Originally Posted by tommy gun
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.
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.