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Park City Mountain Resort

First Rides on Crescent and Jupiter


Park City Mountain Resort

PCMR Mountain Host Carol Stevenson

Copyright Mike Doyle
On a recent trip to Park City, Utah I stayed at the Marriott MountainSide because you literally have a world class ski resort as a front yard playground. The Park City Mountain Resort's Payday lift loading area is a mere steps from the MountainSide door.

Heading to either the Payday or the new Crescent Hi-Speed Quad, you cross the resort plaza which is home to a variety of restaurants, ski apparel, and ski and ski boot shops. Park City Mountain Rentals shop on the lower level has a well organized, and streamlined ski and boot rental service. They even offer the opportunity to trade your rental skis at a summit station, should you want to try a different ski.

Crescent Hi-Speed Quad

Just beyond the Payday lift is the new Crescent Hi-Speed Quad which I had never ridden. However, my Park City Mountain Resort Mountain Host, Carol Stevenson, was anxious to show me how quickly the new lift brought us to the top of the front side advanced terrain in the Crescent Mountainzone.

We decided to more or less circle around as much of the area as we could fit in a morning providing some skiing in all seven mountainzones. So we started down King Con Ridge and into Silver Star and up the King Con Hi-Speed Quad where we looped down some nice cruiser blues before dropping into Glory Hole.

Thaynes/Motherlode Mountainzone

The Thaynes/Motherlode Mountainzone was a favorite area of my daughter the last time we were at PCMR and we spent hours here skiing all the runs dropping off Parly's Park. Carol pointed out some of the remnants of the old mining days that I didn't notice last time and I took some interesting photos.

We were really tooling along and I know we got into McConkey's for a couple of runs. Then, after a pause to stay hydrated we decided to go up Jupiter's lift.

Jupiter Lift

During my last visit I didn't get to ski off the Jupiter chair so I was really looking forward to it. Then a funny thing at the top of Jupiter Lift happened when Carol asked the Ski Patrol what was good to ski and they said watch for a little ice. Well Carol and I both grew up skiing in the East - we know ice and this wasn't ice - by our definition. Anyway, as Carol said, it's a matter of perception and we thanked the Patrollers for making us aware. We did find a little crust but actually thought Main Bowl and Shadow Ridge were pretty good skiing.

Working our way to and up Thaynes Lift, Carol skied me down into the Payday/Town Mountainzone and a zip down Creole for a neat ride up the Town Lift. Then we worked our way around and down Home Run, finishing a great day of skiing, and topped it with a well deserved, leisurely lunch at Legacy Cafe.

Considering this was my first ski day in town, Carol and I skied up a lot of vertical and toured through all the mountainzones. Now, this is what's great about taking a mountain tour with a resort host - you keep skiing, rather than standing and trying to read the trail map because the host knows the way, the history, and some good stories.

If you are an intermediate skier or better, don't miss the opportunity to take a PCMR historic tour - available every morning, meeting at the Eagle statue on the resort plaza at 10 am.

Another treat on this first day at Park City Mountain Resort was a chance to do some night skiing. I haven't been night skiing in years and to able to do it on a world class mountain - home to Olympic venues - is a unique experience in itself and don't miss visiting the lighted Payday terrain park - getting air at night is really neat to watch.

As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary lift tickets for the purpose of reviewing those services. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy.

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