For many skiers and snowboarders, inbounds hiking—unclicking those bindings and walking uphill to access ski resort terrain not serviced by a lift—offers the best of two worlds: backcountry-like skiing without many of the risks of true, off-piste adventure. Park City Mountain’s vast 7,300 acres has several of the Wasatch Range’s most coveted inbounds hikes: Murdock Peak; Ninety-Nine 90; and, the resort’s highest point at 10,027 feet above sea level, Jupiter Peak. Bagging any one of these summits is an accomplishment. But what about ascending all of them—plus four more—in a single day?
That’s the task presented by the Silver Summits Challenge.* Participants have one day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to reach the top of Scott’s and Limelite Bowls, Dream Peak, and Peak 5, in addition to the aforementioned summits. The annual event (this year held on Saturday, February 29), includes an après party with food and drink, live music, schwag, pins for those who reach all seven checkpoints, and this: the afterglow of a kick-ass day spent skiing or riding the Lower 48’s largest ski resort, wall-to-wall and top-to-bottom.
The good vibes aren’t just from the day’s hard-earned descents. Event proceeds will be donated to SOS Outreach, an organization that engages at-risk youth through adventure sports. An apropos way to spread the stoke for sliding around in the mountains.
* Not quite up for all seven peaks in a day? New this year, PCM is incorporating an intermediate challenge. Ski or ride to five checkpoints, from Canyons Village to Park City Mountain Village, exploring rolling groomers and adventure alleys along the way.