Why Park City?
Huge expansion for 2015/16 - Park City and Canyons have merged to create the
largest single ski area in the United States.
More than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain connected by a brand new high speed gondola.
The USA's largest ski area, Park City Mountain Resort has it all. Two huge ski areas on its doorstep. An authentic ski town proud of its silver mining heritage. Bustling bars and superb restaurants. And to top it off, snow so good it's trademarked "The Greatest Snow on Earth".
Park City alone is an incredible ski holiday in its own right. Yet with five ski resorts nearby, it's also the perfect base to experience the rest of the best skiing in Utah. And just 35 minutes outside Salt Lake City, it's a lovely short transfer.
There are three access points to the terrain: Main
Street (take the Town lift on the way up, the ski bridge on the way
down), Resort Plaza (choose from one of six chairs) and Canyons
Village (take the Bubble Express or Red Pine Gondola). The resort's
complimentary ski shuttle whisks skiers between all three and for the
first time ever you can now ski to them too. The brand new high speed
Quicksilver Gondola connects Canyons Village to Park City. Allow about
half an hour to ski between the two.
The resort has runs suitable for all abilities, mostly
beneath the tree line and spread across the 17 peaks and 14 bowls. It's a true
intermediate paradise with a huge amount of variety. The resort extends across
tree-clad canyons, with four gondolas and multiple high-speed quads spanning
the gaps between them. The glade skiing is fantastic and the resort is so vast
you'll nearly always find untracked powder, even well into the afternoon.
While the runs are ideal for intermediates and above, there is
also a huge amount of easily accessible off-piste terrain for advanced skiers
and boarders. The ski school is excellent and there is a well set up
beginner area. The resort is also particularly good for snowboarding with six
natural half-pipes, gullies and superb terrain parks.
Deer Valley is just a 5-10 minute drive away (free shuttle
available) and can be included on a single lift pass. An hour's drive away is
more skiing in the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons - Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton and Alta. Easily done as a day trip, these also usually offer some of
the best untouched powder in the area.
Off the Slopes
Park City is a reasonably sized town so there is a lot on
offer once you are done with the day's skiing or riding. Historic Main Street has
restaurants, both simple and sophisticated, as well as snug bars and swanky
shops. It's also home to the world's first ski-in ski-out distillery!
Star-spotting is popular, especially during the Sundance Film Festival held in
January each year (expect to pay more for accommodation but enjoy slopes
practically to yourself). The legacy of the Winter Olympics is still strong
- the Olympic Park is a fun place to visit and try the Bobsled or
Skeleton. There is money-saving designer outlet shopping in Kimball Junction,
plus all the activities you would expect in a ski resort. From Family
sleigh rides to hot air ballooning in and around the resort.
Park City town offers the best value accommodation in the area, ranging from good value condos through to luxury self-catering townhomes. There are great options for groups and families - particularly if you book early. The accommodation is spread throughout the town but the excellent shuttle system offers complete flexibility.
Canyons Village, just four miles from Park City's Main Street, offers a variety of luxurious and convenient accommodation. Many of the amenities are located in the large hotel and condo properties here. There is a reasonable selection of shops and some great restaurants with the renowned Farm being foremost among them.
Just a couple of hours from Park City is some of the most stunning and iconic scenery in North America's national parks. Take a few days to explore Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Moab, Arches or the Grand Canyon after your ski holiday on a Utah Ski Safari. Available in any combinations and number of nights it's an exceptional self-drive itinerary. End on a high with a one or two night stay in Las Vegas or even San Francisco.