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PC area for 4 days - thoughts on where to ski?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hi guys,

 

Me and a friend will be flying into SLC the night of the 4th and will have 4 skiing days in.  We are staying in Park City (at the Chateau Apres), apparently close to one of the resort lifts.  We are not planning on renting a car either, so transportation is going to be via the shuttles.

 

Originally, we planned to do 3 days in PC and 1 Day in the canyons, but a recent thread here made me question that decision.  We are trying to nail down the details asap so that we can buy our lift tickets on liftopia.  If this was your trip (first time to the area) where would you spend your time?  Right now we are deciding between 2 days at each or 3 in PC, but we would consider all options (other resorts as well?) .  Leaning towards staying in PC for at least half the time just because it will be much more conveinent. 

 

Thanks in advance for your help!

 

P.S - I ski and he boards so that limits us a bit. we both like to ski (board) the hard stuff, but will prob stay on piste given that we don't know either of the mountains.

post #2 of 13

PCMR has a really good range of terrain, and tends to have decent snow quality too. Canyons.... I've skiied it since 98 and still can't work out what the fuss is about. And the food is bloody awful.

 

PCMR has given me some of my best ski days ever. That was in the McConkey's area (10th Mountain) and Jupiter. High speed steep groomed cruisers are their "signature runs", usually the front facers, heaps of fun if they've groomed them and then it's snowed (memories!).  

 

Mr Crab knows all the good stuff, see if he'll clue you up. If it's snowed, everything's good, pretty much. If not, head to McConkey's and then Jupiter.

post #3 of 13

Spend at least one day at Snowbird if you are skilled enough to appreciate it.  It's not a beginner or intermediate mountain but is fantastic if you can ski/board the harder stuff.

 

Solitude is also worth a trip up BCC if you want to get out of PC for another day.

 

I've skied Canyons and liked it though it is a bit confusing to get around at times.  I had a local friend with me so that made it easier on us.

 

I've not skied Park City, but I'm sure it's fun when they have enough snow for most of the mountain to be open.

 

Have fun!

 

Mike

post #4 of 13

Save Snowbird for your last day, when it is expected to snow.  It usually gets more powder than the PC resorts.  PCMR is a given, since you are there already. You can't go wrong skiing there. The Canyons Resort has more terrain, but more importantly there should be zero wait at the bottom with the new heated bubble chair (waiting at the bottom was a big problem in the past).  As experts, you should likely forget the base chair and take the gondola, and then ski over to 9990.  You will be sorta in the middle of their 9 mountains (8 operational for now) and can easily find other stuff to ski for the rest of the day.  It will take you at least two days to fully ski PCMR or the Canyons since they are big, and a lot of the fun stuff you would never think of skiing at first glance because it is hidden behind some trees or through a fence, etc.. 

 

You may want to visit the Olympic Park (Engen Museum) while you are there.  If you have the $$$, take a bobsled ride, and/or watch the ski jumpers, lugers, etc.
 

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Originally Posted by tommy gun View Post

Hi guys,

 

Me and a friend will be flying into SLC the night of the 4th and will have 4 skiing days in.  We are staying in Park City (at the Chateau Apres), apparently close to one of the resort lifts.  We are not planning on renting a car either, so transportation is going to be via the shuttles.

 

Originally, we planned to do 3 days in PC and 1 Day in the canyons, but a recent thread here made me question that decision.  We are trying to nail down the details asap so that we can buy our lift tickets on liftopia.  If this was your trip (first time to the area) where would you spend your time?  Right now we are deciding between 2 days at each or 3 in PC, but we would consider all options (other resorts as well?) .  Leaning towards staying in PC for at least half the time just because it will be much more conveinent. 

 

Thanks in advance for your help!

 

P.S - I ski and he boards so that limits us a bit. we both like to ski (board) the hard stuff, but will prob stay on piste given that we don't know either of the mountains.

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

awesome, thanks for all your advice.  Since we don't have a car, I take it getting to snowbird would be quite a hassle?  Or is there a shuttle that goes there from PC?

 

Does anyone have any can't miss run recommendations for PC or the canyons?  Will definitely check out the 9990 area based on your comments. 

 

Oh, and if anyone knows any restaurants in PC that are known for serving wild game, would love to hear about them. 

 

Thanks again!

post #6 of 13

We are going to be in PC for four nights, skiing four days 1/12-16.  We are staying in Kimball Junction area outside PC.  We are skiing PC the first day ($53.50 lift tickets on Liftopia) and then leaving the rest up in the air.  We will have a 4WD rented so we are planning Alta/Snowbird, Snowbasin and maybe one of the BCC resorts or Canyons.  It will all depend on the weather and conditions...which I think will be terrific.  I was last in SLC in Feb of 2007 and it was 40+ degrees and sunny every day of our trip....no snow.  This time I am hoping for colder and snowier!  We are planning on buying our lift tickets after arriving at Canyon Sports either in SLC or Cottonwood Heights.

 

I think having a car is a big plus but it depends how many are in your group and where you want to ski.  We are two families so splitting the cost 50/50 was key.  We are renting a 4 door Ford F150 pickup (4WD) from Avis for $271 all-in which I thought was a good price.  About $100 less than a Jeep Liberty.

 

Have fun! 

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by tommy gun View Post

awesome, thanks for all your advice.  Since we don't have a car, I take it getting to snowbird would be quite a hassle?  Or is there a shuttle that goes there from PC?

 

Does anyone have any can't miss run recommendations for PC or the canyons?  Will definitely check out the 9990 area based on your comments. 

 

Oh, and if anyone knows any restaurants in PC that are known for serving wild game, would love to hear about them. 

 

Thanks again!



tommy gun,

 

These runs will keep you busy at the Canyons.  I sent this list to some boarder friends a couple of weeks ago:

 

Fun runs at the Canyons Resort:

1) 9990 Lift: Ski the entire mountain.  No gapers there because it is single and double diamond only.  The Fright Gully trail is exactly that.  You motor along until you hit this really narrow and steep little pitch, hence the name.  On powder days remember there was a deadly avalanche there in bounds off to the side.  They are very careful about blasting it now and it will open later on powder days.

2) Off Tombstone Express Lift:  Grande into Pinball Alley (natural half pipe).  Go straight off the lift for 20 yards or so and access Grande through the fence (small opening) on the right.  Grande starts relatively flat, makes you almost walk through some tress until you get to a steep wide open “field.”  Stay as far left as you can so you will be dropped into Pinball Alley, a fun natural half pipe.  Then it is flat back into Red Pine.

3) Dreamcatcher Lift:  Phantasm Woods (you will see it if you bear to the far left off Pipe Dream) is killer on powder days, as is the entrances to it off Chimera.

4) Dreamscape Lift:  Never a line there (like Dreamcatcher).  The runs are listed as “Blue” but are closer to black with moguls.  Decent runs, few if any people on them, and a flat cruiser back to the lift.

5) Saddleback Lift:  Most tourists hang near Red Pine Lodge not wanting to venture around all the mountains.  Just go off to the right and ski The Pines.  Go through 10 yards of the trees at the lift and you can ski Ecstasy.  At the bottom you can run into another half pipe (not difficult, but fun).  Ecstasy, Gallery etc. are all great on powder days when other lifts are closed for avy control.

6) Shortcut Lift/Orange Bubble (first stop):  Most people ski Doc’s Run to get off the mountain, unless they wimp out and take the gondola.  Once you are on the mountain Shortcut will take you there.  For some unknown reason, there are few skiers ever on G-Force, Super Fury, Silverado Bowl, etc.  Nice wide runs.

7)  Sun Peak Express:  I like Mine Shaft.

8)  Super Condor Express:  On a powder day, check out everything to the left (West Boundry to Yard Sale)  while you are going up the lift.  When 9990 is delayed for avy control, these runs are the nuts.  After it snows, Murdock Bowl is usually closed for blasting (you have to hike to the top) as is BOA, the cruiser just below it.  If you go down BOA check out the Canis Lupus half-pipe to your right.  They run a race on it at the end of the year.  Insane.  You can also get there through Condor Woods  (tree skiing).

Food:  The new restaurant by Dreamscape/Dreamcatcher is not yet complete.  If it is cold and you can’t eat outside, your choices will be Red Pine Lodge, Sun Peak Lodge and Lookout Cabin while on the mountain.  Lookout is more expensive, but it is a sit down restaurant. 

Talikster:  Talikster bought the resort, has a boatload of cash, and is trying to put in 2 years worth of improvements in only 3 or 4 months.  They almost did it.  The “ski beach” now has lounge chairs and one new bar/restaurants is open with two more to go before the season is over.  Iron Mountain is not yet open due to soil issues (it helps it the lifts stay in one place), but that will get fixed by mid-Feb. 

post #8 of 13

great tips on the canyons.

 

how is it getting back to the base area from the north side of the mountain using the new "rip cord" tow?

post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

Awesome tips.  Just what I was looking for.

 

Does anyone have opinions on the fast pass thats offered?  Is it worth it?

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by biny View Post

great tips on the canyons.

 

how is it getting back to the base area from the north side of the mountain using the new "rip cord" tow?



biny,

 

I'm back home now, and I didn't ski down that way.  It appeared to me that there is a way to ski down past where the cats are parked avoiding the upward slope (rope tow).  Again, I didn't ski that part on the way down.  Talikster sure moved a lot of dirt (the bubble chair goes over the new pond, Smokies is kaput, etc.) and they might have made it easier from that side.  Remind me to drop a rubber ducky into the pond the next time I'm there.  Right now my goal is to use up those free Snowbomb/Skifest lift tickets here in CA starting next week.  Hellooooo Kirkwood!

post #11 of 13

My recommendations from limited time in Utah:

 

Canyons:  SuperCondor area is fun- Devil's Friend, Sticks and Stones, Yardsale; steep blue Aplande is pretty fun too.  I also like Diamond Ridge and the trees on Dreamcatcher.  9990 is tough.  I have climbed the short hike to the top and found it to be not worth the extra effort.  99 turns I guess is my only rec in that area because I'm not good enough to recommend the double blacks on that peak.  Its nothing to sneeze at.  Fright Gully is well named.

 

Park City:  You've got to do the East and West Faces.  Try the East first by hiking up from McConky's.  Its worth it from both sides.  I also enjoy Scott's Bowl.  Silver King is pretty sweet off the front mountain with good snow.  I also recommend First Temptation, Blueslip Bowl, McConky's Bowl, Sampson, Tycoon,  and the runs off the Thaynes Lift.  Personally, I wouldn't bother much with the Town Lift served runs.  They are crowded and they run out of good snow, but I guess the park features off of Payday are what your buddy is looking for.  (I am a skier).

post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 

thanks everyone for the tips.  very helpful

post #13 of 13
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biny,

 

I'm back home now, and I didn't ski down that way.  It appeared to me that there is a way to ski down past where the cats are parked avoiding the upward slope (rope tow).  Again, I didn't ski that part on the way down.  Talikster sure moved a lot of dirt (the bubble chair goes over the new pond, Smokies is kaput, etc.) and they might have made it easier from that side.  Remind me to drop a rubber ducky into the pond the next time I'm there.  Right now my goal is to use up those free Snowbomb/Skifest lift tickets here in CA starting next week.  Hellooooo Kirkwood!



 



I skied there today. The bubble lift is a HUGE improvement to the mountain. It's also very easy to get back to the base from the north side of the resort now. They regraded much of the trail, and put in a tow rope that is quick and easy to use (unlike that horrible tow lift they used to have). No walking or skating required. Plan to check out iron mountain tomorrow.

 

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