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going over to the dark side: Deer Valley or The Canyons?

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Since rejoining the downhill ski world three years ago, I've tended to prefer going to small, inexpensive, but interesting mountains -- consciously avoiding overpriced destination resorts like Vail, Aspen and the like -- partially because I'm cheap, partially because they feel like a more "authentic" ski experience to me, and partially because I don't want these areas going bankrupt.

But during my upcoming trip to SLC, I'll have a pocket full of those $20.02 vouchers, and am considering spending a day at Deer Valley or The Canyons... just to see what it's like.

The thought of non-stop high-speed lifts, and lots of untouched powder off of the groomed trails is tempting, but my main concern: after going to Deer Valley and having my skis unloaded by eager attendants, and eating in expensive restaurants, will I be able to tolerate slow lifts and a lunch of Diet Coke and poutine?

Also, which is the more interesting area, DV or The Canyons? I've read a lot about them, and understand their respective layouts, but I'd like a first-hand account.

Or should I just continue with my original plan and go to low-rent Powder Mountain?

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ February 25, 2002 04:56 AM: Message edited 1 time, by jamesdeluxe ]</font>
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james, stick with SKIING. Deer Valley is posh posh posh on-hill restaurants [well, truly fancy cafateria] and really well manacured slopes [except for a few]. From all of our previous conversations, sped your money well at Alta, Solitude, whatever in the canyons. Just my 2 cents
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P.S. . . . and Powder Mountain
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I've skied at Deer Valley although not the canyons. It is pleasant enough with nice cruising runs but wasn't very challenging. I think it would be important to try to get a little more off the beaten path on the mountain than I did. You could try it for a day and form your own opinion. If you exhaust the mountain, there are plenty of other places within driving distance (e.g., Park City or if you can drive a little further my favorite, Alta).

I wouldn't worry about Deer Valley pampering spoiling you. DV's food, celebrity-watching, and smooth skiing is worth experiencing but something you'll only want to do once in a while (at most). You'll probably have a good time but want a more raw experience for your next outing.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ February 25, 2002 09:20 AM: Message edited 1 time, by mps ]</font>
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Hmmmm, I don't know where you guys have been skiing up at DV, but I've found plenty of challenge with amazing tree skiing and now the chutes and bowls up in Empire Canyon! On second thought - it is a bit tame, maybe you should stick over in the Cottonwoods...

As for The Canyons, they have spent a ton of dough on new lifts and infractructure in the lst few years and I don't think anyone will tell you that you can't find a challenge there!

Bottom line: you probably will never see a deal like those $20.02 coupons so take advantage of it, get spoiled for a few days and have fun...

PS
Why not head over to Snowbasin for a day - their new lodges put even DV to shame and I bet that a day passes to the 'Basin next year will cost just as much as those here in the PC area!
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