Up until this season, just about all of my skiing was done in Colorado. I was able to make my first trip to Utah this year and viewed it mostly as a scouting mission to see what was there to (a) see if it was worth coming back and (b) if coming back, where I would want to spend most of my time. Based upon a conversation I had with a Mammoth ski patroller on the Sugarloaf lift at Alta, I started thinking along the lines of what resort reminds me of what other resort...
So here are my opinions on what Colorado ski mountain is most like what Utah ski mountain. Please feel free to add your opinion. This could be helpful for those who might have visited a resort in one place and either like it or disliked it and might want to go to some place similar (or not so similar). My particular opinions are based almost solely on amount of terrain, type of terrain, and vibe ("feel") of the ski mountain and not on town and surrounding amenities.
1) Alta = Aspen Highlands
I love this comparison for so many reasons. It's where the locals love to ski, but very little surrounding infrastructure. They both have gentle greens, fun blues and blacks of every shade to challenge every type of skier. Highlands has the Bowl, while Alta has similar "hike-to" terrain. Highlands' Deep Temerity terrain is easier to get to, Alta's just involves a bit of a traverse. Alta gets more snow, Highlands has more elevation.
2) Snowbird = Telluride
Snowbird buries Telluride in the snow department, but Telluride buries Snowbird in what it can offer beginner skiers (perhaps the best area anywhere for beginners and conservative intermediates). They can both supply plenty of challenging terrain in all shapes and sizes. Both of these mountains are in my Top 3 for providing fun terrain no matter what mood I am in. Oh...it sure is a lot easier to get to Snowbird.
3) Deer Valley = Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek will provide more moguls and vertical feet, but beside that these two could be twin sisters.
4) PCMR/Canyons = Vail (or Breckenridge)
I lump the two PC resorts together since that will soon be the reality, and neither can provide the back bowls that Vail has.
5) Brighton = Steamboat
Far from the perfect match, but similar in both having good snow and quality tree skiing. Steamboat is about three times the size of Brighton.
6) Solitude = Arapahoe Basin
Solitude has Honeycomb Canyon and Fantasy Ridge while A-Basin has Pallavacini and the East Wall. Both are pretty small with limited vertical. They both are rarely (if ever) crowded.
7) Snowbasin = Snowmass (or Copper Mountain)
8) Powder Mountain = Loveland
Notable Colorado omissions: Keystone, Crested Butte, Wolf Creek
Edited by Lofcaudio - 2/8/15 at 2:09pm