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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.
Middle of the Rockies, daft transfer through Houston, TX. There are many routes to choose from though. E.g. through San Fran, Newark, etc.
Lift system :
Slow chairs: not many in number but in US fashion serving many runs off each. Most have "gated" off piste that is patrolled and safety controlled.
The terrain :
I am afraid that we fell very much in love with Solitude. It's very quiet (a real locals resort) and has no queues so slow lifts not a problem. Both Powderhorn and Summit lifts give access to some tremendous steep and tree skiing. If you stay on piste it;s a good 2 day resort for anyone who doesn't want to play off piste. I don't think the pistes warrant a longer stay by European standards.
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. Even after a full on powder day at Alta there were still some fresh lines to be had the day after at Solitude.
Off piste is excellent. In common with other Utah resorts, the off piste is gated and hence open or closed. We carried ARVAs, etc. but that wasn't, I don't think, strictly necessary.
The resort :
There are two rental shops, a condo, a pub and a restaurant. The restaurant (Creekside) is exceptionally good.
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.
Hmmm. On the hill a chilli burger was about $12. Creekside worked out about $50 a head.
Small, low key, charming and great off piste opps.
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