3 great mountains in 3 days was a treat—each with something different to offer. It was the perfect ski resort for a weekend getaway: an easy non-stop flight from Chicago (our bags flew free); a 25-mile bus ride to the condos; a not too crazy-high elevation (6,900’ at the base) and a variety of terrain for all skiers and boarders. We knew all that in August when the trip sold out. What we didn’t know was how magnificent the snow conditions would be and how marvelously NOT cold the temperature would be.
We left Chicago right on time on Wednesday night (8:05pm) and were in our Park Avenue Condos a bit after midnight. Condo Captains were still signing in at the front desk while several from the group ran to the Fresh Market before it closed at 1 am. That was a big plus for these condos—we were across the street from the major grocery store in Park City (also known as Dave Rebot’s favorite restaurant). And, we were right on the shuttle route for easy (and free) access to the lifts and Main Street.
On Thursday morning, our first day, there was a bit of a snafu with our lift tickets—they were sent to the Jupiter Inn where we were clearly NOT staying. Thank you to everybody for your patience as we waited for delivery (about 9:15am) and while Greg and I sorted them into the many varieties of 1-day, 2-day and 3-day piles.
What a great day Thursday was at Park City Mountain Resort. The temperature was mild while a soft snow fell all day. The club’s new orange flags were visible everywhere. Lunch was at the Mid-Mountain Lodge on the far left side of Park City.
Day 2—Friday—was Deer Valley Day! Skiers only. Suzi loved Deer Valley’s groomed runs and superior salad bar. Monica liked that the runs were wide and challenging. Jim thought the extensive, high-quality grooming was best for him. All of us enjoyed the resort known for its upscale amenities that is consistently ranked among the top ski resorts in North America. As we skied, we watched the events of the FIS Freestyle Aerial and Mogul World Cup competition. They started in the afternoon and went well into the evening on the White Owl run—site of the 2002 Olympics. Après ski, we enjoyed live music at the EBS Lounge in Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge.
For a Friday night dinner, Barb P., Diane and Carmen ventured to the Wasatch Brewery. On the way back, they stopped by the High West Distillery & Saloon and found it was (seemingly) impossible to get in—until they pulled the old we’re-just-going-to-the-gift-shop routine. Once inside, they charmed the owner, who led them through an underground passage to the bar side of the building. The 3 Sanctuary women saw 3 Sanctuary men (Fred, Jim and Whiskey Bill) in line outside, and persuaded the owner to let them join them.
…or to the pool and hot tub at the clubhouse.