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anyone have any tips for a week long college trip to park city utah???

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
hey all. all the wisconsin universites ski club orgs are heading out to park city utah from the 8-14th of jan. there is maybe a group like 60 or so big just from our school. most of us are around 20-30yo. we're staying in a lodge with about 4-8 sleeping in each lodge. it's like 5 guys to every girl so thats not much fun but we can work on that

we all love to play hard and we're excited to head out there. looking to make the trip as exciting as possible and narrow down that learning curve a little as far as things to do and how to be best prepared.

any tips:
places to ski?
what to bring?
bars / clubs?
what to be aware of?
i'm bringing rossi zenith z9's out there - good ski for the hills?

TIA all!

:beerc heer:
post #2 of 29
Sigh of releif. My flight's not arriving till the 17th. (of course, if I miss out on serious pow the wisconsin universites ski club will have the last laugh).
post #3 of 29
Thread Starter 
aww thats too bad we're gonna miss you out there muffin
post #4 of 29
Seems like with 60 you should be getting good ticket deals. If not, it will be worth your while to figure out how to get to Canyonsports (google it) in SLC - big savings on tickets.

The Canyons ski area may be a bit of a schlep on the bus if you are staying in Park City but well worth it.

No snowboards at Deer Valley. Lots of groomers.

Empire Canyon (DV), Jupiter Bowl (PCMR) and 9990 (Canyons) for the better skiers among you. Avalanche danger is way high, so these may not always be open.

There is a bus (Canyon Hop) which will take you to Alta/Snowbird. Well worth it for the serious skier and very reasonable $. Mecca.

El Chubasco for cheap good mex.

Beer in the grocery stores is 3.2. Real beer is sold at liquor store.
post #5 of 29
Wow.. you are just missing Sundance, which starts on Jan 15th. There might be a few events starting earlier if you're lucky.
post #6 of 29
Good to see the Midwest connection continuing in PC (I went to college in Appleton @ Lawrence)! So, knowing Wisconsin a bit I'll try to give a little rundown on the bars/clubs part of the post:
Apres - hit The Corner Store @ PCMR for cheap PBRs and good local color.
Evenings - Main St has lots of great bars, but you'll probably find the best hanging out factor at O'Shucks, which is right next door to the local meet (or is that meat?) market, Harry O's. Other good bars to check out include the Sidecar, Spur and a quick stop into the No Name.
Dining tips, the 'Chub' is a great rec. for affordable carbo loading, there are also 2 grocery stores right in PC if you have a place to cook, or at least heat up a pizza.
Great time to be coming out, just started to snow again!
post #7 of 29
Don't forget the condoms!

Being from the Great State of Wisconsin, home of the #1 party school, you will have to teach 'them' how to party.

Make us proud!!!
post #8 of 29
BYOB from home for the lodge. Beer there is low % alcohol and high $$.
post #9 of 29
Not if you get it at the liquor store (at least the low % alcohol part). Although after skiing at 9000 ft, regular beer just puts me to sleep.
post #10 of 29

Bars

Good drinking, nice ladies= "Flying Sumo"
post #11 of 29
1) Read this website.
Forewarned is forearmed. Don't be caught off guard.

2) There are three resorts in Park City, all linked by public transport. Between the three, you should find plenty to ski for a week. Note that Deer Valley does not allow snowboards.

3) There is no item 3.

4) There are another 7 resorts within striking distance for a day trip. Alta is a mecca for the serious skier - go there for a day if at all possible. Like Deer Valley, no snowboards allowed.

5) Your Zenith 9s will work just fine unless they get a big dump. Think about renting powder boards if that happens, otherwise don't sweat it.

6) You can get big discounts on lift tickets in town (SLC) Canyon Sports has 'em, as do many sporting goods stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. I've never seen any deals like this in Park City, so buy in advance.

7) Drink lots of water. At 6000 feet PC is not exactly nosebleed territory, but the altitude will affect most people from the flatlands. Staying hydrated helps.

8) Wear sunscreen. I cannot stress this enough. Even though it's cold, the sun is relentless. Last time I was at Alta we ate dinner at the Peruvian Lodge with a couple of ~seventeen year olds who had neglected to wear their sunscreen - they looked like lobsters who'd been dipped in a tank of rouge, and they missed three days of skiing because they were too burnt to go outside. It ain't the midwest - the sun will fry your sorry pink self if you don't take precautions.
post #12 of 29
Thread Starter 

so some more info-

first and foremost, thanks for all the great tips so far! love it! we are leaving tomorrow and i'm so psyched you guys have no idea....

so:
1. more info about our trip
2. couple more questions
3. your tips so far and how i feel about them (if applicable)

1. we're staying at the Park Station Hotel / Condos. (yes! they have an outdoor and indoor hot tub).
Our package cost $455 which includes 4 lift tickets (plus the 'show your boarding pass and ski free on your date of arrival offer', and 6 nights of condo lodging.

2. i found an awesome taxi service for my friends that are flying in earlier that was $85 for 5 people to Park City. I unfortunately will be shuttling out there myself... whats the cheapest transport to park city?

i ski but will want to try snowboarding - best place to rent equipment just for one day?

3.
Skiing

There are another 7 resorts within striking distance for a day trip. Alta is a mecca for the serious skier - go there for a day if at all possible. Like Deer Valley, no snowboards allowed. i'm def taking the canyon hop and going to alta for a day!

The Canyons ski area may be a bit of a schlep on the bus if you are staying in Park City but well worth it. thinking about just doing alta unless the canyons are a must do.

Empire Canyon (DV), Jupiter Bowl (PCMR) and 9990 (Canyons) for the better skiers among you. Avalanche danger is way high, so these may not always be open. done!

There is a bus (Canyon Hop) which will take you to Alta/Snowbird. Well worth it for the serious skier and very reasonable $. Mecca. done!!

Your Zenith 9s will work just fine unless they get a big dump. Think about renting powder boards if that happens... great advice... i'm def doing it all up... i'll have to find a good place to rent from. ideally i would really like to demo a few sets of ski's because the set i'm bringing with me is a friends set (practically brand new)... the only thing i've ever demo'd is golf clubs



Going Out / Food

Good drinking, nice ladies= "Flying Sumo"
Apres - hit The Corner Store @ PCMR for cheap PBRs and good local color.
Evenings - Main St has lots of great bars, but you'll probably find the best hanging out factor at O'Shucks, which is right next door to the local meet (or is that meat?) market, Harry O's. Other good bars to check out include the Sidecar, Spur and a quick stop into the No Name.
Dining tips, the 'Chub' is a great rec. for affordable carbo loading, there are also 2 grocery stores right in PC

El Chubasco for cheap good mex.

Misc Info
Don't forget the condoms! haha this comment hit me from left field but funny funny!...

There is no item 3. lol..

No snowboards at Deer Valley. Lots of groomers. works for me


BYOB from home for the lodge. Beer there is low % alcohol and high $$.
Beer in the grocery stores is 3.2. Real beer is sold at liquor store. Although after skiing at 9000 ft, regular beer just puts me to sleep. well i hope we won't all be too tired the whole trip

You can get big discounts on lift tickets in town (SLC) Canyon Sports has 'em, as do many sporting goods stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. I've never seen any deals like this in Park City, so buy in advance.

Drink lots of water. At 6000 feet PC is not exactly nosebleed territory, but the altitude will affect most people from the flatlands. Staying hydrated helps. can we sub water with beer?

Wear sunscreen. I cannot stress this enough. Even though it's cold, the sun is relentless. perfect
post #13 of 29
Thread Starter 

so a little follow up for all my furry little friends out there...

first and foremost, thanks for all the great tips so far! love it! love the midwest connections!! we are leaving tomorrow and i'm so psyched you guys have no idea....

so:
1. more info about our trip
2. couple more questions
3. your tips so far and how i feel about them (if applicable)

1. we're staying at the Park Station Hotel / Condos. (yes! they have an outdoor and indoor hot tub).
Our package cost $455 which includes 4 lift tickets (plus the 'show your boarding pass and ski free on your date of arrival offer', and 6 nights of condo lodging.

2. i found an awesome taxi service for my friends that are flying in earlier that was $85 for 5 people to Park City. I unfortunately will be shuttling out there myself... whats the cheapest transport to park city?

i ski but will want to try snowboarding - best place to rent equipment just for one day?

3.
Skiing

There are another 7 resorts within striking distance for a day trip. Alta is a mecca for the serious skier - go there for a day if at all possible. Like Deer Valley, no snowboards allowed. i'm def taking the canyon hop and going to alta for a day!

The Canyons ski area may be a bit of a schlep on the bus if you are staying in Park City but well worth it. thinking about just doing alta unless the canyons are a must do.

Empire Canyon (DV), Jupiter Bowl (PCMR) and 9990 (Canyons) for the better skiers among you. Avalanche danger is way high, so these may not always be open. done!

There is a bus (Canyon Hop) which will take you to Alta/Snowbird. Well worth it for the serious skier and very reasonable $. Mecca. done!!

Your Zenith 9s will work just fine unless they get a big dump. Think about renting powder boards if that happens... great advice... i'm def doing it all up... i'll have to find a good place to rent from. ideally i would really like to demo a few sets of ski's because the set i'm bringing with me is a friends set (practically brand new)... the only thing i've ever demo'd is golf clubs



Going Out / Food

Good drinking, nice ladies= "Flying Sumo"
Apres - hit The Corner Store @ PCMR for cheap PBRs and good local color.
Evenings - Main St has lots of great bars, but you'll probably find the best hanging out factor at O'Shucks, which is right next door to the local meet (or is that meat?) market, Harry O's. Other good bars to check out include the Sidecar, Spur and a quick stop into the No Name.
Dining tips, the 'Chub' is a great rec. for affordable carbo loading, there are also 2 grocery stores right in PC
El Chubasco for cheap good mex.

Misc Info
Don't forget the condoms! haha this comment hit me from left field but funny funny!...

There is no item 3. lol..

No snowboards at Deer Valley. Lots of groomers. works for me


BYOB from home for the lodge. Beer there is low % alcohol and high $$.
Beer in the grocery stores is 3.2. Real beer is sold at liquor store. Although after skiing at 9000 ft, regular beer just puts me to sleep. well i hope we won't all be too tired the whole trip

You can get big discounts on lift tickets in town (SLC) Canyon Sports has 'em, as do many sporting goods stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. I've never seen any deals like this in Park City, so buy in advance.

Drink lots of water. At 6000 feet PC is not exactly nosebleed territory, but the altitude will affect most people from the flatlands. Staying hydrated helps. can we sub water with beer?

Wear sunscreen. I cannot stress this enough. Even though it's cold, the sun is relentless. perfect
post #14 of 29
Thread Starter 

some more feedback for my furry little friends out here...

first and foremost, thanks for all the great tips so far! love it! love the midwest connections!! we are leaving tomorrow and i'm so psyched you guys have no idea....

so:
1. more info about our trip
2. couple more questions
3. your tips so far and how i feel about them (if applicable)

1. we're staying at the Park Station Hotel / Condos. (yes! they have an outdoor and indoor hot tub).
Our package cost $455 which includes 4 lift tickets (plus the 'show your boarding pass and ski free on your date of arrival offer', and 6 nights of condo lodging.

2. i found an awesome taxi service for my friends that are flying in earlier that was $85 for 5 people to Park City. I unfortunately will be shuttling out there myself... whats the cheapest transport to park city?

i ski but will want to try snowboarding - best place to rent equipment just for one day?

3.
Skiing

There are another 7 resorts within striking distance for a day trip. Alta is a mecca for the serious skier - go there for a day if at all possible. Like Deer Valley, no snowboards allowed. i'm def taking the canyon hop and going to alta for a day!

The Canyons ski area may be a bit of a schlep on the bus if you are staying in Park City but well worth it. thinking about just doing alta unless the canyons are a must do.

Empire Canyon (DV), Jupiter Bowl (PCMR) and 9990 (Canyons) for the better skiers among you. Avalanche danger is way high, so these may not always be open. done!

There is a bus (Canyon Hop) which will take you to Alta/Snowbird. Well worth it for the serious skier and very reasonable $. Mecca. done!!

Your Zenith 9s will work just fine unless they get a big dump. Think about renting powder boards if that happens... great advice... i'm def doing it all up... i'll have to find a good place to rent from. ideally i would really like to demo a few sets of ski's because the set i'm bringing with me is a friends set (practically brand new)... the only thing i've ever demo'd is golf clubs



Going Out / Food

Good drinking, nice ladies= "Flying Sumo"
Apres - hit The Corner Store @ PCMR for cheap PBRs and good local color.
Evenings - Main St has lots of great bars, but you'll probably find the best hanging out factor at O'Shucks, which is right next door to the local meet (or is that meat?) market, Harry O's. Other good bars to check out include the Sidecar, Spur and a quick stop into the No Name.
Dining tips, the 'Chub' is a great rec. for affordable carbo loading, there are also 2 grocery stores right in PC
El Chubasco for cheap good mex.

Misc Info
Don't forget the condoms! haha this comment hit me from left field but funny funny!...

There is no item 3. lol..

No snowboards at Deer Valley. Lots of groomers. works for me


BYOB from home for the lodge. Beer there is low % alcohol and high $$.
Beer in the grocery stores is 3.2. Real beer is sold at liquor store. Although after skiing at 9000 ft, regular beer just puts me to sleep. well i hope we won't all be too tired the whole trip

You can get big discounts on lift tickets in town (SLC) Canyon Sports has 'em, as do many sporting goods stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. I've never seen any deals like this in Park City, so buy in advance.

Drink lots of water. At 6000 feet PC is not exactly nosebleed territory, but the altitude will affect most people from the flatlands. Staying hydrated helps. can we sub water with beer?

Wear sunscreen. I cannot stress this enough. Even though it's cold, the sun is relentless. perfect
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by wisconsinquattro View Post
i'm so psyched you guys have no idea....
So that's why you posted this three times?

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Originally Posted by wisconsinquattro View Post

i ski but will want to try snowboarding - best place to rent equipment just for one day?
Back in Wisconsin. Seriously, don't waste a day in the real mountains flailing around on the bunny hill learning how to heel scrape.
post #16 of 29
Chapstick......

My lips were crispy for 3 weeks after an awesome Utah trip. Ouch!
post #17 of 29
Lots of dope and air spray.
post #18 of 29
the snowboarding advice is spot on. Learn at a small hill back home, don't waist a day in Utah flailing and falling on the bunny slope.

And the water thing, especially since you will be partying, bring a Camelback type pack and fill it with Gatoraid it will greatly improve your day, attitude, head ache, etc., after staying up late and drinking too much.
post #19 of 29
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can we sub water with beer?
Not a good idea. The usual advice to combat altitude sickness is "avoid alcohol" but I won't waste my time trying to give you advice that you won't follow (and that I don't follow myself for that matter).

So, just be aware that alcohol, like caffeine, has a de-hydrating effect and you should drink enough non-alcohol, non-caffeine drinks to stay hydrated. So, don't sub beer for water. Have it in addition.
post #20 of 29
Wisconsin,

my .02

Just have fun! This is going to be a trip of a lifetime! I am going on a Spring break trip with some of my friends as well, but just 5 or 6 of us...

In addition to what's already been said...

-As a general rule of thumb, remember that although PC is a ski town, its no Vail as far as nightlife is concerned. There are a few good bars around, but there's hassles and hoops to go through first, like the "private membership" BS...its nothing to worry about, "private membership" is usually like $4 and gets like 5 people in...no sweat.

<I happen know a few bartenders at the spur and have so for several years, my membership isnt expiring anytime soon...lol. PC is a VERY friendly place and has very nice things to offer to everyone!>

-If you're a skier, you'll enjoy Deer Valley ALOT...they really pamper you and treat their guests as ladies and gentlemen. Although I wouldnt advise taking a sack lunch into the Empire lodge or Stag Lodge lol. Instead, indulge in a bowl of TURKEY CHILI!

I really hope you have a good time in PC and have a great experience on and off the mountain! But just remember, it is very different than other ski towns in the west because of the fact that it is in Utah and that whole thing...On the flipside it is a great place to say, take a family without all the hassle...and most people do.

After going to PC for the past 12 years, winters AND summers...I can honestly say it's a very friendly place to bring friends of 5 or 6, or even 50 or 60. =)


Oh by the way...where are all 60 of you guys going to stay?
post #21 of 29
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Not if you get it at the liquor store (at least the low % alcohol part). Although after skiing at 9000 ft, regular beer just puts me to sleep.
Beer at the supermarkets was pretty cheap, I thought. Albertsons often had those tall gold cans of Miller for a buck. Down in SLC, you coudl get a 6 pack of Tecate for $5 at wal mart.

The liquor store (one in Main St, one in Prospector, and one at Kimble Junction) had full strength beer but interestingly, it's all microbrews and foreign beer. I never found full strength domestics anywhere in Utah. So if you like your BudCoorsMiller full strength, stash some in your luggage.
post #22 of 29
why does discussions about skiing in Utah always turn to beer and alcohol? Do you want to ski or drink? The two don't mix very well. If you're drinking late the night before, you're not going to ski as well. Why pay all that money to come out here and not be able to enjoy it by skiing your best.
post #23 of 29
Umm this is a bunch of college kids. I think ski areas are just one of the environments chosen for the activities they are shooting for, skiing/boarding is just part of the dance. Ultimate goal is probably to hook up, great skiing is a nice consolation prize.
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by ant View Post
...if you like your BudCoorsMiller full strength....
What is this "full strength" BudCoorsMiller of which you speak? I've never encountered it, in Utah or elsewhere.
post #25 of 29
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What is this "full strength" BudCoorsMiller of which you speak? I've never encountered it, in Utah or elsewhere.
Some states have a really weak version of mainstream branded beer that they sell instead of the normal (also not that stout) strength name brand beer that is sold in most states. It can not be beyond 3.2% alcohol content.
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
What is this "full strength" BudCoorsMiller of which you speak? I've never encountered it, in Utah or elsewhere.
Well, I guess full stength alcohol. The flavour is still the same, that is, it's got none. Although after a few months there, I detected something in those gold cans of Miller. Bud, sadly, never came good. Coors tasted mildly of bananas.
post #27 of 29
the guiness draught in the grocery stores is full strength.
post #28 of 29
You're kidding? Really??? I never thought of trying that.
post #29 of 29
guiness draught is lower alcohol than some american light beers.
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