storm. After a day of ski school she was popping off onto the edges of groomers to ski in the powder and loving it.
To get from Alta to Snowbird, can either ski over the top of Sugarloaf (Alta side) to Mineral Basin or take the free shuttle bus. Where are you thinking of staying? Recently there was a thread about the lodges in the town of Alta. In April, there are usually deals to be found.