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Monday 1/11 - Help - One day in Park City on a Quick Start ticket... plus staying in SLC for a week.

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I know this is similar to many other threads, so apologies, but I'm heading out on some work-related travel to SLC next week and have managed it so I get in nice and early (8AM) so I can go ski for the day on a QuickSTART free lifty.

I'm an expert skiier (coming down from my home mountain of Alyeska), and have been to Snowbird (which is where I'm going if it snows and I can sneak out or extend my stay), but I've got one day right now and want to make it count.

Given that no new snow is really likely, and its been pretty dry as of late, where should I be headed?

I've heard about the ridiculous gondola-into-town fun of the Canyons, which doesn't sound like fun, but isn't a deal breaker.  My general thought at this moment is Deer Valley due to capacity controls maybe giving them better snow but I've got no real clue.  I'm bringing my boots but renting skis.  I was planning on using Canyon Sports, but if someone has suggestions on somewhere easy on the way from airport to PC (that, of course, is cheap-ish and has nice skis)...
 
Any advice is appreciated.
 
Couple other related items - I've heard Brighton has night skiing. Worth it if I'm bored one evening? 
 
Lastly, I'm there for a week, so any suggestions on where to eat in either the Murray or downtown area?
 

Edited by flyman683 - 1/9/10 at 7:53pm
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Have you thought about Snowbasin?   Long runs, and John Paul Quad has steep trees.

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Scratch that... no quickstart.
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Make it simple - go straight up the road from Canyon Sports into Big Cottonwood.  Brighton had plenty of snow 2 weeks ago, and has more now.  Nothing in SLC or Park City is that sucky now anyway - where ever you go, it'll be fun.

Night skiing at Brighton is mainly blues and greens, a few 'gentle' blacks.  It's okay, might be worth it for the novelty if you've never night skied before.  Isn't that how it is all winter in Alaska anyway?  Cold and dark?
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Thread Starter 
 Thanks for the info - sounds like I'll skip the night skiing unless its snowing like crazy.  I've set myself up with Canyon sports but am gonna stick to one of the PC resorts for the free lift ticket.  Still not quite sure which one, so anyone whos skiing any of the three this weekend, let me know if you have a recommendation for Monday.

thanks.
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I would recommend Park City MR for your free day, I doubt it will be crowded mid-week.  Jupiter lift is the best lift in PC and will keep you happy for the afternoon. 
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Originally Posted by flyman683 View Post

 Thanks for the info - sounds like I'll skip the night skiing unless its snowing like crazy.  I've set myself up with Canyon sports but am gonna stick to one of the PC resorts for the free lift ticket.  Still not quite sure which one, so anyone whos skiing any of the three this weekend, let me know if you have a recommendation for Monday.

thanks.
I came in on Thursday, and, the PC areas are, well, at best, snow challenged. The "ridiculous-gondola-into-town" is a chairlift to Park City from town. The Canyons does have a gondola sort-of-thing from the parking lot.

If you REALLY want the Quick Start, go to Dear Valley, and head to Empire Canyon, as it's not the typical terrain for a DV person so it's not so beat up. Otherwise, they just opened the Strawberry gondola recently at Snowbasin, and the snow was MUCH better than the PC areas
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Thread Starter 
 didn't see the reply in time, but I did end up going to DV - figured I might as well use the "expensive" resort since it was a free ticket.  Snow was iffy in spots, but not terrible (especially when you're on rental skis with a damage waiver).

Managed to end up on a lift with a very nice instructor supervisor who pointed me in the direction of empire/lady morgan and a I spent most of the day over there.  Conviction, I think it was called, (far edge near the PCMR side) still held some decent snow and most of that area had sun on it so it wasn't iced up like most of the groomers that connected areas.  
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