On The Snow

Six Stashes, Revealed

Looking to ski or ride the gnar? Following are our favorite steep and deep runs at Deer Valley and Park City Mountain.

By Rachel Day December 15, 2017 Published in the Winter/Spring 2018 issue of Park City Magazine

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Getting after it in the Mayflower Chutes.

Image: Eric Schramm

Deer Valley Resort

Stein’s Way, to the right of Mayflower Express, is groomed nightly. A steeper pitch in the middle of the run bumps it from a blue square (intermediate) to a black diamond (expert) and offers the chance to open ’er up on even terrain.

Mayflower Bowl, off the left of Sultan Express, has one of the longest continuous vertical pitches on the mountain. Avalanche control normally clears early, allowing it to open quicker and stay less crowded than Deer Valley’s other bowls. Geological features offer a different experience every run.

Daly Chutes 4 and 6, located to the left off Empire Express, are double black diamonds and offer some of the most intense terrain available in the Wasatch Range. The bottom of the chutes require mandatory hop turns and are perfect for a skier who wants to experience intense off-piste on the mountain.

Park City Mountain

East Face, O-Zone, and P-Zone (chutes off of Jupiter Peak) offer some of the steepest pitches on the mountain. Get there by making the quick hike up from the top of the McConkey’s Express lift, or traversing over from the top of the Jupiter chair.

Murdock Bowl (located just below the 9,600-foot-elevation Murdock Peak) provides sweeping views of the Uinta Mountains followed by a gloriously long run, but first it requires a long, steep hike. Get there by heading up the bootpack from the top of the Super Condor Express chair.

Thaynes, located just below the terminus of the Thaynes double chair, is a longstanding playground for Park City’s freestyle mogul skier elite. Even if you don’t ski this run, be sure to ride the Thaynes lift (which goes directly over this run) on a sunny day.  You’ll see a display of athleticism (and young knees) sure to make you green with envy.


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