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Old 07-11-2012, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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east coast guy here, and i wna go out west to ride this winter..i wanna ride great parks if so, but preferably wanna go for treeline runs and back country style slopes, long runs too would be great. would like something where i dont have to drive to resort, just there transit or walk would be awsome! ive got a buddy thats a snowcat operator in park city,utah but dno if that would be best place for what i want..although i would get a hookup on staying with him.... i dno what to do any suggestions would help...breck,vail,whatever dont wna have to wait in line more then i ride either!
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Old 07-11-2012, 04:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you got a hook up in Park City, I would say go for it. The Canyons should provide you with what you want. Make sure your "backcountry" style runs are inbounds areas at the resort. You can be in serious life threatening terrain just a few feet out of the resort boundary. Avalanches and other hazards are no joke.

Park City resort has a world class park, so you'd be set there. Canyons and Park City resort are both right there in Park City. Pretty convenient.

Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton are easy drives from Park City. So is Snowbasin and Powder Mountain. I think you can catch a bus to most of them, though travel times will surely vary. You'd have lots of options. Snow fall is fairly reliable in Utah, outside of last season. Pretty sure this coming season will be a decent one for them.

Otherwise, Aspen or Summit County are what you are looking for.
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There's the whole I Ride Park City thing. If park is your thing, PC will be hard to beat. It is a fun mountain. Be careful like Killclimbz said. Last year someone died right outside of an avy gate at The Canyons. The entire PC resort is like a park and there is Cobra Dogs! Fun mountain for sure. A bit ritzy for it to be my home mountain though.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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what if park wasnt my biggest concern though, would the canyons side impress me enough u think to benefit of goin? ive done double blacks on the eastcoast so im up for trying any terrain
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Most double blacks on the East Coast are lucky to be a black in the West. All of the terrain at Park City and Canyons is going to blow anything away you've been on in the East. It's not even a fair comparison really.
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Most double blacks on the East Coast are lucky to be a black in the West. All of the terrain at Park City and Canyons is going to blow anything away you've been on in the East. It's not even a fair comparison really.
Being a PNW rider, this never really hit home for me until I saw some video of a guy on an east coast "double black" run, and it was... groomed.

I laughed.
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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what if park wasnt my biggest concern though, would the canyons side impress me enough u think to benefit of goin? ive done double blacks on the eastcoast so im up for trying any terrain
Yes. PC is a super fun mountain without the park since you can find things to hit or jib on the entire mountain. If you are wanting snow then the cottonwood resorts will be your place. I suggest snowbird or solitude for steeps and Brighton for the best all around mountain in Utah. Some tourists don't like Brighton, but they are pretty much idiots.
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Being one of those idiot tourists who doesn't really like Brighton, I think its hard to not go to SLC for a first trip out west.....or 3rd trip, or even your 30th trip. And if you're staying in PC, with someone who lives there, you'll have a great time for sure! Park City, as others have said is known for its Park, and The Canyons are known for a little more of a Free-Ride gig. Let it be known that both get significantly less snow than the other side of the ridge (which is only a 40-50 min drive away) at Snowbird or Brighton. I've been to snowbird when they're getting hammered with 1-2 feet of snow in a 36 hour period and PC had gotten like 5 inches.

While I've never really found too many "Shit yourself" runs at Brighton (and I've been given a few locals tours), you can find tons of GNARLY runs at Snowbird. Locals like brighton better than snowbird because the bird gets tracked out very very quickly. (I know, plus it isn't Alta, plus Brighton is more low-key.)

Plus, the SLC Airport is just way too easy to get to and from; there used to be (and may still be) a "ride when you fly" deal where you get a free lift ticket if you land that day. I always take an evening flight out of SLC and have the opportunity to ride till 1 or 2 the day I fly out.

SLC is a good call!
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
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thanks guys..sounds like PC is still gna be a sweet place to hit up...whens best time there to go if i dont wna be in the prime blizzard cold ass temps part of the season?
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