Seen a ton of threads on here like this but looking for some more specific advice to compare with East Coast skiing...
Booked a trip to snowbird for early feb w/ my girlfriend. She took up skiing about 3 years ago and has less than 100 days under her belt. She progressed rather quickly (probably because my friends and I pushed her to) and now is a fairly good east coast skier. She is comfortable in all blue/black terrain at a resort like Killington. She actually likes skiing bumps (though doesn't really ski them correctly haha) and enjoys glades that aren't ridiculously tight. I have gotten her into the double black terrain at Killington (ovation, outer limits) both groomed and ungroomed. She can ski the terrain though is very uncomfortable and if it is icy forget it she will freeze up. If the snow is soft she is much more willing. The less steep double black terrain she is fine on. She could ski pretty much everything at Okemo but the tight glades. Technique could definitely use some work but she is a competent skier without a ton of formal training.
The idea was to take a trip just the two of us to introduce her to skiing out west. I've always wanted to ski Utah and we got such a good deal on lodging/tickets at snowbird that we jumped at it. Now I am having second thoughts after reading online that she might not find terrain she can do or be comfortable in. I've gotten her a lesson for two days but was hoping to do some exploring with her outside of those periods. Really hoping the trip would take her skiing to the next level and improve her confidence on the steep stuff through a combination of formal lessons and good snow quality. I was thinking some of the single black diamond terrain in the bowls would be doable (mineral basin, little cloud, lower crique, gad 2). Any thoughts? I do not want her to have a poor experience out west as I want to make this a yearly thing haha. Should we reconsider the trip. Have insurance so we could cancel and head else where though would prefer not to.
Edited by nyknicks4412 - 12/24/14 at 10:08am