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Park City & Canyons are shaping up with recent storms! :)

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Just got back from 3rd trip to Park City in the month of December. The recent snows have covered up nearly all of the exposed spots on popular runs, the trees are shaping up and I'd expect many of the roped-off glades to open after another good storm or two, and the upper elevation sections are still soft and fluffy in areas shaded from heavy sun exposure. Ninety-nine-90 at Canyons is bumped up, but the soft snow makes it fun, even for non-bump-doggers like me. :)

 

Tip: Stay off the middles of the runs soon after New Years, high winds have uncovered slick ice patches. The next storms will hopefully lend some more coverage, and if temps stay low, there won't be too much thaw-freeze effect. If you have family members or friends who aren't strong skiers, the ice can get pretty scary, so keep that in mind. While skiing with my kids, I stopped to help a few skiers each day who were struggling on the ice and miserable. My kids were fine, but if I'd taken my wife (who skis cautiously) on some of those icy runs, I might've ended up sleeping with the dog. :D

 

Wishing you all a Healthy and Happy New Year, and hope we get to meet up and ski this season!
 

Here's me and the little guy skiing together yesterday on New Year's Day at Park City. It was -10 degrees in the morning and stayed very cold all day, plus the wind kicked up huge and you could feel it in your bones on the lifts! But we still had a great time. Super grateful for the time we get playing together like big brother and little brother. 

 

 

 

 

 

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It was a gorgeous week in Park City! I was there from Dec 21 (right before the powder started) and left on Dec 28 (too soon)! :) Great pics!

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It was a gorgeous week in Park City! I was there from Dec 21 (right before the powder started) and left on Dec 28 (too soon)! :) Great pics!

 

You left right before it got cooooooold and windy! So you're kinda lucky. :)

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Thanks for the report.  I will be there in about three weeks.  Did you ride the new connecting gondola?  You guys have great form.  Who took those pics?  Good images. 

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The new gondola is fantastic with amazing views to boot!

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The tail end was pretty bitter. One morning it was -14 before the sun rose. Was very grateful for awesome base layers on those days. :)

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Thanks for the report.  I will be there in about three weeks.  Did you ride the new connecting gondola?  You guys have great form.  Who took those pics?  Good images. 

 

Did ride the gondola, took a long time with the two gondi sections (one up, one down) plus another connecting lift to get up on the mountain at Canyons, and then another lift to get to the upper sections. For some reason, I thought it was supposed to go peak to peak, but not so. I'd avoid the connecting gondi except for uncrowded days, otherwise, you're looking at the better part of an hour to get from the Miners Camp lodge area at PC to anywhere fun at Canyons.

 

Pics were snapped by on-mountain photo staff. They're planted on runs here and there, and although I was curious about photos they shoot, I never looked into it in the past. When my son was with me on the last day of our trip, I figured it might be a good thing to see if they got any shots of us together. Time goes by pretty quickly, and every day skiing together is precious. Good to have some photos to remember good times. They took better shots than I expected! They have a menu of prints, but I just bought the digital images so we could get prints made later. Digital images are $40ea purchased online or 10% off on-site at the bottom of the mountain. Not cheap, but once in a blue moon is okay, and a lot better quality than our cell phones. :)

 

In terms of form, it's funny realizing that I'm old school. The new style is feet wider apart, hands down. I'm sure I look vintage coming down the hill in the eyes of the newer generation (like my son!). :D

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Posted this in the Utah weather report section, but here's a short vid clip from the Park City pow a couple weeks ago.
 

Skied w/the exec director of team park city early morning on Dec. 22nd while it was comin' down and he grabbed this clip of me on his phone. We caught the poofy stuff while it was fresh, lots of fun! 

 

 

  

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The gondola is about the same length as Payday lift, which takes maybe 6 or 7 minutes. Much as I wish Vail had stayed out of Park City, it's a nice gondola and a pretty ride.
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Pics were snapped by on-mountain photo staff. They're planted on runs here and there, and although I was curious about photos they shoot, I never looked into it in the past. When my son was with me on the last day of our trip, I figured it might be a good thing to see if they got any shots of us together. Time goes by pretty quickly, and every day skiing together is precious. Good to have some photos to remember good times. They took better shots than I expected! They have a menu of prints, but I just bought the digital images so we could get prints made later. Digital images are $40ea purchased online or 10% off on-site at the bottom of the mountain. Not cheap, but once in a blue moon is okay, and a lot better quality than our cell phones. :)

 

Snowbasin's doing free digital images from their pro photographers this season: https://www.snowbasin.com/resort-services/photos

 

Can't beat the price :)

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Snowbasin's doing free digital images from their pro photographers this season: https://www.snowbasin.com/resort-services/photos

 

Can't beat the price :)

 

That's pretty sweet! Too bad my epic pass isn't good there, I'd like to try it out, haven't skied there yet.

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