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Skiing in Utah

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I'm basically a beginner and trying to figure out where to plan a trip. I have it in my head that Park City/Canyon/Deer Valley area is where I want to go. (I'm planning on travelling the first or second week in January). Last year I went to Taos NM and had a blast. Skiing in UT is supposed to be the best, right?

One concern is that Park City area seems to have more intermediate skiing than beginner. Is this true of most places? I've heard that the skiing in UT is some of the best in the west.

If I am looking for great western US skiing, convenience to get from Airport to accomodations to the slopes, and affordable prices (i.e., not Aspen which seems to be pricey), is Park City UT the place to go? Or should I be considering other areas with great conditions and more suitable to a beginner?


Thanks, Eric
post #2 of 6
Utah is a good choice, and if you want large amounts of beginner terrain I would recommend Park City Mountain Resort it has tons of beginner-intermediate terrain, and is less confusing than the Canyons. I would not rule out Alta there are a lot of very steep pitches there, but it is one of the best places to learn how to powder ski, and gets more snow than the park city resorts. Check out the area trail maps!
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Interesting, as a beginner looking for lots of easy terrain, last year you say you had a blast at Taos, NM...a place renowned for a high percentage of expert terrain. Park City would be fine western choice for lots of easy terrain. Nearby Deer Valley also has lots of same, and though it's pricey, you could splurge for a day or two and go there. PC has a nice town at base of slopes to explore with free local bus system. Summit county Colorado is competitively priced these days and would also fit your needs and is about 2hr drive from Denver. Keystone is especially known for lots of mellow green slopes, but Copper and Breckenridge good in that dept too, and all on a free local Summit county bus system. You must like to go west. If I were you I would consider a New England area like Okemo, Stratton or Killington (during the week) or many others meeting your needs. Not that you can't learn quickly, but beginners are not as likely to exploit some of the real oversized black diamond terrain or deep powder which motivates many advanced easterners to make the big trip out west. Were you able to enjoy a decent range of slopes at Taos?
post #4 of 6
Welcome new2skiing!
If you come to the Epicski Academy at Snowbird/Alta this year, you will not be a beginner for long!
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Hi there New2skiing,

I bet you will have a great time anywhere you choose out west. ..I am just a little dismayed by your comments on the Aspen group being too expensive for you.

The reason I am responding is because I recieved a flyer from Snowmass yesterday with some pretty competitive pricing. I just dug it out of the trash to make sure my memory served me correctly. They are advertising Thanksgiving packages for $63.00 per night at the Silvertree Hotel and $48.00 per night at the Wildwood Lodge. That is lodging, a lift ticket, and breakfast for those prices. That sure doesn't sound expensive to me, and Snowmass is just the kind of mountain to grow your skills on. Give them a look at www.snowmassskivacations.com .

They aren't the only good place to ski; but the myth that skiing Aspen has to be expensive doesn't seem to hold in this instance.
post #6 of 6
I'll have to agree with Feal here. Haven't found Aspen/Snowmass to be any more expensive than anywhere else, and I'm a cheap yankee to begin with. I'm always looking for deals when I go out West, and I'm always more than satisfied that I got my monies' worth when I leave. Can't wait to go back.
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