UTAH

SKI - - CONTENTS - —Jeremy Pugh

EP

It’s like Yogi Berra said, “No­body goes there any­more, it’s too crowded.” This is the paradox of Park City Moun­tain, the largest ski re­sort in the United States. Peo­ple in­deed love it; no place is eas­ier to get to and has ev­ery­thing you want for ski­ing and off-moun­tain ac­tiv­i­ties, they say. And so they come, even dur­ing last year’s mar­ginal snow year, with Park City drawing nearly one-third of all the skier vis­its in Utah. Why? Well, be­cause it’s big, be­cause it’s easy to get to, and be­cause the re­sort sur­rounds the name-brand ski town of Park City proper, where they en­joy rockin’ nightlife, co­pi­ous de­li­cious din­ing op­tions, and plen­ti­ful off-slope en­deav­ors. And, with 7,000 acres to spread out on, you can ditch the masses. But there are pinch points, no­tably the Sil­ver­lode Lift, which serves much of Park City’s best in­ter­me­di­ate ter­rain, where skiers gripe about the line-man­age­ment sys­tem that can make a pile-up seem like survival of the pushi­est. And, of course, the Pay­day lift at Park City Vil­lage. But lo­cals know to dodge that bul­let by us­ing the Town and Cres­cent lifts. That’ll get you a head start on your way to the fun stuff on Jupiter Peak. You’re wel­come.

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