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Alta's Best Lower Intermediate Runs

post #1 of 15
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I'm thinking of taking my 12-year-old son to Alta in April. He's pretty new to skiing, and somewhat tentative, but he's getting comfortable on easy East Coast blues. What blue runs would he feel comfortable on at Alta in the spring?
post #2 of 15
The two best are probably:

Sugarloaf Quad: Little Dipper to Devil's Elbow

Collins Quad: Mambo or Main Street to Meadow to Rustler Cat Track

Warm up on any run off the Sunnyside Lift except the lift line.

Another tip: looks at the "easier way down" designated on the trail map and check out the grooming report.
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Sailor View Post
I'm thinking of taking my 12-year-old son to Alta in April. He's pretty new to skiing, and somewhat tentative, but he's getting comfortable on easy East Coast blues. What blue runs would he feel comfortable on at Alta in the spring?
From this description (new to skiing, tentative), I'd stay mostly on Sunny Side and Ceret. The WORST thing you can do for a kid in that position is to push them too fast.

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post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions. Yeah, the tentative syndrome is tough. Perhaps Alta just isn't appropriate?
post #5 of 15
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Thanks for the suggestions. Yeah, the tentative syndrome is tough. Perhaps Alta just isn't appropriate?
NOt at all. We have some of the best novice terrain in the wasatch. It's just that many greens here equal blues back east...
post #6 of 15
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NOt at all. We have some of the best novice terrain in the wasatch. It's just that many greens here equal blues back east...
In general, I think most of the groomed blues at Alta are pretty comparable to what you'd find in the East. The groomed blues off Sugarloaf didn't intimidate me in my third year of skiing, and I was very easily intimidated. Certainly some of the blues at places like Stowe are at least as challenging as the the blues I've encountered at Alta. The greens off Sunnyside and Cecret are excellent novice terrain. But if someone was comfortable on the blues at someplace like Sunapee, they can certainly handle the groomed blues off the Sugarloaf lift at Alta if the snow conditions are good. I recall Corkscrew over near the Collins being fairly steep, but there was an easier way down. I'd say if your daughter is comfortable on Sunnyside and Cecret, try the easiest way down from Sugarloaf. See how that goes and go from there.
post #7 of 15
Alta is flat the green off sunnyside lift are amazingly good to teach people on. Most of the blue at alta are not as steep as some of the blues at my old home resort. Get to the blacks and you talking a whole other ballgame of steepness.

alta on trail groomed skiing is easy, I wish we had that sort of stuff at snowbird.

Outta of the cottomwood resorts I would say alta has the best green terrain and is the least intimidating of the 4.
post #8 of 15
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alta on trail groomed skiing is easy, I wish we had that sort of stuff at snowbird.

Outta of the cottomwood resorts I would say alta has the best green terrain and is the least intimidating of the 4.
Yep - Alta is basically off-piste areas linked together with very tame groomers. None of the groomed trails at Alta are even close to being steep. Your son will likely have no problems skiing groomers off any of the lifts.
post #9 of 15
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None of the groomed trails at Alta are even close to being steep.
Extrovert? #9 Express? High Main Street? Challenger?
post #10 of 15
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Extrovert? #9 Express? High Main Street? Challenger?
Usually not groomed. Usually not groomed. Groomed but not steep at all. Never groomed.
post #11 of 15
Every time I see this thread my dyslexia kicks in and I see:

"Alta's best Lover"

Thought I'd share that with everyone.
post #12 of 15
The lower intermediate terrain today seemed to be the entire bottom half of Devil's Castle. I couldn't help but think of you Jer ! I hollered at one guy, early on. Waste of breath... a good time was had by all, even so...

Alta is a wonderful place to learn to ski, but some of the runs, especially off Sugerloaf, get crowded and somewhat scary with, how should I say, less experienced skiers flying around. Alta is, on the other hand, one of the least dangerous places to ski, as most of the skiers are pretty competant- as opposed to say, Deer Valley. You'll do fine. The scenery is unbielievable (not to mention today's bottomless pow and midwinter conditions- I buried this nuget in this thread on purpose...) Every time I'm up there I just think how cool it is to be alive and on the planet...
post #13 of 15
FWIW Alta's ski school is first rate. The best thing you could do for your son is to plop him into a lesson first thing. He'll learn how to find the terrain that's most appropriate for his level AND he'll be less tentative the rest of the trip. Who could ask for more?

Besides, you can go chase down Alta's plentiful steep stuff while he's learning to turn. Everybody wins!
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The lower intermediate terrain today seemed to be the entire bottom half of Devil's Castle. I couldn't help but think of you Jer ! I hollered at one guy, early on. Waste of breath... a good time was had by all, even so...
Tell me about it. I saw a gaperlady boot up a side-step section, then set her skis on the traverse and proceed to take nearly ten minutes to step into them. People were stepping above her to get past (including me), people were telling her to put her skis on off the main track, etc. She actually got mad and started yelling at people. What a clueless dope. Too bad Samurai wasn't there to understand her feelings.:

On the plus side - I've never seen it take so long for Castle to get tracked out. Apron and the far wall under little apron still had plenty of lines left when I finally called it quits after my 8th "last run". I've been sick as a dog lately, but I really feel like I'm cheating myself if I don't go back tomorrow. IMO the settled pow in the Castle today was far superior to the new snow on Wed.

Extrovert was groomed today. Come to think of it, they usually have that strip off to the right groomed. I'm usually not looking at it on the ride up.
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
You folks sure make it hard to resist. So with any luck at all, we'll see you there in mid-April.
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