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post #1 of 9
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Going to utah from the 18 to the 22. Parents have picked to ski Deer Valley, Park City, and Snowbird. Since these are the first days of sundance i was wondering how the corwds will e at those ski areas. I am looking for challenging terrain and was wondering if anyone can give me any runs to hit during my trip at the 3 ski areas (I do realize that snowbird is going to have the most challenging terrain and pretty much have that area figured out but feel free to say soemthing about it).
Thanks
post #2 of 9
lived and worked in Park City for 15 years. Each year people would freak out cause Sundance was in town and they all thought we were going to get slammed. NOT!
When Sundance is in town, most everyone is busy selling/ buying movies. That is thier soul pourpose.( and to attend the parties) Yes you might see a few extra bodies at the resorts, but not overly crowded. The resturants at resorts are busy, but not the lifts.(deer valley limits tickets sales to 6,200 per day) other resorts do not.
your only concern, is trying to find a place to eat in PC at this time. The movers and shakers will make reservations at 3-4 differant places, then only show up at one place. IE: they basicaly rent the whole place for the night. Same goes for the more popular bars.
Hope you have reservations already. Lodging gets full for sundance.
post #3 of 9
The main thing that sucks about Sundance in PC, aside from trying to get a dinner reservation or into a bar is the traffic. Expect huge tieups around the venues and especially on Main St, but as Tahoetr has noted - don't be surprised by how empty PCMR and DV will be!
Certainly at PCMR check out the terrain parks - King's Crown is currently the biggest -and superpipe if that's anything you're into. Otherwise, McConkey's/Jupiter Lifts service the widest variety of expert terrain and don't be afraid to hike Pinecone ridge if it's open.
At DV, Look off Empire Canyon and the Daly area, but there's lots of tree skiing that barely gets touched all over the resort, particularly towards the Sultan side of things.
post #4 of 9
sphrrt hit all of the good areas at PC and DV. At DV, the Daly chutes/bowl is some incrediable terrain that doesn't get much attention. Park City has plenty of expert stuff to keep you happy until you get to Snowbird.
post #5 of 9
I always got a kick out of Deer Valley Advertising that they will only sell a certain amount of tickets per day. This gives the reader a false sense of " oh it wont be crowded" when in fact DV can be some of the most crowded slopes you will ever see. True there are never any liftlines at DV but the fact that nobody skis offpiste make the place a zoo on the weekends, And another thing, most people that ski DV skid their turns so the fabulous grooming that they do is crap by about lunch. On a weekday when the snow is good the place rocks but by all means avoid the holidays and the weekends. I think that 6200 number come from how many parking spots that they have - really!
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by tahoetr View Post
lived and worked in Park City for 15 years. Each year people would freak out cause Sundance was in town and they all thought we were going to get slammed. NOT!
When Sundance is in town, most everyone is busy selling/ buying movies. That is thier soul pourpose.( and to attend the parties) Yes you might see a few extra bodies at the resorts, but not overly crowded. The resturants at resorts are busy, but not the lifts.(deer valley limits tickets sales to 6,200 per day) other resorts do not.
your only concern, is trying to find a place to eat in PC at this time. The movers and shakers will make reservations at 3-4 differant places, then only show up at one place. IE: they basicaly rent the whole place for the night. Same goes for the more popular bars.
Hope you have reservations already. Lodging gets full for sundance.

The only problem with that line of thinking is, that outsiders are now aware of the "never crowded on the slopes" thing and indeed it has become a lot more crowded over the last few years.

To me, the PC area has morphed over the last few years where we get the following general crowd patterns:

- Smallish burst of crowds during Thanksgiving (very snow dependent)
- Busy every Saturday due to SLC/Provo kids mobbing the 'kewl' terrain parks while mom shops at the outlets.
- Dead on Sundays (Mo all day church thing) and travel day for out of towners.
- BIG crowds Xmas week.
- Sizable crowds all the way through Sundance, no huge letdown in January anymore.
- HUGE crowds for Pres. week.
- Ebbing crowd late Feb.
- Picks back up for all of March.
- Dead in April.

Over the years, there have been less and less dead periods, especially between Xmas and end of March.

Powdr
post #7 of 9
Even when i was still there, i watched each 'spring' season increase over the year before. Can't imagine what it's like now.
Hey Powdr, how long does 'mud' season last now?
post #8 of 9
PC the town will be a total and utter zoo but DV and PCMR will be deserted. DV: head out wide, both sides, for the good stuff. Mayflower and Empire. Head into any trees you like, they're all good at DV.

PCMR: head for McConkey's, Pioneer and Jupiter. Black Forest off McConkey's for trees. Jupiter for everything. Pioneer for awesome trees.
post #9 of 9
hey Powdr - what do you think a first timer feb 3rd for 2 weeks can expect crowds wise? sounds like not too bad - i'm from UK and this is only 2 trip to NA (whistler last Jan was the first) and in comparison to your st antons and val d'iseres, the lack of crowds was unbelieveably refreshing!

is hoping for the same in PC area (we've got 2 weeks so plan to do much of what's on offer ) too much to ask?!!
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