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Must ski resorts in Utah? First timer in SLC

post #1 of 14
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Flight/hotel/car are all booked. Staying in at the La Quinta in Midvail. Our plans were to ski Snowbird/Alta, but we have a friend who is a snowboarder and from what I've been hearing is that Alta does not allow snowboarders.

Any other recommendations of which resorts that we should ski to make the best of the trip?

We're flying in on 1/21 during the evening and flying out on 1/28 at 1:30pm... so those two days are shot to begin with.

Also very interested in night skiing.

Thanks!
post #2 of 14
u are right about Alta but you can still go up there as it borders Snowbird which allows snowboarders. 2 of the greatest resorts in the country. Brighton is big on snowboarding and it has nite runs, I think the largeest percentage of Utah resorts. Park City also has nite skiing and special pricing for the evening.
post #3 of 14
Alta and Deer Valley do not allow snowboards. No big loss on DV though. I'd say that Alta is a must ski area (haven't done it myself yet).

I'd say the bird and Solitude are must hits in that area. The snowboarder will probably want to hit Brighton, for some reason the knuckle draggers love that place (at least my friends). I did enjoy Brighton though, it just seemed kinda small.

When I was in Utah I headed up north to hit Snowbasin and Powder Mountain. Pow Mow is an experience unlike anything else in Utah. Not as steep, but powder stashes can be found in the trees days after a storm The bus back to the lifts from the "Powder Country" area is pretty cool and it's a very laid back kinda place. Snowbasin has some great steeps and has enough "poshness" to keep anyone into that happy, yet it still doesn't feel that pretentious (or at least didn't to me).
post #4 of 14
see if can get the super pass tkt at the hotel- it will save you $. Good for the 4 LCC/BCC resorts. PC,DR Valley resort tkts can be had at discount at SLC ski shops (utah Ski and Golf, Canyon sports) Powder Mountain IS great as is Snowbasin but hrs' drive for sure from where you are staying at.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the recommendations guys!
post #6 of 14
snowbasin, it the bomb, top to bottom runs, gondola ride to the top allmost every time. the food is great but a bit pricey. yes it is an hrs drive from slc but well worth it i think.
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snowbasin, it the bomb, top to bottom runs, gondola ride to the top allmost every time. the food is great but a bit pricey. yes it is an hrs drive from slc but well worth it i think.
don't forget the famous bathrooms
post #8 of 14
Alta and Snowbird are the benchmark areas with the most consistent conditions.
post #9 of 14
You should spend most of your time in LCC/BCC with a trip to Snowbasin. But, the day you arrive is not lost. You can use your boarding pass as a lift ticket in Park City and PCMR has night skiing.

Go here: http://www.parkcityinfo.com/quickstart/
post #10 of 14
Not Alta. I was stunned when I first went there - after all the hype you get on this board. I was disappointed in Alta - not because of the lack of lodge ammenities and fru fru stuff. I could care less about that. But the skiing was flat out inaccessible. You have to work to get to any of the steep stuff. Poling, climbing, tracking, you name it. If you are a skier who enjoys spending your time skiing instead of spending 15-20 minutes to climb to all the goods, you will go somewhere other than Alta. I am always surprised at how many people here are so flabberghasted by Alta but then dis Park City mountains. My experience has been quite the opposite.
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Not Alta. I was stunned when I first went there - after all the hype you get on this board. I was disappointed in Alta - not because of the lack of lodge ammenities and fru fru stuff. I could care less about that. But the skiing was flat out inaccessible. You have to work to get to any of the steep stuff. Poling, climbing, tracking, you name it. If you are a skier who enjoys spending your time skiing instead of spending 15-20 minutes to climb to all the goods, you will go somewhere other than Alta. I am always surprised at how many people here are so flabberghasted by Alta but then dis Park City mountains. My experience has been quite the opposite.
Mineral basin
post #12 of 14
Mineral Basin's in Snowbird
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Michigander View Post
Not Alta. I was stunned when I first went there - after all the hype you get on this board. I was disappointed in Alta - not because of the lack of lodge ammenities and fru fru stuff. I could care less about that. But the skiing was flat out inaccessible. You have to work to get to any of the steep stuff. Poling, climbing, tracking, you name it. If you are a skier who enjoys spending your time skiing instead of spending 15-20 minutes to climb to all the goods, you will go somewhere other than Alta. I am always surprised at how many people here are so flabberghasted by Alta but then dis Park City mountains. My experience has been quite the opposite.
You can track/boot/traverse for more terrain at Alta, but to say none of the really steep stuff is not lift accessible is just not true. I am sort of like you in that I would rather do 5 lift served runs instead of a single run I have to work for when resort skiing (all else equal, which means on a powder day I revise that strategy). I have no problem staying overwhelmed with terrain options at Alta. I can think of several 30-35 deg slopes that are within a short downhill run of a chair. You can go just a short way down the high-T and get some good challenges without any work.
post #14 of 14
Sometimes it's nice not to have a steep run so close to the lift so it isn't so tracked out. But that's just the way Alta is. Of course they could instal more lifts to areas and make them hgih speed- but do you want to pay 70-80$ for a lift ticket?
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