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(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Skiers ride a ski lift that passes in front of a large home at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah Tuesday, December 20, 2011. Ski Utah, Deer Valley and Snowbird are considering the possibility of chairlifts that would link the two resorts.
Ski Lift of the Week • Carpenter Express at Deer Valley Resort

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jan 29 2014 12:08 pm • Last Updated Feb 04 2014 10:33 pm

Type » High-speed quad

Vertical rise » 1,200 feet

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Number of runs » 14

Difficulty » Beginner-advanced

Why try it » A quick trip to lower mountain skiing, upper mountain access

The ride » Carpenter Express starts side-by-side with Silver Lake Express at the base adjacent to Snow Park Lodge, providing a six-minute ride to a hilltop that gives skiers access to all of Deer Valley. Ski off the hill’s back side and short runs will take you to two lifts serving Bald Mountain. A third opens up Flagstaff Mountain. Carpenter also accesses the diverse front side of the mountain, which has easy going Success and Olympic-caliber Champion.

Runs to try

Success » A confidence builder, this green run follows a gently sloping ridge down to the bottom and has side runs — Little Bell, Rosebud, Little Kate — that offer variety.

Big Stick » This one will challenge intermediates. Halfway down a slope with a moderate pitch, the run then drops off quickly, testing skiers’ ability to keep their speed in check.

Champion » Off the intermediate run known as Little Stick, Champion and Know You Don’t are steeper slopes where Olympic mogul and freestyle aerials competitions were held in 2002.

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