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post #1 of 8
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The situation:

Headed out next Monday to ski Utah for the first time, staying in Cottonwood Heights. Rented an SUV. Skiing Tues-Friday. I'm with my GF who is a Level 5-6 skier, sticks to groomers. I'm very proficient and can ski most anything. I love tree skiing

 

What I'm sure of: We are skiing Alta 2 of the 4 days. We are NOT skiing Snowbird. ( i'm going back in March with buddies to ski 4 days at the bird)

 

My question is, where should we ski the other 2 days? I've narrowed it to Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, Brighton, and Solitude. ( the park city/canyons/DV scene doesn't really suit us)

 

Any info or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 8

I was with my wife in Utah 3 weeks ago.  Much the same kind of situation/issue.  We skied Solitude two days, which really suited my wife and was not too much of a sacrifice for me.  There are some interesting options there despite the rather awkward lift layout.  It probably really helped that we had great, fresh snow.  One day would probably be enough for you.

 

We also skied Powder Mountain, and this was the biggest success.  Lots of untracked to keep me busy in trees and fine groomer skiing for her.  It's an hour+ from Cottonwood Heights, but worth it.  The biggest complaint seems to be the lack of real steeps: that's not really an issue for me and it really helped my wife's confidence to know she couldn't get into trouble.  She was much more willing to "go for it".  It's become our favorite couples mountain.

 

Snowbasin would also be an option: I would say it's more like an upscale PCMR or Deer Valley w/o the crowds or the attitude.   

post #3 of 8

Depending on weather conditions, a drive out to Snowbasin on a day with good visibility would be fun for both of you.  Powder Mountain may not be worth the extra drive.  PowMow is best with deep powder, but that doesn't sound like it would be that much fun for the OP's GF.

 

Would be good if GF were willing to take a group lesson or two.  Would give the OP a little time to go explore.  Both Alta and Snowbasin have very good ski schools.  Midweek won't be many others in a group lesson.

 

I'd say Brighton would be more fun for the two of you than Solitude if you want to ski off the same lift for at least a good part of the day.  The free mountain tour is worth doing since it'a all green/blue groomers, but you can learn about all the other areas and the trees talking with the host at stops.

 

For Alta, I suggest you park at Albion (end of canyon) on the first day.  That's where the ski school is located.  Start on Sunnyside to Cecret to Supreme to get GF warmed up if she isn't interested in doing a morning lesson.  Note that there are blacks on Vail ridge off Sunnyside that are fun short powder shots at the right time.  After doing Sugarloaf, then probably fine to check out Collins.  Collins closes the latest.  Note that there can be slow traffic after 4:00 on busy days (aka powder days).  So either leave early or relax until after 5:30.

post #4 of 8
Yes, if you get clear weather, snowbasin and its long runs and gondolas would be much fun.

Alta is great for running the collins or sugarloaf lift with a mixed group. It has nice groomers with fun on the sides for experts.
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Originally Posted by mpskier View Post

Yes, if you get clear weather, snowbasin and its long runs and gondolas would be much fun.

Alta is great for running the collins or sugarloaf lift with a mixed group. It has nice groomers with fun on the sides for experts.


If it's windy, then Supreme is the best area for a mixed ability group.  Many intermediates love Rock'N Roll.

post #6 of 8

I'm going to be in Utah starting this Saturday with my family.  Kind of bummed about the dry spell predicted between now and the end of next week?  At least it's staying cold and I guess sunny since it's not looking like snow.  Can anyone tell me what the snow conditions are like right now and what we can expect early next week?  Any chance at all for even a little snow?  Thanks!

 

P.S.  To the OP, hope you don't mind that I added to this thread as I felt it was pretty relevant.

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by snmhanson View Post
 

I'm going to be in Utah starting this Saturday with my family.  Kind of bummed about the dry spell predicted between now and the end of next week?  At least it's staying cold and I guess sunny since it's not looking like snow.  Can anyone tell me what the snow conditions are like right now and what we can expect early next week?  Any chance at all for even a little snow?  Thanks!

 

P.S.  To the OP, hope you don't mind that I added to this thread as I felt it was pretty relevant.


I can tell you that conditions were great at Alta the last couple days and probably very good today after new snow last night.  My friends and I left this morning.  Getting deep powder is always a matter of luck.  What's good about this season is that coverage is pretty much on track in terms of base depth.  The folks at Alta Lodge are very happy compared to last season at the beginning of Feb.

 

If you haven't ever read Wasatch Snow Forecast, that's worth a look.

post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 


I can tell you that conditions were great at Alta the last couple days and probably very good today after new snow last night.  My friends and I left this morning.  Getting deep powder is always a matter of luck.  What's good about this season is that coverage is pretty much on track in terms of base depth.  The folks at Alta Lodge are very happy compared to last season at the beginning of Feb.

 

If you haven't ever read Wasatch Snow Forecast, that's worth a look.


^^^This.  There's still plenty of untracked snow up there if you know where to look.  Maybe a little freshening up on Thurs.  You'll still find great conditions, just not the 14" of freshness that dumped a few days ago.

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