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by: Dexter Baker - 13th April 2021

  • 4
  • 3Beginner
  • 5Intermediate
  • 4Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 5Aprés Ski
  • 3Terrain Park
  • 4Overall Value
Lots to Explore, Hard to Get Bored, Some Truly Unforgettable Runs, Great For Intermediate Skiers
Crowds on Park City side, learning to ski Canyons-Side is not optimal, double blacks lackluster

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I am extremely biased here, because Park City, the Canyons to be more specific, is where I learned how to downhill ski. I wanted to give this place a five, because in my heart it's a five, but from a logical standpoint, it's a four, maybe a four point five. (but half points aren't allowed, unfortunately.) Let me tell you about my experiences as a beginner skier, struggling to even put my skis on, an intermediate who could do the harder blues, and as not exactly an expert, but as a good skier who could consistently do the blacks, and some of the double blacks. My first day on skis, ever, was here. It was at High Meadow Park in the Canyons, looping the only green run on the Canyons side: Meadow Way (Now, technically Upper Mainline is also a green, but it's like twenty feet long, and connects into Meadow Way; it's less of a run and more of an access.). (now called Mellow Moose) Before I did that, I did the Magic Carpet hill, and after a few hours, I switched to Meadow May. Meadow May is a mediocre place to learn how to ski. The big issue with Meadow Way (and what I loved on days three and four about it) is that it is long, and has lots of runs, ranging from other greens to harder blacks popping out into it. It can be intimidating, to see a long slope, and with expert skiers rushing down the hills and coming from places obfuscated by trees and sometimes fully obscured by turns. On day one, I had a full-fledged mental breakdown. Day two was a little more solid, I got in the groove of Meadow Way, and began to get comfortable making turns. A beginner will quickly find Meadow Way to be tamed. By the end of day two, I could adequately snowplow to the point where Meadow Way was no longer a threat to me. On the aforementioned days three and four, I (as already hinted), started to enjoy the length of the run. Because of its long length, there's multiple side paths to explore. I believe that there are five main routes: Mainline - a blue which is a glorified green until the very, very end in which there is a short real blue section; a great run to transition from greens to blues, and the first blue I ever did. Alley Cat - an easier version of Mainline, it can be a little tricky for beginners to turn while going downhill in a more narrow environment, with more limited visibility, but it is a good first real run (also the first run I enjoyed on the mountain.). Hidden Bear - a winding, longer, semi-narrow tree run with some banks where you can practice skidding and keeping your skis parallel and even and some slightly sharp turns. Badger's Bypass - a less steep version of Mainline, accessible only through gaining enough speed at the very end of Hidden Bear; you technically only do the end of Badger's Bypass, as the first two thirds are accessible only through another lift. (Saddleback.) And Porcupine Plunge - an escape route from Mainline that's slightly less steep, veered towards people who panic when confronted with the final hill of mainline. In addition to these five runs are some interesting tree areas, jumps, and an actually challenging unnamed mogul run that's perfect if you want to do something a little harder while sticking with a beginner friend / family member. As a very, very beginner, the Canyons (can't speak to the Park City side), isn't the greatest, but Days Three and Four, when I exclusively looped High Meadow Lift were actually pretty fun, until it finally started to get boring around the afternoon of Day Four. My beginner experience at the Canyons was solid, and High Meadow certainly got me hooked. When I did Mainline and Alley Cat for the first time on Days Three and Four respectively, I saw the potential for fun that came with skiing for the first time. As a beginner, I'd say it was a solid experience overall. Not too bad, but a little more green content would be nice, because boy-oh-boy did I get bored. As an intermediate skier, Park City was wonderful. The bulk of the runs in Park City are blue, and I had fun meandering through the long runs such as Harmony, getting lost in the seemingly endless fields of blues, and gliding through the snow on a nice powder day. At one point, when I was skiing in the Canyons, through an area with houses and roads and bridges that you ski both under and over called the Colony, I had an out-of-Earth experience, where I truly felt like I had found inner serenity - with ski runs above , below, left, and right, and no summit or base or lifts in-sight; the Colony and the runs there felt like they would last forever, and Earth felt like a distant memory to me, too. There are some fun blue-level natural halfpipes that I had a great time on as an intermediate skier, and there was lots to explore. Being able to consistently do harder blues makes Park City a wonderful experience. There are also some pretty easy blacks, and on a powder day I highly recommend taking a stab at either The Drop (Steep, but short and free of moguls) or Pinball Alley (Not Steep, but narrow, mogul infested, and it's a natural halfpipe; I like natural halfpipes a lot so Pinball Alley was my run of choice for first black.). Finally, as a good skier, who can do blacks and easier double blacks, Park City is honestly pretty good. Jupiter Peak, 9,990, Super Condor / Murdock Peak, and other harder areas are pretty strong. There isn't a ton of double blacks, as they are mostly contained to the hard areas, and can feel quite same-y. For example, on the Super Condor lift (a lift on the Canyons side), there are like ten double blacks that all feel exactly the same to ski, and a lot of them are frequently closed due to conditions or lack of snow. I think Jupiter Peak, in the Park City side, does a better job with this, because the routes felt a little more different. 9,990, the really tough lift to the highest point of the Canyons, also does alright with this, but some of the runs meld together a little too much. There are also some really tough loose double blacks such as Abyss and Deschutes / Grande. Decent for experts, but having double blacks in a few more places would be preferable, but alas, how the mountain was formed is not up to Park City. As for the experience outside of skiing, it's pretty nice. Colony houses are idealistic, but kind of a pain because it makes the awesome restaurants such as the Farm at Canyons Village inaccessible for dinner. The hotels and rental homes in both villages (Park City Village and Canyons Village) are nice. Food is pretty good, and like I said before, the Farm at Canyons Village is a real high quality dining experience. (but it is pricey; good final day destination in my opinion.) The on-mountain restaurants are nice, and are certainly a good touch. One frustrating thing about learning to ski in Park City, was that most of the on-mountain restaurants required being able to ski blues. (I will say that this did lead to one of the nicest experience of my life as a whole, which was on my last day of my first week skiing at the Canyons, I finally explored the mountain, and I went from all the way from the peak furthest to the left in the Canyons to eat, all the way to the far right peak of the mountain; I did seventy two runs that day! Legendary experience, and something I wish I could relive. Nothing can overstate my satisfaction that I felt after reaching the restaurant, the restaurant in question - Cloud Dine - requires one to ski three blues to access, and I had dreamed all week of going, and I achieved my goal. Food there was good, too.) Prices are a little strenuous, but I personally think it's worth the cost as a "save-up-for-this-one" trip, because it has given me some wonderful memories. Also, crowds can be annoying, so get out there early!!! Not too bad once you're on the mountain, though. Also, the lifts usually start running around 8:30 AM (they're supposed to open at 9:00 AM), so you can usually get a pinch of extra skiing in if you're quick. TL;DR: Park City is a little crowded, and a little expensive, but is a wonderful resort, especially for higher level intermediate skiers. It's a decent place to learn, a great place to explore, and a wonderful pace to challenge yourself. Highly recommend. On a powder day... it is heavenly.

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  • Dexter Baker (13th April 2021)

    I am extremely biased here, because Park City, the Canyons to be more specific, is where I learned how to downhill ski....

  • Colton E (25th March 2021)

    On a powder day it's so amazing and is has the softest snow I have ever skied on other than snowbird. When...

  • Justine O’Brien (9th March 2021)

    I’ve been skiing a good bit but was looking to refine my form and get more comfortable on harder blues. I took...

  • Kyle (13th February 2021)

    ALL YOU PEOPLE THAT ARE AFRAID OF DYING FROM THE CORONA DON'T GO PLACES THAT AREN'T ESSENTIAL LMAO!!

  • Jeff (8th January 2021)

    How do I give zero stars??? Totally unacceptable conditions at PC from 12/25/20-1/1/21. This was a huge trip for our family, one...

  • Fred C (5th January 2021)

    Skied the week after Christmas. No effort on the resort's part to enforce their rules regarding Covid. Mountain was oversubscribed, packed lift...

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