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Best resort - family beginner greens uncrowded [in February]

post #1 of 14
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Need help planning family ski trip in February. What's the best resort? We've enjoyed Solitude in the past and wonder how Deer Valley and Park City compare?

Ideally, we'd like a larger resort that has lots of green trails to choose from, wide open gentle long runs, uncrowded. Thank u!
post #2 of 14

Park City is good. However, for green runs ski the PCMR side.

post #3 of 14

My suspicion is that Deer Valley will be substantially less crowded than Park City but have no experiential basis for that other than the emergence of Vail and the Epic Pass.  Any PC locals wish to opine?

 

Mike

post #4 of 14
Are you only looking in Utah? It seems several Colorado resorts would fit that description nicely, provided you can time the trip outside of holidays and maybe travel on weekends.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thank u all! We are open to Colorado too.
post #6 of 14
You would really like Snowmass. Lot's of greens, no lift lines, 4400ft of vertical mean long, long runs.
Tons of ski in/out lodging and a great kids program to boot.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by lilymail View Post

Need help planning family ski trip in February. What's the best resort? We've enjoyed Solitude in the past and wonder how Deer Valley and Park City compare?

Ideally, we'd like a larger resort that has lots of green trails to choose from, wide open gentle long runs, uncrowded. Thank u!
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Thank u all! We are open to Colorado too.

Welcome to EpicSki!  What did you like most about Solitude?  Was price one reason you chose to do a ski vacation there?  Since you want uncrowded, as mentioned earlier Snowmass is well worth considering.  Also would have the option of skiing at Buttermilk, which is another of the four mountains run by Aspen Ski Corp.

 

Note that Deer Valley is for skiers only.

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Snowmass sounds great! And I will look into Buttermilk too.

At Solitude, we liked the ski in/out, walkable village, and short lines/uncrowded. Price wasn't a factor for that trip because we went with friends who chose it.
post #9 of 14
You might also consider Beaver Creek, Copper Mt or Winter Park. Maybe some locals can chime in, but it seems like those areas have extensive beginner and family friendly terrain that isn't restricted to just a few runs, and allows access to some nice elevation so you don't feel like you're not seeing much of the mountains.
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You might also consider Beaver Creek, Copper Mt or Winter Park. Maybe some locals can chime in, but it seems like those areas have extensive beginner and family friendly terrain that isn't restricted to just a few runs, and allows access to some nice elevation so you don't feel like you're not seeing much of the mountains.


Of the options mentioned so far, Aspen is the clear choice -- fantastic amount of terrain and uncrowded.  Plenty to do.  Good food.  Easy to get around.

 

For BC, Copper, and WP, it depends on when you would be there.  If over President's Day weekend, it will be swamped.  Copper's beginner terrain can be busy.  Beaver Creek is farther from Denver, so a bit less crowded, but if it is President's day, expect crowds.

 

Mike

post #11 of 14
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Snowmass sounds great! And I will look into Buttermilk too.

At Solitude, we liked the ski in/out, walkable village, and short lines/uncrowded. Price wasn't a factor for that trip because we went with friends who chose it.


I added tag links for Snowmass and Buttermilk (under Topics Discussed in right hand column).  Scroll down to the bottom to get to the list of related threads.

 

There are many lodging options staying slope slide or within a block or two at Snowmass.  Or can stay at a condo in Snowmass Village and take make use of the free shuttle buses.  Free buses run regularly to Buttermilk and the town of Aspen.  Flying into ASC makes for the simplest vacation with no need for a rental car.

post #12 of 14

Easy answer: Telluride

 

Hard part: getting there

 

While Snowmass has plenty of beginner terrain, I wouldn't necessarily call it uncrowded as the green runs do get heavily trafficked as a number of trails merge into them.  In the Aspen area, I actually prefer Highlands over Snowmass for uncrowded, beginner terrain.  Obviously Buttermilk is a great choice as well.

 

Telluride is where I learned to ski and it has a whole section of mountain (Sunshine Express area) devoted to beginner skiers with long, wide runs and no crowds to be seen.  Telluride also has Galloping Goose, a fantastic green run which begins at 11,800 feet and ends at 9,000...perhaps one of the best beginner ski trails anywhere.  (Look it up on YouTube.)

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Easy answer: Telluride

 

Hard part: getting there

 

While Snowmass has plenty of beginner terrain, I wouldn't necessarily call it uncrowded as the green runs do get heavily trafficked as a number of trails merge into them.  In the Aspen area, I actually prefer Highlands over Snowmass for uncrowded, beginner terrain.  

 

 

 

I have to disagree.   Fanny Hill can be crowded late in the day, but experts will rarely ski it until their last run.  Beginners can ski off of many lifts and not descend into the Village.

At Highland's true beginners have to take Exhibition lift and Park Ave,  every single run.

Park Ave below Golden Barrel is heinously narrow and can have experts rippin any time of the day. because tons of expert terrain funnels right into Park Ave.

Beginners shouldn't go to either Highlands or Aspen Mountain.

 

Yes, Buttermilk is better than either one.

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At Highland's true beginners have to take Exhibition lift and Park Ave,  every single run.

Park Ave below Golden Barrel is heinously narrow and can have experts rippin any time of the day. because tons of expert terrain funnels right into Park Ave.

 

 

I agree that Park Avenue at Highlands is a pain for beginners, but those middle runs from the top of Exhibition down to Golden Barrel are very nice for beginners and NEVER crowded.  I can't think of a single run at Snowmass (maybe Funnel Bypass) that would compare.  For tentative skiers who like greens, I would never recommend Snowmass as being ideal due to all the cross-traffic that occurs on the greens (with Assay Hill being the only spot there immune to this).  Snowmass is almost perfect for a mixed-skill family because it has a little bit of everything and a LOT of intermediate stuff.  My wife (a tentative skier who rarely ventures beyond greens) much preferred the green terrain at Highlands over Snowmass.  Of course, after the first time taking the Park Avenue traverse, she said "I'm not doing that again...", so she took Golden Barrel to Jerome the next time and said "I didn't like that any better!"

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