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post #31 of 45
Stay in Park City, if you want to enjoy the night life, but bring your laptop to find the best dumps, and do not purchase lift tickets until you decide on a mountain.

Simple!
post #32 of 45
Thread Starter 
:I am kind of confused on a comment that a couple of people were hinting on. Because my brother and I are in general intermmediate skiers, that we should be careful which place to ski on blues, i.e., Snowbird versus Deer Valley or Alta. Meaning, if we want to ski at Alta, I might enjoy myself more because the blues their are easier to ski on than Snowbird? If so why? What makes one blue at one resort different than another? Are we comparing powder versus groomed snow? If I had this ask this question, rank the resorts that have been mentioned of blues in order from easiest to hardest.

Thanks,

B.
post #33 of 45
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Originally Posted by Baukerman
:I am kind of confused on a comment that a couple of people were hinting on. Because my brother and I are in general intermmediate skiers, that we should be careful which place to ski on blues, i.e., Snowbird versus Deer Valley or Alta. Meaning, if we want to ski at Alta, I might enjoy myself more because the blues their are easier to ski on than Snowbird? If so why? What makes one blue at one resort different than another? Are we comparing powder versus groomed snow? If I had this ask this question, rank the resorts that have been mentioned of blues in order from easiest to hardest.

Thanks,

B.
Great question, I think that an awful lot of people don't fully understand that a ski resort ranks its runs in relation to the runs *ON THAT MOUNTAIN*, not relative to any other resorts. That means that a blue run at Snowbird is easier than a black run *at Snowbird*, nothing more. The whole blue/black thing is confusing and subjective and often reflects grooming, snowfall, traffic, accessibility, etc. I can tell you, though, that a blue at Snowbird is not the same thing as a blue at Park City.

I've put in a lot of ski days at the Utah resorts, and I would honestly say that if you and your brother are intermediate and advanced-intermediate, Snowbird is not a great choice for you. The "Blue" runs at Snowbird are limited and pretty steep when compared to any of the other resorts being mentioned. Not only that, but Snowbird's "Blues" tend to funnel a great deal of traffic onto the same few runs, so you kind of need to ski with eyes in the back of your head.

Here's how I would rank them given your parameters:

Alta - Not my favorite hill but they do get more snow than anyone. They have good low-to-upper intermediate skiing there and it's pretty well spread around the mountain. Not only that, but if you go to Utah and you *don't* ski Alta, then all your ski buddies will wonder what the hell is wrong with you.

Snowbasin - It absolutely has everything you're asking for.

Deer Valley - Pricey but worth it. A very fun hill for a lot of reasons. Tons of immaculately-groomed runs, excellent lifts, wonderful employees, great food, and plenty of skiing that can challenge almost anyone if you know where to look for it.

Solitude - Perhaps the best place in Utah to learn to ski powder. Huge snowfall and few people adds up to a really good experience.

Now for my ranking of easiest to hardest in terms of blues:

Park City
Canyons
Snowbasin
Alta
Solitude
Brighton
Snowbird

Have a great time and good luck. I agree with Spindrift - you need to spend more time there.
post #34 of 45
Excellent post Bob! I would probably swap Brighton with Solitude for sure and maybe even Alta, but it's splitting hairs. An embarressment of riches no matter how you look at it Baukerman.
post #35 of 45
Baukerman,

I am from Ohio as well and went on my first ski trip to Utah last winter with two friends. I also consider myself intermediate to advanced intermediate. We went for four days and spent a day each at Deer Valley, Snowbasin, Alta and Solitude. I think you would enjoy each of them. Of these four, my personal ranking would be #1 Snowbasin #2 Alta #3 Solitude #4 Deer Valley. Whatever you do, make sure you spend a day at Snowbasin. You will not regret it. Lots of top to bottom intermediate-level runs (especially off the Strawberry Express gondola) and fantastic facilities.
Alta has plenty of runs at the level you're looking for also. I especially like the runs off the Sugarloaf and Collins lifts. Solitude is aptly named. At times you feel like you have the place to yourself. The runs off the Summit chair are great! Deer Valley would not be crowded either since they limit ticket sales.
If you want, feel free to send me a PM if there are other questions I can help you with.
post #36 of 45
Thread Starter 
Bob Peters,

Thanks for your reply. I have never skied in Utah, but have in Colorado, about 12 years ago. It is too bad that this type of information is not asked much from other skiers who want to know where to ski. I think after I come back from Utah, I can respond to others where to ski. If anyone asks where to ski, we should ask what type of skier they are and then try to give them the best type of places to enjoy themselves. Maybe this is done with the responses that other giving without thinking about it. If others have other opinions about my last topic, good responsed would be really appreciated, not just me but others who may read this thread.

Thanks.
post #37 of 45
Baukerman:
When you say blues, you remind me of a friend that I used to ski with who is a terminal blue skier because he always has a bit of a stem in his turns. Anyway, at Alta he was defeated. The powder, the powder. Unless you have a decent parallel, you will find that the powder on the ungroomed runs will challenge you. Of course, that's how you get better.
Alta and Snowbird are croweded on weekends. Solitude never is. Deer Valley, Solitude, Brighton have the best grooming. Alta and Snowbird have much less, but, maybe with Snowbasin, are by far the most fun, even for a blue skier, unless the new snow is deep.
Have fun.
post #38 of 45
For an intermediate - advanced intermediate skier I think Park City is the place to be.

Between PCMR, The Canyons, and DV you will have to ski a long long time until you get bored with it. Thats my recommendation as someone who has skied all the SLC\Park City locations with a group at that ability level.

Bambi basin has a lot of good terrain to play with and the 9990 lift at The Canyons will be plenty challenging. Of course, it snowed continuously while we were in Park City for 4 days so that certainly helped.

I think the magic of Alta and Snowbird really opens up to more advanced skiers, although with fat skis it probably widens the ability range. Looking back on it now Mineral Basin was totally wasted on me at the time. Now that I have improved I am dying to get back there and ski it.

You really can't go wrong at any of them though.
post #39 of 45
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Originally Posted by Baukerman
My brother and I are going to Utah in January - Martin Lurther King Weekend. We plan on skiing for three days, hopefully to three different ski resorts. Becaus we live in Ohio, we need some good opinions on what are your top 3 or 4 ski resorts. We consider up advanced intermidiate skiers - mainly run on blues and easy blacks. We want places that are fun. Do crowds bother us? Not too much, but prefer not to have them. Is snow conditions important? If snow conditions are low, then yes. We will be staying in SLC.

Thanks,

Bill
MY top 4, or the top 4 for you and your ability?

MY top 4 and why (I've skied 9 of them...)

1. Alta- Alta is for skiers. Period.
2. Solitude- The name says it all.
3. Snowbird- Road to Provo, and Mineral Basin.
4. Powder Mountain- I like to kick it old skool. Also, see Solitude.

For you,

1. Alta- cuz everyone needs to ski Alta, and experience the pleasure of a snowboarding ban.

2. Brighton- Great intermediate terrain. And everyone should experience the other end of the SB spectrum, being overrun by them, to appreciate Alta even more.

3. Deer Valley- Another intermediate paradise, and an icon of opulence (if you're into such things).

4. PCMR- Great intermediate to expert terrain, nice variety for everyone.

Good luck.
post #40 of 45
Alta: Because it is one the top ski destinations for real skiiers. The powder is devine. You will have fun no matter what if you are a skiier.

Solitude: Short lift lines, nice terrain, good snow.

Park City: You mentioned having fun, and the town itself is about the only apres-ski around in Utah.

That about it..notice I did not mention Snowbird, cause I pretty much hate posers, and that place is poser central.
post #41 of 45
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Originally Posted by Knute

..notice I did not mention Snowbird, cause I pretty much hate posers, and that place is poser central...
Good one, Knute.

Poser central. Hee, hee.

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post #42 of 45
Based on the dates that you are going to be here - this is what i would do. Stay in Ogden, much less of a zoo on the holidays. Snowbasin is great for cruising the Groomerz and the crowds and prices are less the SLC. Powder Mt. is great for learning the pow with its lower pitch and you will swear that you just went back in time to the 70's when you roll out of the car. Lower $$ and lots of room.
Do head to SLC to hit Alta and Solitude you wont be sorry but look out for all of the people.
post #43 of 45
I moved to utah after living in Ohio and NH

Go to Alta and Snowbird

But can anything really beat Boston Mills and Brandywine (that's where I learned) HA HA
post #44 of 45
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Originally Posted by Baukerman
Wow, some really good info.

I should add that I will be there Friday, Saturday and Sunday, maybe Monday. When I mentioned "Fun", I did not mean nightlife, but terrian that really excites you. Keep in mind that my brother is an intermediate skier and I am an advanced intermediate. Skiing double blacks is not my thing. After pondering over what I have been reading, I think I have narrowed it down to at least two of the four places:

1. Alta
2. Snowbasin
3. ?
4. ?

I can't decide for the third and fourth place. Any suggestions:
A. Snowbird
B. Solitude
C. Deer Valley
D. The Canyons

*Brighton - I guess not too many people like this place because of poor lifts
Knowing the type of skiier you and your brother are, and the fact that you're going on this big "ski" vacation, stay in Park City and ski those 3 resorts there.

Reasons:

1. You won't get the most out of alta or snowbird. They're deep (you'll have a tougher time off trail, they're not as "friendly" as Park City/Deer Valley)
2. You can enjoy the "ski town" of Park City on your vacation
3. Park City has EVERYTHING there, unlike Alta and Snowbird, where you're (basically) driving from SLC to get up there unless you stay at the mountain.
4. You want groomers. You'll love deer valley.

If you have big money, stay at the "mid mountain" at deer valley. It's the total plush experience. I'm all about taking my ski boots off for a 5 course lunch at a gourmet restaurant (if someone's paying and it's not a pow day). But then again, when I last skied Deer Valley, I was: a. Poor b. skiing a ton c. enjoying the freebies with mom and dad.
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