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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I know that is a pretty wild combination but I wanted to get the opinion of the community please.

 

We are headed to SLC for spring break next Week (March 31 - April 4)

 

I am a intermediate skier who has been to Park City and would like to try a different resort unless PC would best fit our needs.

 

I know Snowbird/Alta would be better this time of year with the higher elevation but I am worried about my wife (altitude and lack of shopping) and have been unable to find many reviews about the kids school at Snowbird/Alta.

 

I am out of shape and can probably only ski 2 days with a day in the middle to recuperate. I will be taking my son snowmobiling for the first time and wanted to see if anyone also had any opinions on Thousand Peaks or Lofty Peaks. Both seem to have great reviews and both have kids under 8 ride free.

 

Thanks for looking and your replies!

Rusty

 

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post #2 of 15
Have your kids skied before? Where are you booked to stay? Stay in Park City and let them take lessons in PCMR school or Deer Valley school. while your your wife hangs out in the PC town while you ski. If she gets bored there after one day, then bring her to Kimball Junction and that vicinity area for shopping. Ski conditions in the three PC resorts should be ok, with the recent snowfall. Note that ski school gets filled up and Lessons will not be cheap in those resorts.
post #3 of 15
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Hi Cyclist, thank you for your reply! This will be the first time on skies for my son. I have some hotel points to use up and am going to stay in SLC area for a few nights and possibly Hotwire a room in Kimball Junction for the rest.

 

I will call today and reserve a spot. Thanks for the tip.

 

I would like to ski at Deer Valley but most likely stick to PC or Canyons due to the cost. Do you know who has the better kids ski school PC or Canyons?

 

Thanks again,

Rusty

post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by schwimmair View Post
 

Hi Cyclist, thank you for your reply! This will be the first time on skies for my son. I have some hotel points to use up and am going to stay in SLC area for a few nights and possibly Hotwire a room in Kimball Junction for the rest.

 

I will call today and reserve a spot. Thanks for the tip.

 

I would like to ski at Deer Valley but most likely stick to PC or Canyons due to the cost. Do you know who has the better kids ski school PC or Canyons?

 

Thanks again,

Rusty


My kids have been to all three, and all three are great ski schools for kids.  They keep changing the limits of how many kids are promised per class, so you will have to look at the websites.  Canyons has the most terrain, but the smallest amount of beginner terrain compared to DV or PCMR.  It shouldn't matter for your son, since the initial day will be on the Magic Carpet and if he progresses he will be on intermediate runs by the end of the week.  PCMR has copious beginner terrain, as does DV.

 

You don't want to get hurt, so to get in some kind of shape shape try jumping over a box, getting the Skier's Edge, stretching...anything before you go.

post #5 of 15
My kids have been taking ski lessons in DV and PC since 2006 - they started in DV when they were 5, 5, and 6 (three kids). They stopped taking lessons after they expressed that they would rather ski with me than with other kids. But I digress...

In the last year they took lessons, I somehow recall that PC ski school was MORE expensive than DV ski school - by about $10 per kid per day. I thought it was going to be otherwise but that's what I remember. This was a couple of years ago so you need to re-check what their rates are. For young skiers and perhaps someone like you getting back into skiing, I would recommend going to DV. The mountain just has a more pleasant layout and is serviced by more lifts. My kids were skiing gentle tree trails and they had a blast!

PC has slightly more challenging terrain. If you are only skiing for two days then the cost differential won't be that much.

Good luck.
post #6 of 15

So, it's your son's first time on skis?

 

Go to Alta.  It has the biggest expanse of easy beginner terrain amongst the SLC resorts.  And then some fairly easy blues if your son progresses quickly.

 

Brighton would be the other contender for a never-ever.

 

Do not go to Snowbird. There's nothing beginner friendly there.

post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by schwimmair View Post
 

I know that is a pretty wild combination but I wanted to get the opinion of the community please.

 

We are headed to SLC for spring break next Week (March 31 - April 4)

 

I am a intermediate skier who has been to Park City and would like to try a different resort unless PC would best fit our needs.

 

I know Snowbird/Alta would be better this time of year with the higher elevation but I am worried about my wife (altitude and lack of shopping) and have been unable to find many reviews about the kids school at Snowbird/Alta.

 

I am out of shape and can probably only ski 2 days with a day in the middle to recuperate. I will be taking my son snowmobiling for the first time and wanted to see if anyone also had any opinions on Thousand Peaks or Lofty Peaks. Both seem to have great reviews and both have kids under 8 ride free.

 

Thanks for looking and your replies!

Rusty

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Originally Posted by schwimmair View Post
 

Hi Cyclist, thank you for your reply! This will be the first time on skies for my son. I have some hotel points to use up and am going to stay in SLC area for a few nights and possibly Hotwire a room in Kimball Junction for the rest.

 

I will call today and reserve a spot. Thanks for the tip.

 

I would like to ski at Deer Valley but most likely stick to PC or Canyons due to the cost. Do you know who has the better kids ski school PC or Canyons?

 

Thanks again,

Rusty

Welcome to Epicski!  So is your wife skiing at all?  If not and she is going to go with you during the day, then Park City is the better choice over Alta.  Sounds like it's going to be relatively cold in the next week or so, with new snow expected so PCMR and Canyons will have good conditions.  You son will be probably happy in any of the ski schools in the SLC area.

 

If you want to try another place one day, consider Brighton or Solitude.  Ski schools are good at both places.  Price is right for lift tickets.  Brighton has a free mountain host tour that well worth the time.

 

For future reference, the Alta ski school is very good.  My daughter was 7 and an intermediate when we first went in 2008.  Have friends with kids who only ski one week a year during spring break who are also very happy with Alta ski instructors.  My friend's son was Level 8 by the time he was 12 (helps that he plays competitive ice hockey).  Many locals get their kids started on the Alta greens, including in powder on the edges or the special little trails in the trees.  There are even short black trails off the Sunnyside lift that instructors used to get kids into deep powder after a snowstorm.  Need the steeper pitch where there is 8+ inches.  Alta is a great place to learn to ski powder at any ability level.

 

As mentioned already, stay away from Snowbird for now.

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by quant2325 View Post
 


My kids have been to all three, and all three are great ski schools for kids.  They keep changing the limits of how many kids are promised per class, so you will have to look at the websites.  Canyons has the most terrain, but the smallest amount of beginner terrain compared to DV or PCMR.  It shouldn't matter for your son, since the initial day will be on the Magic Carpet and if he progresses he will be on intermediate runs by the end of the week.  PCMR has copious beginner terrain, as does DV.

 

You don't want to get hurt, so to get in some kind of shape shape try jumping over a box, getting the Skier's Edge, stretching...anything before you go.

 

Thanks Quant this is some great info. I called and Deer Valley is a max of 6 but on a weekday they said the class probably wouldn't reach that number.

 

I will try you tip on the jumping box cardio.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Cyclist View Post

My kids have been taking ski lessons in DV and PC since 2006 - they started in DV when they were 5, 5, and 6 (three kids). They stopped taking lessons after they expressed that they would rather ski with me than with other kids. But I digress...

In the last year they took lessons, I somehow recall that PC ski school was MORE expensive than DV ski school - by about $10 per kid per day. I thought it was going to be otherwise but that's what I remember. This was a couple of years ago so you need to re-check what their rates are. For young skiers and perhaps someone like you getting back into skiing, I would recommend going to DV. The mountain just has a more pleasant layout and is serviced by more lifts. My kids were skiing gentle tree trails and they had a blast!

PC has slightly more challenging terrain. If you are only skiing for two days then the cost differential won't be that much.

Good luck.

 

You are right DV kids school is cheaper then PC. I would have never have thought that. I really would like to try DV so I am leaning towards this for one of the days.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
 

So, it's your son's first time on skis?

 

Go to Alta.  It has the biggest expanse of easy beginner terrain amongst the SLC resorts.  And then some fairly easy blues if your son progresses quickly.

 

Brighton would be the other contender for a never-ever.

 

Do not go to Snowbird. There's nothing beginner friendly there.

 

Hi Walt, thanks for pointing out Alta and wow the price is right.

 

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Welcome to Epicski!  So is your wife skiing at all?  If not and she is going to go with you during the day, then Park City is the better choice over Alta.  Sounds like it's going to be relatively cold in the next week or so, with new snow expected so PCMR and Canyons will have good conditions.  You son will be probably happy in any of the ski schools in the SLC area.

 

If you want to try another place one day, consider Brighton or Solitude.  Ski schools are good at both places.  Price is right for lift tickets.  Brighton has a free mountain host tour that well worth the time.

 

For future reference, the Alta ski school is very good.  My daughter was 7 and an intermediate when we first went in 2008.  Have friends with kids who only ski one week a year during spring break who are also very happy with Alta ski instructors.  My friend's son was Level 8 by the time he was 12 (helps that he plays competitive ice hockey).  Many locals get their kids started on the Alta greens, including in powder on the edges or the special little trails in the trees.  There are even short black trails off the Sunnyside lift that instructors used to get kids into deep powder after a snowstorm.  Need the steeper pitch where there is 8+ inches.  Alta is a great place to learn to ski powder at any ability level.

 

As mentioned already, stay away from Snowbird for now.

 

Hi marznc, thanks for the help. My wife is 27 weeks pregnant so no skiing but she is excited to shop. You are the second to point out Alta's kids program so I am leaning on heading there for one of the days we will be skiing.

 

 

 

I forgot to ask, as a east coaster, it would almost be a crime not to eat at a In-N-Out Burger. Does anyone know if there is a location on the way to the Park City area or Little Cottonwood Canyon area?

post #9 of 15
In'N'Out Burger is pretty new to SLC, only came here a few years ago and only have a handful of locations. Not one really on the way to Park City, but there is about 10 minutes west of LCC area in the Fort Union shopping area.

7206 Union Park Ave
Midvale, UT 84047
post #10 of 15
It'd be more of a crime to go out of your way to eat there. If you're going to the CCs, or north to Ogden area, that's convenient. If Park City, you'll find many better places for food, including Burgers.

In and Out may very well be the most overrated thing in America.
post #11 of 15
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It'd be more of a crime to go out of your way to eat there. If you're going to the CCs, or north to Ogden area, that's convenient. If Park City, you'll find many better places for food, including Burgers.

In and Out may very well be the most overrated thing in America.

This. If you are an East Coaster you have probably had Five Guys. Nothing great but better than In N Out. Personally prefer Smashburger but In N Out is my least favorite burger chain.

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post #12 of 15
Actually I like in-n-out better than 5 guys. For true local color: astro burger.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by birkelb View Post

In'N'Out Burger is pretty new to SLC, only came here a few years ago and only have a handful of locations. Not one really on the way to Park City, but there is about 10 minutes west of LCC area in the Fort Union shopping area.

7206 Union Park Ave
Midvale, UT 84047

 

 

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Originally Posted by JoeUT View Post

It'd be more of a crime to go out of your way to eat there. If you're going to the CCs, or north to Ogden area, that's convenient. If Park City, you'll find many better places for food, including Burgers.

In and Out may very well be the most overrated thing in America.

 

 

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Originally Posted by NJSkier72 View Post


This. If you are an East Coaster you have probably had Five Guys. Nothing great but better than In N Out. Personally prefer Smashburger but In N Out is my least favorite burger chain.

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Actually I like in-n-out better than 5 guys. For true local color: astro burger.

 

 

I just got back from my trip and we ate at the Midvale location. I do like 5 Guys better but it was still a fun experience.

 

We ended up staying in Bountiful and when we drove up to Snowbasin we saw a In-N-Out one exit North of our hotel.  D'oh (Homer Simpson voice)

post #14 of 15
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I just got back from my trip and I wanted to give everyone thanks for helping us out!

 

My son and I ended up snowmobiling at Snowbird with Lofty Peaks. I give Lofty Peaks a A+ we had a fantastic experience and my 7 year old rode free. Nobody else showed up so we ended up having a "private tour".  My son sat in front of me and I never felt like he was in danger of falling off.

 

My wife got a prenatal massage at Snowbird and had a relaxing time.

 

We ended up staying at the Country Inn and Suites in Bountiful. The hotel was recently renovated and when I pulled back the sheets to do the dreaded bed bug check I noticed brand new mattresses, awesome!

 

In a last minute change we ended up skiing up at Snowbasin, which was AMAZING!

 

They had a 2 hour beginner lesson special which included the lesson, rentals and lift ticket for only $69,what a deal! It was just my son and another little boy and I was amazed at the progress both of them made. They have a quad detachable learners lift which made loading and unloading a breeze. He learned how to load/unload, ski in a straight line, pizza wedge and even started to turn a bit. I was proud papa.

 

I bought a lift ticket through Liftopia for $45 and was in awe at Snowbasin. It was my first time on a gondola and I enjoyed the scenery and intermediate terrain. 

 

Hope this might help other families, I would 1000% recommend Lofty Peak at Snowbird and the kids school at Snowbasin!

post #15 of 15
Very nice. Need to go to Utah one of these years.

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