By Ryan Dunfee
Originally from Rockville Center, New York, Matt Baydala has called Park City home since 2006. While he's still dedicating much of his time to sniffing out the best snow in the Wasatch mountains, he's managed to fit in a career as a successful restaurant manager on the side, having started and run Yuki Arashi Sushi on Main Street in town. Though he's pretty excited about having his restaurant win the Best in State Sushi award three times, he still focuses much of his enthusiasm on snow, chasing it down at Park City Mountain Resort, in the surrounding backcountry, and reporting back on all of it as a blogger for Ski Utah.
Place to ski on a Powder Day:
First run of the day, hit any one of the trails off Ski Team Ridge from the Crescent Lift. Long, steep and untracked pow lines are just waiting for you to put your mark on them. Now that you've given ski patrol enough time to do their avalanche control work head straight back to Jupiter Lift via the Pioneer Lift. If Jupiter lift hasn't opened yet you'll normally find locals waiting at the top of the Pioneer Lift patrol shack in anticipation of the rope dropping. Once the rope has dropped head back to Jupiter and enjoy. I like to do a quick Scott's Bowl lap. Scott's, sitting right atop Big Cottonwood Canyon, almost always gets the most snow in the Wasatch Back. The snow in Scott's is usually just as deep as the snow you'd find back at Brighton or Solitude Resorts.
Place to get snacks for the powder day backpack:
If I'm grabbing snacks on a powder day, chances are I'm probably just going to run into the Mid Mountain Lodge and grab my favorite energy bar. When skiing McConkey's terrain, you can actually duck out on the Woodside trail to load up on snacks and then hop right back on to your skis while never having to stray too far from McConkey's lift.
Place to ski on a spring day:
On a spring day at PCMR, just simply watch the sun. Ski the runs that are catching the most sunlight. Let the sun work on the slopes for an hour or two, then once the sun has had a chance to soften up the slops get out there and lean into those groomers. My pick is Prospector under the Silverload chair.
Place to take the family skiing:
I steer most families in the King Cong direction. Here, the adults can keep any eye on their little ones in the Ridge Terrain Park, all while not sacrificing their own urge to ski some nice intermediate groomers as they head back to the lift. What's really nice is that King Cong is a high-speed quad and has a super short lift ride, so you wont spend your entire day just riding lifts.
Place for Dinner:
I run an Asian Sushi and Tapas bar (Yuki Arashi Sushi), so you can probably guess what I'd recommend. If you're not in the mood for the three-time Best in State Sushi you're in luck, because we have plenty of items for the land lovers. If I'm looking to load up on some carbs for a big pow day, I'll usually slurp back some Kurobuta Pork Ramen Noodles.
Place for Aprés:
When I think Aprés in Park City, two places come to mind. First, The Corner Store located at the base of the resort. That's where all the local "dude bros" spend their hard earned cash throwing back cheap PBR's and eating burgers and wings. If you're looking for a classier crowd, say one that enjoys award winning Rye Whiskeys and incredible cheese fondue, then look no further than the High West Whiskey Distillery, Saloon and Restaurant located at the base of Town Lift on Park Ave in Park City. I can't say enough good things about this place, only wish I could spend more time there.