Park City Mountain Resort has recently combined with neighbouring The Canyons Resort, to become the largest ski resort in the USA. Renamed Park City, it now offers 7,300 acres of skiable terrain, 300+ trails, 38 lifts, 7 terrain parks, 17 peaks and 14 bowls. With terrain to suit all abilities, this destination pretty much has it all. Within easy reach from SLC (just a 35 min drive), you can see why it’s a world class destination.
Coming from the UK, we had never seen Aspen trees before. Forests of these tall, thin, branchless, beautifully spaced apart trees are scattered all throughout the resort, providing fun and unintimidating tree skiing where you don’t loose your friends. We spent an enjoyable afternoon meandering through the silver forests in awe of them. It was fascinating to learn that they are in fact all one living and breathing organism, joined at the roots. It was a joy to put down turns on open expanses of groomed and un-groomed terrain between enclaves of these Aspen forests.
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On a powder day the terrain is endless for the more adventurous, and it’s not difficult to loose the crowds off the main slopes. Jupiter bowl, on the Park City side, is well worth the effort to get to (take Jupiter access road from the top of Pioneer or Thaynes chair lift). That is where some of the steeper terrain is hiding. We found a technical, steep chute to ride and great tree skiing left and right of the chair. The Canyons side also has a lot to offer (I think slightly steeper), and I highly recommend riding the Nighty Nine 90 Express and hitting up the Red Pine chutes to skiers left.
The terrain parks at Park City have been on my list to check out for some time. The Three Kings terrain park at the base of Park City was hosting a freestyle ski competition when we visited and the talent of the local shapers was evident in the quality of the course offered. With Three Kings closed to the public, we went in search of the Neff Land terrain park.
The Neff Land park has also been on my radar and I was super stoked to finally get the chance to ride the candy-cane themed features.The park is set up on the hill alongside the Eaglet chairlift, which makes for a good vibe and fast lapping. The jump line was fun and progressive with three 10 to 20 feet tables in a row, leading to an up-rail and the iconic metal candy cane feature. That candy cane gave me my first beating of the season, as I catapulted face-first to a comedy slam of consequence! Luckily I could pick myself up and ride on ☺. We had great fun jibbing the Neff Land rails and boxes. It’s a great place to learn new tricks and build confidence.
Over on The Canyons side of the resort the ski trails lead you through a maze of million dollar mansions, which are fun to ride past for a glimpse of how the other half live. As we were making our way to and from each resort, which are linked by the Quicksilver Gondala, we would pop into the Miners Camp restaurant to warm up, refuel and recharge our phones. The building is quite beautiful, made from timber with huge glass windows and metal.
After a full day on the mountain, I’m a firm believer in riding straight into town, unclipping and falling into a bar for a good après ski. With three resort bases to ski down to, there are thankfully plenty of après ski options! We visited Park City during the world-class Sundance Film Festival and just so happened to bump into a Hollywood actor on the gondola. We got to chatting and decided to join forces to navigate our way back from The Canyons side, to the hustle and bustle of Main Street at Park City. We rode literally straight onto the main road from the slopes, and within 100 meters of unclipping our snowboards were happily drinking Margaritas and brushing shoulders with the Hollywood elite – a perfect end to an awesome few days at Park City!
Park City, part of the Vail Resorts family since 2014, is now offered as part of the Epic Season Pass (available on early bird for as little as $769 USD). The pass gives you access to ride at ten world class resorts across North America including Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Arapahoe-Basin, Afton Alps and Mount Brighton. It also includes 5 days of skiing at Niseko in Japan, Verbier in Europe and a season pass at Perisher in Australia.
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