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PCMR /Deer Valley questions

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
First of all let me thank you guys for your patience. This will be my first trip to SLC and am trying to make it close to right the first time.

We will be going 2/25 thru 3/4

Wife is a green with some easier blue trails and I ski blues and easier blacks

I think I have narrowed it down to the following:

staying in Park City at the Raddison
Skiing Deer Valley (3 days) & PCMR (2 days)

Questions:

Should we just use the shuttle since we will be skiing in one area?

Is there plenty of terrain at these two resorts to keep to people or our ability busy and enjoyable?

Are these the two best places there to divide our time in?

should I rent a vehicle or will the shuttle & bus system there be fine? Hate to have it just sit in parking at the hotel all weeK

finally any trails or mountain sections I should be sure not to miss as a Blue easy black skiier

Thanks again

Mike
post #2 of 10
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Should we just use the shuttle since we will be skiing in one area?
The two you mention (PCMR & DV) work well with just using the bus system. They are both 'in town' and are easy to get to from the Radisson.

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Is there plenty of terrain at these two resorts to keep to people or our ability busy and enjoyable?
Yes. Both are beg/int heaven, with some good advanced when needed. They are both rather large resorts.

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Are these the two best places there to divide our time in?
You could spend a day at The Canyons too.

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should I rent a vehicle or will the shuttle & bus system there be fine? Hate to have it just sit in parking at the hotel all weeK
Only issue would be getting to Park City from the Airport. You will need to use one of the many airport shuttle companies. Keep in mind that the Radisson is not near Main Street, so you will have to use the bus to go to dinner. Still not a big deal, but you will feel like you know the bus system like the back of your hand by the time you leave.

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finally any trails or mountain sections I should be sure not to miss as a Blue easy black skiier
Go up high to the easier parts of the bowls (Empire @ DV, McConkeys/Jupiter @ PCMR). These are by far the most scenic areas and get the best snow.

Have fun,

Powdr
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
how bad are the lift lines that time of year?

I know some of this has been redundant but the search function here is a tad quirky.... thanks for the patience.
post #4 of 10
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how bad are the lift lines that time of year?

I know some of this has been redundant but the search function here is a tad quirky.... thanks for the patience.

Should not be bad during the week unless that happens to be a holiday period or school break week (don't think so). Still, those are pretty large resorts with plenty of terrain to explore. I have not skied DV, but at PCMR, I found it ideal to get to the outlying lifts where the crowds are lighter, the snow is better, etc. And there are still plenty of facilities for food, breaks, etc.

I had a great time in Park City, and would definitely travel there again. The town's layout and the bus system make it very convenient to be a skiing tourist! Definitely check into the airport shuttles -- with the in-town buses, you won't really need a rental car once you're there, so don't get one just for the ride to/from the airport.

Craig
post #5 of 10
Also, as far as trails go; when I went there in the spring of 98, it was my first big western ski experience so I took it easy for the first 1-2 days. It's especially important to go easy on yourself because of the altitude adjustment. Anyways, I found some wonderful blue trails at PCMR (and they were plenty challenging) before cranking up to some blacks on my last two days. The "mid-mountain" area had many great blues. You can take the town lift or the payday lift up, and then ski/skate a short ways hop on the bonanza lift to get you to the mid-mountain peak. From that point, there are more blues than you can imagine, and they are quite nice (and the scenery is spectacular). I was there for 4 days total, and didn't even come close to exploring the whole mountain.
post #6 of 10
You'll be fine. "Spring Break" for most people this year will be (1) of the 1st (2) weeks or April.

Based on your stated ability levels, you will think you've died and gone to heaven at Deer Valley. Park City will be fun too. If you're coming all that way, I'd give up a day at one of the other resorts to try The Canyons. No matter what you day, you'll be able to use a free shuttle to get to any of the (3) resorts.

If you're like 99% of the others that go to Park City, you'll be back to hit the Cottonwood Canyon resorts in the future. Have fun....we leave friday morning and will be in Utah for 8 days!!! The forecast looks promising.
post #7 of 10
Deer Valley will be a great place for yours and your wife's ability levels. Plenty of great blues and greens and DV does a great job of grooming. I wouldn't be surprised if your wife graduated to harder blues during your trip.

The Radisson is further away from PCMR and DV than other lodging you can find. The shuttle is absolutely fantastic, but when you stay at the Radisson (or other places nearby) or in the Prospector Square area, you are limited to only a couple of shuttle routes. Whereas if you stay more centrally, you can hop about any shuttle and get where you need to go. After staying in Prospector Square one time, we now ALWAYS stay in a more centralized area. Here's a great resource...

http://www.parkcity.org/img/onlineservices/Winter_Bus_12_05.pdf?PHPSESSID=e0a1f90468353de507f 3dbff4d0c7e29

I have never rented a vehicle while in PC and have gotten around very easily on the shuttle. You can always rent a vehicle when you get to PC if you decide to.

You scheduled your trip very well since it is after President's Day and probably before any Spring Breaks. Though, Deer Valley never really gets too crowded since they limit the number of lift tickets they sell.

Have a great time! I'll be there just a few weeks before you. Deer Valley is our aboslute favorite place to ski (and with the added bonus of no snowboarders).
post #8 of 10
I thought all you Texans went to Colorado? j/k

By the way....HOOK 'EM HORNS!!!! Let Bevo run free to trample those Trojans!!!


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Originally Posted by dburdenbates
Deer Valley will be a great place for yours and your wife's ability levels. Plenty of great blues and greens and DV does a great job of grooming. I wouldn't be surprised if your wife graduated to harder blues during your trip.

The Radisson is further away from PCMR and DV than other lodging you can find. The shuttle is absolutely fantastic, but when you stay at the Radisson (or other places nearby) or in the Prospector Square area, you are limited to only a couple of shuttle routes. Whereas if you stay more centrally, you can hop about any shuttle and get where you need to go. After staying in Prospector Square one time, we now ALWAYS stay in a more centralized area. Here's a great resource...

http://www.parkcity.org/img/onlineservices/Winter_Bus_12_05.pdf?PHPSESSID=e0a1f90468353de507f 3dbff4d0c7e29

I have never rented a vehicle while in PC and have gotten around very easily on the shuttle. You can always rent a vehicle when you get to PC if you decide to.

You scheduled your trip very well since it is after President's Day and probably before any Spring Breaks. Though, Deer Valley never really gets too crowded since they limit the number of lift tickets they sell.

Have a great time! I'll be there just a few weeks before you. Deer Valley is our aboslute favorite place to ski (and with the added bonus of no snowboarders).
post #9 of 10
We go to Colorado earlier in the season, but honestly, it's no easier getting there than it is to SLC. And we aren't really Texans, we're recent transplants. I guess that's part of why I'm freaking out about the 80 degree weather at Christmas. :

I'm a University of Louisville fan and my husband is Auburn, so we don't really have a dog in this hunt. I thought UT was University of Tennessee.
post #10 of 10
Everyone here has given you some good advice. One thing I would ad is that the lay out of PCMR makes it easy to get stuck in one area and not explore other parts of the mountain. Study the trail map. There is some good skiing to be had all over the place. The best place to eat on the mountain is mid mountain lodge. There are some fun challenging blue runs off the pioneer lift. McConkeys also has a couple of challenging blue runs. Some runs to look for are Keystone an easy blue but still one of my favorite runs. Silver Queen is a wide open black That is easy to ski, Hidden Slender a nice blue with one semi steep section. The king Con area has lots and lots of blue runs. If you want to challenge yourself head to Jupiter peak traverse out to west face find a place you want to drop in and have fun. Oh and you might want to go to the Hotel Park City right across from the Radisson for a cocktail. They have a great view over the golf course toward PCMR.
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