Park City Lodging and Accommodations
Written by Ron Thompson • Last updated Sep 21, 2017
There are three major areas where you can stay and walk to a lift: Historic Park City near the base of the Town Lift, The Park City base area, and The Canyons village. Thanks to the free transit system in town, lodging properties in other areas of Park City are viable (and often cheaper) options even if you don’t have a car. For those with cars, a much cheaper option is downtown Salt Lake City, which is only about a 30-minute drive.
The Park City base area is right at the edge of town but has easy access to most of the chair lifts going up the mountain – Payday Express, Crescent Express, First Time, 3 Kings and Eagle. Silver Star which is a bit more out of the way gives access to lodging in the Thaynes Canyon/Golf Course areas, and feeds into King Con Express to get skiers to the rest of the mountain. From Canyons Village, the Cabriolet Gondola runs from one of the main parking areas to the base of the Red Pine Gondola, and is not far from the base of Orange Bubble Express. Sunrise, Red Pine Gondola, and Orange Bubble are all easily accessible from lodging and shops in the Canyons Village. From Old Town Park City, the mountain is only accessible via the Town Lift.
Historic Park City and its Main Street is the best option for dining, nightlife, and shopping out of the three areas. The Park City base area is roughly a mile away from Historic Park City and has a small market for the bare necessities. The Canyons Village is quieter and has more upscale options and also has a small market for basics in the Westgate building. If you have a rental car, Kimball Junction (where you got off the interstate on your way in) has “normal” food and supply shopping options. Another pro-tip: since it’s Utah, and Utah has some strange laws, don’t plan on trying to stock up on alcohol on a Sunday.
Park City is busy from December to April and of course, the holiday weeks are busiest and you can expect rates to be higher. It's worth noting that another busy week is the Sundance Film Festival, usually around the third week of January, which can mean higher prices or a lack of rooms. Overall, Park City lodging is similar to Summit County in Colorado. It’s not as bad as Vail or Aspen, but more expensive than Tahoe. If you don’t mind driving to the resort, you can always stay at Salt Lake City which has plenty of options for lodging and is just a 40-minute drive away. Depending on the sort of lodging you need and the amount of time you’re staying, the amount you save by staying in Salt Lake City could more than pay for the rental car.