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Recommendations for Utah next week - where else to try besides PCMR/Canyons?

post #1 of 17
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Recommendations requested:

 

I'm going to Utah - for the first time - to Park City for a week  (1/10-1/17/16) and have an epic pass that covers PCMR/Canyons.  But I have a car and would like to try another resort or two.  Alta/snowbird look like quite a drive away; what about other resorts?

post #2 of 17
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Originally Posted by stevescho View Post
 

Recommendations requested:

 

I'm going to Utah - for the first time - to Park City for a week  (1/10-1/17/16) and have an epic pass that covers PCMR/Canyons.  But I have a car and would like to try another resort or two.  Alta/snowbird look like quite a drive away; what about other resorts?


What do you consider "quite a drive"?  An hour . . . or two?  If you are only willing to drive 30 min, then stay at Park City.  Other wise, Snowbasin is worth the drive assuming good visibility.  Alta/Snowbird . . . is worth the drive.

post #3 of 17

Deer Valley is 5-15 minutes away, depending on where you'll be in Park City. You can get discounted January-only tickets for Deer Valley at the Salt Lake ski shops before you head into Park City.

 

Sundance is maybe 45-50 mintues, and a very pretty drive. And a very pretty resort. It's not the best ski area in Utah by most metrics, but it's had so much snow recently than this just might be about the best time to give it a try.

 

Snowbasin, Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, and Solitude are all around an hour drive each way. All are fun. Snowbasin currently has more snow than any of the others (which doesn't happen too often) and you don't have to deal with Salt Lake traffic on that drive.

post #4 of 17
IMHO, DV's terrain isn't much different than PC.
LCC or Snowbasin, depending on conditions, would be my call.
post #5 of 17

Will be in Park City the end of February with a group of guy including a few snowboarders. We are planning on skiing PC/Canyons 1 day and probably Snowbird for a day. We were also looking to head to either Snowbasin or Powder and wanted to see what the feelings were on one vs. the other. In the end it will depend on which appears to have better snow but wanted to know the thoughts on each.

post #6 of 17

If you are an advanced skier, you could do the Ski Utah Interconnect Tour. This is an entire day, official tour where two guides take a group from Deer Valley to Park City to Brighton to Solitude to Alta and finally end at Snowbird.  You ski a run or two at each resort and you ski backcountry from one resort to the next.  Actually some of the resorts are connected, so easy to simply cross over.  The skiing is not technically challenging and there are no difficult hikes but it can be fun and you get a feel for each of the resorts.  The guides are very high quality.  As you are in the backcountry, you are given beacons and other avalanche gear. A hot lunch at Solitude is provided in the price of the tour.

 

At the end of the day, a shuttle takes you back to Deer Valley.  They also do the reverse tour starting at Snowbird but since you'll be in PC, that wouldn't make sense for you.

post #7 of 17

Every skier should visit Alta at least once.  Don't let the reputation intimidate you - there's terrain for all abilities as Alta.

 

Snowbasin would be my next rec. It's not that far from PC and is generally a lot less crowded.

 

Deer Valley is pretty much the same schtick as PC/Crayons.  Easy to get to, but probably not worth the expense since you've already paid for your Epic pass.

 

Sundance is a nice boutique resort, but it's small and a long drive.  I'd say only go if you really have a strong desire to ski it.

 

BCC resorts (Brighton, Solitude) are nice too, but if I were in your place I'd do a day at Alta, a day at Snowbasin and spend the rest of the trip at PC/Crayons.

post #8 of 17
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Will be in Park City the end of February with a group of guy including a few snowboarders. We are planning on skiing PC/Canyons 1 day and probably Snowbird for a day. We were also looking to head to either Snowbasin or Powder and wanted to see what the feelings were on one vs. the other. In the end it will depend on which appears to have better snow but wanted to know the thoughts on each.

Interesting places.  Polar opposites in terms of ambience.  Snowbasin is upscale (without attitude): granite in the bathrooms, oriental rugs in the base lodge, great fast lifts.  Powder is hippy-dippy old-school: funky lodge, burrito stand for lunch.  Both are great.  Snowbasin has more steep, but Powder has more acreage.  I like them both for what they are -- and the fact that they get less traffic than either PCMR/DV or LCC.  Personally, I could be happy skiing either/both on a visit to Utah w/o going anywhere else -- although Snowbird IS the standard of excellence for expert skiers.  

post #9 of 17

Kind of a nonstarter if LCC is too far - won't find anything much closer, beyond Deer Valley. 

 

Not sure what's been going in PC or elsewhere, but Snowbasin was reporting 7 in yesterday, I think 9 in over 48 hours. 

post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone; I'll have a 2WD rental so crossing my fingers.

post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by NESkiBum View Post
 

Will be in Park City the end of February with a group of guy including a few snowboarders. We are planning on skiing PC/Canyons 1 day and probably Snowbird for a day. We were also looking to head to either Snowbasin or Powder and wanted to see what the feelings were on one vs. the other. In the end it will depend on which appears to have better snow but wanted to know the thoughts on each.


Usually the weather makes it relatively easy to choose between Snowbasin and PowMow.  Note that the road up to PowMow is seriously steep, with no guard rail.  There is the option of a bus if the road is snow covered.

post #12 of 17
You're here for a week, there're plenty of places to go. Ski PC/Canyons as long as you like since it's free with an Epic pass, then play it by ear. You really ought to ski Deer Valley once, very deluxe, and with expensive food.....but less expensive than PC since Vail. Both canyons, Big Cottonwood - Solitude, Brighton, and Little Cottonwood - Snowbird, Alta, mean a drive down the hill, south along the mountains, then up a steep canyon road.....Alta is furthest, takes about 50 minutes or more from PC depending on traffic and weather. An easier 40-45 minute drive is Snowbasin, a big really nice mountain and not crowded......same owner as Sun Valley and everything is beautifully done. Just decide where you want to go according to weather and mood. Be aware that despite the hype, Park City and the Canyons are still two separate ski areas connected by a gondola ride. Not a big deal, it doesn't take any longer than a lift ride, but you can't just ski from from one to the other.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by stevescho View Post
 

Recommendations requested:

 

I'm going to Utah - for the first time - to Park City for a week  (1/10-1/17/16) and have an epic pass that covers PCMR/Canyons.  But I have a car and would like to try another resort or two.  Alta/snowbird look like quite a drive away; what about other resorts?

 

We have had good snow, so I imagine you will find great conditions anywhere here.  For 7 days you could ski the 3 PC resorts and not see it all.  If you really wanted a change of scenery it really depends on what you are looking for.  Powder Mt and Snowbasin are similar terrain to PC, and usually way less crowded.  Coming from PC it may be a slightly longer drive, but not by loads.  The Cottonwood canyon resorts are awesome skiing any way you slice it, but which you might prefer depends so much on what you are looking for in terrain.  Alta is historic in skiing, so if you had to pick one, I could see a lot of people putting this on a bucket list just for the history and reputation.  Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, as long as the terrain fit your skill, I suspect you'd have a great time at any of them.  The difference in drive time to them is negligible, choose based on what sort of terrain you are looking to ski.

post #14 of 17

Snowbasin, unless there has been any freeze/thaw.

post #15 of 17
Was in Utah 2 winters ago.
Skid. powder mountain ,snowbasin,solitude,
If I were to go for a day I would also recommend the interconnect trail program, that would have gobs of skiing and great views, and offer a good feel for slc.
Just my two cents,
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by stevescho View Post
 

I'm going to Utah - for the first time - to Park City for a week  (1/10-1/17/16) and have an epic pass that covers PCMR/Canyons.  But I have a car and would like to try another resort or two.  Alta/snowbird look like quite a drive away; what about other resorts?

 

What did you end up deciding? And what did you think?

post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
I did snowbasin and deer valley for a day each; 6 days at PCMR (epicpass).  snowbasin was the most interesting with the steeps, but only one lift was open that particular day (others closed due to wind).  Snow was OK high up top at PCMR (most was maybe 12 inches one day, not bottomless or anything like that), it had the most people of the Utah resorts I went to, but not nearly as many as any average saturday in California.  Avalanche controls in the morning at 9990 and Jupiter but I got up to 9990 on the first couple chairs one day.  The snow base isn't as good this year in Utah as in Cal, which had gobs of snow when I got back, but it stayed cold.  There were some nice moderate blue/black runs through aspen trees in parts of PCMR (dreamcatcher/dreamscape, orange bubble).    I ran into a base of ice on parts of some runs, which suggests that it might have gotten warm before I got there (on January 10), but it was below freezing the whole 8 days I was there (except at snowbasin, which seems to face the sun,) and conditions improved at PCMR late in the week as fresh snow fell. 
 
There were more people at snowbasin than the reviews on this website suggest.  Well - maybe it would have seemed less crowded if they had more than one lift open, so hard to judge.
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