PARK CITY UTAH SKIING
Park City, once a small, sleepy mining town, has become one of the most sought after winter destinations for skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing as well as bobsledding, luge, skeleton, fine dining and après ski. In fact, Park City is considered by many industry professionals to be #1 for après ski activities and night life.
PARK CITY SKI RESORTS
Ski Magazine ranks all three of our world-class ski resorts: Deer Valley Resort, Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort, in the top 10 resorts in North America. Deer Valley was ranked #2, Park City Mountain Resort #5 and Canyons #10. Deer Valley Resort was ranked #1 five years in a row and this year received the distinction of being ranked as the #1 Best Ski Resort in the inaugural World Ski Awards.
As if that were not enough, Outside Magazine selected Park City as the Best Active Town in the U.S. by online voting during the summer of 2013.
With nearly 10,000 acres of skiable terrain, the three resorts offer just about any kind of terrain imaginable. In addition, there are 7,000 acres of dedicated open space and more than 400 miles of trails for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and hiking, many of which are groomed.
Park City is the only ski resort town in the country with three world-class resorts all located within a 35-minute drive of the Salt Lake International airport. It is also within a short drive time to a relatively major metropolitan city, Salt Lake City. Depending on weather and road conditions, it is possible to arrive in the morning and be skiing in the early afternoon.
Why is Utah known for “The Greatest Snow on Earth?”
Most storms come to the Wasatch Range from the Northwest, and as they travel over the deserts of Idaho and western Utah, they tend to lose the heavy moisture associated with Sierra Cement: heavy, wet snow. By the time the storms arrive here, the snow, having lost a considerable amount of moisture, is now Utah powder and makes skiing and snowboarding some of the best in the world. Utah’s light and fluffy snow makes for wonderful conditions for all the powder hounds that live for these types of storms.
Parts of the Wasatch Range are also subject to what is called the “lake effect.” As storms come across the Great Salt Lake, they pick up moisture from the warm lake before continuing east over the Wasatch Mountains. This phenomenon is known as “orographic lift.” These storms are what give the ski resorts of Alta, Snowbird, Brighton and Solitude their 500+ inches of powder most years. The remaining snow then comes over the top of the Wasatch, releasing what’s left at Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort.
Southern storms coming in from California can affect the Central Mountains of Utah with heavy, wet snow before moving north. The moisture from the south mixes with the cold storms from the north, producing copious amounts of the famous “Utah Powder.”
If you have been to Utah before you will know that, although we have some pretty strange liquor laws, getting a drink and finding a good après ski spot is easy. All the resorts in Park City have several bars waiting to serve you after a great day of skiing or snowboarding and there are plenty more in the historic district on Main Street. In fact, you can ski to the lower part of Main Street at the end of the day from Park City Mountain Resort and pick from dozens of bars and restaurants. If you left your car at Park City Mountain Resort, Park City’s free bus system is readily available to take you back to your car when you are ready. Otherwise, be aware that the Town Lift closes at 4:30 p.m.
Depending upon your interpretation of après ski, in Park City and the three resorts there are over 100 restaurants and bars to choose from. They are all unique, ranging from very upscale to very casual, with a local neighborhood feel and appeal. And don’t forget the entertainment. There is something going on every night at dozens of bars and restaurants. Everything from live music to stand-up comedy can be found during the ski season. Concerts are abundant and held at great indoor venues during the colder winter months and outside during spring skiing.
With our free bus transportation service and dozens of taxi and transportation companies, your après ski can last till the wee hours of the morning if you so choose.
WHY SKI PARK CITY?
In Park City, you have the best of all worlds. Not only offering skiing and snowboarding at three of the top ten resorts in the country, Park City also offers its 2002 Olympic legacy at the Utah Olympic Park. Located just outside the city limits, the Olympic Park was host to the 2002 bobsled, luge, skeleton and ski jumping competitions. The Olympic Park today offers bobsled and skeleton rides as well as winter zip lines. Two museums are also part of the park’s heritage.
Without going on and on, here are a few more reasons to Ski Park City:
- Free bus and trolley service – you won’t need a car while visiting
- Over 140 bars and restaurants in the area and a culinary scene worthy of any city
- Three world-class ski resorts offering 10,000 acres of skiing
- Easy access – only 35 minutes from Salt Lake International Airport
- A thriving arts community with dozens of art galleries, indoor concert venues and outdoor amphitheaters along with a year-long list of cultural and sporting events
- Dozens of winter activities and sports other than skiing and snowboardingShopping options from Historic Main Street to the Tanger Outlet Mall and more
- Locally brewed beer, vodka and whiskey
World-renowned lodging properties such as Stein Eriksen Lodge, Hyatt Escala, St. Regis, Montage, Waldorf Astoria Park City and many, many more
- Wide variety of ski and snowboard terrain
- Half-pipes, super pipes and terrain parks
- Hundreds of miles of trails with some groomed for your convenience for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
- Home of the US SKI & SNOWBOARD Association (USSA) and of the annual Sundance Film Festival
- Bobsled, luge and Skeleton World Cups
- Deer Valley Celebrity Ski Fest (early December)
- Annual Kimball Art Festival in August (one the country’s largest