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Clintons plan private time in Park City

The first family watch is on in Park City.

But any glimpses of the Clintons will probably have to made on the sly. Neither President Clinton nor first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton are scheduled to make any public appearances during their weekend getaway to the Beehive State, according to the White House.

The Clintons are meeting daughter Chelsea, a freshman at Stanford University in California, to celebrate her 18th birthday Friday skiing on the fresh layer of powder that blanketed Utah's mountains the past two days. The Clintons will stay at a private residence in the Park City area.

The president was scheduled to arrive from California on Air Force One at Salt Lake International Airport Thursday evening, then travel via motorcade to Park City, the White House said. It would mark his first visit to Utah as president. The Clintons intend to stay through Sunday.

Whether the president dons a pair of skis remains to be seen. He has never been skiing as president or as governor of Arkansas.

Clinton, who was injured 14 years ago at his first attempt at skiing, told the Associated Press that he plans to just "stay in the cabin and read" while his wife and daughter hit the slopes. The president suffered a knee injury in a fall last year that left him on crutches for weeks. But the White House said he has fully recovered.

The first lady, who skied in Switzerland earlier this month, arrived in Utah earlier. Chelsea was scheduled to come in sometime Thursday, said Sandra Tijerina of the first lady's White House office. She said she didn't know whether Chelsea would be traveling with her father.

Although Park City is abuzz about the visit, no one has reported or admitted to seeing Hillary Clinton. Tijerina said the Clintons consider the ski trip "private" time and intend to keep a low profile.

Local officials in Park City said they've received no official word about a presidential visit.

"I know nothing," said Anita Sheldon, administrative assistant to Park City Police Chief Lloyd Evans. "We really don't have any information."

Tijerina said the first lady and her daughter travel with an entourage of Secret Service agents and typically don't require additional local protection unless a public event is held. The first lady's next scheduled appearance is in Washington on Monday.

The president has spent the past couple of days touring weather-induced destruction in Florida and California. (See photo on A2.)