Park City Mountain Photos
The Canyons Photos
Deer Valley Photos
2004 World Superpipe Championship Photos
Park City, Utah is the home of three grand ski resorts: Park city Mountain; Deer Valley; The Canyons. It only takes about ten minutes to get to any of the three from virtually any place in Park City on a free shuttle bus. No matter where you stay in Park City, you should be able to see mountains and skiing slopes from your room window.
Park City Mountain is the resort where most competitions take place. In my opinion, the funniest thing about it is the fact that one can take a lift to the slopes from the very center of the city. The lift line goes above city streets etc. The Canyons is the biggest resort. Its lower part is quite picturesque with canyons (really) covered by tall pine trees. I was not lucky enough to see The Canyons from the top. It was cloudy and snowy on both days I skied there. Deer Valley is a fancy resort. Imagine yourself in ski boots and all that gear sitting in a fancy restaurant. Believe it or not, you can do it at Deer Valley, no problem. Deer Valley also has more wide groomed slopes, which I like because it is more room to avoid being approached by the dudes who think they are excellent skiers/snowboarders but who have no clue how to make a turn without nearly stopping first. I am not sure about the roots of this phenomenon. My son at age of eight outperforms the crowd by huge margin. He basically can handle all unpredictability on the slopes. Unfortunately, it is not a guarantee from being hit in the back.
Given Park City outstanding skiing facilities, it is not a surprise that this city hosts many top international competitions. Of course, the 2002 Winter Olympics is most remarkable out of them all. Park City was the alpine skiing competition center of the 2002 Winter Olympics whose official location was Salt Lake City. During our stay at Park City, we happened to watch the 2004 World Superpipe Championship held at Park city Mountain. See my photos of the snowboard competition (unfortunately it was snowing througout the entire snowboard competition).
With the total skiing area of more than 8000 acres, it could not be a 'bigger' skier town. You can find a diverse international crowd over there. I met people from all corners of the US, Germany, Great Britain, Bulgaria, Australia there, and heard other languages spoken. US east coasters were a majority. Hmm ... does it mean something? Utah's snow is rightfully called 'the best snow on earth'. I can confirm that I have not seen a better snow anywhere else.
We had to learn a new trail map notation while vacationing in Park City. As a New Englander, I am used to the notation in which black means steeper, and double black means steepest, and everything is groomed, what else? Park City Mountains kind of follows this rule in application to blacks. Deer Valley and The Canyons use double blue to mark steeper groomed runs. Black is reserved there for non-groomed trails. And double black is used to mark steepest non-groomed slopes at all three resorts. Non-groomed steep slopes become moguls pretty quickly after a snowfall, and then moguls get bigger and bigger. If you prefer smooth, reasonably fast carving like me, please keep this notation in mind. Otherwise you might find yourself sliding down moguls sidewise.
Park City is also a remarkable apres-ski place. Its historic Main street is internationally known. See its pictures below. During Sundance Film Festival expect to meet celebrities in quantity on Main street. As I understand, the Egyptian theater is a hub for movie goers at the time of the festivals. Its photo at dark is at the bottom of this page.
Official Park City Web Sites
Discount lift tickets
As of the 2003/2004 season, the following shops offer discount lift tickets
for Park City ski resorts:
Park City Free Transportation
Park City has a free transit system that includes busses and a trolley. The trolley serves Main street. There are eight bus routes. Most of them run every twenty minutes. The buses take you anywhere you want to go. Of course they serve all three ski resorts. One bus goes to Kimball Junction. You may find route maps and schedules here.
Radisson Inn Park City
We stayed at Radisson Inn at Park City. The hotel was renovated for the 2002 Olympics and as of now - 2004 - it is still in a very good shape. There is a pool, which of course is very important if you travel with kids like us. The service was impeccable. Upon arrival after a long flight, they met us at the door, accompanied to a room, and carried our luggage. And each time we came back from skiing in the afternoon, someone was waiting at the door and taking care of the skis.
There is a resaturant and a lounge in the hotel. When you can hardly move after hitting the slopes for long hours, it is nice to have an option to go downstairs and have a dinner in the hotel as opposed to going out. And the best thing about the restaurant is that Radisson offers a complementary full breakfast throughout the skiing season. It is not a typical continental breakfast but a full hot breakfast including scrambed eggs, bacon, Belgian waffles and pancakes.
Busses on two routes stop right in front of Radisson. One of them goes to Park City Mountain, Main street, Deer Valley. The other goes to The Canyons. That is basically everything one needs.
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Copyright (c) 2004 Alexander Sakharov
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