I had fun, but obviously this was my worst Utah trip. My family and I skied
Sunday - Brighton
Monday - Solitude
Tuesday - Snowmobiling Lofty Peaks Midway Utah
Wednesday - Alta
Thursday - Deer Valley
Brighton has added the Millicent quad since my last visit. It was alot of fun over there. All the runs were good. I was disappointed in "off runs". II most enjoy making my own runs outside of the groomed runs. It was way crusty and icy off of the groomed runs. Brighton was much busier than it was 3 years ago when I went. It seemed to be much more Gen Y snowboarder area that what I remembered. Nothing wrong with that mind you, I was just surprised. I felt a little old there. I put my 7 year old in half day lesson. At the end of the day, he seemed decent at going down a green hill in a snowplow.
Solitude was new to me. The snow was probably the best of all the resorts. There are lots of wide open runs. Some of them were surprisingly difficult and steep to me. I stayed off the blacks after a few runs because of the conditions were a bit icy on them. I highly recommend solitude as a "family" destination. My kids seemed to like Solitude and Alta the best. I like Brighton also, but Sunday was a bit busy based on my previous trips.
Again at Solitude I put my 7 year old in ski school. I was impressed. He went down some pretty steep greens (well in my mind). He learned to turn in a wedge, though he likes to go fast.
Not skiing, but I really enjoyed the snowmobiling at Lofty peaks. I think its in Midway Utah. They were very friendly and let you ride fast. Our whole group rode fast so it was a blast. The guide let my youngest ride with him.
Wednesday was Alta. Alta is still king for me of the "true skiing experience". I enjoyed the card in the pocket mechanism. I thought the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. I put the 7 year old in a 2 hour group class again. He did a smaller wedge and his turning was better. He went down several of the blue runs on the Sugarloaf lifts. He went pretty fast and could stop when needed. I look forward to putting him in their ski school again for parallel turns on next visit. The snow was good on the runs, but outside the runs it was just too icy and crusty for my taste. I was also surprised how many people ski really fast there.
On another note, I chuckled to my wife how young I felt at Alta (I'm 43). It seemed like a senior citizen resort. Nothing wrong with that, just so different from what I experienced at Brighton.
Thursday was Deer Valley. I wanted to see what it was like. First I want to say that many of my preconceived notions were not all that founded. I didn't find a bunch of obnoxious rich people all over. I thought they did a great job of grooming giving the snow conditions. The lift ticke price is steep, but no worse than many Summit County resorts. The lifts were great. The biggest problem was there were too many people on the runs. It reminded me in that area of Summit County, though it was Spring Break, but that's why I go to Utah to avoid the crowds. Deer Valley has some good runs, but once again the snow off the runs were not good at all. After lunch the lower half was all ice and slush, I learned how to face plant going to fast into slush. I would recommend Deer Valley to friends earlier in the year for easy runs and fast lifts. I don't think it is a good Spring Break destination given the altitude. If I had to compare Deer Valley to a Colorado resort it would be a cross between Vail and Breckenridge. The snow seems more Colorado like and more of a "mega" type resort. I could have a blast at Deer Valley if the snow was better and their were fewer people. I don't know if that is possible or not. I started at the snow lodge. It was very easy to drop off the family right at the ticket window, then park. Parking is free there unlike Vail. There is definately lots of service and employees around to help with any questions. I didn't find the prices on the mountain as bad as perceived. The kids enjoyed a hot chocolate for $2.75. Not cheap but not $10 like I imagined.
All in all my 3 kids enjoyed skiing, we were disappointed in our ability of the condition of the snow outside of the main runs. Next year hopefully Spring Break will be ealier and the snow will be better. I still like it way better than Colorado.
I'll try to get some pictures later in the week. I hope the conditions are good next year and I can try Snowbasin in addition to my Cottonwood Canyon favorites. I still love all the Cottonwood Canyon resorts, but I realize now even the snow is not perfect there all the time. I guess I was really blessed in my previous trips there.
Edited by rmscott_75077 - 3/22/2009 at 02:40 am
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