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Mountain recommendation near Salt lake needed

post #1 of 15
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My son and I are planning a short trip west from Boston mid-winter, because we lost the february vacation argument and are now going to Hawaii. So Salt Lake area seemed to make the most sense, easy flight from Boston and not a long ride to the mountains. We skied Beaver Creek last winter and our home base in MA is at Loon. Hard blues and wider less bumpy blacks work for us. Any recommendations?
post #2 of 15
Park City or Deer Valley will be your best bets. The areas in Little Cottonwood (Alta,Snowbird) and Big Cottonwood (Solitude, Brighton) do not fit your description...they are steeper and more off piste oriented.
post #3 of 15
last Feb. I went to Utah for 3 days.

i am an advanced (blacks, double blacks) skier and went with two friends, one another advanced tele/bc skier and one a self-taught lower-intermediate snowboarder.

the boarder did fine at Brighton, Snowbird, and Solitude no problem (we ditched her at SB for a day at Alta). She didnt' ride with us for the most part, but she found plenty to keep her busy and entertained on those mountains. plus there's a really good deal through this Best Western in Midvale where you can stay, ski (lift tix), get a rental car, b-fast/lunch/dinner for about $100 a person...there's another thread floating around here with the info, but i think you can get it either from the Best Western website (chose the one in Midvale) or via skiutah.com. we're planning to go again this season.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by ggski View Post
Park City or Deer Valley will be your best bets. The areas in Little Cottonwood (Alta,Snowbird) and Big Cottonwood (Solitude, Brighton) do not fit your description...they are steeper and more off piste oriented.
Haven't skied at Snowbird. Agree that Alta is more off piste oriented. But as intermediates we liked skiing at Alta much better than at Deer Valley. Alta grooms an intermediate run or two off every lift. We went all over the mountain with no problem. There's not the kind of extensive intermediate terrain that would keep a person who want's to ski differrent runs every time busy for a week but Alta has good beginner and intermediate terrain. Alta is a very different experience. Most runs at Deer Valley are tree lined; we even hit some icy stuff there. We actually preferred the sking at the The Canyons. But Alta was a wow experience. We really enjoyed Park City but when we go back we'll do most of our skiing in the Cottonwood Canyons.
post #5 of 15
Seriously take some lessons from a good level III instructor before going out west. It will be worth every penny.

With a few leassons under your belt you will be skiing more expert trails with style before you know it. Watch Doub Coombs skiing the steeps videos from Warren Miller DVDs in slow motion. None better than Doug. I have not seen you ski but most folks learning to ski steeps are not forward enough over the front of their skis. You can't ski steeps afraid back on your tails. Get forward, head up, point them bords down hill, and let'em rip.

BTW you may like Powder Mountain for a day.
post #6 of 15
Snowbasin has some great lonnngggg groomed blues and blacks if you're up for just a bit more drive from SLC than to the Park City or Cottonwood areas. And there's more than enough ungroomed if you want to try that out too. Plus you can say you've skied (at least parts) of the same runs that they ran the downhills on during the Olympics.
post #7 of 15
1. Snowbasin
2. Canyons
3. Snowbird

If you don't want to drive, stay in Park City and use the shuttles to DV, PCMR, and the great Canyons.

Nevertheless, you really MUST ski Snowbird (not as tough on a nice day), and Snowbasin (#1 in UT as far as a LOT of us are concerned).

Rent gear at Canyons Sports downtown.

Enjoy!
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by skidad55 View Post
My son and I are planning a short trip west from Boston mid-winter, because we lost the february vacation argument and are now going to Hawaii. So Salt Lake area seemed to make the most sense, easy flight from Boston and not a long ride to the mountains. We skied Beaver Creek last winter and our home base in MA is at Loon. Hard blues and wider less bumpy blacks work for us. Any recommendations?
Hawaii? No problem -- you CAN ski there-- well, sometimes. Check out these links:

http://www.hawaiisnowskiclub.com/
http://www.hawaiiinfoguide.com/hawaii_skiing.htm
post #9 of 15
I think Deer Valley is your best bet for hard blues and less bumpy blacks. Deer Valley has double blues, which are groomed, pretty steep, and fast. They also have some blacks that are groomed, Stein's Way comes to mind. The blue, double blues, and groomed blacks at DV are awesome. You can generate some serious speed on these.
post #10 of 15
Close your eyes and throw a dart. Seriously, every resort in the SLC/Ogden area has great skiing for everybody. It is impossible to make a bad choice.

What I would suggest is that regardless of where you end up, take the mountain tour and ask the host to show you a few good spots for the stuff you want to ski. Also good is to stop by the ski school/patrol desk and ask if they can circle some good stuff on your trail map. If you can afford it, a lesson is a great way to get a personalized tour of some great spots you might not find otherwise. This can also keep you out of the rocks in the early season.

All of these resorts are pretty big, but if you don't know how to get around they can feel like you are always on the same runs. Knowing how to get to the stuff you want to ski at the resort will make a bigger impact on your trip than which resort you pick.
post #11 of 15
Agree with Onyxjl. Don't know how long your trip is, but if it's only a few days, you don't want to spend most of it on the road!
Don't forget Solitude either, very good grooming and plenty for intermediates to enjoy, and it appears to be deserted much of the time. There are UTA ski buses going up and down both SLC canyons.
post #12 of 15
Man - there are so many choices which is why I always go back.

I agree that for families Deer Valley is nice - just the lodges, level of service and relatively tame groomed terrain (although there are areas if you want to do a bit more). PCM is also very convenient I think and has a large area near the bottom of green/blue runs which are nice at the end of the day.

Again though - not to take anything away from the other places. The snow quality out there anywhere will allow you to turn on steeper terrain than you're used to. It's genuine packed powder - you can actually get an edge in!

Check out a day if you can in one of the canyons LCC or BCC. It's more of a mountain experience and you might find you can do more than you thought due to the conditions.
post #13 of 15
From what you said I think a good Taste of The Wasatch would be a day at Solitude. Now if you wanted to spend the night in the mountains and get some excellent skiing stay up in Park City. It isa eal Mountain town lots of History, Plenty of great places to eat and get an adult beverage or two. Ski any of the three Park City area resort all are within mins of each other.
post #14 of 15
They're all good. If you stay in the city you can bus it to the areas in Big and Little Cottenwood canyons in about 45 min.
post #15 of 15

Snowbasin an amazing discovery

Snowbasin is amazing: http://www.snowbasin.com/index_s.asp
My wife and I discovered it trying to avoid weekend crowds at the better known resorts. It is second to none. The finest lodges money can buy, skiing of every sort and plenty of it, and NO LINES.
Don't miss this one.
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