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post #1 of 43
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I'm with my family  which consists  of 2 adults returning from ACL injuries looking for groomers, 2 kids one that is in ski school and sticks to easy groomers. And the other kid who skis backcountry and extreme terrain. What is the best place in Utah to fit these needs. I was thinking Park City for 4 days and Snowbasin for 2. Or Park City for 2 Deer Valley for 2 and Snowbasin for 2. Or Park CIty for 4 Snowbasin for 1 and The Canyons for 1. Any Ideas?
post #2 of 43
Take the connecting flight to Jackson Hole.
post #3 of 43
Can't comment on Snowbasin as I haven't been there.  I have been to all three of the PC resorts the past two Christmas breaks.  Based on how you described your family I would split time between DV and PCMR.  Both have very good groomed terrain and enough variety to keep your green cruiser happy and enough stuff to keep the ripper occupied.
post #4 of 43
Highly recommend snowbasin for the group. Meets all needs. A great ski resort, but be aware no slope side lodging if that's an issue. PC and DV would be fine also. Canyons is good too. I know Cottonwood canyons are great, but it sounds like you have  signif. no. who like groomers.
post #5 of 43
Snowbasin, Solitude and Park City.
post #6 of 43
Snowbasin, Solitude and Alta.

Alta has alot of flat and not so flat groomers despite what people think
post #7 of 43

Bush is right, Alta actually has some excellent cruising terrain.


Also, this comment from above rings strangely to my now-Alps-oriented ears:

"A great ski resort, but be aware no slope side lodging if that's an issue"

 

How weird. How can it be a great resort if there's no slopeside lodging, a European skier would ask.


Edited by prickly - 10/28/09 at 6:08am
post #8 of 43
Pretty much any of the resorts around SLC will meet your critieria. (DISCLAIMER: I have yet to ski Snowbasin or the Crayons)

I'd make an effort to ski one of the Cottonwood Canyons resorts (Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude):
  • Alta is the obvious first choice  as long as you don't have a snowboarder in your group.  Lot's of blue cruisers and some very easy greens at Alta in addition to the steep and deep terrain it's know for.
  • Snowbird might be a bit intimidating for the less adventurous of the group.  I'd say skip it.
  • Overall, Brighton is the tamest of the SLC resorts but it does offer some more interesting terrain.  I think it would be a good choice, but DO NOT go to Brighton on a Saturday (kids ski free, and there are thousands of LDS families with all their kids).
  • Solitude is truth in advertising - no crowds.  Good mix of tame to extreme runs.

Park City Resort is big enough to spend a couple of days at without being bored.  It's specialty is wide open blue groomer-cruisers and high-speed chairs.  There's some serious stuff in the Jupiter Bowl for your hotshot.  It's more resorty/touristy than the CC resorts, but if you don't mind (or actually like) that vibe it's a good choice.

Deer Valley failed to impress me.  It's ok, and I'd gladly ski it again.  It'll work for your purposes, I just can't really recommend it.

I liked Sundance, but it's small and far away from the others. If you're staying in Park City, it's a loooong drive.
post #9 of 43
snoowbasin and even powder mountain. not to far from snowbasin right outside of ogden great terrain for the family and no lines at all.
post #10 of 43
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

Snowbasin, Solitude and Alta.

Alta has alot of flat and not so flat groomers despite what people think
 

Yep. These shoudl be your top 3 list. But just about anywhere should have what you want (except the bird).
post #11 of 43
well, it looks like youre up north(staying away from the bird and alta); so i'm leaving them out. i'd probably skip them until you have skiers wanting to take them on; the bird is not easy anywhere or for me it wasnt.

i'd go with park city and the canyons. park city is huge and will have everything you want and i just liked the canyons. skiing in and around the trails they have by all the big houses is pretty cool and pretty unique.
post #12 of 43
Park City has great apres opportunities, that's its only redeeming quality.  Personally I think it could be the worst ski area in the state.
If you have to ski in Parley's Canyon, I like Deer Valley.  I haven't skiied at the Canyons since they were Park West so I can't really say anything about that.

Snowbasin is most excellent, no crowds and world class amenities.  Walk on gondola rides do not suck.  Be sure to relieve yourself in the facilities at the base lodge, you won't be disappointed.

Solitude is definitely in the running for my overall favorite.  Go get you some Prince of Wales.

Alta, what can I say?  The Motherland.  Such an incredible place, but don't get in the chargers way on the High T on a pow day.

Snowbird-Tram laps will turn your legs into Jello, then it's time to Gadzoom or maybe head to the Bookends.

Brighton-Great Western & Mt. Milly rule.  Have done some nighttime tree skiing there that was incredible, I'm so sure it was exactly legal though.

PowMow-just go there and catch the vibe.  Not the fancy schmancy place most people head to on vacation, but great skiing and low key.
post #13 of 43
I'm missing the crusing terrain at Alta. Maybe its just my ignorance but if it isn't a powder day , I'd rather be at Snowbird than Alta . In fact , I don't like the traversing and the "whhop tee dos" on top of the runs at Alta to get to the skiable terrain even with powder. Yea , I know its sacroscant to say anything negative about Alta, but I just don't appreciate the place anywhere near as much as its dedicated and loyal supporters. There I said it, and will rot in skiing Hell for eternity !
post #14 of 43
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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post

I'm missing the crusing terrain at Alta. Maybe its just my ignorance but if it isn't a powder day , I'd rather be at Snowbird than Alta . In fact , I don't like the traversing and the "whhop tee dos" on top of the runs at Alta to get to the skiable terrain even with powder. Yea , I know its sacroscant to say anything negative about Alta, but I just don't appreciate the place anywhere near as much as its dedicated and loyal supporters. There I said it, and will rot in skiing Hell for eternity !
 


what makes alta better on a powder day then snowbird? If you can ski no reason to be up canyon at all really...
post #15 of 43
Skibeast -- 

Given the diversity of skiing ability in your party, I think you would find The Canyons a good fit. It has lots of great skiing from intermediate through advanced.  Also, it is huge and spread out, and so not too crowded nor long lift lines, at least when I was there last Spring.  Another advantage: short shuttle ride into Park City for dinner.  And the base altitude is 6900 ft. -- vs. 8530 for Alta and 8175 for Solitude.  Finally, slopeside lodging at TC is cheaper than PCMR and Deer Valley. 

Having said that, I've heard good things about Solitude and it's on my shortlist for this coming Spring.  
Edited by Jimski - 10/29/09 at 9:03am
post #16 of 43
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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post

I'm missing the crusing terrain at Alta. Maybe its just my ignorance but if it isn't a powder day , I'd rather be at Snowbird than Alta . In fact , I don't like the traversing and the "whhop tee dos" on top of the runs at Alta to get to the skiable terrain even with powder. Yea , I know its sacroscant to say anything negative about Alta, but I just don't appreciate the place anywhere near as much as its dedicated and loyal supporters. There I said it, and will rot in skiing Hell for eternity !

I agree....  I have had a lot of fun skiing powder at Alta, but don't really get it.  I preffer the longer more direct fall line at The Bird.
post #17 of 43
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Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post

 I preffer the longer more direct fall line at The Bird.


Exactly. 

It's the " longer more direct fall line" that causes me to not recommend the Bird for "2 adults returning from ACL injuries looking for groomers, 2 kids one that is in ski school and sticks to easy groomers". 

Alta has a fair amount of terrain suitable for this crowd.  The Bird has some, but not as much. 
post #18 of 43
Take the kids to Snowbird and up the tram, through the tunnel for fun, down into the beauty and remoteness of Mineral Basin. 
Also, the kids will have fun doing Honeycomb Canyon in Solitude if they like a little exploration.
For sure a day at Snowbasin, up the nice gondalas, down the best intermediate skiing in Utah, and by far the best onslope eating too! 
post #19 of 43
I'm from CA but I ski in UT alot...I have a season pass at DV...I think it is best.  If your staying in PC I would avoid the Canyons.
If your staying in SLC...Snow Basin is a little farther than Alta/Snowbird.  Snow Basin can get really crowed on a good day.
Where ever you go get there early.
Have fun!
post #20 of 43
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Originally Posted by skibeast6 View Post

I'm with my family  which consists  of 2 adults returning from ACL injuries looking for groomers, 2 kids one that is in ski school and sticks to easy groomers. And the other kid who skis backcountry and extreme terrain. What is the best place in Utah to fit these needs. I was thinking Park City for 4 days and Snowbasin for 2. Or Park City for 2 Deer Valley for 2 and Snowbasin for 2. Or Park CIty for 4 Snowbasin for 1 and The Canyons for 1. Any Ideas?

What's the point of coming to Utah to ski if you don't ski at Snowbird or Alta?  Park City sucks, it might as well be back on the east coast as far as I'm concerned.
post #21 of 43
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Originally Posted by UtahPowderPig View Post



What's the point of coming to Utah to ski if you don't ski at Snowbird or Alta?  Park City sucks, it might as well be back on the east coast as far as I'm concerned.

Well said.
post #22 of 43

I can definitely see basing a family trip at Park City, the town just has a lot more to offer than any other resort base in Utah. I'd probably ski mostly at Deer Valley if I was staying in Park City, but I've never skied DV or the Canyons, so I'm basing this entirely on what I've heard.


I have skied Park City, and saying it belongs back East seems a little extreme to me. It's not Snowbird, true enough.

post #23 of 43
To me, a lot depends on where you're planning to stay.  If you're tied to a particular place, then I'd start with there; i.e if you're staying in Park City, then you are flush with opportunities. And from the notes in your post, The Canyons sounds like the place to be.  There's plenty there to cover all the needs you described.  A great ski school, cruisers galore and tons of 'back country' type terrain there.

If you are coming off ACL injuries and are a bit tentative with your skiing, I would not, repeat NOT ski at either Snow Bird or Solitude.  These are certainly great resorts and I was just there this past March ... it's just that I do not consider these to be cruiser mountains.  The 'cruiser' slopes there are steeper and more crowded and challenging than say Brighton or the Canyons. 

Snowbasin is great, albeit it's a bit if a drive if you're staying in SLC or PC.  But, if you do decide to go there, to me it's a cruiser's delight.  Most runs off the Strawberry lift are just looong medium pitched cruisers.  If you get tired, you can always go take a nap in one of the absolutely luxurious lodges.  Another place up that way is Powder Mountain ... the best place to ski that no one's ever heard of. 
post #24 of 43

 
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I have skied Park City, and saying it belongs back East seems a little extreme to me. It's not Snowbird, true enough.


I agree.  The concept behind that posters comments seem to imply that Park City does not fit the OP's requirements.  Snowbird is the last place I'd take a family, 2 of which are recovering from ACL injuries and one who sticks to easy groomers and ski school. (but not because the school isn't a good one)

I would think that Alta would be acceptable if there wasn't a ton of new snow.

Now for those of you who are wondering why a family would like to go to Utah if they aren't going to ski the gnarly terrain, here is the answer.  Families go on vacation.  They go to different places on vacation and they are looking for a vacation where ALL can have fun.
Somehow I'm thinking that the member of the family who skis easy groomers may not like a place like Snowbird.

I suspect they would have a great time at Park City, Snowbasin, Solitude and maybe Alta (depending on conditions)  I'd avoid Snowbird (given their situation). Deer Valley would fit their needs also, but is more expensive and as other areas will fit their needs, why pay more, unless you just want to experience the place cause you are already there. 

I think if Park City (general area) is the base, then DV, Park City and Snowbasin gets the nod based on easy or no commuting.

I can't comment on the other Utah areas, as I haven't skied them.
post #25 of 43
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Originally Posted by Dorm57 View Post

If you are coming off ACL injuries and are a bit tentative with your skiing, I would not, repeat NOT ski at either Snow Bird or Solitude.  These are certainly great resorts and I was just there this past March ... it's just that I do not consider these to be cruiser mountains.  The 'cruiser' slopes there are steeper and more crowded and challenging than say Brighton or the Canyons. 


 

We were posting at the same time Dorm.  I have to disagree on Solitude.  They have a tendency to also groom some of the steep stuff at Solitude and they do a good job of it.  I would think for a day or maybe two the OP would have a great time there.  I can't think of a better place to ski on the weekend as there is almost never a crowd there.  There is plenty of easy to moderate groomed terrain there for a day. There is also plenty of very advance terrain there too if you go in search of it.  There just isn't a lot of sustained vertical on the advanced terrain.
post #26 of 43
UL ... I could not have stated it any better.  The original post was based on having a "family" vacation.  At times we can all get tunnel vision and fail to understand there are broader needs out there ... ones other than rad skiing off cliffs, 50* slopes, waist deep powder and such.  And look past the fact that little 4 year old Johnny or Susie need something different. 

That's why this forum  works so well - the posters all come from different angles and most of the time can help suggest options which are the optimal solution to the questions.


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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie View Post


Snowbird is the last place I'd take a family, 2 of which are recovering from ACL injuries and one who sticks to easy groomers and ski school. (but not because the school isn't a good one)

I would think that Alta would be acceptable if there wasn't a ton of new snow.

Now for those of you who are wondering why a family would like to go to Utah if they aren't going to ski the gnarly terrain, here is the answer.  Families go on vacation.  They go to different places on vacation and they are looking for a vacation where ALL can have fun.
Somehow I'm thinking that the member of the family who skis easy groomers may not like a place like Snowbird.
 
post #27 of 43
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Originally Posted by Dorm57 View Post

That's why this forum  works so well - the posters all come from different angles and most of the time can help suggest options which are the optimal solution to the questions.

 

Thanks for the credits Dorm.  Having worked in the ski biz for 20 years gave me a ton of insight. 

When I organized The Gathering and the Let's Go Colorado series I was forced to plan for everybody who may have showed.  That's EVERY ability level  .  It makes one think ! 

The OP did a great job of indicating their needs in the first post, all we need to do here is put ourselves in their shoes and go for a walk!
post #28 of 43
This thread is great -- I only get 2-3 choices of non-local (i.e., not mid-Atlantic) ski resorts per year, so getting the inside scoop on places is valuable.  I discount comments from guys like teledave, UPP, etc., because they're apparently looking for different things in a resort than my kids and me. 

Uncle Louie, could you explain further your hesitation with Solitude?  I was thinking of going there with my 15-year-old son, maybe this Spring.  I'm a fearless but brittle level 7 and he's probably a level 8.  Thanks.    
post #29 of 43
I'd put in a vote for Snowbasin as well.  I skiied there once last year, saturday after a powder day, and there was still lots of untracked to be found.  Even on the post-powder weekend, there were no liftlines, and the groomers were wide and fun.  We had so much fun skiing the first half of the mountain, we never even made it over to the left hand side (When looking up the hill, Strawberry lift i think.)  There was a bunch of steeps up at the top and lots more tucked away throughout the hill.  Fabulous place for a family if you don't mind the commute in.
post #30 of 43
I wish Park City was back east! I would take it here in PA.

If you are staying in PC driving to Snowbasin 2 days in a row with kids could be a pain. I would probably do 1 day there for that reason. If you must stay in PC it would make sense to ski the resorts there at least 2 out of 4 days.

I would probably stay somewhere more central and mix it up a bit.

Something like -

Canyons
Brighton
Snowbasin
Alta
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