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3 Days Park City - Where to ski?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hello All,

We have 7 couples heading to Park City in early March. Having not been there before there are many many areas to ski. We have all abilities going, but most men and a couple ladies will be looking for some more hardcore skiing while the rest will definately enjoy some nice groomers. I think Deer Valley will be right up our alley, but any recommendations for the other two days would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for you time!
post #2 of 24
1. Snowbasin
2. Snowbird
3. Brighton (don't be afraid, the snowboarders don't bite)

I'd recommend Alta but I've never been there.

Park City is meh, lots of flat groomers.
post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your help. Are those within a 30 - 40 min ride from PC.
post #4 of 24
First time we went to UT we were pretty middlin' intermediates. I'd certainly recommend taking at least one day an driving to Alta. There is terrain there for every level. We were pretty awed. Although it's just a few miles from PC as the crow flies it really has a diffferent feel. DV has tons of groomers and great food. We liked The Canyons a lot and Snowbasin and Powder Mountain are great fun. Don't think you can make a bad decision here but at least give the Cottonwoods Canyons resorts a try.
post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 
Isn't Alta about an hour drive from Park City? We do have one snowboarder that is hindering our decision and we are ditching him when we go to DV. Alta doesn't allow Snowboarders do they?
post #6 of 24
For a group as large as yours the answer depends on more then terrain. How far do you want to schlep all of these folks. If you have never been there before you don't need to get in a car and drive very far. You can do 1 day at PC and a day at the Canyons to start. No driving for PC and about 10 mins for the Canyons.

For one day at each mountain there is more than enough terrain to challenge almost anyone. For the third day you can decide on whether you want to repeat one of them or drive elsewhere. IMO don't drive to Alta or Snowbird unless you have fresh snow. (All of these opinions are in light of your group size etc.) Hike up off 9990 at the Canyons for fresh lines days after a storm and some nice terrain.

Have a great time.
post #7 of 24
Skip the Canyons! didn't like it! Mountain is all chopped up hard to get around on the hill. Ya gotta wonder about a ski area called the Canyons. Shouldn't it be called The Peaks?:

Snowbasin would be #1 on my list! Fabulous area about 55 minute drive from Park City 45 minutes from SLC. Great layout of lifts. Easy to get around the mountain. Fabulous lodges. Grizzly Downhill 2002 Olympic Course and the Women's Wildflower course are a blast to ski.

Normally less crowded. (No overnight accomodations at the resort)

Snowbird can be very crowded, parking is difficult.

My choices would be:

Snowbasin
Park City
Deer Valley (Amazing grooming, I hit great Powder there. Surprisngly fun stuff to ski, but ya gotta nose around the whole area.

If you go to little Cottonwood Canyon:

Alta (If you catch it on the right day and are there bright and early you can ski Alta and Snowbird)

Snowbird
post #8 of 24
Why drive all over the place when you have 3 resorts right at Park City?

Like others said, try one each day and repeat your favorates.

If you have a week, it may justify going outside of Park City.
post #9 of 24
Because the Park City resorts are lame and gay. It's like grilling a hot dog when you have a NY strip sittting right there in the fridge.
post #10 of 24
I would definitely go to Park City. It is huge and has plenty of varied terrain. You have some nice bowls if you want them and some great groomers off of King Kon. Snowbasin also has really good groomers and some nice trees under John Paul and more good terrain from that lift. Deer Valley has the Daly Chutes area, which has some really nice terrain and of course, perfect groomers. Those would be my top 3 from what I gather you want. Of course, I'm also partial to Alta and Snowbird because their terrain is killer, but it's a solid hour drive.
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post
Why drive all over the place when you have 3 resorts right at Park City?

Like others said, try one each day and repeat your favorates.

If you have a week, it may justify going outside of Park City.
This makes sense. With large groups, lots to traveling and moving around is a pain. You will find enough terrain to explore and challenge at the 3 PC resorts for a day of skiing at each.
post #12 of 24
Thread Starter 
Wow, just checked out Snowbasin. Looks awesome but not much for gentle skiers in our group.
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by danimal's dead View Post
Because the Park City resorts are lame and gay. It's like grilling a hot dog when you have a NY strip sittting right there in the fridge.
Only it's in the freezer.

And you don't have all day to defrost it!
post #14 of 24
Alta has some really nice terrain for lower level skiers (no snowboarding though).

Brighton also has some nice lower level terrain.

Both have plenty for higher level skiers as well.
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by danimal's dead View Post
1. Snowbasin
2. Snowbird
3. Brighton (don't be afraid, the snowboarders don't bite)

I'd recommend Alta but I've never been there.

Park City is meh, lots of flat groomers.
I 2nd Snowbird!!!!!
Skied it twice and it is sweet.
post #16 of 24
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Isn't Alta about an hour drive from Park City? We do have one snowboarder that is hindering our decision and we are ditching him when we go to DV. Alta doesn't allow Snowboarders do they?
No, alta doesn't allow snowborders. Go to Snowbird, they allow boarders, and it's better than Alta anyway.
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by BuckeyeFanDan View Post
Brighton also has some nice lower level terrain.

Both have plenty for higher level skiers as well.
I wouldn't say Brighton has "plenty", but it has some.
post #18 of 24
I just did a 7 day trip to Park City.

My ranking:

1. Alta
2. Canyons
3. Deer Valley
4. Park City -

C, DV and PC are similar, tho IMO DV and C are much better than
PC. DV no allow boarders, nor does Alta.

I imagine Snowbird must be very similar to Alta.

So if you have boarders, of the 4 I skied, I'd recco Canyons and Alta(Snowbird for you.)

BTW, Canyons had a great deal, 2 for $100 lift tix, with 2 Hamburger platter and coke included. That ended 2/14, before holiday week. But maybe they'll have something again... That was on the Canyons website.
Definitely ask around for such deals when in town.



Doug
post #19 of 24
We were there in '99. We stayed at a ski-in at Park City. The weather was warm so PC was mushy and we were advised that Deer Valley would be much better. The free shuttle bus takes you right over to Deer Valley and it's quick. Loved it there, even when it was warmish. As I stood in line to get a lift ticket, a lady came up to me and offered me hers as she couldn't ski that day! Great karma! You must do DV!
post #20 of 24
Seven couples is a lot of people! Assuming you have cars, here's my three with snowboarding..
Day 1; PCMR- To get acclimated... the "flat groomers" are a couple hundred feet wide, perfectly groomed, and made for mach schnelling. The U.S. ski team trains here for a reason. Shamus and Sitka off of King Con and Silver Skis and Crescent (when groomed) on the front side are swell. If you're a stud, hike Jupiter Peak and do Machete Chute- then again, don't do that- locals only. Most visitors never explore the resort or go to the back bowls and tend to pool at the base of Silverload lift.
Day 2: Drive to Snowbasin via interstate 84. Look for the Bald Eagle nesting area just past Coleville along the Weber river, you can see a dozon or two on a good day. It's an amazing drive. Snowbasin is gorgeous and similar to Park City in mix of terrain.
Day 3; Snowbird- The drive up the canyon will blow you away. It's more difficult terrain, but the mountains on the front side of the Wasatch are steeper and more jagged. It's stark and beautiful and you can really feel the power of nature there. All us Utah skiers would live at the base, but then we'd be in Sandy, the most boring place on earth. Park City is a great base of operations.

If you don't have cars- do a day at each PC resort. You really can't go wrong. The weather is warm and sunny and we have several hundred inches of snow. Alta just broke 500 inches this weekend. (and the skiing was amazing)


If boarders aren't a deal killer, you might substitute Deer Valley for PCMR- chicks dig it, and Alta for the Bird- more terrain for different abilities.

One last note- at this time of year it can get quite warm- in the forties and higher- if it snows and it's above freezing, seek the resorts with the highest altitude for the best snow.

Have fun. Park City is really looking great now. The crowds are gone and we have a fresh blanket of snow.
post #21 of 24
Ski Park City and Deer Valley for sure. Skip the Canyons for now.
The 3rd choice should be either Snowbird or Snowbasin.(or alta if no boarders). If you are not from the West, then you might find the drive alone to Snowbird, worth the trouble. The scenery going up the canyon and at those resorts has no comparison in Park City. Brighton is a nice choice if everyone really loves to cruise. If your group is composed of moderately experienced skiers, I can guarantee your jaw will drop at the top of the Snowbird tram on a sunny, BLUE day.

Here is one tip to keep in mind. For a group like yours, if it is snowing, stay in Park City!
post #22 of 24
The Canyons should be on your list. Best of the Park City areas IMO, and if you can't find your way around, well :. The Dreamscape tree area is usually a lot of fun.

Snowbasin without doubt is an excellent area, and the amenities are not to be missed. Italian food at the top of John Paul chair, and German at the top of the Needles lift.

Unless you have some need for uber-grooming, I'd skip DV, although the no-boarders policy makes for a refreshing change.

Snowbird would also be on my list, and make sure you hit the tunnel through the mountain just for laughc.
post #23 of 24
alta is an amazing resort, but the good terrain is not as accessible as in other resorts, I am not sure how good you guys are, but snowbird is also a lot of fun, just ski under the tram, steep, smooth, and some amazing lines, dont forget to straight-line it at least once
post #24 of 24
anyway, have a good time! with 7 couples, there is sure to be a lot more going on than skiing.
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