I’m kind of leading a small party of family & friends (5 skiers, 2 boarders) to the Park City area for a week of skiing in late Feb/early Mar. I personally plan to ski 6 days but most of the others will ski/board for only 5 days. We’ve rented what looks like a lovely place outside of PC proper – just over 5 miles to the PCMR town lift. We will have two rental cars (mini-van and Jeep Cherokee), so we can be fairly mobile. Several of us have skied out west a few times, but I’m the only one who’s skied previously in Utah (Alta/Bird). In terms of ability, there are no beginner skiers – the ranges are probably intermediate (Level 5) to more advanced intermediate/e/borderline expert (Level 7/8). Only two of us prefer to ski the more challenging terrain (steeps and glades) however. Since I’m the one who’s arranged for the rentals (house and cars) and booked most of the air transport, I’d also like to tentatively identify a rough itinerary for the group. Thanks to this site, as well as some other web info, I’ve gotten a feel for the Park City ski areas but would like some feedback on out tentative plan from folks who regularly ski the Utah areas. Of course, we’ll have to play things by ear, and take the weather into account but here’s what I think things could look like.
Day 1 will be busy. Even though we get to SLC by late morning, we need to recover our luggage and pick up the rental cars before heading to a SLC-area ski shop to pick up rentals and discount passes. So at best it will be mid-afternoon before we get a chance to unload at the rental house. I’d hoped to get a run or two in under the lights at PCMR but I just read that the Quick Start program is not available for the period we’ll be there. For Day 2 I thought we’d ski PCMR to get everyone acclimated to the altitude and, since we’re from the East, to skiing on snow rather than the ice we usually see. For Day 3, I’d like to head to Canyons but I suspect the majority will stay at PCMR but DV would alsobe an option. For Day 4, I thought we’d take the short trip to Cottonwood Canyon and ski/board Alta/Snowbird (or Brighton/Solitude). We could split the group up for Day 5 for a trip up to Snowbasin (2 or 3 of us) and leave the rest to ski PCMR/Canyons/DV. For Day 6, we’d stay in the Park City area and ski the resort we missed or conversely, the place we liked best (there will only be 2 or 3 us skiing the 6th day anyway).
Any thoughts or criticisms on this tentative plan are appreciated.