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Alta Lodge vs. Goldminer's Daughter

post #1 of 14
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For those who have stayed at either (or preferably both), do you have any suggestions?

 

We like the idea of the "no brainer" lodge approach, but you definitely pay for the luxury of doing nothing.

 

I'm curious about the kids activities (we have 4 and 12 year old boys) at AL.

 

I've searched and most of the reviews I've found are pretty old.  It seems from the pics that AL has updated things at some point and looks nicer than GMD but that could just be a result of better/worse web pages.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 14

Stayed at Alta Lodge: Superb for kids, great place, great staff, good food, marked by more gentility than GM daughter, did'nt stay at GM so have no view on the rooms and service, but had coffee in the restaurant etc. Alta Lodge is in a different league would be my unvarnished opinion. The lodge attracts 85% return customers, folks who've been coming for decades etc..

 

Anyway, here are two TR's from our Utah Trips. Alta Lodge has a shuttle specially designed to take kids and parents to the sunnyside base for ski school, and also picks the kids up and brings them back with relevant authorization, and in the evenings Alta Lodge has a special kids program, i.e. they have dinner separately and go hang out in the play room in the lodge. My son loved it there in Alta and at the Alta lodge. Since we already went there twice not that long ago (i snuck back one additional time to my son's irritation but he had missed enough school to go skiing...!), next week's ski trip (and he is missing 3 days of school, Dad's fault, is to DeerValley and Snowbasin)

 

1. Jan 2010

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/90667/alta-through-the-eyes-of-a-6-year-old-jan-2010#post_1177791

 

2. April 2010

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/93871/utah-spring-skiing-for-8-relentless-non-stop-and-just-exquisitely-beautiful-days#post_1216720


Edited by dustyfog - 2/1/11 at 4:00pm
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

Dusty,

 

We went ahead and booked at AL (before I read your post), so I will update upon our return.  Thanks for your detailed response.

 

Looking forward to the trip!

post #4 of 14

excellent, you should have a fine time, post some pics/video/ and a TR when done...

post #5 of 14

Hi Elduderino (nice name) or anyone else,

 

Please, please post about AL on your return.  We are seriously considering this place with our two (young) kids, since it seems the most kid-friendly of the lodges. 

 

Also, if you have any tips re: ski school and instructors.

 

Thanks!

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Stayed at Alta Lodge: Superb for kids, great place, great staff, good food, much more gentile than GM daughter,

 

  What, no Jews allowed in Utah...?  biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by dustyfog View Post

Stayed at Alta Lodge: Superb for kids, great place, great staff, good food, much more gentile than GM daughter,

 

  What, no Jews allowed in Utah...?  biggrin.gif



Actually, my Alta Kackers group is arriving at Alta to stay at the GMD in 8 days...

post #8 of 14

oops, I am usually there surrounded by jewish folks and we live it up...my typo, never even realized, so with genuine apologies, and no offense intended to anyone, this is correct thought: AL more GENTLE than GM, and more serene at AL, just my opinion. (have edited original typo too)

 

Vinot: In terms of instructors, my son (now 7, then 6) learnt a lot from Shelly Wedge in the ski school, she is great...

 

and Tom Cadora is a class act, he taught me a lot about skiing gnarly terrain, took a keen interest in my physically challenged bowed legs, and help get my boots canted, and adjusted etc. It really helps to have an experienced instructor go with you to the boot-fitter, and guide their adjustments, otherwise, its a lot of guesswork.

 

Robyn and Julian, heads of the Ski School are incredibly helpful and constructive.

 

They really pay attention to the kids AND the adults.

 

The TR links are above, and if you want a direct impression : Shelly filmed my son on these, and you can hear her positive, cheerful voice, its so cool...she is a riot..

 

best

post #9 of 14

as usual i forgot the video links are here:

 

Shelly is a trip, and Tom is very cool. you can't lose skiing with them and will gain a wealth of knowledge.

 

1. Alta Powder Comedy April 2010 : Dax and Shelly (15secs)

 

 

2. Dax discovers the beauty of the greatest snow on Earth, Jan 2010 (6mins) with Tom

and Shelly and Dad trying hard to keep up. There are stills of kids time at the Alta Lodge in this clip.

post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 


 

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Originally Posted by vinotinto View Post

Hi Elduderino (nice name) or anyone else,

 

Please, please post about AL on your return.  We are seriously considering this place with our two (young) kids, since it seems the most kid-friendly of the lodges. 

 

Also, if you have any tips re: ski school and instructors.

 

Thanks!


I will definitely post  reviews upon our return.  Looks like the clear and sunny weather is giving way to snow during our stay, so that will be received with mixed reviews by my party :-)

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by dustyfog View Post

oops, I am usually there surrounded by jewish folks and we live it up...my typo, never even realized, so with genuine apologies, and no offense intended to anyone, this is correct thought: AL more GENTLE than GM, and more serene at AL, just my opinion. (have edited original typo too)

 

Vinot: In terms of instructors, my son (now 7, then 6) learnt a lot from Shelly Wedge in the ski school, she is great...

 

and Tom Cadora is a class act, he taught me a lot about skiing gnarly terrain, took a keen interest in my physically challenged bowed legs, and help get my boots canted, and adjusted etc. It really helps to have an experienced instructor go with you to the boot-fitter, and guide their adjustments, otherwise, its a lot of guesswork.

 

Robyn and Julian, heads of the Ski School are incredibly helpful and constructive.

 

They really pay attention to the kids AND the adults.

 

The TR links are above, and if you want a direct impression : Shelly filmed my son on these, and you can hear her positive, cheerful voice, its so cool...she is a riot..

 

best


DustyFog, I hate to cross-post, but can you recommend an instructor for my wife?  I posted this in another forum here but have gotten no replies:

 

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/100820/alta-instructor#post_1301370

post #11 of 14

Tom Cadora is the real thing as is Shelly, so take your pick. They are both superb. I would recommend Mrs Eud. hanging with Tom C for a day and getting her ski legs fired up, he did wonders for me and a friend of mine who is an adult female. Shelly is part of the kids group but is an expert veteran of Alta, and she primarily skied with my son. Call the ski school and make the request, Robyn and Julian are both very helpful

post #12 of 14

Eldude, just browsing, I noticed you asked all the experts here about skis for Mrs Eldude. That is where guys like Tom C come in handy, he took me to the Alta Ski Shop and got me demos after seeing the crap I had rented, and now I ski on those skis everywhere, Dynastar Sultan Legend 85's, ski of choice for Alta patrollers and ski instructors, its stiff, punches through piles, and can carve in ice, as many others have told me since, a great all-mountain and superb learning ski. Not sure there is much difference in men and women's version. Again this is my two cents, non-expert but am a firm believer in the Legend 85's. Mrs E will be well-served by going with someone like Tom C or other instructor to Alta Ski Shop and picking out suitable ski.

post #13 of 14

Tom taught my oldest daughter to ski 20 years ago.  Now she patrols there, so something clearly worked.

 

Robyn is very good at managing the childrens' program at Alta.

 

For an adult learner, Lisa Alexander is very good, since she was once an adult learner herself. 

 

All great people as well as great instructors.

 

A lot of the instructors have made life careers at Alta, which says something about both their skills and the program as a whole.

post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for the suggestions.  My wife ended up with a great instructor and made great strides, despite the 75mph wind gusts and low visibility on the first day out.

 

In terms of the AL, I will follow-up with a review when I have a bit more time.

 

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