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post #31 of 42

Yes, QuickStart is the way to ski for free at PCMR on the day you fly in.  Also works at Deer Valley and Canyons.  But only PCMR has lights.

 

http://www.visitparkcity.com/visitors/specials-and-promotions/quick-start/

 

You have to sign up in advance online and print out the voucher.  Then take that with a boarding pass to a lift ticket window.  For Southwest you must print a second boarding pass to bring along.  Note that there are blackout dates.

 

The time I used Quickstart, my ski buddy and I got to PCMR around 1:00.  Got in a few runs mid-mountain before that lift shut down and the only trails left were the ones with lights.  Still, coming from the flatlands it was worth driving over from the airport.  We stayed in the city that trip.

 

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Originally Posted by jiblue18 View Post

Marc you mentioned the quickstart thing. Is that the free lift ticket with your boarding pass? If so can you explain that to me?
post #32 of 42

Thanks for all the replies regrding ski schools.  The wife wants a winter vacation in PC, and we like the convenience of not having a rental car, so I guess we'll just have to pay more to ski close to the hotel.

 

I've used Quickstart in the past to get some skiing at PCMR on the day we arrived.  Night skiing is really strange, especially when it snows heavily and its hard to see the terrain, but still a great way to get warmed up for the following day.

post #33 of 42

So much variation in what people want out of a ski vacation.  For me, I like having a rental car for the flexibility.  Except for when I stay at Alta Lodge late season.  But then I'm quite happy with eat breakfast, ski Alta, relax, eat Alta Lodge dinner, sleep, repeat.  (All lodges located in Alta include at least breakfast and dinner in the room rate.)

 

Even at Alta Lodge, one family of four we know always rents a car instead of taking the shuttle.  When their kids were younger and the mom wasn't as good a skier, they would spend a day or two sightseeing away from ski slopes.  Now they use the car to spend the last night in a budget motel near the airport.

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Originally Posted by alera View Post

Thanks for all the replies regrding ski schools.  The wife wants a winter vacation in PC, and we like the convenience of not having a rental car, so I guess we'll just have to pay more to ski close to the hotel.

 

I've used Quickstart in the past to get some skiing at PCMR on the day we arrived.  Night skiing is really strange, especially when it snows heavily and its hard to see the terrain, but still a great way to get warmed up for the following day.

Night skiing is not as strange for someone who skis a lot in the southeast.  One way to avoid the crowds.  Very rare to be night skiing in a snowstorm . . . unless you count early season snowmaking. wink.gif

post #34 of 42
Night skiing doesnt bother me at all. Im from Indiana and our slope is open till 1am normally
post #35 of 42

Spent a few vacation weeks at PCMR. Invest in a half day private lesson for your wife on day one - will pay dividends for the rest of the week.  Tried Canyons twice, never cared for it - not recommended for beginners.  my daughter loves the trees at PCMR.  Can't comment on Deer Valley - daughter is a boarder.  Wife and MaMa may prefer groomed ski runs DV.  Check out show schedule at Egyptian Theater.  Top entertainment for low prices and ladies will love you for it.

post #36 of 42

If you were only trying to leave the PC resorts for one day, I would switch out a day at PCMR for another day at the Canyons. From my experience, it has a much more laid back feel, and some really nice terrain that most people wouldn't expect.  For you, there is a ton of terrain around 9990 that will keep you well occupied and challenged.  One day isn't enough... Also, no doubt that DV sounds like it would be the best for your wife. 

post #37 of 42
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I just found a smoking deal on a rental car.  We're spending the night of 1/7 in downtown SLC (flight lands at 11 PM).  I reserved an Avis rental car for $134 TOTAL for 6 days if we pick-up off-site (a block from our hotel) and drop-off at the airport!

dshack, I'm looking for as good a deal on a rental in March. Did you call or reserve it on-line?

 

Thanks

post #38 of 42
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by AndesRider View Post

dshack, I'm looking for as good a deal on a rental in March. Did you call or reserve it on-line?

 

Thanks

 

I booked that rate online at the Avis website.  I used my company's TWD number, which gave me additional savings.  I just checked, and the prices are still ridiculously cheap for my dates.  I don't know what it is like in March.  Good luck!

post #39 of 42
I spotted a deal on 5 fully transferrable PCMR anytime lift tickets at Costco in SLC for $339.
post #40 of 42

to OP,

Should you change your mind about car, I'm there the week before you. Taking a shuttle, but renting 

an AWD from Budget at PCMR (Shadow Ridge pickup) rather than the airport ($$). A lot cheaper for

the same vehicle, same company, though I wouldn't say it's cheap.

And it's off to Alta we shall go for a couple of days. Just an option. They have a minimum rental in play (4 days), but 

maybe that's because I'm renting at the peak.

Hoping to get lucky w/ the weather cycles. 

 

 

 


SHADOW RIDGE HOTEL
50 SHADOW RIDGE DRIVE
PARK CITY, UT 84060 US 
PK8
hours Mon - Sat 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
phone 435-645-7555 
post #41 of 42
Thread Starter 

UPDATE:

 

I booked a rental car through Avis, but only a full-size (SUV was $160 more).  Hopefully that will be fine for our day trip to Alta.  I bought discount lift tickets via the backcountry/Avalanche Center deal for 1 day at the Canyons, 2 days at PCMR, 2 days at Deer Valley, and 1 day at Alta.  The nice thing is that these tickets can be used any day unlike Liftopia.

 

Also, I just found out that I have to be in Scottsdale the week before and after the Park City trip.  Rather than have my company pay $1300 for me to fly back and forth to Charlotte, I convinced them to pay for the airfare, extra hotel nights, and change fee to just fly straight to SLC on 1/4 and back on 1/14 :).  So, I now get to ski on 1/5 and 1/6!  I'll be staying downtown without a rental car, so I'll just take the ski bus to Alta and Solitude.  I'm seriously pumped!

 

Thanks guys!

post #42 of 42

Have fun!

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