Well, here's our trip report from this past April. We were there 3/30-4/6/02 and had a blast!
All good things must come to an end…..
Our last 5 ski days of the year were spent in Utah. It was our first time out, but I’m sure it won’t be the last. We had a GREAT time. There are so many places to ski, it’ll take a few more trips to pick our favorites!
We started our vacation with an ungodly 5:30 am wakeup at home in New Jersey. Arrived safe and sound Approx. 2 pm in Utah to 60 degree weather!!?? Good thing I put a couple of T-shirts in at the last minute cause all my fleece and ski clothes stayed in the suitcase all week.
We took Saturday to get settled, check out the lay of the land, and recoup from the difference in time and altitude. Sunday morning we were up and on the town lift in Park City for our first day of skiing. It wasn’t an auspicious start. Hard, crusty conditions had me bumming. We took advantage of the free Mountain Host tour at 10:30 am. It was just the two of us and the host. I HIGHLY recommend this service to people the first time they hit a mountain. It’s a great way to get to know the resort, it’s history, and all the good places to ski. This tour saved the day as far as I was concerned. Our host took us on a 2 hour tour of the mountain, setting a fast pace. He was fun to ski with, and showed us where the best snow was. Because of conditions we stayed away from Jupiter Bowl. All double blacks on those conditions were NOT what these level 6 and 7 skiers needed. The moguls off of Thayes were soft and fun, and my SO enjoyed the steep blues off of King Con lift. The trees were calling to me, but it’ll have to wait till there is real snow.
Monday, I met my first PSL’er, Hi Todd!! He got us over to Deer Valley, which was NOT on my list of places to ski, but they had MUCH better conditions than PCMR and we enjoyed the opportunity to check out this resort. We took the Mountain Host tour here too and had a blast skiing with Jennifer. Empire Bowl was my favorite, made even better when my SO jumped right in, instead of taking the trail around!
Tuesday we shifted lodging from our B&B in Park City – 123 steps and two blocks from the front door the town lift. Don’t know if we could have done that for a full week – to The Canyons. We had heard conflicting things about this resort. Seems people either love it or hate it. Couldn’t beat the price. We got a studio for $129 including two lift tickets. The facility was wonderful, and they offered free yoga classes morning and evening to stretch out tired muscles. Our Mt. Host of the day Fernando, showed us a great time, and took his break with us to show us the rest of the mountain. My SO enjoyed The Canyon’s double blue trails, while I enjoyed the bumps on Paradise off the Tombstone lift, and the Dreamscape area.
We saved the best for last and hit Alta on Saturday. Definitely the BEST conditions of the week. I don’t understand HOW it can be 70 degrees out, and the snow isn’t running off the mountains???!! We explored on our own for the morning, and then split up for lessons. I took a bump lesson that had us going up and down the Ballroom Bowl all afternoon. Too bad I won’t be able to play again till next year ~pout.
All in all a terrific time. I could EASILY live in this beautiful state full time! Will have to come back to finish Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, etc. etc. etc. So many mountains.... so little time.
[ July 25, 2002, 01:23 PM: Message edited by: Maggie ]