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Count on two things when talking to ski town locals: they’ll remind you “there’re no friends on a powder day” and they’ll button up when you ask where their favorite powder stash is.
Park City Mountain Resort’s new Powder Club, however, breaks both of those rules: putting you in a fun group led by an instructor who shows you the best spots to hit on the mountain – all before the lifts are open to the public. No membership is required – just sign yourself up for a Powder Club session between 8-8:30 any morning after the Resort has received more than six inches of snow overnight. I tagged along with the Powder Club recently, after 13″ of snow fell the night before, and enjoyed by far my best ski day so far of the young season!
Powder Club grabs first tracks through 13 inches of brand new snow on Newport
The Powder Club jumps on PayDay lift promptly at 8:30 a.m. and gets around the mountain to enjoy first tracks before the lifts open to the public at 9. Whether you’re a seasoned powderhound just looking to be pointed in the right direction, a pow novice looking for some tips on turning in the deep stuff, or somewhere in between, this special 3-hour tour of the mountain is designed with you in mind.
Enjoying my reward for getting an early start with the Powder Club
There’s nothing like getting first tracks on a powder day and feeling like you have the whole mountain to yourself. But if you think I’m wrapping up this blog post by sharing my own favorite stash, you’ve got another thing coming. You’ll just have to get out with the Powder Club and discover your own.
Click HERE for Powder Club details, registration is in-person only at the Resort Services Office ticket windows in the Resort Plaza between 8-8:30 a.m. For the inside
Posted by Ski Utah Yeti on December 18, 2012
Utah’s snowfall is legendary, and the Wasatch mountain’s 14 ski resorts draw powderhounds from across the globe. As told by Utah’s license plate marked with a skier and the slogan The Greatest Snow on Earth®, Utah is passionate about its skiing. Truly, snow is the epicenter of the Utah ski industry, responsible for endless smiles and high-fives after experiencing a Utah powder day. For those of you who dream in powder, Ski Utah presents to you this graphic that illustrates Utah’s consistent and abundant snow in a way that has never before been depicted. Did you know that Utah averages 18 blizzards each winter or that Utah’s 1,200 ski runs strung together would reach from Salt Lake to Vegas?
11 inches of new snow have fallen since Saturday morning, and we’ve been making additional storms around the mountain with our snowguns. Thanks to that great weather – and our talented crew of snowmakers, groomers and mountain patrol – we’re scheduled to open two more lifts, 11 more runs and another bowl tomorrow morning!
See the gameplan below.
Scheduled to open Wednesday:
Comstock Red Fox
Mid-Mountain Meadows Mid-Mountain run
Pioneer Blue Slip Bowl
Thaynes Lift Thaynes
Hoist Double Jack Keystone
Work around the mountain continues, with more terrain on track to open later this week. We’ll keep you updated!
The lifts began turning Saturday, and the Resort is OPEN for Winter 2012-13! Here’s a look back at Opening Day: from our die hards who staked out First Chair in the dark; to this year’s proud t-shirt winners; to the season’s first turns and jibs; and the snow blessing in the Resort Plaza performed by members of the Norther Ute Tribe.
We’re excited for another great winter here at the Resort, and can’t wait to see you out here whenever you decide to make your own Opening Day at Park City Mountain Resort!
The snow is here, the groomers are making their rounds and the lift line mazes are ready to get put in place. Just a few finishing touches before we turn the lifts on for Opening Day this Saturday!
Here’s the plan for the big day: PayDay, First Time, 3 Kings and the two conveyor lifts located in the “Learner Zone” will begin turning promptly at 9 a.m Saturday. PayDay lift will service beginner and intermediate terrain on Homerun and Treasure Hollow runs. 3 Kings will access Quicksilver with over 10 jibs and a jump. First Time and the two conveyor lifts will service beginner terrain.
But that’s just the beginning: at noon, our friends with the Northern Ute Tribe perform a traditional snow blessing in the Resort Plaza. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend! After you’re gotten your first runs of the season, local Park City band, Muddpuddle, plays an apres concert in the Plaza from 1-3 p.m. Feel like washing down your day with a bev outside with the band? We’ll have a beer garden set up by the stage for you to unwind and celebrate the new season.
We’ve also got some perks for you early birds: free donuts, coffee and hot chocolate will be served in the Resort Plaza Opening Day morning, and the first chairs to depart each of the three running lifts can wear their pride all day with our limited edition “First Chair 2012-13” t-shirts.
We’ll also have the Alpine Coaster and the Flying Eagle Zip Line running. Legacy Sports will be open and stocked with great new gear for the season; and Kristi’s Coffee Cafe, Legacy Cafe, and Legends Bar & Grill will also be open to serve guests.
Need gear or want professional help brushing off the rust? Park City Mountain Rentals will be up and running, and all our ski and snowboard school services will be offered (with the exception of Ladies Club).
One final reminder: Friday, November 16 is the last chance for guests to purchase Benefit Days lift tickets: these specially priced $25 lift tickets are valid beginning Opening Day through December 16. Proceeds benefit the Park City Mountain Resort Legacy Fund, supporting nonprofit organizations in Summit County, Utah. Tickets must be purchased in-person at the Resort’s ticket office, maximum of four to a person, and will not be sold after Friday, November 16.
We’ve got our plans in place. All we need is you to come and celebrate another winter season with us!
Greetings Friends, Well it seems mother nature is hiking up her skirt and kicking some serious butt. While the East cries “uncle”, out west the mood was lighter. Winter enthusiasts cheered when a huge wet system swept into the western states. Almost four feet of snow has fallen in the mountains of Utah. The outdoor community dusted off skis, snowboards and snowshoes in anticipation of a better winter season than last year. As I write, the sound of explosives are echoing across the mountains as the ski patrols do their avalanche mitigation. Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope the pacific storms keep churning.
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