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Good Utah choices for the upper intermediate?

post #1 of 6
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My wife and I are going to Utah on March 3-10 and staying near Park City. What are good choices in resorts for the upper intermediate skier? We don’t mind driving an hour or so.

We are staying in the PC area, not out of choice, but due to what was available thru our resort club.
post #2 of 6
Good choices? Brighton, Solitude, Alta, Snowbird, The Canyons, PCMR, Snowbasin, Deer Valley, Powder Mountain. All are going to offer you some great skiing.
If this is your first Utah Trip I would say a must ski is Alta. It's the birth place of Utah skiing.
post #3 of 6
I visited Utah last year and I was an intermediate-intermediate. I really liked Snowbasin. It's a beautiful mountain, with lots of nice greens, "teals," blues and some of the steepest blues I'd ever skied at that point. Since then, I've progressed in my skiing, and now I'd love to go back and tackle some of those "navy blue" runs!
post #4 of 6
I'd agree with Sugar - Snowbasin mid week will be a great option - just 1 hr from PC.

Deer Valley has some great runs that will challenge, but most of the upper intermediate stuff is groomed.

Powder Mountain (1 hr 15 min from PC) is also a great option for off trail intermediate stuff. Once again, no crowds at all mid-week and a great weekend option if the Cottonwoods are nuts (like last weekend)

Of the 4 Cottonwood resorts IMHO and for what you're looking to ski Solitude is a great option. On piste and off piste that will challenge but not be over the head difficult.

And The Canyons has some good double blue and steeper blue runs (Grizzly, Aplande, Kestrel, Cloud 9, Dreamscape lift, Apex Ridge) that are rewarding and challengeing. The new lift Dreamcatcher has a couple of really sweet spots for your level of skiing - it's just a long way to get there.

Coverage is finally a non issue in Utah. Have a great trip.
post #5 of 6
The Canyons - three runs I guarantee will be great for upper intermediates-

Cloud 9

All three are steep blues with either great views or interesting terrain, or both.

Also, at Deer Valley - Empire area has a run called Supreme that is a great way to ski around the tougher terrain and decide if you want to take the plunge or not. The run is fun in itself, and it goes past Lady Morgan bowl, which is a fairly easy black. I would also recommend Bald Mountain for upper intermediates, particularly a really long blue called Tycoon near the Sultan lift. For a step up at Deer Valley, Stein's Way and Perserverance can be tougher long mogul runs - Tycoon is mostly a cruiser with maybe some moguls scattered about.

At Park City Mountain- there are some nice blue -black runs off of the McConky's and Pioneer lifts. Its a separate little valley with a lodge near the lifts so you can hang out in that area before or after lunch. Particulary, Tycoon (yes, same name as Deer Valley), and Hawkeye. Also, off of the ridge of King Con, there's a new lift called Silver----? (not Silverlode- that's a different one) and a twisty long double blue called, I think First Deception that has moguls and probably should be rated as a black. I also liked Silver King and Crescent, which are blacks, but not too tough or long.
post #6 of 6
Alta is much more advanced intermediate friendly than its reputation would suggest. Snowbird is not.
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