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post #1 of 8
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Hey guys, 

this is my first post on the forum. I'm a huge skier and fan of this web site. I've skied in New England for most of my life. I would like to think that I'm an advance skiers, as I like to ski the steeps, trees, and steep groomers. Next year, I'm heading out to college in Utah(Westminster).  I was looking for advice on a few things. 

 

-What are the best ski areas for my ski type? As I mentioned above, I like to ski trees, steeps, and advanced/expert groomed terrain

-What are the best ski shops in Utah(to buy new equipment and tune the skis)

-What are some good skis for the terrain out there?

 

Thanks Guys!

post #2 of 8
I'm sure you could have fun at any SLC resort your first year or two.

But Alta/Bird is one of the best places on earth and that's where you'll eventually end up.
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Originally Posted by lasershow View Post
 

Hey guys, 

this is my first post on the forum. I'm a huge skier and fan of this web site. I've skied in New England for most of my life. I would like to think that I'm an advance skiers, as I like to ski the steeps, trees, and steep groomers. Next year, I'm heading out to college in Utah(Westminster).  I was looking for advice on a few things. 

 

-What are the best ski areas for my ski type? As I mentioned above, I like to ski trees, steeps, and advanced/expert groomed terrain

-What are the best ski shops in Utah(to buy new equipment and tune the skis)

-What are some good skis for the terrain out there?

 

Thanks Guys!


Welcome to EpicSki!  Where have you skied out west?  Sometimes helps to know a few of your favorite trails at a ski area you skied a fair amount.

post #4 of 8

They are all good.  Check with your college ski club when you get there for deals on passes and ridesharing for upcoming season.  In addition to whatever skis you have been using in New England, you'll probably want a wider pair in the 100-120mm range.  Brighton draws a young crowd, has good trees, and can be cheaper than some of the others.

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post #5 of 8

Jamesj hit it on the head, all the resorts around SLC are fun and if you have time, driving up to Snow Basin outside Ogden is great too.  Enjoy your time there.

post #6 of 8

check your PM's!

 

  - Big cottonwood pass has my vote.

post #7 of 8

I would agree to forgo the advice that's tailored to a solo skier, and instead join up with your college's ski club and go with that route.

 

Here, I did a google for you:

http://www.westminstercollege.edu/fwrd/?parent=4827&detail=5395&content=7533

 

Even if they aren't optimizing for the perfect resort or conditions; I think the tradeoff for the social aspects is by far more worth it.

 

Go and talk to them in person, make some friends

post #8 of 8

My wife is a Westminster alum.  I think you will enjoy going to school there.  Beautiful little campus, small class sizes and a great east SLC location.  My wife actually learned to ski there as she took a ski class at Brighton for PE credit.

As an eastern transplant myself, I would echo the above advice.  Ski a bit everywhere!  I had never skied out west until I actually lived here and I was blown away.  My head was spinning the first day I skied here (Alta).  I would not have wanted to limit myself to one ski area.  So, save some extra money for day passes and have fun! 

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