Park City Mountain Resort Stats:
Summit Elevation: 10,000', Vertical: 3,200'
Ski Acreage including the Canyons terrain: 7,300-acres
Trails 300+, 17 Peaks, 14 Bowls
Annual Snowfall 365"
City is a great ski town, and a great ski resort - the largest skiing in the US.
You can easily confuse the
two, Park City ski town and Park City skiing, so let's talk about the ski area - Park City Mountain Resort is located in
Park City - next to Deer
Valley. Park City Resort is now the biggest ski area in the US, with 7,300
acres, 41 lifts and 3,200' vertical of skiing on 17 peaks.
Vail Resorts now owns both Park City and the Canyons, their lift
tickets and terrain are connected and part of
Vail's Epic Pass. Ski
Utah has proposed a One Wasatch link from Deer Valley to PCMR and Canyons, to Alta/Snowbird and Solitude,
stay tuned on that ski news. In fact, Deer Valley abuts Park City - but ducking
the rope is a no-no.
City’s ski area emanates from the cowboy cool downtown, making it a
popular choice. The US Ski and Snowboard teams train on the front side, but there is plenty more to explore among 17
peaks. Park City is the busiest area in Utah (no ticket sale limits or snowboard
restrictions here) but with 41 lifts, Park City spreads
people out over 14 bowls of terrain. We
dispersed for the hardcore terrain of Jupiter Bowl, and found steep and deep
chutes off this remote double chair to 10,026’. Then we tapped into McConkey’s
for more double black delights.
After a morning of high elevation excitement, we
skied “The Motherlode”, a pleasant pocket of well-spaced aspens and
perfectly-pitched runs like Fool’s Gold and Glory Hole. PCMR hearkens back to
1963 when skiers would ride the 3-mile underground mine shafts from town to
access the slopes. I preferred the fresh air and sunshine on the chairlifts.
Park City stays open till 7:30pm for twilight skiing and riding, but with such a
fantastic town at the base, I found après ski took precedence.
By the way, don't worry about Utah being a dry state, you can drink, buy beer
and liquor to your hearts content - there are just a few funky rules.
by western boutiques and saloon-inspired eateries in Park City’s Old Town, it’s
easy to picture the 1868 Frontier town. But I cannot imagine Main Street during
Sundance, when 60,000 Hollywood heroes and wannabes descend for the 2nd largest
film festival in the world. Tip: the ski slopes are empty during Sundance Film
Festival’s parties and premiers in late January.
in Park City is plentiful from condos to full-service ski hotels. A call to the
Park City Chamber can help steer you to the best deals depending on your
preference. Its fun to explore this funky town, which hosted the 2002 Winter
Olympics, and now seems to sport a culinary competition on every corner. We had a fantastic dinner at Fin, a swank seafood restaurant in the new art-deco
Sky Lodge. Next door is
Zoom, Robert Redford’s place if you are into star memorabilia. Non-skiers could
have serious fun in Park City,
shopping, touring the historic silver mining
spots, and meeting their ski friends for a slopeside lunch.
A Park City ski vacation is perfect if you want variety in your vertical and a
very fun cowboy town at the base, since
you can ski Deer Valley and Park City including the 4,000 acres of The Canyons at
during your week out west. We should explain that Powdr Corp owned Park
City Mountain in 2014, but in a non-renewed lease and ensuing court battle, parent
company Talisker and Vail Resorts prevailed and
ordered them to pay up or sell. Vail purchased Park City Mountain
for $182 million in 2014 making Park City teh biggest ski resort in the US, part of
Vail's 11 ski resort Epic Pass.
If you want to ski waist-deep Utah powder, trademarked “the greatest
snow earth,” should make their way to Park City - one fun town, two
world-class resorts, all within a half hour airplane touchdown at Salt Lake City
Airport. By skiing on your arrival and departure day – you can hit all