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Deer Valley vs Alta

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I was wondering if anyone can tell me their experiences with these two resorts? We liked Deer Valley this year and are going back in January. Then I started looking into visiting one of the other resorts for a day and Alta seemed to fit our needs too, in terms of having a lot of beginner runs.

How are the greens on Alta compared to DV? I ventured on some blues on DV towards the end of our visit, but nothing crazy. Just because I sorta got bored with the greens at DV.


Amy
post #2 of 25
I have never skied Deer Valley, but I hear it is known for its wide, beautifully groomed runs and papered lodge atmosphere.

Alta is an area that I have skied on two separate trips to Utah... In contrast Alta is known as a skiers mountain. Until recently they didn't believe in high speed lifts. The groomed runs that do exist usually get a high amount of traffic (because there are not a lot of them) and are typically narow and twisting. There are several areas that do not offer a particularly easy way down.

I think you may have better luck (and enjoyment) at Solitude or Brighton... or even Park City MR.

Later

GREG
post #3 of 25
On my trip to Utah this past season, I found Brighton to have a lot of very easy terrain. Not a threatening mountain for the most part. My wife is an intermediate skier and was more comfortable there than at Solitude or Alta.
post #4 of 25
Brighton has plenty of groomers and easy terrain, but there are many snowboarders and terrain parks. Solitude offers better terrain (IMO) but doesn't groom as much (in my experience). Park city would be a good choice for a family of intermediate/beginning skiers, its very family friendly and has tons of well groomed open runs.
post #5 of 25
In many ways, Alta is the complete antithesis of DV and if you're planning to stay at the mountain you will have very different experiences. There just isn't much around Alta other than the skiing and the guest lodges. At DV you have easy access to all of Park City. DV has very well cared for slopes, the loges are posh, and the on mountain food is about as good as it gets in the US. As I recall, many of the actual greens are in relatively high traffic areas. Alta has very nice green terrain in the Albion (SP?) basin area and off the Cecret lift. The blues off Sunnyside are pretty mellow. Alta does have groomed blues off every lift and as intermediate level skiers we much preferred the skiing at Alta than at DV. The scenery at Alta is also much more impressive, in my opinion. Haven't been to Solitude or Brighton so really can't comment.
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all your input. We are going to stay in Deer Valley just because it's so centralized with the transit system. My hair brained idea was to go to another mountain just for a day. Seems like I need to check into Brighton more.

My hubby is a cautious green skier so he likes the wide openess of Deer Valleys trails. I have much more control, so I can do better on narrower. Not too concerned about being groomed. I have found it harder at times with groomed runs, then with the natural terrain. Maybe that is just because I'm usually the first one out there in the mornings and I get stuck chopping it up for everyone.
post #7 of 25
I think you would be fine at ANY of the other ski areas near SLC for a day except Snowbird. I've skied them all and there's ample Beg/Int terrain with PCMR probably having the most. Alta is a special place and also has plenty of the terrain you're looking for.
post #8 of 25
Yeah even being a Bird employe alta is the better choice for what you guys are looking for. Alta is special place for sure. but so is the bird but trust me the bird would scare the bejesus outta of your hubby.
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by Alliegator
Thanks for all your input. We are going to stay in Deer Valley just because it's so centralized with the transit system. My hair brained idea was to go to another mountain just for a day. Seems like I need to check into Brighton more.

My hubby is a cautious green skier so he likes the wide openess of Deer Valleys trails. I have much more control, so I can do better on narrower. Not too concerned about being groomed. I have found it harder at times with groomed runs, then with the natural terrain. Maybe that is just because I'm usually the first one out there in the mornings and I get stuck chopping it up for everyone.
When we visited UT we skied 1 day at DV, then a day at The Canyons. Then we decided we had to at least see Alta. We were pretty blown away, best single day of skiing ever. We were staying near The Canyons but decided to drive back over to Alta for our final day. Just a couple of additional comments. The greens at Alta are really nice gentle greens, don't get scared looking at the front face as you're driving in past Snowbird and the Wildcat side of Alta. There are no safety bars on any of the lifts at Alta. I found that a bit disconcerting at first but quickly got used to it. You owe it to yourselves to at least make one day trip over to one of the resorts in the Cottonwood Canyons.
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by RISkier
In many ways, Alta is the complete antithesis of DV and if you're planning to stay at the mountain you will have very different experiences. There just isn't much around Alta other than the skiing and the guest lodges. At DV you have easy access to all of Park City. DV has very well cared for slopes, the loges are posh, and the on mountain food is about as good as it gets in the US. As I recall, many of the actual greens are in relatively high traffic areas. Alta has very nice green terrain in the Albion (SP?) basin area and off the Cecret lift. The blues off Sunnyside are pretty mellow. Alta does have groomed blues off every lift and as intermediate level skiers we much preferred the skiing at Alta than at DV. The scenery at Alta is also much more impressive, in my opinion. Haven't been to Solitude or Brighton so really can't comment.
I concur wholeheartedly with this assessment. Alta's greens are fine and the scenery is phenomenal. If you're planning on going to Alta for just one day, there are enough groomed greens to keep beginners happy, but not as much as DV. If food/lodges are important to your experience, DV is the place to go. And it's situated in PC.

But I highly recommend taking at least one day and going into the Cottonwood Canyons. Great scenery and a great experience and you shouldn't miss it while you're out there. If you want to look at Solitude or Brighton, I would recommend Brighton. It has some beautiful greens through tree-lined groomers and it has the added benefit of one green coming down from one of the summits. Great view from up there into Heber, Midway on the back side.
post #11 of 25
get over to Alta for the real alpine scenery.
post #12 of 25
You may want to check out solitude, or Snowbasin.
post #13 of 25
How can anyone compare a Ski area (ALTA) with a town with snow on it's
streets.
post #14 of 25
I prefer oranges.

My .$.02 Deer Valley has a lot of nice groomers as has been noted and the skiing would definately be better suited to the abilities of a beginner. However, the phrase that always comes to mind when I think of DV is that "it's the nicest country club I have ever skied at."

I have to say that I prefer the whole LCC, scenery, skiing and vibe better overall.
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA
Yeah even being a Bird employe alta is the better choice for what you guys are looking for.
So how is that commute from PA to Snowbird?
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by Powdr
So how is that commute from PA to Snowbird?
22 hours long mostly highway....


















































































Done twice a season
post #17 of 25
Only 2 hours short of Le Mans!
post #18 of 25
At this years Gathering I skied

Deer Valley
Park City MR
The Canyons
Snow Basin

If I never ski Deer Valley again in my life I will not be heart broken. I was underwhelmed. Park City was a surprise and had a good time at the Canyons.

Snow Basin was the best hands down. Alta is better than Snow Basin and both blow away DV. Snow Basin is DV customer service with better skiing hands down. Actually, the customer service was better at Snow Basin.

ed
post #19 of 25
Thread Starter 
Everyone had a bunch of great tidbits and I appreciate it. Probably will look into Alta and Brighton and make a choice once we get to Utah. Sounds like we can't go totally wrong nor have too bad of an experience at either.

We are going during Sundance time (FF miles baby) because I heard the mountains are dead, while people are out stargazing and movie watching. I could care less about that junk..bring on the snow! Plus, we are going during the week.

How far of a drive is it from DV to either Alta or Brighton? Take into account we have NEVER driven in snow or ice and I will be driving like a my mother! The roads were pretty clear this year but if it does start snowing..yikes!
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by Alliegator
Everyone had a bunch of great tidbits and I appreciate it. Probably will look into Alta and Brighton and make a choice once we get to Utah. Sounds like we can't go totally wrong nor have too bad of an experience at either.

We are going during Sundance time (FF miles baby) because I heard the mountains are dead, while people are out stargazing and movie watching. I could care less about that junk..bring on the snow! Plus, we are going during the week.

How far of a drive is it from DV to either Alta or Brighton? Take into account we have NEVER driven in snow or ice and I will be driving like a my mother! The roads were pretty clear this year but if it does start snowing..yikes!
Roads are usually pretty clear. Maybe 30-40 minutes depending on traffic up the Cottonwood canyons to Alta or Brighton. Snowbasin is farther. Maybe 1 hour. When the roads are icy and snowy, count on a little over an hour to Brighton/Alta.

Park City Resort and The Canyons are both right there in PC; only 5 minutes away from DV and there are shuttle buses. PC is a great place for beginners and intermediates as well.

During the week you will not find any lift lines at any of the resorts. You're sure to have a great time. My advice would be to divide 3-4 days up between DV and PC (I personally don't care for the Canyons, but a lot of people love it), then take 1 day and go to Brighton or Alta.
post #21 of 25
Here are my thoughts (I ski Utah at least once a year and I hit at least 4 areas each time): Park City the most underwhelming resort I have ever skied - poorly layed out. Brighton - nice good terrain but with boarders in abundance and most using the patented Side Slid Pow Buldozer why bother. Alta - (Angels singing in background) Great snow, lots of snow, no boarders - says it all I think, most underrated resort ever. Deer Valley - great moguls, odd spread out layout, lots of groomed runs, oddly really good on fresh snow days since all the pow hounds are fighting for tracks at Alta, Snowbird, Brighton (boarders). Snowbird - super great terrain (the best for all intents), great snow, lots of snow, but with boarders and crowds - a great resort with issues. Canyons or is it Park West or is it Wolf something or other . . . Well, I just never got the hang of this place so I avoid it like the palgue. Prolly to my loss but what the hay or is it hey? Snow Basin - great lodges, good snow, fair terrain, low crowds a good place to ski if you ask me but a bit far from Salt Lick or Park City. Solitude - oddly now one of my favorites, low crowds, good snow, good terrain although somewhat limited when compared to Alta or Snowbird but the low crowds make up for it and while it allows boarders they don't dominate the area or seem to bulldoze snow quite so badly.

Note my only complaint about boarders is the bad habit of the many. That being turning the board sideways and plowing huge swaths of pow instead of riding it. Get three or 4 of these yahoos and they can burn up pow at an astonishing rate.

Mark
post #22 of 25
whats with everyones beef with boarders?
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA
whats with everyones beef with boarders?
It's not everyone.
post #24 of 25
Bushwacker here are my TWO CENTS.
My wife and I are good intermediate skiiers and we visited SLC last year for the first time and had a TERRIFIC TIME!
Other than Snowbird (I kinda got chicken here and did not ski there) I think that you will have a great time no matter were you ski.
We did not think Park City as all that great...it was more of an eastern mountain layout ( i.e. Okemo or Sunday River).

You can not beat Solitude or Alta!!

HAVE FUN
post #25 of 25

another .02cts.

Been going to Park city for the last 8 years for a week. Maddog has the best assessment over all, IMHO. Smart to focus on mid week, all the places will be relatively low of lines.Even better to go during sundance! You are right, you will have the resorts to yourself! Housing prices go thru the roof at that time of year. Glad you got a deal.
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