A Locals Guide to Park City Utah

Nestled above the Great Salt Lake Valley lies the former mining community of Park City, once a sleepy mining town, now a booming city teaming with tourists the entire year through. During the long winter months skiers arrive searching for the perfect light and fluffy powder snow that Utah is so famous for. Not only a winter destination, Park City is also the perfect summer destination for the many summer attractions that have made Park City famous.

Park City boasts three major resorts, Deer Valley, Park City, and The Canyons. This city is the perfect vacation destination for any economic situation. Deer Valley is an exclusive resort which only allows a certain number of skiers on their meticulously groomed slopes. They ensure that only “exclusive” customers grace their slopes by charging double the price of The Canyons and a quarter more than Park City. On any given day Hollywood’s rich and famous can be found carving the groomed trails or enjoying an afternoon in the Stein Erickson lodge at the base of the slopes. The who’s who of Hollywood has found this piece of heaven and return every year to enjoy the ambiance.

The Park City ski resort is the intermediate resort with fewer groomed trails and larger terrain for expert skiers. Major resorts and condominiums dot the mountainous landscape with ski in, ski out right from the front door. Restaurants, bars, and resorts are plentiful near the resort with many right at the base with easy access to quad high-speed chairlifts.

The Canyons ski resort is rugged and beautiful with back country skiing and more double black diamonds than the other two resorts combined, a major plus is that it appeals to the smart skier who can ski two days at The Canyons for the same price as one day at Deer Valley. With the right map, a skier could ski all day long and never go down the same run, this resort is huge.

Despite its fame for Winter sports, Park City has more to offer, it also boasts one of the steepest zip lines in the world, the Alpine Slide, and the Olympic park. If you care to pull 5-6 G’s try the fast and rough bobsled ride in the number four position, if that is too rough, move forward and try the two or three slot. In addition the aerial ski jumpers practice by launching down the ski jump ramps and landing in the swimming pool used as the landing pad.

There is no limit to the activities available, and no limit to the amount of fun you can have. Whether you want fine dining, a balloon ride, or perfect powder skiing, Park City is the place.

If you have not had the chance to visit Park City, book yourself a flight into Salt Lake City International and take the 30 minute shuttle ride up to Park City and have the time of your life.