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post #31 of 45
Another vote for Canyons. Its spread out and way better when you know how/where to ski it but that is true for everyplace in PC, and LCC/BCC as well. For example, Daly chutes looks like some monstrous hike until you do it once and realize its a simple traverse.
post #32 of 45
i was out there for a week and did a lot of reading otherwise on what to do and what not to etc... i skied the heck out of park city.. did every run and dropped off jupiter peak...

if you can, take the canyonhop.com shuttle over to snowbird and ski that for the day... it's just unbelievable. fresh powder, long trails, not crowded, great gift shop...

do it big baby
post #33 of 45

Deer Valley

You will get 50% more runs in a short day due to their lift layout. If you are up for something a little more exciting go to Empire Canyon. North Facing so the snow is great. Has a real backcountry feel that you can get to quickly. You can demo free Rossi powder skis if your own are a little skinny.
post #34 of 45
Park City for your first half day. Yes, the majority is right, it has more groomers and less advanced/diverse terrain than Canyons but it is quicker to get up the slopes from the parking lot and start skiing. Getting a group at Canyons from the parking lot to slopes can take some time. Being the first day also, some of your group may appreciate the groomed stuff to get back in the groove.

If you had only one whole day to ski, I'd say Canyons.
post #35 of 45
If you haven't skiied Deer Valley in a few years, it has changed. I was there 3 weeks ago for the first time in about 7 years. I was amazed. They have added a lot more "expert" terrain and lifts. Now there are plenty of locals on the slopes along with all of the tourists. Fantastic tree skiing.
post #36 of 45
They always had good trees, Gerry my Rabbi friend introduced me to those.

PCMR also has a heap of good tree skiing, but it's hard to work out what are skiiable trees, and what is shrubbery. a friend in ski school had a mission to try every stand of trees to see if they were skiable or not. Most of the time, we hit dense shrubbery but it was fun trying.

10th Mountain remains my favourite PCMR area, so many nice lines that haven't been hit through the trees on a fresh snow day.
post #37 of 45
Skip that side of the mtn and head up to Snowbasin.
post #38 of 45
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Skip that side of the mtn and head up to Snowbasin.
So you join the forum just now, don't read through the thread, and then offer your advice which makes no sense in this context? I really don't get it.
post #39 of 45
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So you join the forum just now,...
aschick, we're in 2009, not 2008
post #40 of 45
Here's my 2 cents; I never got the Canyons. I've tried, God knows I've tried... wierd, short ,double fall lines off 9990, all that fabulous terrain on the wrong side of the rope. Maybe I never hit it on "the day". I have expert friends that swear by it, and I think that's the key. If you're an intermediate it's got lousy grooming,(being bankrupt) narrow trails, and a far flung annoying layout that's more concerned with serving slopeside mansions than serving skiers. Add the distant parking lot, the people mover and the three block schlep to the lift in ski boots so you pass all the shops...but people do like this place...

Deer Valley is underated as a skier's mountain. It's a townie's favorite and a lot of our townie's are current and x-U.S. ski team. I've been there a lot lately because they have the best kid's program. Best kids program anywhere, for that matter. But it's layout is really good- lots of skiing for everyone at all levels. The trees were amazing last Sunday- everything was. It was either powder or perfect groomers, lots of variety, and with Empire, Lady Morgan, and Sultan lifts plenty of expert terrain. Girls dig Deer Valley for the food and the class.

My personal favorite is PCMR , outside of LCC. The groomers are vast and wide, so your intermediates can ski safely and in their comfort zone, or you can do what I do; wait until the run is empty (and unless it's Christmas week, that's most of the time) and just mach it. The development is limited to the base, so you get up and away into nature a bit. Jupiter bowl can be like a miniature Alta, and the new Crescent lift opens up a lot of new territory on the frontside that the locals used to hike/traverse to on a powder day (sigh).
My recommendation is to park at the Eagle lift at the bottom of the lot, ski the King Con area, especially Shamus and Sitka, as a warm up, and then spread out over the mountain. After lunch, or on non peak weeks there's usually parking spaces next to the lift.

Bottom line, though, is you can't go wrong at any of them, even Crayons.
post #41 of 45
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aschick, we're in 2009, not 2008
Right.... my bad. Still, the OP said he wanted to use the PC fly and ski offer.
post #42 of 45
+1 for The Canyons. For intermediate terrain of all kinds, not just groomers without the crowds of PCMR and sheeshiness of Deer Valley.
post #43 of 45
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If you're an intermediate it's got lousy grooming,(being bankrupt) narrow trails,
I thought it got bought?

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and a far flung annoying layout that's more concerned with serving slopeside mansions than serving skiers.
Sadly true. Its always been a RE development masquerading as a ski resort. Wonder how those $5M houses are selling now?

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Add the distant parking lot, the people mover and the three block schlep to the lift in ski boots so you pass all the shops.
and the zombie timeshare sales "people"

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..but people do like this place...
yeah I do. One thing it has going for it is excellent tree skiing: The Pines, Mystic Pines, in between the trails at Dreamscape, the top of the new Dreamcatcher chair, Eastface off 9990...

Having a condo at Redpines helps.

I'd ski DV more except for the $ - Canyons isn't much less but but I can get $60 discount tix at Canyonsports.

Haven't skied PCMR much - all those parallel groomers never appealed. I am also usually there over vacation weeks, and it gets the worst crowds of the PC resorts. But tix are in hand and I will try it during a boyz trip in March.
post #44 of 45
Aside from the OP's question I am not too crazy about the canyons. However, there is nice glade skiing, some very challenging stuff off 9990 (especially when it hasn't snowed in a while-last time I skied there it was borderline scary in places) good backcountry access (I'm told), You can rent a condo nearby for really cheap, it has a lot of natural beauty. While DV often feel like you are skiing through a real estate development, I never have that feeling from the Canyons. If I had a few mil to waste I might opt for an on mountain lodge there over DV.
post #45 of 45
Go to Alta.
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