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help picking ski/snowboard resort, 1st time in Utah

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help picking ski/snowboard resort, 1st time in Utah

Group of 5-6 individuals in the 20-30s heading to Utah in feb 2014. Would like recommendations for 1-2 resorts like Keystone in CO. Our group loved that resort so looking for similar ski/snowboard resort in Utah(long runs, lots of powder, intermediate to advanced slopes, preferably night skiing available, not overcrowded(like Breckenridge), quick lifts, and close to nightlife).

Thanks in advance!

Park City, Utah
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1. Re: help picking ski/snowboard resort, 1st time in Utah

Park City offers you three world class resorts all within easy reach - far closer than in Summit County, Colorado. Note that Deer Valley doesn't allow snowboarding. All offer great skiing, good ski schools, etc. You can stay at any of the three or stay in town and commute on free bus system. Park City Mountain Resort has night skiing. You won't find crowds like you saw in Colorado, especially at DV which is capacity controlled. Note that Canyons Resort is now a part of the Vail Resorts network so Epic pass will work there.

Have fun.

Salt Lake City, Utah
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2. Re: help picking ski/snowboard resort, 1st time in Utah

For what you described, Park City will be your best bet with three resorts in town. It's about 45 minutes from the SLC airport, so very easy to access. The Canyons and PCMR have a lot of acreage and a couple of the best terrain parks anywhere. The nightlife will be much, much better than Alta/Snowbird or Solitude/Brighton.

Snow quality is great and they take care to groom the runs immaculately. Lots of off piste terrain for when it snows. The Canyons is so big you can find large powder stashes late in the afternoon.

My favorite terrain in the area is Snowbird and they get more snow, on average, than any of the Park City resorts, but there is no nightlife to speak of like Park City. You may want to consider driving the hour it would take to get there and checking it out for a day. The mountains are bigger and more dramatic.

Keep in mind Presidents Day is a heavy ski weekend. Also, if it snows, there will be a lot more people on the slopes. Salt Lake is a huge ski town, and people will use sick days when the snow is falling. The PC resorts are big enough that you can find an area that isn't heavily used. The majority of skiers/riders stick to the main couple of lifts.

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3. Re: help picking ski/snowboard resort, 1st time in Utah

And PCMR is much more centrally located than The Canyons, as far as lodging. You can still get to the Canyons easily to ski/ride. It's about four miles down the street. But I think you'll want to stay closer to Main Street and be within walking distance of the nightlife and social scene.

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