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post #31 of 55

fat skis only in LCC/BCC

don't forget they have the gate security check at Alta/Bird so if you have anything less than 90mm waist skis you'll be sent back - kind of like the tire-chain law :
(... wait for typical interweb overreaction). That's a joke btw!!!

Depending on the time you have check out one of the canyon areas for a day. If it's midweek it'll probably be uncrowded (unless it's a bomber pow day or vacation week). It's just a different feel. Either LCC or BCC is similar and a must see for a first timer. They get so much snow too ... it's something else. Not as much as N Vermont according to some but (another wisecrack - I'm here all week folks).
post #32 of 55

Snowbird Camp

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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
Snowbird is pretty bad for anyone below level 5-6 to learn at. As a instructor there different ways around and people of lower ability levels do learn, its just tougher for me an them. Snowbird is a great mountain to ski/learn at if your already good and not easily intimidated.
I just signed myself up for a women's camp at Snowbird in March 2008. I think I'm right around Level 5-6. I wouldn't say I'm not easily intimidated but trying to move more in that direction. Maybe I need to push the envelope a little more to prepare for this camp. At any rate, I was very descriptive about my level before I signed up for the camp and got the go ahead...
Any suggestions???:
post #33 of 55
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Any suggestions???
Git-R-Done
post #34 of 55
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Any suggestions???
Git-R-Done
post #35 of 55
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Originally Posted by mgmc View Post
I just signed myself up for a women's camp at Snowbird in March 2008. I think I'm right around Level 5-6. I wouldn't say I'm not easily intimidated but trying to move more in that direction. Maybe I need to push the envelope a little more to prepare for this camp. At any rate, I was very descriptive about my level before I signed up for the camp and got the go ahead...
Any suggestions???:
I don't think any ski school will turn away a potential student. It's one more paying student for the school.

I think BushwackerinPA hit the nail on the head: "...people of lower ability levels do learn, its just tougher...."

Going to a resort that has a lot of expert terrain isn't so much about not having easy trails to ski on. It's about paying for the whole mountain but skiing only a small portion of it.

It took me a few trips to figure that one out. There's better value by going to places I can roam free over 90% of the mountain vs. a mountain I can only ski 50% of its terrain.
post #36 of 55

Snowbird

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I don't think any ski school will turn away a potential student. It's one more paying student for the school.

I think BushwackerinPA hit the nail on the head: "...people of lower ability levels do learn, its just tougher...."

Going to a resort that has a lot of expert terrain isn't so much about not having easy trails to ski on. It's about paying for the whole mountain but skiing only a small portion of it.

It took me a few trips to figure that one out. There's better value by going to places I can roam free over 90% of the mountain vs. a mountain I can only ski 50% of its terrain.
Thanks; I'm getting that point. Have a while to figure out whether to stay with that camp. Appreciate the feedback.
post #37 of 55
mgmc......If you ski during the upcoming season, say, every other week, your camp at Snowbird will be very enjoyable. You say you are level 5-6 so, IMO, this is THE season to "up" that. Snowbird (the terrain) will help you with the help the camp will provide. You will be a better skier.

You'll have a blast!!
Good Luck!!
post #38 of 55
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Thanks; I'm getting that point. Have a while to figure out whether to stay with that camp. Appreciate the feedback.
They will have a group that you will fit in with just fine. Go for it.
Try one of Kim Riechelm's clinics sometime too, she's a blast to ski with.
post #39 of 55
Stay in PC and ski one or more days there. Get on the bus and ski another place (Canyons, etc) at least one day. Also, there are shuttles (if you don't have rental cars) that will take you to Alta/Snowbird - you pay one price that includes the transportation and lift ticket.

Don't limit yourself to skiing just one resort.
post #40 of 55

Kim Reichelm clinics

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They will have a group that you will fit in with just fine. Go for it.
Try one of Kim Riechelm's clinics sometime too, she's a blast to ski with.
Thanks Shredhead and Others. A woman skiier I know (who is a fantastic skiier!!) advised me to try Kim Reichelm. I've looked into it and would love to go..but
it's $2250 for the camp alone and accomodations are something like $500-600/night...???
post #41 of 55
Thread Starter 
Its up between staying at condos called "Payday" which is across from the Silver Star lift. Or a townhouse in Old Town which is on the "quittn time" run and town lift. and ideas?
post #42 of 55
Payday Condos are a little dated (80s construction) but the new Silver Star lift makes the location pretty good. The Old Town location IMO is better, as it is near far more dinner/nighttime options, and they work to get the Town Lift open sooner than the Silver Star lift.
post #43 of 55

Snowbird Camp

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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post
mgmc......If you ski during the upcoming season, say, every other week, your camp at Snowbird will be very enjoyable. You say you are level 5-6 so, IMO, this is THE season to "up" that. Snowbird (the terrain) will help you with the help the camp will provide. You will be a better skier.

You'll have a blast!!
Good Luck!!
FYI, I'm committed to this camp!!!! Will need to prepare accordingly! The goal is to keep moving forward and I think this will help. Thanks for the various words of advice!!!
post #44 of 55
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Payday Condos are a little dated (80s construction) but the new Silver Star lift makes the location pretty good. The Old Town location IMO is better, as it is near far more dinner/nighttime options, and they work to get the Town Lift open sooner than the Silver Star lift.
Agreed. Apart from Old Town being in town, the run down to it is easier at the end of the day than the run down to Silver Star, which can get a bit bumpy for less experienced skiers.

Also, if you choose to finish your day at the main base (Legacy Lodge area at PC) it's easy to get buses up into town - they're free.

In the mornings, if anyone in the group has ski school you might want to bus from Old Town to the main base, depending on what time your lesson starts - I don't think the Old Town lift runs before 9am, and class might start about that time. Buses run from very early.

Go for the town option. You might as well be near a bar or two...
post #45 of 55
sibhusky......you are right.

That sh*t goes right over my head. Call me naive.
post #46 of 55
If you've got any boarders Alta is ski-only. Other than that it's a great mountain for everybody. Snowbird has limited beginner terrain as does The Canyons. I also personally wouldn't recommend the Canyons because it's hard to get around and too many condo salesmen.

I'd recommend staying in PC and going to Park City and maybe driving to Brighton (or Alta if there's no boarders in the group). Solitude's ok back in Honeycomb Canyon but I've heard beginners complain because the terrain is a little steep for true newbies.
post #47 of 55
The experienced people are going to love SB/Alta, but the newbs are going to hate it. Go to Canyons, great variety for all skill levels+its cheap(er)
post #48 of 55
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Agreed. Apart from Old Town being in town, the run down to it is easier at the end of the day than the run down to Silver Star, which can get a bit bumpy for less experienced skiers.

Also, if you choose to finish your day at the main base (Legacy Lodge area at PC) it's easy to get buses up into town - they're free.

In the mornings, if anyone in the group has ski school you might want to bus from Old Town to the main base, depending on what time your lesson starts - I don't think the Old Town lift runs before 9am, and class might start about that time. Buses run from very early.

Go for the town option. You might as well be near a bar or two...

Wow, Sandgroper- that's better advice than I could think of, and I live here. Give a holler next time you cross the pond, I'll show you how to get into War Zone without trashing your bases...
post #49 of 55
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The experienced people are going to love SB/Alta, but the newbs are going to hate it. Go to Canyons, great variety for all skill levels+its cheap(er)
newbs will not hate alta..really have you skied sunnyside?
post #50 of 55
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newbs will not hate alta..really have you skied sunnyside?
Yep, very gentle greens off both Sunnyside and Cecret. And the blues off Sugarloaf are pretty nice transition terrain. Alta marks the easiest way down from every lift on the trail map and they have at least one groomed blue from every lift. Most blues aren't that steep and there's usually a fairly easy way around the steeper bits.
post #51 of 55
the greens off of the sunnyside and cecret lifts are the flattest I have ever seen. The ones off of cecret are equivalent to xc skiing they are so flat.
post #52 of 55
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Originally Posted by Bustang View Post
The experienced people are going to love SB/Alta, but the newbs are going to hate it. Go to Canyons, great variety for all skill levels+its cheap(er)
What!? cheaper? A lift ticket over there is something like $75. Alta is $59, and even cheaper if you buy a ticket at many of the ski shops around the valley. Alta gets quite a bit more powder too.

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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
newbs will not hate alta..really have you skied sunnyside?
Agreed, Alta has some great beginner stuff.
post #53 of 55
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Originally Posted by Bustang View Post
The experienced people are going to love SB/Alta, but the newbs are going to hate it. Go to Canyons, great variety for all skill levels+its cheap(er)
I've gone out to Utah with newbs a few times and hit different places over the course of a week (PC, Solitude, Brighton, Canyons) and invariably their favorite always seems to be Alta. Sunnyside and Cecret have good green terrain and newbs love the scenery. You can do nice green runs under/through the trees off of Cecret and the runs off Sunnyside are wide and flat. And if they can do easy blues they can go to the top of the mountain off Supreme and see into Heber Valley.
post #54 of 55
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Wow, Sandgroper- that's better advice than I could think of, and I live here. Give a holler next time you cross the pond, I'll show you how to get into War Zone without trashing your bases...
Mr Crab, I'd be delighted. There's a whole lot of skiing I still haven't done in the valley - even in PCMR, and I was there all season. For example, although I've skied off (parts of) Jupiter and hiked up Pinecone and whatnot, I never ever even got to ski Blue Slip - when the snow was worth it I was teaching classes that couldn't go there, and I wouldn't ski it in poor conditions just to say I had.

Heading over early December but might for a variety of reasons be over for a few days in October, as well.
post #55 of 55
Blueslip is a great warm up while you're waiting for a certain rope to drop... but the Pioneer lift is so slooowww....drop a line when you're in town. The Aspens should be a gorgeous bright yellow in October, and hopefully, we'll have the traditional Halloween blizzard this year...
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