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Need advice on choosing resorts in Utah.

post #1 of 9
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Four of us are going snowboarding in Utah the first week in Feb. We are staying in Park City and are boarding for three days. We need advise on which three resorts to board at. We board blue and black diamonds. We don't want to go to PCMR but probably the Canyons. I'm thinking going to Snowbird but how bout Solitude, Brighton or Snowbasin. Tough to decide. Thanks for the help.
post #2 of 9
I'd recommend heading to Solitude at least once. As I remember it, should be a haven for mid to upper level intermediate cruisers and the like.
post #3 of 9
You're staying in Park City, can't go do DV, and don't want to go to PCMR?!
post #4 of 9
In terms of terrain and snowfall, Snowbird and Brighton are tops for freeriding. Pretty much unlimited trees, chutes, and cliffs at both resorts.

If the terrain park is your bag, then PCMR is amazing - it's considered to be the best park in the country according to Transworld Snowboarding.

So, if freeriding is your thing, I'd do two days at the 'Bird and one day at Brighton. If you're into the park, I'd do one day at PCMR, one day at Brighton, and one day at Snowbird - all have good parks.

If you want the local's tour, let me know and I'd be happy to show you all the good pow stashes and fun lines.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
We are into cruising. Hanging out in the park is just not are bag. I've been to only Park and Canyons and I thought Canyons was way better. Anyway, thanks for any advice.
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by sic4dog
We are into cruising. Hanging out in the park is just not are bag. I've been to only Park and Canyons and I thought Canyons was way better. Anyway, thanks for any advice.
Since cruising is your thing, I'd have to say that the best groomers in Utah are at Snowbird, Brighton, the Canyons, and Snowbasin.

Snowbird and Brighton get the most and best quality snow. Snowbird has some steep top-to-bottom groomers that run continuously on some 3000 feet of vertical. Riding fast, it'll take you 10-15 minutes to ride top-to-bottom covering about 4 miles of trail. :

Brighton has some of the best grooming in the state, and the place is just built for snowboarding, which is why you see so many boarders there. It's like a natural terrain park. Ton of fun trails, well spaced trees, huckable (and landable) cliffs, log jibs, and lots of pow make it fun.

The Canyons has long, if somewhat flat, groomers. The snow isn't as good or as plentiful as BCC/LCC, but it's fun for a day.

Same thing goes for Snowbasin. It's awesome on a pow day, but otherwise kind of flat and its low elevation makes the snow get manky quickly. Long groomers, albeit low angle for the most part except for the John Paul area.

Again, if you want the local's tour, I'd be happy to show you guys around.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by ant
You're staying in Park City, can't go do DV, and don't want to go to PCMR?!
Actually, PCMR has quite the rep as being great for boarders. They have some of the best terrain parks in the country, a huge variety (last year I think there were something like 5 or 6) and a great boarder/youth vibe (so I'm told by my son). You do have to know how move around the mountain to avoid the frustrating flats. Personally, if I was staying in PC, I would do the following:

- The Canyons
- PCMR
- Snowbird
- Solitude or Brighton

EDIT: Ant, I saw the ? on your sentence, and now I get it. Duh!
post #8 of 9
Yeah, I was puzzled! Still am, given the OP's stated criteria.
post #9 of 9
I've been going to SLC for 7 or 8 yrs. Quite frankly, you just can't go wrong. Your best bet is to hit 2 or 3 resorts this trip and then schedule another trip or two so you can try em all.

Our criteria on which resort to ski relies heavily on the current days weather. If it is snowing hard or the forecast is for snow (most days) we avoid the LCC and BCC roads and go to the Canyons or Snowbasin.

Garyskr
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