THE QUEEN OF THE BACKCOUNTRY
Nationally recognized backcountry guide Deb Lovci is the high-altitude devotee’s one-stop shop.
Unlike many Utah transplants—urban refugees seeking the mountain town dream— Ski Utah Interconnect Tour Lead Guide Deb Lovci hales from a locale very
similar to many communities found throughout Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. “I grew up in Boulder, Colorado, which gave me my love for the mountains,” she says, “but I wanted to find a place I could call my own.” So, 26 years ago, Lovci bought a miner’s shack in Park City’s historic district and put the backcountry skiing skills she’d honed her entire life to work for Ski Utah. Since then, she’s amassed a loyal clientele of skiers from around the world, many of whom spend multiple days with her both on snow with the Ski Utah Interconnect Tour and at her Park City B&B, Old Town Guest House (oldtownguesthouse.com). Be advised: if you’d like to experience Lovci’s adept guiding skills for yourself, book her early.
Last March, Outside magazine named Lovci Best Skiing Guide as part of its 2015 “Best of Travel” issue.
“Outside magazine named Lovci Best Skiing Guide as part of its 2015 ‘Best of Travel’ issue.”
Ski Utah Magazine: Would you say the Interconnect Tour is a good way to try out backcountry skiing? Deb Lovci: Absolutely! Our day in the mountains gives aspiring off-piste skiers an introduction to the skills required to stay safe out-of-bounds while sampling the amazing Wasatch Mountains backcountry.
Ski Utah Magazine: Describe a typical day in the mountains with you. Deb Lovci: We meet with Interconnect Tour groups in the morning and give them an overview of the day, talking about safety and group travel. Once we load the chairlifts, we ski through up to six resorts via the backcountry in all kinds of conditions and varied terrain. We also show groups some of our favorite stashes within the resorts we ski through.
Ski Utah Magazine:: Why do you think the editors at Outside magazine singled you out? Deb Lovci: Number one is the Interconnect Tour’s safety record. We don’t ever push it, and I can honestly say we have the best safety record in the industry. Longevity is another reason. I’ve been doing this long enough that I’ve developed a great clientele who regularly come and play in the mountains with me. Lastly is that I truly love it. I can’t imagine doing anything else. Ski Utah Magazine: What does a great day on the mountain mean to you?
Deb Lovci: When one of my clients falls in love with the backcountry and can’t wait to come back. Better yet is when they are staying at my inn and love the entire experience.
A winter filled with schussing, shredding the Gnar or just plain having fun on The Greatest Snow on Earth requires a healthy body. Back in early October, Ski Utah turned to social, and asked what ski questions you’ve always wanted to ask a ski doctor. We’ve teamed up with the experts at the University of Utah Health Care to answer your questions. And of course, squats do a body good, but you might want to save the boots and skis for the snow:)
Question #1 – Brendan Davis asks: “What is the best training regimen to prepare for the season for 20+ ski days?”
Cardiovascular fitness including endurance: Try a form of cardiovascular exercise: hiking, running, cycling, or indoor cardio gym equipment every day if not most days of the week for a minimum of 30-60 min.
Strength training: Gaining strength in your core and legs take priority, however not enough strength in your upper body, might leave your shoulder at risk for injury. For core work: work to hold a plank on your elbows and either toes or knees for 60-90 seconds for 3 repetitions. Lower extremity strengthening through body weight exercises such as lunges, bridges or squats with both or one leg, is a must for any downhill skiing. Using a weight machine to work on the hamstrings, quads and buttocks are best to not over-look! Using the extra resistance, increase the load overtime to gain the strength needed for the demands put on skiers!
Flexibility: Snow sports can put us into physically demanding positions and our bodies need to be able to bend, we might get pulled more than we want. being flexible in our hamstrings, quads and trunk is one way to help prevent injury!
Impact training: Without a doubt, downhill snow sports is like a controlling a fall down a hill. In order to prepare our bodies for this type of work (eccentric muscle contraction) we need to practice it! running hills, stairs or practicing jumping will help us prepare for the impact of skiing.
Question #2 – Stefanie Schulz asks: “How can I keep my knees stable and strong to prevent knee injuries?”
Dr. Stuart Willick, Sports Medice physician says: “Stefanie, this is a great question. Your skiing will be better and more fun if you train well in preparation for the ski season. Balance exercises and strengthening exercises for the core, hip and thigh muscles are one important part of keeping your knees stable and preventing knee injuries. Another important part of preventing knee injuries is proper skiing technique. Research has shown that maintaining good balance on your skis and avoiding getting “in the back seat” with your weight too far backward, can decrease your risk of knee injuries during skiing.”
Question #3 – Many, many people asked: “What’s the best way to avoid being really sore after the first couple of days of skiing?”
LInda Scholl, Physical Therapist at University of Utah Orthopedic Center, says: “These three specific exercises are your best place to start. Run/walk stairs, any hamstring exercise and squats. If you are sore the next day, walk/hike it out! Stiff/sore muscles will remain stiff/sore if not given a way to increase the blood supply through gentle exercise/motion.
Question #4 – Mike Kemp asks: “What are your general thoughts about the efficacy of a 58 year old man with dual full hip replacements returning to the slopes?”
Dr. Stuart Willick, Sports Medice physician says: “Mike, most joint replacement surgeons allow their patients with hip replacements to ski, once they have completed a successful course of rehabilitation after their surgery. However, everybody is a little bit different so each individual has to discuss their activities with their surgeon.”
Question #5 – Jeremy Hadley asks: “I’m unable to do some activities because of left knee pain. Any secrets to deal with tendonitis? And any special exercises to strengthen Ski legs?”
Dr. Stuart Willick, Sports Medice physician says: “Jeremy, the first step in getting you ready for ski season is to establish a firm diagnosis of your knee pain. The sports medicine specialists at the University of Utah can help provide you with a clear diagnosis and a treatment plan that will get your knee ready for the slopes. If your knee pain is indeed from tendonitis, then strengthening exercises focused on the thigh and hip muscles are the first line of treatment. Consider taking a ski conditioning class such as the one offered at the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center.”
Bonus Question – Mason Jewkes asks: “What are the best (day of) pre-ski and post-ski exercises?”
LInda Scholl, Physical Therapist at University of Utah Orthopedic Center says:
Pre-ski warm up: Don’t count on walking your snow equipment from the car to the base of the lift as a “warm up”! Be your best on the slopes, especially on those beautiful “gotta-be-first-in-line” powder days, take time to prepare your body! Swing one leg forward/back to loosen hips. Keep your leg relaxed with the big movements warming the body. Total lower body stretch: place one leg behind you, knee straight and heel flat. lunge onto forward leg keeping trunk upright, stretching the calf & hip flexor. after 30 sec, bend back knee to stretch the quad. Trunk: standing, feet firmly planted slightly more than hip width apart, twist trunk using arms side to side, loosening the spine. Shoulders: Big sweeping arm circles on each side.
Post-ski stretches: Be sure to get your quads and trunk as described above! Add in, hamstring: sit tall, place one foot in front of you with the knee straight. Bend forward from the hips until you feel a gentle pull behind the thigh. Deep hip rotators: Sitting, cross one ankle over the other knee and sit up slightly bend forward for deep hip rotators. Foam roll your buttocks, front, side and back of legs and stretch in the hot tub apres ski! just keep your head above water!
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|The Top 10 Reasons to Ski Park City and stay at Old Town Guest House Bed & Breakfast|
We are excited to announce that all of our $50 million in mountain improvemnet projects for this historic season will be ready for Christmas week, weather conditions permitting. This includes the new Quicksilver Gondola that connects Park City and Canyons creating America’s largest ski resort with 7,300 skiable acres. The brand new Miners Camp restaurant. Renovations of Summit House and Red Pine restaurants. Increased snowmaking on Iron Mountain and trail widening on Chicane. And of course the upgraded Motherlode detachable high-speed 4-pack and the upgraded high-speed King-Con 6-pack.
With Opening Day just a few weeks away (Nov. 21), here are the Top Ten Reasons To Ski Park City:
1. The New 8-passenger Quicksilver Gondola– Perhaps the most talked about addition of our $50 Million improvement plan, The 8-Passenger Quicksilver Gondola connects former Canyons Resort to Park City Mountain Resort. The Quicksilver Gondola travel time takes approximitely 8 minutes to get from terminal to terminal. The gondola features a mid-station on the top of Pinecone Ridge where skier’s and riders can exit and ski or ride directly to Thaynes Canyon or the Flat Iron lift. The signifigance of this new gondola is that it connects over 7,300 skiable acres making it….
2. The Largest Ski Resort in the Country– 7,300 skiable acres is HUGE! Just take a look for yourself (Trail Map). Lets look at some notable “large” resorts in the country to see how Park City’s 7,300 acres stacks up. Aspen Snowmass- 3,332, Vail-5,289, Big Sky- 5,800. No question we’re the biggest in the country, however what does that mean for the typical skier/rider? For one, it means you have a massive amount of terrain to select from, steeps, greens, moguls, secret powder stashes, you name it, Park City has it. With so much terrain, any skier or rider can stay entertrained for days on end within our boundarys. The question now is who will be the first to ride all 41 lifts in one day?
3. Accessibility– Plan to ski an extra day on this vacation. With our close accessiblity to Salt Lake International Airport – 40 minutes, you can afford to spend that extra travel day on the slopes. Not many ski destinations allow you to get off your plane and hop right into your ski boots.
4. Resort Improvements-Aside from the Quicksilver Gondola, several other Resort Improvements have been made over the summer to enhance the guest experience. 50 Million Dollars worth to be exact. These improvements include our new on-mountain restaurant “Miners Hut” and new lifts replacing King Con and Motherlode for better uphill capacity. Red Pine Lodge also expands to hold an additional 250 seats. The improvement plan rounds out with an additional two trails in the Iron Mountain area, a widening of the Chicane trail and lastly another $5 million into other various maintenance projects around Park City.
5. Shopping– When finished skiing after catching the last chair of the day, kick off those stiff ski boots and go find yourself a new pair of dancing boots (you’ll need them later anyways!). With a strong local economy, small botiques gracefully line historic Main Street, many visitors dedicate a whole day exploring and browsing the small shops, galleries and more.
6. Dining– Resort food has changed tremendously over the past decade and Park City is leading the cause, with high quality food to keep you fueled all day. With over 16 on-mountain dining locations there’s something for every taste. Dinner plans? Hard to go astray with any Park City restaurant, but we can point you to a few local favorites including Handle, Riverhorse on Main, or Cafe Terigo. If your legs are still burning after skiing across 7,300 acres, stay close to your lodging with The Farm, ranked one of Utah’s top ten restaurants, mountainside at Canyons Village.
7. Nightlife– Remember those dancing boots? You will need them for this town’s vibrant nightlife. With a healthy mix of locals and visitors, guests can expect a variety of nightlife in Park City. Start your night off with a buffalo burger and beer at the No Name Saloon than work your way up the street to The Spur for a night full of dancing.
8. Terrain Parks– Historically known for having the most innovative and progressive terrain parks, “I Ride Park City” only looks to continue their park excellence across our 7,300 acres. Progression is key to Park City’s terrain park program with 7 terrain parks aimed at every skill level. From sliding your first box, to standing on the podium at the Olympics (Sage Kotsenburg, Joss Christensen) , “I Ride Park City” is there with you every jib of the way.
9. Ski into Town– Did we mention you don’t even have to click out of your ski’s or unstrap from your board to head into town? Take a break from the slopes and ski into town where our town lift will bring you back up to the top. A popular run down the town lift usually includes a stop at High West Distillery, the only ski-in/ski-out gastro distillery in the world.
10. The History of Park City– Park City has relics of it’s past scattered throughout town and our mountain. Once a booming mining town hit hard by mine collapses and other economical downfall, Park City’s re-emergence came when locals began using the mine shafts as ski lifts! Take a free mountain tour and visit old structures such as ore’s, mills and more, all while on your ski’s or board!
Walk to ski lifts from Old Town Guest House. Park City’s only B&B. No need to rent a car. You will not find a better deal. This is great budget lodging!!!
Lodging Special!! Want to see the new Warren Miller Movie!?!
Book your lodging at Park City’s only Bed & Breakfast for $179/night as a special rate for watching the movie. You must ask for this special!! Old Town Guest House B&B is in the perfect location for going to the movie.
Warren Miller’s Chasing Shadows
Oct 23, 2015 to Oct 24, 2015
This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).
In Chasing Storms skiers and snowboards find their freedom as they chase storms snow and lines on the world’s highest peaks.
Eccles Center Auditorium
We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.
|Mid-October Updates: Measuring Quicksilver Gondola Cabins|
We’re making headway on our $50 million capital improvement project. This summer we’re combining Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort to create the largest resort in the United States — Park City. Follow along as we get into October with windows on the new Miners Camp Restaurant and even measure our new Quicksilver Gondola cabins. 40 Days from today until Opening Day!
Oct. 12, 2015:
Measuring up one of our new Quicksilver Gondola cabins.
Oct. 12, 2015:
The new Miners Camp reflecting the autumn colors.
Oct. 9, 2015:
Our new Motherlode Express getting ready for winter with a fresh coat of paint. The lift is a 4-person high-speed detachable, greatly increasing uphill capacity.
Oct. 3, 2015:
Looking out over Park City during the installation of our new Quicksilver Gondola.
Sept. 30, 2015:
Making Progress on the new Miners Camp.
For all my guests at Old Town Guest House, Bed & Breakfast in Park City…. here is some help on gear for the upcoming ski season 2015-2016
When skiing the country’s largest resort, variable conditions may be present inside our resorts 7,300 acre boundary. While it’s sunny and bluebird off the Super Condor Lift it could be dark and stormy off of McConkey’s. Our mountain gear guide experts have put together a list of what they use to stay high and dry all season. Read on to learn more about staying comfortable on the mountain this year.
Since 1877, Helly Hansen has been on the forefront of innovative products. Helly Hansen worked to develop what we know today as the 3-Layer System™. The 3-Layer System™ calls for wearing a base-layer, mid-layer, and outer-layer to provide the best possible for protection from the elements.
The first layer is your base-layer. Lifa Flow delivers super quick drying next to skin and guarantees that you’ll always feel dry and comfortable. LIFA allows moisture from your body to quickly move to the outer layer of Merino wool keeping your skin dry and warm. The HH Warm Flow High Neck 1/2 zip utilizes our Lifa Flow Technology with Merino Wool fabric which is ideal for cold weather pursuits
The second layer is your mid-layer. Fleece is a standard mid-layer because it is appreciated for its warmth and comfort.
The final layer is your outerwear. The outerwear is designed to protect you from the weather. It will protect you from the wind and snow but also allows for heat and moisture to escape so your skin stays warm and dry. The Alpha 2.0 abounds with technical highlights: new highly breathable waterproof Helly Hansen Professional shell fabric featuring 4-way stretch. The jacket also incorporates PrimaLoft® insulation with body mapping for warmth in the right areas, and our highly innovative H2Flow system for turbo-charged mechanical venting to regulate temperature.
Men’s PhD® Slopestyle Medium Lincoln Loop Socks
Mountain smarts. Street style. This all-mountain medium-cushioned style comes fully equipped with our 4 Degree™ elite fit system for a dialed fit, ReliaWool® technology for durability and a virtually seamless toe. Designed to celebrate the original socks with style.
Men’s PhD® Ski Medium Pattern Socks
When high impact absorption and ultimate warmth are what you need, the PhD® Ski Medium delivers. Nature’s finest Merino combined with the latest technology creates socks that keep your feet warm, dry, and ready to go, run after run. Patented ReliaWool™ technology provides superior durability and the 4 Degree™ elite fit system creates a sock that never bunches, slips or binds. With medium cushioned shin and foot.
Women’s PhD® Snowboard Medium Socks
The Women’s PhD® Snowboard Medium is for the rider looking for all over cushioning and ultimate warmth. Fully equipped with a women’s specific fit and mesh ventilation zones, these Merino socks breathe, manage moisture and temperature and are naturally stink-free. We’ve placed ReliaWool™ technology in high-density impact zones to extend wear and the 4 Degree™ elite fit system to dial in the fit. With medium full-cushioned foot and leg for warmth and impact protection.
For all of the guests staying at Old Town Guest House, Park City, here is a fun option!
Guided Historic Hikes
Jul 29, 2015 to Oct 18, 2015
Enjoy the beauty of Deer Valley Resort with a free guided hike of the area. These hikes last three to four hours, cover moderately strenuous terrain, are typically less than six miles long and highlight the area’s mining history.
Participants meet near the base of Sterling Express chairlift, located mid-mountain at Silver Lake Lodge. Hikes depart at 9:30 a.m.
Reservations are not required, however group size may be limited. Participants should be in good shape, wear sturdy footwear, bring proper sun protection and carry plenty of water and snacks. For the safety of others who share the mountain, no dogs please.
Sterling Lift, Upper Deer Valley
We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.
FINAL DAYS TO GET BEST DEAL ON EPIC PASS
With fewer than 100 days until the debut of the largest ski resort in the U.S., Vail Resorts announced that Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 will be the final day to get the lowest guaranteed price on season passes to the newly combined Park City. For only $579, the Epic Local Pass provides unlimited days of skiing and riding to all 7,300 acres of the new Park City with 11 holiday restrictions. The Epic Local Pass also includes free skiing or riding at Vail Resorts’ Colorado and Lake Tahoe properties, providing more access than any other Utah season pass at a lower price than most competitive passes. “At $579, the Epic Local Pass is the top ski and snowboard value offered in the state of Utah,” said Bill Rock, Park City’s chief operating officer. “When you consider the acreage and the variety of terrain, and then add in $50 million dollars of improvements and the additional access to Colorado and Tahoe, there is no pass in this market that compares,” Rock says.
Vail Resorts 2015-16 Season Pass Options for Utah Skiers and Snowboarders
• Epic Local Pass™: Perfect for people who can navigate a pass with restrictions. For $579, get unlimited, unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood (Blackout dates: Nov. 27 and 28, 2015, Dec. 26 – 31, 2015, Jan. 16, 2016, and Feb. 13 and 14, 2016). Also includes a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions. The Epic Local Pass pays for itself in less than four days. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $299.
• The Epic Pass™: Ski as much as you want, whenever you want for $769. The Epic Pass pays for itself in less than five days of skiing or riding. With more than 32,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain, this pass can’t be beat. Unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, Park City in Utah, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe, Perisher in Australia for the 2016 season, Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan, and up to five free consecutive days when staying at in-resort accommodations at Verbier, Switzerland. No blackout dates. A child pass is $399.
• Park City 4-Pack™: This pass is for Utah residents who don’t plan to ski more than four days. With holiday restrictions, this pass is $289 for adults.
• Park City Youth Pass™: Only for Utah resident college students, teens, and children, the Park City Youth Pass features unlimited, unrestricted access to Park City for $289 for children (ages 5-12), $309 for teens (ages 13-18) and $399 for college students. Proof of Utah residency/property ownership is required. College students purchasing the Park City Youth Pass must show proof of full-time status for 2015-16 school year and proof of residency in the state. The Park City Youth Pass pays for itself in just over three days.
Epic Local Passes are currently available for purchase online at www.epicpass.com.
Old Town Guest House bed & breakfast is within walking distance to Park City Mountain Resort. Buy your pass and book your reservations!! You won’t find a better deal on a lift pass or… on affordable lodging.
For all my guests at Old Town Guest House, bed & breakfast, located in Park City, Utah…. here is a suggestion for your lift tickets! I am always looking out for you and trying to find the deals.
You can’t find a better location for skiing in Park City than staying at Old Town Guest House. You can walk to lifts and Main Street!
Go to Liftopia’s website and see what they have.