Tacos, Tubes and Temps at Teens – Winter Sports in Woodward Park City

The sun was shining but didn’t detract from the early winter temperatures, but no one seemed to care. Even the family and friend groups from South Florida and Los Angeles were warm and happy on the first day of fieldwork in Woodward Park City.

Charlie Liu, 7, and his 5-year-old brother Henry estimated their inner tubes would last 100 miles, though they weren’t sure if that was in an hour or a day. Charlie said he expects to make 1 billion runs on his tube.

An employee later said the top speed he’s heard from someone recording on a tube with an app is about 38 mph.

Ingrid Shelton said she brought her three children: 19-year-old Noah, 24-year-old Mykhalah and 17-year-old Mykiah to watch the scene as part of a sporting visit from LA to Utah

The Shelton family of Los Angeles had no trouble adjusting to the early winter weather in Utah on Friday.

“I came down, we’re going to Logan tomorrow to see my son play, he plays for San Jose State,” said Ingrid Shelton. “Number 23, Nehemiah Shelton, quarterback, look at him.”

“And we just looked for the perfect winter wonderland and we found it,” added Mykhalah. “It happened to be opening day and we had a great time.”

Outdoor operations opened this week with seven lanes of tubing and the magic carpet taking people to a beginner’s area with some jib features.

Mountain Experiences Vice President Steve Metcalf said they will be opening their Hot Laps chairlift after Thanksgiving.

Metcalf said Woodward is seeing tremendous traffic from the Wasatch front. He said about 30-40% of All-Access members are locals, and the rest are a combination of Target Visitors and the Wasatch Front.

“I think we’re finding a great balance between the visitors to the Salt Lake City destination and the locals from Park City,” Metcalf said.

“You’d be surprised how many out-of-towners come and buy a four-month membership here. Lots of people are still working remotely, even if you think that trend has waned. We’re already seeing people coming into town and buying our outdoor membership. There is a four month commitment that they are excited to use not only our Wi-Fi but our slopes as well.”

A four-month pass costs $99 per month.

Metcalf said sales on pre-season passes are robust. Woodward’s excess parking contract with the Park City School District has been extended, he said, so people can park at Jeremy Ranch and drive over on days when the Woodward lot is full.

Snow machines were cranking up and although only a fraction of the site was open on Friday, Olympian Louie Vito and his friend Stevie Bell, an extreme snowboarder, seemed about as happy as two boys could be when they were soaked up the scene.

Snowboard champions, friends and Woodward fans Louie Vito and Stevie Bell.

“You know, I just love the vibe here in Woodward Park City,” Vito said.

“I mean, it’s one of those places that I would have wished for when I was a little bit younger, but when I come out here and see all the ages and skill levels, everyone is just having a good time and excited because you know that a great winter is coming. It’s like you know when you grow up and you meet your friends at the park. I mean, this is Woodward Park City. If you make a few calls that you want to ride, it’s like we Park City open the jib parks opening. Yes OK. So we all meet up in the parking lot and just start driving.”

Vito is a four-time Grand Prix overall halfpipe winner, a five-time Winter X Games medalist and finished fifth in the men’s halfpipe at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics while representing the USA. An Italian-American, he later represented Italy in Beijing during the 2022 Winter Olympics.


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