Park City, situated only 35 scenic miles from the bustling Salt Lake City airport is Utah’s year-round playground. Whether you are searching for the best skiing in the country or you want to take advantage of an astonishing palette of warm-weather activities, you will find welcoming locals and luxurious lodgings that make any visit to Park City vacation simply unforgettable. Nestled within the city are three distinctive resorts with their own flavors, ski terrain and activities. Visit one — or visit all three – you’ll have such an amazing experience, you won’t want to leave when your vacation is over!
Park City Mountain Resort
With 7,300 skiable acres that offer 14 powdery bowls, seven terrain parks, a vertical rise of 3,200 feet and an elevation of 10,000 feet, Park City offers visitors the added convenience of being able to ski right in town. Boasting an excellent system of infrastructure that is designed to quickly and easily get ski enthusiasts from one choice ski spot to another, Park City also welcomes snowboarders. Visitors to Park City have unfettered access to the area’s slopes via the Eagle, Crescent, and Payday lifts. The resort also features a mini pipe and a super pipe as well as a mega-park where, if your lucky, you’ll catch some of the professional skiers and riders practicing their latest aerial techniques and acrobatics!
Park City offers snow lovers more than 300 trails in a variety of skill levels with most aimed toward the skier who is at the intermediate level and beyond. Of these trails, 12 percent are for beginners — as designated by a Green Circle — while 47 percent are Blue Square or have terrain suited for intermediate skiers. The remaining 41 percent of the trails are marked with a Black Diamond and are designed for experienced skiers. When visitors have their fill of skiing, a zip line and the Alpine Coaster beckon them for an adventure of a different sort.
Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley has more than 2,000 acres of ski trails to satisfy even the most discerning ski aficionado. In addition, Deer Valley’s ban on snowboarding means that the resort’s focus is squarely on the needs and desires of skiers. This ski resort provides 21 chairlifts — including a high-speed gondola that seats four people comfortably, which allows its guests easy access to the more than 20 feet of powdery goodness that the area averages in snowfall each year. Deer Valley caters to skiers of all levels, but offers the most variety to those who are within the intermediate level. This includes expertly manicured fall-line runs as well as moguls, bowls and glades that are more suited for the advanced skier.
The summit elevation of Deer Valley is more than 9,500 feet high with a vertical drop of 3,000 adrenaline-pumping feet and a base elevation of more than 6,500 feet. Deer Valley provides skiers with 101 trails, and six bowls for those who are advanced in skill level. In order to gain objective guidance, skiers can take advantage of Deer Valley’s ski school with top-notch instructors from around the world in attendance.
When skiers are zapped for energy, Deer Valley offers a variety of restaurants that can accommodate them on a ski-in/ski-out basis for convenience such as après-ski cafes and sit-down options. A resort that is designed for the more upscale visitor who does not mind paying a bit more for top-notch services, Deer Valley Resort has earned the distinction of being Ski Magazine’s number one rated resort in customer service.
The Canyons Park City
Conveniently connected with Park City via a gondola, The Canyons provides visitors with a convenient — and scenic — method of getting from the city to some of the best skiing in the area. With close to 30 feet of fresh and powdery snow falling during an average year, The Canyons provides diverse terrain, nine peaks and plenty of action for skiers of all levels — especially those in the intermediate and advanced skill ranges. Covering 4,000 acres of terrain and offering 162 trails, The Canyons also boasts a superb lift infrastructure. With lots of side country, tree skiing, fall-line cruisers and options for snowboarders who want to shred it out, The Canyons offers visitors a well-rounded skiing experience.
The Canyons provides superb guest services and have a distinctly family-friendly atmosphere. In addition to offering lessons for powder lovers of all skill levels, The Canyons is also home to the only heated chairlift in the country — the Orange Bubble Express. The resort is also the site of a racing segment of the Spring Grand Prix of Skicross and Snowboardcross. In the summertime, guests can enjoy an expansive mountain trail system that is perfect for hiking and biking. There are also activities such as mini golf and zip lines to whet a visitor’s adventurous streak.
Park City is a vibrant city hub that features the convenience of three ski resorts — all are connected by a free bus system — that surround it. As the ideal base camp, Park City offers options for every skier — regardless of their circumstances.
Whether visitors want a family-focused vacation with activities for skiers and snowboarders alike or they prefer to have a more adult-oriented atmosphere, there is a resort that is designed to meet those needs. During those times off the slopes, visitors can enjoy other activities within the city itself, such as the famed Sundance Film Festival, gastronomically delightful restaurants, varied activities, shopping galore and a lively nightlife.