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Intermediate in Utah for first time. Where to?

post #1 of 17
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I'm planning to go to SLC for five days. But where? I'm an intermediate, who skis East Coast blue slopes with ease. Where to? I'm looking for big open bowls and a different experience from the East Coast.
post #2 of 17
Anywhere you go will be a new and better experience. Park City should keep you entertained for a few days
post #3 of 17
I'd spend 3 days in LCC, 1 in BCC and one at Snowbasin
post #4 of 17
Have fun. As Calvin says........Its a magical world out there.......lets go exploring!
post #5 of 17
check out Alta.........take a bus up and buy one of the park -n-ride tickets. After that there are at least a half a dozen slopes to choose from.
post #6 of 17
posts 2 + 3 = hit nail on head.

FYI - once you go, it'll never be the same. I can't do least coast anymore - on the best day it's a shallow version of the real thing.
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Originally Posted by Sailor View Post
I'm planning to go to SLC for five days. But where? I'm an intermediate, who skis East Coast blue slopes with ease. Where to? I'm looking for big open bowls and a different experience from the East Coast.
IMHO, you'd need to ski east coast blacks with ease to be comfortable skiing big open bowls at Snowbird. I've taken visitors who have skied all of there life in other parts of the country (idaho) to some of the "big open bowls" at Snowbird and they were scared sh_tless. Thus, i'd recommend Brighton, overall its a much easier mountain than Snowbird but still gets a lot of powder.

Forget park city, unless you're into the "nightlife" more than the skiing. The snows crappy over there and it's expensive.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by UtahPowderPig View Post
Thus, i'd recommend Brighton, overall its a much easier mountain than Snowbird but still gets a lot of powder.

Forget park city, unless you're into the "nightlife" more than the skiing. The snows crappy over there and it's expensive.
Want to be surrounded by boarders - go to Brighton. Better idea - Solitude.

The snow's not crappy in PC, it's generally fine, particularly compared to what he's used to on the least coast, and for a least coast blue skier, Empire Canyon, parts of PC, and Dreamscape at Canyons would be perfect.
post #9 of 17
This is the perfect time to get some lessons to take your skiing to the next level. If you sign up for a "blues to blacks" clinic midweek there is a good chance it will be a private or semiprivate lesson. Anywhere you go will be a blast, but what is nice about Alta is that there is usually one way down the mountain groomed and 500 ways down off piste and you can often dip in and out. That makes it a good way to transition from east coast groomed skiing to western big mountain skiing. Have fun!
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This is the perfect time to get some lessons to take your skiing to the next level. If you sign up for a "blues to blacks" clinic midweek there is a good chance it will be a private or semiprivate lesson. Anywhere you go will be a blast, but what is nice about Alta is that there is usually one way down the mountain groomed and 500 ways down off piste and you can often dip in and out. That makes it a good way to transition from east coast groomed skiing to western big mountain skiing. Have fun!
Good post. Alta has good terrain for beginners and intermediates. It gives the feeling of high alpine skiing, there is a groomed blue off every lift, and there are lots of places you can go off piste without committing to a long run that's over your head with no way out. Alta is our favorite place to ski and Ice Queen and I are intermediates. I'd say Powder Mountain is very good for giving intermediates access to some non-threatening off-piste opportunities as well. All of the Park City resorts will have a ton of blue cruisers (I've not skied PCMR but since it's between DV and The Canyons I'd assume there's a lot of similar terrain). I would suggest trying at least one day at Alta, however. And I'd make it one of your first days in Utah, you may want to go back.
post #11 of 17
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Want to be surrounded by boarders - go to Brighton.
So what? What's wrong with boarders? You aren't a ski snob are you?

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The snow's not crappy in PC, it's generally fine
PC gets HALF the powder that the LCC and BCC ski hills get. And what they do get gets ski out in half the time, if not quicker. I don't get why people spend a premium price for sub par skiing, oh right it's the "nightlife", lol.
post #12 of 17
^^^After enough hits, near hits and close misses, when I hear that scraping sound close by, I aim the pointy end of the poles in the direction of the noise - surprising how well that works.

Solitude's better anyway imo.

You're apparently a "snow-snob". The PC resorts for someone transitioning from the least coast, who would probably be uncomfortable in serious pow are probably much closer to a good starting point. There's nothing wrong with them for a newbie - just because you're uber-gnar doesn't mean everyone is or has to be.
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This is the perfect time to get some lessons to take your skiing to the next level. If you sign up for a "blues to blacks" clinic midweek there is a good chance it will be a private or semiprivate lesson. Anywhere you go will be a blast, but what is nice about Alta is that there is usually one way down the mountain groomed and 500 ways down off piste and you can often dip in and out. That makes it a good way to transition from east coast groomed skiing to western big mountain skiing. Have fun!
This is a great idea. If you take a good lesson(s) it will open up the mountain to you so much more and you will have a much better time. I've had great days skiing at every resort in the SLC/ogden vicinity, but I think that Alta is a great place to take a lesson and sample lots of different terrain. After you take a lesson and you're free skiing I really don't think it's going to matter too much where you go as long as there's been some fairly recent snow. If there's been a long spell of no snow, then you really would be better off in LCC/BCC.
post #14 of 17
+1 for Snowbasin (or Solitude if you want lodging).

I've never said this before but look at this month's Ski magazine. There's an article on Snowbasin which emphasizes high-end off-piste and powder skiing, but some great pictures. The expanse of wide open groomed skiing there, coupled with fast and empty lifts, will serve an eastern intermediate well. And it's good for WAY more than one day, it's a huge area with a lot of nooks and crannies. Elevation is lower than LCC/BCC though so factor that in, I don't really know conditions out there this year.
post #15 of 17
Alta-Bird. Snowbasin.
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post
You're apparently a "snow-snob".
You're damn right I am. And I'm glad to share it with boarders, or whoever can track it up. Have you seen how good some boarders are in the powder? That's what it's about, deep snow, good terrain, and whatever equipment you like to enjoy it. ( Sorry, park city sucks and everybody who lives here knows it. )
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^^^After enough hits, near hits and close misses, when I hear that scraping sound close by, I aim the pointy end of the poles in the direction of the noise - surprising how well that works.
That's pathetic. ( and you would hear "that scraping sound" at Snowbird, or Brighton for that matter, because it's not crappy snow/ice like park city. )
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