by: Mike Barrett - 20th January 2010

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 3All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 5Aprés Ski
  • 4Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Access, Lifts, The Town
Crowds, Expensive, Low base elevation

Full review

OK the town of Park City isn't very real feeling at all...it seems like some purpose built, faux fantasy land, but if you are on vacation it has everything you need within walking distance and a free shuttle for everything else so it's kind of a wash. The actual base area is overbuilt and feels like another town all to itself. PCMR is crowded even on its best days. Certain areas of the mountain act like giant catch basins and hoard all the people together. The lifts are fast and efficient so there is always a lot of people on the main trails making them feel like a highway. Now for the good news...PCMR has some of the best glade skiing in Utah. If and when the snow is good all the way to the bottom (I had a pass to PCMR for 2 yrs. - 1 was very good, 600", and the other not so good, about 300") then the aspen trees off of the Ski Team ridge are fantastic. Most of the expert skiers head straight for Jupiter Bowl and ignore these great lines. Most of the expert lines are short and there isn't much that should be called truely steep by Utah standards but there is plenty of nicely pitched well spaced glade skiing. The hike to Jupiter Peak is well worth it and you will be rewarded with a sweet line down the Terminator chute (I have no idea what they are calling it now but it should be very obvious what I'm talking about when you look up the east face of Jupiter Peak from the McConkey chair). All told the Cottonwood canyons get more snow and less people but don't completely discount the positive attributes of PCMR until you've "been there & done that".
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