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One day - Alta or Snowbird?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I will have one day in SLC to ski. What should I hit?
post #2 of 25
Alta.
post #3 of 25
Hit the Bird, ride the tram, check out chip's run, and tunnel over to mineral basin, and scope out the cirque, peek down great scott, but don't dirty your britches.

Then next trip hit alta for 4 straight days.
post #4 of 25
Alta. Every skier should experience what nirvana is like at least once in their life.
post #5 of 25
Get the combo ticket and ski both.
post #6 of 25
to insure maximum "intermediate run-out", traversing(rut skiing is fun!) and bottlenecks choose Alta.
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee
to insure maximum "intermediate run-out", traversing(rut skiing is fun!) and bottlenecks choose Alta.
I just don't get it. Why do you act so childish in your blind 'devotion' to one resort? You never fail to provide an unsolicited response knocking Alta (and just about any other Utah resort) whenever it is mentioned in these forums, irregardless of whether it is being compared to your 'devoted' resort, as if your are in some kind of jealous rage. What's even more pathetic is that you base this 'devotion' on one trip a year out here. I'd hardly think you have even had the opportunity to really get to know the place, let alone form such a polarized opinion. I've spent the better part of my adult life skiing/touring the Wasatch and have yet to form nearly as strong an opinion on any resort.

Why don't you do us all a favor and stay in the Poconos and devote your energy to those wonderful mountains instead. They could use the 'devotion' more than we could.

Powdr
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by Powdr

Why don't you do us all a favor and stay in the Poconos and devote your energy to those wonderful mountains instead. They could use the 'devotion' more than we could.

Powdr
I'm guilty of same kind of "outsider looking in" type commentary. But variety of input is one of the beauties of this forum. When a forum poster seeks info about a ski area much can be learned from the knowledge of locals AND from inputs by other recent visitors to the region, particularly if those recent visitors have similar skills, backgrd, and preferences as the individual asking the questions.
post #9 of 25
I amiably disagree with Vailboarder--there is too much between the two resorts to cover in a single day, so the combo ticket works better for a multi-day trip. JameJ is on the right track--maybe you should revise you trip and spend more time skiing?
post #10 of 25
If you have someone to show you around, go to Alta. Otherwise you'll probably have more fun at Snowbird.
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by Powdr
I just don't get it. Why do you act so childish in your blind 'devotion' to one resort? You never fail to provide an unsolicited response knocking Alta (and just about any other Utah resort) whenever it is mentioned in these forums, irregardless of whether it is being compared to your 'devoted' resort, as if your are in some kind of jealous rage. What's even more pathetic is that you base this 'devotion' on one trip a year out here. I'd hardly think you have even had the opportunity to really get to know the place, let alone form such a polarized opinion. I've spent the better part of my adult life skiing/touring the Wasatch and have yet to form nearly as strong an opinion on any resort.

Why don't you do us all a favor and stay in the Poconos and devote your energy to those wonderful mountains instead. They could use the 'devotion' more than we could.

Powdr
Nothing wrong with being excited about great skiing. OTOH, whenever I see a post asking about the resorts in Utah I know that inevitably Snowbird Devotee will post about SB being the best and the others can't compare, etc. I find it amusing, not annoying, but then again I'm fairly new to this forum. Also, after SBD's posts, a scolding from Powdr is sure to follow

I missed Snowbird on my only ski trip out west, but will have to hit it up next time.
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by MilesB
If you have someone to show you around, go to Alta. Otherwise you'll probably have more fun at Snowbird.
Good point from Miles as I enjoyed Alta much more this year as I was skiing with a couple of people who although they weren't intimately familiar with the mountain, took me to wonderful places I had never been.

As POWDR stated, please take Snowbird Devotee's post's with a grain of salt. Snowbird & Squaw are my favorite mountains(although Alta & Snowbasin are creeping up the ladder), but it's splitting hairs between Alta/Bird and you're sure to enjoy either immensely.

As Miles said, for 1 day skiing on your own I would say Snowbird. If you can hook up with a local, I would follow their lead. I also agree that the combined pass is probably a waste of a few dollars for a 1 day trip as you can't do either area justice in a single day.
post #13 of 25
Everyone is intitled to their opinion, when given the choice, seems most peeps around here vote for Alta, that's okay, if it's a choice, I choose Snowbird. Nice place to ski.
post #14 of 25
To echo;
I just spent a solo trip feb4-12 at Snowbird and Alta and I found myself answering this very same question. If I had one day to ski either resort what would I pick?
Snowbird!
If I had 3 days to ski only one resort what would I pick? Alta!

Alta’s got the goods. I was lucky enough to have some locals take me out to Catherine and Devil Castle and High Traverse to Rustlers. (I chilled on the Baldy hike) If you know the place it can really unfold for you. If not, you end up hunting for everything. Snowbird tends to lay it out in front of you. Steep visible fall lines are everywhere just rip what you see. This being said I’m sure there are plenty of stashes at Snowbird too. Both areas are great just different vibes.
S.
post #15 of 25
Thread Starter 
I guess I'm alittle freaked by both places. I'm prob. a level 8 skier, and am going with a level 9 skier. I don't want to get too over my head....is the terrain at Snowbird as scary as it's reputed? Can one have a fun time there just skiing good blacks and not extreme stuff?
post #16 of 25

Alta most of the time

7 out of 10 times, I'd say Alta because I like being able to find stashes & don't mind traversing around a bit. On the other hand, I agree with the other posts about Snowbird having more terrain in your face if you're not skiing with someone familiar with Alta.

Nice choices to have. Two of my favorites anywhere.
post #17 of 25
>is the terrain at Snowbird as scary as it's reputed?

No, there is expert terrain just about everywhere and nooks and crannies all over the place. But the place is full of strong intermediate's having a good old time. It's all about "when was the last time it snowed?" if it didn't snow for two weeks, or very little, then it is going to get all moguled up, and the steep slopes can be very hard with a real chance of an uncontrollable slide. If you get the regular snowfall, then it'll stay soft and sweet and an an advanced skier can ski safely all over.

That's why Snowbird and Alta rule. It snows at other places too, of course. But year in and year out, if you are like "most of us", and taking a chance, taking a flight for that once or twice a year trip, the LCC has the most reliable good skiing anywhere. It just so happens to be the easiest to get to, cheapest to stay(sandy or midvale), and has the highest percentage of expert terrain per sq foot(esp Snowbird).

If you are an advanced skier you will be perfectly happy, how could you not? Here's you you could not? Very often a persons first impression of a resort is how it skied, meaning conditions, meaning when was the last time it snowed.

If you hit Snowbird/Alta on a bad day, maybe warm, slushy, skied out or hard, icy"(western), and moguled up big, you might not have a very good first impression and that'll stick with you. It can certainly happen, conditions are not optimum day in and day out, and frequently easterners think western skiing is all powder. Not whatsoever, in fact you have a less than 50/50 chance of skiing "real" powder on a trip to any western resort. .(please note: 1" does not count as powder)

P.S. - I get my chance Thurs-Sunday. Hitting Deer Valley for first time Thurs afternoon, $51 for afternoon pass<g>.
post #18 of 25
Very timely thread. The wife and I are heading th SLC Fri am, she'll work the afternoon while I'll have some fun. For me it was between these two., and my choice is Snowbird. I am going to drive out as soon as I land to Snowbird. My question is, are they expecting snow this coming weekend 2/24-2/26? Sat we ski deer Vally. Looking forward to it , never skied UT before.
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by Powdr

irregardless ...

Powdr
Pretty much sums up his posts.

I just returned from an 8 day trip to Park City/Snowbird. Skied every day and am now quite sore and ready for a rest .

We skied 1 day each at Deer Valley, Snowbasin and Solitude. 2 days at Alta and 3 at Snowbird. I have skied Alta several times in the past but this was my first time at Snowbird and I can see what Snowbird Devotee is on about. Now I like Alta. Who wouldn't especially one coming from eastern skiing. However I think there is alot of hype over Alta which leads to a quickly tracked out hill with way too much competition for snow, and a lot of skiers in over their heads.

Snowbird was a really pleasant surprise. Mostly because of the relative lack of hype as compared to Alta. Why? I don't know, but it might be because people are afraid of the reputed steeps and expert terrain and eschew it in favor of Alta with its less aggressive reputation. My impression of Snowbird is that it is a big mountain with a whole lot of variety for a good skier. Steeps, trees, trails, bumps, bowls. And it really dissipates the crowds. Also we were there at a time where there was no fresh snow in a while (followed by a couple days with pow). IMO Snowbird's snow held up better in places than Alta's which is counter-intuitive as well as counter to what people have told me.

To answer this thread's question, if only skiing one day I would ski Snowbird.

As for Deer Valley, I was not impressed in the least. If you want a luxury resort, Vail/Beaver Creek do it so much better and with much better terrain. (DV surprisingly did have some nice bumps though).
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by tictoc
Very timely thread. The wife and I are heading th SLC Fri am, she'll work the afternoon while I'll have some fun. For me it was between these two., and my choice is Snowbird. I am going to drive out as soon as I land to Snowbird. My question is, are they expecting snow this coming weekend 2/24-2/26? Sat we ski deer Vally. Looking forward to it , never skied UT before.
I would skip Deer Valley and just do Snowbird for another day. If you have to do one of the Park City resorts DV would be the last one I would visit.

If you are into variety and can ski 3 days think about either Snowbasin, Brighton or Solitude as well.
post #21 of 25
I would tend to agree ... I try and take a different trip at least once a year to a new resort ... and the only places i always want to go back to are snowbird/alta and breckenridge (my best friend has a slopeside house there, how do you pass that up?)

I would maybe do one day at snowbird and one at alta if you have two days.

If you only have one, and if i can duck beneath the soon to be flying snowbird propoganda ... i think that everyone should experience alta at least once ... it's a great place ... there's just something about it ...

have fun ...
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by DefJef
I guess I'm alittle freaked by both places. I'm prob. a level 8 skier, and am going with a level 9 skier. I don't want to get too over my head....is the terrain at Snowbird as scary as it's reputed? Can one have a fun time there just skiing good blacks and not extreme stuff?
After skiing at both during ESA, My choice would be Alta. I just liked the terrain so much more.
post #23 of 25
were is a good place for a family to stay at the resorts or in town?
post #24 of 25
Jef,

Here's what you do. The resorts are about 1-2 miles apart. Drive by snowbird and take a look. The, go on up to Alta. See which one look more appealing and go there.

L
post #25 of 25
get the dual mountain ticket Snowbird and Alta
Can't lose
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