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Ski instructors at Park City and other questions....

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I'm heading to PCMR for the first time in two weeks. Never been to Utah before so am interested in any advice you have! Am particularly keen to hear about the following...

1. Names of ski instructors you would recommend for lessons for advanced skiers

2. We have 8 days of skiing....as we are coming all the way from Australia and are unlikely to get back for a while, we are keen to check out more than just PCMR. We want to return home with plenty of bragging rights but also don't want to strecth ourselves too thin. We don't have a car - so which other resorts should we spend a day at? Stick to the close ones or should we try getting further affield? I know there are other posts on this but would appreciate some fresh opinions and your reasons why (your advice will also help us plan which lift tickets to purchase in advance at the discounted prices).

3. We're staying near the Town Lift- any tips regarding apres drinks, pre-dinner drinks, nice restaurants, do we need to book restaurants in advance or just walk in??

4. Where should I hire our ski rentals from? We're staying near the Town Lift and are after a good range of high performace rentals.

FYI, we're planning to ski for free the day we arrive and are also aware of the discount lift tickets available. Anything else we need to know?

Again, I know some of the points above have been asked before and I have reviewed those threads but any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks.
post #2 of 12
I took a lesson from Allen Woods (of the PCMR ski school) earlier this month. I had signed up for a group lesson, but I was the only person in the advanced area - - so I got a "private" lesson with him.

He used to be the aSSD at Stowe for many years, and followed his ski-racer son out to Utah when he retired. He is now in his 70's - - but full of life, wisdom and expert teaching abilities.

He took me all over the mountain for some challenging skiing (McConkey's bowl) - - and we really worked on my carving.

I asked him to forget about "nurturing" statements for me - - and to really focus on what I needed to change/improve. He did just that. And I felt my carving improved dramatically - - as well as my enjoyment of skiing.

I highly recommend him.
post #3 of 12
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so which other resorts should we spend a day at?
Snowbird, of course. I wouldn't come to Utah without skiing the best skiing Utah has.

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Anything else we need to know?
There hasn't been any new snow in almost 2 weeks. If you know how to do a snow dance, that'd be appreciated ( I'm sure it'd even be more appreciated on the east/dry side of the Wasatch ).
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There hasn't been any new snow in almost 2 weeks. If you know how to do a snow dance, that'd be appreciated ( I'm sure it'd even be more appreciated on the east/dry side of the Wasatch ).
doesn't appear to be a problem for the next 10 days.... 30% chance or higher of snow every day.
post #6 of 12
G'day mate, welcome to Epic.

There's an Aussie instructor working in Park City who sometimes posts on here... SandGroper61
http://forums.epicski.com/member.php?u=12862
Send him a private message. He's a good instructor and a good friend of mine too.
post #7 of 12
For rentals, check out Utah Ski and Golf. They have a shop next to (under) the Town lift. They have high end gear, are reasonable, and have been known to take a new ski off the wall and mount demo bindings on it just for you.

You'll need reservations for dinner at most higher end places, but the crowds should thin out after this week as Sundance ends.

Certainly ski Deer Valley and the Canyons too. Make a day trip to Little Cottonwood Canyon, best early on, in case you want to do it again...
post #8 of 12
Crowds aren't too bad in town even now - Sundance is pretty thin this year. And the slopes are empty, as usual.

You're welcome to send me a PM if you like. PCMR has the usual mix of very good instructors and not so good - like any ski school. Without wanting to take myself out of the frame, I can back up the above comment about Allen - he rocks for any age skier; for 75-ish he's simply amazing.

You'll enjoy it here.
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Originally Posted by KrewZen View Post
I took a lesson from Allen Woods (of the PCMR ski school) earlier this month. I had signed up for a group lesson, but I was the only person in the advanced area - - so I got a "private" lesson with him.

He used to be the aSSD at Stowe for many years, and followed his ski-racer son out to Utah when he retired. He is now in his 70's - - but full of life, wisdom and expert teaching abilities.

He took me all over the mountain for some challenging skiing (McConkey's bowl) - - and we really worked on my carving.

I asked him to forget about "nurturing" statements for me - - and to really focus on what I needed to change/improve. He did just that. And I felt my carving improved dramatically - - as well as my enjoyment of skiing.

I highly recommend him.
+1 for Allen Woods, also Todd Valline but he only works Fri Sat Sun.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the responses.... am really looking forward to our trip. I'll discuss your tips with the rest of the group I'll be skiing with and definitely pass on suggestions re where to ski and which ski instructors to look out for.

Thanks guys.
post #11 of 12
I would definitely plan a day to the little Cottonwoods Canyons. Alta is my favorite and has terrain for all abilities. Although close as the crow flies it's a different experience than the PC resorts. There is at least one company that does van trips from PC to the Cottonwoods Canyons resorts. It's a package that includes transportation and lift tickets. I've not done it and don't know the name of the company but as I recall the price was not out of line. Hopefully someone can give you the company name(s) and contact information. Do the trip early in your stay, you may want to go back. Definitely try The Canyons and Deer Valley. We really liked the Buffalo burgers at the No Name Saloon on main street. We also like the beer and apres ski vibe at the Wasatch Brew Pub, also on main street in PC. I don't recall the food at Wasatch Brew Pub being memorable (in either a good or bad way) but we thought it was a nice spot for a couple of beers after skiing.
post #12 of 12
Forget DV and the Canyons. Canyons is a quagmire to get in and out of. Ski Tycoon on TMcConkey's and enjoy the view. Riverhorse is the best restaurant (higher end) and the burgers at the bar at the bottom of the hill on PCMR are great. The demo shack at the mid mountain has lots of Blizzards to try, easy to ski several skis in and out. My favorite hill for long groomers and a cool Main Street.
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