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post #1 of 9
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just came back from park city where we skied all 3 resorts.  Our group consisted of 7 intermediate skiers.

Deer Valley - we went here 2 days as we were trying to avoid snowboarder.  The first day was sunny and it didn't snow for over a week so the trails were well groomed (probably too well groomed for me).  The second trip it was snowing (not much but enough to make the experience much better).  You definitely want to check out the area with the Gondola which is behind the St. Regis, it is the best kept secret to avoid the crowds.

Park City Mountain Resort - we did this on the last day and this place is huge.  certain areas had over 6" of newer snow.  Our group wasn't used to skiing in this type of powder as we are from back east, but it was great.  They have a great variety of terrain as well.

The Canyons - they received about 7 inches of new snow the night before we came, All I can say is WOW.  I like the terrain as well as homes that are nestled inside the resort...pretty cool.  My sister in law took lessons here as they were the only ones who offered full day beginner classes.

Overall, the group was split between the PCMR and the Canyons.  While we thought we would like deer valley the best (due to no boarders) that was not the case.  We did like the service at deer valley where they have guest services reps at the top of the lifts to help direct you to a great trail.  I definitely change my opinion of boarders as this trip.  I think my distain towards them was two fold.  First is the fact that back east you hear the boarder coming from at least 100' away.  This is definitely not the case out here where you actually have snow!  Secondly, I determined that the boarders back here just don't know how to board properly.

 

While we wanted to head out to Alta, we couldn't as we spent a night at the Chicago midway airport that took away from our skiing. 

 

As nice as the resorts were, we still prefer  Snowmass.  But it is close....no trying to figure out were to go on next years trip.

post #2 of 9
Sounds like you had a great trip.  Please make an effort to ski Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, and Snowbasin in UT before you declare Snowmass the winner!  Park City gets significantly less snow than the LCC and BCC resorts, and everyone has so experience the bathrooms at Snowbasin 

 

Mike


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Originally Posted by Mark Tebor View Post

just came back from park city where we skied all 3 resorts.  Our group consisted of 7 intermediate skiers.

Deer Valley - we went here 2 days as we were trying to avoid snowboarder.  The first day was sunny and it didn't snow for over a week so the trails were well groomed (probably too well groomed for me).  The second trip it was snowing (not much but enough to make the experience much better).  You definitely want to check out the area with the Gondola which is behind the St. Regis, it is the best kept secret to avoid the crowds.

Park City Mountain Resort - we did this on the last day and this place is huge.  certain areas had over 6" of newer snow.  Our group wasn't used to skiing in this type of powder as we are from back east, but it was great.  They have a great variety of terrain as well.

The Canyons - they received about 7 inches of new snow the night before we came, All I can say is WOW.  I like the terrain as well as homes that are nestled inside the resort...pretty cool.  My sister in law took lessons here as they were the only ones who offered full day beginner classes.

Overall, the group was split between the PCMR and the Canyons.  While we thought we would like deer valley the best (due to no boarders) that was not the case.  We did like the service at deer valley where they have guest services reps at the top of the lifts to help direct you to a great trail.  I definitely change my opinion of boarders as this trip.  I think my distain towards them was two fold.  First is the fact that back east you hear the boarder coming from at least 100' away.  This is definitely not the case out here where you actually have snow!  Secondly, I determined that the boarders back here just don't know how to board properly.

 

While we wanted to head out to Alta, we couldn't as we spent a night at the Chicago midway airport that took away from our skiing. 

 

As nice as the resorts were, we still prefer  Snowmass.  But it is close....no trying to figure out were to go on next years trip.

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
I am heading back end of april, unfortunately Alta will be closed by then, but will be skiing Snowbird.  Any idea if they offer lessons there?  I checked there website but really couldn't find anything.  My wife is a first timer.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
I am heading back end of april, unfortunately Alta will be closed by then, but will be skiing Snowbird.  Any idea if they offer lessons there?  I checked there website but really couldn't find anything.  My wife is a first timer.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
I am heading back end of april, unfortunately Alta will be closed by then, but will be skiing Snowbird.  Any idea if they offer lessons there?  I checked there website but really couldn't find anything.  My wife is a first timer.
post #6 of 9
I was in Park City about the same time. I think the conditions early in the week at Deer Valley may skew your opinions. The fresh snow at the end of the week was just about perfect for Intermediates and Easy Experts.
We were at PCMR on the 9th and the groomed runs were hard and slick. It was difficult for me to ski fast enough to set and edge on many of the intermediate groomed slopes. We stayed in the bumps and trees to find a little soft snow.
We moved to DV on the 10th and 11th. No new snow on the 10th but still better conditions than the day before at PCMR due to the famous DV grooming. Never went to the Gondola side. Always heard it got more sun and firmed up quickly like Stein's Run. We spent most of our time on North Star and Sunset Glad just off the Sterling Chair straight out from Silver Lake Lodge. It faces north and holds snow when everything on the other side of Sterling get packed down and skied out.
The 11th we got a few inches of new snow and combined with our knowledge of a few lightly skied areas from the day before we had plenty of soft snow for the whole day PLUS the great DV food.
On the 12th is was back to PCMR with a little more new snow with cruisers, trees and bumps. Again there was just enough new snow to soften it up and allow you to set an edge on almost any run.
I'd love to go back to Alta or Snowbird if the Town lift were just a few miles longer and the Riverhorse Cafe would open a LCC location!
post #7 of 9
Sure, they have a full slate of lessons and learn to ski programs.  I'd suggest at least a half day if not a full day lesson if she's really a first timer.

http://www.snowbird.com/mtnschool/index2.html


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I am heading back end of april, unfortunately Alta will be closed by then, but will be skiing Snowbird.  Any idea if they offer lessons there?  I checked there website but really couldn't find anything.  My wife is a first timer.
 
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
thanks for the reply on Snowbird.  Unfortunately, their regular lessons end the first week of April and she would have to take private lessons which will not happen.  So now I am not sure if we will stay right at snowbird or in slc incase my wife wants to venture out on her own.
post #9 of 9
Didn't realize that the lessons end on a certain date.  Don't forget Park City as an option.  Different from SLC, more boutiques and less malls but would be a very fun place for you wife to walk around and shop, eat, etc.  Pretty much the same distance to Snowbird from either SLC or Park City.

Mike 

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Originally Posted by Mark Tebor View Post

thanks for the reply on Snowbird.  Unfortunately, their regular lessons end the first week of April and she would have to take private lessons which will not happen.  So now I am not sure if we will stay right at snowbird or in slc incase my wife wants to venture out on her own.
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