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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hi Guys,

I have booked a 7-day trip to Park City for March 2-9, and was just checking out the webcams at http://www.parkcitymountain.com and got a little dismayed. The crowds seem to be rediculous!

http://www.parkcitymountain.com/wint...le_cam_01.html

Is it really that crowded at PC? I'm a beginner/intermediate and don't like when the slopes are crowded even if there are no lift lines. Are the webcams lying, or are the crowds concentrated in certain places, and there is a way to avoid them?
post #2 of 18
It gets a little hairy in my experience near the bottom - depends on the time though. When I go I'm usually only there at the end of the day or if I come in for lunch.

There are blues though if you go to the King Con side. Depends on your level/what you can handle but if you're OK on blues there's some stuff for you.

Else you can always ski Deer Valley but that can be crowded this time of year too. The bonuses over there are they limit lift tickets and there are no snowboards.
post #3 of 18
What you are looking at is the Main lift at the base of PCMR. First thing in the Am that lift can bea zoo. Even so lines do move fast. One up on the mountain people spread out and usually there isn't much traffic.
When you say beginner and Blue runs where have you skied before?
A locals way up is by the Eagle lift . Takes you up to a nice easy blue run. That leads to the King Con Chair. From the King Con Chair you can check out the runs in that area to see whats looking good. Runs off King Con are for the most part Blues. Mid mountain area also offers a lot of nice Blue runs such as Assessment and Powder keg if it is groomed. Also mid mountain has a very long but fun green run Claimjumper.
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
Actually, the crowds I was talking about are on this cam:

http://www.parkcitymountain.com/wint...le_cam_03.html

It's labeled "Summit" and there is a description saying it's "the top of the Bonanza Lift"

If you take control of the camera and point it down the run, you'll see what I mean.

By the way, I think I can handle most blues. So your tips are very helpful. Deer Valley is not an option because I joined the dark side this year.

Edit: I just looked at the trail map and realized that there are 3 high-speed lifts that meet at that spot, so I guess the crowds make sense.
post #5 of 18
yea, that run is likely one of the most used run at the mountain and definately one that sees a fair amount of traffic. Don't worry mang, you'll be fine once you're away from this area. Chances are you'll find runs where you and a couple of people may be the only ones around.

Every ski area has a spot(s) like that.

Deer Valley - Top of Baldy back down under the sterling lift, bottom of Snowpark
The Canyons - Docs at the end of the day, anything off Saddleback, Chicane

But like it's been said before, you could head over to Deer Valley and have it pretty nice. OR take a drive for a day north to Powder Mountain (1 hr 15 min from Park City) or Snowbasin (1 hour) and there is more intermediate/beginner terrain at both areas with less crowds.

Just get far away from the base areas on any of the three PC area resorts and you'll be set. Conditions will be primo!
post #6 of 18
to escape Bald Mt.(there is no baldy mt.) at DV , back down to the base lodge, ski down to Crown Point, ride it up, turn right follow Kimberly, to Big Stick for a blue , Little Stick for a green run
Sterling lift does not go to Snowpark lodge. You have to ride one of 3 lifts to get to Snowpark, Homestake top of Bald EAGLE, ski down, Ride Silver Lake Express from Silver Lake Lodge, back down, Crown Point to the back side of Bald Eagle, turn right, ski Kimberly to Big Stick or Little Stick.
post #7 of 18
That area is called the Bowling Alley. It's one of the worst areas on the mountain. A few others:

- Homerun at the bottom of the Mt.
- Hotspot at the bottom of King Con.
- Claimjumper a near the Silverload lift.

PCMR has a few bottlenecks that are due to it's geography. Skiing is divided up into pods that funnel many runs into flat draws. Each of these areas are unavoidable to most skiers, and you just have to suffer through them. The good news is that the rest of mountain is very wide open and you seldom encounter croweded runs. It's just those bottlenecks that are at issue.

Powdr
post #8 of 18
The short answer is no. Try this; http://www.parkcitymountain.com/winter/pmt/index.html they spent a lot of time programing it and it's a great feature.
Great skiing today, no crowds, fresh powder.
post #9 of 18
One of the more crowded areas I've found. espec on the begginer/intermediate slopes. but go with a positive mindset and have a great time. It'll be fun no mater what
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Powdr View Post
That area is called the Bowling Alley. It's one of the worst areas on the mountain. A few others:

- Homerun at the bottom of the Mt.
- Hotspot at the bottom of King Con.
- Claimjumper a near the Silverload lift.

PCMR has a few bottlenecks that are due to it's geography. Skiing is divided up into pods that funnel many runs into flat draws. Each of these areas are unavoidable to most skiers, and you just have to suffer through them. The good news is that the rest of mountain is very wide open and you seldom encounter croweded runs. It's just those bottlenecks that are at issue.

Powdr
Ah yes the 'bowling alley'
Have seen plenty of 'strikes and gutter balls' while working Carpenter/ Snoflake. 3pm-4:15 is insane in that area
post #11 of 18
As a visitor, I have been to Park City a couple of times and really enjoyed it. Even though there are lots of people there, PC is setup to handle them. There are waits at lift lines, but they move along in a consistant manner.

Most of the people are beginner/intermediates. As a tourist place, many of these people are folks who just don't ski a lot. PC has a lot of speed control patrollers, standing in front of the slow signs.

Advance skiers will get to the upper mountain and stay there until quitting time. PC is set to handle the crowd. I thought having greeters at the top of the lift areas to direct skiers to the right run was a very nice touch. Tell a greeter what kind of skiing you want to do and they will tell you which runs to try.

No matter what the ski area, you must be in control of your skiing and must be aware of others around you.
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab View Post
The short answer is no. Try this; http://www.parkcitymountain.com/winter/pmt/index.html they spent a lot of time programing it and it's a great feature.
Great skiing today, no crowds, fresh powder.
Wow, this a nice little guide. I'll definitely check it out.

I'm a little at ease now with all your comments. As long as there are places on the mountain where there is not a lot of traffic, I should be fine.

On a side note, I will be staying in Park City, and will have to take the town lift every day. How's the wait on that lift in the morning? And I wasn't clear whether there is a separate fee for that lift.
post #13 of 18
dbd, You need just one ticket for the whole mountain that includes town lift. Town lift us sally does not have any lift line. that's the good news. The Other good news is that it connects the mountain right to Main St. The Bad news is,that it is an old slow lift.
post #14 of 18
That lift into old town... kind of cute. An old two person lift. Actually, it has kind of a fast pickup and drop off if you are used to the variable speed sixpacks. It seems slow because it is a long ride up to the top of the intermediate area - goes over the top of the hill and carries you down hill a bit - be prepared to jump off quickly. It might be a little problematic getting back down to the downtown area. The slopes down are a little steep and you can get a little lost. Just take your time and make lots of nice little turns. That is a lonely slope so pay attention to where you are going.
post #15 of 18
The ol' Town lift is scheduled to get a major upgrade in the next few years (pending city approval). Here's what is planned:

- HSQ replacing the Town lift, starting across the bridge. Realigned to allow 'yoyo' skiing (end terminal by the top of Payday).
- Cabriolet from the existing town base and going across the bridge. to the bottom of the new Town HSQ.
- Funicular to the lookers right of the Town lift, servicing the residential project on the hillside.

http://www.treasurehillpc.com/image/drawings/VM_1.pdf


Powdr
post #16 of 18
I love the town lift. We need more of them like that. One from the SLC airport would be nice ...
post #17 of 18
Powdr--You just pulling our leg or is that the straight poop? Sounds like the "canyonization" of PCMR. I love the quaintness (and the aesthetics) of the Town Lift. Shame to see the ol' nag put down. And yet another pain in the a*s for traffic flow when/if that project starts. It's hard enough for me to get home as it is.
post #18 of 18
Unfortunately, no. It's not PCMR's project per se. It's the Sweeney Bros that are developing the real estate and throwing in the lift upgrades to increase property values, ala Deer Vallet. PCMR is actually on record for stating that they prefer no trophy homes lining their runs, but this and the Spiro project are on lands adjacent to the ski runs and they can do little to stop them. Fortunately, they will be the last, as there is no more land to develop along the flanks of the resort.

Powdr
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