Park City Expert Guide
Day 1 Itinerary - Tombstone, Peak 5, Ninety-Nine 90 and Dreamcatcher
Trails: Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Overview – From Canyons Village: Red Pine Gondola – Tombstone – Ninety-Nine 90 - Peak 5 - Lunch @ Cloud Dine – DreamCatcher – Peak 5 – Return to Base
1. 9:00 AM – Heading up the Mountain
From Canyons Village: Take Red Pine Gondola and exit left (past Red Pine Lodge) and head down Chicane to Tombstone Express. This will take you to the top of Tombstone.
From Park City Base: Take Crescent Express, cruise down 1/2 Load to Claimjumper to reach the Quicksilver Gondola. Take the Gondola all the way. Then follow Chrome Alley to Mercury. This will leave you at the Timberline Lift. Take Timberline directly to Tombstone Express.
** Consider driving or taking the shuttle from Park City Base to Canyons Village, as it can take around an hour to take this route **
2. 10:00 - 11 AM – Tombstone / Peak 5 Warm Up
In need of a warm up? Exit the lift to the left and go down Another World. Ready to hit hte ground running with something a little steeper, take Quantum Leap to Diamond Ridge or Sidewinder to Cloud 9, have a few laps on these runs using the Tombstone Express.
For a longer warm up, take Another World and look out for RipSaw on your right. Take RipSaw to Peak 5. This lift is slow, but you will be rewarded with a selection of gentle blues that go all the way back to the bottom of Tombstone Express. Upper, Middle and Lower Crowning Glory are reliable warm ups. On a fresh powder day, head to Ninety-Nine 90 ASAP.
3. 11 AM – 1 PM – Ninety-Nine 90 / Peak 5
When you have had your fill on Tombstone, exit Tombstone Express to the left and take Another World to the bottom of the Ninety-Nine 90 Express. Time to tackle some of Park City's toughest terrain, remember, there is no easy way down from here.
Survey the landscape on the way up - you can have a peak at lower Freight Gully and 94 Turns. On a brisk day, it can take awhile for these to soften up. If they look soft, head down. Otherwise, we like to exit to the right and following the narrow path towards the Upper East Face. The snow is better protected and there are several steep chutes to explore and trees to navigate - try Red Pine Chutes, Charlie Brown and Magic Lines. The only downside is the need to return all the way to the bottom of the Tombstone Express and take two lifts to do it again.
As mid-day approaches, work in a few runs on the front of Ninety-Nine 90 - 94 Turns, Aspen Grove and Morraine.
When you are ready for something more mellow, take the Peak 5 Lift from the base of Ninety-Nine 90. Exit to the the left and follow Upper Crowning Glory into Mystic Pines - here you can cut in and out of the trees. The pitch will seem tame relative to the neighboring peak.
4. 1 PM – Lunch at Cloud Dine (see more on lunch options)
Cloud Dine is our top pick for on-mountain dining. The heaping salads and sandwich platters are delicous after a morning on Ninety-Nine 90.
From the base of Peak 5 and Ninety-Nine 90, take the Peak 5 Lift , take Solace into Upper Harmony or head straight to Upper Harmony. Follow this to the bottom of DreamScape - Cloud Dine is at the top.
5. 1:45 PM – 3:15PM – Explore DreamScape and DreamCatcher
Some of the best snow at Park City is on this part of the mountain. Head down Alpenglow, though groomed sometimes, the snow is soft and usually well travelled so you can often find workable bumps in the afternoon. Return to the top on the DreamScape Lift and then try a few runs off of the DreamCatcher Lift. We like Phantasm, Bogeyman and Pipe Dream - take laps navigating the bumps and trees of these similarly pitches runs. Just remember, these lifts close at 3:30 and it takes time to return to the base.
6. 3:15PM – 4PM – Cruising Back to the Canyons Village Base
Be prepared to take a minimum of three lifts to return to the Canyons Village Base. From the base of DreamCatcher, cruise down Cascade or if you want more glade skiing, try the next trail over, Platinum Woods. Take the Timerberline Lift to the base of Tombstone Express. Then take Sidewinder or Red Pine Road (a flat traverse) which ends at Red Pine Lodge. From here, there is no shame in taking the Red Pine Gondola to return to the base. Looking for a little more, take the Shortcut Lift where you can take Doc's Run all the way to the bottom. From Doc's you can have a look at Silverado or Eagle if you want one last steep for the day.
To return to the Park City Base, from the top of DreamCatcher, follow Bugle Ridge to the Flatiron Lift (this double is slow). Then take the QuickSilver Gondola all the way to the Park City side and then take the SilverLode Express. From this peak, there are many routes to the base.
Congratulations – you’ve explored the Highest Peak on the Canyons Side - Time for Après Ski!