Originally Posted by crystal
We're in Park City at the moment, I didn't think much of PCMR, preferred the Canyons, and much preferred Deer Valley. I would love to go back there to ski the trees and off piste, but conditions are not very good at the moment, some fresh snow is desperately needed. Although I will say I was very surprised how crowded Deer Valley has been this week, I was under the impression that crowded slopes and lift lines didn't exist in Utah, the crowds this week have been comparable to Vail in holiday periods.
I hate to detract from the Colorado vs Utah flame war but...
That's how I would order the three resorts. Other'n Jupiter, PCMR doesn't do much for me. At The Canyons, 9990 and the north-facing ridge lines are good but much of the place is sun baked or is prone to eastern-style hardpack.
You'd never confuse it with Aspen but Park City is a perfectly adequate ski town. My mom has lived in both towns so I'm pretty familiar with them. I prefer Park City in January outside of film festival week when it's not busy. Late-February into March, I prefer to go more off the beaten track since Park City gets flooded with tourons.
I still don't get the "Deer Valley sucks" mantra. When they have good snow, you have far less competition for the goods. With 300" of annual snow, you're going to get plenty of good days. When they don't have good snow, you drive around to LCC where the microclimate is more favorable.