OK, this post is about a week overdue, but perhaps better late than never. This was the ninth annual trip for this group; our destination this time: Utah! Great trip; wonderful to see the gang. Special thanks to Mark for organizational efforts and achievements.
We were in a condo (specifically one of the Payday condos) that was a 5 minute walk from one of the Park City ski lifts. On Thursday we skied at Deer Valley, but all other time we were at Park City. We never did make it out to the Canyons. Thumbs up on the free bus system, including stops at the bases of the hills.
Monday: morning: rent gear; afternoon: ski.
Tuesday: morning: ski; afternoon: some skiing.
Wednesday: morning: recover; afternoon: ski.
Thursday: morning: ski; afternoon: some skiing.
Friday: morning: ski; afternoon: ski.
Consumed lots of game animal meat.
Monday dinner: buffalo (lean meat, but cooked in butter - welcome to Ruth's Chris style!).
Tuesday dinner: mixed grill (elk, wild boar, buffalo).
Wednesday dinner: lamb (OK, so that's not a game animal... still red meat though!).
Thursday lunch: buffet at Stein Eriksen
on the hill at Deer Valley. OMG. Wild game chili. Other stuff too, but: OMGwildgamechiliOMG.
Friday dinner: elk.
The skiing was great. Late season, so locals not in abundance. Great snow, including fresh powder Wednesday evening through Thursday. It was fabulous to go for five days of skiing. First, it led to a relaxed approach: not trying to jam in as many hours as possible each day. Second, it allowed me to claw back a few of the minor skills I possessed a couple of years back: managed to navigate the easiest imaginable double diamond once on Friday.
Oh yes, and I unintentionally went off the designated runs on Thursday. Hey, lots of tracks led down that open section, and there was a sign nearby... how was I to know that it ended in bumps, shrubs, trees, and a ten foot drop to rejoin the marked trails? Anyhow, I'm sure friend-in-tow (and committed intermediate skier) DS will have forgiven me by the time next year's trip rolls around....