Park City

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Park city
Ron Thompson
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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.
Airplane

FLY TO

Salt Lake International Airport

Bus

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

Dec 30, 2010
BBonnie
It is wonderful place to take the family. The staff was terrific and made us feel welcome
Superb!

5 / 5

Dec 06, 2010
RRandy
Has tons of great intermediate skiing, plus friendly people, decent nightlife and many other slopes nearby.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Jun 05, 2010
PParkin
The entire resort is easily accessible from the town of Park City itself, which has tons of hotels and apartments with easy access to all the town amenities. You're also very close to Deer Valley and the Canyons, giving you easy access to three world class ski resorts.
Superb!

5 / 5

Apr 02, 2010
CCj
It's so easy to get to and the snow is always great and the restaurants are wonderful!
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 02, 2009
DDietrich
Very good snow conditions. Wide selection of slopes, although you need a car or take the bus to get from one area to the other.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 01, 2009
KKandice
We stayed at the Grand Summit and it was amazing. The gongola is right out the back door. You can check your skis in as soon as you enter the hotel.
Superb!

5 / 5

Sep 29, 2009
SSuzette
This is another place I have been to in the past and found the mountain right for my level of skiing - intermediate.
Superb!

5 / 5

Sep 17, 2009
GGeorgia
About the same as Deer Valley, but even more to choose from. I also like Whistler/Blackcombe But Utah is my favorite place.
Superb!

5 / 5

Apr 09, 2009
KKelley
The Canyons is fun to get out and explore. It offers a lot more for the adventurous types of skiers.
Superb!

5 / 5

Mar 12, 2009
RRon
We wanted a ski in/ ski out location and a place that had things to do when not skiing.
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Salt Lake City, Utah

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Deer Valley Resort
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Park City
8% 42% 50%
Snowbird
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