East vs West: Is the travel to ski the west worth it?

Posted by Kheri on March 12, 2011

Kheri and daughter Kayla in front of PayDay (kheri-kayla)As a mom with kids who LOVE to ski, I’ll take them anywhere to get them on the slopes. There are a lot of great mountain resorts within three hours of our suburban New York home. But once you have skied in Utah, the decision becomes harder.

There are some major differences in East vs West when it comes to skiing.

  • Snow conditions are more consistent in the West (icy runs are few in high season) and powder is a regular occurrence
  • Lift lines are shorter in the West. With more terrain i and more lifts mid mountain, even the base mountain lifts move very quickly
  • Lessons are less crowded. Park City, for example guarantees your kids won’t have more than five children in a class (three if they are preschoolers.) That’s true for adults too.  

But there are drawbacks--namely the travel, especially if you are going someplace that requires connecting flights followed by a long car or shuttle ride to the mountain.

But, a few years ago, we discovered that Park City Mountain Resort is only 30 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport. We were on the mountain the same day we flew in! (And the Ouick Start program enables you to convert your boarding pass for a lift ticket the day you arrive.

Sure it costs more to fly but we think it’s worth it for the great snow, shorter lift lines and smaller lessons. That’s why when we have a week to ski, you’ll find us on the slopes in Park City.


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