Mountain High - Salt Lake Ut
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Utah has some of the best snow on earth for skiing. That's why Salt Lake City was selected to host the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Seven canyons snake up into the mountains from the city's edges, which means 7 ski resorts are within a snowball's toss: Alta, Brighton, Solitude, Snowbird, Park City, Deer Valley, and Wolf Mountain.
Alta definitely is The Best ski area and deserves the tremendous respect that it has garnered over the years. There's a definite magic about Alta. It has everything a skier could want.
Brighton is a hidden gem. It has a good mix of terrain with some nice black diamond runs, and also welcomes snowboarders.
Solitude offers many great trails, a fair amount of black diamond territory, and a long intermediate run which has some nice steep areas. Skiing it on a weekday means you'll never have a lift line wait.
Snowbird has lots of interesting terrain, especially for the more advanced skier.
Park City is huge. It's impossible to ski all of its excellent mix of terrain in one day.
Deer Valley is famous for its poshness and attracts people with far more money than skiing ability. However, when you're looking for interesting runs you possibly get bored quickly.
Wolf Mountain is a smaller resort with some very good runs and an interesting mix of terrain. Most of the runs are pretty challenging. Even easy and intermediate runs seem to be harder than similarly ranked slopes at neighboring resorts.
Utah has everything one could want in a ski vacation: Big mountains, gorgeous scenery and abundant dry powdery snow. Come along for a ride.
August 4th, 2012
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