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Would Utah be good for this group?

post #1 of 13
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Two couples. I don't know how to rate skiing ability really at all so I'll use some vague description of ability.

Guys - 1 high advanced skier comfortable on black runs at larger eastern resorts. Comfy on blacks and in trees at Steamboat last time we were there; decent bump skier but slow   2 - comfortable just about anywhere on skis, mountain goat, extremely athletic, good bump skier.

Ladies - 1 solid high intermediate but cautious skier, will ratchet up a notch in powder, was comfortable at Steamboat when we had 15" of powder, but not comfortable on blacks there if they were groomed and packed (felt uncomfortable with the speed), 2 - low to mid intermediate but willing to push herself

We're all set to book flights today into Hayden to go back to Steamboat. Then decided to look at getting to SLC and found decent flights there.  I really do'nt know much about Utah skiing. Looked at the trailmap for Alta - looked like too  much expert terrain for the ladies to be happy. I assume there are other Utah areas that are more suited to keeping this whole group happy -- any suggestions?

 

post #2 of 13
I'd go to Taos.
post #3 of 13
I haven't been to the other resorts in PC or ogden.. Others will chime in. But alta has plenty of beginner-intermediate terrain. However, the lifts are often isolated. One lift for the blue/greens, and one life for the blacks... So it may be difficult for you to stick together.

Utah is certainly cheaper, imo, and it is very possible to stay in the valley -- lodging is cheaper too. ohh wait what am I saying! I should be keeping this for the people in the know
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shoal - yeah, Utah definitely seems to be cheaper than Steamboat -- which I assume is expensive partially because it's off on it's own away from the other CO resorts.

BTW, I did search, and have been reading plenty on the Utah resorts. Just trying to make this decision quickly since we have some rewards points flights on hold and we lose that today!  Can't get good reward flights into SLC, so the overall cost might even out I guess.  Although if we went to Steamboat we could get by without a rental car -  not sure that's the case in Utah.

 

 

post #5 of 13
For a group like that Park City would be a very good home base. From there you could ski PC, The Canyons and Deer Valley. This seems like a good selection for this group. Then if you wanted you could go to Alta or Snowbird for the day easily. I love Steamboat but the trip to PC is much much easier.

The added bonus for this group would be the restaurants in PC plus if the ladies chose to take a day or afternoon off there are other things to entertain them.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by billyymc View Post

Two couples. I don't know how to rate skiing ability really at all so I'll use some vague description of ability.

Guys - 1 high advanced skier comfortable on black runs at larger eastern resorts. Comfy on blacks and in trees at Steamboat last time we were there; decent bump skier but slow   2 - comfortable just about anywhere on skis, mountain goat, extremely athletic, good bump skier.

Ladies - 1 solid high intermediate but cautious skier, will ratchet up a notch in powder, was comfortable at Steamboat when we had 15" of powder, but not comfortable on blacks there if they were groomed and packed (felt uncomfortable with the speed), 2 - low to mid intermediate but willing to push herself

We're all set to book flights today into Hayden to go back to Steamboat. Then decided to look at getting to SLC and found decent flights there.  I really do'nt know much about Utah skiing. Looked at the trailmap for Alta - looked like too  much expert terrain for the ladies to be happy. I assume there are other Utah areas that are more suited to keeping this whole group happy -- any suggestions?

 


I think Alta would easily fill the bill for your group - the guys might want to spend a day at Snowbird. These two areas are interconnected by ski's (more $ for 2 area pass)
Then there's Big Cottonwood Canyon, Brighton and Solitude Areas little more rough and tumble
These two areas are also interconnected by ski's (more $ for 2 area pass)
The group I ski with includes a 78 yo man his favorite area; (Alta) ; the 'bird is to steep for him, but he will ski some blues at Brighton.
Park City side; The Canyons and Deer Valley are very close also PCMR.
Are you looking to stay at one area and ski there - The great thing about SLC alot of areas are within 40 minutes of the airport.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys...seems like we should be able to find some stuff to fit everyone there. If there's new snow, my wife is very good about being able to up her game and ski some stuff that she would otherwise feel intimidated doing.
 

How much to purchase and Alta etiquette guide?

post #8 of 13
We have a done this trip a couple of times with 4 couples of a similar description.  We stayed 10 minute drive outside PC.  This was a great staging area for our trip.  We skied Canyons and Deer Valley in PC and then guys took a trip to Snowbird. We all skied Alta together and had a blast.  Ladies took a spa day in PC.  Had great dinners out as well.  Park City was a a great choice for our group and think you guys would have a great time there as well.   Good Luck!!!
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by billyymc View Post

Two couples. I don't know how to rate skiing ability really at all so I'll use some vague description of ability.

Guys - 1 high advanced skier comfortable on black runs at larger eastern resorts. Comfy on blacks and in trees at Steamboat last time we were there; decent bump skier but slow   2 - comfortable just about anywhere on skis, mountain goat, extremely athletic, good bump skier.

Ladies - 1 solid high intermediate but cautious skier, will ratchet up a notch in powder, was comfortable at Steamboat when we had 15" of powder, but not comfortable on blacks there if they were groomed and packed (felt uncomfortable with the speed), 2 - low to mid intermediate but willing to push herself

We're all set to book flights today into Hayden to go back to Steamboat. Then decided to look at getting to SLC and found decent flights there.  I really do'nt know much about Utah skiing. Looked at the trailmap for Alta - looked like too  much expert terrain for the ladies to be happy. I assume there are other Utah areas that are more suited to keeping this whole group happy -- any suggestions?

 


quite honestly Alta is a great pick assuming the low inter can deal with powder on groomed run if it jsut snowed. Alta is not steep in the blue at all and most of the blacks are something a eastern skier can do easily.

Snowbasin has the nicest lodges, lifts and varirty of terrain in Utah .Also tends to stay untracked. this videos was taken days after it had snowed and we still found fun untrack within easy sight of the lifts nearly everyrun.


Solitude has alittle bit of everything but the low inter might have some trouble finding skiable terrain there, for the other 3 should be good pick.

Snowbird will scare the crap out of the ladies and maybe even the first guy. I wouldnt go here with this group.

The park city resort can be crowded and hardpacked but all would fit this groups description. Deer Valley has the best skiing in Park City and the tree skiing there is rarely touched and would be the most like steamboat out of those mentioned.

IN order places to check out.

Snowbasin Pros - everything
                Cons - no night life, or close lodging

Alta            Pros - snow, scenery, amount of terrain, beginner terrain, lifts, homey feel
                  Cons -  to much snoow for bad skiers on some days, canyon road can be shut     from time to time

Deer Valley - Pros - luxury, staff, FOOD turkey chili is a must, noone skis in the trees = tons of powder for you.. You get to laugh at all the gapers
 cons - pricey, sometimes quite crowded, people yell at you to slow down on groomers, not as much snow at the other places
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hey, thanks everyone for the advice. I am totally stoked for Utah now.

BTW, BWPA - I'm that first guy!  So thanks for the tips on the Bird. I sort of guage how my wife is feeling (she's the upper intermediate) by how I feel -- if I'm happy, she's probably pushing her envenlope, so I need to be aware of that. If I'm feeling like I'm pushing my envelope, I know for sure she's past hers and just needs to get down. I love to ski with her more than with anyone -- maybe I'd be a bit better if I spent more time skiing without her, but I wouldn't have as much fun.

 

And you're right - the lower intermediate lady has some trouble in powder, but is game and working on it.

 

Work day is so much better when you're planning a ski trip.

post #11 of 13

Would Utah be good for this group?

Yes.

This has been another in a series of simple answers to simple questions.

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by shoal007 View Post

Utah is certainly cheaper, imo, and it is very possible to stay in the valley -- lodging is cheaper too. 
 

If you stay in SLC or Ogden, it will be cheaper.  But I doubt that there's much of a savings in staying in PC over Steamboat. 
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by billyymc View Post

Thanks guys...seems like we should be able to find some stuff to fit everyone there. If there's new snow, my wife is very good about being able to up her game and ski some stuff that she would otherwise feel intimidated doing.
 

How much to purchase and Alta etiquette guide?

Not sure what a Alta etiquette guide is - Alta is a ski only area (Deer Valley the same). The lift tickets (discount) can be purchased at Canyon Sports in SLC, same for pretty much all areas.
The lady #2 (low intermediate), may want to purchase a beginner area only lift ticket (about 1/2 price of regular ticket) the first day this gives access to Albion, Sunnyside and Cecret lifts.  Also Alf's resturant on mountain is a good place for everyone to meet up at for lunch or breaks, since it's accessible to beginners area also.
Staying in the valley (Sandy or Midvale) 20 min. to the canyon area's - risk; alot of snow the canyon road closes (usually open by noon), and you have to ski PC side or Snowbasin, Powder Mt. These area's are 50-60 min. away.
One last thing staying in the valley, with 4 people I would rent a 4wd mini-van.
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