Ski Lift of the Week: Motherlode at Park City Mountain Resort
Type • Fixed-grip triple
Vertical rise • 1,272 feet
Number of runs • 9
Difficulty • Mixture of advanced and intermediate
Why try it • Not many people competing for steep lines, tree skiing
The ride • The best way to reach Motherlode from the Park City Mountain Resort base is to take the Crescent chairlift, get off, then hitch a ride on the Bonanza high-speed, sixpack chair. From there, take Parley's Park run down the ridge, breaking off to your left wherever it looks appealing and ride down to Motherlode. Its terrain, along with that off of Thaynes lift, is among the mountain's most underused.
Runs to try
Glory Hole • One of the resort's designated "Signature Runs," Glory Hole is long, straight and steep, making it ideal for non-stops when groomed .
Parley's Park • An easier way down, it also leads to TNT, the longest of PCMR's five "Adventure Alleys," which gently winds through the woods.
Motherlode Meadows • For real tree skiing, the place for funseekers to go is the forest between Mikey's and Fools Gold. It's hard to beat on a powder day.
The Salt Lake Tribune