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" Park City Ski Photos
Park City is a great ski town, and a great big 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 terrain and tickets
are combined and part of Vail's
Park 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, on big groomed
boulevard dropping into to town like Picabo’s, 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. If you want to break away from the
groomers, disperse for the hardcore terrain of Jupiter Bowl, and find steep and
deep chutes off this remote double chair to 10,026’, and McConkey’s for more
double black short but sweet shots.
After a morning of high elevation excitement, ski “The Motherlode”, a pleasant
pocket of well-spaced aspens and perfectly-pitched runs like Parley’s Park,
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. Take the Quicksilver transport
gondola over to the Canyons terrain in the
afternoon to explore 4,000 more acres of fun groomed ridge runs, high elevation
steeps on 9990 and pretty glades, and mellow ski runs that glide through the
posh Colony development of 10/10/2/2 homes, $10 million dollars, 10,000 square
feet for 2 people, 2 weeks a year – the uber wealthy skiers. If you haven’t’
lunched go to Lookout Cabin at the top of the orange bubble for great scenery
and sit down service of fondue, poutine, burgers, soups and salads form an open
Finish you ski day on Doc’s - a classic ridge run at Canyons or back over at
Park City on a signature run like Willie’s or Erica’s.
Park City is a fantastic western après
ski town, and Canyons has a fun ski village at its base as well. Ski in to
Park City and Main Street for a late lunch or après ski at the High West
Distillery - a vintage garage turned whiskey batch bar – the food is great too.
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.
Strolling the western boutiques, Gorsuch ski shop, 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
Lodging in Park City is plentiful from condos to full-service ski hotels. It’s
fun to explore funky Park City, which hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, and now
seems to sport a culinary competition on every corner. Zoom, Robert Redford’s
place is perfect 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, just a half hour from Salt Lake City
airport, 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
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, Talisker
and Vail Resorts prevailed and the judge ordered them to pay up or sell. Vail
purchased Park City Mountain for $182 million in 2014 making Park City the
biggest ski resort in the US, part of
Vail's dozen ski resort Epic Pass.