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Deer Valley or Snowbird This Weekend?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
My lovely wife is working at Deer Valley this year so I can ski there for free. However, with the weather as warm as it's been, she's talking like the conditions are pretty marginal. Has anybody been over to Alta or Snowbird the past couple of days and, if so, are the conditions any better? Or I guess I should say are the conditions at Alta so much better than DV that I would be wise to ski Alta rather than ski for free at DV?
post #2 of 19
Ski for free. Save paying for a pow day.
post #3 of 19
I was at Alta Sunday. There was still plenty of good skiing to be had, but some of the slopes were getting pretty hard. The high t would be brutal early in the morning. I would go with a free day on the groomers.
post #4 of 19
Wow! Isn't this a depressing link? Thus far in Utah, there has been one snow storm/month. There is no snow in the forecast until at least X-MAS. I hope that, this year, we receive something comparable to the 140+ inches that we received during the week between X-MAS and New Years last year
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
It especially stinks since there were so many promising early dumps. I think I'm going with your suggestions. If the conditions are going to be crappy, I may as well ski the crappy conditions for free. Besides, I've never skiied the Cottonwood Canyons when there hasn't been copious amounts of powder. It would be a shame to have to lower my opinions of them.
post #6 of 19
I was at PCMC saturday and the conditions stunk! Alta on sunday and the powder was all gone. Snowbird on Monday and I found quite a bit of some untracked snow, especially up at Mineral Basin. Skiing for free is still skiing for free though!
post #7 of 19
oh I forgot to add how nice it must be to always complain about how bad the conditions are in the FALL. My butt won't being skiing out here till at least christmas with the warmness that's been going on, though it is in the 20's tonight so maybe something will open up.
post #8 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by rquick
My lovely wife is working at Deer Valley this year so I can ski there for free. However, with the weather as warm as it's been, she's talking like the conditions are pretty marginal. Has anybody been over to Alta or Snowbird the past couple of days and, if so, are the conditions any better? Or I guess I should say are the conditions at Alta so much better than DV that I would be wise to ski Alta rather than ski for free at DV?
What dept does you wife work in at DV? I know plenty of people from most depts there.
As a former DV employee i learned real fast not to ski on weekends, not just at DV but other Utah resorts. Thats is the buiest time of the week.
So if your work schdule allows it, try to switch your days off , so you have your 'weekend' in the middle of the week. 15 years there i only took 2 real weekends off, what a mistake ,

if you ski the wekend at DV, stay close to the Sultan Lift, Mayflower as well. Most advance terrain there, so the crowds tend to hang on Flagstff and Empire lifts. At exactly noon, you will notice the mtn, all but mty. Every one goes to lunch at the same time. This i found is a great time to ski.
Lifts to avoid anytime,,, Northside, by far the buiset lift at DV. It can run a full maze, yet the others are ony half or 1/4 full.
My favoret wake up run, Perserverance, off Sultan. Top of Bald Mtn, head east, down the ridge road. You can catch it from there, or ski down a litte bit, to the first cat rack on your left, and that drops you 3/ 4 of the way up.
Years ago, they stopped grooming it from the ridge road. Bummer
I have plenty more ideas if your intrested.
post #9 of 19
TAHOETR, quite a post! I hope you do offer some more suggestions: We will be in SLC 12/28-1/11, and current plans have us @ DV Sat. 1/8 trhu Mon. 1/10, because we thought they'd be the emptiest re crowd Control...????

Can you shed some light on Snowbasin, steep groomers (blue and black) VS. same terrain @ DV, PC and Canyons?

Gracias!
post #10 of 19
Deer Valley is a good bet for holidays as they do limit ticket sales.If what i am hearing is right Utah Ski resorts are going to be busy over the Holidays. Booking are way up. Still we lag far behind in books compaired to Colorado.
When skiing Snowbasin try Grizzly and Wildflower runs. Grizzly was the Olympics Mens Downhill Wildflower was the Woman Downhill.
post #11 of 19
I was at Alta on Tuesday, I spent most of the day on the Sugarloaf Lift and found pockets of nice snow. Spent the afternoon skiing off the Sunnyside lift with my wife. I found some preety good snow between the Sunnyside and Albion lifts. Thats a nice area to play in when you are relegated to skiing with the wife .

Went over to Collins and took two runs on some real hard snow before calling it a day.
post #12 of 19
Tks re Snowbasin Utah49! Are both Downhills GROOMED? What about runs off Strawberry Gondola, are they really as long as they look? Groomed?

I'm thinking of taking advantage of the new Discounts @ Sbasin, for a total of 3 days. Wise??? Gracias.
post #13 of 19
strewberry runs are even longer then they look. most of strewberry isn't all that steep. At least the groomed runs aren't. There are sections and cut offs that have steeps . What I like most about that part of the mountain ho wwide open it all is.If you are at all adventurous there are millions of diffrent possibilities. I take that back It's all of snowbasin.
post #14 of 19
Gpaul; the womens DH is almost always groomed, the men's DH is only groomed in sections.
post #15 of 19
I'll be at DV on Saturday, I think. PM if anyone wants to meet up.
post #16 of 19
During the holidays, you can by the next day passes to DV starting , i belive around 3p at Snow Park Lodge.
Looking toward the middle , if not last week of January. To stop by DV. Have to avoid Sundanve week, and the PIBS.
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by tahoetr
What dept does you wife work in at DV? I know plenty of people from most depts there.
As a former DV employee i learned real fast not to ski on weekends, not just at DV but other Utah resorts. Thats is the buiest time of the week.
So if your work schdule allows it, try to switch your days off , so you have your 'weekend' in the middle of the week. 15 years there i only took 2 real weekends off, what a mistake ,

if you ski the wekend at DV, stay close to the Sultan Lift, Mayflower as well. Most advance terrain there, so the crowds tend to hang on Flagstff and Empire lifts. At exactly noon, you will notice the mtn, all but mty. Every one goes to lunch at the same time. This i found is a great time to ski.
Lifts to avoid anytime,,, Northside, by far the buiset lift at DV. It can run a full maze, yet the others are ony half or 1/4 full.
My favoret wake up run, Perserverance, off Sultan. Top of Bald Mtn, head east, down the ridge road. You can catch it from there, or ski down a litte bit, to the first cat rack on your left, and that drops you 3/ 4 of the way up.
Years ago, they stopped grooming it from the ridge road. Bummer
I have plenty more ideas if your intrested.
My wife just started in the kids ski school. She seems to be really enjoying it. Unfortunately, I am relegated to skiing weekends although one of my skiing days is usually a Friday. The company I work for in L.A. was acquired by a retailer in New Jersey and I've got a retention package that keeps me down here through February. We'd already been talking about moving to the mountains, so a hot Southern California real estate market and a generous severance package conspired to make it possible. We're renting a condo on the Jordanelle until I land a permanent job in Utah. For now, it's weekdays in L.A. and weekends in Park City.

The crowds weren't actually all that bad on Saturday. At DV, like you were saying, people tend to clump together. The weird thing is, we'd be dodging people down one run, ride the same chair back up and ski down a similar run parallel to the crowded run and there would be nobody.

Most of your favorite terrain was roped off this past weekend, but looks like it will be fun. It also looks like there will be some decent stuff off of the Jordanelle Gondola. That wasn't open yet as they were still making snow - the coverage looked fine - it just hadn't been groomed yet - they must be holding opening that for this weekend.

Thanks for the tips.
post #18 of 19
Those condos over by the Jordanelle lok pretty nice the views must be nice over looking the all that water. it is such a short trip to be right at the Gondola. On really packed days i head over there rather then Park miles away from the Snow Park lodge. Most of the skiing off the Gondola is Ok for doing warm ups. It never seems to get a crowd over on that side. A good many of the runs you see are privet runs for the Deer Crest homeowners. I guess if you paided 10 to 15 Million for a ski in ski out home you don't want the rif raft skiing by your home. There is one run over there that looks very tempting. One of these days I'm going to poach a few of those runs. The best stuff at Deer Valley is on the Mayflower side and Perseverance bowl area. On powder days you will be skiing with a lot of locals at deer valley most of the guest will be sitting by the fire waiting for all that nasty snow to be groomed into submission. On those days the duct tape and gortex crowd comes out of the woods at Deer Valley.
post #19 of 19
Just wait. the early season is nothing compaired to the mid to late season. The crowds, or as the employees know it, hell weeks 1,2 and 3 are soon to to be there, ie: Xmas week, Presiedents Day/week, then spring skiing. Enjoy the slow times
Ah yes Jordanell, worked plenty of hrs in the Deer Crest Area. One word of warning, the smaller runs , aren't really opend to the public. No worries they won't pull your pass, just give you friendly advice, that they are private.

Kids skischool, hope she knows what she is getting into Great staff she is working with. Had alot of fun loading the kids on Burns/ Snowflake. Warn her about a game, called Gotch Ya first. have her ask the veteran instructors what it is.
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