Originally a silver mining town on the east side of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, Park City has transformed itself into the best of Utah Ski Towns, as a home for three world-class ski resorts – Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, and Canyons. Downtown Park City blends the old with the new – restored historic mining buildings (64 in town and on nearby hillsides are on the National Historic Register) are home to hip clothing shops, contemporary art galleries and more than 100 outstanding restaurants and local watering holes where old west often meets Hollywood type glam. Park City hosts arts and cultural events throughout year, and sporting events as it did the 2002 Winter Olympics, and is only 35 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport, making it an easily reachable year-round destination by air.
Why Park City is Different
Utah and Park City lay claim to the “greatest snow on earth,” and it may be the most accessible due to its close proximity to Salt Lake International Airport. Each of Park City’s resorts have a distinct personality. Deer Valley caters to a high-end clientele looking for luxury, impeccable service and perfectly groomed terrain. Park City Mountain resort is a great option for families. Canyons boasts a younger vibe while hosting outdoor concerts and on-mountain competitions. And notably, for 10 days every January, all eyes are on Park City as it turns into the hottest Hollywood party during the Sundance Film Festival, the largest and most prestigious Independent Film Festival in the US.
Nearest Ski Mountain
Deer Vally and Canyons Resort
Along with Park City Mountain for families, Deer Valley for luxury and Canyons having Utah’s largest skiable terrain, all are quality resorts a short hop from town.BEST ADVICERESTAURANTS NIGHTLIFE AND EVENTS
Each resort in Park City brings its own unique experience in terms of skiing, dining and lodging. Those looking for an exceptionally luxurious retreat in the mountains will enjoy the ski-in/ski-out amenities offered at the Montage Deer Valley and the Waldorf Astoria at Canyons. At the other end of the budget spectrum is the Chateau Apres Lodge at the base of Park City Mountain Resort – a great option for those looking to save on lodging and still experience all Park City has to offer. The Summit Watch just off Main Street keeps you in the center of all the action in Old Town Park City.
Use the “Explore Park City’s Best Lodging Deals” box above and right to find the Park City lodging choices that best fit you.
In winter, if skiing at Park City Mountain, take the Town lift down onto Main Street for your break in the day and dining or apres-ski drinks. In summer, reverse that and take the Town Lift from Main Street up onto the Park City Mountain and hike back down through the stunning aspen forests.
Park City’s restaurants are not to be missed. Mustang’s eclectic mix of culinary creations include a Duck Chile Relleno and a perfectly-puffy chocolate souffle. Get a taste of Park City’s finest whiskey and vodka spirits by sampling the craft cocktails at High West Distillery, a household name among ski bums and whiskey enthusiasts. Baked Brie and a glass of white burgundy at the french inspired Bistro 412 are one way to warm up after a cold day on the slopes. Whether you’re getting first chair or a late start, the popular Eating Establishment will serve you a hearty breakfast until 4 pm.
The “Beach” at Silver Lake Lodge, features comfortable loungers where you can relax and grab a beer or glass of wine when the sun is out – no need to remove the ski boots. The Corner Store on the Main Plaza of Park City Mountain Resort features local craft beers and live apres music. Head to Main Street for buzzing nightlife. Look out over the lights of Main Street from the heated second-floor deck of No Name Saloon, mingle with the locals at O’Shucks right next door, or go dancing at Cisero’s or Park City Live.
Park City Lodging
Use the “Explore Park City’s Best Lodging Deals” box above and right to find Park City’s best Lodging choices and deals. Lodging choices are pre-ordered by price, but you can enter your own search parameters.
The first choice here has to be the truly world famous and entertainment industry esteemed Sundance Film Festival. The Festival takes over the town for weeks in January and the real Hollywood A-list is here, from Festival founder Robert Redford to the hundreds of actors, directors and industry executives networking and displaying their crafts.
Yet there is more. Park City is home to live theater productions at the Egyptian Theater on Main Street and major musical acts at numerous venues such as Park City Live and Canyons. Competitive ski events take place at Deer Valley and Park City. The FIS Freestyle World Cup under the lights at Deer Valley in January showcases the best bumps and jumps skiers. Park City Mountain Resort’s famed superpipe hosts the VISA U.S. Grand Prix Competitions in February. Both are excellent spectator events.
Off Mountain Activities
Along with skiing, the list here is endless, including access to every outdoor mountain sport. For something a little different, consider the early morning tranquility and serenity of the snow above the mountains with Park City Balloon Adventures. Whether high-speed snowmobile tours or a day fly fishing for trout is your idea of a good time, Red Pine Adventures will be your guide and cater to your expectations. Elevate your dining experience at Deer Valley Resort with Boulder Mountain Ranch, which includes a horse-drawn sleigh ride prior to dropping you off at the restaurant of your choice.
For Olympic sports, whether watching or trying for yourself, go to the Utah Winter Sports Park, built in 2002 for the Olympic Winter Games and now host to recreational ski jumping or bobsled and skeleton rides on their track.
By Patrick Brown