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PCMR vs. Canyons

post #1 of 15
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I'll be out in PC next week and am trying to decide if I should pull the trigger on some discount lift tickets in advance which means I would need to decide where to ski. Going for 4 days Mon-Th. I've skied DV and Alta/Bird and am thinking about taking a day to shuttle over to LCC if it snows but assuming I'm skiing at least 3 days in PC, should I commit to at least 2 days at Canyons vs. PCMR? Any details on the differences?

FYI, I am an advanced skiier, like skiing steeps, bowls, been trying to improve on moguls lately. I'll be alone and probably packing a lunch and trying to break some personal record for most terrain logged since I won't have the wife in tow so I don't care much for on-mountain amenities.

Any advice/tips/ or observed differences between these two?

Thanks,
Mike
post #2 of 15
Try a search. There have been numerous threads around here on the same topic very very recently and still going on now.
post #3 of 15
Canyons has highly varied terrain that includes steeps (9990), bowls (Dreamcatcher), moguls (Condor). No lines, fast chairs = alot of vert. My usual routine: warmup on Tombstone chair (Cloud Nine usually), laps on 9990, amble over to Dreamscape/Dreamcatcher chairs, back to Tombstone, up 9990 and down North Face to lunch at RedPine, then rest of the day off Condor. Its worth at least a day,more if the conditions are good, which may be suspect (in the 40's today).
post #4 of 15
We really enojoy the more difficult areas at PCMR but never found any at Canyons. My one try there was a bust. I found it hard to get out of the parking lot, hard to get on the mountain(a second lift), hard to get back to my car at the end of the day and hard to find a lift without a lift line. It was a sunny Saturday and maybe everyone from SLC stopped at the first ski area they came to that day, but for us it was a bust. Maybe they've fixed the parking lot bottleneck but we were frustrated by their lines before we even made it to the base area.
post #5 of 15
Not my experience (except Prez Day weekend) and I have skied there a whole lot more than once. And if you "never found" difficult areas at Canyons (East face, Dutch Hollow, North Face off 9990; Abyss off Peak 5; Badlands, Super Fury off Lookout) you must be really, really good.
post #6 of 15
I found the Canyons hard to get around. It just didn't seem to have a good flow to the mountain. Very chopped up and separated by canyons.

Ya got to wonder about a mountain called the Canyons?

I truly prefer Snowbasin.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by drb View Post
Canyons has highly varied terrain that includes steeps (9990), bowls (Dreamcatcher), moguls (Condor). No lines, fast chairs = alot of vert. My usual routine: warmup on Tombstone chair (Cloud Nine usually), laps on 9990, amble over to Dreamscape/Dreamcatcher chairs, back to Tombstone, up 9990 and down North Face to lunch at RedPine, then rest of the day off Condor. Its worth at least a day,more if the conditions are good, which may be suspect (in the 40's today).
+1. Did this routine last week, then escaped to CO to get out of the 40+ degree weather.

Really, if you can't find decent steeps on 9990, then you're a hero. And the many times I've heard about "hard to get around" makes me wonder how people find their way to work everyday.

The routine described above is a good one, use it and you'll have a fun day.
post #8 of 15
[quote=snofun3;1042639And the many times I've heard about "hard to get around" makes me wonder how people find their way to work everyday.

[/quote]I didn't say I couldn't FIND my way around, I said the area has no flow to it!
post #9 of 15
See post number 4. Believe it or not, not everything is about YOU .

Go check your edge bevel - no doubt one ski is out 0.000036 - there's something you should worry about.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post
See post number 4. Believe it or not, not everything is about YOU .

Go check your edge bevel - no doubt one ski is out 0.000036 - there's something you should worry about.
Wow, my feelings are really hurt now!

Post #4 didn't comment on the "getting around the mountain on skis", it was about the parking lot! You need to learn to comprehend what you read!

Maybe you should point out in your brilliant posts who you are responding to. Since I was the last one to comment on the getting around The Canyons subject, I can see how you would think me vain for beliveing your response was to me

And your bevel comment was very clever too! Afterall, I am the only one on the forum who cares about bevel angles and tuning their equipment properly
post #11 of 15
OK, at least we agree that you "found the Canyons hard to get around", unless you're not going to take "credit" for that anymore.

It's simple really, keep going to the left, you get to 9990 and then Dreamscape - head to the right and you get to Super Condor. It's really that simple! . Probably you should just keep to areas with 3 or fewer lifts so it's not so confusing for you.

OCD about edge bevel and tune is funny. I've been out for the past 9 days, and undoubtedly my edges are out at least .00786597 and I'm having a ball every day- go figure.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post
OK, at least we agree that you "found the Canyons hard to get around", unless you're not going to take "credit" for that anymore.

It's simple really, keep going to the left, you get to 9990 and then Dreamscape - head to the right and you get to Super Condor. It's really that simple! . Probably you should just keep to areas with 3 or fewer lifts so it's not so confusing for you.

OCD about edge bevel and tune is funny. I've been out for the past 9 days, and undoubtedly my edges are out at least .00786597 and I'm having a ball every day- go figure.
Maybe someday you'll learn to use and feel your edges
post #13 of 15
I like the Canyons for the exact reason that some here don't like it. It's not one ore two peaks with everything feeding around them, There is something European about the layout - you ski from one hill to another to another to get to where you want to ski for a bit, then ski on to somewhere else.
post #14 of 15
Yer sayin' its YER-Pean? That cain't be good...
post #15 of 15
I reckon PCMR has something for everyone. It's huge, it's varied, adn whatever you want, it's there. And for people who'd rave on about how LCC and BCC got more snow, I'd stand them at the Summit (which isn't the top, but more the middle) and look to the Black Rocks. These are the same Black Rocks that stick up between Alta, Bird and BCC.

If still unconvinced, we'd go up Jupiter, do the quick flat hike up to the top of Scotts, and look down into BCC and admire the lifts at Brighton and Solitude.
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