120 Hours for Die-Hard Skiers and Ski Families!
This is for all the die-hard skiers out there who want to experience the best of Utah skiing in one week. If I had 120 hours in Utah with the sole purpose of skiing each day while enjoying the amenities, this is what I would do!
Jill Skiing Powder in Jupiter at PCMR!
- Park City Mountain Resort: You've arrived and get up and hit the slopes at PCMR. PCMR is the perfect place to begin your weeklong adventure! Head straight to the top if the snow has fallen. Begin the day in Jupiter. If it isn’t open yet (wishfully planning that you have hit a huge powder day), do laps on McConkeys and Pioneer chairlifts until Juptier Access opens. Ski Juptier until you need food. You can either hike to Jupiter Peak and ski the chutes to Mid Mountain Lodge or you can ski to Thaynes Chair, then ski Blue Slip to Mid Mountain Lodge for lunch. After lunch, return to your favorite area to ski, whether it’s back in Jupiter or playing around the mountain, skiing groomers and other off-piste terrain. When you are done skiing buy a ticket and take a quick ride on the Alpine Coaster! After an exhilerating ride, enjoy après at Legends Bar and Grill at the base of PCMR. The Ahi Nachos are amazing!!! Return to your accommodations, hot tub, drink plenty of water, relax and get ready for Day Two!
- Solitude: I love both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons; Alta is one of my favorite resorts. However, Solitude is a resort many travelers miss because they are hitting Snowbird and Alta. Day two, head to Big Cottonwood Canyon early, it is approximately an hour drive. If the snow falls heavily the night before, check to make sure the canyon is open. For chutes and trees and fantastic off-piste terrain, head to Honeycomb Canyon. If it isn’t open yet, enjoy the terrain off of the Summit Lift. For lunch, go to the Sunshine Grill, which is located between the Mooonbeam and Eagle Express Lifts. Continue skiing after lunch. The beauty of Solitude, is that it’s a manageable mountain, you can truly ski most of the terrain you desire in one day. When you are finished, enjoy an après snack and cocktail at the Library Bar (try the daily shellfish with frites or the gruyere and white wine fondue).
- Snowbasin: I think Snowbasin is Utah’s best-kept secret (which I’m outing). Sun Valley Resort owns Snowbasin and has built some of the most beautiful lodges in the region. Couple this with amazing terrain and it is well worth the hour+ drive. Snowbasin hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Downhill course. Depart early and enjoy a scenic drive to Snowbasin. If you don’t mind hiking and know the basics of the back-country, this is the place for you. Begin your journey at Needles Express Gondola. Head over to Strawberry Express Gondola and enjoy the terrain off of this gondola. For lunch head to John Paul Lodge and take in the spectacular views. After lunch board the Allen Peak Tram, and if the terrain is open, go to No Name and enjoy 2500’ of off-piste terrain to the base (repeat). When you arrive, speak to the Ski Patrol about the hike-able terrain. There are ample opportunities to ski some great chutes with a short hike, and a little research in the morning, will help you plan your day. After a long day of play, enjoy an après snack at Cinnabar Lounge in Earl’s Lodge that offers “Budget Buster Apres Ski Deals” everyday from 3:00pm to close.
- Park City Powder Cats: Since this is my dream week of skiing, I think it is appropriate to throw in a day of Cat skiing with Park City Powder Cats in the Uinta Mountain Range. Just outside of Park City, less than an hour drive away, is 1000 Peak Ranch. Grab your gear and show up, the amazing guides will do the rest. You will learn about back country etiquette and gear, then you will load up into a heated Cat and head to the mountains for a day of epic skiing. PC Powder Cats provides lunch. Enjoy a day in the back-country with friends and family. Make reservations prior to your arrival.
- Deer Valley: After four days of aggressive skiing, it’s time to head to Deer Valley. Don’t be fooled by the incredible skier services, staff and groomed terrain, Deer Valley also hosts great advanced terrain. The reason I chose Deer Valley as the final resort, are the on-mountain amenities for a little more rest and relaxation on the final day. Begin the day in Empire Bowl, enjoy the Daly Chutes and check out Lady Morgan Chair as well. Head to Silver Lake for lunch at the Goldener Hirsch and order fondue (please order the fondue)! Continue skiing, head over to Mayflower Bowl or enjoy the groomers. Then end your final day at the St. Regis sipping a black salt-rimmed-bloody-mary-topped-with-wasabi-whipped-cream around the fire garden sharing the endless stories you have accumulated from this epic week of Utah’s snowy paradise!
A few tips:
- Please make sure you have your “ski legs” prior to embarking on this week of hard core skiing.
- Check the forecast and plan your vacation accordingly.
- Take breaks when needed and hydrate all day, every day.
- Book a massage one or two of the nights.
- Take a day off if needed in the middle of the week or make one of the days a half-day of skiing.
- Each of the above resorts also have ski schools. If you are traveling with younger children, consider putting them in ski school on some of the days while you ski like crazy.
- Smile, take pictures, look at your tracks, share it with your friends or family and have fun!!!
- The above itineray is only a suggestion, show up and go with the flow. See what the snow is like, where you want to spend time and ask locals on the chairs what they would do, eat or ski!
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