DolanReloadedIve skid at les arcs and zermatt. Most alps ski resorts like les arcs and zermatt are above the tree line, just like the upper half of breck and copper are above the tree line. The peaks of park city and most utah resorts are still below the tree line. So based on that, breck and copper are definitely more like mountains in the alps than utah hills. Also there are huge 14k peaks all over summit county and colorado that are very steep like the alps. Im not giving undue hate to park city. My fam has a place in canyons village. Living above 9000 feet in summit county co with huge mountains surrounding you is
the closest thing to the alps your going to get in the lower 48.
Dude.... Keystone as an example has 2.3k feet of relief from the top of the resort (which is also the top of the mountain) to the valley bottom. The Aguille de Midi in Chamonix has 9k feet of relief, and the resort ends a full 1k feet below the top of the mountain.
The fact that summit county is high up in altitude is often used as some proof that it's a breathtaking place, and people (like yourself) completely ignore how big the actual scale of the mountains are. It doesn't matter if the tops are at 14k feet if the valley bottom is only 3k feet below you.
Not to mention that Summit terrain is mostly rounded ridgelines, with very little in the way of sharp features that are interesting to look at. The San Juans as an example have far more visually going on than summit. Neither compare to the endless glaciers and extreme shark tooth peaks of the Alps (although the San Juans are much closer - Telluride has 4.5k of relief from the top of Palmyra to town, and far steeper mountains with much more terrain variation).
Thinking of summit county as interesting looking at all is pretty dumb imo... Comparing it to the Alps is sheer lunacy