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Best place in Utah for Beginners and easy skiing?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
 My wife and I are headed to Utah next week.  She is traveling for work and we will be in Ogden Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  I am skiing Snowbasin and maybe Powder Mountain while she works on Tuesday and Wednesday but after that we are free to go where ever.  She doesn't ski well at all and Snowbasin doesn't look like it offers much in beginner terrain.  Powder Mountain looks to offer a little more but I am not sure if it will be the best place.  Is there some place else that would better suit an almost never ever skier?  (for reference...she liked Mt. Rose, Breckenridge, and Sol Vista but hated Keystone)
post #2 of 22
Thread Starter 
Anyone?  Anyone?
post #3 of 22
Snowbird or The Canyons. Both have a lot of blues
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
After looking at some trail maps and checking out the avaialbe lodging I am leaning towards skiing at Deer Valley.  It looks like they have plenty of green runs and with a little luck maybe I can talk her in to skiing a blue run or two.  I would love to ski snowbird but at first glance it looks like a pretty intimidating place for a beginner.   I will have to check out the Canyons though.
post #5 of 22
 Deer Valley is good.  However, for the best combination of snow and trails for your wife, I would say Alta.  They have excellent green and blue trails (better selection than Snowbird if you have beginner or intermediate skiers to worry about).  When my wife accompanies me to Alta, I feel comfortable that I can turn her loose in the Albion/Sunnyside/Cecret area where the trail selection is perfect for her, and she has a wonderful time.  If you have to keep a low-level skiing spouse happy/content/comfortable and keep yourself out of the doghouse, this is the place to do it.  And the good news is that there are fun black trails (Vail Ridge) in the same area, so you can ride the chair up together and then take separate routes down if desired.

Outside of the Albion/Sunnyside area, there are 4-5 green/blue routes down various parts of the mountain if your wife wants to get adventurous and explore, or take in additional scenery/views.  There are easy/fun routes down from the Supreme, Collins, and Sugarloaf chairs, and after 11am (when Collins chair allows loading at the mid-station) you can even take her up Wildcat, down to Collins mid-station, then ride up to the top of Collins and ski down through Sugarloaf.  All trails from Supreme and Sugarloaf funnel back to the Albion/Sunnyside area in case she wants to head back to the comfort zone.  It's a perfect arrangement for my wife and will probably work out good for you too.

If you do get up there and out and about, be sure to take in the views from the top of Supreme and Sugarloaf chairs (latter overlooks Mineral Basin at Snowbird and beyond).
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
Wow, I would have thought Alta would be more like Snowbird.  I think that's definitely a possibility.  Thanks!
post #7 of 22
I would say Beaver Mtn has the best beginner / green runs in UT. The 4mile green run down 1600' vertical that is actually a wide run (and not just a narrow road) is something not really found anywhere else in UT. Then there is a second long green from the top of the other lift that goes for 1100' vertical. And all that is outside of the the little beaver beginners area.
post #8 of 22
 Alta is pretty good, there are great beginner runs off the sunnyside triple as skier219 mentioned, and even on the wildcat double, one takes a wide, gentle short cat track down and there is a broad, wide blue run. The return to base from the collins and wildcat lifts are somewhat steep in the last leg, but there is a gentle cat track for anyone who wants to meander down there too. Ski guide books suggest that Alta is probably the best place amongst major Utah resorts for learning how to ski, no safety bars on chairlifts though, so lean back and enjoy!
post #9 of 22
Alta is good--also Powder Mountain and Brighton (during the week) are good because a lot of the intermediate trails are fairly easy transition terrain.  All the Park City areas have something to offer here with a nod to Park City and Deer Valley.
post #10 of 22

If she's comfortable on blues, The Canyons will be good.  But if she needs mostly greens, TC doesn't have as much:


                       % Green           % Blue        % Black

Alta                    25                    40                 35
Park City            17                    50                 33
Snowbird            27                    38                 35
Solitude             20                    50                 30
The Canyons      10                    44                 46

post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
I am leaning towards Alta because I have always wanted to ski there and it sounds like it will fit the bill.

Now how about lodging?  I found some nice hotels in Sandy that have alot to offer and great rates as well.
post #12 of 22
I LOVE The Canyons, but not for a beginner.  Lots of Blues, but a beginner will not be happiest there.  Deer Valley is completely overgroomed, and she should be able to ski most of the Blue runs there without a problem.
post #13 of 22
Go to Deer Valley. Your wife will love it and there is plenty to challenge you there. It is very underrated for experts but the goods are there. While she skis some of the numerous groomers, you can ski Ontario Bowl, Lady Morgan, Mayflower and Daly Bowl and Chutes. Also some of the best tree skiing in the state in Triangle Trees. You won't be bored and plenty of greens and blues for your wife.
post #14 of 22
Just got back yesterday. I'd suggest Park City for a beginner. Plenty to keep her happy. I'd also suggest staying in PC if you are looking to do anything besides skiing.
post #15 of 22
I am a low intermediate snowboarder (just went back to skiing) and I liked Powder & Snowbasin.  I know you said your wife does not ski well, does she like to avoid steep stuff?  I think the Canyons would be too overwhelming to a beginner. Solitude was nice, but a little steep for my liking.  Powder has a nice little area that was great for night skiing and would be good for a beginner.

Hope that helps a little!
post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
We talked about it tonight and I think we are going to stay in the Park City area with plans to ski Deer Valley one day and drive to Alta on the other.
post #17 of 22
You'll enjoy staying in Park City.  Lots of restaurants and shops with free bus transportation.  The same free bus service will also take you to PCMR, Deer Valley and The Canyons. 

Since you're staying in Park City, your wife would enjoy Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley.  Alta is a 45 minute to 1 hour drive from PC, Snowbasin is at least one hour in the opposite direction.

Costco and many ski shops in SLC have discounted ski tickets to many of the Utah resorts.
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by Jimski View Post

If she's comfortable on blues, The Canyons will be good.  But if she needs mostly greens, TC doesn't have as much:


                       % Green           % Blue        % Black

Alta                    25                    40                 35
Park City            17                    50                 33
Snowbird            27                    38                 35
Solitude             20                    50                 30
The Canyons      10                    44                 46


yep by your list snowbird has less steep terrain than the canyons...

and also the bird has a green run thats steeper than alta easiest black...
post #19 of 22
In my haste to post the percents I forgot to add the figures for skiable acreage for each place.  Pure percents are a bit misleading unless we know the "whole" -- 

Skiable acreage:
     Alta                  2200
     Park City          3300
     Snowbird          2500
     Solitude           1200
     The Canyons    3700

Of course, even comparing the absolute acreage of greens, blues, etc. could be misleading.  With The Canyons, most of its 370 areas of greens are in just a few slopes that are not easily accessible for beginners.  For example, Willow Draw is a long double green, but is accessible only by blues and blacks.  There are also a few green slopes served by the High Meadow lift, but the only way to ski down from that lift to the base is via blues and blacks. 

My daughter and I loved The Canyons when we skied there last Spring, but my friends' two beginner kids were not as happy. 
      
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
 We decided to ski Alta on Thursday and are planning to hit Deer Valley on Friday unless me wife really enjoys Alta in which case we'll be going back.
post #21 of 22
you'll be going back. :) 
post #22 of 22
This is funny.  I was about to start a thread on the same thing.  I suggest you check out my thread: http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/90780/help-with-where-to-go-for-the-best-skiing-in-late-march-early-april-please-help-a-newbie-out/30#post_1186119

for more of what my preliminary studies and advice from others on this very subject.  I am leaning to staying at snowbird and doing Alta/Bird, even though most seem to think I will have a hard time.  I am axious to see what others advise.

You should really inquire about the deals at snowbird.  They could not be beat. 

Good Luck.

Regards,
Mario
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