Inside Our Record Setting 14 Resort Adventure
on March 16, 2012
Murdock the Moose and friends greeted us with an amazing lunch and spring conditions at Canyons Resort.
Ski Utah Yeti assistant Jessica Kunzer keeps social media fans up-to-date on progress.
Group members pictured in photo from left to right are: Jim Schulte, Steven Aderholt, Mike Tonneson, Jack Amiel, Ken Jacquin, Vanessa Pierce, Ryan Patano, Jessica Kunzer, Norm Slauenwhite, Jeff Whiting, 'Powderhound' Cat Killfoil, Mike Bova, Michael Pantzer and Chris Pearson.
The miles and hours were logged, the stinky ski socks are in the wash, and I’m here trying to think of just how to describe the indescribable adventure I experienced over the last two days.
Like any great endeavor, it started with the exhilaration and excitement of packing and preparing. The 14 of us somehow managed to fit all our skis, boots, helmets and gear into the vehicle so simply. The help from Kevin, Dallas, and Norm of Canyon Transportation was invaluable. I can’t say enough good things about Canyons Transportation and their awesome van designed just for trips like ours.
Our drive down south to Brian Head was one I’ve made numerous times now. The Southern Utah resorts get me excited every time. We had an incredible dinner at the Grand Lodge, where we all got to know each other and talk about just what we were taking-on the next morning. The Grand Lodge is such a wonderful place to stay. They even gave us some of the best wake up calls, “It’s 2am, time to start skiing!”
Brian Head Resort made an arrangement with us where we were permitted to drive up to the Cat Operation House and ski down a run at the resort. By the light of headlamps and the Park City TV camera, we schussed our way down the earliest ski turns most of us had ever made.
After the initial excitement of our first run wore off, the van was dark and quiet. We snoozed while Kevin made the short drive, took a similar drop-off/pick-up run at Eagle Point after a quick photo op and cup of coffee, then it was off to Sundance for our first lift serviced run of the morning. Time started to fly by as the sun rose over the gorgeous Mt. Timpanogos.
Suddenly we arrived in Park City, and skied Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, and Canyons in a blur of out of the van, grab your gear, get on the lift, get back to the van efficiency. It reminded me just how convenient the resorts are to ski. Canyons even timed us - up and down a super fun run, pictures and lunch from the Farm loaded into the van (delicious!) in just 23 minutes.
Such a rush.
Chatting, awake, wired with excitement really, we rode the tram at Snowbird up to breathtaking views amidst the excitement of Freeskiing World Tour qualifiers, running into friends, fellow skiers that maybe noticed our cool van signs or overheard our story, and enjoyed sharing the high fives and “Woo-hoos” that made me fall in love with skiing in the first place.
Our run down Mineral Basin to Baldy Express brought us to the Alta-Bird connect. The sun was shining, the snow was soft, and we were in the zone. 14 laughing, happy skiers, connecting with each other, our skis, and the resorts in record setting fashion.
At the Millicent lift after a quick interview, we knocked Brighton out, then Solitude in similar fashion to the LCC (translation: Little Cottonwood Canyon) resorts. We were on schedule, and returned to the car and were already doing that thing you do when you are having fun: retelling the did-you-see-that or remember-whens that just happened, but you’re already working on committing to memory, laughing over the retelling of a chair lift joke for the other chair that missed it.
Snowbasin was fun. We skied a run, took some photos, and even skied down the halfpipe. Wolf Mountain greeted us like every other resort had all day, with open arms, smiles, photos, skiers and liftys cheering us on. Our Powder Mountain run started around dusk, and my heart sank the littlest bit. We made our way to Beaver Mountain and we all realized our journey was coming to an end.
Beaver Mountain let us take a few celebratory laps. We had done it! A record had been set, money had been raised, and 14 people had bonded over a once in a lifetime event. We were done, the ski boots came off, the helmets went in the overhead bins, the skis were packed for the last time. The day was a success.
And here I am.
I’m sitting on the couch, surprisingly not as sore as I expected, looking at photos, reading articles, already feeling nostalgic while I’m thinking “We did it!”. I’ve never done anything so crazy, so fun, and so Utah specific. I have a while new appreciation for where we live, the ski resorts we can call ours, and the group of friends I met and skied every resort in one day with.
Thank you to every resort, every person that cheered for us, every person that took the time to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and even through texts. The support made the crazy adventure go off without incident. It’s so hard to share this rundown, it doesn’t do the trip justice. We hope you enjoy the photos, remember that we raised money for some incredible causes- Huntsman Cancer Institute and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society- and support Ski Utah and adventures of our community going forward. Our state and our resorts are so wonderful: I know it’s true, I skied them all yesterday.
If this mission proved anything, its that Utah's resorts truly are the most accessible ski and snowboard destinations in the WORLD!!