Some days you don’t feel like exerting yourself -no biking and no hiking. You just want to chill, relax and have an easy -breezy day. Last Saturday was one of those days. We had some friends visiting from California so the chairlift to Deer Valley’s Bald Mountain was just what the doctor ordered.Great views – aspens, pines, and mountain bikers below us. Now you are talking!
As we approached the top of Bald Mountain, my friends innocently asked me which runs I ski. Since they aren’t skiers, I could easily have said something like, “Oh Grizzly and Orient Express but my favorite on powder days is Mayflower Bowl. I stay away from Morningstar when it is really cold because I just can’t catch my edges but otherwise it is an exhilarating run.”
All that would have been a completely fabricated — a bald faced lie so I didn’t do it but it would have been fun to see if they believed me. Well, instead I looked at them and laughed saying, ” None! Are you crazy? See the black diamond? Let me explain what that means. That means not Nancy.” (Well, not yet anyways).
We walked over to Sultan Express lift to see views of the Jordanelle Reservoir and the Heber Valley from what felt like the top of the world. We could see the Uinta mountain range from there. I pointed out the Blue Ledge run to my friend and we stood at the blind drop off edge to get a feel for what it would be like to fly over the ledge on skis. We stood near the top of Thunderer run and looked down on a black diamond run but with our feet firmly planted on the ground.
Mountain bikers and hikers were unloading to make their trek down the mountain as we climbed back on the lift to ride down. The view of Park City and the valley was breathtaking. I pointed out Flagstaff Mountain where I do hang out on the single blue and green runs.
All this sitting on the chairlift and relaxing made us thirsty!
We headed up to Stein Eriksen Lodge to lounge on their patio, drink local brews, visit and watch the wind blow through the aspens in an easy breezy way.