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Buy 6 say lift ticket at PCMR or ski other mountains with kids?

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Trying to decide whether to commit to a six day lift ticket at PCMR now for $444, %25 off, or ski the other areas as well.  We are traveling mid-March with 11 y.o. DS, who will probably do 3 days of ski school and ski with us the rest of the time.  We skied Canyons last year, and didn't care for the layout, although DS loved his instructor.  Skied DV five years ago, but DS hated the ski school (it was our third year there).  Haven't skied PCMR in 20 years.  We are staying at Marriott Mountainside PCMR, which would make it most convenient to ski (and easy for ski school and meeting other kids).  DS is a solid intermediate skier, loves glades.

 

We have the 5th grade passport, which allows DS 3 free days skiing at most Utah resorts.  The catch is that ski school, which is a whopping $260/day, only discounts by $30 if you have your own ticket.  A child ticket one day is $54.

 

I am tempted to try one of the further resorts, like SnowBasin, but I am reluctant to drive an hour when we can just walk out the door and click into our skis.  If we stay in Park City, is it worth going back to DV?  I am an expert skier, and DH is advanced intermediate or better.

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Use the Passport and Liftopia. Go to the Cottonwoods.
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Trying to decide whether to commit to a six day lift ticket at PCMR now for $444, %25 off, or ski the other areas as well.  We are traveling mid-March with 11 y.o. DS, who will probably do 3 days of ski school and ski with us the rest of the time.  We skied Canyons last year, and didn't care for the layout, although DS loved his instructor.  Skied DV five years ago, but DS hated the ski school (it was our third year there).  Haven't skied PCMR in 20 years.  We are staying at Marriott Mountainside PCMR, which would make it most convenient to ski (and easy for ski school and meeting other kids).  DS is a solid intermediate skier, loves glades.

 

We have the 5th grade passport, which allows DS 3 free days skiing at most Utah resorts.  The catch is that ski school, which is a whopping $260/day, only discounts by $30 if you have your own ticket.  A child ticket one day is $54.

 

I am tempted to try one of the further resorts, like SnowBasin, but I am reluctant to drive an hour when we can just walk out the door and click into our skis.  If we stay in Park City, is it worth going back to DV?  I am an expert skier, and DH is advanced intermediate or better.


Are you planning to go back to SLC for future ski trips?  Are you renting a car?

 

If one of your ski days is Saturday, that's a good day to head out to Snowbasin assuming conditions are good and there is good visibility.  Check out the ski school prices there.  If your son did a lesson, you could explore a bit.  I haven't been to DV, but the Snowbasin lodges are definitely impressive.  Also fun to ski the Men's/Women's Olympic downhill starts.  You son could ride the tram up and back for the view if that's of interest.

 

Alta is always worth a visit for any ability level.  Check out the Unofficial Guide.

http://www.epicski.com/a/alta-an-unofficial-guide

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Thanks for the replies.  Yes, we will have a car, and as to returning to SLC, well, my crystal ball is foggy at the moment.

 

I have skied Alta and Snowbird in my single years.  The problem is that I get altitude sick, and the older I get, the harder it hits me.   And I can't tolerate diamox for altitude sickness anymore, due to some other longstanding GI issues.  Base altitude of Alta is around 10,000 ft, if I remember correctly.

 

Our last ski is a Saturday, so we might consider Snowbasin then.  It will be a busy week because of Spring break in many parts of the country and Canada.  

 

Perhaps hedge my bets with a 3 day lift ticket purchased in advance, and wing the rest?

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Thanks for the replies.  Yes, we will have a car, and as to returning to SLC, well, my crystal ball is foggy at the moment.

 

I have skied Alta and Snowbird in my single years.  The problem is that I get altitude sick, and the older I get, the harder it hits me.   And I can't tolerate diamox for altitude sickness anymore, due to some other longstanding GI issues.  Base altitude of Alta is around 10,000 ft, if I remember correctly.

 

Our last ski is a Saturday, so we might consider Snowbasin then.  It will be a busy week because of Spring break in many parts of the country and Canada.  

 

Perhaps hedge my bets with a 3 day lift ticket purchased in advance, and wing the rest?


Alta base is 8000 and top of Collins is 10,000.  I would think top of Supreme is lower than 10,000.

 

Solitude is another possibility for Saturday if conditions aren't the best for Snowbasin.

 

You know your son best.  What would inspire him more?  Having more time where he is comfortable or having the opportunity to explore a new place?

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Good thought. I Will ask my son but it will all depend on how he feels about PCMR in the end. Thanks for the info about alta, I just remember being sick and not being able to sleep when I stayed at the mountain.
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Good thought. I Will ask my son but it will all depend on how he feels about PCMR in the end. Thanks for the info about alta, I just remember being sick and not being able to sleep when I stayed at the mountain.


Since you are sleeping in Park City and would only be spending the day in LCC, hopefully you would be fine.  Especially after adjusting for a few days first.  I do okay staying at Alta Lodge but take it easy on the slopes the first couple days.

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