This past weekend, Tara and I skied the Park City Mountain Resort for the first time. Being people that don’t typically frequent the “tourist resorts”, we found ourselves a little confused with all the interesting marketing the resort uses to cater to the once-a-year beginner-intermediate skier from Omaha. Terms like “Mountainzones(tm)” and “Signature Run” abound the trail map, which is also cluttered with more symbols than a Six-Flags park map. I wanted to write this for the skiers/boarders out there that don’t give a shit what an “Adventure Run” is, and are solely concerned in finding the best powder and the least congestion.
Mountainzone—much like Tomorrowland of Disney, these are the resort’s way of categorizing different terrain areas. Admittedly, this is one of the more useful features on the map as a description of each zone is provided. However, the more experienced skier can get a pretty good idea of terrain features from a map without the information overload.
Signature Run—Their goal here is to take a perfectly good blue/black run and groom it to oblivion, removing all terrain features and challenges so the occasional skier can go home and brag about hitting a black. I wish I was making this up.
Adventure Alley—This is an effort to bring the joy of tree skiing/riding to those that prefer wide open runs. It is basically an exceptionally curvy cat track through the woods.
Basically, all I’m trying to say is, avoid signature runs and adventure alleys, and you’ll be in good shape.