Park and glide

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From Page 5 bring down the safety bar on a chair­lift af­ter get­ting on with­out a mo­ment’s thought, but such a move in the US can lead to a hos­tile glare. Cus­tom dic­tates you ask first if you want to bring down the bar and, if you do, ex­pect it to go back up a lot ear­lier than you would at home.

It also seems to be im­po­lite to join a group of lo­cals to make up the right num­ber on a chair with­out ask­ing for an in­vi­taion. Even a sole rider on a sixseater chair­lift can give you a frosty re­cep­tion if you as­sume you can claim one of the va­cant seats.

If you’re more wor­ried about get­ting lost than rais­ing the hack­les of Amer­i­cans, then Deer Val­ley and the Canyons of­fer free moun­tain tours to help you ac­quaint your­self with the runs. Park City Moun­tain Re­sort has a ski tour of the min­ing sites that dot its slopes, dur­ing which you learn about the myr­iad mine shafts and tail­ings dumps over which most skiers pass.

Which brings us back to Flamish as she guides us around the sprawl­ing lay­out at the Canyons. We pass the un­der­wear tree and I ask whether there’s an in­trigu­ing tale be­hind the dis­play. Sadly, it ap­pears not; it is just the work of lo­cal pranksters.

Check­list

Park City’s win­ter sea­son runs from mid-Novem­ber to mid-April (con­di­tions per­mit­ting). Qan­tas flies daily from Syd­ney and Melbourne to Los An­ge­les and San Fran­cisco, with Delta con­nect­ing flights sev­eral times a day to Salt Lake City. Shut­tle bus trans­fers are avail­able through Park City Trans­porta­tion for the 45-minute trip to the re­sort. Multi-day dis­counted lift tick­ets cov­er­ing all three re­sorts are avail­able but only through non-US travel agents. Sin­gle-re­sort multi-day dis­counted lift tick­ets can be bought in the US. Travel Plan, Ski Max and Value Tours are among com­pa­nies sell­ing flight-in­clu­sive pack­ages from Aus­tralia. www.parkc­i­ty­moun­tain.com/win­ter www.trav­elplan.com.au www.val­ue­tours.com.au www.ski­max.com.au www.qan­tas.com.au

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