About Utah: Of all the ski guides, in all the mountains.
PARK CITY — Ever since Ski Utah began offering its Interconnect tours in 1989, Deb Lovci has been guiding skiers through the backcountry to the Wasatch Mountain resorts of Deer Valley, Park City, Brighton, Solitude, Alta and Snowbird.
Which means she’s been doing it now for 26 straight years.
Which means she’s guided at least 15,000 ski tourists, eight to 12 at a time, along the same 25-mile route from Park City to Big Cottonwood Canyon to Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Year after year after year.
Which puts her way past the burnout stage, right?
Right. She’s so burned out that Outside Magazine just named her Best Skiing Guide in the world.
You can look it up in the magazine’s “Best of” April issue that is already on the newsstands — or at Outsideonline.com.
Out of all the ski guides, in all the mountains, in all the world, they picked her.
Deb — your basic overnight sensation 26 years in the making — is both honored and surprised by the news.
“I’m not exactly sure why they picked me,” she said last week as she sat in the kitchen of the Old Town Guest House, the bed-and-breakfast she has owned and managed in Park City for as many years as she’s been guiding the Interconnect. “I do bring a lot of enthusiasm and energy to it. You can tell it’s my passion. I love being outside ….
She kept thinking.
“… and I bring a lot of chocolate.
“Maybe that’s it!”
What she takes the most pride in, she freely concedes, is the Interconnect’s 100 percent safety record over the more than quarter-century she’s been guiding.
“I guess if I was going to pat my back on anything, it would be that,” she says.
She disabuses the notion that repeating the same route so many times is conducive to boredom or anything even close to it.
“Every group’s different, every tour’s different,” she says with such energy that an exclamation point should go at the end of each statement. “I have the greatest job on Earth, in the greatest place. You could blindfold me, spin me around in the Wasatch, and ask me ‘where are you?’ and I could probably tell you.
“I love standing on top of a peak and saying, ‘Welcome to my office.’ ”
She can’t believe she’s spent almost half her life here. She moved to Utah when she was 27, fresh off several years working as a dive instructor on cruise ships in the Caribbean. Before that, she earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise sport science at the University of Colorado in her hometown of Boulder.
“I’ve just always loved being active in sports, especially in the outdoors,” she says. She comes from a family of four brothers and a sister — “my dad was an engineer, my mom was a mom” — and first learned to ski at Lake Eldora, the resort closest to Boulder, when she was 5.
She bolted from the cruise ships — and her major — when she handpicked Park City as the town she wanted to move to in the late 1980s so she could renew her relationship with the mountains.
“I don’t mean anything against Colorado,” she says. “But what appealed to me is I could see there were less skiers, less private property, less rules in general in the backcountry.”
She bought her bed-and-breakfast — her year-round, full-time job — when it was an abandoned shack about to fall over onto Empire Avenue. She acquired a historic grant and restored the building to beyond its former luster — it once belonged to the mayor of Park City — and started advertising for clients.
About the same time, she and Ski Utah recruited each other for the brand new Interconnect tours. They saw her as one of the knowledgeable backcountry skiers they needed to consult about the feasibility of such a thing. She saw them as a way to get paid to do what she loves.
Twenty-six years later, the marriage is as rock solid as ever.
“I hope I can do this for another 25-plus years,” says Deb.
Her Academy Award speech doesn’t end there.
“Ski Utah really deserves this honor,” she says. “They’ve always been so great at doing things outside the box. And none of it happens without the tremendous people at all six resorts that are involved. Ski patrol, ski safety, the resort operators, everybody. And I gotta really thank the guides I guide with. They’re the ones who make it happen. They’re the greatest.”
Bet she gives them chocolate too.
Best Skiing Guide: Deb Lovci
Cred: Fellow guides joke that Lovci’s pack is bigger than she is. (She’s five foot five and 115 pounds.) But the 53-year-old competitive Nordic skier, ski-mountaineering racer, mountain biker, and angler is no pushover when it comes to the 26-mile daylong backcountry Wasatch tour linking Deer Valley to Snowbird via four to six other resorts. “If someone will be a safety risk, I have no problem telling them this isn’t the tour for them,” she says. “As much as I want to make every day a holiday, safety is my number-one concern. But I have the greatest job on earth. I love standing on top of a peak and saying, ‘Welcome to my office.’ ”
Best known for: Twenty-five years of skiing the Wasatch backcountry and finding powder stashes; unstoppable energy.
Never leaves home without: Snickers, an Ortovox shovel and probe, a multitool, and duct tape.
Book her: skiutah.com
I’m always pumped when someone buckles in for the first time and realizes how easy our top-notch instructors make skiing or snowboarding to learn and how much fun it is after getting the basics. Naturally, January is one of my favorite months because it’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month! We have a range of introductory lesson programs for adults, kids or teens.
The family that skis and rides together has a whole lot of fun.
If you’re reading this, you’re likely already drinking the ski/snowboard Kool-Aid. But everyone knows someone who’s never experienced the thrill of linking turns together for the first time. So get ’em out on the mountain and have them try a lesson! Oh if they need gear for a day, we can help with that at Park City Mountain Rentals!
Who is the one person you’d like to introduce to skiing or snowboarding? Let us know in the comments!
There’s nothing like skiing under the lights – and we’re the only place in town to do it. And here’s the good news: night skiing is NOW OPEN for the 2014-15 season. We’ll have three lifts, two runs and a terrain park open nightly. Keep reading to get the details…
PayDay, 3 Kings and First Time lifts all spin ’til 8:00 pm every night running through the last weekend of March – serving PayDay and First Time runs, as well as 3 Kings terrain park. And don’t worry about missing out on dinner, The Shack and PayDay Pizza are both going into the evening to help you keep running as long as the lifts.
If you’ve never done a night ski mission, you can’t leave Park City without trying it. No lift lines, a special nighttime atmosphere, there’s nothing like it. You can buy tickets online HERE.
Just got into town in the afternoon and can’t wait to make some turns? Or just always wanted to see what it’s like to ride the lift under the stars? Make it a memorable evening out with a night on the slopes. Just remember to add a couple layers.
If you’re looking for deals, discounts, coupons or other ways to save on your Park City lift tickets, this season it’s simple – you’ll get the best deal on your single or multi-day Park City lift ticket when you buy your lift ticket online and in advance. You can purchase your lifts tickets on your laptop, tablet or mobile device and as long as you’re buying your ticket one or more days in advance you’ll save up to 35% off of the window rate.
To make your things even better, if you purchase more than a week in advance of your first day on the slopes, we can mail you your tickets so you can head straight to the lifts when you get here.
Still have your EpicDay Lift ticket from a prior season at one of our sister Vail resorts? Great! Reload your pass online (Add days) and you won’t even need to wait for a new ticket!
Finally, if you order online and want to pick up your tickets once you get here, you can bypass the lift ticket line by using our EpicDay Express Ticket Window.
We knew when Vail Resorts took over operations of Canyons Resort in 2013 and acquired Park City this September that big things were in store for us – but how about unprecedented, history-making, blow-your-mind, 10-figure things??
Today, we are thrilled to share an ambitious plan linking two of North America’s greatest ski areas, Park City and Canyons – creating the largest resort in the United States with 7,300 acres of skiable terrain! But that’s not all: the plan includes more than $50 million(!) worth of resort improvements that include a new gondola, a new restaurant, new chairlifts and a range of other improvements that will transform the skiing and riding experience in Utah. And this isn’t a pie-in-the-sky 10-year plan. This is all stuff you will see on the mountain next season. Keep reading to learn the awesome details…
The Interconnect Gondola. An eight-passenger, high-speed gondola running from the base of Silverlode Lift at Park City to Canyons’ Flatiron Lift. When conditions allow, gondola passengers will be able to unload at the top of Pine Cone Ridge and ski or ride directly down to Park City’s Thaynes Canyon trail. This gondola connection will create the single largest ski resort in the United States.
Upgrades to Park City’s King Con and Motherlode Lifts. King Con will be upgraded from a 4-person to 6-person high-speed detachable chair, meaning increased lift capacity. Motherlode will switch from a fixed-grip triple to a 4-person high-speed detachable, similarly improving the number of guests it can carry.
New Snow Hut Restaurant and Summit House Restaurant Upgrades at Park City, Red Pine Lodge Expansion at Canyons. A completely new Snow Hut restaurant, replacing the current Snow Hut, next to the base of Park City’s Silverlode Lift and the Park City terminal for the Interconnect Gondola, will include 500 indoor seats and a top-of-the-line kitchen and culinary experience. Meanwhile, upgrades to Summit House will improve the flow of diners and increase seating. At Canyons, Red Pine Restaurant will be renovated to the tune of 250 more indoor seats.
Snowmaking and Other Improvements. The plan rounds out with additional snowmaking on two trails in Canyons’ Iron Mountain area, and a widening of Chicane trail, to handle increased skier traffic for Interconnect Gondola access. We’ll also be putting another $5 million into various other maintenance projects around Park City Mountain Resort.
Wow. That’s a mouthful. But you can see why we’re so excited to make skiing and riding in Park City, and Utah, an Experience of a Lifetime. Read more, and download a map laying out the big plan, HERE.
It’s the dawn of an exciting new era at Park City and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. Stay tuned for updates throughout this next history-making year of growth!
|After all, we received a fresh batch of the Greatest Snow On Earth® on November 22 just as the first of our three resorts, Park City Mountain Resort opened. Mother nature delivered fresh powder over the weekend with more snow in the forecast. Perfect timing for the upcoming opening of Canyons Resort on November 28 and Deer Valley Resort’s scheduled opening on December 6. Plus, Park City is home to the World’s Best Skiing. Book your lodging at Old Town Guest House… Park City’s only Bed & Breakfast!!|
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The Interconnect Tour
|Tour Price $325|
Tour operates 7 days a week, lunch & transportation* included
Scheduled Tours – Minimum 3 clients & Maximum 12 clients – Private Tours No client Minimums
|Small Private Tour: $2,500 accommodates 1-6 clients|
Large Private Tour: $3,500 accommodates 7-12 clients
|Private tours allow the purchasers to decide the departure location, 1 direction of transportation (either to the resort starting location or back from the ending resort) & request resort inclusion preferences. Private tours are only available if space allows (availability calendar) & operate under the same safety provisions as the daily scheduled tours. To book your private tour please call 801-534-1907|
The 2013-14 Interconnect Tour Is Closed For The Season.
Reservations for the 2014-15 season will open October 31, 2014
The Interconnect video, which is narrated by our lead Interconnect guide, takes you through a typical day and helps answers some hanging questions.
The Ski Utah Interconnect Adventure Tour gives an advanced to expert skierthe opportunity to experience the magnificent beauty and incredible backcountry terrain of the Wasatch Mountain Range. Tours operate seven days a week, weather and conditions permitting. Guests will ski resort terrain & the backcountry terrain between and through as many as six* resorts in one day. Interconnect Adventure Tour guides are trained in snow safety and backcountry etiquette, 2 Interconnect Guides accompany every tour.
All participants must be advanced to expert skiers in good physical condition. The day requires walking, hiking, traversing, and of course skiing, but all this is done in diverse snow conditions. In the backcountry Mother Nature will decide the snow conditions, but we will always search out the best snow, as we want to ski quality too!
Participants must be 16 years or older. Participants between ages 16 and 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. This tour is not designed for the timid.
Due to the nature of the Interconnect Adventure Tour, snowboarding is not permitted.
Scheduled Interconnect Tour spaces are $325 per person and include two Ski Utah guides, lunch at one of the on mountain resort restaurants, lift access, transportation back to point of origin* and our coveted finisher’s pin (gratuity not included).
Scheduled Deer Valley Tour Departures:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Opportunities to experience Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, Snowbird & the backcountry terrain between these resorts. This tour covers an average of 25 miles, requires good physical condition and the ability to ski variable ski conditions.
Scheduled Snowbird Tour Departure:
Thursday and Saturday. Opportunities to experience Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude & the backcountry terrain between these resorts. This is the more advanced tour, requiring more hiking, more sidestepping & a stronger skier then the Deer Valley departing tour.
Small Private Tour accommodate up to 6 clients, cost Cost is $2,500
Large Private Tour accommodate up to 12 clients, cost Cost is $3,500
Private Tours include: custom route & terrain opportunities, custom starting & ending resort, two Ski Utah guides, lunch at one of the on mountain resort restaurants, 1-way transportation (either to the departure location from hotel/lodge/house within the Salt Lake – Park City area or back to a Salt Lake – Park City hotel/lodge/house from the finishing resort), and a finisher’s pin (gratuity not included).
To make reservations for one of North America’s most unique experiences or for more information, call 801-534-1907, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.