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Low intermediate trails at The Canyons

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Can anyone tell me how the trails at The Canyons marked on the map as low intermediate (e.g. Panorama, Harmony) compare to Sunday River or Attitash? It's just that there aren't many beginner trails and I'm looking for info on how likely my parents, who don't ski much, would be able to handle the low intermediate trails. I mostly ski Sunday River, so if you can give me an idea what trails at SR might compare to The Canyons in terms of difficulty, I'd appreciate it. I'm thinking my parents might have to spend most of their time on the slopes at Deer Valley, but there is a snowboarder in our party of four, and , well, you know... We will be at The Canyons week of Dec 12-19. Thanks!
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Kim, there are some very nice long low-intermediate trails at the Canyons. Have no idea how they compare to Sunday River. But low-intermediate. Boa off Super Condor is perhaps a little "steeper" but is very wide and pretty. Dreamscape Panorama is marked as Green but they would probably enjoy that. Possiblities off of almost every lift (except 9990 : and Snow Canyon, which is now Boarder central because of the park.)
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Lodro -- Thanks for the info. Can you advise as to the easiest way for them to return to Red Pine Lodge from Panorama? Down Harmony to the Tombstone lift and then what? Red Pine Road looks like the only option if it's not too steep. The new trail map shows a natural half-pipe on it, "Pinball Alley". Do you have any knowledge of that? I hadn't thought about it earlier, but getting my parents to trails they will feel comfortable on is one thing, getting them back might be something else altogether, huh? Thanks again!

Kim
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Lodro -- Thanks for the info. Can you advise as to the easiest way for them to return to Red Pine Lodge from Panorama? Down Harmony to the Tombstone lift and then what? Red Pine Road looks like the only option if it's not too steep. The new trail map shows a natural half-pipe on it, "Pinball Alley". Do you have any knowledge of that? I hadn't thought about it earlier, but getting my parents to trails they will feel comfortable on is one thing, getting them back might be something else altogether, huh? Thanks again!

Kim
Yea Red Pine way is the only gentle route but it should be fine -- its a cat track at top but fairly wide. The natural half pipe has always been there and it is in the woods, hopefully they won't get anywhere near it! Only issue is a bit of a slog at the end if they don't keep speed up. If you have any concerns you can always forerun the route off of Tombstone. If all else fails the blues and greens right off of Saddleback are very nice -- these are the teaching runs and are very pleasant, just relatively short. HTH!
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Kim,

I actually brought my parents out to the Canyons last spring, so I can provide some input. My dad (82) is an intermediate and my mom (76) "likes the greens". As mentioned by Lodro, we were able to ski all lifts except 9990 (and Super Condor because we never made it that far when they were with us). Most all lifts have an easy way down.

Their favorites were Harmony (off Peak 5) and Snow Dancer (off Saddleback). Dreamscape was also a great place to ski as it held the snow the best during the warmer days of spring.

I would caution you about Red Pine Road from Tombstone - it is an easy green run, but will probably require some skating/pushing/walking as the runout is quite long and flat (as you pass the Yurt). The next easiest way to Red Pine Lodge from Tombstone is Sidewinder (double blue). This run is not too bad early in the day since it is usually groomed each night, but it does get a lot of traffic all going to mid-mountain. My mom made it down with no problems.

Enjoy!!!
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The next easiest way to Red Pine Lodge from Tombstone is Sidewinder (double blue). This run is not too bad early in the day since it is usually groomed each night, but it does get a lot of traffic all going to mid-mountain. My mom made it down with no problems.
Yea, that Red Pine runout is a push. Not overly strenuous, but not fun either (unless as I say you are carrying speed -- a tuck starting from the lower trees is reccomended but not for your parents, LOL). I didn't mention Sidewinder just because it is quite a bit steeper and can get so sketchy -- really skied off and bumpy, with out of control boarders and skiers flying by you. If the conditions are good and the place isn't too crowded it might be ok.
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Thanks for the replies. Exactly the type of helpful info I was hoping to get here. What a great board! I'm so glad I stumbled across it during web searches. I'm sure I'll be hanging around here a lot! Now if we could just get some snow in New England so I can try out my new Atomics before going to Utah next month!
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