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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
am planning 7 days in park city in early jan. will be spending 2 days at pcmr, 2 at snowbird and 2 at either canyons or deer valley with the 7th day spent at the resort we like best. my question is, between the canyons and deer valley, which should we do? there are 4 of us, 2 low level experts, 1 advanced and 1 intermediate. we dont care anything about 'the scene', only the mountain. i've heard opinions from both sides but haven't found anyone who has skiied both. if you choose to respond please indicate why you prefer 1 mtn over the other. thanks and feel free to throw out any additional ideas you may have to help us enjoy our trip more.
post #2 of 19
Are you swingers?
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by volball View Post
am planning 7 days in park city in early jan. will be spending 2 days at pcmr, 2 at snowbird and 2 at either canyons or deer valley with the 7th day spent at the resort we like best. my question is, between the canyons and deer valley, which should we do? there are 4 of us, 2 low level experts, 1 advanced and 1 intermediate. we dont care anything about 'the scene', only the mountain. i've heard opinions from both sides but haven't found anyone who has skiied both. if you choose to respond please indicate why you prefer 1 mtn over the other. thanks and feel free to throw out any additional ideas you may have to help us enjoy our trip more.
Just kidding.

If I were you I would break it up like this:
1 day at PCMR
2 at Snowbird
1 day at The Canyons
1 day at Snowbasin
1 day at Solitude
1 day at the one you liked best.
post #4 of 19
If you are all skiers your doing yourself a disservice by not going to Alta. It has something for every type of skier. I dont care how much it is hyped up but it really is that good.
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
had kicked around doing alta. would you pay the extra for the snowbird/alta combo lift ticket and then go back and forth?
post #6 of 19
I would just by one ticket one day and another ticket the other day. An alta/bird season pass is cool to have cause you can hit whats ever the best that day. But for someone visting either resort would take weeks to even begin to truly know.
post #7 of 19
yeah I've always thought about that too but for me there's so much skiing at either I can never justify it.

There are always like 6 or 8 places I want to hit at Alta and I end up running out of time.

I haven't tried that back bowl area yet though, which might be cool to do if you had an Alta ticket.
post #8 of 19
As between Deer Valley and The Canyons, I would chose Deer Valley. I would suggest that Deer Valley is the more of a natural ski mountain than much of The Canyons with true fall lines and few long traverses or run outs (except in Empire Canyon where most of the true expert terrain at Deer Valley is located). By contrast, a lot of the better skiing at The Canyons either starts or finishes with a long run out. The double blue and up runs at Deer Valley are not particularly crowded and even fewer venture into the most difficult terrain. Both resorts have some excellent and under utilized gladed terrain. The Canyons is fun to explore and offers some hike up options to the sort of terrain that simply does not exist at Deer Valley.
post #9 of 19
My suggestion is Alta weekdays and Deer Valley weekends. I know, some people think they're diametric opposites, but they're my two favorite PC-area resorts. Weekends at Alta get a little crazy due to price and SLC proximity, but DV limits ticket sales and resultant liftlines.

Snowbird is too glam for my tastes, and Canyons too glitz. I'm not sure how to describe them other than that. But I don't do park or pipe unless my kids push me there.
post #10 of 19
In all honesty I would avoid Alta...ahhhemmm. PC and Deer Valley get more snow, have fewer crowds, better night life, newer lifts and very few people with duck tape on their ski pants.

I mean park city is always in the top 5 for skiing/ski magazine best resorts in North America so it has to be better. They also allow snowboarders which Alta does not.

I would also aviod Snowbasin, solitude, and brighton. Stick to PC/Deer Valley/Canyons.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by bigbadwulf11 View Post
In all honesty I would avoid Alta...ahhhemmm. PC and Deer Valley get more snow, have fewer crowds, better night life, newer lifts and very few people with duck tape on their ski pants.

I mean park city is always in the top 5 for skiing/ski magazine best resorts in North America so it has to be better. They also allow snowboarders which Alta does not.

I would also aviod Snowbasin, solitude, and brighton. Stick to PC/Deer Valley/Canyons.
ummm funny there kinda of funny here but this guy is being saracastic volball disregard this post.
post #12 of 19

All have merit

I skied all those last spring: 2 days Deer Valley, 2 days PCMR and 1 day at The Canyons. I'm an intermediate, but am trending towards ungroomed snow more these days. Deer Valley has an easy layout, the lift system works well and the grooming is excellent. the terrain is varied and visually pleasing. The only problem I had there was the intense crowds at lunch.

PCMR has a lot of different kinds of runs and terrain, but there are a number of places where the the run-outs form a crowded confluence and it can get feeling like a zoo, especially in the afternoon. I especially liked the runs off the Thaynes lift, more in the "back" of the resort. I get the impression that for stronger skiers, there are many more options farther from the crowds.

I had my most memorable day at the Canyons, likely due to the foot of fresh powder that fell overnight (and kept falling all day!). The feel is definitely "wilder" there, and it was less crowded, more spread out (and more work to get from one area to another). There are fewer amenities (like places to eat) on the mountain.

If I was to return there, I'd still ski all 3, but i'd spend more time at the Canyons and Deer Valley than at PCMR.

I'm going to Snowbird for the first time next month, and have not been to Alta, so I can't comment on those.
post #13 of 19
I skied Brighton, Alta, and Solitude last season.

I dug Alta the most. Then again we were at Brighton during a grauple storm, so it was a wet, cold day. We were at Solitude the last day of our trip, so what snow was dumped the first two days had frozen up and gotten groomed. We hit all 3 mid-week, so there weren't any crowds and they all felt small and "locals" only, which was great by me.

We had one boarder in our group, so we dumped her off at Snowbird on the Alta day. From what I could tell from the base, that was the most "swanked" out of the resorts in the Canyons. The others all seem pretty old school (i.e. small lodges, amenities from the '70s, not swanky or chi-chi).

If you are interested in more off-piste, ungroomed terrain, I would think you'd gravitate toward Brighton/Solitude/Alta.
post #14 of 19
ski two park city resorts, alta, snowbird, snowbasin, then pick #6 when you get to that point. don't plan too far ahead, make where you are skiing the next day part of your dinner conversation.
post #15 of 19
If you want to ski up north hit Powder Mountain instead of Snowbasin. Snowbasin is a waste of time if you've already skied PC, it's like more of the same. Powder Mountain on the other hand, no crowds, great terrain, awesome views and better snow than anywhere.
post #16 of 19
zion......Snowbasin compares to Park City??
I have a a Utah trip planned for the 1st week of March and Snowbasin is at the top of the list next to Alta. Seems everyone loves Snowbasin and Park City gets lesser reviews. I don't think we will ski any PC resort because it doesn't get the rave reviews??
Snowbasin.....waist of time??
Fill me in. (sorry to hijack the thread)
post #17 of 19
I guess if you are intermediate or less you will appreciate the long gentle groomers, but there is not much at snowbasin for anyone looking for big steeps. There is also much less snow at Snowbasin than just about any other Utah resort, its also very prone to rain on the lower 2/3rds of the mountain, just different weather patterns.
post #18 of 19
^^^Bwaaaaah!!!^^^
post #19 of 19
my hardcore AT friend from Sun Valley kept begging us to ski Powder Mountain last year when we hit Alta/Brighton/Solitude. It may be on the list this year...
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