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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Washington Writer Chooses Park City Over Whistler

Jackson Holtz writers for the Herald, in Everett, Washington. He recently penned this article touting Park City ski resorts over nearby Whistler, which is much closer. He offers interesting arguments. Below are excerpts.

Find short lift lines, amazing weather and long runs in Park City, Utah – and less expense and hassle than a weekend trip to Whistler

Flights to Salt Lake are abundant, and many offer bargains. Add in deals on lift tickets and lodging, and a weekend getaway to the gorgeous Wasatch Mountains can be simpler and cheaper than a trip to Whistler.

Leave behind the infamous Pacific Northwest concrete snow found at its ski areas. Instead, find short lift lines, terrific weather and long runs that stretch thousands of feet.

I chose to rent skis to save the hassle of schlepping my skis on the airplane and paying oversized baggage fees, $55 each way on Delta. A basic rental package for skis and poles from the resort was $45 for the entire long weekend, saving me $65.

A friend of mine found a bargain fare to Salt Lake City from Seattle for $90 each way on Southwest Airlines. She saved even more because Southwest doesn't charge baggage fees, so she did bring her skis.

Three huge resorts circle the town. Deer Valley is reserved for skiers only and is known worldwide for luxurious amenities, including a ski valet.

The Canyons' claim to fame is a chair lift that features heated seats.

Park City Mountain has lots to offer families including daylong snow schools; the Alpine Coaster, a roller coaster that provides an on-the-mountain experience for nonskiers; and www.snomamas.com, a website that provides family travel tips from real moms.

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