Utah Ski Trip Feb 25th to March 4th
Well it took a strange turn three days before our scheduled departure; my wife had a serious bicycle accident caused by a truck cutting her As it was, she went down at over 20 mph on the shoulder, in the gravel. Fortunately she was not seriously hurt; she has a shoulder separation and a bad shiner on her right eye. Of course it goes without saying multiple bruises and a colorful array of cuts and road rash.
She is tough though and she decided to come with me to Park City. Our drive to Orlando for the flight went smooth and we are on our way to Phoenix to catch a connecting flight to Salt Lake.
Saturday Feb 25th
Arrived in Salt Lake….. that is the two of us and all our luggage except for my ski’s. L. Did well on the rental car…..got upgraded to a Mazda 5 which is kind of like a small minivan. Bottom line is the skis can fit in it with no problem. The Radisson is nice. Just after getting to our room they came by with complementary hot chocolate and warm cookies. (Nice Touch). Got a call that Southwest found my ski’s and they should be here tonight. J -- I will feel better when I touch them.
Tomorrow I am planning on skiing Deer Valley.
Sunday Feb 26, 2006-- Deer Valley
The snow was very nice – the reputation for good grooming was spot on. I did several runs including to the top of Bald Mt (9,400ft) – Nice trails there Nabob and Solid Muldoon prior to hooking up with the Mountain Tour. I did the intermediate one primarily because I am not very good with bumps and most of the blacks were bumped up. The tour was good once they divided the group into advanced blue skiers and slow blue skiers. It was complementary and gave you a good feel for how to navigate the lift system.
My wife is doing better and met me for lunch at the Snow Park Lodge. Good food and good service with moderate prices.
After lunch I went to Little Baldy (7950ft) I liked the trail Mountaineer… it had a nice pitch and the snow was perfect. From there I worked my way over to Empire Canyon (9570ft). Hit some nice blues Orion, Supreme, Solace. Over all a good day of skiing J .
We had dinner at the Loco Lizard Cantina. Good food and service. Decent prices and plenty to eat.
Tomorrow off to Park City Mountain Resort.
Monday Feb 27th
PMCR was very very nice; I liked it better than Deer Valley both for skiing terrain and scenery. I skied from 9pm -4 pm. The terrain suited me well, I figured out that by Utah standards I like double blues and groomed black runs. I did cover the mountain from Thanes Lift on the right side looking up all the way over to McConkey’s on left and all points in between.
Met Gus from Flagstaff and skied with him form 10:30 to closing time
All in all Great snow and great trails great day
Tuesday Feb 28th
RAIN ....took my rest day today ....drove to see Little Cottonwood and Big Cottonwood Canyons and the 4 ski areas there
March 1, 2006 The Canyons
Well they had 3” of fresh down low and easily over the boot many places up high. Even as a first timer there I was able to be in untracked stuff till about 11:20 ( I headed up the Gondola when it opened at 8:30am. Skied till just before 4pm.
It is a LONG walk from bus stop to gondola …..not that I had trouble with that just that is a POOR design. The lifts are a bit confusing to a first timer there. That said I had a very good day there. Covered the whole mountain except for the double blacks (they are above my ability)
Had dinner tonight at Park City Pizza Co. in Kimball Jct. – Near the Wendy’s. Had Calzone and an anti-pasta salad. Yummy Food and plenty of it to split between my wife & I. Prices good too. J
Tomorrow I am driving to Snowbasin.
March 2nd Snowbasin
The drive to Snowbasin was just over an hour (taking our time)
WOW!!!! What a nice lodge. Skied the area to the skiers right (Strawberry ) in the AM then the middle and John Paul in the afternoon. The Snow was great and the myriad of ways down for a strong intermediate were amazing. This place is laid out nice and the off piste stuff was delightful for my ability.
Friday March 3, 2004
Skied PMCR again and once again very pleased. The blown in snow in McConkey’s was very soft and although it was windy had a great day.
Saturday March 4th
…..Flight Home ----all went well but Southwest is no 0 -2 on losing my skis. They need to improve on this one it is frustrating.
I will return to Utah……very nice place to ski and I only scratched the surface.