Utah’s Wasatch Mountains enjoyed a Monster Dump, with 15” falling yesterday! This is no April fools’ joke, the skiing is deep with more storms lining up towards the end of the weekend.
My Top 10 Reasons to love spring skiing and riding.
- Goggle tans – remember to apply your sunblock.
- Skiing the decks – great excuse to visit the Snow Hut, Summit House, Mid-Mountain Lodge and The Shack all in one day.
- Slush bumps – I’m not a bump skier unless it’s spring and slushy.
- Spring Sales – currently at 30% off at Legacy Sports.
- Daylight Savings Time has changed so the snow stays firm for the morning -
- Silly costumes – be creative, have fun, or just enjoy what you see sliding around on the slopes.
- Fun and free events – this week we have Apres Concerts and Snowasis in the Snow
- Wind Shirts – my wife hates mine, but I think they’re awesome (and these aren’t even all that ugly).
- Lift ticket deals – check out 50% off night skiing (closes on March 31, 2013) and other great specials.
- Only seven more months until the 2013-2014 winter season!
My Top 10 Reasons to love spring skiing and riding.
Canyons presents the 6th annual Spring Grüv . For 10 days we’ll be having huge, free concerts in the Resort Village, as well as the famous Pond Skimming Contest!
Saturday, March 23
- 12:00pm: Pond Skimming Contest
- 3:00pm: Free Concert by North Mississippi Allstars
Sunday, March 24
- 3:00pm-5:30pm: Clicquot in the Snow Apres Ski at The Farm
- 3:00pm: Free Concert by Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
Saturday, March 30
- Operation Smile Celebrity Ski Challenge
- Free Concert by Toots & The Maytals
Sunday, March 31
- 2:00pm-6:00pm: Canyons Easter Dinner Celebration.
- 3:00pm: Free Concert by Eufórquestra Celebrate. Compete. Watch. Ski. Ride. Gruv.
These warm spring days are the perfect time to get some great turns, then kick back and work on your goggle tan in the sunshine. And if that’s part of your on-mountain game, there’s no better spot to be than the deck outside The Shack – our spot for burritos and street style tacos at the bottom of 3 Kings Lift and the Eagle Superpipe.
Whether you’re into the Kings Crown burrito’s carne asada, the 3 Kings’ carne asada and grilled chicken, the Green King’s black beans or you want to make your own with the Park Builder burrito, the Shack has what you need to fill your belly after a day of lapping the mountain (eat like a local and order yours with the Shack’s signature King Sauce). Wash it down with an ice-cold soda or a frosty beer on the deck while watching the goings-on in the superpipe and you’ve got yourself the perfect spring afternoon!
If you’re coming out to the mini park for this weekend’s TransWorld TransAm finals, there’s no better spot to hang Come out for Saturday’s TransWorld TransAm tour finals at the mini park just below the Eagle Superpipe, and enjoy a perfect lunch spot outdoors on the Shack’s deck, or on a seat in one of the old PCMR gondola cars steps away from the pick-up window.
Bowfire – Eccles Center for the Performing Arts
Spring Concert: Trezz Hombres – Canyons Resort
Marvel’s Super Heros – Eccles Center for the Performing Arts
Spring Concert: The Drunken Hearts – Canyons Resort
National Ability Center Ski Challenge – Park City Mtn. Resort, Eagle Race Arena
Spring Gruv Pond Skimming & Concert: North Mississippi Allstars – Canyons Resort
Vox Lumiere, Peter Pan – Eccles Center for the Performing Arts
Spring Gruv Concert: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band – Canyons Resort
Spring Gruv Concert: Toots and the Maytals – Canyons Resort
Easter Egg Hunt – Park City Mtn. Resort – Kids Korral 9 AM
Easter Bunny visits Deer Valley – Snow Park Lodge 11 AM
Easter Egg Hunt – Canyons Resort Village 11 AM
Spring Gruv Concert: Euforquestra – Canyons Resort
13th Annual Park City Follies – Egyptian Theatre
ETHEL with Todd Rundgren – Eccles Center for the Performing Arts
Spring Chamber Music Festival
Wild and Scenic Film Festival – Jim Santy Auditorium
Park City Mountain, Canyons and Deer Valley Resorts – Closing Day
*Subject to change based on conditions.
Get Off the Slopes in Park City
Sundance and skiing are still the main draws, but a rising restaurant scene and a host of other winter sport options are among the newest reasons to visit Utah’s most popular resort town now.
The Waldorf Astoria Park City opened in 2009 and offers some of the top accommodations in town.
(Photo: Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Park City)
Head from the bustle of historic Main Street to a homey room at Old Town Guest House (from $169), a cozy bed and breakfast where you’ll find a back deck with lounge chairs and an outdoor hot tub. Like many B&Bs, this one has a country-cabin feel, but it stands out thanks to the local innkeeper with decades of experience who can advise you on everything from the best ski classes to where to get a much-needed massage.
Opt for convenience at the Canyons Grand Summit Hotel (from $199), adjacent to the Resort Village’s impressive selection of restaurants and shops, where you’ll also have easy access to Canyons’ 182 ski runs as well as activities like zip-lining and heli-skiing. The property makes an impressive first impression with a triple-high entry hall featuring a huge stone fireplace, but the wide availability of comfortably furnished multi-bedroom units also makes it a great choice for families.
Splurge like a Sundance celebrity at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Park City (from $600), where the sumptuously appointed lobby features Oriental rugs and lamps fashioned from Ming Dynasty vases blended with rustic touches like a metal deer sculpture. The aesthetic carries over to the sophisticated rooms, many of which have fireplaces, balconies, and full kitchens, while the amenities are all about pampering: ready-to-cook meals (part of the newly launched Be Your Own Chef program), Pilates facilities, and a private gondola to the Resort Village.
Snow is on the ground, but that’s no reason to pass up a dip in Utah’s natural waters—especially if it’s nice and steamy.
The Crater at the Homestead Resort in Midway is a geothermal spring hidden in a 55-foot-tall beehive shaped hill with a hole at the top, which formed over 10,000 years as melting snow from the Wasatch seeped into the ground and heated by the earth’s interior, made its way to the surface. And going into these waters is essential for any Utahn.
The resort created a tunnel through the hill for easy access to the crater’s water, which is 90–96 degrees. Guests swim, snorkel or just enjoy a therapeutic dip. You can even get your scuba diving certification at The Crater.
12–8 p.m., Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday
Call 435-657-3840 for reservations. Guests are asked to check in at the Homestead’s Acitivity Center about 15 minutes prior to the activity.
The Big Mountain Battle is back, and it’s bigger than ever!
Well, the mountain is the same size. But the race is new, improved and challenging for adults and kids alike! The Big Mountain Battle, sponsored by Helly Hansen, is a series of battles across the continent, giving guests the opportunity to participate in an on-mountain scavenger hunt.
Here at Park City Mountain Resort, we have an advanced and an intermediate course, and three different categories for participation: Advanced, Intermediate or 12 and under. The event is simple: grab a partner, register in your category, get your course planned out, compete on March 2, and make it back the fastest. It seems simple, until you see the checkpoints. Starting at the Loren Larsen Park at 10:30 a.m. and finishing at the Environmental Kiosk, this thing covers a whole lot of mountain!
Check out the video below with Tim, my ski patroller friend who designed the course. Get excited, and get registered at bigmountainbattle.com.