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Park City newbies for next spring skiing

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Park City newbies for next spring skiing

Having done the family ski trip to Colorado last season, we are starting to plan an all-dads trip in 2015 (4-6 guys, all mid-50's, intermediate, once-every-year-or-so skiers) and we're thinking of Park City since we've never been. Looking at last week of February / first week of March. Can anybody give some suggestions on which condos to consider? Main consideration will be close to the lifts; not worried about fancy amenities. There seems to be so many but I have no idea how to narrow down the choices. Which ones are truly ski-in/out? Any other info/advice (rentals, discount lifts?) for first-timers to Park City would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Park City newbies for next spring skiing

So first decision is which of the three Park City ski resorts you want to focus on -- Canyons (largest), Park City Mountain Resort (the namesake) or Deer Valley (plushest and only can be considered if you are all skiers as snowboarders not allowed). Will let others respond if you are thinking Park City Mountain Resort or Deer Valley, whereas for Canyons (my personal favorite) given that you don't need top fancy dollar can skip the expense of the Waldorf (plus good but not great location), but being that you want optional location / true-ski in ski out going to recommend Sundial (see vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/…canyons-sundial for owner direct listings) and/or Grand Summit (see http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/utah/park-city/canyons/canyons-grand-summit), both nice properties and prime ski in ski out.

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Thanks - Sundial and Grand Summit appear nice and are in the upper end of our price range. PC or Canyons for skiing was going to be a followup question. We will be skiing 4-5 days, with one day planned at DV just because we can. I have been to PC & DV, but that trip was in college 30+ years ago. We are comfortable with the blues at the major Colorado resorts; enjoy trees/glades, and an occasional non-mogul black. Pros/cons for each area will be appreciated from anyone who wants to chime in with skiing or condo suggestions.

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Canyons has much nicer base area and both more and generally newer/ nicer ski in / out lodging, but PC is closer to Main Street. Both Canyons and PC have nice blues. Canyons superior trees/glades (lots of trees/glades). Both have non-mogul black, but PC may do a bit more grooming of blacks. Other thing to consider is that Canyons will definitely be operating this coming winter; Park City Mountain Resort most likely will be operating (operator of Park City Mountain Resort lost their lease but is refusing to move on, one assumes that such will be worked out, but right now the former operator of Park City Mountain Resort is threatening to force the resort to close rather than cooperate with the new owner, Vail Resorts).

Edited: 05 June 2014, 00:45
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4. Re: Park City newbies for next spring skiing

Canyons does have a nicer base, but is about 5 miles from Park City Main Street and all of the restaurants, bars, galleries, shops, etc.

As far as skiing, all of the resorts will have excellent terrain choices for intermediate skiers. Deer Valley is known for their grooming standards. PCMR is great too.

You could really visit all of the areas since they are within 7 miles of each other and there is a free bus system that goes through town.

Can't really help with condos, but ski in/out at PCMR would be Marriott Mountain Side. You could stay on Main Street and take the Town Lift to PCMR. Options would be The Caledonian, Sky Lodge, Marriott Summit Watch. Reasonably priced and ski in/out don't fit in the same sentence in Park City. It's going to cost a pretty penny for lift access.

I can't foresee PCMR not being open next year in one fashion or another, despite the lease fiasco. Everything is interconnected and the damage would create a huge divide. If you stay near Main, you can access the other resorts easily from the transit center.

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5. Re: Park City newbies for next spring skiing

Just to let you know the free bus will take to all three, assuming PCMR is open next spring. You could save a lot of money by not staying ski in/out and take the bus. I suspect PCMR will be open, but I would not risk anything that is not refundable betting on PCMR. The current operator POWDR says they will rip out all of the lifts if they lose, they have. Evection is set for June 19. Will see if owner tries to make good on this threat.

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6. Re: Park City newbies for next spring skiing

Update, the owner of Powdr again has said in today's Park Record he will remove the lifts if evicted.

Edited: 07 June 2014, 05:14
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We stayed in town at the Galleria and thought the location was wonderful. Out one door, the transportation center was across the street. Out the other door, we were on Main St, with restaurants very handy.

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8. Re: Park City newbies for next spring skiing

Ski in/out is very limited and thus more costly. The closer you are to a resort, the higher the lodging will cost. Unless you want to spend big bucks you will need to take some form of transportation to the slopes. The free bus system widens your options. You may want to check out lodging at Redstone or Newpark. This area is located as you enter the main drag towards PC. It is a few miles from the actual resorts but is on the free bus line, walking distance to a liquor store, grocery stores, several restaurants (from fast food to white table), movie theater and bowling alley. It is also an easy area to drive in so a rental car may also be a good option.

The main transit center is located off Main St in Historic Park City. This is where any bus transfers will take place, if needed, to get to a ski resort. If you stay close Main St in Historic Park City, you can walk to main transit center and reduce the possibility of needing to transfer from one bus to another to get to a resort. But, you may pay more for lodging and restaurant meals.

Make sure any lodging you decide on is reputable, especially if you are dealing with an individual. If you have any doubts check with the Park City Chamber Bureau before sending any money! http://www.visitparkcity.com/

As for the ski resorts, all have their own personalities. If you haven’t been here in 30 years you will be pleasantly surprised at each! Preference is relative so make sure to check them all out so you can decide what you like best. DV offers complimentary overnight ski storage (not sure of others as we are DV regulars). DV overnight locker rentals and basket checks are reasonable and a good way to avoid carrying all that ski stuff back and forth every day. All resorts have equipment rentals. Best way to find the best deal is check online. As mentioned, Park City Mountain Resort is in the midst of a legal battle and has lost round one. As a result its future is “suspect”. If you decide to stay at a condo at its base make sure you are doing it for more than its proximity to the resort’s slopes as that may change with the legal wrangling.

FYI - the liquor laws are a bit weird here. Other than a restaurant /bar, if you want to purchase liquor, wine or full strength beer (anything over 3.2) you have to buy it from a State Liquor Store. Grocery stores will sell beer (but only up to 3.2 strength).

Good luck and come and enjoy some of the greatest snow on earth!

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9. Re: Park City newbies for next spring skiing

2 more stories in the Park Record about PCMR removing the lifts. Owner say he will close PCMR, and have just a terrain park and a couple of very short runs, if judge evicts him. If that the case, your skiing will be the Canyons and Deer Valley, boarding at the Canyons. Renting anything around PCMR is at your own peril.

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