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How busy are Deer Valley, Park City and the Canyons in comparison to each other?

post #1 of 14
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I'll be staying in Park City in early January, and I'll try out all three resorts for first time ever; I'll be there on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I already decided, I'll do the 4-evenings skiing at Park City, but also want to figure out which resorts I'll ski during the day too. Maybe, the busy Saturday probably will be best for the least busy resort: The Canyons?

So, for the days' skiing it will be:
Wednesday - Deer Valley,
Thursday - Park City,
Friday - Deer Valley,
Saturday - The Canyons,

I'll probably want to do Deer Valley twice, since it is top resort for grooming... plus, I'll be skiing 4 nights at Park City, and probably wouldn't want to ski there for more than a day.

Does that sound good?
post #2 of 14
define "early January"
post #3 of 14
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define "early January"
If you're going skiing weekdays right after the Christmas/New Years holiday season is over, you probably can ski onto any lift at any PC resort -- unless you hit it during a storm cycle, in which case, all the local powder skiers come out of the woodwork, and all bets are off.

But for what it's worth, Deer Valley limits their ticket sales during peak periods so you never really encounter much in the way of crowds there. You also get a free nose-hair trim if you have to wait in line for more than 3 minutes.
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define "early January"
January 7-11
post #5 of 14
I don't think crowds will be an issue at any of those places at that time. As long as it's not a holiday week, I've never had any problem. Except on a powder morning. Last January, I was there for a big snow week. I picked Deer Valley more often on theory that DV skiers are not obsessed with powder. It seemed to work.
post #6 of 14
I agree with what others have said so far. The 2nd week of January should not be very busy as the holiday crowds are gone by then.

Deer Valley does limit their ticket sales per day, but it can still get quite busy on the main runs and at the intersecting points around the lifts. Same goes for the base area at PCMR and the Red Pine & Tombstone areas at The Canyons. However, you can get away from the crowds at all 3 mountains by venturing away from the "center" of the resorts.

Also, I would seriously re-think your plan to ski both during the day and then again during the evenings. As good as it sounds to get as much skiing in those 4 days as possible, you will probably have enough by the time the lifts close. Plus - the night skiing at PCMR is limited, so I would recommend at least one day there to experience everything.
post #7 of 14
The one time I skied DV the crowds in the lodges were outrageous!!!! But, there are soo many high speed lifts that the lift lines were non-existant, no lift lines.

The skiing there isn't too bad, either.

I've said it before, and, I'll say it again.....I luv me some DV!!!!
post #8 of 14
I would suggest doing 1 day at each, then choosing where you want to do your last day based on which one you enjoyed the most.
post #9 of 14
WTFH has an excellent point.

I skied the equivalent weekend a few years back, but only a three-day. It was decidedly uncrowded everywhere.

All else being equal, I tend towards DV on weekends (capacity control, high speed lifts, and greater crowds in the lodges, seeing and being seen, than on the slopes) and Alta on weekdays (when the locals have to work).
post #10 of 14
I have only skied DV once. That being said, of the 3 resorts in PC, The Canyons would be next on my list.

I agree with WTFH. Definately check out all 3.
post #11 of 14
The most crowded I have ever experienced has been at DV. The limiting ticket sales is a marketing joke. It is consistently more crowded than The Canyons and only second to PCMR on busy holidays.

The Canyons has some great groomed terrain but the gold at The Canyons is in the back country and off groomed terrain.

I would go, based your your preferences: 1-DV 2-Canyons 3-PCMR
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...Deer Valley does limit their ticket sales per day...

Also, I would seriously re-think your plan to ski both during the day and then again during the evenings. As good as it sounds to get as much skiing in those 4 days as possible, you will probably have enough by the time the lifts close. Plus - the night skiing at PCMR is limited, so I would recommend at least one day there to experience everything.
I don't think I have another option; I'm there to ski as much as possible: The evening skiing really would help with that, as in four days of evening skiing, I'll get additional 3-4-5 hours of skiing. For me it's only once or twice per year that I have the chance to ski... so, I want to get as much as possible.

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I would suggest doing 1 day at each, then choosing where you want to do your last day based on which one you enjoyed the most.
From the suggestions of other threads, I'll be buying all tickets in advance -- online -- to save on cost; so, in the coming week, I have to decide which of the 3 resorts will get skied-on twice... since I'll be there for 4 skiing days & nights.
post #13 of 14
I'm as much a vertical junkie as anyone, but I have to agree with NeedToSki about the night skiing. You're going at an uncrowded time, should be able to ski at least 25K per day if you want in varied, interesting and challenging terrain. Why wear yourself out night skiing the same type of runs you would be on in the mid-Atlantic or Midwest?
post #14 of 14
Night skiing at PCMR is from 4-7:30, so you might get perhaps only 3 more hours of skiing per night. Also, as has been discussed, if you do ski 9-4pm at any of the area resorts, particularly on a snow day, you will be worn out...just my 2 cents! Otherwise - great plan, see you in another month of so.
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