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Resort: Alta, UT
Country: USA
Domain: Alta/Snowbird
Author: David Murdoch
Date: 25/2/06, 27/2/06, 1/3/06
Our holiday: Had a 7 ski day trip to Utah, based in Salt Lake City and Park City. 5-8 of us (varying) all good recreational skiers.
Website : Alta
Basics : Middle of the Rockies, daft transfer through Houston, TX. There are many routes to choose from though. Better suggestions include transferring through San Francisco or Newark.
Lift system : Chairs exclusively, not many in number but in US fashion serving many runs off each. Greeley bowl is a fresh track paradise, anything off "Supreme" is interesting. Be aware that there aren't any chairlift bars. I.e. Safety bars. In high winds in can get quite disturbing.
The terrain : Alta is not your typical one size fits everyone resort. Snowboarders are banned and the entire area is "in bounds". Closest EU analogy is the Grands Montets I think. Lots of steep, powder filled, tree lined, tree filled, "off" piste. We spent two days having an absolute ball there. The entrance to some of the chutes is a little interesting in cases.
The snow : Not classic Utah powder, we did have a minor storm Tuesday but only blessed us with about 6-10" of fresh. Still very nice though. What was very interesting was that even in mild temperatures compared to Europe. the snow is very soft and dry.
Off-piste : Off piste is amazing. Everything is considered in bounds so you can ski off piste on the "open" runs to your hearts content. The splendid ski patrol "open" the off piste as though it's a piste so you know you are "relatively" safe.
The resort : There are two rental shops, a couple of hotels and a couple of bars. I mean, you're there to ski aren't you?
Food : See above.
Accommodation : We stayed in Salt Lake City and Park City. There wasn't a very big difference in transit times so I'd recommend Park City as more fun.
Costs: $80 for lunch for 5 hungry adults. (We'd spent 6 hours tracking fresh powder).
Conclusion: Why did I come home? Not for pussies.

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