By Staff Writer Richard Irwin
At Park City ski resort, we had a little bit of everything — wind, snow, fog — but we still had a great time exploring this getaway nestled up against the city with the same name.
You can actually catch a chairlift from town, which must inspire a lot of residents to call in sick on a powder day. Actually, the bosses probably plan on it.
We joined in the fun at the lovely ski plaza at the base of the mountain. It looks very new with shops, restaurants and services on the first floor and lodging on several floors above. We gathered at the golden eagle statue for a group shop before heading up.
Park City Mountain offers 3,300 acres of skiing. There’s also nine — count ’em, nine — bowls with 750 acres. That’s a lot of territory to cover with the fine, dry Utah snow, but coverage was excellent when we arrived.
We decided to warm up on Homerun, which turns out to be the longest trail measuring 3 and a half miles. Quite the warm up.
Park City actually has 114 trails, with more than half listed as intermediate, while 31 percent are advanced.
The snow was fine as we schussed under cloudy skies. At times, a pale white sun would barely pierce the cloudy veil, lending a cold, bleak light.
Once again, it was ski down, jump on another empty chairlift and shoot back up to the top. Park City has 16 lifts, including four high-speed 6-packs and three high-speed quads.
The total uphill capacity is 31,000 skiers an hour, which should be tested this Presidents Day weekend with every hotel room booked solid.
But we beat the rush and could ski as much as we wanted. We were often alone on our section of the mountain.
A light snow started and would continue off and on for the rest of the day. Not a heavy Sierra snow, but the light, dry snow that Utah is famous for. Its flakes were just big enough to sting your face if you took off your facemask.
Shooting by a terrain park we saw several boarders trying their luck on the jumps. Park City has three parks, including Eagle superpipe and Merrill minipipe.
Caught some high winds at the summit, but it was fine once you got into the valleys. It turned out to be another great day in our Park City adventure.
Next stop: Deer Valley ski resort