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If you had 1 day to ski near SLC (need suggestions for a gaper friend)

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A friend of mine will be in SLC for a business trip within the next couple of weeks. He is planning on squeezing in a day for skiing. He is a beginner, has been once before, but apparently learned fairly quickly. Still a beginner, though, and will be taking lessons. If you had one day to ski in the SLC area, which place would you choose (from a gaper's point of view)? I'm thinking it might be good for me to suggest to him a place with the best ski school, since it's not like he'll be needing the terrain features the mags generally look for. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

post #2 of 9

I think this is the perfect prescription for Deer Valley.  Perfect grooming, lots of choices of "friendly" terrain, great ski school, and great facilities.

 

Not that Deer Valley can't be a good choice for better skiers, too, but for your friend I think DV is the best one in Utah.

post #3 of 9

I agree with Mr. Peters.  Park City is a good place also.  Definitely avoid the Canyons.

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Awesome. I'll pass on the intel. Thanks!

post #5 of 9

I would recommend Brighton or Solitude. A beginner doesn't need much of what Deer Valley has to offer unless skiing is #2 on the priority list and being spoiled is #1. Parleys is more crowded than the Big canyon, lift tickets are cheaper...

post #6 of 9

I've skied all the resorts in the SLC area a lot and I would also recommend Deer Valley for a great experience for a beginner, for one day.

PM(private message) me if you want a recommend for a "topflight" instructor.

post #7 of 9

I would say Alta if the weather is good and its easy to get to otherwise Deer Valley.  I took my wife to Alta last year and she really enjoyed it.  They even sell a lift ticket that is good for the beginner lifts only.

post #8 of 9

Deer Valley is good - Alta - Sunnyside, Albin and Cercret lifts beginners area is good also, and you won't have to take out a 2nd mortage to pay for the lift ticket. But then if its a Business trip - let the company pay ans enjoy the amenties at DV.

post #9 of 9

I was just up at Alta this past weekend.  If it is all about the SKIING - I would highly recommend Alta in Little Cottonwood Canyon.  The snow was incredible and there are NO CROWDS!

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