After years of being on my "bucket list", I finally have a trip planned to the Alta/Snowbird area in early to mid February. I'll be skiing with several other strong skiers who are at ease skiing about any slope at the local hills here in the Canadian Rockies, with the exception of taking air off large cliffs. We typically ski Louise, Sunshine, Reve, Kicking Horse, and Castle. The preferred skiing of our group is off-piste. We will ski in Utah for about 7 days. I would appreciate any suggestions related to the following questions....
Accommodations? Should we stay near Alta/Snowbird or in another valley or in Salt Lake? Our preference is to stay slope side, but the options of staying at other venues would be considered if it makes sense. What accommodations do you recommend in the Alta area?
Our plan is to explore Alta and Snowbird for most of the trip. However, is it easy to easy to get to Park City/Canyons area from Alta? Or would you suggest staying and skiing in the Park City area?
What runs at Alta or Snowbird are a "must do"?
Any restaurant recommendations? Any gems?
Skis? I have MX88, Bones, and Automatics 117, and have a pair of Supernatural 108s which will arrive soon. Assuming that I can get two pairs on the flight, which would you recommend? Others in the group have similar general class of skis.
Should we bring our transceivers? Are there areas within the resort that require transceivers, shovels and probes, such as the Dive at Sunshine?
We probably will not venture into the backcountry (most of the group are avid BC skiers) because it requires another level of gear and preparation, should we re-think that decision?
Since I finally got on skis this week, I'm getting stoked about this trip!
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