Why Park City?
Huge news for Park City for 2015/16: expansion plans have merged Park City with the Canyons ski area to become the largest single ski area in the United States, connected by a new high-speed gondola.
Park City has it all - Two ski areas on its doorstep with four more within easy driving distance, fantastic shops, bars and restaurants on a historic main street, excellent value accommodation and the "Greatest Snow on Earth” plus a lovely short transfer from the airport. Just 40 minutes outside Salt Lake City, the town of Park City is a ski holiday destination in its own right but also an excellent base for enjoying the best skiing that Utah has to offer.
Park City is made up of three areas - Main Street, connected to the ski area by the Town lift on the way up and a ski-bridge on the way down, Resort Plaza at the base of the mountain and Canyons Village. They are linked by a shuttle bus.
The ski area has runs suitable for all abilities spread across 17 peaks and 14 bowls. It is a true intermediate paradise as there is 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 that you can nearly always find untracked powder, even well into the afternoon. While the runs are biased towards intermediates and above, advanced skiers and boarders are offered a huge amount of easily accessible off-piste terrain. There is an excellent ski school and a well set up beginner area. The area is also particularly good for snowboarding with six natural half-pipes, gullies and superb terrain parks.
A 5-10 minute drive, or a free shuttle journey away and you have the resort of Deer Valley which can be included on one lift pass. An hour’s drive away you will find the gems that are the resorts of 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 reasonable 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. Star-spotting is popular, especially during the Sundance Film Festival, held in January each year. The legacy of the Winter Olympics is still apparent and the Olympic Park is a fun place to visit. There is outlet shopping down in Kimball Junction and then all the usual acitivities you would expect in a ski resort from sleigh rides to hot air ballooning.
Park City town offers the best value accommodation of the two ski resorts in the area and there is a good range encompassing contemporary B&B motels all the way 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 there is an excellent shuttle system or you can hire a car and have 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.
Within a couple of hours of Park City you will find a selection of National Parks offering some of the most stunning scenery in North America. Why not add another dimension to your holiday and take a few days to explore Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Moab, Arches or even the Grand Canyon. These can all be combined in the Utah Safari and you can even finish with a night or two in infamous Las Vegas. Please click here for more details.