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Park City, Utah

Date: March 2-9, 2019
Trip Leader: Alex Karger
Trip Assistant: Len Syzmanski
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We had 37 people, 28 flying with us on Southwest from Newark to Salt Lake City (connecting in Phoenix) and 8 meeting us in Salt Lake City Airport, and 1 driving from Steamboat CO.  Southwest allowed 2 (free) ski bag transport per person, and most of the people took advantage.

The group met at Newark airport for the Saturday flight around 5:45 AM, unfortunately, we had delays flying to Salt Lake City, which was caused by several events: snow storm in Newark the night before the flight, and a ground stop at Newark Airport after one aircraft clipped the wing of another aircraft - aargh. As a result, our original flight was delayed for 3 hours and we missed the connecting flight in Phoenix. Luckily, we were able to rebook the entire group on a later flight to Salt Lake City. We arrived at 4:05 PM (only 2 hours late) but 2 people had missing luggage, which caused another 30 min delay. To give credit to Southwest, each traveler received $100 voucher for future Southwest travels.

The Peaks Hotel was a very good choice. The rooms were nice size. Breakfast was included. Only 6 people rented skis, mostly at Christy Sports-Park City Peaks Hotel (about $32 per day). The hotel didnít have an official ski room, but there was a trolley for overnight storage, so people didnít have to carry skis to the room.

On Sunday morning we began our skiing activities. Each skier had an option to go to Park City, Deer Valley or the Canyons destination, most of us had 3-day pass to Park City/Canyons and 2-day pass to Deer Valley. Of the 3 different ski areas, all 3 required bus transportation, around 10-15 min bus ride. Some members (13) purchased a trip to Alta for one day for a cost of $135 per person, includubg lift tickets and transportation.

The skiing at Park City/Deer Valley had variety of groomed and ungroomed runs. Off piste cover was great as well. Weather presented some challenges with low clouds, some heavy snow, cold temperature and flat light for couple of hours. Mountain Hosts (tour guides) were available every morning at 9:30 AM or 10 AM, and highly valued by about half our members.

A tradition at the Peaks Hotel is home baked cookies and coffee in the lobby every day after we returned from skiing. Sauna, steam room, swimming pool (indoor and outdoor), Jacuzzi (indoor and outdoor) were available and welcomed. We had three evening social get-togethers on Sunday, Thursday, and Friday. We had a great time together with pizza and adult beverages provided by the Club on the first night, and adult beverages only for second and third night. Many toasts and accompanied laughter filled the evening. The Peaks Hotel was generous in providing the Club with a private meeting room for our get-togethers.

For dinner, there was a restaurant in the hotel and many restaurants within a 10 min walk (or shuttle ride) from the hotel with large variety of food.

Saturday morning (9:00 AM) was the departure day for most of our members. It was imperative that each of our memberís bags had our Club's colorful luggage tags so that we could differentiate our bags from others. By 9:15 AM we were on our way to the airport. Unfortunately, our return flight to Newark via Denver was delayed as well. The departure from Denver to Newark was delayed by 2 hours and 30 min. We arrived in Newark around 11 PM, instead of scheduled time 9:10 PM. We had no luggage issues.

 

CLUB MEMBERS ON THE SLOPES

     

  

   


 

CLUB GET-TOGETHER PHOTOS

           

MOUNTAIN PHOTOS

   


Alex and Len would like to thank all the Club members for a great week

     
 

 

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