Park City Mountain Resort Snowboarding
The MOST popular snowboarding destination in Utah.
Sunday 17 July 2016 03:02 GMT
East of Salt Lake City, the Park City Mountain resort is the largest ski area in North America. The new Park City Mountain is the combination of the old Canyons Resort with the Park City Mountain Resort, which were interconnected by a new gondola. The combined Vail-owned resort has over 300 runs spread across 7,300 acres that are served by 38 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 3,200 feet. Since it is spread across 14 bowls, it actually has scale that compares to some European resorts. Since the Vail acquisition and integration of these resorts, several of the small, slower lifts have been upgraded to high-speed lifts. The new high-speed Quicksilver Gondola interconnects the two separate former ski areas via a crossing over Pinecone Ridge. There is a mid-station atop Pinecone Ridge (weather permitting), which offers access to double-black runs leading back to the Motherload Express lift on the Park City side and new blue runs in Iron Canyon on the Canyons side.
The Park City half of the resort has 116 runs spread over 3,300 acres that are served by 13 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 3,100 feet. It is know by snowboarders for the more challenging terrain. The more challenging lines are in the chutes of Jupiter Bowl. Especially on powder days, you’ll want to head up the McConkeys Lift and then hike up Jupiter Peak to access the steeps. If you’re into park shredding, you’ve come to the right place. The Park City side of the resort is known for the best terrain parks in Utah with four parks overall totaling over 100 features. For when you're ready to go big, the most challenging park is King’s Crown Superpark, and there is also the 3 Kings Park which is a progressive style. And, don't forget about the Eagle superpipe and the Mini Pipe.
The Canyons half of the resort has 182 runs spread across 4,000 acres that are served by 19 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 3,190 feet. The Canyons ski area is spread 9 peaks with five bowls. There are plenty of steeps and glades for snowboarding, along with a natural pipe called Canus Lupis (off the Condor Express Lift). There are actually 7 natural half-pipes worth checking out. Also from the top of the Super Condor, you can hike up another 600 feet to Murdock Peak and then rip it up down one of a half dozen double black extreme routes in Murdock Bowl. For some challenging snowboarding, head to the top of Ninety Nine 90 and hike to skiers right. Dive into a big bowl with glades. Actually, off Ninety Nine 90, there are some of the fiercest lift-serviced backcountry routes in Utah, too. If you are going to head into the backcountry from Ninety Nine 90, there is a backcountry gate. Make sure you heed the warnings, check the daily Utah Avalanche Center report and carry all avalanche gear. If you are still needing more challenge, the Wasatch Powderebird Guides offer heli-ski trips from the Canyons Resort up into the Wasatch backcountry just north of the ski area. If you're up for park ripping, try dropping into one of the three terrain parks including Painted Horse Progression Park, Transitions Terrain Park and Burton Riglet Park. In addition, for a more natural freestyle experience, there is the Elwoods Natural Zone off the Sun Peak Express that has all-natural big hit stunts.
With a lot of day-ridders coming up from Salt Lake City, don't expect a rowdy time after a day of shredding freshies. For apres ski, try O'Shucks in downtown Park City. For some nightlife, you'll want to head to Adolphs Restaurant on Kearns Boulevard, and then Downstairs on Main Street in Park City. Maybe stop at the High West Whiskey Distillery first.
To reach the Park City snowboarding by air, fly into Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), which is located on the west side of Salt Lake City. From the airport, it is an easy 40 mile highway drive up to Park City. Once off the highway, there are three base area parking options: Canyons base area, Park City base area and Park City town lift.
The first parking from the highway is the Canyons base area. To reach the Canyons base area from Salt Lake City, head east on US80 to Exit #145 (Kimball Junction). Continue south on SR224 for 2 miles. Turn right on Canyons Resort Drive into the Canyons base area. At the outermost parking area, there is a convenient, but slow, surface lift right up to the base area.
To reach the Park City base area from Salt Lake City, head east on US80 for a little over 20 miles. Use Exit #145 for Kimball Junction/Park City. Turn right heading south on SR224 for 6 miles into the town of Park City. Turn right on Empire Avenue to the base area parking lots. Tip: Park City Mountain ski resort is now part of the Vail Epic Pass.
Overall, Park City Mountain Resort is the 1st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 12 snowboarding resorts in Utah. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Park City Mountain Resort including Snowbird, Solitude Mountain Resort, Brighton Resort and Sundance Mountain Resort.