Park City, Utah: North America’s most accessible ski destination

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Park City, Utah is just 35 minutes from Salt Lake International Airport. This vast winter playground combines Park City Mountain, Deer Valley Resort and Woodward Park City.

It is a haven for winter sports enthusiasts and has hosted major skiing events, like the 2002 Winter Olympics and many world cups. The fun extends off the slopes with the annual Sundance Film Festival in January, where skiers rub shoulders with celebrities.

Vast ski area

Park City Mountain boasts the largest ski resort in the United States. Its consistent and abundant snowfall ensures there is plenty of the white stuff throughout the season. Skiers and snowboarders of all levels, from families to experts, will find a wide range of terrain, including immaculately groomed pistes, challenging steeps and pretty woodland runs.

Deer Valley Resort is recognised as one of the world’s best ski resorts, offering skiers a more luxurious experience with six peaks to explore for all levels. Deer Valley offers a variety of terrain, exceptional guest service, amazing groomed pistes, gladed trees and steep chutes. Lastly, Woodward Park City is an action sports centre paradise. It is equipped with a top-of-the-line terrain park, halfpipe and snow tubing. Or take a break from skiing to enjoy cosy winter sleigh rides, bobsledding or snowshoeing.

Park City, Main Street trolley in winter

Popular ski runs

There are too many to choose from, but here are a few of our favourite runs at each resort. At Park City Mountain, experts will love the King’s Crown, a challenging double black diamond run, known for its steep terrain and deep powder, located in the McMonkey Bowl area. Silver King is a black diamond run ideal for intermediate and advanced skiers, offering a mix of groomed runs and moguls. Intermediates can practice their turns on Homerun, a long blue which runs from the summit down to the base of the mountain, or take the winding blue Claimjumper through the trees. The green Payday run is a favourite for beginners.

At Deer Valley, experts will love everything off Empire Lift, especially the Daly Chutes offering steep off-piste experiences. Intermediate and advanced skiers will enjoy roaming around Flagstaff Peak. Lastly, beginners can explore five of the six peaks with green trails, some favourites are Last Chance and Ontario.

Off the slopes

Skiers will find plenty to do off the mountain too. Park City, a 20th-century silver mining town, has retained much of its pretty architecture. Historic Main Street is lined with century-old buildings, art galleries, boutique shops and top-notch restaurants. Explore the Utah Olympic Park, channel your inner-Olympian on the bobsled course or check out the free museums that highlight the history of skiing in the area and information regarding the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Want to explore nature off the slopes? Check out snowshoeing, snowmobiling or dogsledding. Maybe treat yourself to one of the many decident spas in the Park City area and don’t forget to do a little shopping at the Park City Outlets or the boutiques along historic Main Street.

Park City at night

Eat local

With over 150 restaurants to choose from, there is a wide range of dining options, from upscale fine dining to laidback family joints. You’ll find an array of international cuisine and innovative American fare.

Ski lodging

Diverse lodging options in Park City cater to every traveller’s preference and budget. From luxurious slope-side hotels offering unparalleled amenities and service, to cozy and quaint rooms scattered throughout town.

Destination Stewardship

Park City is working to become a certified destination from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). They launched their plan in autumn 2022 and already have 83 projects being worked on. The projects will help Park City become a net-zero community by 2030, and run 100 percent on renewable electricity by 2030. All resorts have their own sustainability initiatives as well, that complement the community goals.

Getting there

Salt Lake City International Airport is just 35 minutes’ drive. From here several shuttle companies provide transportation from the airport to Park City. Alternatively, you can rent a car, or pick up a rideshare at the airport. Getting around Park City Mountain is easy; the public bus system is called the Park City Transit system.

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