Plan ahead for Utah’s ski season

Posted on September 18, 2010 at 7:28 am by sarahsekula No Comment

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It’s time to gear up for ski season. And what better place than Park City?

For newbies, Brighton Resort and Park City Mountain Resort are great slopes to play on. For advanced skiers, check out the Ski Utah Interconnect Tour (epic video posted below). Warning: don’t boast about your skills. Seriously, not a good idea. This tour is for ski pros only (meaning you must be able to handle off-piste turns, moguls, etc.).

In fact, tour guides have been known to kick out skiers who don’t live up to the “advanced” label. In that case, what stinks even more than the bruised ego is the fact that the money is non-refundable. In other words, this is a killer program (did I mention, you get to ski backcountry territory of up to six resorts?), however, only go for it if you are way beyond average.

Now, on the other hand, spending a lavish night at the Escala Lodges at The Canyons, a five-star resort in Park City, is something any skier can handle. Each spacious room has a full kitchen with granite counters, wide-plank maple floors and, of course, a spectacular view of the mountains.

Better yet, The Canyons offers a “First Tracks” programs on Wednesdays and Saturdays and a resort insider with an Olympic skier. Yep, that means you get to carve the first tracks on the slopes and afterward breakfast is waiting for you at Red Pine Lodge. When you head back out, there are 163 runs to choose from, six natural halfpipes and five ski-in/ski-out properties within walking distance of the Resort Village.

Later on, your stomach will be quite content at the resort’s Alpine House restaurant. This is a great place to go with a friend or a large group, because you can order from the “Small Bites” menu. Trust me, you’ll want to order everything on the menu. (Note: Keep in mind, if you aren’t staying at the resort, you can still eat there for dinner. At lunchtime, though, it’s for resort guests only.)

On my spring skiing trip to Park City, I dined at the popular eatery. And, I sampled nearly every “Small Bite” available starting with the gourmet baby back ribs and cornbread. As the plates kept coming the rest became a blur of pure food greatness. Everything, and I mean everything, was excellent. To top it off: chocolate creme brulee.

After dinner, I ventured out to the hot tub, because the combination of steaming water and views of the Wasatch Mountain range were as appealing as the slopes at Brighton earlier that day. Ahhhhhh! Back in my cozy room, just as I thought things couldn’t get any better, I found the light switch that turns on the fireplace.

The next day, after Belgian waffles and strawberries at the Eating Establishment, and a quick drive through Park City (past Robert Redford’s restaurant and the famous Sundance Film Festival marquee) we were on the slopes at Park City Mountain Resort by 9 a.m. We already had our ski and snowboard gear since we rented it at Ski ‘N See back in Salt Lake. By doing this, you get a pretty good discount compared to renting at a resort. Plus, it’s like the Redbox of ski rentals, and you can return your gear to any store location.

We lucked out with a sunny, 30-degree day with plenty of packed powder. After hopping off the chair lift, I heard “The Star Spangled Banner” blaring from the Olympic Park just minutes away. An exhilarating way to start the day.

TIP: Plan ahead for a January trip. During National Learn a Snowsport Month you’ll snag tons of discounts and freebies, too. For plenty of ski-friendly ideas, visit

VIDEO: Ski Utah’s Interconnect Adventure


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