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Although lift-serviced slopes dominate the winter psyche of Park City’s outdoor populace, Nordic skiing is a growing trend in Summit County, and skate skiing is the aerobic frontrunner. Skating technique can look comic or graceful, but either way, it’s a full-body workout and a first-class way to enjoy Utah’s snowscape.
Here are our picks for getting that workout before the weather changes.
Round Valley’s trail system is vast, with nearly 25 miles of loops and spurs maintained by the Mountain Trails Foundation. The only flaw in this 700-acre mecca is self-inflicted; apparently no one expects a skier to pick up after Fido while zooming along the hardpack. There are numerous access points, but the most convenient is Quinn’s Trailhead, just off Highway 248 b the National Ability Center.
Union Pacific Trail
The “Rail Trail” runs from Bonanza Drive out to Wanship and feeds directly into the Round Valley network. As of this fall, its 12 miles of groomed track now run uninterrupted with the reopening of the I-80 eastbound overpass.
White Pine Touring Nordic Center
The pristine tracks at White Pine lure the devoted Nordic athlete, but the rentals, lessons and women-only clinics bring everybody else. Fresh corduroy every morning and a “skiers-only” designation make the center ideal for skaters. A day pass costs $18 for adults, but even if you’re skating someplace else, stop by White Pine for gear and expert guidance before hitting the trailhead.
Mother Nature loves Utah!! A foot of new pow-pow yesterday, two feet in the last 2 days and…… more on the way!! Run, hike, bike or jump on a plane… but, get out here and ski. It doesn’t get any better than this!
Park City Mountain Resort has made it so simple for you to have a fun filled day by using the “My Mountain Planner” tool. This tool is available both on the website and the new Park City Mountain Resort App for iPhone and Android! My Mountain Planner will allow you the chance to explore the 7 mountain zones to the fullest extent, based on your ability level, as you choose your options based on your personal selections. It’s full of tips, stats, vertical, mileage, where to stop for hot chocolate breaks and lunch. The best thing is that you can download/print the file to bring on your trip and email it to your friends to brag on your accomplishments!
The tour types offered are for all abilities and are broken out into 6 main tour types with multiple sub categories offering energetic, or relaxed options, ranging from 14 miles to 25 miles in length. Each tour has a Tour intro section breaking your tour out by lifts and runs, Tour Summary section outlining your tour, Mountain Zone Overview Tour and the Tour Stats (your bragging rights!) section. So the possibilities are there for anyone, of any ability, to have FUN!!
Six main tour types with sub categoriesGreen Tours – Groomed- Energetic or Relaxed
Blue Tours – Bumps, Groomed, Steeps, Groomed/Bumps, Groomed/Steeps, Bumps/Steeps and Groomed/Bumps/Steeps
Black Tours – Groomed Signature Runs, Bumps, Groomed Signature Runs/Bumps, Groomed Signature Runs/Bowls-Trees-Powder, Bumps/Bowls-Trees-Powder and Groomed Signature Runs/Bumps/Bowls-Trees-Powder
Tours featuring Terrain Parks- Groomed Signature Runs, Bumps, Groomed Signature Runs/Bumps, Groomed Signature Runs/Bowls-Trees-Powder, Bumps/Bowls-Trees-Powder and Groomed Signature Runs/Bumps/Bowls-Trees-Powder
Historic Tours – Highlighting Historic markers at the resort
Family Tours- Green and Blue, Blue and Black and Green/Blue/Black
I took the Blue-Energetic tour and it was a blast! At the end of the day I was able to look back and say “WOW” at what I had accomplished in mileage and vertical!
So, what are you waiting for! Get out there and use the My Mountain Planner for a fun filled day!
DEER VALLEY RESORT RANKED #1 AGAIN Deer Valley Resort has been named the #1 ski resort in North America by the readers of SKI Magazine for an astonishing fifth year in a row. No other ski resort has earned this prestigious ranking more than three times in a row in the past. Remarkably, in the past eleven years, Deer Valley’s rating hasn’t dipped lower than third, with a #2 ranking in 2001/2002; a #1 ranking in 2002/2003; a #3 rating in 2003/2004; a #2 rating in 2004/2005; another #1 ranking in 2005/2006, a #2 rating in 2006/2007, and #1 rankings in the 2007/2008, 2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2010/2011 and now 2011/2012 seasons. Aside from being named the #1 Resort overall out of 60 North American resorts, Deer Valley ranked winningly in many individual categories. Highlights included the Resort being given #1 rankings for grooming, service, weather, on-mountain food, lodging and dining. The Resort also received #2 rankings for lifts and access, and #3 rankings for digital presence and overall satisfaction. More than 20,000 SKI readers are surveyed for its “Top 60 Resort Guide” by an independent research firm.
3-4 Feet of Snow Expected
It’s no secret Mother Nature has been slacking a little this winter…until now. Going from High Pressure to Zonal Flow in a few days spells BIG SNOW for Utah. Days and days of snow… Ski Utah blogger, and meteorologist, Jodi Saeland reports.
All is good in the world again
Ever wanted to give telemark skiing a try? Tuesday nights from January 10,
2012 through March 20, 2012, from 5pm – 7pm, you can join us under the lights of
Payday and First Time lifts. This lesson is designed for those who have never
telemarked skied or are working on their stance.
“Learn to Telemark” Lesson includes a First
Time lift ticket and is $30. Purchase at the Payday ticket windows by 5pm and
meet at the bottom of the Payday Lift at 5pm. 1/2 price telemark rentals are
available at White Pine Touring at 1790 Bonanza Dr. 435-649-8710.
Intermediate and Advanced Telemark Workshops also available.
Did you know? Some of the snowiest months are yet to come! February averages as much
as 90 inches of snow, March delivers nearly 100 inches and even April averages
80 inches of The Greatest Snow on Earth® in Utah.
On December 17, Park City Mountain Resort welcomes Santa Claus into Park City as he descends from the top of the mountain down the Town lift. Guests are invited to arrive around 5:00 p.m. to enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, Christmas carols and a live holiday performance. Santa and his reindeer will fly their sled full of goodies onto the Town Lift Plaza around 6:15 p.m.
The 2010-11 ski season was definitely one for the record books. Could a twin be in the making?
Last winter’s record snow in Utah was a product of a climate condition known as La Nina, a flip-flop of the more well-known El Nino. It brought record snow depths to Utah’s Mountains — nearly 800 total inches at Snowbird — and 4.2 million skiers to in Utah. (The national count was 60.54 million skier visits, an all-time high.)
Weather experts now tell us La Nina will hang around for another winter, and extended predictions call for above normal precipitation in northern Utah. The U.S. Weather Bureau’s long-range forecasts call for above normal precipitation in northern Utah December through March. But, if you choose to believe the Farmer’s Almanac, predictions are that the winter of 2012 will come with average temperatures and below normal precipitation.
Utah mountains have already received their initial covering. On Oct. 5 snow levels reached all the way down to the foothills of Salt Lake City, and yesterday snow blanketed the mountains and the valley. Snowbird has received more than two feet of snow at its top station, and temperatures have dipped low enough for resorts to make snow.
The more prudent skiers and snowboarders have already set tracks for the 2011-12 season. They’ve taken advantage of the “locals’’ ski packages at the various resorts and through Ski Utah, looked into the pre-season ski/snowboard sales, checked out the various ski swaps and have given ski/snowboard equipment a quick check.
Haven’t started your ski season prep yet? Here’s a few tips to keep in mind before you hit the slopes.
– The time is right for tuning up and testing ski and snowboard equipment. Skis and boards, as with everything used, wear, especially around the edges. Well tuned equipment responds much better.
– Get physically prepared for the upcoming season. Even a little exercise done correctly can help skiers and snowboarders avoid injuries.
– Make sure equipment for the younger skiers and boarders is properly fitted. There is sometimes a tendency to pass down old equipment that is outdated, too large or too small. There are some great season rental packages available for children . . . and adults.
– Work with an expert when buying equipment. Buying skis, boards, bindings and boots either under or over an individual’s ability can make winter much harder than it need be.
FACTS & FIGURES
14 Utah resorts
138 Ski lifts
22 Terrain parks
3,677 Acres of snowmaking
28,926 Skiable acres — 28,926
$31 to $100 Ticket price range
NEW ON THE MOUNTAIN
Of course there was the usual grooming and manicuring of runs and upgrades in food and service fetters, but what else can skiers/snowboarders expect when they visit their favorite resorts this season?
-A new smartphone app will make it possible for skiers to go directly from their vehicle to the lifts at Alta by downloading the Alta Card.
-Beaver Mountain added a new Little Beaver lift.
-Brighton put in half a million dollars into its snowmaking.
-Canyons will offer heli-skiing.
-Deer Valley put in 41 new energy-efficient air-water snowmaking guns.
-Powder Mountain expanded its snowcat-access terrain by 50 percent.
-Snowbird put in a new version for its free IPhone app.
-Solitude will offer free Wi-Fi access throughout its lower village.
Falling snow has made it possible for some resorts to predict opening dates. The likelihood of at least some of the resorts making their target dates is good. All runs and lifts may not be open, but there will be opportunities to ski and snowboard.
Here’s what we know so far:
Alta – Nov. 18
Brian Head – Nov. 19
Brighton – Nov. 10
Canyons – Nov. 25
Deer Valley – Dec. 3
Park City Mountain Resort – Nov. 19
Powder Mountain – Nov. 24
Snowbasin – Nov. 24
Snowbird – Nov. 19
Solitude – Nov. 11
Sundance – Dec. 9
2011-12 LIFT PASS PRICES
(Adult day passes)
Alta – $72
Beaver Mountain – $45
Brian Head – $49
Brighton – $62
Canyons – TBA
Deer Valley – $96/$100
Eagle Point – $45/$50
Park City Mountain Resort – TBA
Powder Mountain – $60
Snowbasin – $72
Snowbird – $78/$72
Solitude – $68
Sundance – $49
Wolf Mountain – $31