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Thread Starter 
I am flying into SLC on the 16th and will be taking advantage of the whole show a boarding pass fill-out a voucher and show your out-state ID to get a free lifty for the rest of the day. I realize that the Canyons is closer to the airport and sounds like a generally better mountain. However, I also see that PCMR has night skiing on the Payday 6-pack until 7:30 pm. I called PCMR and they confirmed that the free lifty is valid for the night session as well.

What are your thoughts on the night skiing terrain served by the Payday lift? After the rest of the mtn closes we can still do some laps off Payday which could make PCMR the better option over the Canyons even if it takes a little longer to get there and the vibe I get is that the Canyons is a better mtn.

I think we could be clicking in at 1pm if all goes well.

Thanks,

Wolfelot
post #2 of 14
The night skiing at PCMR is on Payday which is a good run to cruise, work on technique etc--no steeps, no moguls, but there is a halfpipe and some terrain park features if that has any appeal.

I'm not sure the general consensus of opinion is that The Canyons is a better mountain than PCMR but perhaps I am in the minority on that one. However, here are a few facts (rather than opinion) to consider:

(1) PCMR is just a few minutes beyond the Canyons.
(2) If you aren't staying at The Canyons you will have to park out by the Cabriolet, take the Cabriolet into the village and then take the gondola up to get to the primary skiing areas. I cannot tell you exactly how long that will take you but I suspect it would take at least 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. Depending on the parking situation at PCMR, I suspect you would actually be skiing about 15 minutes quicker at PCMR.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I was wondering how long the Cabriolet takes from parking to actually starting to ski.
post #4 of 14
By the time you walk there from your car get on get off, walk to the gondola get on get off: 15-20 minutes.

BTW: did Costco stop selling discount tickets to the Canyons? Don't see it on the website anymore.
post #5 of 14
Cold, windy, tourist hackers from Atlanta the only others on lift/slope.

Honestly, if I was trying for most value from the Quickstart, I'd use it at Deer Valley; with a free lift ticket it becomes a reasonable place to visit on your first day.

If I was looking for most skiing with least time, I'd pop to Brighton. Sure the lift pass is extra (not that much), but you get 3 hours on Millicent lift before dark and night skiing after that, with no faffing about on feeder lifts.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by wolfelot View Post
Yeah, I was wondering how long the Cabriolet takes from parking to actually starting to ski.
It doesn't take long, 15-20 minutes from parking to getting off the gondola. I'm not saying it's a great set-up....it isn't. But you will still be skiing some good terrain at the Canyons faster than you would at PCMR if you're coming straight from the airport.
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Originally Posted by aschick View Post
By the time you walk there from your car get on get off, walk to the gondola get on get off: 15-20 minutes.

BTW: did Costco stop selling discount tickets to the Canyons? Don't see it on the website anymore.
I saw both Canyons and Park City discount tickets the last time I was in the Costco in Bountiful (just north of SLC). It had two tickets for around $105 or $110. It also had 5 interchangeable/sharable tickets to PCMR for about $250. Last year they also had Snowbasin tickets but I haven't seen those yet.
post #8 of 14
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I saw both Canyons and Park City discount tickets the last time I was in the Costco in Bountiful (just north of SLC). It had two tickets for around $105 or $110. It also had 5 interchangeable/sharable tickets to PCMR for about $250. Last year they also had Snowbasin tickets but I haven't seen those yet.
The Canyons tickets (2 for $105) were still there at the Costco in Murray as of 2 weeks ago.
post #9 of 14
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But you will still be skiing some good terrain at the Canyons faster than you would at PCMR if you're coming straight from the airport.
I beg to differ, the new Crescent Lift changes the equation at PCMR...yesterday I was getting off McConkey's Lift and hiking the Peak maybe 15 minutes after parking!
Either way it's good skiing and riding in the Wasatch right now...
post #10 of 14
Then it should be about even after the extra 10 minutes it takes you to get to the PCMR Parking lot. Still good to know though.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all your insights and advice guys! I'll have to mull over the options. Right now I think we may just stick with going to the Canyons. The payday lift doesn't look all that interesting.
post #12 of 14
Wolf - not sure where you're coming from or how often you get to ski, but for someone like me who only gets to take a few trips each year, I was thrilled to get extra runs in off the Payday lift my first ski day of the season!

If best case scenario gets you skiing by 1pm, the 330-4pm lift closures will come pretty quickly. I'm not a huge PC fan, but they've got some fun stuff and the nightskiing allows you to get a few extra runs in that awesome first day back.

My $.02

Either way - have fun!
post #13 of 14
Wolfe...just remember no matter WHERE u go night skiing, chances are its gonna be icy...but count your blessings, I used to live in arizona, so skiing was something to treasure...we would fly up to SLC and I'd get my plane pass into a lift ticket and ski into the night.

happy trails!
post #14 of 14
Didn't think Canyons had night skiing? Do they? Guess you can't see the light because as others said, it is like a 30 minute ordeal to get to the actual ski area at the Pine Lodge base. You go from the parking lot to a gondola that takes you to the resort area. Then walk about 5 minutes to the main gondola which takes about 10-15 minutes to get at the Pine Lodge base for actual skiing.

At PCMR, it is literally a 5-10 minute deal to get to Payday from the parking lot, get on the lift and be skiing in another 10 minutes. Much easier for sure.

All I remember at night is seeing lights at PCMR and it is like 10 degrees wind blowing and thinking, who in their right mind would be out there skiing in these conditions even with lights!?!?!

Personally, I avoid it, just not my thing. The runs are probably all worn iced up by that time in the evening from getting hammered all day. That lighted area is probably one of the most heavy skied all day because all runs funnel right down through that area if I recall right.
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