Park City, UT, Report: Hot Skiing in “The Abyss” & a Lightning Closure on Our 100th Day of the Season

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Report from March 20, 2023

Day #100 of the season for us yesterday!

Yesterday was our day to pack up for Alaska and get everything dialed in for our heli-guiding trip to Valdez with Pulseline Adventure.

But, we figured we could sneak out for a few laps off Peak 5 at Park City, UT mid-day.

Red Pine Gondola. image: snowbrains

We hit Peak 5 at 1:40pm and it was warm with in and out sun.

We weren’t expecting anything great.

The resort had reported 3″ of new snow.

Miles getting ready for Alaska yesterday. image: snowbrains

We went to our training ground run:  “The Abyss” off Peak 5.

The Abyss is very good for your skiing:

  • Tight trees
  • Moguls
  • Powder patches
  • Steep

We were blown away to find quite a bit of new snow out there and very fun skiing.

It was a lot deeper than 3″.

We ripped a run top to bottom – panting at the bottom.

Buired houses in The Colony. image: snowbrains

This run is so fun.

We went back up for 4 more Abyss runs before doing one long 9,990′ all the way back down the mountain and home.

As I got to the top of 9,990′ they had just closed the upper mountain lifts due to approaching lightning.

Just then a blizzard started with driving snow and insane wind.

Peak 5 Chair. image: snowbrains

Getting down the mountain was a challenge and a joy in that storm.

I sat in my house watching it rage outside as I prepared for a live interview with Fox Weather.

A solid power hour plus that got us stoked, kept us trained up, and helped us stay sharp for AK.

Thanks, Utah!


image: pcmr, 3/21/23


image: noaa, 3/21/23


Tombstone Chair. image: snowbrains
Over and Out chair. image: snowbrains

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