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Hi -

 

Planning a trip to Utah but have no idea about the pros/cons of each of the mountains around Salt Lake City: Alta, Deer Valley, Park City and Snowbird.

 

Would welcome some insight around each.

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 8

Well, you might want to start by looking at reviews for the various Utah resorts. Then there is the Utah weather discussion thread. Of course you could use the search function to find other threads about Utah resorts. Scan through some of those and let's see if you have some more specific questions.

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Believe you need more gentle terrain, in that case Alta, Park City, or Powder Mtn might be good choices.  What are your priorities with respect to costs, apres-ski/resort amenities, proximity to airport, etc?  

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Hi -

 

Planning a trip to Utah but have no idea about the pros/cons of each of the mountains around Salt Lake City: Alta, Deer Valley, Park City and Snowbird.

 

Would welcome some insight around each.

 

Thanks.


For a family trip or going solo?  Staying slope side or in the city?  Have you skied elsewhere out west?

post #5 of 8
If you got money you can blow it at park city/ deer valley. If you want advanced terrain alta/ snowbird. On my last trip there i struck up conversations with locals working in the stores and every one of them favored alta/ snowbird
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For a family trip or going solo?  Staying slope side or in the city?  Have you skied elsewhere out west?


Family trip with wife and seven year old. Not sure yet on lodging - wanted to decide on mountain first. Skied out in Vail and BC.

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Believe you need more gentle terrain, in that case Alta, Park City, or Powder Mtn might be good choices.  What are your priorities with respect to costs, apres-ski/resort amenities, proximity to airport, etc?  


You are right - seven year old son will likely be in ski school most of the day while we ski on blues and blacks (nothing crazy). So definitely a great ski program.

 

Most places seem fairly close to SLC airport so not too worried about that. Obviously the lower the cost the better but cost not really an issue/deal breaker.  

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For a family trip or going solo?  Staying slope side or in the city?  Have you skied elsewhere out west?


Family trip with wife and seven year old. Not sure yet on lodging - wanted to decide on mountain first. Skied out in Vail and BC.

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Believe you need more gentle terrain, in that case Alta, Park City, or Powder Mtn might be good choices.  What are your priorities with respect to costs, apres-ski/resort amenities, proximity to airport, etc?  


You are right - seven year old son will likely be in ski school most of the day while we ski on blues and blacks (nothing crazy). So definitely a great ski program.

 

Most places seem fairly close to SLC airport so not too worried about that. Obviously the lower the cost the better but cost not really an issue/deal breaker.  


So family trip.  What week?  In March, Park City could still be good.  In April, then Alta makes more sense.  I took my daughter to Alta Lodge for her first trip out west.  She was 7.  Kids are free at Alta Lodge in April.  Both of us got completely spoiled and it became an annual trip for several years.  Perhaps a bit more expensive but great value when the priority for was a relaxing ski vacation for parent(s) and children.  She is social and enjoyed playing with the other kids after the ski day was done.  I enjoyed the free childcare from 4:30-8:15pm.

 

Snowbird also has good spring deals.  But the terrain is not as beginner/intermediate friendly.

 

Snowbasin can be iffy later in the season but is a good place at a lower price point if don't mind driving to the slopes in the morning.

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