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First time in Park City. Looking for some tips for expert skiers.

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My Brother (33) and I (37) will be in Park City for 4 days of skiing in late February.  So far the plan is to ski one day at Park City, Deer Valley, Canyons, and either Alta or Snowbird one day because of the travel cost.  We are from Pennsylvania and most of our experience is east coast skiing.  We get about 30 days/nights in a year in PA, night skiing at Montage Mountain, and weekends at Elk Mountain.  We take 2-3 trips north a year and in the last few years we have skied:

 

Whiteface

Hunter

Sugerloaf

Sundayriver

Stowe

Smugglers Notch

Killington

Jay Peak

 

Instead of going north last year we skied 3 days at Steamboat (one day was a 3 foot powder day), and 2 days in Vail.  We like steeps, trees, and we love powder even though we have little experience skiing in it. So basicly I am looking for any advice, mostly on trails we should hit, but also cheap gear rental places, and cheap bars.  We are staying at Chateau Apres in Park City.

 

Thanks in advance! 


Edited by PowderToThePPL - 12/5/13 at 12:40pm
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All so we will be bringing our boots and renting demos, so any advice on what ski to rent would be very appreciated!

post #3 of 9

if you are expert skiers Snowbird should be on the top of your list.  

 

Not sure about the bar scene as everything i found in PC isn't cheap.  

post #4 of 9

Did you guys book a regular room or a dorm room?

 

Honestly, with only 4 days of skiing you may have enough to explore just in Park City without taking the trip to LCC. Especially if you get fresh snow while you're out here. However, if you can't resist the siren call of lake effect snow, Altabird truly is a great experience. You have several options to get over there: shared shuttle, private shuttle or car rental.

 

A round trip shared shuttle will run $120 per person with a lift ticket included. It's a pretty good deal if you aren't concerned with being stuck to their schedule. They leave Park City at 8:00am and depart LCC at about 4:00pm. A private shuttle is about $160 each way, if I remember correctly. Since there are two of you, you could split the cost of one of our rental vehicles and be on your own schedule for about $150/day.  

 

 

For less expensive eats -

 

 

Taco Stand in Anaya's Mexican Market

Anything at El Chubasco

Back Door Deli - $10 for sandwich, chips & drink

Corner Store at PCMR - Breakfast Burritos

All You Can Eat salad bar at Grub Steak - $9 ($11 with soup)

 

For less expensive drink -

drink specials aren't legal in Utah, so cheap drink isn't too common. However, give these places a shot -

Bistro 412 Upstairs - Main Street - Laid back local environment

Cicero's Downstairs - Main Street - nightclub feel

Maxwell's - Kimball Junction - Best pizza in town. Sports bar.

 

Demo Rentals -

Jans

Cole Sport

post #5 of 9

Welcome to EpicSki.  I live only 15 minutes from Montage Mtn and have skied SLC many times.  I think it's a good plan to ski the 3 PC resorts then try to get a day at Snowbird for a change of scenery and skiing. 

At the Canyons you'll find the Express 99 lift has steep, black terrain, but there are blacks throughout the higher elev sections throughout.

At PCMR you'll want to explore the terrain from Jupiter lift. 

At Snowbird I would just recommend you make sure get all around the resort and spend time skiing down different sections of Little Cloud Bowl and Mineral Basin. 

You'll have great skiing in late Feb, I'll be out there that week too.

For your next trip consider taking the 7am Delta from PHL out and the 5pm flight back.  i always get in a half day of skiing on my day of travel.  Usually we ski Snowbasin, to 2pm, the last day because it saves a little driving.

post #6 of 9

yeah no idea why your going to PC if you like steep and trees and powder.

 

I would ski 2 days at Snowbird and 2 days at alta, and leave PC behind.  on average LCC gets an extra inch of snow for everyday during ski season, and its steeper with longer vertical as well.

post #7 of 9
^^^
While I agree with you about conditions. I think PC probably matches their skill set better.
post #8 of 9
So basicly I am looking for any advice, mostly on trails we should hit, but also cheap gear rental places, and cheap bars.
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Canyons:

- Take Grande skiing it into a natural half pipe called Pinball Alley (the map does not show the correct location of the half pipe). This one run, which nearly 100% of the tourists will miss (they won't go through a gate when open), has some bumps on top, thick trees, opens into a very steep open field, and ends into a great natural half pipe. It is off Tombstone Express and is a great way to get back to the Red Pine Lodge. It is a double black for the steep portion.
- 9990: At first ski close to the lifts and then over by Charlie Brown after you ski a few runs.
- Super Condor: Ski everything over by Yard Sale at the later end of a powder day. It will open late because of blasting on Murdock giving you time to ski over to the other side of the mountain. The issue is getting back to the lift. Definitely ski Canis Lupus (see the Canis Lupus Challenge videos on YouTube). You will find this natural half pipe off the side a long groomer called Boa. The map will show this as Natural Half Pipe 1. It is a slightly insane half pipe, not steep but definitely fast (see some of the videos).
- On the way to 9990 ski the Peak 5 lift and take a run or two through Mystic Pines and The Abyss...it will likely be empty as will most of the expert terrain there.
- There is no bad food at Canyons or DV, and it isn't cheap. Find a bar in downtown PC to save money.
- Cheap rentals? Find a coupon or rent in SLC where it will cost less.
- Olympic Park & Alf Engen Museum: Give it a visit.
Edited by quant2325 - 12/7/13 at 8:28am
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Currently I have only 2 days skiing in Utah (will be corrected this season with a Mountain Collective Pass), both at Snowbird, one with knee deep powder. Snowbird is the real deal and a must ski for advanced skiers. So the OP should rent a car, take a shuttle, but just get there if only for one day to check it out. You won't be disappointed and you will return.

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