Thursday, March 6, 2014

Park City Ski Weekend

This past weekend, Cameron and I flew to Park City, Utah to go skiing and we had an awesome time. It's such a gorgeous place, which is why I wanted to share some photos from our trip!



The reason behind our trip was actually for an alumni ski weekend that had been organized through the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. Cam (who got both his Bachelor's and Master's from the College of Engineering at Michigan) attended this ski weekend last year when they held it in Tahoe, and so when I we heard they were doing it in Park City, I told Cam we had to go, ha. And although I was one of the only people that attended this weekend who was not an engineer, I did still go to Michigan and so it was fun for me to be a part of it too. Our 20+ person group stayed in two townhomes right near Deer Valley for the weekend; they had beautiful views of the mountain, along with hot tubs that were perfect for after skiing! The weekend wasn't all just fun and games though, as a big focus outside of skiing was to have intellectual discussions on the topic of the future of the university system because the current situation (paying a huge sum of money for a four year degree that often doesn't even end up applying to the job you end up in) is really not the most sustainable model. We had some pretty intense discussions both nights that involved breaking out into focus groups and coming up with action items for improvement - it was super nerdy, but also fun and thought-provoking too...Michigan people don't mess around, ha!


It actually snowed the night we got into Park City and then continued to snow while we were there, and so both the views from our townhome and the views from the ski resort were absolutely stunning! There are quite a few different options when it comes to skiing in Park City - even though we were really close to Deer Valley, we ended up going to ski at The Canyons both days (which was only about 15 minutes from where we were staying) mainly because we had a mixed group of skiiers and snowboarders and Deer Valley is a skiiers only mountain. The Canyons is part of Vail Resorts, which also owns Heavenly (where we skiied in Tahoe), and it was a really fantastic place to ski. It's such a huge mountain with so many different lifts and runs that we had plenty of different terrain to keep us busy for two days! I tried to snap as many photos as possible with my cell phone, but these pictures really don't do justice to how beautiful it was!

Riding the gondola up to the lifts...Cam was clearly eager to get out there, ha :)
Even though I really enjoy skiing, I'm honestly just OK at it and I typically stick to blue runs. Cam, on the other hand, tends to spend most of his time skiing in the trees and taking on black diamond runs...and then we just meet back at the chairlift :)
The Canyons had photographers on the mountain like they used to at Heavenly!
I loved seeing all the aspen stands while skiing down...definitely different than Oregon!
For the second day of skiing, we had maize & blue armbands to wear which was fun!
The Canyons had a really cute village/resort area and it would be an awesome place to stay!

On Sunday, Cam and I had some time to overselves to explore Park City before heading to the airport. The downtown area is so charming and reminds me of a mix of Truckee, CA and Breckenridge, CO. We had a great time walking around, I'd love to come back for Sundance someday!

 

Overall, I loved Park City! The snow was great, the ski resort was fun, and the town is adorable. And seeing as it's only an hour and a half flight from Portland, I'd definitely love to go back again sometime for another weekend getaway!

12 comments:

  1. IAMSOJEALOUS!! Man oh man - Aaron and I were trying so hard to plan a ski trip there this winter but just couldn't make it work with the dates we had available. I looked at all of your pictures and kept thinking, "That could have been us!" Looks like you had a BLAST!

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  2. So beautiful! Glad you had a good time :)

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  3. Love your blog, girl! Those photos are so amazing! I've never tried to ski before, I'm just too terrified! I think someone would have to pry my hands off of the ski lift and give me a big shove haha.

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  4. What an amazing trip!! It's okay to be nerdy. My husband and I are both CPA's and well it's quite embarassing if I was to share some of our conversations. As if we don't spend enough time working, then we spend our time together talking about it. hahah Everything there looks so beautiful. I just love the ski towns too! They are always so cozy.

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  5. I'm jealous of all the sunshine!!! It really does look breathtaking. I want to go to Park City, even though I'm not a skier and neither is F, I want to just soak in the atmospheric beauty and hopefully find enough to do that doesn't involve being on skis or snowboard (for instance, we do like to snowshoe!)

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  6. This looks amazing! I've always wanted to ski in either CO or UT. Also, when y'all figure out the whole college tuition thing, let me know because the more I pay on these student loans from the degree I've never used the more angry I get

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  7. How fun! My boyfriend just went to Park City too with his Epic Pass it looks so pretty!

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  8. this looks so fun and beautiful, lady! can't get enough of those views!
    ladies in navy

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  9. We skied Canyons as part of the Epic Race and definitely want to go back and have more time to explore! It was the day after they opened for the season so only 2 runs were open haha. Glad you had a blast -- it looked like fun! xo Jess Tao Of Schnoll

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  10. Oh man, I haven't been there in years! Maybe a ski weekend next year??

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  11. I'm headed there for NYE! :) i had to read your post again after you showed us your xmas ornament :) I'm more excited now!

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