Park City Mountain Resort 12/11/11

12 Dec, 2011

In my opinion, Park City Mountain Resort has it all. You have amazing parks with tons of jumps and features built to perfection, tons of acreage for freeriders to play on and a vibe that makes you feel welcome and want to come back for more. Plus you can also get a Cobradog. It was a long drive back to Cali from Colorado but a stop at PCMR was definitely worth it. We stayed in Sandy at the Gandee household before cruising up the highway to Park City, found a spot near the base and geared up for a morning on the slopes.

Of all the resorts on this trip, PCMR definitely had the best conditions and coverage. It was soft snow that wasn’t too hardpacked or icy and it made lapping chairs so much fun. Even for a Sunday morning, the mountain was busy but it was dispersed out so you never had a line and could enjoy laps without a ton of people on them with you.

For the morning, I rode around checking out the mountain and the parks. Taking shots on my iPhone, a couple of which I’ve uploaded here because I really like them. Probably my favorite shot was this one of the aspens alongside the run.

The park was intimidating but in a good way, there was so many options for hits and the level of riders was insane. I’m more mini park/smaller style so I just awed at the big stuff and took this pic on my iPhone.

The park lift is pretty crazy. You have Cobradogs right at the base so you can snack on some yummness when you need a break and on the lift, you have a crazy conveyer system so you get picked up by the lift easy and the top ramp is no joke, it makes you pay attention so know what you are doing and don’t eat it in front of everyone.

By mid-morning, I was able to meet up with Meisha and Mimi from Park City Mountain Resort marketing team, plus a ton of other people in their group. We headed up the mountain for cruisers together.

My favorite shot of the day. PCMR has this incredible environmental shack at the top of Silverlode (pretty sure this is the right lift) with the efforts they are doing and a creation of old lift parts for the perfect photo opp.

Our group of skiers and riders getting ready to ride

Mimi riding down one of the runs

What a great start to the day! The unfortunate bummer was having to hit the highway for a 10 hour drive back to Mammoth where conditions aren’t as good.

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  1. dreaddy
    December 12, 2011

    glad u had fun, sorry i missed you. I was riding snowbird yesterday. Next time

  2. December 12, 2011

    Dreaddy! Definitely hoping to come back and ride more often! We’ll have to meet up next time.

  3. December 12, 2011

    Good to see you in the Great state of Utah. Next time you roll through let us know and we’ll hook you up at the “locals” resort (Brighton) for some shredding.
    The snow is on it’s way. Pray for snow!!!

  4. December 12, 2011

    So glad you cruised through! I see more Park City action in your future.

  5. December 12, 2011

    Great blog post Shay! Love that photo of you and the…. robot sculpture thing 🙂

  6. December 12, 2011

    Jeff, thanks! I definitely hope to come back soon. Brighton’s awesome hopefully next time!

    Mimi, thanks so much! More Park City would be awesome!

  7. Elias
    December 13, 2011

    Nice~~ the view was nice, the snow was nice, the park objects are nice~~ You must had great fun~~~ So envy you. bring us to more of these slopes and show us around. I don’t think I’ll ever have a chance to visit them.

  8. December 13, 2011

    Yay Shay! I am so glad we got to meet up and thank you so much for the kind words. So fun riding with you and yes, more PC in your future would be fun.

  9. Frank
    December 18, 2011

    Hi Shay
    So agree on Park City! One of my best Powder trees runs (Aspens trees) as of today in my life yet was in Park City in the eara of Thaynes/Motherlode Mountainzone and Jupiter Mountainzone (Feb 2008) with a Skate Banana 156 (Yellow one). At that time, I demo for the first time a reverse camber with perfect condition powder trees (Space between trees) was doing freestyle glades 360 everywhere … was a good memories… Plus the access with plenty of parking for cars right at the bottom of lift feel that even if I was a Canadian tourist, I felt like a local who is welcome… so true… I want to go back for sure in the Future… Also I did like Snowbird too!

  10. Speak the Truth
    December 20, 2011

    i stopped reading when you said pc was ‘the best place’-the resort is the BIGGEST joke in utah. flat, trails cut like strip malls, a highly overrated ‘ski town’ of nothingness full of bro-cali’ers on spring break and jose-sli-guy from conneticunt to by property.

    i would have backed you all the way if you started with, ‘the canyons, also in p.c., is sick; endless terrain, rollers, cliffs, sidecountry and pow… the bottom of the aprés area sucks….’, but you stayed the same with your boring reviews of ”happy land where everything is ‘oh-so-awesome’!

    just because you get free lift tickets/products does not mean you have to sugar everything when it’s not.

    guessing this will not even get posted-

  11. December 20, 2011

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Each time I do the riding report, it’s my journal of my account of the day’s riding on that specific day. It can be a shitty day, a great day, a fun resort, anything can happen. I could have written about the terrible mood I was in and the lack of snow that has hit every resort in Utah/California/Colorado but I chose to write about what is open, available and how it rode. It was a blast and I had fun. If you want negativity all the time, there are other blogs that make a living off it. As for Canyons, I headed there as well on the trip and wrote about it. I’d love to make my way back to Canyons to ride when the “endless terrain, rollers, cliffs, sidecountry and pow” are going off but right now it’s limited runs on what’s available.

    Your opinion gets posted anytime it adds input. Next time maybe show me around Utah 🙂

  12. Frank
    December 20, 2011

    If I can add some comments here:
    In my opinion, fun on resorts is very personal and can be related about snow condition and weather temperature: I did 5 resorts on February 2008 in Utah (13 days total):
    – Park City 3 days: (again it is my best powder trees runs with my first reverse camber test) will never forget. With nice après ski in town. True some flat area but you can find spots steep too.
    – The Canyons, right was hot too steeper and tite glades but different après ski compare to PC.
    – Snowbird, best steep all around terrain very hot glades in the Black forest section
    – Snow Basin nice bowl but I prefer glades but nice fast groom runs without anybody faster runs I did there I think.
    – Brighton easy access close to SLC cheap and weather was on my side, so it was fun too and but more family style oriented…