Three Reasons to Visit Park City this Winter

Andy Knights

With 7,300 acres of skiable terrain, it's big. With an average snowfall of 30 feet, it's deep. And with Utah's trademarked 'Greatest Snow on Earth™', it's dry and light. Here's why Park City has to be on your list for this winter.

Terrain - It's Big

In 2015/16, Park City merged with Canyons to become 'Park City Mountain Resort', North America's second largest ski area. It's a giant resort including 17 peaks and 14 bowls spread over 7,300 acres of skiable terrain. With 87% of the resort classified as intermediate to advanced terrain - including 120 runs groomed daily - it's an immaculate playground whether you're looking for carving or powder.


Park City Mountain Resort © Dan Campbell
It's hard to get bored with Park City's expansive terrain

Snowfall - It's Deep

On average, from December to March Utah receives 30 cm of snow once every five days - which means almost guaranteed powder days on your holiday. The reason? The 'lake-effect', where cold storms travel over the Great Salt Lake (which never freezes). As warm, moist air rises from the lake, it cools and it starts snowing. When the air meets the Wasatch mountains, it rises and cools even more and sets off powder alerts across the state. During my last visit to Park City, we had 150 cm of the lightest powder I have skied outside of Alaska fall over an 11 day period.

Andy Knights in Canyons
Riding powder in Park City in 2009

Snow Quality - It's Dry and Light

"The Greatest Snow on Earth" is a trademark of the state of Utah and Park City receives its fair share of the legendary dry and light powder. There's a scientific reason for this too. Storms typically come from the Pacific coast, so they have a fair way to go to reach Utah - much of which is desert land - and so the air dries out on its way towards the Wasatch Mountains. It's hard to describe just how dry and light the snow is without experiencing it yourself, but this may help:

Utah's snow is so unique, there's even a book about it - which is where most of what we know about how it forms comes from! If you want to learn more, read Jim Steenburgh's "Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth: Weather, Climate Change, and Finding Deep Powder in Utah's Wasatch Mountains and Around the World".

P.S. It's Also Great Value

Before you go, there's one more reason to visit Park City this winter - value! Book by 15 November to save up 40%. 10 nights B&B starts from just £1195pp staying at the 4* Park City Peaks Hotel.

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