|Originally posted by I-70:
I live and have skied in Colorado for years. I now have an opprotunity to check out skiing in Utah as my company is sending me to work in Salt Lake one day a week. I want to check out the what Utah has to offer. Where should I go and where can I find good deals within a 2 hour drive from SLC?
You gotta be kiddin' me. You won't go wrong. All of the above. What Utah has to offer? Say, you Colorado folks don't get out much, do you? (Well, given the great skiing there, there is not much reason to, admittedly...).
Anyway, given the post, it's like this. One time at Snowbird, we get off at the top of Gad lift. Basically, the lift is cut out of the snow. They get snow. Last year, 500 inches, pretty normal.
Snowbird has steeps and vertical (although not Colorado style vertical. 3100 feet, sort of close).
Alta has no snowboarders and great snow. Also, you can jump over the ridge into Snowbird using a combined ticket. Both are really fine places with the best snow on earth. There are Alta people and Snowbird people, and they are constantly fighting each other. Ski them and see what you think. Okay, so Alta is my favorite.
Very different is Deer, with the best grooming on earth. Hey, I kind of like Deer in a perverse way. The food is fantastic, and, really, you don't pay much more for it there than anywhere else. A damn pizza, Coke and salad at Alta and anywhere else is still around ten bucks plus, and at Deer, you'll get a great lunch for thirteen or so. But a couple of years ago, I dove off through the woods. I ended up beating my friends down to the lodge. They couldn't find me. They had the ski patrol out looking for me. Totally hilarious. "Deer" and "Extreme" is an oxymoron. Still, I like it. The Olympic bumps were there. They have added much steeper terrain as well with a new mountain. Just to harang a little more on this, really good skiers don't like it. But ya know, you pay a lot for a lift ticket everywhere, and at Deer, the lodges were designed by intelligent people. Even the entryway into the restrooms is wide to accomodate skiers. The lockerroom area is wide so that people don't bump into each other. Yeah, I like difficult slopes, but I'm paying for those slopes. You do pay to go to a resort, and it's great to get services. Otherwise, you should just go freeheel and climb. Deer Valley is nice
Solitude is just neat.
Brighton is noted for snowboarding. If you would want to ski at night for some reason (don't ask)
: it is cool.
I like Park City, and definitely check out the town. Main St is nice. There is a lot more growth there than Telluride, Jackson, Crested Butte, Breckenridge...but it's Utah's entry to the ski town. It's nice.
There is a lot
more. I have not skied The Canyons. There is a lot of opinion about this, but friends of mine whose opinion I respect like it. It's the biggest, 3500 acres. Hopefully this season I'll ski it.
Friends liked Snow Basin, and of course the Olympic down hill was there.
I don't know anything about Powder Mountain. There is also Sundance in Provo.
One of the exotic things you can do is the Utah Mountain Interconnect which takes you traversing to Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude and Park: link
Both Park City and Snowbird have great demo centers if you want to demo skis. They make it easy.