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Park City rookie...any tips?

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During previous Christmas week trips I usually stay in Salt Lake City and take the ski bus to Alta/Snowbird/Brighton/Solitude or catch a ride to Snowbasin from Little America...this year I will stay in a  Park City hotel and ski some combination of Park City/Deer Valley/The Canyons for the first time.  I've had the flight for a  month, but I just booked the hotel today.  Does anybody have any tips/advice for this week?  I know the ticket prices will be higher than rest of Utah (I read about discounted tickets at Canyon Sports).  Apparently there is a shuttle bus to the 3 resorts across the street from the hotel.  I'm looking to ski and then walk around town and get a quick bite to eat.  Nothing fancy needed.  As an east coaster I'm most excited about the terrain quantity and variety.  Is there a chance I won't be able to get a Deer Valley ticket because of their daily cap?  I know there won't be as much snow as in the other resorts--is this a concern?  How would you suggest I divide 6 ski days (level 7/8 skier, no cliffs needed)?  What 2 skis would you bring along?  Thanks for any feedback.

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>Does anybody have any tips/advice for this week? 

go for a run this evening.

> Is there a chance I won't be able to get a Deer Valley ticket because of their daily cap? 

I don't know the real answer but I would think if you show up 15 minutes before opening you would be good.  I doubt they cap it before they open.  those rich people sleep late. maybe a local will chirp in.

>I know there won't be as much snow as in the other resorts--is this a concern? 

Only in a bad year or if you are jonesing because there is 6" fresh at PC while there is 18" on the other side of the hill.  But just go with what you got, you have 3 resorts and the odds are in your favor.  Anyway, it's snowing right now, that's a good sign, but doesn't mean much for December.

>How would you suggest I divide 6 ski days

your overanalyzing, 1 day at each and then play it by ear for the last 3, unless you have a car.

>What 2 skis would you bring along?

for me, i just bring my left and my right or my right and my left.

if you have so many pair I would hope you would know what to do with them.

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These resorts are so big that I you will need 2 days at each to experience them.  I only had 4 days to ski last season: 2 deer valley, 1 canyons, 1 pcmr 

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Originally Posted by Mark Tebor View Post

These resorts are so big that I you will need 2 days at each to experience them.  I only had 4 days to ski last season: 2 deer valley, 1 canyons, 1 pcmr 


That is what I did last christmas too... When I went, the snow wasn't that great but I think it should be better this year because of La nina.  We bought our Deer Valley tickets the night before just in case we got their too late, but I don't think that was really a problem.  Personally, I wouldn't go back to PCMR during christmas.  The mountain seemed OK, but the crowds there were huge.  Only the Crescent lift and Mconkeys didn't have 20 minute lines... The other mountains were pretty uncrowded actually.  I found a good, cheap Vietnamese restaurant, but I forgot the name.  It was in the middle of Main Street, and near Aloha ski shop (or something like that).  Hope that helped. 

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I spent a week at Park City about 6 years ago.  I had a great time.  I spent 3 days at PC 2 at DV and only one at the Canyons.  The Canyons was certainly the biggest and most spread out.  I never got a feel for the place but part of the reason is that I was'nt able to explore as much as like due not being able to find a partner to explore with. It also seemed I spent half the day on connecting trails trying to get to an area that you couldn't get to from where you were.  I had better luck at DV when I took a level 9 lesson on a powder day and the instructor just led me around some great off piste stuff.  the other day there was mostly great cruising on some of the best groomed runs I have been on. I probably had the most fun at PC especially Jupiter Bowl which has some of the most challenging lift served terrain at the resort.  Be sure to hike McConkey's Ridge. Great view at the top and a great ride down!

 

The downtown area of Park City is a great party town with restaruants, bars and shops in abundance.  You will have a great time.

 

Rick G

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There should be plenty of snow for skiing--just don't know how much of it will be natural.  If you are bringing two pairs of skis, I would definitely make one of htem a carving ski.

 

You can buy next day tickets for Deer Valley the night before at any ticket office.  They may still have a ticket office on Main Street.

 

I would probably try to ski Deer Valley and the Canyons since there seem to be more places to get away from the crowds--particularly if you want to ski the steeper terrain at Deer Valley or get away from the middle of the mountain (Red Pine) at the Canyons.

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