Park City

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Ron Thompson

Pros

  • Largest ski resort in the US, we're talking 7,300 ac!
  • Over 360 in of famous Utah powder per year
  • Best suited for intermediate skiers and snowboarders
  • Authentic Old West mining town with plenty of attractions and activities
  • You haven't skied Utah until you've skied Park City!

Cons

  • Susceptible to major crowds flocking in from Salt Lake City
  • Slopes aren't as steep as nearby Alta; also receives less snow
  • Lodging needs an upgrade
  • Most accommodation is far from the lifts

Overall

5

The largest ski area in the entire United States, home to the greatest snow on earth (so locals claim), and named one of the top 20 prettiest towns by Forbes…ladies and gentlemen, it’s Park City! As ski resorts go, this place is up there with the best in the world, totaling up an enormous 7,300 ac of ski terrain with over 300 trails and counting. But it’s not just sheer vastness that makes Park City stand out, it’s the holy grail of excellent quality powder, consistent snowfall, and a distinct lack of wind that generally keeps the white stuff fresh, dry, and floaty.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

Early February to mid-March

The ski season at Park City can last for five whole glorious months, from mid-November to mid-April. The start and tail end aren’t going to offer the best snow, so if you can aim your trip for any time between the beginning of February to the middle of March. This time of year gives you the best chance of scoring fresh deep powder with all the trails and lifts open. When it comes to snowfall, there is no reliable pattern in Utah, but the local consensus is that the second half of February is when the best powder is served, usually around the time of the Presidents’ Day national holiday. During the Sundance Film Festival, you may find the slopes surprisingly quiet, but restaurants get booked out months in advance and accommodation prices are usually turned up a notch, so make sure you’ve secured a ski and snowboard deal.

FLY TO

Salt Lake International Airport

SHUTTLE TO

Park City (45 minutes)

Base of Park City (Walk)

  • Easy access to lifts
  • Small convenience store
  • Roughly 1 mi from Historic Park City

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Canyons Village (Walk)

  • Easy access to lifts
  • Quiet and has more upscale lodging options
  • Small market for basics

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Historic Park City (1-2 mi)

  • Has the best options for dining, nightlife and shopping, mostly around Main Street
  • Close to base of Town Lift
  • Old mining town charm

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Salt Lake City (30-35 mi)

  • Cheaper lodging and wider selection of accommodation
  • 30 minutes drive from resort
  • Convenient base for skiing at other resorts

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For beginners

Our pick for beginners is The Meadows, a wide and mellow beginner trail where they can find some good snow since it's unusually high up the mountain for a green slope compared to other North American resorts!

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For intermediates

Intermediates this is your mountain. For a hella long run with steep sections, bridges, and tunnels to keep you twisting and turning, take Alpenglow to Twilight and then connect onto Harmony! It's our favorite here!

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For experts

For the biggest drop, Canyon's is where is at. But if you want to test your limits here, take the McConkey's Express Chairlift and hike up to Jupiter Peak, where the heart-racing East Face and Puma Bowl awaits.

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Find freshies

On the Park City side, you'll find the deepest fresh stuff in the Main Bowl as well as the hike-to terrain along the ridge off Jupiter chairlift. On the Canyons side, hike up Ninety-Nine 90 for endless freshies in the off-piste and backcountry terrain!

Ditch the crowds

Avoid the Silverlode Express and Tombstone Express lifts during peak hours (10:00am - 2:00pm) if you're not a fan of queues! 

Non skiers

As one of our best ski resorts for non-skiers in North America, we're pretty sure non-skiers will be well entertained here. The options are endless, we couldn't fit it all here.

Families

With so much terrain to explore and tons of off-slope activities all within this historic mining town, there's something for the whole family to enjoy.

Park City vs
Park CityAlta
beginner8 %25 %
intermediate42 %40 %
advanced32 %35 %
expert18 %-
total runs347 116
ski area7,300ac 2,200ac
summit elevation10,000ft 10,550ft
total lifts41 11
child lift ticket$89 $54
adult lift ticket$139 $104
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall205″ 270″

Park City Reviews

Superb

4.6 / 5

based on 89 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 07, 2017
TRTyler R.
I go as much as I can every year, there's enough mountain that you don't ever had to ride the same run again unless you want to. Always quick with updates on conditions and maintaining the slopes, and the food is great on the mountain.
Superb!

5 / 5

Sep 30, 2017
PJPhil J.
38 lifts which provide endless terrain. Add Utah's light fluffy snow which makes for great skiing! Less than 45 minutes from Salt Lake City so very accesable. Lots of other activities, great food and drink!
Superb!

5 / 5

Dec 18, 2013
SSamantha
the only place i have been on the west coast and it was great, trying to get a job there
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 05, 2013
MMark
The flight and connections are very convienent to our home and allow great conditions and excellent lodging for a half day of travel.
Superb!

5 / 5

Feb 19, 2013
GGlenn
Reasons I like Park City: the lodging, the town, the dining, the ski terrain, the shopping. My wife and I met on a ski trip to Park City in 1998. That has a lot to do with why I like Park City.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Dec 26, 2012
RRusty
best all around: great mountain variety, authentic village feel, good food, non-ski activities, easy to get to.
Superb!

5 / 5

Nov 26, 2012
CChris
natural and beatiful feel. really feels hidden and untouched in places and yet state of the art in mountain amenities. probably one of the nicest peak lodges i have been.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 22, 2012
WWendel
It is very convenient to the SLC airport. Great bus service in town. NO need to rent a car.For many years I spent from Nov. 15 to DEC !5th and got a great rate on lodging, since it was off season. Had no snow once in 12 years.
Superb!

5 / 5

Jul 20, 2012
DDarlene
As a beginner I found Park City to be perfect. Even going to the top, I felt comfortable skiing. Hope to go back
Superb!

5 / 5

May 27, 2012
JJailton
I went to Park City this last January, and I liked so much, that I returned last March. Everything: from hospitality to terrain and snow condition. The very short 30-minute trip from Salt Lake city Airport to the Resort, makes it the shortest of its kind!! We loved so much, that my ski partner bought a Time-share there.
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