Just a short 35-minute ride from Salt Lake City International Airport — offering 300 daily flights from 80 cities, including Amsterdam and Paris — lays Park City, Utah. The former silver mining hub is now known as a skiing mecca, but there’s so much more to this mountain town than what can be accessed from a chairlift.
Every January, thousands of cinephiles descend upon Park City’s Historic Main Street for the annual Sundance Film Festival. What’s more, Main Street’s Victorian style buildings are filled with dozens of charming boutiques, art galleries, bookstores, cafés, and more.
Home to The Greatest Snow on Earth™ Park City’s two world-class resorts — Deer Valley and Park City Mountain — set the gold standard for terrain and service. Ranked #1 ski resort in North America for 2018 by the readers of SKI Magazine, Deer Valley is renowned for its service, on-mountain dining and impeccable groomed trails.
Adrenaline junkies are taken care of too with loads of steep chutes and powdery glades to be found in Empire Canyon (Deer Valley also is one of the last remaining winter resorts that does not permit snowboards).
Park City Mountain is the largest ski resort in the United States, incorporating the former Canyons Resort. With almost 2,800 hectares of terrain and over 300 runs, there’s a tree-dotted glade, groomer or bump run for every skill level. Both resorts offer daily free guided tours with mountain hosts, and you can also get off the beaten path and go heli or cat skiing.
Another jewel in Park City’s crown is the town’s flourishing dining scene. Downtown, Historic Main Street beckons with casual cafés and elegant fine dining with an international flair. Find local craft beer in old-fashioned saloons and new-fashioned brewpubs—even the world’s only ski-in distillery with a tasting room at the bottom of the chairlift between town and the slopes.
Main Street also entices with upscale boutiques, vibrant art galleries and shops glittering with jewellery crafted by local artisans. Everything is within walking distance, or you can hop aboard the free Main Street Trolley. There is also a free city-wide bus system that features a fleet of new zero-emission electric buses providing rides between hotels and condos, the slopes and downtown, so your winter getaway can be car-free and stress-free.
There is as much fun to be had off the mountain if you’re into more than just powder. Some of the many activities on offer include dog sledding, snowshoe hikes, mountain coasters, tubing, and hot-air balloon rides over the picturesque Wasatch Mountains.
Experience the thrill of a lifetime with a bobsleigh ride at Utah Olympic Park, a legacy of Utah’s 2002 Winter Olympics, or explore the city’s colorful silver mining past and its more recent ski history at the Park City Museum. If that’s not enough, be sure to watch future Olympians compete during the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup races in January, part of the selection process for the U.S. moguls and aerials teams.
When it’s time to unwind, Park City’s comforts are boundless. Ski-in/ski-out accommodations such as Stein Eriksen Lodge, Montage Deer Valley, the Waldorf Astoria and Grand Summit Hotel redefine mountain luxury, and a variety of condominiums, private homes and hotels can be found throughout town. Park City’s spas boast the state’s most skilled providers and innovative treatments, plus the Après Lounge at Montage Deer Valley offers a Veuve Clicquot experience unlike any other.
So, whether you’re a diehard snow addict or care just as much about what’s at the bottom of the chairlift, Park City is diverse enough to give anyone an amazing holiday.
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