Park and glide
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.
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