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First Alta Ski Trip Complete

post #1 of 13
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Hi All,

I am currently sitting in my Hotel in Sandy, UT with my wife. We have skied at Alta the past few days. She is an advanced beginner and I am
a first timer. I took some lessons and progressed somewhat being a newbie. I learned how to wedge, balancing, stance etc. My wedge
turns were more like a lazy veer to either direction so next time I need to work on that more. I utilized the tow areas and practiced a good bit. I must say never have skied before a few areas were hurting after the first day. I am 6'0 tall, about 260 pounds. They put me on 160cm K2 Omni skis and Nordica boots. The boots fit good but I had some pressure points which gave me some arch pain that would subside after an hour of
putting the boots on. I wasn't sure if this was the boot design or the fact I wasn't accustom to wearing ski boots. Overall we had a blast, I definetly plan on getting in better shape and trying it again.. Here are my observations. Feel free to comment.

I think it would be wise to get my own boots, being uncomfortable and having boots that don't fit well is a waste of time and money. I feel I could always rent skis and poles but at least have my on boots.

My wife found even the green runs at Alta challenging. Is there a ski area with extremely easy greens or beginner/bunny hill areas with chair lifts?

I must say the staff at Alta was top notch, everyone was nice and helpful. Very professional.

post #2 of 13
In the Cottonwoods, I think Alta does have the best set-up for beginners. Brighton and Snowbird each have one small area dedicated to beginners but they are extremely small and tend to be pretty crowded. Solitude isn't suited at all for you. At Alta you might be better off working from the Cecret lift as the slopes are very mild and you pretty much have those runs to yourself. Once you get up your confidence, you could proceed to the Sunnyside chair.

Outside of the Cottonwood resorts, Deer Valley has a couple of lifts on their bunny hill with a gentle pitch. The area is pretty small, though, and once you progress beyond the bunny hill, the beginner terrain is about equivalent to the beginner terrain at Alta. If you just want to work on technique, however, the beginner lifts at DV are only $20.
post #3 of 13
Greg-glad you had a good time. My wife's first time on skis was in PCMR & Utah about 10 years or so ago, and she really liked Alta as a newby. She like PCMR as well, but the snow was better at Alta.

So are you hooked now?
post #4 of 13

. She is an advanced beginner
Thats kind of a oxymoron
post #5 of 13
Originally Posted by Gaprofitt
I think it would be wise to get my own boots, being uncomfortable and having boots that don't fit well is a waste of time and money. I feel I could always rent skis and poles but at least have my on boots.
Absolutely, the first item to consider purchasing is comfortable boots that support your present level of skiing with enough leeway to allow you to progress and still be happy with them for a couple of years.

If you plan on skiing more than just a couple of times, it is also very nice to purchase skis and poles and never have to stand in a rental line again at the mercy of the staff and what they have available that day.
post #6 of 13

Buy Boot

Buying your own boots is an excellent idea. One caveat, go to a shop known for it's bootfitting capability. I'm not sure you'll find one in GA, but next trip to a major ski area you should make that the first day priority. Do a search on boots and you'll find a million threads on the subject.

As for an area with chair served greens, I'm sure there are others but Telluride opened up Prospect Bowl a few years ago and has one of the best bunny hills in Ute Park I've ever seen. It's not at the base of the resort, but at about 10,500 feet. The conditions are excellent, they keeped it groomed, and since it is 2 lifts from the base it keeps the crowds down (not that Tride has crowds),

Welcome to the addiction known as skiing.
post #7 of 13
I agree with the others.

Yes, you should buy boots first. Also, you will want to seriously consider purchasing custom footbeds for those boots. They will support your feet much better, making them more comfortable, warmer, reducing pressure points and making the boots much more responsive to your input. It'll jack up the cost about $150, but it's worth the investment.

As for places that are good for beginners and low intermedaites, there are a ton of them. You could consider the major destination resorts such as those in Summit County CO (Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper, with Vail just down the road), which have gobs of beginner terrain and also have lots of other stuff to keep you occupied, should you need such disctractions if you get exhausted earlier in the day or need a day off from skiing.

Being warm, comfortable and not getting hurt by trying to ski when you are overly tired will keep the enjoyment level up and keep you coming back for more.

There are a lot of other places to ski, such as places in the North East or even possibly within driving distance (if you are in GA) such as western NC (Sugar Mountain and Beech and a couple others) You can also look into places like Whistler BC Canada, the Lake Tahoe area (Heavenly), and too many others to name.

Glad you had fun and welcome to our obsession.
post #8 of 13
Glad you had a fun trip. I concurr about boots but definately find a good bootfitter. These are not something you should just try on and buy at any kind of mass market store and certainly not online without a proper fitting.
post #9 of 13
did You Get Any Pix. If You Did Post 'em !
post #10 of 13
If I'm not mistaken, I think the mountain over by the Park City area are a little less "extreme" then over in little cottonwood. You might want to check out some of those resorts.

If you are from the east coast give Killington a try. There are plenty of LONG scenic green trails.
post #11 of 13
I remember my first day at Alta, It was late March and it hadnt snowed in a couple of days and the snow was super hard and fast but it began to puke and there was 14'' of fresh lying around by the end of the day....Then we skied devils castle, good times...
post #12 of 13

East Coast

For beginners, in the East, Okemo, Vt is great. Lots of milder terrain.
post #13 of 13
Breckenridge has some easy and long green runs.
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