When booking your trip to Park City, Utah, why not take an early morning flight? Even from the East Coast, and sometimes even with a connection, you can arrive at the Salt Lake City International Airport before noon. I'm not a morning person, but if I can ski for free, I'll gladly trade that extra hour or two of sleep!
Before you leave, register for Quick START (Ski Today and Ride Today) to obtain a free lift ticket for that afternoon with your same day boarding pass.
The SLC International Airport is moderate in size and very manageable, allowing you to quickly grab a shuttle or rental car and take the short 35 minute drive to Park City.
Call the ski resort ahead of time to arrange for ski rentals to be ready if you need them. In the middle of the day, you should be able to get in and out of the rental shop quickly.
Tips for using Quick START :
Register before you leave and print out all documents, including two copies of your boarding pass and the voucher sent to your email after registration. Airlines such as Southwest keep the original one, and you can't obtain the free lift ticket without it.
Grab food and water! Either pack some food for your trip, or grab a quick bite at the airport and eat on the way. If you can hold off, there will be lots of great places for a quick bite at the base of the mountain. Make sure you hydrate as you head up to a base elevation of over 6,000 feet.
All three resorts in Park City will accept your Quick START voucher: Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley, and Canyons. In my opinion, Park City Mountain Resort is the perfect choice. Parking is close to the base, the mountain is easy to navigate, and the runs are perfect for that afternoon warm up.
Most mountains close around 4:00pm, but at Park City Mountain Resort, you can make a few extra laps as their operations continue at night under the lights!
Quick START is NOT valid December 22-January 1, and NOT valid February 18-March 31st, 2012. Utah residents are not eligible, and you must present a valid I.D., your SAME DAY printed boarding pass from a commercial airline, and your registration confirmation. Other restrictions apply, so read the rules carefully.
If you check the afternoon rates at Park City Mountain Resort, for example, it works out to a $220 value for a family of four. Its a great way to start off your trip and get you warmed up for the days ahead. Sometimes a great deal really is good enough to be true!
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