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Canyons vs. Park City for first day...buying lift tickets in advance

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Will be coming in at midnight and skiing one of these the next day.  Planning on buying the tickets on Liftopia so they will be purchased in advance.  Haven't skied either so any advice on one vs. the other would be appreciated for a first day.  My daughter and I would be skiing.  She is 13 and a very good skier though nothing too crazy.  We plan on skiing four days at the following:  Canyons, Alta/Bird, PCMR and Snowbasin.  Obviously we will not know weather conditions...again what do you think would be best for first day to start our vacation right?  Thanks.

post #2 of 12

Honestly man, I'm not a huge fan of the Canyons for tourists because it's such a pain in the ass to get on the mountain, and get around on the mountain.  The Canyons is great if you know the mountain well and know where you want to be; the expert terrain is also the best in PC (the stuff off of 9990 is great), but the snow can be touch and go.  The Canyons also has nice access to the back country, but since you are skiing with your little girl, I'd recommend spending two days at PCMR or take a day at Deer Valley instead of the Canyons.  You'll spend more time skiing, and less time trying to negotiate the resort.  Whatever you decide to do will be fun though- enjoy the trip!

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Thanks for the suggestion.  We are skiing with another father/daughter who is a boarder so DV is out.  We could easily start out at PCMR then and see what happens.  Liftopia has some really good online deals right now.

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What time does your flight arrive(If on one)?  PCMR has a promo where u ski free on the day u arrive. This had to be set up in advance and tkt window will need to see brding pass- but u(and daughter) get free tkt.

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What time does your flight arrive(If on one)?  PCMR has a promo where u ski free on the day u arrive. This had to be set up in advance and tkt window will need to see brding pass- but u(and daughter) get free tkt.



Coming in around 11pm...cannot use the Quick Start.  One other question regarding the resorts.  My daughter is literally turning 13 two days before we arrive and of course PCMR and others consider kids to be 12 or younger.  Not to do anything to underhanded, but.....these do any of these resorts typically check childern's ages (do they ask for ID)????  Thanks.....

post #6 of 12

Unless they have a passport, most kids that age don't have an ID so...however, it is often possible to do it legit with an advance purchase- easier in the case of a season pass purchased before a b-day, but the online purchase may qualify her for the child rate based on day of purchase as opposed to first/last day actually skied.

 

I don't recall the details of quickstart- what happens if your flight is delayed and doesn't arrive until 12:01 am?

post #7 of 12

I've done many days on PCMR and it sounds like it will be the perfect start to your trip.  If you do make the trip to LCC you will enjoy Alta for sure.  My 10 yo daughter and I had a blast doing laps on the Supreme chair on the last day of spring break last year. 

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Originally Posted by MEfree30 View Post

Unless they have a passport, most kids that age don't have an ID so...however, it is often possible to do it legit with an advance purchase- easier in the case of a season pass purchased before a b-day, but the online purchase may qualify her for the child rate based on day of purchase as opposed to first/last day actually skied.

 

I don't recall the details of quickstart- what happens if your flight is delayed and doesn't arrive until 12:01 am?  It goes by the scheduled arrival, irregardless whether it's early or late. It it was a late nite(S/west/USAir I think each have one landing around 1-2AM), I would make sure I had documentation showing that

post #9 of 12

We like the Canyons and have had many families go there and have a good experience.  With regards to your lift ticket dilemma for your daughter, we would recommend that you purchase the tickets in advance while your daughter is still 12 and qualifies for the child rate.  If you are planning to ski all four days with the other father/daughter team, Alta is out too since they do not permit SB.  Have fun! 

post #10 of 12

I did both last year and preferred PCMR. As mentioned previously, for only one day, the Canyons is a bit hard to navigate (but then again, compared to resorts in Colorado that I've been to, so is PCMR).

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Just a follow up to this thread.  We ended up buying the tickets on Liftopia for PCMR....$53.50 each.  Only adult tickets were available so we each just bought two.  So my daughter and I will ski the first day for $107.......not too shabby at all and cheaper than buying one adult and one kid ticket at Canyon Sports when we arrive.  It all worked out....thanks for all the advice and may the snow machine continue!!!!!!

post #12 of 12

Starting at PCMR will be nice. Do you already have tickets for the Canyon? Otherwise I would recommend going to Solitude instead. But no regret if you already have them; all SLC resorts are nice!
Enjoy!

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