Park City Adventures: Try the High West Distillery and Saloon

By Correspondent Marlene Greer

For those who enjoy a good whiskey, a stop at the High West Distillery and Saloon is a must in Park City, Utah. Here, visitors can take a tour and sample some of the company’s well-known whiskeys and specialty cocktails.

During a distillery tour, we learned that only locally grown grains are used. We also discovered the difference between Scotch, whiskey and bourbon and that Utah was the critical 36th state to vote against the 18th amendment and end Prohibition. The tour is offered three times daily.

I’m not a whiskey drinker, but I managed a sip of white whiskey (which a nearby taster called moonshine), as well as a sip of double rye (not for me).

But the High West Lemonade cocktail with double rye whiskey was delicious and the fried, bite-size macaroni and cheese appetizer downright addictive.

Speaking of food, Main Street is the place to go for après ski dining. There are many good restaurants to choose from. Downtown restaurants on weekends are always full. It’s best to make a reservation, especially at popular places such as Zoom, owned by Robert Redford. It’s located in the old railroad station.

We stopped in Zoom on a weeknight — with a reservation — and the place was packed. We tried the crispy calamari with lemon jalapeno aioli (too spicy for my taste, but devoured by everyone else at the table), Wagyu bavette steak, seared ahi tuna and wild mushroom risotto.

The dinner was delicious, but the service slow. I felt sorry for our harried waiter; he obviously had too many tables to manage.

Visitors to downtown can catch the free trolley or public bus from Deer Valley, Canyons and most Park City hotels. So take a day or afternoon off from skiing and spend some time exploring Park City’s historic Main Street.

Catch all the spring action at Mammoth Mountain ski resort

It was another beautiful day on Mammoth Mountain today. Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid 50s with light winds and sunny skies.

Its base depth is currently 60 inches at 9,000 feet and 90 inches at 10,000 feet. Thanks to recent snowfall, conditions are the best they have been all season.

Today all lifts except for Chair 20 were operating and all terrain was open. Lifts run from 8:30am-4:00pm.

Here’s a good video of all the spring action.

Woolly enjoys two feet of new snow at Mammoth Mountain

Go Wooly! (Photo courtesy of Mammoth Mountain)

Go Wooly! (Photo courtesy of Mammoth Mountain)

On the heels of a weekend storm that left a foot of snow, it’s currently dumping at Mammoth Mountain, with 2 feet in the last 24 hours and more coming down. All this snow is making for some great powder skiing/riding as their mascot, Woolly, experienced in the attached photo.
All this recent snow should also make for some great spring skiing. Mammoth announced last week that it will be open through at least Memorial Day, and now likely well beyond. Worth noting that Season Passes for next year are now onsale and ’14/15 passholders ski Mammoth Free for the rest of THIS SEASON as well.

Mammoth Mountain will be open through Memorial Day weekend

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will be open for skiing and snowboarding through Memorial Day weekend. Officially the longest ski season in California, Mammoth will once again deliver some of the best spring terrain in the country.

With a 27-year streak of skiing and riding through Memorial Day weekend, Mammoth Mountain is committed to offering top to bottom terrain through late May.

“Although winter got off to a slow start, the past month brought a series of strong storms with nearly 100 inches of snow, and more in the forecast this week,” said Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory. “With excellent conditions typical of this time of year, we look to continue our long-standing tradition of skiing and riding well into May.”

To celebrate, Mammoth has a jam-packed spring event calendar with all-ages activities on and off the hill. Events such as the JLA Banked Slalom, Mammoth Invitational, Grenade Games 10, Pond Skim and the annual Easter celebration are back in addition to new offerings like Spyder’s massive “Where’s the Party?” concert at Canyon Lodge.

Mammoth currently has a base depth of 4 – 6 feet and 100% of terrain open. A series of storms are forecast over the next week with 8-10” of new snow having fallen since early this morning. For the latest snow conditions, travel information and event details, visit http://www.mammothmountain.com/.

Dumping at Mammoth with 8-10 inches of freshies

Mammoth reports the best skiing and riding conditions of the season and more snow is coming down with 8-10 inches of freshies on the ground already! The events calendar is jam-packed all the way through May.

The Mammoth Value Pass is your access to the 5,000-acre winter playground with unlimited skiing/riding at Mammoth and June Mountain all season long. Buy your pass starting 4/2/2014 for only $689 and start using it now.

When you do the math, it’s an incredible value – as many as 240 days of skiing or riding for the price of 7. On top of that, the pass offers discounts and benefits across the mountain.

Killington Resort, VT: Best ski conditions of the season

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Story and Photo by Marlene Greer

When I woke up this morning at Killington Grand Hotel in Vermont, outside it was 1 degree below zero. The unseasonably cold weather gripping the nation for most of this winter has not yet released its grip on the northeast. Another storm is headed this way on Tuesday with a chance of yet more snow.

Fortunately by the time I hit the slopes at Killington Resort in the afternoon,  it warmed up nicely and was beautiful and sunny if a bit windy at times.

And the ski conditions were not at all what I expected.

This is the first time I’ve skied anywhere in the East Coast, and I couldn’t have picked a better place. Killington was at its peak.

“Today is the best skiing of the season,” said Mike, a Killington mountain host stationed at the top of a chairlift where we stopped to get some advice on the best way to ski back to where we started earlier in the day.

Other skiers agreed.

“This is our fourth trip this year, and this is the best skiing we’ve had,” said Evelyn, a teacher from Massachusetts skiing Killington with her husband.

Sometimes we West Coast skiers can be a bit of a ski snob when it comes to East Coast skiing. “It’s always icy.” “It’s hard snow.” “All you do is chatter down the hill.” “They’re all small hills.” I’ve heard it all.

But Killington has surprised me. It’s none of the above – at least for today.

 

Canadian ski resorts getting lots of snow in Banff, Lake Louise

March is in like a lion with two huge dumps of snow at Canada’s Big 3 Resorts. After a Pineapple Express weather system dumped over 90cm of snow at Sunshine Village in one week we were graced with another system that led to 80cm of fresh pow coming down on the Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Mt. Norquay has also benefited from all this snowfall and conditions are great with 60 days of skiing left in Banff-Lake Louise.

Watch our video recap of conditions from around the resorts, check the action shots below and gear up, because with another snowfall warning in effect we are expecting a fresh 15 cm this Thursday!

Park City Mountain Resort plans Snowasis family carnival

Snowasis, Park City Mountain Resort’s family-themed spring carnival, returns with an expanded nine-day schedule in 2014. Running March 22-30, Snowasis celebrates PCMR’s standing as one of North America’s top-ranked family winter destinations, including #2 ranking among all North American resorts for family programs by the readers of SKI Magazine.

A program of on-snow games, live performers, s’mores roasting, scavenger hunts, an avalanche dog meet ‘n greet and more was too big for a single week, leading to an expanded schedule in 2014. All Snowasis events are free and open to the public.

A complete Snowasis schedule follows below. Also viewable online at: http://www.parkcitymountain.com/snowasis

World Ski and Snowboard Festival set for April 11-20 in Whistler

What do you call 10 days of out-of-this-world action, both on and off Whistler’s slopes? The World Ski and Snowboard Festival, of course. Set to cause a scene April 11 – 20, this fest has earned its cred as the biggest annual gathering of winter sports, music, arts and culture in North America.

Here, massive vertical and slopestyle contests promise plenty of action: The World Skiing Invitational/AFP World Championship is a heart-thumping, high-flying challenge, while The Monster Energy Shred Show features not one, but two snowboard events. (These snowboard challenges will bring on the oohs and aahs, thanks to The Big Air’s massive kicker andSlopestyle’s array of terrain park tricks.)

And when it’s time to trade the thump of adrenalin for a kaleidoscope of sensory delights, be sure to stroll the village for glimpses of arts and musical presentations on outdoor concert stages and within the resort’s conference centre and nightclubs.

Tip: snag a ticket forIntersection, a celebration of action sport filmmaking at its best, or check out screenings of the winners in the film, action sports, and photography contests during the Best of the Fest finale. Both visual feasts that may be just the inspiration required to wax the skis and boards. wssf.com

Sierra at Tahoe Resort celebrates Equinox Spring Festival on March 15

This spring Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is celebrating the season, snow, sunshine, and good times with the Equinox Spring Festival. The Festival includes a concert series, events and parties.

The Equinox Spring Festival will kick off with a big party to welcome home our Olympians including 2014 gold medalists, Jamie Anderson and Maddie Bowman, and two-time Olympic medalist Hannah Teter. The festival kicks off March 15, 2014 and will conclude on the final week of the season.

A Golden Celebration and Plaza Grand Opening Party – March 15

Sierra Resort will welcome home 2014 Olympians and team riders Jamie Anderson, Maddie Bowman, and Hannah Teter. All three athletes are now Olympic gold medalists and Sierra Resort representatives. They will join their hometown for a celebration where government officials and dignitaries will honor them in front of their friends and family. Autograph signings, live music, and a party will follow.

The celebration will take place on Sierra’s new plaza. The new $5 million project transforms the skier services and amenities area into a mecca for gathering, après, and services.

Guests will experience a 30,000 square-foot deck where they can relax in the sun and watch the action on the slopes. Along with a new deck area, guests can enjoy the new 9,000 square-foot indoor facility that includes, a retail store, demo center, and fresh healthy food options at the Solstice Eatery.

Live at Grandview Music Series Sponsored by Tahoe South

The Soft White Sixties with Vokab Kompany ­– March 22. Kicking off the Live at Grandview Music Series, The Soft White Sixties and Vokab Kompany will rock the stage with alternative music that everyone can enjoy.

Hot Buttered Rum with The CreakApril 5 Guests can free their heels all day long at the 11th annual Telegrass Festival where they can learn to telemark or improve their current skills with telemark clinics and demonstrations. Once they have mastered their telemark turns, guests can free their minds with bluegrass music from Hot Buttered Rum and The Creak.

Midi Matilda with Tracorum – April 12 Straight from San Francisco, Midi Matilda features Logan Grime and Skyler Kilborn who use soaring falsetto’s, driving rhythms, and a fresh mix of guitars, bass and synthesizers, giving them a unique sound that will have guests dancing along and smiling all afternoon.