ARCTIC WEATHER AT PARK CITY
by Paul Maraschiello

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Park City is the best ski town in America. There are three world-class ski areas in town and another five within an hour. Main St. features lots of shopping, restaurants, and bars, not-to-mention a chair lift to the slopes at the Pak City Resort.



Skiing
I got up early and headed to the Park City Resort. I picked up skis at the rental shop and waited for the folks I was skiing with at Kristi's Coffee Shop. They showed up right on time and we headed off to the slopes.



The Park City Resort is a BIG ski area. They have 100 trails and have a 3,100 ft. vertical. The trails cover 3,300 acres, spread over seven peaks and nine bowls. The trails are ranked as 18 Novice, 44 Intermediate and 38 Expert. We tried to hit them all. They have a Superpipe (Eagle) and three Terrain Parks: King's Crown Superpark, Pick 'n Shovel, PayDay (lighted) and Jonesy's. The Longest Run is Homerun which is 3.5 miles long. They have 14 lifts: 4 high-speed, six-passenger chairs; 2 high-speed quads; 4 triples; 4 doubles; and Magic Carpet in children's learning area. They even have a new Alpine Slide that runs in the winter and summer for those who can't ski or snowboard.



The weather was really COLD. We rode up the chair and the view of the trails from the chair was spectacular while enjoying the -2 degree weather.

Exploring the Mountain
I was skiing with a local gal and her friend from Idaho and they were both pretty good skiers. I was familiar with the trails at Park City but we let the local lead the way. We checked out all the mid-mountain trails, warming up on the trail under the Bonanza chair (a high-speed six-pack I call a flying couch). We soon discovered an expert trail called Silver Queen that was wide and steep and led back to the Bonanza chair. We took a run on Crescent and went down to the bottom and road back up the mountain.



We found that there were a lot of trails that we really liked, right under the Silverload Chair. Prospector turned out to be one of our favorites. We never got over to McConkey's but we skied until lunch time. At 1:00, we headed down to the restaurant just above the Ski Team lift called the Snowed Inn that serves great burgers and chilli, so we went there for lunch and had a really nice time. It was a sit-down restaurant with excellent service.





I've skied Park City a few times and every time I ski there, I have a really good time. There are trails that really challenge me, including some that kick my butt. You have a wide range of trails to choose from at this mountain and no matter what your skiing level, you will not be disappointed.

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